Geraci Law in Central Illinois!

Central and Southern Illinois – Geraci Law is here for you! Are you buried in debt? Are you struggling to pay minimums? Do the balances just not seem to go anywhere? We’re the firm to help you figure out a solution to your debt problem.

Central and Southern Illinois – Geraci Law is here for you! Are you buried in debt? Are you struggling to pay minimums? Do the balances just not seem to go anywhere? Combined Geraci Law staff has over 800 years of bankruptcy experience. We’re the firm to help you figure out a solution to your debt problem.

If you hire Geraci Law, only attorneys handle your legal work. We believes this provides you with the best service and experience. You are not meeting with petition preparers or paralegals – you are hiring a Geraci Law attorney. We can meet with you virtually anytime, anywhere!

Geraci Law bankruptcy attorneys can help in central Illinois for cities including Kankakee, Bourbonnais, Minooka, Champaign, Danville, Bloomington and Decatur. We’ll even help everyone in Illinois’ capital of Springfield.

Want to learn more about Geraci Law?

We have a ton of resources for you:

Our web sitewww.infotapes.com – you can schedule appointments online!

Free bankruptcy counseling videos  – https://www.infotapes.com/Bankruptcy/BankruptcyInformationVideos

Read Peter Francis Geraci’s Complete Book on Bankruptcy – https://www.bankruptcybookbypeterfrancisgeraci.com/

Read articles written by PFG!https://www.infotapes.com/Articles

Meet some of our Geraci Law team!

Attorney Ashley Chike

She’s a Senior Court and Managing Attorney. She’s handle over 1000 virtual appointments, and she has extensive experience evaluating income, expense, and property and debt information to provide the best solution for the client.

Ashley double-majored and earned her JD/MBA from Loyola University of Chicago and was inducted into Alpha Sigma Nu Honor Society by graduating in the top 10% of her class. Ashley has personally filed over 900 bankruptcy cases and appeared in court over 7,000 times for clients.

Attorney Jonathan Parker

He’s a Senior Court/Managing Attorney and we think he’s one of the best consumer bankruptcy attorneys in the USA.

Jonathan earned his JD from the University of Wisconsin Madison Law School and earned a BA from Northwestern University. He’s licensed in Wisconsin & Illinois.

Attorney John Sadler

He’s both a Senior Court Attorney and a Senior Managing Attorney. We think he’s one of the best consumer bankruptcy attorneys in the Country. John’s been with the firm since 2011.

Attorney Sadler was born and raised in Bloomington, Indiana. John Sadler attended law school at the McKinney School of Law in Indiana and is dual licensed in Indiana & Illinois. He’s handled tens of thousands of Chapter 7 & 13 matters and is one of our nicest attorneys.

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.

How Can I Meet With Geraci Law?

We take our jobs very seriously. Geraci Law’s goal is to help change people’s lives for the better. We strive to make the process HASSLE-FREE and work around almost any schedule. Meeting with Geraci Law could give you the relief you need!

Geraci Law is a well-established Law firm. It was founded as a solo practice by prominent consumer bankruptcy and trial attorney Peter Francis Geraci in October 1977. Geraci Law operated as a sole proprietorship until 2009; growing from one attorney in a 15 x 20’ office to a multistate law firm with over 50 attorneys.

Geraci Law is one of the largest consumer bankruptcy firms in the country, with over 15,000 clients a year retaining the firm for consumer bankruptcy cases in Illinois Indiana and Wisconsin. Each year, Geraci Law is hired to consolidate or eliminate over $1.2 billion in debt. You can read more @ https://www.infotapes.com/Home/About

We take our jobs very seriously. Geraci Law’s goal is to help change people’s lives for the better. We strive to make the process HASSLE-FREE and work around almost any schedule. Meeting with Geraci Law could give you the relief you need!

So how do you meet with us?

IN PERSON

Geraci Law has offices near home and work. We are located in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin and offer early morning or evening appointments so you do not miss work to meet with an attorney. Our staff is ready to meet with you safely at our COVID-compliant offices.

Virtually

With COVID concern and schedules, sometimes a video meeting is just easier. We offer video meetings Monday-Friday from 8:00-6:00 p.m. If that time frame doesn’t work for you, we’ll figure out on that does!

The good news is all you need is a smart phone. We’ll send you a secure link, you click and you are meeting with a Geraci Law attorney!

Telephonically

Just have questions? Only looking for some advice? Geraci Law attorneys are available by phone. It’s a phone call to figure out if this is a good option for you!

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.

Don’t Claw Your Way Out of Debt!

Bankruptcy relief for Middle Class Families is a Chapter 13 debt repayment plan. Or even a Geraci Law Chapter 7 for higher-income families. You don’t have to “claw your way out of debt.”

