When you are served with a Summons and Complaint for a foreclosure lawsuit, it is important to talk to a lawyer right away. Fill out our form and we will call you back. Your information will be sent to Legal Services Vermont. You can also call us at 1-800-889-2047. We can give you quick advice or possibly a referral to a lawyer.
You should file an Answer. You can use our Answer form. Your signature on the Answer does not have to be notarized. Instead it must say: “I declare that the above statement is true and accurate to the best of my knowledge and belief. I understand that it the above statement is false, I will be subject to the penalty of perjury or other sanctions in the discretion of the court.” The Answer must be delivered, mailed or emailed to the court and a copy sent to your lender’s attorney.
If you have a pending VHAP application, you should file a Request for Stay. If approved, this will stay (pause) your case. You can use this Request for Stay form. (Court rules say that your lender will also send you one of these forms.) Your case will be stayed (paused) until VHAP approves, denies or closes your application. The Request for Stay must be delivered, mailed or emailed to the court and a copy sent to your lender’s attorney.