Geraci Law is Here to Help

Geraci Law thanks ALL essential workers for helping everyone. If you need help, Geraci Law is here for you.

Geraci Law is Here to Help

Geraci Law wants to thank all the medical workers, grocery workers, and everyone out there working to support the country during COVID-19. We understand it’s tough and we appreciate everything you are doing.

Despite many people losing jobs, losing hours, the collection efforts do not stop. Collection agencies are still calling although they probably should not be, there are still lawsuits being filed against people who are struggling. That’s where Geraci Law can help. Filing for bankruptcy can STOP the collection actions from the creditors.

Creditor lobby groups fought against a bill proposed in Congress to STOP collection agencies from reporting late or missed payments to the three credit bureaus. The bill did NOT pass. The CARES Act did pass. There are guidelines written out by Consumer Financial Protection Bureau urging banks to work with consumers. Read more at the New York Post here. An excerpt from the letter written by US Chamber of Commerce and other associations that represent banks and creditors said,

As you consider options to protect consumers from harm, please be aware that blanket suppression of all adverse information in credit reports could disrupt consumer access to credit in the future.

Sometimes we all need a little bit of help. As of now, the help is not coming from Congress and help is not guaranteed from your creditors and banks. Geraci Law is here for you. Bankruptcy could be the solution to your problem.

If you are struggling with payments, worried about your job, worried about catching coronavirus and missing work – we’re here for you. Geraci Law IS open and meeting via video. We make debt relief simple because no one needs extra stress right now.

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 25,000 5-star reviews 5starsince November 2016!

Read ALL ABOUT DEBT RELIEF at www.bankruptcybookbypeterfrancisgeraci.com

Virus Stimulus Package – Bankruptcy

Geraci Law helps answer questions about the Virus Stimulus Backage.

Virus Stimulus Package – Bankruptcy

The United States Government is close to authorizing a stimulus package where Americans will receive a check. How much are you expecting? What do you do with the money? Geraci Law is here to help.

If the bill passes, if you are:

  • Single and making less than $75,000 per year, you will receive $1,200 check.
  • Married and household income less than $150,000, you will receive a $2,400 check.
  • Any couples or individuals UNDER this earnings mark will receive $500 per child.

The income threshold will be based on your Adjusted Gross Income (AGI). So what do you do with the money? You should think about your finances. Ask yourselves these questions:

  • Will this money pay off my debt in full?
  • Will this additional income pay off my mortgage arrears in full?
  • Does putting this money toward my debt SOLVE my problem or just buy me another month without collection calls?

Think about your answers. You do not want a Band-Aid for a wound. This stimulus package is supposed to help cover the short paycheck or missed hours at work. If you are NOT paying off your debt balances in full, then what happens in the next month or the following with your minimums? Does this prevent a foreclosure? Does it stop a car repossession?

Bankruptcy DOES. Filing a Chapter 7 to eliminate your credit card and other debt could allow you to get back on track. The additional funds could help start a savings plan for an emergency. Filing a Chapter 13 would STOP a repossession or a foreclosure.

Geraci Law is here for you. If you have questions or if you want to talk to a professional about your financial situation, we’re here. Geraci Law is open and ready 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 25,000 5-star reviews 5starsince November 2016!

Read ALL ABOUT DEBT RELIEF at www.bankruptcybookbypeterfrancisgeraci.com

Huffington Post Writer Explains Chapter 13

Recent post in the Huffington Post discusses writer’s bankruptcy experience at age 26. Geraci Law is here to help you at age 26 to 76!

Huffington Post Writer Explains Chapter 13

In a recent post in the Huffington Post, John-Michael Jalonen writes about his experience filing for bankruptcy at 26 years old. He like many recent college grads, found himself with more debt than his income and student loan obligations could afford.

Filing for bankruptcy changes many people’s lives for the better. It gives the opportunity to reestablish yourself financially. Geraci Law’s motto is “Changing Your Life For the Better.” We stand by that.

Read Jalonen’s article here.  An excerpt from the piece,

“Admitting you’re in debt, much less deep debt, is incredibly embarrassing and makes you feel like a failure. However, it’s something that so many people are faced with, and going through the bankruptcy process can actually be a blessing.”

If you have questions about debt, finances or just want to talk about budgeting – give us a call. Experience counselors are waiting to help 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 25,000 5-star reviews 5starsince November 2016!

Read ALL ABOUT DEBT RELIEF at www.bankruptcybookbypeterfrancisgeraci.com

Debt Settlement & Consolidation – What You May NOT Know 

Debt Settlement & Consolidation – What You May NOT Know 

You see the commercials. You get the ads in the mail. Debt Settlement or Consolidation. When something seems too good to be true, it often is. Many of these “programs” turn out to be scams or schemes.

