No doubt that new foreclosure filings have been down the lately. This is good news, right?

Not necessarily. First, if you’re facing foreclosure, there’s nothing reassuring about a general downturn in filings across the state. The trend is not your friend if your house is in jeopardy.

Secondly, foreclosures ALWAYS find a lull during the summer months. Lawyers and bankers are people too. (Don’t laugh!) Lawyers have children, bankers take summer vacations, and generally foreclosure firms work less over the summer months. The judges and courts are usually less busy too.

Third, the courts made a huge push at the end of the spring and beginning of summer to push through as many cases as possible. Honestly, everyone’s exhausted from that push. It’s no wonder people took some time off to recoup before starting new cases up again.

With the summer months coming to an end, expect foreclosure filings to increase across the state. We are already seeing more activity. Where we hardly had any new cases the last quarter, filings, hearings, and sales are increasing. Expect the lull to be over.

Daniel McKillop

Managing Partner, Operations Manager/Sarasota

H. Daniel McKillop sues and defends lawsuits for individuals, families, and small business owners. He also advises small business owners in areas of real estate and contract formations.

Dan takes pride in helping people through financial difficulties, providing legal advocacy and support during tough times. He volunteers as a judge for Sarasota County Teen Court, and often co-counsels legal aid cases with Gulf Coast Legal Services.

Dan was an Air Force officer prior to attending law school at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. His duty assignments included deployments to Iraq, the Philippines, and various stints in east Asia.

Dan and Julia have two young sons, two dogs, four cows and four sheep.

Dan’s practice includes:

  • Foreclosure defense
  • Real estate litigation
  • RESPA and TILA violations
  • Probate litigation
  • General civil lawsuits.