Last year, when I wrote articles about the large number of home foreclosures in Erie County, every judge and lawyer I talked to said they have the same advice for homeowners in trouble: Get a lawyer and find out what your rights are before you let the bank take your home.
So I thought it was interesting to hear U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur say the same thing when she spoke Monday night before the Erie County Democratic Women at UAW Local 913 Hall on Hayes Avenue in Perkins Township.
Kaptur told the audience she is very angry Congress bailed out the big banks but did little for homeowners. She advised homeowners to try to stay in their homes.
“I have been shocked, shocked with the number of citizens in our district who don’t get legal help,” Kaptur said.
Many people appear to be ashamed of what’s happened, she said. She said she tells people, “Don’t be afraid. Get a lawyer.”
Kaptur said her office will try to help if people believe they can’t afford a lawyer.