FORECLOSURE DEFENSE SEMINARS TO ADD ADDITIONAL CLE CREDITS

September 30, 2016

The FDSeminars Foreclosure Defense seminar has sought to add additional CLE credits so that the total credit for each seminar will be seven (7) credits. The additional credits being sought are for the courses to be taught by securitization expert Richard Kahn, who requested CLE accreditation from The Florida Bar for his presentations at the seminars. Mr. Barnes previously obtained accreditation for five (5) CLE credits for the courses which he teaches at the seminars.

Mr. Kahn is the author of two books on securitization and using securitization information in defending foreclosures. He and Jeff Barnes, Esq. will be the keynote speakers at the upcoming seminars in Oakland (San Francisco/East Bay), California on Friday, October 14, 2016, and in Irvine (Orange County) California on Friday, November 18, 2016.

Information and registration may be obtained by going to the website, www.FDSeminars.com under the “SeminarInfo” link.

Jeff Barnes, Esq., www.ForeclosureDefenseNationwide.com

JEFF BARNES, ESQ. TO SPEAK AT COLORADO SUPREME COURT PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO CRCP 120

September 28, 2016

The Colorado Supreme Court is holding a public hearing on Friday, November 10, 2016 as to proposed amendments to CRCP 120, which Rule governs the initiation and proceedings for non-judicial foreclosures in Colorado. Mr. Barnes’ Firm has been defending CRCP 120 proceedings for over eight years, and has seen first-hand the problems with the existing procedure. Mr. Barnes will be speaking at the meeting as to proposed amendments to the Rule.

The hearing will be held in the Colorado Supreme Court courtroom, 2 East 14th Avenue, 4th Floor, Denver, Colorado on Friday, November 10 beginning at 2:30 p.m. The hearing is open to the public.

Jeff Barnes, Esq., www.ForeclosureDefenseNationwide.com

BARNES LAW FIRM ESTABLISHES RELATIONSHIP WITH PREMIERE BANKRUPTCY FIRM IN BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA; FORECLOSURE DEFENSE SEMINARS PLANNED FOR FLORIDA

September 22, 2016

W.J. Barnes, P.A. has established a new business relationship with the Law Offices of Michael J. Berger, a preeminent bankruptcy Firm in Beverly Hills, California. There are only two Certified Bankruptcy Specialists in Beverly Hills. Mr. Berger is one of them, and his Senior Associate Attorney has passed the exam and her Certification is pending, which will make her the second (and only other) Certified Bankruptcy Specialist in Beverly Hills. Their offices are located at 9454 Wilshire Boulevard, 6th Floor, Beverly Hills, California. Mr. Berger’s e-mail address is michael.berger@bankruptcypower.com, and their website is www.Bankruptcypower.com. His Firm has employees who speak and are fluent in Spanish, Korean, Farsi, Armenian, Russian, Hebrew, Vietnamese, and Khmer (Cambodian). Mr. Berger is also an avid runner, having completed over forty (40) full 26-mile marathons.

Separately, FDSeminars is in the process of setting up foreclosure defense seminars in Florida for December, 2016 and January and February, 2017. Planned locations are Miami, Tampa, and Orlando. The FDSeminars website, www.FDSeminars.com, will be posting more information on these seminars in the near future (location, registration and enrollment information, and course schedule). As with the seminar which just took place in Parsippany, New Jersey and those planned for the San Francisco Bay area on October 14 and Southern California on November 18, the seminars will carry at least five (5) CLE credits for attorney attendees, which accreditation has been issued by The Florida Bar.

Jeff Barnes, Esq., www.ForeclosureDefenseNationwide.com

PRAISES AND KUDOS FROM FORECLOSURE DEFENSE SEMINAR ATTENDEES

September 19, 2016

We have received praises and kudos from those who attended the first in the series of Foreclosure Defense seminars, which was held last Friday in Parsippany, New Jersey. The seminar was attended by attorneys and paralegals who came from Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, with one attendee having come all the way from Tennessee. The seminar was haled as “exceptional, A+, 5 star” and “money well spent”, with the presentation being praised as “thorough and on point, entertaining, and memorable”.

The next seminar is scheduled for Friday, October 14, 2016 in the San Francisco Bay area. Registration may be done by going to the seminar website, www.FDSeminars.com.

Jeff Barnes, Esq., www.ForeclosureDefenseNationwide.com

CLE ACCREDITATION OBTAINED FOR FIVE COURSES IN UPCOMING SEMINAR

September 12, 2016

Today, FDSeminars has received, from The Florida Bar, formal accreditation for all five of the courses being taught by Jeff Barnes, Esq. at the upcoming Foreclosure Defense Seminars including that scheduled for this Friday, September 16, 2016 in Parsippany, New Jersey. The Florida Bar CLE accreditation confirmation documents will be given to each attorney participant at the seminar. Each course has been accredited for one hour of general CLE credit.

