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Effective Monday, December 8, 2014, Judge Susan V. Kelley will be the new Chief Judge of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin.
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The Eastern District of Wisconsin welcomes Janet L. Medlock as the newly appointed Clerk of the Bankruptcy Court. Janet previously held the position of Chief Deputy Clerk with the court. Her new appointment is effective January 31, 2011.
MORTGAGE MODIFICATION MEDIATION
FOR CHAPTER 13 DEBTORS ONLY
The Mortgage Modification Mediation Program (MMM) is a program designed to help qualified Chapter 13 debtors keep their homes by modifying their mortgage to an affordable payment. To qualify, the debtor must have steady income and pay 31% of gross income or 75% of the current mortgage payment (whichever is less) while the mediation is pending. Requesting mediation will allow debtors and lenders to discuss whether modifying a mortgage loan is feasible. Debtors who are successful may lower their monthly payment amounts and keep their homes.
Mediation is an informal meeting conducted by a neutral mediator (selected at random from a list of qualified mediators) who acts as a discussion facilitator. The mediator cannot force a lender to modify the debtor’s mortgage but can help the parties reach an agreement. Mediation is simply a way for debtors and lenders to discuss whether modifying the mortgage is possible.
Note: The mediation fee is $400. Debtors and lenders will each need to pay one-half of the fee ($200 each) to the mediator before attending the scheduled mediation. The Debtor also pays $40 to use the DMM Loss Mitigation Portal.
After the Motion is filed, the lender will have the opportunity to consent or object to participation in MMM. Click here for a sample consent form (click here for consent form without DMM Portal requirement). After the consent is filed a Mortgage Modification Mediation Order will be uploaded by the Clerk. Click here for the required form of order (or here for a no-portal order).
Please read the all of the documents so you are familiar with the requirements. For a more detailed description of the program, please click here.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS FOR THE
MORTGAGE MODIFICATION MEDIATION PROGRAM
Only Chapter 13 debtors can request mediation
Mediation limited to the debtor’s primary residence (investment properties do not qualify)
Debtor has steady income and can pay up to 31% of gross income or 75% of the debtor’s current mortgage payment (whichever is less) to the modified mortgage payment
Debtor and the lender must each pay half of a non-refundable $400 mediation fee ($200 each) to the appointed mediator before attending the scheduled mediation
Debtor pays $40 to use the DMM Loss Mitigation Portal to upload required documents and forms
Each meeting will be held the second Tuesday of each month from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. in Room 190 in Milwaukee. You are welcome to participate via videoconference at the District Court in Green Bay, the Bankruptcy Court in Eau Claire, Trustee Rebecca Garcia's office in Oshkosh and at the Law Offices of Godfrey & Kahn in Madison.
Information about upcoming topics and CLE credit is listed below.
If you have suggestions for topics, speakers, or to volunteer to present a topic, contact Attorney Anton Nickolai.
Please Note: In the event of inclement weather, if the Milwaukee Public Schools are closed, the meeting will be canceled and rescheduled for a later date.
June 2, 2015 (Please note the date change) - New Bankruptcy Rules and CM/ECF Procedures - Speakers: Judge Kelley, Sean McDermott, and Michelle Hawley
August 11, 2015 - Chapter 13 Hot Topics - Speakers: Trustees Mary Grossman and Rebecca Garcia
November 10, 2015 - Supreme Court Review and Preview - Speakers: Tom Shriner and Pete Blain
December 8, 2015 - Bankruptcy Ethics with Paula's Cookies - Speakers: Mark Metz and Olivier Reiher
More dates and topics to come...