The Rocket Docket in Florida

Lenders Moving Along With the Rocket Docket!

For those of you unfamiliar with the term “Rocket Docket” it refers to a legal court that’s known for getting hearings and trials done quickly. Last year was a difficult year for homeowners and investors facing foreclosure!  This year, cases are rolling along to a faster conclusion than at any time during the meltdown of the last 5 years.  Whether it’s the new foreclosure law, the reduction in the back-log of cases, or the hiring of additional help to handle the volume of cases, there can be no doubt that the Rocket Docket approach has taken hold in courtrooms across the State of Florida.

Today, more than ever, the due process rights of homeowners and investors are challenged every day in court. The judicial system has generally taken an ax to what was previously handled with a legal, surgical precision.  In the name of legal expediency, docket management, or possibly just plain worn out with the subject, cases are routinely set for case management conferences almost from the start of the case and set for trial shortly thereafter.  Never mind that the rules of civil procedure call for conducting “discovery” to investigate the lawsuit, testing the allegations made by the plaintiff, or ensuring the plaintiff actually “proves their case”.  When it comes to foreclosure cases, it seems more and more courts are looking to dispense justice by forsaking the fundamental precepts of our common law for the sake of expediency.

By contrast, if we were discussing cases having to do with general civil or commercial litigation (for example, landlord-tenant matters, real estate or business breach of contracts, labor and employment disputes, criminal defense, family law, corporate law, or civil rights and more), there’d be no doubt an enhanced modicum of attention and focus to the fundamental requirements of due process would be apparent.  Yet, the need for speed in resolving foreclosure cases today catches many a defendant homeowner or investor by surprise.  Many think we’re still back in 2010, 2011 & 2012, where a foreclosure action might go on for 2, 3 even 4 years before reaching a conclusion. Today, for the unsuspecting, unrepresented defendant, we’re talking, 3 to 6 months!

For those receiving a mortgage foreclosure lawsuit – it is best to contact a lawyer sooner rather than later. Under the new Florida Foreclosure Law (passed July 1, 2013), waiting too long can mean you’re out of the property in the blink of an eye!  The sooner your lawyer jumps into the case on your behalf, the better chance there is to improve the odds in your favor.  Do not become a casualty of a Rocket Docket!

Carlos J. Reyes  is the Principal of Reyes Law Group. He has been a member of the Florida Bar since 1988 and practices state-wide.  Carlos has been awarded a rating of “AV Preeminent” which is the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards by Martindale-Hubbell – a well-recognized legal resource. The RLG Legal Team also include attorneys Melissa J. Ulloa and the RLG Legal Support Team to bring you a dedicated, experienced and dynamic legal team to handle your legal needs.

We also assist clients in the areas of: Civil LitigationReal Estate LitigationResidential Purchase & SalesCommercial Acquisitions & SalesResidential Landlord-Tenant LitigationCommercial Landlord-Tenant LitigationShort Sales NegotiationsLoan ModificationsCriminal DefenseCivil Rights ClaimsFamily LawCorporate Work, and Labor & Employment Law.

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Reyes Law Group represents clients in a multi-disciplinary legal practice involving real estate transactions and litigation with a “footprint” that covers the State of Florida. Over the firm’s first 10 years, Reyes Law Group has closed over $100M in commercial closings, representing buyers and sellers in contract negotiations, due diligence, and the related title review and policy issuance related to closings. In litigation, the firm has commercial litigation experience focused on prosecuting or defending claims such as breach of contracts, partition actions, trade secret violations, and breach of non-competes. However, our firm’s MAIN FOCUS is assisting asset and loan portfolio managers, investors and private lenders with a “ 4-PILLAR APPROACH” to the legal challenges they face with non-performing assets: 1) LOAN WORKOUTS; 2) COMMERCIAL FORECLOSURES (across the State of Florida); 3) COMMERCIAL EVICTIONS; and 4) REO COMMERCIAL CLOSINGS.30+ years’ legal experience means - WE CAN HELP!

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