Foreclosure Filings Increase in Cook County Illinois

More Homeowners falling into Foreclosure

Check out the press release from Attorney Peter Francis Geraci – stay up to date with news @ https://www.infotapes.com/Press

Cook County Foreclosure Filings are going Up: the Jan-June 6 month average was 262 weekly Foreclosure filings. In the last two weeks, they are up about 30%, with 333 & 324 weekly Foreclosures. What can a homeowner do? Many stopped paying their mortgages 2 years ago, thinking a Covid Forbearance of some sort would be offered.

Now, they are almost two years behind. What is worse is that the value of their homes is usually up, but if they lose the home in foreclosure, they will have no generational wealth, and will be renting. They have eaten up a lot of their equity by letting the mortgage go 30 months behind.

And what about the real estate taxes? Either the mortgage company paid them, and wants to be reimbursed, or they are now 2 years past due.

Chapter 13 can cure mortgage arrears, and force the mortgage company to stop foreclosure, and accept ongoing payments. Don’t wait until foreclosure, or worse, a sheriff sale, if you are behind in your mortgage and are able to start making regular payments, and pay the past due over as long as 60 months. Chapter 13 saves houses! But the longer you wait, the harder it is.

Dial 1-800-CALL-PFG for a free phone mini-consultation, or make an appointment online 24/7 at www.infotapes.com.  Bankruptcy laws are in place to help you.  Who knows bankruptcy like Geraci Law?  Geraci Law has 35,000 5-star reviews 5starsince November 2016!

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Is There a Right Time to File Bankruptcy?

The answer is YES! If you are in debt and need help, NOW is the time to call us! You will review options with an experienced Geraci Law attorney to figure out a solution to your debt problem.

Geraci Law LLC was founded by attorney Peter Francis Geraci. Geraci Law filed more bankruptcy cases by far than any other law firm in the U.S. in 2015, over 13,000. We have counselled well over 100,000 clients. We don’t know exactly how many, but we are now on file 635,000.

We only practice in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin, with about 30 offices, and over 100 total attorneys and staff. We specialize in consumer bankruptcy. We know the rules. We are easy to talk to and are always on your side. We are sympathetic. We may accept our fees in installments, and our fees are reasonable. We are interested in your future, and will give you advice based on over 100,000 past and present clients we have represented in matters similar to yours.

Peter Francis Geraci has been practicing law since 1974.

He says, “I have tried many cases before both juries and judges. I have tried every kind of case from murder to paternity, from civil rights to work injuries, from paternity cases to automobile accidents. My last jury verdict was $6.5 million in a birth injury case, and I won the appeal and collected another $1.2 million in interest for my client.

Geraci Law LLC files over 10,000 bankruptcies every year. Some of my clients have done 2 bankruptcies with me already. Some of their grandparents were my clients!

Since my practice is now concentrated in bankruptcy work, the only other cases we handle are injury claims. We refer all other cases to competent lawyers who specialize in other areas. There is an advantage to concentrating in a particular area of law.”

Dial 1-800-CALL-PFG for a free phone mini-consultation, or make an appointment online 24/7 at www.infotapes.com.  Bankruptcy laws are in place to help you.  Who knows bankruptcy like Geraci Law?  Geraci Law has 35,000 5-star reviews 5starsince November 2016!

Read ALL ABOUT DEBT RELIEF at www.bankruptcybookbypeterfrancisgeraci.com.

It’s a Free Hour to Change Your Life

Geraci Law offers FREE that’s right FREE consultations with our experienced bankruptcy attorneys.

Geraci Law offers FREE that’s right FREE consultations with our experienced bankruptcy attorneys. For no cost, you can review your debt, see if bankruptcy can be the solution to your debt problem. If we can’t offer you options, we’ll tell you why, and suggest some other solutions if we can.

Very few people talk about financial problems. Check out Chapter 2 of Attorney Peter Francis Geraci’s “Complete Book on Bankruptcy” titled CHAPTER #2 Don’t be Embarrassed, Nervous, or Afraid

Most hear the B word and believe they will NEVER buy a house. That’s simply not true. Bankruptcy affords someone the fresh start to get on track to home ownership. Many see their credit scores INCREASE after filing.

It’s as simple as saying I need some help or I need my options. We’re happy to meet with you to try and figure it out.

