CHAPTER #9 What Does Bankruptcy Cost?

A lot less than paying debt that you can’t pay.

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A lot less than paying debt that you can’t pay. Anyone can come up with $900 or $1000 to put down on a Chapter 7, and pay the rest over time. Anyone can come up with the court costs to file a Chapter 13, and pay the rest in with their Chapter 13 payment.

Every lawyer charges exactly the same for Chapter 13, so don’t bother shopping for fees for Chapter 13. Why? In almost every court, the court rules provide for a standard fee for all services. So, it’s not the fee that you use to pick out an attorney.

Same with Chapter 7. Some people think everyone with a law license is the same. That’s why the jails are full. Lots of people who don’t know how to pick a decent attorney. People who file bankruptcy often have no confidence in themselves or their family or their budgets, and panic! They think, “I have to pay a big fee all at once and I have no money”.

If you panic, you might call every lawyer who advertises bankruptcy and say “How much is a bankruptcy”? If you actually get an answer to that, here is who you might probably be are talking to:

A lawyer who got fired or could not work with anyone so he paid $500 for a website design. He rents a desk in an office center, and has no employees, works from his cell phone, returns his calls you leave on voice mail while he is driving from traffic court to a real estate closing to a bankruptcy court meeting, the only 3 cases he has this week. “I will do your case for $800 come on in” he says. You say “don’t you want to know anything about me or what is involved before you tell me $800?” He says, “no, come on in, bring your money”

You show up and sure enough, it’s either a rented desk in “Armstrong Office Suites”, or it smells funny and not very professional. He is late. So you wait, he shows up and says “sorry, I was in Court” and brings you into his office. The place is a mess. He actually has a fax machine on his desk.

“Did you bring the $800?” he says. “Don’t you want to know anything about me or what is involved before you tell me $800?” you say for the 2nd time. (Oh, you also had to wait a week before he could “fit you in”.)

Anyway, he then tells you that instead of $800, because you have a house and car, he meant $800 to file, plus the court cost, and there will be additional costs if “anything goes wrong”.

You say, “whaaat? What do you mean, if anything goes wrong?” He says, “don’t worry, usually nothing usually wrong”! So much for the “UNKNOWN ATTORNEY”. But, if he gets your $800, he at least has his rent for the month.

At Geraci Law, we get a lot of people who have been elsewhere and are unhappy. Read our reviews. Some people focus on the attorney’s fee in choosing an attorney. My office gets calls from about a hundred people a year who have had Chapter 13 or Chapter 7 cases goofed up because they tried to save $100 on attorney fees.

Sometimes, in fact, regularly, we tell people NOT to file bankruptcy. That is why we have never “lost” a house or had any real “trouble”. So, one cost of a bankruptcy might be getting bad advice or bad representation by your attorney. The attorney’s fee doesn’t matter, since you can’t save much from one attorney to another.

So, bankruptcy is pretty cheap. If you had $20,000 to pay your creditors, you’d probably give it to them. If you could settle all your debt for $5000, you would. So why try to beat up your lawyer before you have all the facts in front of, by calling around to unknown lawyers to get them to tell you something on the phone? No smart lawyer will give you any real advice on the phone, much less quote you a firm fee for something they know nothing about.

Always get a free in office consultation. If you really want the cheapest lawyer in town, then go to the one who tells you $500 on the phone, and pray that you will be happy! You get what you pay for. At Geraci Law, we work with almost everyone, but $500 was a fee in 1975, not 40 years later in 2015. Every year, one of the “cheap” bankruptcy lawyers gets indicted or closes up, so watch out who you think is giving you a “cheap price”. The so-called “largest bankruptcy firm in the world”, “Macey & Aleman Legal Helpers” closed up suddenly in 2013 and did not refund fees to clients, who then filed claims in its bankruptcy for the $1400 or whatever fee they lost when the place shut its doors.

