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Deed In Lieu

Deed In Lieu' is a common short-hand term for this situation: a borrower can't make loan payments, and hands over their deed to the property instead, so that the lender does not have to take the home. The full phrase is 'deed in lieu of foreclosure' -- they'r...

Understanding Foreclosure

A foreclosure is essentially a legally-forced change in possession, where a lender seizes collateralized property - such as a home - when a borrower is unable to pay the loan. While laws vary by state, borrowers typically have a 'period of redemption' to pay l...

Foreclosure Defense

In a foreclosure, a lender takes legal possession of collateralized property from a borrower who has not met the financial conditions of the loan. Foreclosure defense is the term for legal strategies to stall or stop foreclosure. Foreclosure defense strategie...

Common Types of Power of Attorney

Imagine a board game player telling a friend 'roll for me, but don't sell anything'. Would the friend continue to roll when the player returned? Probably not. In game terms, they were granting a limited, temporary power to act on their behalf. These two concep...

Probate Basics

The legal distribution of assets and property left by someone who has died is called 'probate.' It is a process of law, involving government and courts, that ensures proper and legal distribution of their assets. Even if the deceased person had a legal will, pr...

Power of Attorney

What is a power of attorney and how does it work? To keep a board game running while one player takes a break, that player could say to another 'roll the dice and move for me.' They are granting the second player power to act fully within the game rules. This...