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A legal research guide on the state and federal laws for foreclosure.
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Below is an eBook title that may help you with your research on foreclosure.


Resources at the State Law Library

Below are some of the library resources that can provide further guidance on this topic. The Texas State Law Library has many other resources in addition to the highlights we present below. Please call us at (512) 463-1722 if you have any questions about these materials.

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Foreclosure Defense - Rebecca A. Taylor
Call Number: KF 697 F6 T39 2011
ISBN: 1616329939
Publication Date: 2011
This title from the American Bar Association is written to assist in defending foreclosure cases. Specific parts focus on ethnical considerations, trial basics, and summary judgments. A CD-ROM is available which can be requested at the reference desk.

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Foreclosures : mortgage servicing, mortgage modifications, and foreclosure defense - John Rao
Call Number: KF 697 R3 2012
ISBN: 9781602481046
Publication Date: 2012, updated annually
This title contains information on mortgage servicing and home foreclosures in single family dwellings, manufactured homes, and condominiums. It examines loan modifications, abuses by mortgage servicers, the use of bankruptcy to prevent foreclosure, predatory lending, and legal issues that arise after a foreclosure sale is completed. It also contains extensive appendices which cover selected statutes and regulations regarding mortgages, summaries of related laws, sample forms, and a glossary.
It includes a companion website which provides sample forms and the text of relevant statutes. Access to the companion website is available from the National Consumer Law Center database. See Electronic Databases for remote access.

About This Guide

This guide was created in order to provide information about the Texas and federal laws on foreclosure as well as options for homeowners facing foreclosure. Below you will find links to the text of Texas and federal law dealing with mortgages as well as resources that explain these laws in "plain English." Finally there is information on who to contact if you are facing foreclosure.

Texas and Federal Law

Below you will find references to areas of the Texas Property Code and federal law that govern foreclosure and issues related to foreclosure. If you find these statutes difficult to understand, you may want to view the "plain English" resources on this page or speak to an attorney.

Explained in "Plain English"

Because Texas and federal law may not be easy to understand, below you'll find a collection of resources that help to explain the law in "plain English."

Who Can I Contact?

Please include any information on guide specific state agencies or organizations in this box.

  • Homeowner's HOPE hotline
    This hotline, run by the nonprofit Homeownership Preservation Foundation, is staffed around the clock by housing counselors who can explain state and Federal law as well as discuss homeowners' options with them.
  • HUD Approved Housing Counseling Agencies
    This website provides a list of HUD Approved Housing Counseling Agencies that can help homeowners facing foreclosure.
  • Making Home Affordable
    This website from the federal government was designed to help homeowners avoid foreclosure through a variety of programs including lower interest rates and lower monthly payments.

Legal Research Guides from the Texas State Law Library

The Texas State Law Library reference librarians have compiled legal research guides for specific areas of the law. These guides contain resources that can help you research a legal issue. The American Association of Law Libraries has a guide for Non-Lawyers on How to Research a Legal Problem. If you have any questions, please contact us at (512) 463-1722 or at


The information provided on this page has been prepared for general information purposes only and should not be construed as, nor substituted for, legal advice. It is strongly recommended that you contact an attorney for advice specific to your fact situation. Your local bar association or the State Bar of Texas Lawyer Referral Information Service (1-800-252-9690) can assist you with locating an attorney.

Some of the electronic resources we refer to in this guide may be in PDF format. Adobe Reader or similar software is required to view PDFs.

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