Happy Thanksgiving from Geraci Law!

Have a VERY Happy Thanksgiving from All at Geraci Law. If you need us, call us at 800 CALL PFG (800.225.5734).

Have a VERY Happy Thanksgiving from All at Geraci Law. If you need us, call us at 800 CALL PFG (800.225.5734) We are open on Friday and Saturday for calls.

Great information at www.infotapes.com – you can learn about Geraci Law, bankruptcy, debt consolidation, and MORE!

New Infotapes are released – check them out at here!

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.

Does Chapter 7 or 13 Bankruptcy Ruin My Credit?

Bad credit can’t be ruined by getting out of debt. Bankruptcy gets you out of debt. No debt = better “credit”.

Below is an article written by Attorney Peter Francis Geraci explaining filing a bankruptcy could actually IMPROVE your credit score. Read more articles written by PFG at https://www.infotapes.com/Articles.

Most people filing bankruptcy have bad credit scores. Most are below 600. That is bad credit.

Bad credit can’t be ruined by getting out of debt. Bankruptcy gets you out of debt. No debt = better “credit”.

Studies have shown that your credit score goes up after bankruptcy discharge.  Take my 2 hour debtor education course if you want to improve your credit.  Go to http://www.pfged.com   

If you can get a house and a low interest rate on a vehicle, you probably don’t even need bankruptcy relief. 

But, if you can’t afford to pay your creditors, but you have a good credit score, you probably don’t have good credit, you have good debt!  Soon or later, the credit bureaus are going to notice you’ve maxed out on credit and your credit score is going to fall.  

Bankruptcy does not generally ruin your credit more than it is already. Many people say to me, “I’m current on all my cards. I have good credit.” Then I find out that they have been getting cash advances on one card and using that money to pay the other charge cards. That is borrowing money when you cannot repay it. If you do that, you may not have good credit.  

Credit is the ability to borrow money. Lenders look at several things about you if you want to borrow money. First, they look at your ability to repay it. If you have a lot of bills to pay now, you probably can’t afford to borrow more, because you won’t be able to repay it.

Second, the credit bureaus look at your history of repayment. If creditors reported you slow-pay, or have lawsuits, garnishments or repossessions, you already have ruined your credit history. Getting rid of your bills in a bankruptcy may improve your situation. You will have no bills to pay, or maybe just one or two. You will then be able to try to save a little money. Also, you can’t file another bankruptcy until six years have passed. Many lenders will allow you to re-establish credit, because now you have a better ability to repay.

The third main factor that a lender looks at is the security or collateral given for the loan. You may need more money down than in the past.

At Geraci Law, we want to make your life better.  So if we think you don’t need bankruptcy relief, we tell you.  Take our free 20-minute credit counseling course at Infotapes.com, or our 2 hour Debtor Education Course at pfged.com for more information. 

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.

Answers to Almost Every Question About Bankruptcy

Did you know Attorney Peter Francis Geraci wrote a book? It’s called the “The Complete Book on Bankruptcy.” His book answers almost any question you may have about bankruptcy.

Did you know Attorney Peter Francis Geraci wrote a book? It’s called the “The Complete Book on Bankruptcy.” His book answers almost any question you may have about bankruptcy.

The best part? The book is FREE and available online. You can click https://www.bankruptcybookbypeterfrancisgeraci.com/ to read the entire book and learn about the differences of Chapter 7 and Chapter 13.

His book answers questions like:

What happens to my credit score if I file bankruptcy?

Will My Employer Find Out if I File Bankruptcy?

What can bankruptcy do for you?

When Will Creditors Stop Bothering Me?

Bankruptcy and Divorce, Alimony, & Child Support

Bill Consolidation Scams

Chapter 13 Debt Repayment Plans

Dial 1-800-CALL-PFG for a free phone mini-consultation, or make an appointment online 24/7 at http://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 since November 2016!

Can I Get Rid of a Vehicle By Filing Bankruptcy?

Sometimes you just don’t want a vehicle. It may be worth far less than you owe, or it may be a junk that costs too much to repair. So the question is, how do you get rid of it and get something else?

Article written by Attorney Peter Francis Geraci. Read more of his posts at https://www.infotapes.com/Articles!

Can I get rid of a vehicle by filing bankruptcy?

