Chapter 10-What is the Real Price Difference Between Bankruptcy Lawyers?

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

You may be thinking about bankruptcy. You may have called a couple of law firms. Geraci Law can help you. Below is an excerpt from Attorney Peter Francis Geraci’s Complete Book on Bankruptcy about the REAL price difference between bankruptcy attorneys.

From Chapter 10 – What is the Real Price Difference Between Bankruptcy Lawyers?

I have found that there is very little difference in attorney’s fees. You can’t save more than a couple hundred dollars between lawyers’ fees for the same type of case. Some people like cheap doctors, and some people like cheap food. Some people pick attorneys by a $100 difference in price, not realizing that one deal your attorney makes can save or cost you thousands.

So, the cheapest lawyer in town is not necessarily the best. In other words, go for experience, not price, because there is not much difference in fees for consumer bankruptcies, but there is a big difference in the quality of the advice and service.

For instance, let’s say that 5 years later, a bill collector calls and says you left him off your petition, and he wants to be paid. Will you be able to call your attorney who did the Chapter 7, for advice, or will the telephone be disconnected? If it is Geraci Law, yes you can. 7 am to 7 pm and Saturdays until 1 PM. All your records are electronic. No voice mail either.

Usually, Chapter 7 fees can be paid in installments of as low as $100 a month. Chapter 13 Plans including attorney fees are as low as $95 biweekly. If you can’t afford $100 or $200 a month, you may have to ask friends or family to help you out.

In my opinion, anyone “shopping for fees” for a bankruptcy attorney, is not thinking clearly. If you can clear $10,000 in debt, tax free for $1500, it is a bargain. 10 payments of $150 or even $200 is a bargain.

Chapter 13 cases are even more of a bargain. In almost every state, the attorney fee is exactly the same. Most Chapter 13 cases get filed “no money down”, because it’s a repayment plan. Your attorney gets paid from your Chapter 13 payment, which takes care of attorney fees and all debt. Your Chapter 13 payment could be as low as $95 bi-weekly, or more depending on what debt you are paying back.

Geraci Law represents people on Social Security with low income, and people making over $100,000 a year. Anyone quoting the same fee for any case, on the phone, may be engaging in “bait and switch” tactics. But, if you are really were just looking for the cheapest lawyer in town, sadly for you, there are some poor lawyers at the bottom of their career that will work for free. You kind of get what you pay for.

Geraci Law is the largest filer of bankruptcies in Illinois Indiana and Wisconsin, and you will generally find that the largest law firms probably have the happiest clients, and about the same fees, when you get done, as the all-by-myself attorneys.

Lawyers that claim to be “cheap” can often end up costing you more! Beware of “cheap fee quotes on the phone”

In most Chapter 13 cases, you are saving a lot of money on interest, so the cost is less than paying the creditors at their contract rate of interest. However, Chapter 7 cases are usually cheaper than Chapter 13 cases in terms of total cost. Many “cheap” lawyers don’t know the difference between Chapter 7 and Chapter 13, so if you go there, you won’t know either.

Dial 1-800-CALL-PFG for a free phone mini-consultation, or make an appointment online 24/7 at  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!


Come Meet Attorney Berning in Wauwatosa, WI!

Free attorney consultation for debt relief options in Wauwatosa/Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Come Meet Attorney Berning in Wauwatosa, WI!

Did you know Geraci Law is open in Wisconsin? Come meet Attorney Brent Berning at our office in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. We’re right across the street from the Mayfair Mall at 2505 N Mayfair Road.

Worried about COVID-19 but still want to meet with a local attorney? No problem! Attorney Berning offers video meetings – all you need is a cell phone.

Read what real Geraci Law clients say about the Wauwatosa/Milwaukee office and Attorney Brent Berning.

“I have never filed for bankruptcy before…i was very nervous for my first visit. Before i knew it Brent Berning was introducing himself and reassuring me i have come to the right place. He was professional, pleasant and even funny which really eased up my nervous-ness given my bankruptcy situation. He explained everything to me in a way i could understand. I have nothing but wonderful things to say about this company. Thank you Brent and Geraci Law for helping me through this and thank you for helping me get my life back on track! You rock!”

