The foreclosure robosigning mess has stalled foreclosure auctions and sales, leaving many homes in limbo. The Post reports, "Lawyers in New York must make sure that real people sign documents and thoroughly check homeowners’ financial situations before they try to take away people’s homes," making the Empire State the first state to do so. Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman said, “We cannot allow courts in New York to stand by idly and be party to what we now know is a deeply flawed process, especially when that process involves basic needs - such as a family home - during this period of economic crisis."

The NY Law Journal explained, "In New York, attorneys already have an obligation to ensure that the documents they present to the court are valid. For example, Rule 3.3 of the Rules of Professional Conduct states that lawyers should not knowingly 'make a false statement of fact or law to a tribunal or fail to correct a false statement of material fact or law previously made to the lawyer,'" but these new rules, Lippman says, will hold them more accountable.

One judge in Brooklyn is hopeful the new rules will allow homeowners and judges to deal with foreclosure cases more effectively: "Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Arthur M. Schack...said some lawyers appearing before him have admitted to signing documents at a rate of 'hundreds a week and thousands a month, and the notary wasn't even in the room.'" Here's a video from Frontline explaining the mess: