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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?

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

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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!

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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!

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Are Unlisted Creditors Discharged in My Bankruptcy Case?

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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!

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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!

Don’t be Embarrassed, Nervous or Afraid!

Below is from Chapter 2 of Attorney Peter Francis Geraci’s, “Complete Book on Bankruptcy.” Read below or the rest of the book @ https://www.bankruptcybookbypeterfrancisgeraci.com/

CHAPTER #2 Don’t be Embarrassed, Nervous, or Afraid

Everyone tells me they are embarrassed, nervous, and afraid to get out of debt. So read our 30,000 reviews and find out what Geraci Law has done to make their life better. Start with the reviews.

Now, let’s take embarrassed first. No one talks about money. They talk about everything else, but in America, money is a guilty secret. So the first thing you have to realize is that almost 1 million people a year file bankruptcy. That’s right. It’s real common. Are you 40 years old? In the last 40 years, about 40 million people have filed bankruptcy. So don’t be embarrassed. Donald Trump has put more than one of his projects in bankruptcy.

Second is nervous. Log on to infotapes.com and read real life stories about people just like you and how their Chapter 7 or 13 worked out for them. Get educated. Then you won’t be nervous. Take my free online 20 minute credit counseling course. Or take my 2 hour course for $25. Too much debt is bad. It can actually affect your health. Bad debt is like a bad marriage, or a bad cold. It can make you feel miserable. If you get out of debt, your credit score goes up, and you can start saving for a house or car you want.

Third is afraid. Don’t be. At Geraci Law, we will not file a bankruptcy for you unless we think it will make your life better. So, once you realize you’re in good hands, that a million people just like you file every year, and you know your credit score and savings will go up, you will be ready to get some good advice.

Why would anyone be happy about having to file a bankruptcy? The answer is, if there were no bankruptcy laws, you would have no way out of financial trouble.

The bankruptcy laws, and how they can help you, are not known to the general public. When a person finds out that they can get out of debt, and start fresh, without giving up any possessions, they are generally very happy. No one files a bankruptcy case unless they have to. If you have the money to pay your bills, pay them!

Why would you be happier if you kept your house, kept your vehicle, kept your pension, kept your household furnishings, and had no debt, and could save money each month for retirement? Why wouldn’t you?

Realize that if you have $20,000.00 in credit card debt at 18%, and just make the minimum payments at 2.5% of the balance, never using the card again, it will take you 37 years to pay it off. Go to our website, http://www.infotapes.com, and follow the links to msn.money.com, and bankrate.com. You will find useful financial calculators on those sites. Plug in your debt, and see that if you can pay only minimums, you have a life sentence of debt. If you have a lawsuit, getting garnished can eat 15 to 25% of your take home pay, or snatch your entire bank account.

Why should you have a life sentence of debt? Be happy! Don’t worry! If you can only pay minimums, collectors are calling, you have to charge necessities, you may be better off filing Chapter 7 and getting a discharge of that debt, or Chapter 13, which is a no-interest debt repayment. You could take that $500 a month and repay your debts in full with no interest over less than 36 months.

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!

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Do I Qualify for Bankruptcy?

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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!

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Student Loan Debt

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Student Loan Discharges for Disability – Fill out online https://disabilitydischarge.com/

You can show that you qualify for a TPD discharge by providing documentation from one of three sources:

  1. the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
  2. the Social Security Administration (SSA)
  3. a physician “unfit for any gainful employment’ like a catastrophic Worker’s Compensation or accident

For SSA (Social Security Disability) discharge and you have not received a notice their debts are dischargeable by the government, you can apply for the discharge by showing you are eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income. You can qualify for a TPD discharge by providing a copy of their SSA notice of award or Benefits Planning Query showing that the next scheduled disability review will be five to seven years or more from the date of your last SSA disability determination.

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!

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Credit Unions & Bankruptcy

Read the article from Attorney Peter Francis Geraci about Credit Unions and the difference in bankruptcy. This is why hiring an experienced attorney – matters. If you would like a free consultation, Geraci Law is here for you.

Credit Unions are Different than Banks in Bankruptcy

If you owe money to a credit union, they usually have a clause in their borrowing contract that any collateral you have given them, such as the car title, or a second mortgage on your house, is collateral for any other loans such as personal loans. It is what’s known as a cross-collateralization clause.

What is Cross-Collateralization?

