Dan Baldwin 2013-10-25 12:25:26
Ellen K. Lawson, Attorney at Law, PLC represents Arizona homeowners in the areas of loan modification, short sales, deed in lieu of foreclosure, mortgage debt settlement and general residential real estate matters. Founder Ellen Lawson says, “I chose to have a very focused law practice in residential real estate, which allows me to be successful for my clients.” Lawson’s clients are generally under significant stress when they arrive for their initial meeting. Often they have been struggling with their mortgage payments for some time due to income loss or increased household expenses or medical expenses. Lawson’s clients are worried about losing their homes or are facing imminent foreclosure. Many of her clients have tried working with their banks on their own for many months and have had very frustrating experiences. Lawson reviews with her clients their financial situation and loan history, and advises them of all of their real estate options. Lawson will then negotiate directly with her clients’ banks throughout the entire process. “I take a lot of pride in working with my clients and assisting them with loan modification, a short sale or debt settlement, so that they can resolve the financial difficulties that they are facing with their home or investment property. I understand the pressures that Arizona homeowners are facing, and I find it very rewarding to help them solve their real estate issues,” says Lawson. Arizona homeowners are facing a variety of financial hardships such as reduced income, temporary job loss, increased household expenses, divorce or bankruptcy. Some of Lawson’s clients also experience financial hardship when their adult children or elderly parents move into their home. Overall Lawson has been very pleased with the willingness of banks to work with homeowners who are facing a financial hardship, but it can be very challenging. “It is very important that a homeowner work with an experienced real estate attorney for a loan modification, a short sale or for debt settlement. All of these workout options require prompt financial disclosure and continuous, proactive communication with the homeowner’s bank,” says Lawson. “Quite often clients are facing foreclosure at the same time they are working on a loan modification or short sale, so it is essential that a real estate attorney is involved who can work with the banks and the foreclosure trustees to make sure pending trustee sales are postponed during the short sale or loan modification process.” Lawson graduated from the University of Michigan in 1985 with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology. She earned her Juris Doctor from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis in 1988. She was admitted to the State Bar of Illinois in 1988, the State Bar of Missouri in 1989, the State Bar of Michigan in 1992 and the State Bar of Arizona in 2000. She is a member of the State Bar of Arizona real estate section. Lawson began her legal career in Chicago. She worked in a general practice law firm, then she worked in-house for Amoco Oil Company, as a commercial real estate attorney. Lawson and her family moved to Detroit in 1992, then they moved to Arizona in 1999. Lawson put her career on hold for a number of years to devote her energies full time to raising a young family. Changes in the economy and real estate industry drew her back to the law. “In 2009, when all of the loan modification companies were popping up in Arizona, homeowners were placing their faith in these companies and many were ultimately losing their homes. I knew at that time that I wanted to be of help to Arizona homeowners. I opened up my solo practice in March 2009,” Lawson says. “I bring a lot of experience to the table, and my clients know that I will do everything possible to help them best resolve their situation. As a solo attorney, every client of mine knows that they will have my personal attention on his or her matter,” Lawson says.
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