New York Clamps Down on Lawyer Foreclosure Fibs

barrister New York Clamps Down on Lawyer Foreclosure FibsNew York lawyers, take heed: Judges will no longer tolerate poorly prepared paperwork in their courts, least of all when it comes to legal proceedings that result in the evictions of New York state residents. New York Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman has decreed that attorneys will now have to sign a piece of paper attesting to the accuracy and the validity of the paperwork submitted in a case.

See, lawyers were already supposed to verify the accuracy of the paperwork they submit in legal proceedings. A reasonable requirement; we imagine most courts would prefer that their legally binding rulings not take place under false pretenses.

The new rule will make lawyers extra careful about the legality of their filings. The Associated Press says:

In New York, attorneys there already have an obligation to ensure that the documents they present to the court are valid, but New York Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman said having them sign something affirming that all papers got a proper review will hold them accountable like never before.

“We want to make sure that everyone is focusing like a laser on these particular types of proceedings,” he said. “It puts them on notice. That’s what this is all about. We all have to make doubly sure that we are doing what we should be doing in the first place.”

Two rules governing the same practice — sounds like the perfect way to “make doubly sure” you get what you want.

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