Dial 1-800-CALL-PFG for a free phone mini-consultation, or make an appointment online 24/7 at www.infotapes.com.  Bankruptcy laws are in place to help you.  Who knows bankruptcy like Geraci Law?  Geraci Law has 35,000 5-star reviews 5starsince November 2016!

Read ALL ABOUT DEBT RELIEF at www.bankruptcybookbypeterfrancisgeraci.com.

Some Reflections on the Law of Bankruptcy

Letter from 1775 proves bankruptcy is as AMERICAN AS APPLE PIE!

Check out the article written by Attorney Peter Francis Geraci titled, “Some Reflections on the Law Of Bankruptcy.” Read the article below or this article and more at https://www.infotapes.com/Articles.

A year before the Declaration of Independence, the ability to file a bankruptcy case and get a fresh start was prized in America. This letter published in Connecticut, which enacted a bankruptcy law before the American Revolution, written in 1775, proves that. https://quod.lib.umich.edu/e/evans/N05906.0001.001/1:2?rgn=div1;view=fulltext

Among the pearls of wisdom in the letter, which hold true today, there is a common theme: “such a law would be beneficial to the publick, and analogous to reason and our holy religion” In other words, the bankruptcy laws of the United States, allowed by the U.S. Constitution Article I Section 8 that Congress has enacted, are BENEFICIAL, REASONABLE, AND SIMILAR TO HOLY RELIGION!

The letter starts out:

I shall consider this Act in the

  • FIRST PLACE, As beneficial to the Publick,
  • SECONDLY, Serviceable in general to the Debtor.
  • THIRDLY, In general, no Disservice to the Creditor.
  • FOURTHLY, Agreeable to Reason, and the Genius of our holy Religion.

Other colonies, such as Virginia, were also enacting their own bankruptcy laws. When the U.S. Constitution was enacted in 1787, the power to make a nationwide bankruptcy law was given to Congress. That is why bankruptcy is a Federal statute today, available in every state and U.S. Territory.

The letter points out the evils of not having a fresh start, debtors’ prisons they had in England, advantages to business with a good bankruptcy law, and quotes the Bible, which favors and commands the forgiveness of debt in many places:

of thy Brethren, &c. thou shalt not harden thine Heart, nor shut thy Hand from thy poor Brother;

but thou shalt open thine Hand wide unto him, and shalt surely lend him sufficient for his Need, in that which he wanteth:

If thy Brother be waxen poor, &c. then thou shalt relieve him, &c. that he may live.

If, says JOB, I have seen any perish for Want of Cloathing, or any Poor without Covering; if his Loins have not blessed me, &c. then let mine Arm fall from my Shoulder-blade, and mine Arm be broken from the Bone.

Whoso hath this World’s Good, and seeth his Brother have Need, and shutteth up his Bowels of Compassion from him, how dwelleth the Love of God in him!

My little Children, let us not love in Word, neither in Tongue, but in Deed and in Truth.

When we turn over the Pages of the sacred Volume, wrote from the Mouth of our Divine Master, and there observe the sublime Sentiments of Benevolence, Compassion, Forbearance, Forgiveness of Injuries, and Enemies, &c. enforced by the most powerful Arguments drawn from Life and Death, and the same exhibited in Perfection in his own glorious Person.

Dial 1-800-CALL-PFG for a free phone mini-consultation, or make an appointment online 24/7 at www.infotapes.com.  Bankruptcy laws are in place to help you.  Who knows bankruptcy like Geraci Law?  Geraci Law has 35,000 5-star reviews 5starsince November 2016!

Read ALL ABOUT DEBT RELIEF at www.bankruptcybookbypeterfrancisgeraci.com.

Debt Surges and So Does Inflation

Geraci Law reports increase in pressure on retired workers!

Read the press release below from Geraci Law – you can read additional news @ https://www.infotapes.com/Press.

As if we can’t see it ourselves, the Federal Reserve reports that consumer debt levels increased 14% in March 2022. Credit card debt and other revolving debt increased by 21.4%.

Revolving credit, which includes credit cards, surged by 21.4%.

Food is up 10%, and gas is up 25% over a year ago. Pension payments have not increased, the stock market is down 20%, and social security payments are up only 5% or less.

At Geraci Law, we have seen this cycle before. Geraci Law is one of the oldest and largest debt relief agencies in the country, with roots going back to 1977. This data indicates that the cost of living will increasingly outstrip the ability to pay debt, in the coming months.

