Geraci Law – The Firm You Know & Trust

The Chicago Blackhawks lost last night, they get another shot for a win. Let Geraci Law help you with a fresh start!

The Chicago Blackhawks lost their opener last night against the Las Vegas Golden Knights. The good news is they get another shot at Game 2 on Thursday. Geraci Law wants to help you with your second shot. If you lost your job, if you lost income, if you just feel like you are losing the battle of debt – Geraci Law is here for you. Don’t gamble your financial future!

Since 1977, Geraci Law helped over 250,000 people solve debt problems. We’ve been reviewed 30,000 times from HAPPY clients. These clients have two things in common. The first is they used Geraci Law to get out of debt. Second is their lives are better since filing for bankruptcy with Geraci Law. It’s just simply relief.

Bankruptcy can be scary – you might be worried or nervous. There’s enough in the world to be worried and nervous about. Bankruptcy with Geraci Law can help solve the debt nerves. Owing money you cannot pay is scary – bankruptcy should not be.

We work with everyone. We offer flexible payment options and if bankruptcy is NOT your best bet, we’ll advise you on alternative options. It’s what Geraci Law is here for – we want to change your life for the better.

Geraci Law can meet you virtually, by phone or we’re open at our several locations. It’s whatever is easiest for you. It starts with a free consultation. You can schedule this by calling 800 CALL PFG or online by clicking here. https://www.infotapes.com/Bankruptcy/OfficeLocator

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.

No question too big or small – we’re nice, we’re experienced and we’re ready to help!

Rockford Residents – We’re Here for You!

Geraci Law Rockford office is open and ready to help any Chrysler workers!

Rockford Residents – We’re Here for You!

Back in 2013, Chrysler shut down the legal department. Before, Chrysler employees had free legal representation including bankruptcy filings. Now, Chrysler employees in need of financial help are left to find their own counsel.

Geraci Law is here for you in our Rockford, Illinois office. No one understands how hard it’s been for employees from Chrysler in Belvidere. Since 2018, you’ve dealt with multiple shutdowns, overtime cuts and furloughs ranging from one week to entire month. Geraci Law staff gets it. We know you are trying, we know it’s tough.

Meet our Geraci Law staff in Rockford. We’ve helped tons of coworkers, friends and family. Geraci Law is local and we’re here for you. Call us at 800 CALL PFG.

JKNAttorney Jason Nielson
Attorney Jason Nielson is a senior attorney at Geraci Law. He is licensed to practice in Illinois and Texas. Attorney Nielson started with Geraci Law in 2007. He is an expert in the Northern and Western districts of Illinois.

Clients say, “Pleased that everything went through in a timely manner! We were helped every step of the way, from filing Chapter 7 or Chapter 13. We were guided through each step, very helpful! Our minds were set at ease. Give a call to: Jason Nielson if you have questions about any Bankruptcy and Dept Legal Service you need. As with us, we are sure he will answer then guide you as to the best route for you! Thank you Jason.”

HRTAttorney Phil Hart
Attorney Hart used to work for Chrysler legal department, he now handles court work for Geraci Law. He’s an expert in Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy petitions.

 

 

 

JODAttorney Joseph D’Onofrio
Attorney Joseph D’Onofrio graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Northern Illinois University. He went on for his Juris Doctorate at Valparaiso University Law School.

Clients say, “Filing bankruptcy is NOT something that I never thought that I should do HOWEVER circumstances changed and I thought it was the worst thing I could do to change my situation. However after going in to Geraci and talking to Mark I was put at ease and decided that it was the best thing I could do. Joe D’Onofrio continued to make this process quick and easy to understand and was of immense help to me. These folks are calming and so easy to talk to and I can’t thank them enough! They are awesome and continued communication has been awesome as well!”

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 9 – Is Bankruptcy Bad?

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

Chapter 9 – Is Bankruptcy Bad?

Below is an excerpt from Attorney Peter Francis Geraci’s Complete Book on Bankruptcy.

No. Owing money you can’t pay is bad. Money can be used for good or bad purposes. People end up without money because of circumstances beyond their control, or for other reasons. Bankruptcy merely adjusts the debt situation to 0 again. You start out even. You get a fresh start, while still keeping the necessities of life. But the prevailing attitude about bankruptcy is that is “bad.”

This is an interesting perception. The origin of bankruptcy can be found in ancient traditions, as found in the Bible, Deuteronomy 15.1: “In the 7th year, each creditor shall release his debtors. This shall be known as The Lord’s Release.” In the Old Testament, it was the policy that a debt could exist only 6 years, and should be relaxed or forgiven in the seventh year. The purpose was to prevent damage to society by allowing a debt to live forever. The lender was cautioned thereby to lend only as much as the borrower could reasonably be expected to repay.

