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Foreclosure Answer Clinic
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Free legal assistance for homeowners who have received a Summons & Complaint, 11 am-1 pm

Call: 608-261-5677

More Information:
FREE LEGAL HELP! For homeowners facing foreclosure.

Who: For homeowners who have received a Foreclosure Summons and Complaint

When: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm, first & third Thursdays

City-County Building, 3rd floor, 210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

FREE LEGAL HELP is available for Dane County homeowners in foreclosure. Homeowners can receive basic legal information and free assistance in writing an Answer to the lawsuit at the Foreclosure Answer Clinic. The Clinic has assisted over 200 homeowners to understand the legal process of foreclosure and to respond their lawsuit. Homeowners who respond in writing to the lawsuit have more control over the process and a better chance for a favorable outcome.

Homeowners have ONE CHANCE to file an Answer to their lawsuit. Filing an Answer is one of the critical things a homeowner MUST do even if the homeowner is in communication with the lender and working on options such as a loan modification or short sale.

Time is of the essence because homeowners generally have only 20 calendar days from the date they receive the initial lawsuit papers to file a formal response called an Answer. Failing to file an Answer to the lawsuit on time significantly reduces homeowners' control over the process and their ability to share their story with the judge. In addition, they may not be notified of important steps in the court process of foreclosure.

The Clinic is open the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on the 3rd floor of the City-County Building, 210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Madison. No appointments are necessary. Homeowners should bring their Summons and Complaint as well as any other relevant papers about the foreclosure.

The Foreclosure Answer Clinic is a collaborative effort of the Dane County Foreclosure Prevention Taskforce, the Dane County Bar Association and the UW Law School, with grant funding provided by the State Bar of Wisconsin and other support provided by Dane County.
Who We Are. The Dane County Foreclosure Prevention Taskforce is a coalition of public agencies, non-profit service providers and other community partners working together to develop sustainable alternatives to foreclosure in Dane County. For more information, please visit

Our Mission. To develop and implement a coordinated response to the current foreclosure problem in Dane County.

Que: La Clinica de Respuestas sobre la ejecución de una hipoteca - una clinica legal, con acceso directo y GRATIS
Quien: Para propietarios de una vivienda que han recibido un Foreclosure Summons and Complaint (una Citación de Ejecución de una Hipoteca y Demanda)
Cuando: 11:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.
Donde: City-County Building, Sala 354, 210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.


Los propietarios del Condado de Dane que enfrentan una ejecución hipotecaria tienen acceso a una clinica legal gratis proveído por abogados y estudiantes de derecho voluntarios. La Clinica de Respuesta sobra la Ejecución de una hipoteca es el primer y tercer jueves de cada mes de 11:00 de la mañana a 1:00 de la tarde en el tercer piso del city County Building, 210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Madison. La Clinica tiene acceso directo, citas no son necesarias. Los propietarios deben traer su Citatorio y la Queja así como cualquier otro documento pertinente.
El propósito de la clinica es proporcionar a propietarios en el proceso de una ejecución hipotecaria con información legal básica. El tiempo es primordial, propietarios tienen generalmente sólo 20 días de calendario de la fecha que reciben los papeles iniciales de pleito para dar una respuesta formal. El objetivo del programa es de aumentar el acceso al sistema legal.
La Clinica de Respuesta sobre la Ejecución de una hipoteca es un esfuerzo cooperativo del Dane County Foreclosure Prevention Taskforce, the Dane County Bar Association and the UW Law School con financiamiento de becas proporcionadas por la Barra del Estado de Wisconsin y otro apoyo proporcionado por el Condado de Dane.

Quiénes Somos: The Dane County Foreclosure Prevention Taskforce es una coalición de agencias públicas, proveedores de servicios sin fines lucrativos y otros socios de la comunidad que trabajan juntos para desarrollar alternativas sostenibles a la ejecución de una hipoteca en el Condado de Dane. Para más información, visite por favor la página: .

Nuestra Misión: Para desarrollar y aplicar una respuesta coordinada al problema actual de la ejecución de una hipoteca en el Condado de Dane.

Program Updates for Dane County Foreclosure Prevention Task Force
The Dane County Foreclosure Prevention Task Force continues to meet the needs of distressed homeowners in Dane and surrounding counties. The following programs are on-going:
· Foreclosure Prevention Specialist: UW Law School graduate Sam Owens answers homeowners’ questions via phone and email, offering reliable, impartial and free information and support as well as referrals as appropriate. He can be reached at or 608-261-5677
· Foreclosure Answer Clinic: Free legal assistance to answer the foreclosure lawsuit is available on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month from 11 am to 1 pm. The Clinic takes place at the City-County Building 210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd on the 3rd floor. Homeowners are assisted on a first come, first served basis. Please bring your summons and complaint. For more information, contact Sam Owens at or 608-261-5677
· Foreclosure Mediation Program: Homeowners who have been served with a foreclosure summons may request mediation. This process is voluntary for both homeowner and lender and costs $100 if the mediation is conducted. It allows homeowner and lender to discuss issues and explore options to possibly avoid foreclosure. Contact Peter Enter, Program Coordinator at 608-221-1695 or
· Website: is a resource for homeowners in distress. The website is updated periodically and has resources including the foreclosure timeline which helps homeowners understand the foreclosure process in a visual format.
· DISCONTINUED: The Loan Modification/Foreclosure Prevention Workshop has been suspended due to low attendance. We will be exploring other options to educate distressed homeowners on their rights and responsibilities.

Volunteer Opportunities:
· We are in need of a webmaster well-versed in Word Press to assist us in updating our website. Please contact Ellen Bernards @ or Sam Owens @ to offer your services.

Other Resources:
· Homeowners in distress can always receive free, confidential housing counseling from GreenPath Debt Solutions, a U.S. Housing and Urban Development approved housing counseling agency. The local office is at 802 W. Broadway Suite 202. To schedule an appointment, please call 877-428-1113.


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