It isn’t news that thousands of Maryland homeowners at risk of losing their homes can use the help of a knowledgeable lawyer to avoid foreclosure (especially if you got that letter from the chief judge asking you to contribute some pro bono hours).
But how, exactly, does a lawyer help someone facing foreclosure?
“Lawyers are clearly positioned to be part of the solution by training, inclination and level of discourse,” answered Kathleen Skullney, who heads up the Maryland Legal Aid Bureau’s Foreclosure Legal Assistance Project.
“Lawyers are advocates,” Skullney explained. “And getting a remedy — saving the home, saving and protecting the proceeds and rights of homeowners losing a home, or simply helping homeowners transition from homes that can’t be saved — all involves advocacy.”