South Florida Foreclosure Defense and Bankruptcy Firm Civil Justice Advocates, Pl Weighs in on Patraeus’ Story Participants’ Foreclosure and Consumer Related Cases

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Civil Justice Advocates, PL represents consumers in foreclosure and bankruptcy in South Florida. Right here in Florida, one of the principals of the emerging Patreaus story faces foreclosure.

"Tough times never last, but tough people do." - Robert Schuller

Even well connected socialites in the middle of high powered controversies have to deal with foreclosure. As reported in the Tampa Bay Times by Ben Montgomery on November 15, 2012, Jill Kelley finds herself in the middle of a tangled web which led to the resignation of General David Patraeus. Jill Kelley and her husband Scott are friends of Patraeus and of General John Allen, who was to be confirmed today in Washington.

This controversy tops off several years of financial struggles for the Kelleys which include foreclosure. According to Ben Montgomery of the Tampa Bay Times, Jill and Scott Kelley stopped making payments on their $1.5 million home in 2009. According to court records for case number 10-CA-9459 found in Hillsborough County Clerk of Courts, their lender filed a foreclosoure lawsuit against them in April 2010. As seen on the docket, Kelleys continue an aggressive defend by actively pursuing discovery, a tool allowing parties in a lawsuit to gather information from their opponent to help their case. While their case is being aggressively defended, the Kelley’s remain in their homestead property. Given everything going on in their lives right now, they may not be looking to the future but there is always a need for some sort of plan. If they were they might consider bankruptcy, especially considering the other debt they have incurred and lawsuits filed against them.

On a side note, Jill Kelley’s sister, Natalie Khawam, who herself is requesting bankruptcy protection as reported by Tampa Bay Times' Ben Montgomery on November 15, 2012 and filed in Middle District of Florida's Bankrupcty Court found in under case number 8:12-bk-05664-KRM, might be able to provide some insight and advice for handing finances. That of course is another story.

This example demonstrates financial difficulties cross social and economic boundaries. Valid defenses exist in foreclosure, loan modifications may provide proper relief and bankruptcy protection allows consumers access to relief that leads to a fresh start. Times are tough, solutions are possible – take action.

About Civil Justice Advocates, PL at provides legal assistance to consumers dealing with credit card issues, foreclosure and bankruptcy. Our main office is in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and we serve Miami Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties.

Civil Justice Advocates, PL
Phone 954-677-8888
Fax 954-677-8881    3601 W. Commercial Blvd., Suite 18
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309

To find out more about Civil Justice Advocates, PL visit our website at We provide free consultations. Our attorneys are licensed in Florida, Puerto Rico and New York.

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