Read more from Attorney Peter Geraci at https://www.infotapes.com/articles

Bankruptcy relief for Middle Class Families is a Chapter 13 debt repayment plan. Or even a Geraci Law Chapter 7 for higher-income families

You don’t have to “claw your way out of debt”

A Wall Street journal front page article on September 21, 2020 is titled “pandemic upends middle-class family finances”. The article profiles families making $75,000 to $175,000 a year”. Job losses wreak havoc on loan laden households, the headline continues; “I will never claw my way out”.  https://www.wsj.com/articles/covid-unemployment-debt-middle-class-family-finances-11600122791

Sadly, the breadwinner of one of the families is a 43 year old lawyer in suburban New York who claims to have been making enough representing families in foreclosures, and personal injuries, to affor her $9,000 per month in debt payments.  She was doing “coverage” work for Manhattan firms who hired her on a 1099 to “cover” their local court appearances.  That work has dried up now that those firms are appearing telephonically. 

You don’t want a “coverage” attorney handling your financial problems, and certainly not your Chapter 7 or 13.  These attorneys will take on your representation, because right now, they are not going to refuse work because they are not familiar with bankruptcy.  They will take your case, but if you are making over $65,000 a year, you are better off with Geraci Law.

Clients ask Geraci Law to manage over $1 Billion in debt every year.  Many choose to file Chapter 13 debt repayment plans.  Fees in Chapter 13 cases are only $4500 for a 60 month Chapter 13.  that is only $75.00 a month!!  Only a law firm that does an awful lot of these cases can afford to represent you for $75 a month! Geraci Law has over 12,000 Chapter 7 and 13 cases open during the average year, so we are not struggling to handle only one case, or make an appearance before only 1 judge.

This upstate New York lawyer would charge you the same as Geraci Law.  Now you know that almost every lawyer in the country charges the same as Geraci Law.  So why pay the same, and not get the Name: Geraci Law is by far on of the largest consumer bankruptcy firms in the country, with 100 attorneys and paralegals to make sure you get the most for your money.

If you make over $65,000 a year, you may be able to file either Chapter 7 or Chapter 13.  Which you qualify for is a complicated analysis that Geraci Law can perform once you upload your paystubs to the Geraci Law Client Corner.  Even if you make $100,000 a year, Geraci Law may be able to file a Chapter 7, or a Chapter 13 plan to reduce your payments and take the pressure off.  In 60 months, you may be Debt Free.

So, when you Need to Be Debt Free, it’s 1-800-CALL-PFG (1-800-225-5734).  Either that, or “you’ll never claw your way out”  Get your free Experian Soft Pull and Credit Score, KBB vehicle value, and debt to income ratio right on the phone.  Or set up a Geraci Law Virtual Consultation or COVID compliant office visit.

Indiana Gets Lump Sum Trump Unemployment Relief

Indiana Unemployment Claimants to Receive $1800 soon.

On August 8, 2020, President Donald J. Trump issued an Executive Order by Memorandum directing up to $44 billion from the DRF at the statutorily mandated 75 percent Federal cost share be made available for lost wages assistance to eligible claimants, to supplement State expenditures in providing these payments:

The Memorandum states: In exercising this authority, the Secretary, acting through the FEMA Administrator, shall, subject to the limitations above, approve a lost wages assistance program that authorizes the Governor to provide a $400 payment per week, which shall reflect a $300 Federal contribution, to eligible claimants from the week of unemployment ending August 1, 2020.

According to Indiana’s government website Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) funding will only cover the six-week period from the week ending Aug. 1 to the week ending Sept. 5. No LWA funding will be available to states beyond that time period. Indiana will make payments the week of Sept. 21, covering the period of Aug. 1 to Sept. 5, for those eligible.

It appears that Indiana will not choose to add $100 a week, in order to conserve state funds. Do those receiving this or any other unemployment benefit or supplement have to pay income tax on this $1800 payment? Yes, both federal and state income tax are due for those who make over the threshold for paying income tax, which is $12,200 for a single person under 65. See IRS publication 501 for your tax filing requirements.

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.

Come Visit Us in Aurora!

Spanish speaking consultations are available. We’re available Monday-Friday from 8:00-6:00 p.m. to meet you in person or virtually. Did you know you can schedule a virtual meeting with our LOCAL team?

Geraci Law is located right in Aurora! We’re at 1885 N. Farnsworth, Suite 6, Aurora, IL 60505. SE corner of I-88 & Farnsworth next to Shell. Exit I-88 Farnsworth South Between 59 & 31.

Spanish speaking consultations are available. We’re available Monday-Friday from 8:00-6:00 p.m. to meet you in person or virtually. Did you know you can schedule a virtual meeting with our LOCAL team?

Meet our Geraci Law Aurora Team!

