Mortgage lending

Borrower-paid attorney fees in foreclosure? Unlawful

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Many promissory notes and mortgages contain a provision awarding attorney’s fees for foreclosing on the borrower. This even includes Fannie Mae’s uniform mortgage for Ohio. Many lenders can and do successfully collect attorney’s fees on collection and foreclosure judgments. However, as we know elsewhere in real estate law, just because the contract says you can […]

Business Law

Paycheck Protection Program Information

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This is a living document that I will update from time to time as I receive more information from the government, lenders, and the experiences of borrowers. In a nutshell, here are the broad strokes of the program: It’s a loan that can be forgiven to the extent of your payroll, rent, utilities, and mortgage […]

Business Law

What’s in the CARES Act for small businesses?

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The U.S. Congress has just passed the largest stimulus (nay, “recovery”) bill of all time to help the country weather the COVID-19 crisis — the “Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act” or the ‘‘CARES Act’’. There’s a lot in here from straight up pork to direct payments to individuals. I’ve been following this process […]

LLCs

Due-on-Sale News: Fannie Mae allows transfers into LLCs

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An enterprising investor on BiggerPockets discovered this useful nugget in the Fannie Mae Servicing Guide from 2017: Section D1-4.1, Information Relating to Transfers of Ownership Applicable to All Mortgage Loans D1-4.1-01, Determining Whether a Transfer of Ownership Is Permitted (11/12/2014) […] D1-4.1-02, Allowable Exemptions Due to the Type of Transfer Unless the previous borrower requests […]

LLCs

What is an operating agreement?

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An LLC Operating Agreement is a legal document that outlines the duties, rights and ownership percentage of the all the members who own the LLC. All of the owners must sign this document. It usually sets forth the financial arrangement of the members, how profits and losses are distributed, who has management rights, and what kind of […]

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Cleveland Landlords: Are you compliant?

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Did you know that some of that boilerplate language in your lease might cost you thousands of dollars in a lawsuit brought by your tenant? It can happen to you if you are a landlord in the City of Cleveland. The little known Chapter 375 of the Codified Ordinances of Cleveland, Ohio, titled “Landlords and […]

Estate Planning

Trusts for Asset Protection: watch your language

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In the law, what you say can become really important years down the line in a way that couldn’t be foreseen. In this article, I’ll discuss why the help that most of my clients seek — asset protection — can sometimes backfire when the plan actually needs to protect their assets. The “Asset Protection Trust” […]