Court orders New York lawyers to be accountable for foreclosure paperwork

New York chief judge Jonathan Lippman has had enough with the suspect paperwork being filed by banks in foreclosure cases. The judge has ordered that New York attorneys representing lenders in foreclosures must sign something affirming that all of the papers have been thoroughly reviewed. The form created by the court requires the lawyers to identify the bank employee who affirmed that the records were accurate and disclose the date the conversation occurred.

Generally, when an attorney signs court documents, she is attesting that all of the paperwork is accurate. But in light of the recent foreclosure document scandal, Judge Lippman has taken a step further. “We want to make sure that everyone is focusing like a laser on these particular types of proceedings,” he said. “It puts them on notice. That’s what this is all about. We all have to make doubly sure that we are doing what we should be doing in the first place.” Lippman added that “you are talking about tremendous consequences. You are talking about taking people’s homes. Those papers have to be accurate. They have to be credible.”

New York Judge Orders Foreclosure Lawyers Held Accountable For Accuracy Of Paperwork | Huffington Post | October 20, 2010