Sometimes you just don’t want a vehicle. It may be worth far less than you owe, or it may be a junk that costs too much to repair. So the question is, how do you get rid of it and get something else? You’re probably not going to just get rid of the vehicle and walk or take the bus. So there are a variety of situations, and you need good legal advice before you make a false move.

Title loans Do you have an old vehicle with a title loan? If you do, the title loan company has a lien on the title. They will want you to pay them before they release the title. If the vehicle doesn’t run, or has been in an accident, you can’t junk it unless you get the title. Title loan companies seldom will take a vehicle back, rarely even repossess vehicles, because they don’t loan you enough money to make it worthwhile. If you file a bankruptcy, we can provide that you surrender the vehicle, then file a procedure called a motion to exempt and redeem. The court values the vehicle, and all you have to do is pay the value of the vehicle to the title company in which they are required to give you the title. This works very well when you have a junker is only worth $100 salvage value.

Under water Second situation that is very common is that you have a vehicle where you have a loan on it, in the loan payoff is much more than the vehicle is worth, and you don’t want it. Let’s say you bought a used car, and it’s now worth $8000. But you have 40 payments of $350 left to pay, or $14,000, the payoff and that depending upon how long you’ve financed it for, might be as much is $11,000 or $12,000. So if you wanted to give the vehicle back to the finance company, they would sell it at auction, probably $4000, and soak you with the auction costs, if you credit for the $4000 sales price, and you’d end up owing 8000 on the repossessed vehicle. Chapter 7 filing can eliminate that $8000 deficiency.

So Chapter 7 works very well when you owe a lot more than the vehicle is worth. If you want the over financed vehicle in a chapter 7, sometimes, we can make a deal, and a reaffirmation. So you can either surrender a vehicle that’s over financed and eliminate the deficiency, or possibly we can negotiate a better deal in bankruptcy, but you have to be willing, under Chapter 7 to surrender it if they don’t give you a better deal. There is another option called 722 redemption, similar to the junker, but if the value of the vehicle is $8000, you have to come up with the full value of the vehicle, or finance it, and if you do not come up with the $8000 722 redemption, you probably be financing it at 30% interest which is a terrible deal and you’d be right back where you started.

Chapter 13 The third situation involves keeping the vehicle, and filing chapter 13 to pay what the vehicle is worth, if the vehicle is over two and half years old, and even if it’s not 2 ½ years old to pay it at the prime rate +2%. Now if that sounds complicated, it is. One problem that we are running into is people are financing vehicles for 72 or 84 months, and then coming in to file a chapter 13, which can only last 60 months. They may even have a 0% interest rate. So if you have a long way to pay on a vehicle, and you’ve already got 0% interest, chapter 13 doesn’t help you. Depending upon your income, it may be wise you can qualify for chapter 7, to get rid of this monster and get a reasonably priced vehicle with a low payment.

There’s a lot more to vehicles in bankruptcy. Geraci law lawyers have filed over 100,000 bankruptcy cases, many of which involve cars, both chapter 7 and chapter 13. If your only debt is a car, you should not be doing a bankruptcy. But if your problem is greater than just the car payment, let’s look at what filing a Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 can do about your whole picture, and where the vehicle fits in.

That’s why you need an experienced Geraci law bankruptcy lawyer to figure all this stuff out.

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.

More NEW Infotapes Available!

Attorney Peter Francis Geraci recorded NEW Infotapes available to watch at http://peterfrancisgeraci.com/Infotapes.html! You can learn about debt and your bankruptcy options.

Attorney Peter Francis Geraci recorded NEW Infotapes available to watch at http://peterfrancisgeraci.com/Infotapes.html! You can learn about debt and your bankruptcy options. Geraci Law’s motto is helping clients change their lives for the better.

Plus – who does not love the Infotapes? Now you can see the Infotapes live with host PFG! New Infotapes cover topics including:

-Can You File Bankruptcy Without Your Spouse?

-How Does Bankruptcy Filing Work?

-What Problems Can Bankruptcy Solve?

-Homes & Bankruptcy

-Governmental Fines, Uninsured Accidents, or Driver License Suspensions in Bankruptcy

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.

Infotapes are Back!

Theeeeey’re BACK!! INFOTAPES®! What’s not to love? The man, the myth, and the mystery of….INFOTAPES® ! Are they real? Are they lost in the mists of time? When did INFOTAPES® first take America by storm? Where did they come from? Where did they go? Who cares, cuz….INFOTAPES® ARE BACK BABY BACK!

