State courts committee to consider new foreclosure rules for lawyers

A committee that sets rules for Maryland's courts is scheduled to meet Friday to debate whether lawyers who filed legal documents in foreclosure cases without actually having signed the papers themselves should be required to defend their work in court or risk having the cases dismissed.

At issue are hundreds of foreclosure cases in which "corrective affidavits" were filed by two attorneys who apparently allowed others to sign their names to court documents.

Improperly signed affidavits could call into question the validity of the foreclosure process as well as the integrity of deeds on homes taken back by lenders or sold at auction.

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