Securing Multiple Debts by One Deed of Trust: Maximize Recovery with Dragnet Clauses

By René Lastreto, II Lang, Richert and Patch A “dragnet clause” is a contract provision stating that a mortgage secures all the debts that the mortgagor may at any time owe to the mortgagee. California courts have upheld the general validity of dragnet provisions. Union Bank v. Wendland, 54 Cal.App.3d 393, 398 (1976). They also recognize the risk that such provisions may be included in a trust deed or mortgage without the debtor’s knowledge or understanding. “Clauses such as this are often … [Read more...]