“I had the pleasure of speaking to Brent Berning today and would just like to say Thank You Brent for your Professionalism in answering all my questions that I had today! You really made a great impression the way you handled all the details about my concerns I had! You are a true professional and a great asset to your company! Thank You Very Much Sir”

“I’m glad that God brought me back to Geraci Law 7 years later to the same attorney, Brent Berning. Keep up the good work.”

“There are events and circumstances that come up in life, some you can handle and some you can’t. When you reach the point of knowing you can’t handle things on your own and you get the gut feeling that you should seek help, had this heavy like feeling, so I recently had a consultation and met a person that not only does his job well but he went the extra mile. Such a great listener, he made me feel very comfortable to talk openly and freely, while expressing that the process is painless. I felt as though I was talking to one of my good friends who was assisting me with rolling away stone. I truly want to take this time to thank you for walking me through the process. That answer for me was Attorney Brent Berning. Keep up the exceptional work.”

Dial 1-800-CALL-PFG for a free phone mini-consultation, or make an appointment online 24/7 at  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!


Geraci Law at Kohler Conference

Geraci Law Wisconsin attorneys attend the Kohler Conference.

Geraci Law Attorneys attended the Kohler Conference in Wisconsin. Attorney Felicia Petroff was asked to be on a panel for the conference for her bankruptcy knowledge.

Attorney Felicia Petroff as a member on the panel.


Attorney Andrew Golanowski & Attorney Joseph Blaha.


Attorney Robert Crawley & Attorney Kathryn Mackenzie


Attorney Lisa Ellmaurer & Attorney Brent Berning


Attorneys Brent Berning, Kathryn Mackenzie, Abraham Pinon, Robert Crawley, Lisa Ellmaurer & Andrew Golanowski


Attorney Robert Brynjelsen


Attorney Brent Berning


Geraci Law Wisconsin Attorneys


Attorneys celebrating at the Kohler conference.


Reviews from Geraci Law Clients!

Reviews from PFG Geraci Law Clients 

Below are REAL reviews from Geraci Law clients.

For Attorney Sharon Hunt, “Finding yourself in a position where you’re 25 years old, in over your head in CC debt and recently unemployed was, needless to say, stressful and embarrassing. When I started considering my options-bankruptcy felt scary and like an option that could ruin my future. When I made the decision to move forward with this option. I looked into who I felt would make me feel taken care of. Peter Geraci and the firm represented themselves in such a way that I felt comfortable going in for my consultation and after speaking with Attorney Jonathan Parker I knew I was in good hands. He was kind, professional and direct. He made sure I understood all of the options and the process. I’m currently waiting to have my meeting of creditors and feel confident that Geraci Law has done everything to make this go as smoothly as possible and all taken care of.  Thank you Geraci Law & team!”

For Attorney Joseph Blaha, “Very helpful very informative 5 stars to GERACI and 5 stars to our attorney JOSEPH BLAHA he truly is one of kind. He answered all of my questions to the up most level of professionalism. Even with my children present, he was patience understanding of me and my wife situation. Even when my wife left to go get our other daughter. He explained all the forums to her as well. So if you are ever in need of help with a chapter 7 or 13 I recommend Joseph Blaha at Geraci!”

For Attorney Mark Levine, “Great staff. Mark Levine was knowledgeable and helpful every step of the way, and helped us navigate a number of potential roadblocks with ease. If you’re buried in debt and need help, we would definitely recommend consulting Geraci Law.”

For Attorney Lizette Villegas, “I had a great experience with Geraci Law and attorney Liz. I was extremely nervous and had a feeling of shame coming into the office, but after meeting with Liz I felt so much better, relieved, and felt back to normal. Liz also took away that feeling of embarrassment and shame. I am very excited for this new start that my attorney and Geraci Law have given me. Liz made this so much easier!”

For Attorney Shera Bucchianeri, “Our experience with frank has been great he was very helpful with the beginning of our Bankruptcy process now we have been helped by Shera Bucchianeri and omg she is fantastic thank you so much for your help. ”

For Attorney Scott Greenwood, “I have been through the process of a bankruptcy in the pass with another firm, was not a good outcome! Upon accessing Geraci Law Firm I had the impression of a very professional firm. Things were explained and very clear as the next steps in the process. This made me feel very comfortable and ensured that I had come to the right place! Scott Greenwood was very professional and nice during each of my visits to the firm. Once again thank for making feel at ease during a stressful time!”

Dial 1-800-CALL-PFG for a free phone mini-consultation, or make an appointment online 24/7 at  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!