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Client Alert: Don't Abandon Your Rights When You Abandon a Foreclosure

Minimize Your Risk

Institutions considering abandoning a foreclosure should:

FDIC Guidance

The FDIC recently issued guidance (FIL-14-2016) addressing the discontinuation of foreclosure proceedings.

Banks will often discontinue or abandon a pending judicial foreclosure proceeding. Typical valid reasons for institutions abandoning a foreclosure include:

The FDIC recently clarified its supervisory expectations regarding this issue, and is now expecting banks to maintain appropriate policies regarding abandoning foreclosures that include:

Do Not Abandon Your Other Remedies

Although these guidelines seem innocuous on their face, institutions should be aware of potential unintended consequences, especially with releasing liens, notifying local authorities and notifying borrowers:

We Can Help You

If your bank is considering abandoning a foreclosure proceeding, and there are many valid and permissible reasons for doing so, we can review your policies and prepare and develop appropriate documentation in accordance with supervisory expectations. If you decide to proceed with the foreclosure proceeding, we can also review your ORE policies to minimize risk if you decide to complete the foreclosure process and take title to a property. Please call us if you are interested in discussing these issues or seek counsel in establishing a policy.

References

FIL-14-2016 - Discontinuation of Foreclosure Proceedings, FDIC (March 2, 2016)

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