Local Attorney’s Pro Bono Program Helps Homeowners

Local Attorney’s Pro Bono Program Helps HomeownersAs the epicenter of the housing market implosion and ground zero for foreclosures, Florida has an abundance of homeowners who are at a great disadvantage when foreclosure threatens. Miami courts are now fast tracking foreclosures for trial to clear the huge backlog of cases. Many homeowners wrongfully lose their homes to foreclosure because they are not able to hire trial lawyers who can protect them. Former Bank Lawyer, Bruce Jacobs, of Bruce Jacobs and Associates, decided to help homeowners in this predicament and launched a Pro-Bono Foreclosure Project to help needy homeowners set for trial on Miami’ rocket docket.

One such homeowner, Stephen Belle, moved here from Grenada using his savings after working years on a cruise ship, to buy a home. As he waited in court with a friend, Stephen thought of how the loss of his job would cause him to lose everything he had worked for and prayed. He was prepared to represent himself in a foreclosure preceding against a bank attorney. This was certainly not on a level playing field but he had little choice. His prayers were answered when out of the blue, he was approached by Bruce Jacobs. Jacobs was in court to help with another pro bono case that was postponed and decided to see who else might need help. After litigating for 2 ½ hours, Jacobs negotiated a successful conclusion and saved Belle’s home.

“Banks are using robo-witnesses and breaking the rules,” states Jacobs. Jacobs’ goal is to make sure even the most needy have a fighting chance to save their home. After seeing the list of people set for trial on March 14th, Jacobs went through the court files, found people he thought he could help, like Belle, and reached out. “It was like a gift from above,” said attorney Mark Fladdell, who suffers from multiplesclerosis. “I was literally staring at my file about to give up defending the foreclosure when Bruce called offering to go to trial for me on the 14th.”

“No Bank should take someone’s home unless they follow the rules and prove their case” said Jacobs. “Most Judges will follow the law if there is a lawyer pointing out that the law is not being followed.”

Jacobs fights banks every day and is also the host of “MortgageWars with Bruce Jacobs”, a weekly radio program that airs Wednesdays, 5 p.m., on 880 AM the Biz, WZAB in Miami.

It is the most informative hour on foreclosures on talk radio. Bruce Jacobs&Associates is based in downtown Miami and defends foreclosures throughout Florida. Jacobs is part of “Max Gardner’s Army” and trains at seminars online and around the country on cutting edge foreclosure strategies and tactics. Jacobs is a former bank lawyer and Miami-Dade County prosecutor who spent years representing banks in foreclosures.

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Gloria Burns
A graduate of the University of Florida with a major in Spanish, Burns has an extensive background in advertising, marketing and reciprocal trade, travel as well as non profit consulting and management. Burns' volunteer activities led her to become a columnist writing Gloria’s Gab, a column that focuses on the non-profit activity. Burns was Executive Director of the Jr. Orange Bowl Committee for 6 years and then served as the first Executive Director of Coral Gables Community Foundation for 14 years after which she helped the emerging Community Foundation of Pinecrest. Active in many non profits, she received the 2015-16 President's Best Member Award from the GFWC Coral Gables Woman's Club, 2012-13 CGWC Leadership Award, 2012-2013 Rotarian of the Year Award as RCCG Public Relations Chair and Fund raising Co-Chair, 2011 Florida Federation of Women’s Club Volunteer of the Year for the District 11 and honored by the City of Doral as one of their first recipients for the Doralian Women's Award. Among her list of current responsibilities, Burns co-chairs two annual student recognition breakfasts for the Coral Gables Friends of Education; helps coordinate charity partners for the Westin Colonnade's Annual Give Kids the World Breakfast; serves on the board of directors of Doral Business Council; is Parliamentarian and serves on the board of the GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club; serves the board of the Rotary Club of Coral Gables and is Publicity Chair; and is a member of the Jr. Orange Bowl Committee. Gloria is also an active member of the Music Ministry at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church where sings sings in the choir. She can be reached at gloria@communitynewspapers.com

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