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Banks pay record bonuses but refuse to help stop foreclosures

Financial executives were paid $2 billion in bonuses as the financial markets stood on the brink of collapse in 2008, the New York Times reported. The collapse was due in large part to risky bets, excessive leverage, and years of financial excess by corporate executives.

And about 80 percent of the bonus pay was not merited — or about $1.6 billion.

It’s hard to feel bad for the bankers. They are not the ones living paycheck to paycheck, or left dealing with an upside down mortgage, ruined credit, or an attempted short sale. A Miami foreclosure defense lawyer can help South Florida homeowners decided upon the best course of action. Whether you are looking to stop foreclosure, or are considering strategic default or a home-loan modification, speaking to an experienced attorney can help protect your rights.

As we have reported on our Miami Foreclosure Lawyer Blog, the wealthy are simply walking away from underwater mortgages and living to fight another day. The bankers got their money. Don’t let a bank or homeowner’s association guilt-trip you into remaining in a hopeless situation. Fighting for your rights could impact your standard-of-living for the rest of your life.

The government’s report on bank bonuses found that 17 financial companies made questionable payouts totaling $1.58 billion immediately after accepting billions of dollars in taxpayer aid.

The group includes Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, AIG and Citigroup.

The watchdog has little or no authority to require the banks to repay the money. But will settle for proposing that banks voluntarily adopt a “brake provision” which will allow boards to suspend bonus payments in the event of a future financial crisis.

The practice of paying bonuses is alive and well again on Wall Street: Goldman Sachs is on pace to hand the average worker $544,000 in salary and bonuses; JP Morgan Chase’s average is about $425,000 and Morgan Stanley employees could each collect $260,000.

If you are facing foreclosure in the Miami area or are considering home-loan modification, short-sale, strategic default or other options in South Florida, contact Barakat, Jacobs & Associates for a confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call (305) 350-5055.

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