What Happens to My Credit?

Geraci Law answers 5 common questions about credit after filing for bankruptcy. What is “good” credit?

What Happens to My Credit?

Geraci Law answers 5 common questions about credit after filing for bankruptcy. What is “good” credit?

When can I apply for credit?

You can apply for credit after your case is discharged and closed.  But should you apply for credit? You do not want to find yourself in the same position you just discharged in bankruptcy. You are a credit risk immediately after filing for bankruptcy. Creditors KNOW you filed for bankruptcy and after bankruptcy you have limited bankruptcy relief options. These creditors prey on you because you are a credit risk so you WILL get loan offers.

Any credit preapproval you receive will usually come with high interest rates. It may be better to NOT use credit. SAVE money, make house/car payments ON TIME, stay away from the high-interest credit debt and personal loans.

When can I buy a house?

You can apply for a home loan after your case is discharged and closed. Some people are approved while they are IN a bankruptcy. FHA loans might be an option. For a conventional loan, usually its two years after a bankruptcy discharge. Geraci Law is here to help with the process. If you need your bankruptcy paperwork – YEARS down the road, you can log into your Geraci Law Client Corner account to print. You can also search Geraci Law in your app store on your phone to download our Geraci Law app.

What happens to my credit score after filing Chapter 7? Chapter 13?

In your post-bankruptcy life, you should focus on rebuilding financially. Start with a savings account and build an emergency fund. If you have a car payment or mortgage payment, continue to make those payments ON TIME to work to reestablish a payment history.

You will get credit offers in the mail – do your research! Look at the interest rates – if you are going to use the credit, then make sure you pay off what you borrow every month. Do not accept the first offer that comes your way. Review the small print, stay away from the predatory lenders.

When can I buy a car?

After the bankruptcy is discharged and closed you can buy a car. If you are in a Chapter 13 right now, you need court approval if you are looking to FINANCE a vehicle. Craig’s List is a great option to buy a car for cash. You’ll get advertisements from car lots in the mail after bankruptcy – make sure to review the terms. Avoid the high interest, older vehicles without a warranty.

How do I rebuild credit?

  • Pay all of your bills on time! Timely payments prevent late charges and helps you reestablish a payment history.
  • Make sure all of your creditors are reporting to the three major credit agencies (Experian, Transunion, Equifax).
  • Dispute incorrect items on your credit report. Don’t ignore your credit report! All agencies have options to dispute right on their web site, make sure to follow up.
  • Make a large down payment – making a large down payment on any kind of credit make lenders more likely to grant a loan. Your goal should be to put down 20% of the total cost.
  • A small secured credit card is a really great way to build credit with very little risk.


  • 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!

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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.

Why is bankruptcy like baseball?

Geraci law knows how you feel when you’re in debt. Studies have shown most folks who would rather talk about their toilet habits or sex life than how much money or debt they have. Does this sound like you? You are 60 years old and live with a lot of economic uncertainty. You and your husband fight about money, often regret the purchases you make, and save nothing for retirement? Worse yet you have little or no pension, and you’re worried about healthcare?Baseball

For sure, you don’t know anything about the law, and you know even less about bankruptcy law. Bankruptcy is the Great American Law. Bankruptcy and baseball both start with the letter B.

Bankruptcy is a lot older than baseball.  The first officially recorded baseball game in U.S. history took place on June 19, 1846, in Hoboken, New Jersey: the “New York Nine” defeated the Knickerbockers, 23–1, in four innings

So you probably know a lot more about baseball than you know about bankruptcy. Bankruptcy and baseball are both good things. Baseball allows you to forget your troubles for 9 innings, and root for your home team. Bankruptcy allows you to get out of debt and get a fresh start so you’re not paying off old debt with money you should be saving for your retirement.

To find out more about bankruptcy and how it can

  • get you out of debt,    FlipBook
  • repay debts with NO interest
  • keep your pension, house, SUV and savings
  • allow you to save money,
  • protect your tax refund,

and more importantly, give you a sense of peace and financial freedom, dial 1 800 Call-PFG (800-225-5734), or visit infotapes.com. You can even read our new flipbook the complete book on bankruptcy by Peter Francis Geraci!

Make an online appointment 24-7 or get a free phone mini-consultation 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.