There are other Biblical references to debt, such as St. Paul’s admonition in Romans 13:8; “Strive to owe no debt, except that debt that binds us to love one another.” I have found nothing in any religion that states that owing money to another is “good.” In the Koran, there is a prohibition against lending money at interest. In most Moslem countries today, Moslems borrow at no interest from “banks of the faithful.”

In modern times, lenders do not follow this idea. In an era where charge cards are sent out through the mail and applications are “pre-approved”, creditors lend money without regard to whether or not the borrower can pay it back. They cover their losses by charging huge rates of interest. I have seen contracts with interest rates as high as 53%. In olden days, this was known as usury. Technically, any lending of money at interest is known as usury. But, until modern times, it was the money lender, or usurer, that was bad, not the poor person who had to borrow.

Of course, capitalism could not exist without the practice of lending capital and charging interest. But bankruptcy laws provide a legitimate, legal, and moral safety valve for the excesses of the credit system. Now, you don’t have to join the French Foreign Legion, disappear to Australia, or blow your brains out, to escape from your creditors. Bankruptcy was so important to the Founding Fathers of the United States, that, when the U.S. Constitution was written in 1787, they directed Congress to make uniform bankruptcy laws. Article III, Section 8 of the United States Constitution states: “Congress shall make uniform laws relating to Bankruptcy.”

Bankruptcy is therefore more fundamental to the United States of America than the Bill of Rights, and such things such as freedom of the press, and freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures.

The United States Bankruptcy laws are part of the Federal Code. They were passed into law by the United States Congress, our elected Senators and Representatives. All bankruptcy in the United States is governed by federal law, and the procedures are as much a part of our society as lending money at interest.

After the American Revolution, when the first Continental Congress met in 1787, one of the topics debated was whether or not to have a uniform bankruptcy law. Many of the American settlers had to run from creditors in England. They had to leave the country to avoid being thrown into debtor’s prison. Each American colony had different laws relating to collection of debts. Some had provisions that a person could be jailed for debt, and some, like the colony of Georgia, were havens for debtors and had laws which prevented bad treatment of people who owed money

There was little disagreement between the Founding Fathers of the United States of America, when it came to having a bankruptcy law. Freedom from debt was important, and so was the ability to start fresh. Therefore, in the United States Constitution, Article III, Section 8, we find the provision, “Congress shall make uniform laws relating to bankruptcy.”

However, the banking lobby was so strong that each state kept their own bankruptcy laws until 1898, when the U.S. Bankruptcy Code was passed. It was modified greatly in 1978 to deal with the amazing amount of consumer credit, and is constantly being tinkered with by Congress to balance the interests of those who lend money, and those who borrow it.

Abraham Lincoln was a bankruptcy lawyer. In Springfield, Illinois, Old Abe filed about 1/2 the bankruptcies in Illinois in 1842. 1/2 of his legal work involved debt cases.

It is to the advantage of moneylenders, to use public relations techniques to convince the public that bankruptcy is bad, and to make it something that is bad or evil. I agree that you should not discharge your debts until it is absolutely necessary, but there is certainly nothing wrong or illegal about it. No one comes out to your house and takes your clothes. No one paints a big “B” on the sidewalk in front of your house. In fact, no one is interested.

If you find yourself with no savings, nothing left over after you pay your rent, mortgage, food and utilities, and still have bills to pay, you should consider taking advantage of the fresh start provisions of the bankruptcy law. Bankruptcy is like getting a fresh start. Your debts are forgiven, except those that you want to continue to pay, and you can start saving money and doing things the right way, instead of suffering because of the credit trap.

People come into my office and ask, “What will happen to me if I file a bankruptcy?” No one ever came in, when I used to be a general practice attorney, and said, “What will happen to me if I don’t have get convicted for running a red light?” They never said, “What will happen to me if I sell my house?” But people who are being chased by bill collectors sometimes feel that they should not be able to get relief and that they will be punished if they get a fresh start. They do not realize that a big part of bankruptcy laws is forgiveness.

Nothing will “happen” to you if you file a bankruptcy. You won’t suddenly become rich and famous, or popular, or beautiful or handsome, and, on the other hand, you won’t suddenly be miserable and an outcast. One out of every 22 Illinois families will file for some type of bankruptcy relief, on the average, and in some states, the average is higher.