Sometimes, there ARE cases where debt settlement makes sense. Geraci Law can help! You can meet with an attorney for FREE to determine your BEST plan of action.

What they don’t tell you about debt consolidation:

  • Anything settled CAN BE taxable income. If you settle a $10,000 bill for $1,000 – the difference or $9,000 can be considered taxable income. So at the end of the year, you may receive a 1099-C form from the creditor. Debt discharged in a bankruptcy is NOT taxable income.

 

  • Some creditors do NOT settle. Debt settlement or consolidation is NOT a guarantee. There is no law that forces creditors to accept a smaller payment. If you file for bankruptcy, you are using federal law to get financial help. There are laws in place to protect YOU. Geraci Law is here to help you get control over your finances.

 

  • Your credit still takes a hit. Some agencies will tell you to stop paying the debt and let it go into collections. Then they will work with the collection agencies for a settlement. This takes TIME. You will get collection calls and maybe even SUED by the time the agency attempts to settle. With Geraci Law, you can file in as little as ONE day to stop all collections. This means no phone calls, no lawsuits and no more debt.

 

  • No time frame. There’s no time frame for debt settlement or consolidation. At best, they can give you an estimate but it could go longer. A Chapter 13 debt repayment is structured into a three or five year repayment plan. You have a structured plan in place rather than an indefinite amount of time. Geraci Law will help you determine the fastest way to get control over your financial situation.

 

  • Creditors CAN still sue you. That’s right, there is no legal protection with debt settlement or consolidation programs. If a creditor refuses the settlement offer, they could file a lawsuit in attempt to get a judgment or garnish your wages. Bankruptcy STOPS the collections. Creditors violate Federal statutes if they file lawsuits against you or even continue to call you while under Federal Bankruptcy protection. You hire Geraci Law and we help you from the initial phone call until the end of your case.

 

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 25,000 5-star reviews 5starsince November 2016!

Read ALL ABOUT DEBT RELIEF at www.bankruptcybookbypeterfrancisgeraci.com

Geraci Law Evergreen Park

Geraci Law Evergreen Park – Remodeled!

Geraci Law Evergreen Park office located at 3560 W 95th Street at the corner of 95th and Central Park on the South Side of Chicago near Oak Lawn was recently remodeled!

We offer same and next day appointments. You can call 800 CALL PFG (800-225-5734) to set up a FREE consultation or you can click the link below to schedule online!

https://www.infotapes.com/Bankruptcy/OfficeLocator

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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 20,000 5-star reviews 5starsince November 2016!

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

Retire Your Debt – Don’t Withdraw!

Retire From Your Debt With PFG 

Many young people (as many as 6 out of 10 ages 18-34 from a E-Trade study in 2018) are taking money from retirement accounts to pay debt! The money is there so you CAN retire. Instead of raiding the retirement account, think of bankruptcy with Geraci Law.

Geraci Law attorneys and staff are financial experts. We’re here to figure out a plan to help with your debt WITHOUT withdrawing loans from 401Ks or other retirement accounts. You get control of your financial situation without paying the HUGE penalties and tax consequences for the early withdrawal.

Chapter 7 bankruptcy can eliminate your obligation to the debt. Geraci Law can help you protect assets (like a retirement account) and eliminate debt like credit cards, medical bills or personal loans. A Chapter 13 is a repayment plan to PAY the debt and make it affordable.

Make a hardship or 401K withdrawal your last resort. Do not take money from retirement unless you are RETIRING. Call Geraci Law first – our bankruptcy experts can 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 20,000 5-star reviews 5starsince November 2016!

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

Peter Francis Geraci & Geraci Law Support the Indianapolis Legal Aid Society

cropped-blog-header-140517.pngPeter Francis Geraci and Geraci Law L.L.C. donated to the Indianapolis Legal Aid Society.  The legal society provides legal services for individuals who qualify as low income.

Counties involved in the Indianapolis Legal Society include: Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Johnson, Marion, Morgan, and Shelby counties.

ILAS handles matters ranging from Bankruptcy, housing matters, debt and even matters concerning families.  According to the Indianapolis Legal Aid Society website, lot of their family work involves: adoption, paternity, visitation, guardianship, support, custody, and divorce.

Services are provided to individuals with income less than 125% of the federal poverty guideline.  You can see the guideline for 2015 by clicking this link.

An advocate for helping those in need, Attorney Peter Francis Geraci recently accepted a pro bono appointment in East Moline.   You can view the article here.  Mr. Geraci and his Wife, Holly Geraci, also support a number of local charities and have raised over $60,000 under their website helphollyhelp.com.