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Foreclosure law firm lays off nearly half of its staff, after losing Fannie Mae

Foreclosure law firm lays off nearly half of its staff, after losing Fannie Mae


Now this is not cool. Last time there was a lot of hate going around from employees of the first  Mill that Fannie let go. These employees should not be at all surprised as they saw this coming. Not only are these employers jeopardizing their business but the jobs of their staff.

A Hollywood law firm that processes thousands of foreclosures for major lenders laid off almost half of its 568 employees Monday, days after the government-owned mortgage giant Fannie Mae pulled its files from the practice.

Ben-Ezra & Katz, in a memo released by a company spokesman, said the firm was “forced to take this action after Fannie Mae surprisingly terminated its relationship with the firm.” In a notice sent five days ago, Fannie Mae officials said all exisiting foreclosures, mediations and bankruptcies needed to be transferred to other loan servicers by Tuesday, citing “document execution” issues.

Ben-Ezra officials issued a statement last week, saying the question was whether correct original documents were attached to each foreclosure filing. The law firm said it already had notified Fannie of the “technical paperwork issues” and had created a plan to mediate them, but the mortgage backer suddenly decided to cut ties.

It’s unknown how many foreclosures are involved. Statewide, Ben-Ezra & Katz has handled at least 18,000 cases, according to Legalprise, a West Palm Beach data analysis firm.

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PB POST | Fannie Mae fires second South Florida law firm

PB POST | Fannie Mae fires second South Florida law firm


By Kimberly Miller Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
Updated: 7:18 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011
Posted: 7:07 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011

Federal mortgage giant Fannie Mae has cut ties with a second South Florida law firm handling its foreclosure cases, requiring an immediate transfer of those files to other attorneys and likely causing more turmoil in the state’s foreclosure courts.

The termination of its relationship with the Fort Lauderdale firm of Ben-Ezra & Katz, P.A. was announced today in a notice to loan servicers. The notice says payments to the firm should be stopped immediately and gives servicers a Feb. 15 deadline to find new firms to handle the Ben-Ezra & Katz files.

“Fannie Mae has become aware of certain document execution issues at the Ben-Ezra law firm regarding its processing of foreclosure cases on our behalf,” said Fannie Mae spokeswoman Amy Bonitatibus.

“It is our expectation that law firms will handle matters in strict compliance with proper procedures, ethical codes of conduct and legal requirements.”

Ben-Ezra & Katz has represented banks in 508 Palm Beach County foreclosure cases in the past two years where the homes were ordered to auction.

Here is a sample…

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