Author Archive | W. Scott Van Ness, Esq.

What happens if no one bids enough on my house to pay what is due?

  A couple different things can happen here. Typically what happens is the bank will go ahead and bid. The bank has the right to bid on your house up to the amount that’s owed without having to come up with any more money out of their pocket. Most foreclosure sales end up with the […]

Foundational Principles for Peacemaking

I have no need or desire to take credit for this content, but I want everyone to read it and use it. ¬†This lays out some guidelines for us as believers in Jesus Christ use as we may encounter conflict in our lives. May God guide you in all your endeavors and may He guide […]

Can anyone buy my house at the auction?

  If your house has gone all through the foreclosure process and the court has ordered an auction, then anybody who has qualified themselves with the clerk for the sale can make a bid on the house. Now, there are certain cases they might say if the owner goes and buys it, that there are […]

How much time do I have to get out of my house once I am served with a foreclosure case?

  This is just going to depend on how long the foreclosure case takes. Are you hiring an attorney? Are you putting on a defense? I’ve had clients that have hired me and it has been 2, 3 years down the road before we finally been able to resolve everything in the court of law. […]

Should I set up an LLC in Florida?

  Typically when I get this question, it’s a two-pronged question. The first one is should I set up an LLC? I’m assuming that you’ve made the decision to set up an LLC. The question that I often get is should I set up a Florida LLC or should I set it up in Delaware […]

Do I have to get out of the property 20 days after the summons is received?

  On a foreclosure action, when you get served with that paperwork and it says you have 20 days, it’s 20 days to respond in court with some kind of legal response. You’re not just automatically out of your house at the end of that 20 days. There’s still a legal process that has to […]

What do I do if I have been served with foreclosure paperwork?

  Being served with foreclosure paperwork is similar to being served with a lawsuit. You have been served with a lawsuit. If you want to preserve your legal rights, then you need to look at the paperwork. It typically gives you 20 days to file some kind of legal response. Either you need to do […]

Resolving Conflict and Reconciling Relationships

‚ÄúTherefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting […]

Can I be foreclosed on for not paying my taxes?

  You can. It’s a process that’s going to take several years. Typically, if you don’t pay your property taxes, the county is going to do something they call, they’re going to sell tax certificates. Basically, you have a three year window in which to pay those. There will come a point in time, where […]

What happens to my foreclosure case if I file bankruptcy?

  If you go and actually file a bankruptcy action in Bankruptcy Court then all of the state actions are stopped … Not permanently, it’s called a stay. It is a permanent stay until the Bankruptcy Court releases it. A bunch of stuff is going to happen over in the Bankruptcy Court. The bank may […]