“It usually takes 2 years for consumers to realize they should eliminate or consolidate debt using either Chapter 7 or 13”, says Geraci Law founding member attorney Peter Francis Geraci.

“Bankruptcy filings are at a historic low, and borrowing is at a historic high, with the good feelings of a stock market bonanza all but gone.” Geraci Law is seeing an increase in Chapter 13 debt repayment plans filed by retired persons, and those approaching retirement. “Retirees and fixed income individuals are the canaries in the coal mine, the first to suffer from inflation and high debt repayments”, said Mr. Geraci.

Dial 1-800-CALL-PFG for a free phone mini-consultation, or make an appointment online 24/7 at www.infotapes.com.  Bankruptcy laws are in place to help you.  Who knows bankruptcy like Geraci Law?  Geraci Law has 35,000 5-star reviews 5starsince November 2016!

Read ALL ABOUT DEBT RELIEF at www.bankruptcybookbypeterfrancisgeraci.com.

Just Call!

If you have questions, Geraci Law believes in the phrase – JUST CALL! We want to talk to you and provide the best information possible.

At Geraci Law, you always have direct access to your attorney and paralegal team. No call centers, no leaving a message on a machine. Everyone you interact with is a Geraci Law employee.

It’s one of the many reasons we are the most reviewed bankruptcy law firm in the country. Over 40 years in business, over 200,000 clients served, and more than 30,000 5-star or positive bankruptcy attorney reviews.

So…

1. Thinking debt settlement or consolidation?

Just Call! 1-800-CALL-PFG

2. Want your “fresh start” Chapter 7 or 13 options?             

Just Call! 1-800-CALL-PFG

3. Want a free credit bureau “soft pull” to see your debts? 

Just Call! 1-800-CALL-PFG

4. Find out how much debt you have?

Just Call! 1-800-CALL-PFG

5. File from home using our Geraci Law app & Client Corner

Just Call! 1-800-CALL-PFG

Dial 1-800-CALL-PFG for a free phone mini-consultation, or make an appointment online 24/7 at www.infotapes.com.  Bankruptcy laws are in place to help you.  Who knows bankruptcy like Geraci Law?  Geraci Law has 30,000 5-star reviews 5starsince November 2016!

Read ALL ABOUT DEBT RELIEF at www.bankruptcybookbypeterfrancisgeraci.com.

Can I File Bankruptcy if I Have Co-Signers?

Read Chapter 17 of Attorney Peter Francis Geraci’s “Complete Book on Bankruptcy” below or at https://www.bankruptcybookbypeterfrancisgeraci.com/Book17.html.

Yes. And you can either discharge your obligation to both the creditor and the co-signer, or pay the creditor to protect your co-signer.

Talk to your co-signer. Perhaps they already filed a bankruptcy with Geraci Law and you don’t have to worry! Perhaps they need to and you can come in with them. You may want to pay that loan to protect your co-signer. Or, your co-signer might say, “Go ahead and file Chapter 7 and I will pay this one off for you” or “I filed bankruptcy myself, so don’t worry, I already got rid of this debt.”

You can also file Chapter 13 and pay a co-signed debt to protect your co-signer. You can file Chapter 7 and still pay the co-signed debt to protect the co-signer. Or you can file either and let the co-signed decide what to do if the creditor goes after them on their guarantee.

Whenever a lender wants a co-signer, they don’t trust the person that wants the loan. Therefore, someone has to agree that if the person who is getting the money does not pay, that the co-signer will make the debt good, and take up the payments.

If you are the person who signed to pay if your friend or relative didn’t you may complain if you are called upon to pay the loan that your friend or relative got. In fact, it may push you over the financial edge.

Therefore, if you have a lot of bills, and now have a problem because of a co-signer, you will want to include that co-signed loan in your list of bills when you come in for your first interview.

If you co-signed, you probably did not want to pay the other person’s loan. In a Chapter 7, you will discharge your liability for the loan. In a Chapter 13, you can set up a special class for co-signer loans, and pay them or not pay them, as you wish.

If other people co-signed for you, you may want to protect them. In a Chapter 7, you will probably want to pay loans that other people co-signed for you on, so that you are protecting your co-signers. Just keep on paying those loans, despite your Chapter 7, if you want to protect your co-signers.

In a Chapter 13, if you want to protect your co-signers, you can set up a special class of creditors for co-signer loans, and propose to pay the co-signer loans ahead of other loans.

