In Wisconsin foreclosure is a lengthy process. As long as you are residing in the property, you are afforded at least six months to try to work out a solution or prepare for your next living arrangements. Click here to view a foreclosure timeline.
The rules of the mediation program do not prevent your lender from moving forward with the foreclosure lawsuit. That means you are required to comply with all deadlines set by the court, including the time to answer the Complaint. Please read the Summons and Complaint carefully and make sure you understand your rights and the time period for filing an Answer or Responsive Pleading. If you do not file an Answer or Responsive Pleading, the court may grant judgment against you and you may lose your right to object to anything that you disagree with in the Complaint.
Yes. All discussions in the mediation are confidential. Wisconsin has laws that do not allow anything said during the mediation to be used as evidence in court. All mediation participants sign an agreement at the beginning of the mediation session promising to keep mediation communications confidential.
Typically, all borrowers must come to the mediation session; for example, if a husband and wife signed the mortgage, then both will have to come to the mediation. However, if a married couple signed the mortgage and later divorce, the person who was awarded the home may be able to participate without their ex-spouse.
The mediation process sets deadlines for both the lender and homeowner in order to prevent mediation cases from stalling. The lender needs to review the documents and identify any missing items within five business days. If we ask you to submit additional items or corrected items, you need to have it to us within 10 days. It is likely that your mediation case will be closed if you do not respond.
Every case is somewhat different, because it depends how long it takes you to gather all of the documents needed for your loan modification application. We usually schedule your first mediation session to take place about 45 days after your lender agrees to join in. After that, it depends on how long the lender needs to do the work on their end. The lenders typically state that they can be prepared to talk about options within 30-45 days from the time they have all the information they need. Typically, mediations involve one or two more sessions, which usually take place by teleconference. In some instances, mediation concludes in three weeks. In more complicated situations, it can take six months. We ask everyone to be patient with the process.
Yes. In order to increase the chance of success at mediation, you are matched with a housing counselor in your area. Housing counselors are specially trained and certified to go over financial information with you, and to discuss programs that may be available to avoid foreclosure. In most instances, if you do not take this step, the mediation cannot proceed.
There are three initial steps. To start, click here to be redirected to the Form Request page, and enter your zip code to find the appropriate form for your area.
You should have also received a copy on colored paper attached to the initial papers delivered to your home. Then, send your request form to the program administrator within 30 days of receiving the summons. If that date has passed, you can still make a request, as mediation might still be a possibility.
Several days after you send your Mediation Request Form, you will receive a letter giving you the name of a housing counseling agency. Your second step is to contact your housing counselor to set up a meeting. This meeting is very important and there is no charge. The counselor will work with you to create a complete loan modification application and send it to the Mediation Program Administrator. Your third step is to pay the mediation program fee by check, money order or credit card payment (where available).
After you have completed all three mediation request steps, the Program Administrator will notify your lender to request their participation, seeking a response within 10 business days. Your Lender’s non-refundable mediation fee is due at the time of their consent to participate. If they decline to participate in mediation, you will receive a refund of a portion of the fee as indicated on the Foreclosure Mediation Process Description for your county.
The Programs in the Network serve people who are in foreclosure. The foreclosure must be on your first or second mortgage covering a one-to-four family property. You need not live in the property, but you may not own more than four other rental properties. Vacation properties or “seasonal homes” are not eligible, nor are homes covered by a bankruptcy “stay”.
The Network maintains a statewide roster of mediators. They have been specifically recruited, trained and mentored to do this work. Many are attorneys, some come to us with significant mediation experience, and some have backgrounds in the real estate or banking industry. What they all have in common, though, is that each mediator also completed a specialized training in foreclosure law, mortgage assistance programs and mediation skills. Many mediators volunteer their time.
Mediators do not decide the outcome. Mediators do not give legal advice to either party nor do they pass judgment on anyone. They are neutral and have special training to help the parties communicate and keep things on track towards a resolution. The mediator makes sure that everyone has an opportunity to be heard and to gain a more clear understanding of the situation. Hopefully, then the parties can agree to an outcome that is better than foreclosure.
Call: (414) 939-8800 8:30-4:30 Monday - Friday Landlord-tenant mediation is currently only available for properties in the City of Milwaukee and Milwaukee County
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