Read latest press release from Geraci Law! Attorney Peter Francis Geraci recorded new infotapes that can be viewed online. Read more updates and news from Geraci Law at https://www.infotapes.com/Press

CHICAGO, IL, 10/9/2020

Theeeeey’re BACK!! INFOTAPES®! What’s not to love? The man, the myth, and the mystery of….INFOTAPES® ! Are they real? Are they lost in the mists of time? When did INFOTAPES® first take America by storm? Where did they come from? Where did they go? Who cares, cuz….INFOTAPES® ARE BACK BABY BACK!

 Gimmee some right now at, you know, http://www.INFOTAPES®.com. Bankruptcy INFOTAPES®. Can I keep my car INFOTAPES®. Does my boss care if I file bankruptcy INFOTAPES®. Do I qualify for Chapter 13 INFOTAPES®. How much does bankruptcy cost INFOTAPES®. And sooooo much more! 

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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.

When should you file bankruptcy if you lose your job?

That depends on where you lost it! Google Bobcat Goldthwaite “I lost my job. No, I didn’t really lose my job. I know it is still there.. It’s just, when I go there, there’s this new guy doing it!”

Below is one article written by Attorney Peter Francis Geraci. Read more at https://www.infotapes.com/Articles. You can find more information about bankruptcy, debt settlement, links to job fairs. Just need to talk? We’re here – call us at 800 CALL PFG.

Should you file bankruptcy if you lose your job?

That depends on where you lost it! Google Bobcat Goldthwaite “I lost my job. No, I didn’t really lose my job. I know it is still there.. It’s just, when I go there, there’s this new guy doing it!” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rITk6utJvRY

There are over 50 ways to lose your job. Here’s the most popular, and if you should consider filing bankruptcy:

·        I got fired yesterday     

NO. Don’t call us if you got fired yesterday. Chill.

·        I am on unemployment                      

Maybe.

·        I got hurt on the job                            

Maybe. You need expert advice if hurt on job!

·        Accident not at work                          

Maybe. Depends on a lot of factors

·        Short term disability                           

Probably best to wait.

·        Long term disability                            

Maybe, if permanent and income loss permanent.

·        I will be getting back to work             

Maybe. Is pay going to be higher, lower or same?

So, it really depends on why you are not working, will it be temporary or permanent, and also on exactly what kind of debt problem you have. For example:

Hurt on job?  We file a lot of Chapter 7 cases to eliminate debt when there is a workers compensation claim. We can represent you in the Workers Comp claim, and also in either a Chapter 7 or 13 bankruptcy, and make sure you keep 100% of your workers comp settlement, while you eliminate or manage your other bills.

Just got fired? We recommend that you WAIT until you get back to work. Apply for unemployment, and get back to work. Don’t panic. Pay your regular living expenses, don’t pay any creditors until you get back to work. They can’t garnish your paycheck, can they? When you get back to work, we can see if Chapter 7 or 13 will manage your debt.  

While you are unemployed, you can file a Chapter 7 case, but you are prohibited from filing under Chapter 13 unless you have a regular source of income.

It may be to your benefit, especially if you usually earn $45,000 yearly, or more, to file a Chapter 7 before you get back to work. This is because there is an income test in Chapter 7 cases, meaning you can have too much income to do a Chapter 7. This usually comes into play over $45,000, in urban areas like Chicago. If you are not a higher income person, this timing is not so important.

But, you may not want to not file a Chapter 7 case unless you are already back to work, for several reasons. First, your bad luck may not be at an end. If you are out of work, you probably don’t have medical insurance. If you become ill after you have filed a bankruptcy, and run up a bunch of medical bills, you will have to pay them, because you will have used up your chance to do a bankruptcy already. Secondly, if you are not working, your money is short, and if you fall behind in your rent or utilities, or your car insurance lapses because you didn’t pay it and you wreck your car, you will have already used up your 6 year chance to file a bankruptcy and start fresh. Thirdly, when you aren’t working, no one can garnish your wages, and you probably don’t have any savings that they can attach, so what is the point of doing a bankruptcy until you are back to work?

The reason for doing a bankruptcy is to get a start fresh. You cannot start fresh if you are still out of a job. Once you return to work, a bankruptcy can be filed in as little as one day, to protect you from creditors, so wait until you are back to work to worry about getting rid of your bills. You may run up some more before that happens/ Or there may be a reason to file now!

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.

Geraci Law in Central Illinois!

