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Before entering the legal field, Jon Alan Enochs worked in the banking industry, where he focused on real estate secured transactions and collections matters. He frequently retained foreclosure and real estate attorneys, and he saw the best (and the worst) of the field. Inspired by his experience, Mr. Enochs decided to go to law school so he could bring an innovative and business-minded approach to real estate foreclosures.

Today, The Enochs Law Group has more than 20 years of experience handling real estate secured loans and foreclosure issues.

We Help You Weigh Your Foreclosure Options

California foreclosure

In California, lenders can foreclose on real property either judicially or nonjudicially. Both processes offer specific advantages and disadvantages, and lenders need to understand the pros and cons before proceeding with a foreclosure.

Our team regularly helps lenders weigh their options for collections and foreclosure. Keep reading to learn more about California foreclosure laws and common issues that arise during the process.

Non-Judicial Foreclosures

Non-judicial foreclosures occur outside of court. In a non-judicial foreclosure, the lender exercises a power of sale within the mortgage documents or deed of trust after the payer defaults on the loan.

Typically, a non-judicial foreclosure involves the following process:

  • The lender must file a notice of default with the county recorder.
  • After three months, the lender can notify the defaulting party that the property will be sold unless they cure the default and pay associated fees.
  • The lender must wait at least 20 days before selling the property at a public auction.
  • The defaulting party can resolve the deficiency up to five business days before the public sale.

When going through a foreclosure, it’s typically your best interest to retain counsel. A single error or late filing can complicate your non-judicial foreclosure and cause unwanted delays. The Enochs Law Group has represented clients in many non-judicial foreclosures throughout San Diego, so we know how to help our clients avoid these pitfalls.


Judicial Foreclosures

A judicial foreclosure is a formal process that involves a lawsuit filed by a lender named within a deed of trust or mortgage. Compared to a non-judicial foreclosure, a judicial foreclosure is a more time-intensive and costly process, but it does offer certain benefits.

For example, during a judicial foreclosure, the lender may demand a deficiency judgment. Depending on the circumstances, the judgment will be for either:

  • The difference between the debt and the property’s fair market value; or
  • The difference between the debt and the property’s sale price

However, the defaulting party may also have a right to redeem the property, which is not an option in a non-judicial foreclosure.

Foreclosure, especially judicial foreclosure, is rarely a simple and easy process. Lenders frequently have to evict defaulting buyers from the property through an unlawful detainer proceeding. Other times, debtors try to delay foreclosure through bankruptcy. They may also have an array of liens and encumbrances on the property that complicate any sale. In the most dramatic cases, buyers even intentionally damage and devalue the property in anticipation of foreclosure.

The experienced real estate and foreclosure lawyers at The Enochs Law Group can help you address these complicated and emotionally charged issues. We represent banks and lenders in their judicial foreclosures and aim to deliver efficient, effective, and practical results.

We Build Relationships on Trust and Respect

About 4 years ago a friend referred me to Alan Enoch’s for legal advice on a business matter. Alan immediately proved how valuable he would be to my business through his well thought out responses and knowledge of the law. Since that first meeting, Alan has been representing me personally, as well as 4 businesses I own. He continues to work tirelessly to ensure my entities are protected. My company interviewed many lawyers in the past before the introduction to Alan. I will put it very simply what sets Alan apart from all the others; He cares. He genuinely cares about his clients and wants the best for them. He will review each potential issue in depth to gain the knowledge to provide honest advice as to whether it is worth pursuing or not.

My advice to anyone that is looking at hiring Alan…. do it before your competition does. I want Alan on my side of the courtroom, not on the side that’s against me.

Scott O.

"I want to thank you for all the hard work that you've done for our company over the years. We've had small matters that were handled very quickly. We've also had large matters that needed very aggressive representation and you've represented us in a stellar manner. If you're looking for a truly aggressive law firm, someone who is going to look at your case in a thorough manner and is going to be very strategic in both the short term and long term, please call Alan Enochs."

Todd T.

Claims Involving Loan Brokers

Our attorneys also assist property owners with claims against unscrupulous loan brokers. If a loan broker’s false statements or misrepresentations harmed you, we can listen to the details of your situation and give you personalized legal advice based on decades of experience.


Practical, Business-Minded Legal Representation for Loans and Foreclosures

If you need a real estate foreclosure attorney or have questions about a loan or loan broker, contact The Enochs Law Group. During our initial consultation, we’ll listen to your story, assess your legal options, and suggest practical next steps in your case. You can call us at 619-421-3956 or complete our online form to schedule your initial consultation.

The content provided here is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice on any subject.

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