Example: Tim works at the Post Office and has 3 co-signers for his credit union loan. The credit union is taking $200 per paycheck out of his check, and Tim has a car payment of $329 per month, and a bunch of other bills, so he needs debt relief.

The Geraci Law Chapter 7 or 13 Bankruptcy Solution: Tim files a Chapter 13 to pay his car and co-signer loan 100%, and can pay his other creditors after the car and co-signer loan are paid. He can also just get rid of all his debt in a Chapter 7, but continue paying the car loan and credit union loan. He will “reaffirm” the car loan, but will not sign a reaffirmation on the credit union loan. He will pay the regular payment on the credit union loan, re-authorizing his payroll deduction.

Dial 1-800-CALL-PFG for a free phone mini-consultation, or make an appointment online 24/7 at www.infotapes.com.  Bankruptcy laws are in place to help you.  Who knows bankruptcy like Geraci Law?  Geraci Law has 30,000 5-star reviews 5starsince November 2016!

Read ALL ABOUT DEBT RELIEF at www.bankruptcybookbypeterfrancisgeraci.com.

Are Unlisted Creditors Discharged in My Bankruptcy Case?

Read the article below or @ https://www.infotapes.com/Articles written by Attorney Peter Francis Geraci.

That depends.  In the First Circuit and the Seventh Circuit, there are cases that talk about missing creditors that aren’t discharged unless the case is reopened to amend schedules to list an omitted creditor, but, at least in the 7th Circuit, that reasoning is rarely followed.

In Stark v. St. Mary’s Hospital, 717 F.2d 322 (7th 1983), the Seventh Circuit concluded that the decision of whether to discharge the debt of an omitted creditor is based on equity. The Stark court said the burden is on the debtor to show that law and equitable principles allow the reopening of the case to include the omitted creditor. Without such a showing by the debtor, the debt will not be discharged and the creditor will have a claim against the debtor, despite the previous order for discharge of debts.

This case has been criticized for suggesting that adding a creditor to a schedule has an effect on the dischargeability of the underlying debt. See In re Anderson, 72 B.R. 783 (Bankr. D. Minn. 1987).

The general rule in most jurisdictions is that a debt is either dischargeable or not based on the nature of the debt, and the nature of the status of the claims proceeding, and that reopening the case is unnecessary.

Even in the 7th Circuit, which is Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin, if the creditor has actual notice of some kind, such as you called and told them, or if “no harm, no foul” because the case was a “no asset case” and they would have gotten nothing even if they were listed, or if the creditor is really to blame because they sold the debt to someone else and didn’t tell them, the case does not have to be reopened at all. At Geraci Law, the issue rarely comes up.

Dial 1-800-CALL-PFG for a free phone mini-consultation, or make an appointment online 24/7 at www.infotapes.com.  Bankruptcy laws are in place to help you.  Who knows bankruptcy like Geraci Law?  Geraci Law has 30,000 5-star reviews 5starsince November 2016!

Read ALL ABOUT DEBT RELIEF at www.bankruptcybookbypeterfrancisgeraci.com.

Geraci Law in Tampa

Geraci Law attorneys Rob Brynjelsen and Jonathan Parker attended CLE (Continuing Legal Education) in Tampa. We can help Tampa (and Florida) residents file a Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy. Here’s some of the photos from their visit!

Medical Debt To Be Removed from Credit Reports

See article from CNET ” Medical Debt to Be Removed from Credit Reports This Summer – What to Know” @ https://www.cnet.com/personal-finance/medical-debt-to-be-removed-from-credit-reports-this-summer-what-to-know/

This does not mean you do not owe the debt but rather the 3 major credit reporting agencies Experian, Equifax and Transunion will not report debt until ONE YEAR of going into collections and the plan is NOT report any balance under $500.

If you have unpaid debt, if you need help – the medical bills may not show up but creditors can still attempt to collect, call Geraci Law. We’re happy to help.

Dial 1-800-CALL-PFG for a free phone mini-consultation, or make an appointment online 24/7 at www.infotapes.com.  Bankruptcy laws are in place to help you.  Who knows bankruptcy like Geraci Law?  Geraci Law has 30,000 5-star reviews 5starsince November 2016!

Read ALL ABOUT DEBT RELIEF at www.bankruptcybookbypeterfrancisgeraci.com.

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