by Brian Mahany
The following post is an email from a client. It is reposted with permission. For privacy reasons, we have changed her name to “Jane” and redacted identifying information.
Brian, I spent some time this AM reading your blog posts on my case and “Legal Abuse Syndrome”. Well done, and thank you. I finally have something I can show my family. I’ve been hesitant to tell anyone about this nightmare as I had to realize a long time ago; who’s going to believe any of it? That I made my payments and my bank foreclosed on me not once, but twice? That just sounds crazy. And that fear of not being believed leads right into the Legal Abuse Syndrome issues. You’re already in a mix of fear and anxiety over BAC [Bank of America] trying to take your home. Then compound that with having to keep the stress of that to yourself for fear people will think you’re losing it…you must have done something. Nobody wants to believe banks actually do these things to people who comply with their mortgage contract.
Then try to get a job with this nightmare hanging over your head. What reputable employer is going to hire an accountant to handle their money (which my 30+ years of work experience is in) who according to public record clearly cannot get that done in their own life? My career is ruined if this foreclosure will never come off public record. Everyone in [my tiny town] knows about it as well. And forget trying to explain it, you just sound crazy. I lost my job in December due to this stuff and even with awesome recommendations from all of my employers, it means nothing with this stuff on record and my credit report destroyed. And I’ve also lost my health insurance to get treatment for the health issues resulting from living with this stress for 4 years.
Welcome to Bank of America hell. It becomes an inner toxic stew that eats at your health and peace of mind daily. My doctor at one time expressed concern over the stress from this experience having the potential to kill me, and I believe her. And can fully understand why people give up, just file bankruptcy, or commit suicide. I consider myself a tough broad having survived some really devastating stuff/loss from a young age but this struggle is unlike any other, and it wears you down in ways you’re totally unprepared for. Need a case study? My doctor will give you one.
I personally spent 4 years looking for help with this nightmare in every direction I could find: Bank of America corporate, the Attorney General’s office, Commissioner of Banking…all of it futile. And I still feel like nobody’s listening but you; and I just want to thank you again for that. You have no idea how much it means.
You’re my hero.
We are not heroes, although kind words from clients are always appreciated. The real heroes are the home owners, borrowers and business owners who are standing up against big banks and Wall Street. It’s isn’t easy taking on Goliath but more and more people are standing up and saying “enough”!
Although the Wall Street suits can hire $1000 an hour lawyers, the equalizing factor remains the American jury system. Most jurors are ordinary folks, just like our client Jane in the above letter. More importantly, most jurors now have experienced overreaching conduct by banks or know someone who has.
If you have been unfairly treated by a lender or stockbroker, give us a call. You aren’t alone and you can beat Goliath.
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Note: We generally do not take foreclosure defense cases unless “in our back yard.” We do take cases against lenders for foreclosure fraud and other wrongdoing, however.