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.

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Bad luck with debt? Need a fresh start? Geraci Law is here 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!

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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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Beverages & Budgeting

It may be time to rethink your plan. Use Geraci Law budget as a guide. If you are worried about the amount you are paying toward debt – Geraci Law is here for you.

Inflation is causing everyone to relook at the budget. Where to start? Where to begin? You can only eliminate cable once so where is there give? Look at your monthly expenses, write them down. Are the payments you worked out to “settle” or “consolidate” MORE than you are spending on food, utilities? Has the agency you hired settled anything? Are you being sued despite being enrolled in this program?

It may be time to rethink your plan. Use Geraci Law budget as a guide. If you are worried about the amount you are paying toward debt – Geraci Law is here for you. We’re happy to review your budget and options to see if there’s a BETTER solution.

Fillable PDF @ https://www.infotapes.com/Content/Forms/ExpenseFormFillable.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!

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What Bankruptcy Can Do!

No one wakes up in the morning and says, “I want to file for bankruptcy!” It does not work that way. Life happens and more often than not you are in more debt with less income. Sometimes it’s as simple as bad luck – you get into a car accident 2 days after your insurance lapses, you start a new job and are in the hospital before health insurance kicks in. There’s divorce, life circumstance – things happen.

Thankfully, we have bankruptcy as an option to deal with the debt. Filing for bankruptcy can be the fresh start and breath of fresh air you are looking for. So what can it do for you?

  • Gets rid of as many bills as possible
  • Does not affect car payments if you keep the car and continue payments
  • STOPS all calls and letters from bill collectors.
  • STOPS interest on charge cards.
  • CLEARS credit report except for bankruptcy listing.
  • Allows you to INCREASE your credit score.
  • Helps you catch up on house and car payments.
  • Lowers interest on furniture and appliance payments.
  • Allows you to start a savings plan immediately.
  • STOPS garnishments and wage assignments.
  • NEVER pay another old debt again.
  • Clear up past due utility bills–only a deposit needed to restart service.
  • All negative credit reports before bankruptcy are cleared.
  • Accounts you have reaffirmed or paid are credit references in the future.

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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So What is A Chapter 13?

Chapter 13 can consolidate your debt based on YOUR budget rather than the terms dictated by the creditors. It’s one payment that is affordable to Y-O-U.

And – why would it help me?

Chapter 13s are often misunderstood. Some debt consolidation schemes may advertise paying back your debt to AVOID bankruptcy. You pay one payment for an estimated amount of time to creditors. Sounds great right?

What we have seen, most people who attempt debt consolidation end up filing for bankruptcy because some creditors or banks may NOT negotiate or settle. You are paying a monthly fee to a company only to find the monthly payment is not paying down the debt but rather the fee. If you owe thousands in debt, it could take YEARS and THOUSANDS to be able to pay down balances.

Unlike debt consolidation, creditors do NOT get a choice of negotiating in a Chapter 13. You use federal law to get help with your bills. Chapter 13 can consolidate your debt based on YOUR budget rather than the terms dictated by the creditors. It’s one payment that is affordable to Y-O-U.

If you are working full time or have a steady source of income and want to pay your debt, filing a Chapter 13 could be a great option. Rather than paying minimums only to use the credit again, you actually pay off what you can afford.

Check out the excerpt below from Attorney Peter Francis Geraci’s, “Complete Book on Bankruptcy.”

All your credit can be paid with one payment to the Court trustee, if you qualify for a Chapter 13 plan. It is possible to consolidate all your outstanding bills into one lower monthly payment, and be protected from credit action during the time you make your payments.

Chapter 13 plans usually run from 3 to 5 years. You can get a rough idea of your maximum Chapter 13 payment by adding up all your bills, dividing by 36 to 60 months. Add 10% to the monthly payment, and the total would be your Chapter 13 payment. This is an over-simplification, and your payment could be less, but this is the basic idea.

Usually, there is no further interest paid to creditors under a Chapter 13 plan. Exceptions to this are cases where you are paying for a house or for a car, or when the creditors could get all their money immediately if you were to liquidate your assets.

A Chapter 13 bankruptcy is an amazing resource available to people simply struggling. Geraci Law will file the case for no-money down and you get the immediate relief and time to pay down your 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.

What You Get When You Choose Geraci Law!

Check us out @ https://www.infotapes.com/. Geraci Law has helped THOUSANDS get control of their finances. We’re not a corporate firm, we’re nice friendly people ready to help. Geraci Law cares about YOU and finding a solution to your financial problem. If we can’t help, we’ll try to come up with an alternative solution.