So, if you have problems with bills, getting the proper advice from a bankruptcy attorney as to whether or not some type of bankruptcy relief would make your life better, should not be looked on as bad. You should think of it as provision in the Federal laws that was put there by Congress to help people get out of debt.

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.

Have a GREAT & SAFE Weekend!

Have a great weekend – don’t let debt ruin your Saturdays, let Geraci Law help you come up with a financial plan!

Have a GREAT & SAFE Weekend!

Don’t let debt ruin your future Saturdays. Come up with a financial plan this weekend! Start with a budget – you can use Geraci Law’s FREE budget guide. 

If you have more debt than income, if you are using credit to pay for living expenses – it might be time for a new plan. Call us – we’re here to help.

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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!

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

If Not Now, When?

Make the first step to improve your financial future. Simple as 800 CALL PFG!

Make this year be the year you become debt free. Geraci Law offers FREE consultations – we can meet with you via video at a local office.

If you have more than $5,000 of debt in any or all of these categories, Geraci Law can probably help you:

Lawsuits • Garnishments • Wage Deductions • Foreclosures • Sheriff Sales • Mortgage Behind • Tax Debt • Credit Cards • Medical Debt • Car payment behind • Repossessions • Parking Tickets • Suspended License • Gas or Electric Shutoffs • Bill Collector Calls • Payday Loans • Cash advance problems • Car payment behind • Chicago Parking Tickets

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.

Chapter 7 – What Happens to My Credit Score if I File Bankruptcy?

An excerpt from Attorney Peter Francis Geraci’s “The Complete Book on Bankruptcy.”

Below is an excerpt from Attorney Peter Francis Geraci’s “The Complete Book On Bankruptcy.”  You can read the rest of the book online at https://www.bankruptcybookbypeterfrancisgeraci.com/.

CHAPTER #7 What happens to my credit score if I file bankruptcy?

Strangely, it usually goes up. Most of our clients have a credit score of below 600. Four months after filing Chapter 7, you should receive a discharge. You then have a creditor report that shows way less debt, and that you received a Chapter 7 discharge. If you are working, now you are not under pressure to pay bills you cannot pay, and can start saving. You also cannot file Chapter 7 for another 8 years, or in a Chapter 13 for another 4 years. So the lenders think you are a pretty good risk for lending, since you have little debt, and no ability to file bankruptcy, and a job. Your credit score can go up as much as 100 points.

If you had a credit score of 700 or more, and filed bankruptcy, it was a phony score, since you were overloaded with debt. Even so, after a Chapter 7 discharge, it may not change much, or it may go back up.

Regardless of credit score, after you receive a Chapter 7 or 13 discharge, you will find yourself able to buy a vehicle or house if you have the right job and down payment. The key is to save up a down payment, and not get overloaded again.

Take our Debtor Education Course taught by attorney Peter Francis Geraci as soon as you file for either Chapter 7 or 13. Or even before filing for $25. It will help you understand how to raise your credit score.

If you need help or have questions – our experienced staff is 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!

Geraci Law Offices Open 6/8!

Geraci Law offices are opening NEXT week! Schedule a time to meet with our expert attorneys!

Geraci Law is ready to meet you (safely) in person! Our offices are opening the week of 6/8. If you want to review your options or if you have questions – we’re here for you. Bankruptcy is complicated and you need an expert like Geraci Law attorneys on your side.

Video Meeting

  • We’re available to meet the same day or anytime between 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. (central standard time).
  • You only need a smart phone!
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In Person Meeting

  • We are available Monday-Friday – appointments are SCHEDULED to keep you and our staff safe.
  • We have masks, gloves and pens for EVERYONE!
  • You can schedule an person meeting by calling us at 800.401.4010.

 

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.

Chapter 3 – What Causes People to Need to File Bankruptcy

An excerpt from Attorney Peter Francis Geraci’s “The Complete Book on Bankruptcy.”

Chapter 3 – What Causes People to Need to File Bankruptcy

Below is an excerpt from Attorney Peter Francis Geraci’s “The Complete Book On Bankruptcy.”  You can read the rest of the book online at https://www.bankruptcybookbypeterfrancisgeraci.com/.

If you need help or have questions – our experienced staff is 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!

CHAPTER #3 WHAT CAUSES PEOPLE TO NEED TO FILE BANKRUPTCY

This is an easy one. Because most stuff other than bankruptcy is fraudulent. That means someone somewhere, on the internet, or maybe in Russia, or maybe your own bank, wants your money, and will say anything to get it.

