Prepping Attorneys for New Land Court Pilot Program

Kathleen O'Donnell (Law Office of Kathleen O'Donnell) and Deb Patterson (Land Court) trained attorneys to assist homeowners through the BBA's new pilot program in the Land Court.

Kathleen O’Donnell (Law Office of Kathleen O’Donnell) and Deb Patterson (Land Court) trained attorneys to assist homeowners through the BBA’s new pilot program in the Land Court.

If you saw this blog earlier this month, then you already know about the BBA’s exciting new pilot program in the Land Court. The aim of the project is to address an issue in Massachusetts households – the foreclosure of real estate tax liens. Homeowners caught in this foreclosure process often do not understand that they could lose not only possession of their home, but also any equity they may have.

In an effort to assist homeowners, this week the BBA trained attorneys on how the Land Court handles tax title foreclosures, and provided the attendees with the information needed to explain the process to homeowners.

Deb Patterson, the Recorder at the Land Court and one of the speakers on Monday night’s panel, witnesses the confusion at the Land Court every Thursday. Here’s why she thinks you should volunteer for the program:

“Volunteering for this pilot program will give you the opportunity to help litigants navigate the real estate tax foreclosure process and can be a very effective tool for them to use to make informed decisions regarding their property.”

Attorneys who attended the training can now volunteer to be on call to assist homeowners at the Land Court’s Thursday Tax Title Sessions and help homeowners hold onto their property.

Did you miss the training but still want to get involved? Don’t worry, it’s not too late! Contact Katie D’Angelo at [email protected] to learn how you can help.