Here’s what else you get when you choose Geraci Law:

  • Free phone consultation to go over your debts with a bankruptcy counselor. Call to start now with a free consultation.
  • Free office or virtual consultation Weekdays and Saturdays.
  • Fast filing same day available.
  • No money down filing available for Chapter 13 plans.
  • Payment plans you can afford available to fit your case.
  • We handle our own trial and appellate work.
  • No hidden charges: some firms tack on $150 for what we do for free.
  • Established bankruptcy law firm with over 100 attorneys and staff.
  • We do both Chapter 7 and 13, some attorneys only do one Chapter.
  • We are in court all the time everywhere, it’s no trouble to help you out!
  • No phony debt settlement schemes: we work within the court system.
  • Geraci Law is the largest bankruptcy firm almost everywhere we are.
  • Personal attention, happy clients, and a fresh start for you.
  • Experience counts: we do so much bankruptcy we see everything.
  • Geraci Law LLC provides our lawyers and staff with Continuing Legal Education constantly so you get lawyers who are up to date legally!

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 Bankruptcy Stop Collection Agencies From Calling?

Check out this article (and more!) at https://www.infotapes.com/Articles. The answer is YES.

Yes. You can stop creditors from calling you without filing a bankruptcy.  Just say “Oh, I’m glad you called, where can I send payment in full?”  

If you can’t send payment in full, start sending partial payments, and they’ll stop calling. 

If paying the creditor who is calling, you isn’t in your budget, you can also say “Don’t call me, I can’t pay you, you can sue me but don’t call me.”  They may or may not file a lawsuit against you.

If Geraci Law files your Chapter 7, or Chapter 13 repayment plan, we provide you with your bankruptcy case #.  You then give it to anyone who calls you, and you won’t hear from them again.  Make sure you ask who is calling and who they represent, so you make sure they are listed on your bankruptcy petition. 

If you are planning on filing a bankruptcy with Geraci Law, Keep a pen and paper to take down information on who is calling you, if they are a collection agency or the actual creditor, and the account #, because you want to make sure you list them on your bankruptcy petition.  Unlisted creditors don’t get discharged, so listing all creditors you have is important. 

Or worse, someone has filed a lawsuit against you or your check is being garnished.  You should immediately call us to start your case.  A chapter 7 can eliminate your debt or a chapter 13 will consolidate your debt into a payment you can afford.  Both Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 stop collection and lawsuits.  

Is your mortgage or rent always late?  Other payments are behind a month or more?  All because you lost your income?  You probably qualify for bankruptcy protection and need a fresh start to get rid of debt and start over.  

What about savings?  Do you have any?  Are your balances not going down even though you make payments.  Are you being turned down for credit?  Many people file bankruptcy to help build savings.  Watch our video on credit scores.  You will learn that studies show bankruptcy will actually increase your credit score and that people who file bankruptcy are likely to have better future financial success.  Why?  Because they got rid of their debt and started over.  

Are you concerned you have assets and cannot file a bankruptcy?  Most people with assets can still file a bankruptcy to eliminate their debts.  Think you make too much money to get rid of your debt?  Chapter 13 gives you interest free repayments on your debt.  Better yet, if your creditor doesn’t file a claim in your case you will receive a discharge without repaying them.  

Let’s do a hypothetical: Bill and Sally have been married for 20 years. Bill recently lost his job in middle management, and is now working at half his former salary, driving a limousine. Sally had an operation, and since there was no insurance, owes $8,000 in unpaid medical bills. To supplement Bill’s income, they have been using credit cards to pay for groceries and other expenses because Sally needed 8 weeks to recover from her operation.  The balances on the credit cards are now $5000, because they used the cards to supplement their lost income.  Sally returned to work, but because of the medical bills and increased credit card balances, They can’t afford the credit card payments anymore.  They want to know, do I qualify for bankruptcy.  

Answer: Of course.  Bill and Sally were hit with some bad luck.  Bill lost his position in middle management and Sally’s operation forced her out of work for a month.  A bankruptcy, either chapter 7 or 13, would benefit Bill and Sally because it will get rid of all their unsecured debt and they will be able to start saving now that Sally is back to work.  

Does any of this sound familiar?  If it does, call right now to get your options.  

But let’s do one more.  Same situation with Bill and Sally, but this time Bill and Sally are 6 months behind on the house. Bill and Sally received foreclosure paperwork and now they need to save the house.  

Answer: Chapter 13 will stop the foreclosure and let Bill and Sally repay the past due amounts over time.  Better yet, the unsecured debts will be paid interest fee.  When the plan is complete Bill and Sally will likely have improved credit for making timely payment in their chapter 13, a MUCH BETTER budget, and no 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.

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