Attorney Jason Kara

Attorney Jason Kara is a senior attorney at Geraci Law. He is responsible for reviewing over-median Chapter 7 bankruptcies.

He is originally from Cleveland and moved to the Detroit area during high school. Attorney Kara attended Law School at Michigan State University where he graduated Magna Cume Laude.

While attending law school, Attorney Kara served on the Journal of Business and Securities Law. He spends his free time with his wife and two small children. He enjoys just about any athletic activity and is active in his community.

Attorney Alex Wilson

Attorney Alex Wilson is a senior court attorney at Geraci Law. He is responsible for supervising cases assigned to Judge Janet Baer.

He graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science from Brigham Young University. He went on to graduate with a Juris Doctor and a Master of Laws degree from John Marshall Law in Chicago. In his spare time, Mr. Wilson enjoys camping, hiking, and climbing.

Laura Gallardo

She started at Geraci Law in 2018 and is working toward her paralegal certificate!

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.

Better Credit Scores After Bankruptcy

A study by Harvard and the Federal Reserve found people who FILE for bankruptcy are generally in a better position financially with access to better credit than people who do NOT file an attempt to slowly pay down bills.

A study by Harvard and the Federal Reserve found people who FILE for bankruptcy are generally in a better position financially with access to better credit than people who do NOT file an attempt to slowly pay down bills. See https://peterfrancisgeracilaw.com/2020/08/05/chapter-9-is-bankruptcy-bad/

That’s right folks, filing a bankruptcy can be a GOOD thing. You eliminate your obligation to the balances with the opportunity to REBUILD. According to the Federal Reserve,

“[people who file bankruptcy] experience a sharp boost in their credit score after bankruptcy, whereas credit scores recover at a much slower pace for individuals who remain [in debt]. The credit score of bankrupt individuals exceeds the credit score of insolvent individuals by 40-80 points. In addition, those who go bankrupt open new unsecured accounts post-bankruptcy at a higher rate (by around 15 percentage points) than those who don’t file bankruptcy, while the number of inquiries is very similar across the two groups. This indicates a difference in access to credit, not demand for credit. [The Federal reserve] conclude[ed] from this evidence that the ability to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy is associated with better access to credit, and while both insolvency and bankruptcy are forms of default, the debt discharge associated with bankruptcy leaves filers in a better financial position than individuals who become insolvent in similar circumstances.”

So your credit score could increase by 40-80 points! The money you are spending slow paying the minimums is money you can start SAVING or using to pay for essentials like groceries and gas instead of relying on the credit.  

It’s not time to wait. It’s time to handle your debt once and for all. Geraci Law is here for you. We’re happy to meet with you in office or virtually. It’s time to decide if you are ready to be DEBT FREE with a higher credit score and fresh start to reach your credit goals.

Read entire study here https://scholar.harvard.edu/files/pgoldsmithpinkham/files/dgy_bankruptcy.pdf  

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.

Happy Weekend From Geraci Law!

Want to discuss debt? Need some help with a budget? You can call us at 800 CALL PFG – we’re ready to help you even on Saturdays! Lots of helpful resources at http://www.infotapes.com.

Want to discuss debt? Need some help with a budget? You can call us at 800 CALL PFG – we’re ready to help you even on Saturdays! Lots of helpful resources at http://www.infotapes.com.

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.

Debt Blitz? Call Geraci Law!

Being nervous is 100% normal. If you are putting essentials like groceries, gas on a credit card every month because you are spending your cash paying minimums – then it’s time to call us. Admitting that you need help is difficult. But most of our clients feel RELIEVED they did.

Football starts this week. We hope you have your fantasy football lineups set! If you are struggling with debt, it may be time for a Hail Mary pass. The GOOD news that could be a consultation with a Geraci Law attorney.

Being nervous is 100% normal. If you are putting essentials like groceries, gas on a credit card every month because you are spending your cash paying minimums – then it’s time to call us. Admitting that you need help is difficult. But most of our clients feel RELIEVED they did.

Check out this balance calculator – https://www.bankrate.com/calculators/managing-debt/minimum-payment-calculator.aspx

Put in what your TOTAL credit card balance is. For an example, $20,000 in credit card debt at 18% interest with a minimum payment of $500 per month will take 411 months to pay off the balances. That’s OVER 34 YEARS. If you stayed on this plan, you would pay $29,423.50 for the original balance of $20,000! I imagine you could put $9,000 of money you are giving away to creditors to much better use.

Make a change. Call Geraci Law for a free consultation. If we cannot help you, we’ll tell you alternative options. We’re ready to help change your life for the better.

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 South Bend, Indiana

Geraci Law is taking Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy cases in South Bend Indiana!

Geraci Law is taking Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy cases in South Bend Indiana! If you are struggling with debt, we offer a FREE consultation with our experienced team to review your options!

