Posted by: Ray Brescia | December 22, 2014

Vote Now for the Free Virtual Foreclosure Guide for an ABA Award

The Virtual Foreclosure Guide helps low- and moderate-income homeowners facing foreclosure access easy-to-use legal information to help them navigate the foreclosure process, even if they can’t afford and don’t have an attorney to help them.  The Virtual Foreclosure Guide has now been nominated for the Louis M. Brown Award from the American Bar Association and we need your help to support its candidacy for the award.

You can vote here.  It takes literally 5 seconds.

What’s the Louis M. Brown award you ask?  Here’s a description.

The Louis M. Brown Award for legal access honors programs and projects dedicated to matching the unmet legal needs of the middle class and those of moderate incomes with lawyers who provide affordable legal information, services and representation.

I would like to think that our Virtual Foreclosure Guide hits all the right notes.  It is dedicated to helping to support middle class homeowners who cannot otherwise find an attorney to represent them, and it does so free of charge.  We are also finding that individuals who have an attorney or legal counselor are also accessing our site, like they might something like WebMD, even if they have representation.  Lawyers and housing counselors are also accessing the site and referring those they can’t help to it.  Hundreds of homeowners have already logged onto the site in just three months since it went live.

A joint project between the Empire Justice Center, the University at Albany, and Albany Law School, completed exclusively through in-kind contributions and countless hours of college, law student, faculty and volunteer time, those of us who created the app believe it embodies the spirit of the Louis M. Brown award.  We hope you agree and will vote for the app for the award.

To learn more about the Guide, you can read about it here and here.

Thanks for taking the time to support our work.

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