At least three homeowners called my office this week with a foreclosure sale set in less than 5 days and wanted to file bankruptcy to stop the sale. What is with people who wait until the last minute to look for a solution to losing their home? When I’m tired and cynical, I think they must believe in the genie in a bottle, willing to give them three wishes.
But the stories got stranger still, as we talked to these callers: two of the three wanted to stall the foreclosure so that they could complete a short sale. The sale was going to result in no money to the homeowner and they would lose the home, yet they thought they were ready to spend money to file bankruptcy for the privilege of selling rather than being foreclosed.
Historically, we have found that people who wait til the last minute make difficult clients. They put off unpleasant tasks and fail to appreciate deadlines, or even that their lawyer is bugging them in order to make things better.
I decided that I am not willing to take on emergency bankruptcy filings for procrastinators unless there is something to save by the exercise. Enabling a short sale doesn’t measure up.