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Disaster declaration shields some Oklahomans from foreclosure

Lenders cannot proceed with foreclosure proceedings for 90 days after disaster declarations in six Oklahoma counties.
by Jay F. Marks Modified: July 12, 2013 at 10:20 pm •  Published: July 13, 2013
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“That's the last things these folks need is somebody calling, somebody writing and making all kinds of threats,” he said. “The whole point of this is to give folks that time to regroup and rebuild.”

“Obviously catastrophes happen and they need time to sort things out.”

Figgins said he is concerned Oklahoma property owners may be getting improper collection notices.

“They should be quiet right now through Aug. 20,” he said.

A HUD spokeswoman in Fort Worth said property owners should direct complaints about foreclosure proceedings instituted after the Oklahoma tornadoes to their lenders. The agency also has a national servicing center in Oklahoma City. It can be reached at (877) 622-8525.

Figgins said Legal Aid, a nonprofit law firm providing free civil legal assistance to qualified individuals, can help also.

Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma “is working hard to help disaster victims sort out legal details and ensure protection of their legal rights,” he said. Legal Aid's number is (888) 534-5243.

by Jay F. Marks
Energy Reporter
Jay F. Marks has been covering Oklahoma news since graduating from Oklahoma State University in 1996. He worked in Sulphur and Enid before joining The Oklahoman in 2005. Marks has been covering the energy industry since 2009.
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