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Foreclosure Defense

Merrillville Law Firm Protects Your Home In Indiana

We help our neighbors throughout the state

Homeowners in Indiana really do have legal rights against big banks and mortgage companies. If you feel like you have nowhere to turn and you don’t know what to do, the foreclosure defense team at Merrillville’s Law Office of Weiss, Schmidgall and Hires, P.C., can give you the opportunity to save your home and your financial future. With the knowledge and experience to bring a wide array of solutions for preserving your home and other property, helping people save their homes from foreclosure is one of the most fulfilling and important jobs we do.

Real-world solutions for real-world fears

You may be facing foreclosure for any number of reasons. Maybe you have lost your job and you are having trouble paying the mortgage. Maybe you were one of the millions of homeowners who were snookered by the banks into unconscionable and unfavorable mortgage loans. Maybe you suffered an illness that insurance wasn’t available for — or maybe you tried to negotiate on your own and the lender refused. Regardless of the reason why, the Law Office of Weiss, Schmidgall and Hires, P.C., attorneys know the best ways to help you stay in your home, assuage your fears of being kicked out and help you get a grip on the situation. We may be able to provide a number of options, including:

  • Loan modifications: Our lawyers may be able to negotiate with your mortgage company to get your loan caught up and possibly even reduce your payment substantially.
  • Deed in lieu of foreclosure: If your lender accepts the deed instead of foreclosure, you won’t be on the hook if your home sells for less than the outstanding mortgage.
  • In rem judgment: Much like a deed in lieu, expect that you can often stay in your home until the time of the sheriff’s sale.
  • Short sales: Your lender may be willing to accept less than the outstanding amount you owe on your loan and sell the property at a loss.
  • Forbearance agreements: Sometimes you can get your mortgage lender to agree to a suspension, reduction or postponement of payments for a specific period of time.
  • Chapter 13 bankruptcy: You can place your arrearage into a Chapter 13 repayment plan and pay it off over a three- to five-year period. If you have a second mortgage, our lawyers may be able to strip the lien from the mortgage, changing it into an unsecured debt, which does not have to be repaid in full.
  • Chapter 7 bankruptcy: If your home sells for less than the outstanding mortgage, filing Chapter 7 bankruptcy could eliminate that debt.

Guidance for foreclosure and debt relief in Indiana

Part of our job as your foreclosure defense lawyers is actively defending you in court and making certain that we do everything we can to make sure you can remain in your family home. Another part is educating our clients on some of the myths we come across with regard to foreclosure — it’s not just something that only happens to financially irresponsible people and you do have options irrespective of your financial situation. We’ll also guide you through what to expect during the foreclosure process and what we do every step of the way, from negotiating with lenders to filing for bankruptcy, if need be, to protect your home and your family. Our goal is to make sure you can move on with your life and enjoy your future.

Talk to our legal team about foreclosure and debt solutions

For more than a decade, the Law Office of Weiss, Schmidgall and Hires, P.C., team has been protecting the rights of homeowners in Indiana. From our office in Merrillville, we serve all of Lake and Porter County to the edges of the state. Contact us online today or call 219-293-8988 to learn more about our services, flexible payment plans and free initial consultations.

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Christopher R. Schmidgall
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For more than ten years, Christopher Schmidgall has protected the lives of people who find themselves caught in the tangled machinery of criminal prosecution. With the skill and determination he’s demonstrated throughout his life, Chris offers them the help they need to get their lives back in order. Not long after graduating from Valparaiso...

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Amanda C. Hires
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Following a remarkably accomplished academic career, Amanda Hires applied her record of success to servicing good people facing difficult situations. She served as a volunteer at the New Orleans Public Defender’s Office and worked intensively with prosecutors and defense attorneys while under the guidance of Judge Sheila Moss at the Lake County Superior Court...

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Jessica McPheeters
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Jessica McPheeters is an associate attorney with her primary focus being in Estate Planning, Probate, Business Formation and Planning, and other general practice matters. Jessica received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Economics from Ball State University in 2014. Jessica then received her Juris Doctor from Valparaiso University School of Law...

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    attorney Hires is very knowledgeable in the field and was very helpful with a issue that she handled promptly and for a very fair price

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    Chris Schmidgall is an excellent bankruptcy attorney. He covers all bases. He is the most kindness, patient & understanding attorney I have ever encountered. His prices are also reasonable.

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    Chris Schmidgall and his Staff, Laney, Sarah and Company have helped my family rebuild our lives! They recently are helping us get the reliable Vehicle we need this keep this house of 7 (2 Parents and 5 kids) going every day. The vehicle we have is s...

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    Chris and his staff are very knowledgeable and caring, I highly recommend them!

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