Let’s say that you made a credit union loan for $3,000 and it was a personal loan and you had no collateral. Then you financed a car using a credit union loan, and you have $25,000 on that loan.

Look at your credit union papers when you made that vehicle loan. You don’t owe $25,000 on that loan; you owe $28,000, because there is a clause in small print that says any loan you have with them, is collateralized by the vehicle.

The Debt Can Stay If You Cross-Collateralize

Let’s say that you have a second mortgage with your credit union, and you take out a car loan, but then the car is wrecked and the insurance would only pay $15,000 but you owe $20,000. So the insurance pays the credit union $15,000 but you still owe $5,000. Since the car is destroyed, it is no longer collateral for the car loan, but since there is a cross-collateralization clause, you will pay $5,000 if it is secured by the second mortgage on your house. Even if you pay off the second mortgage, you have to pay off that $5,000 on the car loan, plus interest until you pay it off.

Do Credit Unions Debt Shame You?

Credit unions claim that they keep their interest rates are low because they have less losses than other lenders. One way they have less losses is by scaring you, and posting the names of anyone who causes them a loss, by not paying back 100% of what they owe, either on the credit union website or on a bulletin board at the credit union, or both. That is called “credit shaming.” It is pretty nasty, but it’s a fact of life with credit unions.

What if Your Credit Union Vehicle is Over-Financed?

So, under Chapter 7, if you have a vehicle and you want to keep it, and it’s financed by a credit union, they will want the vehicle back unless you sign up on the vehicle loan and any other loans you have with them. Under Chapter 13, they are a secured creditor on cross-collateralized loans.

Complications from Credit Union Debts

So, the most common case involving credit unions is that if you want to keep the vehicle financed by them, or you have a second mortgage financed with them, no other loans, it’s pretty routine: In Chapter 7 you reaffirm, in Chapter 13 simply pay them according to the contract terms.

The complication comes in where you have multiple loans with them and that’s something we can discuss with you, but please, go get a copy of each credit union loan so we can read the paperwork and see if there is a cross-collateralization clause. You can also stop by the credit union, and ask them for a copy of the papers and ask them if the loans are crossed with each other. Then you’ll know and can make an intelligent decision. Geraci law can help you make that decision.

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!

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Geraci Law Attorneys in Texas!

Geraci Law is ready to help YOU in Texas. Attorney Jason Nielsen and Attorney Cecil Scruggs are sworn into Texas. It’s the same AMAZING Geraci Law service in the heart of Texas.

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!

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Hiring Random General Practice Attorney for Bankruptcy Leads to Disaster

Geraci Law concentrates in Bankruptcy: why pay the SAME and not get the NAME

Read the following article written by Attorney Peter Francis Geraci and MORE @ https://www.infotapes.com/Articles

A homeowner hired a local attorney in Algonquin Illinois whose main business is income tax preparation. That attorney failed to avoid a judgment lien attached to the residence. That was in 2015, 7 years ago. After the discharge was entered, the lien remained, and the homeowner discovered it 4 years later, and complained to the lawyer, who filed at least 4 motions to reopen the case that failed. The poor homeowner then hired another attorney to clean up the mess, who also failed.

Here’s what the court had to say about the first attorney: While the court does not do so for every attorney appearing before it, as Maksymonko was unfamiliar to the court and given his repeated errors, prior to the Initial Hearing, the court sua sponte sought to confirm Maksymonko’s status as an attorney authorized to practice before it. It is worth noting here that this court has no bar qualifications or admission process. Attorneys practicing before it must only be members in good standing of the bar of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. What the court discovered was concerning—that Maksymonko was not a member in good standing of the District Court bar. Apparently Maksymonko was suspended from practice by the State of Illinois on January 23, 2003. As a result, he was reciprocally suspended by the District Court. https://www.ilnb.uscourts.gov/sites/default/files/opinions/BruceK.Probst15bk12654JudicialLienAvoidanceUnder522f60.pdf

Another attorney then appeared and failed. The lien of $92,054.53 is still stuck on the debtor’s residence. All because the homeowner went to an “unknown attorney” who was suspended. You can read the whole sad story in Judge Barnes’ opinion. Geraci Law would have simply filed, and won, a motion to avoid the lien, for most likely $92,000 less than what the homeowner is going to have to pay. Those attorneys who “dabble” in bankruptcy law may sometimes cause big trouble for their clients. In this case, the cost of a “cheap lawyer” was over $92,000.00.

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!

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