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Lawsuits Filed Against a Firm for Using Non-lawyers for Filing Foreclosures



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By : Scott Zahid    99 or more times read
Among several foreclosure news that are added to the overwhelming pile up, an astonishing case surfaced in Philadelphia related to a law firm. Several law firms across the nation have been accused of fraudulent practices to speed up foreclosure process and submit forged paperwork to the court for approval. Lately, well-known law firm David J. Stern was accused for fraudulent documentation, hence lost several banking clients, and incurred huge monetary losses. Several banks and mortgage lenders have stopped working with the law firm in wake of this incidence. This also led to layoffs of numerous employees that were hired in addition to the current staff to expedite foreclosures.

A recent instance in Philadelphia has again raised concerns over the authenticity and validity of cases handled by law firms. A lawsuit has been filed against the law firm Goldbeck, McCafferty and McKeever for using Non-lawyers to file cases in the court and in turn collect attorney fees for the same. A Pittsburg lawyer has filed 78-page long lawsuit against the law firm. The lawsuit was filed based on depositions by a partner who owed up stating that the firm filed several foreclosure cases during the year 2006 to 2008 and these cases “that have never been reviewed by any attorney”.

In addition to this, it was added that administrative employees were used to sign on behalf of the attorneys even when the attorneys of the firm had not read the documents. The lawsuit came to light when the same law firm (Goldbeck) received a notice from the a US Bankruptcy Judge Thomas Agresti, who is also from Pittsburg, asking the firm to self report to the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.

The judge filed two cases against the law firm and its lender partner Countrywide Home Loans for an unwarranted foreclosure that led to a Pittsburg women resident to file for bankruptcy. Agresti has accused lawyer of Goldbeck, Leslie Puida, for producing misleading documents and incorrectly speeding up the debt in order to advance the process. The lawsuit involves the firm, its 36 employees and 2 notaries. The attorneys of the firm were not available to comment on the issue; however, the managing partner of the law firm said that external counsel would handle all communications in relation to the non-lawyer foreclosure lawsuit.
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