1. “bill consolidation” is usually a fraud scheme There is no way to “consolidate” all your bills into one lower payment you can afford, pay your vehicles and mortgage and tax debt first, and stop every single creditor from bothering you, adding late charges, or suing you. No way. None. Nada. Except for Chapter 13 bankruptcy. Oh, there’s that word again “bankruptcy.”

2. “Loan modification” Fraud schemes like “Legal Helpers Loan Modification” just stole people’s money and disappeared with millions. Banks usually string you along for months and lose your paperwork, making things worse. Then all they do is take your 30 year loan and turn it into a 40 year loan to “get” you a lower payment. Great, now you’ll die before you pay them off and they’ll get your house back after collection mostly interest payments.

3. “Credit Counseling” Possibly the worst fraud. Some of them pose as law firms. Some are “lawyers” who really should be in jail. Being a lawyer makes them try to take as much as the first year’s payments up front as fees”. They usually last a year before getting indicted and put out of business.

4. “Debt settlement” Definitely the worst. Run, do not walk, as fast as you can from these skunks. Legal Helpers Debt Resolution” and others stole $50 million or more and faded into the night. Their imitators are still around, and so are the lawyers involved. They only lost their law licenses for a couple years. Nice payday on your money!

All these schemes play on your guilty, embarrassment and confusion. They can’t stop late fees, repossessions, lawsuits, foreclosures, license suspension, or anything else. So, beware of “bill consolidation, mortgage modifiers, debt settlement and credit counseling”. We usually see folks who have paid $3,000 to $5,000 to bill consolidators, and have nothing to show to it, when they could have filed Chapter 7 or 13 and really solved their problems and gotten a true fresh start.

Bankruptcy is very predictable. Everything is in writing, and while there are a lot of stupid lawyers who do lose $3000 or $5000 of their client’s money in Chapter 7’s, and take Chapter 13 cases that fail quickly after they get paid, Geraci Law does not engage in shady practices. So why pay the same, and not get the name? Ask your friends and family, and even your boss at work. Chances are they’ll say, “talk to Geraci 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 25,000 5-star reviews 5starsince November 2016!

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

Geraci Law Virtual Meetings

Geraci Law is handling meetings remotely. We make the process hassle-free. You do not need a computer – a cell phone will work for a virtual consultation!

Geraci Law Virtual Meetings

Geraci Law is working remotely and ready to help! Below are attorney meetings being conducted remotely. You do NOT need a computer to do a video meeting! A cell phone with a web camera works great.

If you schedule an appointment, we send you a link. All you have to do is click on the link to open up the FREE consultation with an experienced Geraci Law attorney. It’s really that easy.

Geraci Law Milwaukee & Racine Wisconsin Attorneys from the top, right to left – Attorney Rob Brynjelsen, Attorney Ann Kramer, Attorney Felicia Petroff, Attorney Kathryn MacKenzie, Attorney Andy Golanowski, Attorney Brent Berning, Attorney Joseph Blaha, Attorney Abraham Pinon, Attorney Robert Crowley, Attorney Peter Francis Geraci, Attorney Lisa Ellmaurer

EDWI Attorneys

Geraci Law Indianapolis & Muncie Indiana Attorneys  from the top, right to left – Attorney Rob Brynjelsen, Attorney Erik Dickinson, Attorney Lacey Faul, Attorney Bridget Spears, Attorney Robert (Bob) Fine, Attorney Peter Francis Geraci, Attorney Anthony Shull, Attorney Chad Garrapy, Attorney Patrick McNulty

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

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

 

Unemployed with Debt – What to Do?

If you are unemployed with debt – you should consult an attorney with Geraci Law.

Unemployed with Debt – What to Do?

We are all struggling to figure out existence in this new world. Trying to balance budgets, E-Learning and making sure we have enough hand sanitizer. With the LOSS of income, everything becomes MORE strained.  Not to mention worrying about making the next minimum credit card payment.

Over 33 million Americans are out of work since the start of the pandemic. That number most likely will not decrease but rather increase. When you have debt and you are unemployed – what do you do?

The answer may or may not be bankruptcy. If you have debt – the BEST decision you can make is to call Geraci Law to consult about your financial situation. Our experienced attorneys and staff can help you figure out what to do about the bills. Geraci Law not only has FREE phone consultations, we also have FREE video meetings with our attorneys.

Consider your options. Consider your expenses. Job loss is scary. Filing for bankruptcy with Geraci Law is NOT scary. If we have a solution to your problem, we’ll let you know. If we cannot help you we’ll let you know that too. Talking is important – give us a call at 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 25,000 5-star reviews 5starsince November 2016!

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