We also handle cases in Elkhart, Mishawaka, and surrounding areas. We’re ready to help with debt and cheer on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish! Did you know South Bend hosts the one of the largest Dyngus Day celebrations outside of Poland?

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Attorney John Sadler 

Attorney John Sadler is a senior court attorney and supervising attorney at Geraci Law. Attorney Sadler is admitted to the U.S. District Court in the Northern District of Illinois, Northern District of Indiana, and the Southern District of Indiana. He has bar admissions in Indiana and Illinois.

He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice & Sociology and Juris Doctor from Indiana University. In his spare time, he enjoys camping, cycling, and other outdoor activities. He is a board member of a small non-profit cycling organization focused on raising money through cycling events for cancer research.

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Attorney Lacey Faul 

Attorney Lacey Faul is a Senior Attorney at Geraci Law and has been with the firm since November 2009. She graduated from Purdue University in 2006 (Boiler Up!) with a major in Management and minors in Marketing and Human Resources & Organizational Behavior. She received her J.D. from Indiana University – Indianapolis in 2009 and joined Geraci Law soon after. She is a member of the Indianapolis Bar Association – Bankruptcy Section, Indiana Bar Association, and Illinois Bar Association. She is licensed in the Southern District of Indiana and the Northern District of Illinois and has filed over 1,700 cases to help her clients become debt free. She takes pride in helping to ease her clients’ fears and loves to hear how relieved they are when their case is complete. In her free time she loves to relax with her dogs and husband and hopes to one day start marking places off her travel bucket list again!

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.

Chapter 10-What is the Real Price Difference Between Bankruptcy Lawyers?

An excerpt from Attorney Peter Francis Geraci’s “The Complete Book on Bankruptcy.” Learn more about misconceptions about bankruptcy!

You may be thinking about bankruptcy. You may have called a couple of law firms. Geraci Law can help you. Below is an excerpt from Attorney Peter Francis Geraci’s Complete Book on Bankruptcy about the REAL price difference between bankruptcy attorneys.

From Chapter 10 – What is the Real Price Difference Between Bankruptcy Lawyers?

I have found that there is very little difference in attorney’s fees. You can’t save more than a couple hundred dollars between lawyers’ fees for the same type of case. Some people like cheap doctors, and some people like cheap food. Some people pick attorneys by a $100 difference in price, not realizing that one deal your attorney makes can save or cost you thousands.

So, the cheapest lawyer in town is not necessarily the best. In other words, go for experience, not price, because there is not much difference in fees for consumer bankruptcies, but there is a big difference in the quality of the advice and service.

For instance, let’s say that 5 years later, a bill collector calls and says you left him off your petition, and he wants to be paid. Will you be able to call your attorney who did the Chapter 7, for advice, or will the telephone be disconnected? If it is Geraci Law, yes you can. 7 am to 7 pm and Saturdays until 1 PM. All your records are electronic. No voice mail either.

Usually, Chapter 7 fees can be paid in installments of as low as $100 a month. Chapter 13 Plans including attorney fees are as low as $95 biweekly. If you can’t afford $100 or $200 a month, you may have to ask friends or family to help you out.

In my opinion, anyone “shopping for fees” for a bankruptcy attorney, is not thinking clearly. If you can clear $10,000 in debt, tax free for $1500, it is a bargain. 10 payments of $150 or even $200 is a bargain.

Chapter 13 cases are even more of a bargain. In almost every state, the attorney fee is exactly the same. Most Chapter 13 cases get filed “no money down”, because it’s a repayment plan. Your attorney gets paid from your Chapter 13 payment, which takes care of attorney fees and all debt. Your Chapter 13 payment could be as low as $95 bi-weekly, or more depending on what debt you are paying back.

Geraci Law represents people on Social Security with low income, and people making over $100,000 a year. Anyone quoting the same fee for any case, on the phone, may be engaging in “bait and switch” tactics. But, if you are really were just looking for the cheapest lawyer in town, sadly for you, there are some poor lawyers at the bottom of their career that will work for free. You kind of get what you pay for.

Geraci Law is the largest filer of bankruptcies in Illinois Indiana and Wisconsin, and you will generally find that the largest law firms probably have the happiest clients, and about the same fees, when you get done, as the all-by-myself attorneys.

Lawyers that claim to be “cheap” can often end up costing you more! Beware of “cheap fee quotes on the phone”

In most Chapter 13 cases, you are saving a lot of money on interest, so the cost is less than paying the creditors at their contract rate of interest. However, Chapter 7 cases are usually cheaper than Chapter 13 cases in terms of total cost. Many “cheap” lawyers don’t know the difference between Chapter 7 and Chapter 13, so if you go there, you won’t know either.

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.