A bankruptcy judge advised mortgage servicers to make sure the foreclosure attorneys they retain are available and responsive to borrowers as well as proactive about workouts.

"I see situations most often where the borrower appears in court and the attorney for the lender is not there. The borrower says he has been calling the lender and getting no response. They bring in returned checks," Judge Ronald Pearson of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of West Virginia, said at the Mortgage Bankers Association's servicing conference in San Diego last week.

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