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Lori I Barkus

Lori Barkus’s Legal Guides

13 total


  • How a Forensic Loan Audit Can help in Foreclosure Proceedings

    How can a forensic loan audit help you The loan audit will provide a summary of any violations of state or federal law, fraud, misrepresentation or any excessive fees that were charged to you. If any

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  • How to Avoid a Foreclosure Rescue Scam in Florida

    Beware of upfront fees If someone offers their services to you as a foreclosure consultant and asks you for an upfront fee, this may very well be a scam. It is certainly illegal. The Florida Foreclos

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  • Foreclosure: How to Write a Hardship Letter to Your Lender

    YOUR HARDSHIP In order to qualify, you must have a specific hardship reason, and one the bank is willing to accept. It is not enough to say that you cannot pay your mortgage. Your lender knows that.

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  • How to Prepare for Loan Modification

    Your finances and payments When you speak with the lender by phone, the representative needs to know who you are, what you are paying and what you are currently earning. In order to do that, you will

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  • Facing Florida Foreclosure: What the Bank Does Not Want You to Know

    The bank does not want your house: Even though the bank is suing for foreclosure, the bank does not want to take your house. Banks lose a lot of money in foreclosure actions and, in some cases, it is

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  • 7 Deadly Sins of Divorcing Women

    Asking for too little: Women often feel guilty about divorce and responsible for their spouse. As a result, women often shortchange themselves in divorce settlements, accepting less than they deserve

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  • 7 Deadly Sins of Divorcing Men

    Fighting for principle: “I will go to court at all costs” and “it is the principle of the thing” are two statements I hear from male clients in negotiations gone south or cases headed to trial. While

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  • Paternity Pitfalls: What Unmarried Fathers and Mothers in Florida Need to Know

    Establishing paternity If dad's name is on the birth certificate, there is a presumption of paternity. However, for visitation and child support purposes, additional steps need to be taken before sup

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  • How to avoid a foreclosure rescue scam

    Beware of upfront fees Nonlawyers cannot charge a fee for foreclosure services until they complete all work as promised. There are many so called “foreclosure consultants” and “foreclosure prevention

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  • Debunking Divorce Myths

    UNLESS I HAVE "CUSTOD"Y, I WILL ONLY SEE MY CHILD ON THE WEEKENDS I hear this often from clients, especially fathers who are involved in the lives of their children and fear becoming the “weekend dad

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