Jeff Barnes, Esq., www.ForeclosureDefenseNationwide.com

SUMMARY JUDGMENT DENIED TO BNY IN AWL SECURITIZATION CASE IN TENNESSEE

September 11, 2016

Summary judgment was denied to Bank of NY as the claimed “trustee” of a 2005 CWALT (Countrywide) securitization involving America’s Wholesale Lender (AWL) in Sevierville, Tennessee on Friday, September 9, 2016. after extended argument before the Court. Jeff Barnes, Esq. represents the homeowners together with local TN counsel and Tennessee State Representative Andrew Farmer, Esq. Mr. Barnes drafted all of the legal memoranda and argued the case before the Court last Friday.

Both sides had filed Motions for Summary Judgment: the homeowners on the basis that AWL never existed (per the findings of the St. Lucie County, FL Circuit Court in the Dimant  decision), and BNY based on a “blank endorsement” theory. After extensive briefing and argument, the Judge stated: “the issues in this case are greatly disputed. There are issues as to whether the lender existed; who owns and loan; and whether it has been paid off”.

This is a significant victory in multiple respects: it calls into question the alleged “existence” of AWL, which claims in the Deed of Trust to be “a corporation organized and existing under the laws of the State of New York” which the Dimant court found not to be true, and in fact determined that AWL never existed at all. One of the significant legal issues is whether a non-existent lender may (a) transfer any interest in the Note and mortgage instrument (here, a DOT) to anyone, and (b) whether a downline transferee may seek to enforce an interest which the original alleged “lender” never had.

Another significant issue is whether the loan has been paid off through credit enhancements, outright insurances, or otherwise (e.g. though a credit default swap), which directly affects BNY’s claim of the alleged amount owed. The homeowners’ expert, former Wall Street securtization professional Richard Kahn, has already testified that there are protections in place to pay in the event of borrower defaults, and that the borrowers paid for these protections.

The case now proceeds to trial, which is set as “number 1” beginning Monday, October 17, 2016.

Jeff Barnes, Esq/, www.ForeclosureDefenseNationwide.com

Seminar CLE Accreditation Update

September 2, 2016

The Florida Bar has approved CLE accreditation for the first of five courses to be taught by Mr. Barnes at the foreclosure defense seminar series. The process to accredit the other four courses has been temporarily interrupted due to the closure of the offices of The Florida Bar as a result of Hurricane Hermine.

The five courses to be taught by Mr. Barnes at the seminars are:

(a)  Identifying Preliminary Defenses and Case Screening (CLE approved);

(b)  Securitizations, SBM, Asset Purchase, and Merger Cases

(c)  Discovery and Dealing With Objections;

(d)  Filing and Defending Dispositive Motions and Declaratory Relief; and

(e)  Forbearance Agreements, Loan Modifications, Mediation, and Bankruptcy Issues.

Securitization expert and former Wall Street mortgage-backed securities manager and mortgage lender Richard Kahn will be teaching Securitization analysis and Loan History Examinations, including the use of expert testimony for discovery, defending summary judgment motions, and trial.

The seminars are open to attorneys, homeowners, paralegals, and anyone desiring to obtain knowledge as to the defense of foreclosure actions. Registration may be made by going to the website, www.FDSeminars.com.

Jeff Barnes, Esq., www.ForeclosureDefenseNationwide.com

NEW COLORADO OFFICE LOCATION EFFECTIVE SEPTEMBER 1, 2016

August 31, 2016

The new location of the Colorado branch office of W.J. Barnes, P.A., that being 600 17th Street, Suite 2800, Denver, Colorado 80212, will be effective September 1, 2016. The office suite is on the top floor of one of the most prestigious buildings in downtown Denver, and is adjacent to the upscale 16th Street mall with its many restaurants and shops.

The telephone number for this new office is (303) 634-2225; the fax number is (303) 634-2227. Both numbers are scheduled to go into effect September 1, 2016. Appointments to meet Mr. Barnes in this office may be made by e-mailing Tiffany Goldwater at tiffany@wjbarneslaw.com

Jeff Barnes, Esq., W.J. Barnes, P.A.

BARNES LAW PRACTICE EXPANDING INTO INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TRANSACTIONS AND LITIGATION

August 12, 2016

The Barnes law Firm has litigated in over 35 states across the United States, and has represented individuals from other countries in stateside litigation. Recently, the Barnes law practice has had inquiries from individuals in London and Australia requesting representation, and has made the decision to expand its practice into international business consulting, mediation, and litigation. The Barnes law Firm has joined the American Society of International Law as well.

The Firm is very excited and is looking forward to serving and assisting individuals and companies with their domestic (US-related) and international legal business needs including review of contracts and agreements, consulting on issues involving those contracts and agreements, mediation of disputes, and litigation.

Jeff Barnes, Esq.