Mark Stopa’s Former Law Firm, Stay In My Home PA Officially Files For Chapter 7 Bankruptcy
The petition by Stay In My Home PA estimates the number of people and businesses owed money by the firm to be between 1,000 and 5,000. It includes the names and addresses of hundreds of individuals from all over Florida. Most of these individuals appear to be homeowners who had hired Stopa’s firm to keep them from foreclosure.
The petition estimates the firm’s assets at $50,000 to $100,000. The petition also states that its liabilities are between $100,000 and $500,000.
The Chapter 7 bankruptcy filing for Stay In My Home PA means the firm is liquidating any and all assets.
Attorney Richard Mockler took over Stopa’s practice in July and signed the petition. He wrote several creditors:
Mockler also wrote a warning in a foreclosure filing that a bankruptcy filing was imminent.
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However, Stopa knew the firm was in trouble and that he was under criminal investigation. Yet, it appears he neglected to tell Mockler about the criminal investigation.
Mockler told the Tampa Bay Times:
Mark Stopa’s law license was suspended two weeks after Mockler bought the firm. Three weeks after that, The Florida Department of Law Enforcement raided the office.
Consequently, Mockler had to deal with bank accounts being frozen and attorneys jumping ship. As a result, of the FDLE raid. Bankruptcy was inevitable.
Mockler also told the Tampa Bay Times recently that taking over Stopa’s practice “has ruined my life.’’
Stay in My Home, P.A. formerly known as Stopa Law Firm is being represented in the bankruptcy case by Tampa lawyer Scott Stichter.
FDLE agents also stated in an application for a warrant to search the law offices that Stopa was under criminal investigation for alleged equity skimming. Equity skimming is a form of mortgage fraud.