Lenders relying upon sloppy paperwork and insufficient assignments took a shot earlier this week.  “In a 6-to-0 decision, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court rebuffed the way lenders in recent years have conducted foreclosures — without having all the documentation in place at the time a property is seized.   The justices affirmed a 2009 ruling that invalidated foreclosure proceedings involving two Springfield houses because the lenders did not hold clear titles to the properties.”  (

Here’s the (lengthy) link to the decision –

It is important for lenders and borrowers to have competent local counsel represent them in foreclosure actions. If you have any questions about foreclosure, call Brad Hogreve at (941) 364-2400.