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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You can schedule an appointment in person at the Geraci Law Oak Park office at 7015 W. North Ave, Oak Park IL 60302. 2 blocks east of Harlem. Buona Beef is on the corner, across from Starbucks. Or meet any of our Geraci Law attorneys virtually!

Geraci Law Oak Park team is ready to help you with your debt! Meet our Geraci Law Oak Park team.

You can schedule an appointment in person at the Geraci Law Oak Park office at 7015 W. North Ave, Oak Park IL 60302. 2 blocks east of Harlem. Buona Beef is on the corner, across from Starbucks. Or meet any of our Geraci Law attorneys virtually. Schedule an appointment online at https://www.infotapes.com/Bankruptcy/OfficeLocator

Attorney Frank Hernandez – 865 Reviews

Attorney Frank Hernandez started at Geraci Law over 20 years ago. He is fluent in Spanish and is learning to speak German and Italian. He is a father and is a former Officer in the United States Army. He is a supervising attorney and responsible for Geraci Law Berwyn and Oak Park offices.

Attorney Hernandez trains young attorneys and staff. He has extensive knowledge of bankruptcy law and works tirelessly to find the best solution for his clients. Attorney Hernandez is also a partner of Geraci, Arreola, & Hernandez. He has helped personal injury and malpractice clients obtain settlements in the millions of dollars.

He met a family of five living in a basement apartment. They did not have a vehicle and could barely afford rent. With the help of Geraci, Arreola & Hernandez, the family received a $7.7 million dollar settlement. They purchased a house and all the latest health aides and devices to make their disabled son comfortable.

Attorney Lizette Villegas – 811 Reviews

Attorney Lizette Villegas is a senior attorney at Geraci Law. She provides client consultations and then prepares and files petitions and plans. Attorney Villegas is a skilled petition preparer and is responsible for some of the firm’s most complicated cases.

She graduated with Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and Latin American Studies from DePaul University and went on to earn her Juris Doctor from DePaul University. Attorney Villegas is fluent in Spanish and beloved by clients. Her client reviews describe her as, “professional,” “wonderful,” and “fast.” She will work to find the best solution for her clients.

Attorney Wylie Mok – 1,367 Reviews

Wylie is a Senior Attorney with Geraci Law and graduated with honors from UIC John Marshall Law School in 2007 and was an editor on The John Marshall Law Review. Prior to that, Wylie graduated from Boston College in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology and Philosophy.

Wylie started at Geraci Law in 2008 and since then has helped thousands of people get out of debt. Wylie has interned for the Illinois State’s Attorney in the Juvenile Protection Division and the City of Chicago Department of Law Labor Division. Wylie is liked by his clients for his outgoing and easy to talk to personality and his meticulous attention to detail.

When not hard at work caring for his clients, Wylie loves to cook, play the piano and guitar, and take his nieces and nephews to the movies, roller coaster parks, or baseball games.

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.

Will I Lose My Home if I File for Bankruptcy?

The housing market is booming – houses are selling non-stop. Your house is your asset! Geraci Law wants to protect your asset in a bankruptcy.  You want Geraci Law on your side.

The real estate market is booming but folks are struggling to pay down debt. Whether high minimum payments or job loss/income change – debt is a problem. So what do you do if you own real estate and need bankruptcy help? Some common questions we get:

Will I lose my home if I file for bankruptcy?

Can I keep my home if I file for bankruptcy?

I have equity in my home – what happens to it if I file for bankruptcy?

Attorney Peter Francis Geraci answers your questions about Bankruptcy and Homes.

The housing market is booming – houses are selling non-stop. Your house is your asset! Geraci Law wants to protect your asset in a bankruptcy.  You want Geraci Law on your side. You only meet with attorneys at Geraci Law – you are not meeting with a paralegal or a petition preparer.

Best news? Consultations are free with Geraci Law Attorneys. Geraci Law is currently taking cases in the great states of Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Florida and Michigan.

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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