Central and Southern Illinois – Geraci Law is here for you! Are you buried in debt? Are you struggling to pay minimums? Do the balances just not seem to go anywhere? We’re the firm to help you figure out a solution to your debt problem.

Central and Southern Illinois – Geraci Law is here for you! Are you buried in debt? Are you struggling to pay minimums? Do the balances just not seem to go anywhere? Combined Geraci Law staff has over 800 years of bankruptcy experience. We’re the firm to help you figure out a solution to your debt problem.

If you hire Geraci Law, only attorneys handle your legal work. We believes this provides you with the best service and experience. You are not meeting with petition preparers or paralegals – you are hiring a Geraci Law attorney. We can meet with you virtually anytime, anywhere!

Geraci Law bankruptcy attorneys can help in central Illinois for cities including Kankakee, Bourbonnais, Minooka, Champaign, Danville, Bloomington and Decatur. We’ll even help everyone in Illinois’ capital of Springfield.

Want to learn more about Geraci Law?

We have a ton of resources for you:

Our web sitewww.infotapes.com – you can schedule appointments online!

Free bankruptcy counseling videos  – https://www.infotapes.com/Bankruptcy/BankruptcyInformationVideos

Read Peter Francis Geraci’s Complete Book on Bankruptcy – https://www.bankruptcybookbypeterfrancisgeraci.com/

Read articles written by PFG!https://www.infotapes.com/Articles

Meet some of our Geraci Law team!

Attorney Ashley Chike

She’s a Senior Court and Managing Attorney. She’s handle over 1000 virtual appointments, and she has extensive experience evaluating income, expense, and property and debt information to provide the best solution for the client.

Ashley double-majored and earned her JD/MBA from Loyola University of Chicago and was inducted into Alpha Sigma Nu Honor Society by graduating in the top 10% of her class. Ashley has personally filed over 900 bankruptcy cases and appeared in court over 7,000 times for clients.

Attorney Jonathan Parker

He’s a Senior Court/Managing Attorney and we think he’s one of the best consumer bankruptcy attorneys in the USA.

Jonathan earned his JD from the University of Wisconsin Madison Law School and earned a BA from Northwestern University. He’s licensed in Wisconsin & Illinois.

Attorney John Sadler

He’s both a Senior Court Attorney and a Senior Managing Attorney. We think he’s one of the best consumer bankruptcy attorneys in the Country. John’s been with the firm since 2011.

Attorney Sadler was born and raised in Bloomington, Indiana. John Sadler attended law school at the McKinney School of Law in Indiana and is dual licensed in Indiana & Illinois. He’s handled tens of thousands of Chapter 7 & 13 matters and is one of our nicest 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 30,000 5-star reviews 5starsince November 2016!

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

How Can I Meet With Geraci Law?

We take our jobs very seriously. Geraci Law’s goal is to help change people’s lives for the better. We strive to make the process HASSLE-FREE and work around almost any schedule. Meeting with Geraci Law could give you the relief you need!

Geraci Law is a well-established Law firm. It was founded as a solo practice by prominent consumer bankruptcy and trial attorney Peter Francis Geraci in October 1977. Geraci Law operated as a sole proprietorship until 2009; growing from one attorney in a 15 x 20’ office to a multistate law firm with over 50 attorneys.

Geraci Law is one of the largest consumer bankruptcy firms in the country, with over 15,000 clients a year retaining the firm for consumer bankruptcy cases in Illinois Indiana and Wisconsin. Each year, Geraci Law is hired to consolidate or eliminate over $1.2 billion in debt. You can read more @ https://www.infotapes.com/Home/About

We take our jobs very seriously. Geraci Law’s goal is to help change people’s lives for the better. We strive to make the process HASSLE-FREE and work around almost any schedule. Meeting with Geraci Law could give you the relief you need!

So how do you meet with us?

IN PERSON

Geraci Law has offices near home and work. We are located in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin and offer early morning or evening appointments so you do not miss work to meet with an attorney. Our staff is ready to meet with you safely at our COVID-compliant offices.

Virtually

With COVID concern and schedules, sometimes a video meeting is just easier. We offer video meetings Monday-Friday from 8:00-6:00 p.m. If that time frame doesn’t work for you, we’ll figure out on that does!

The good news is all you need is a smart phone. We’ll send you a secure link, you click and you are meeting with a Geraci Law attorney!

Telephonically

Just have questions? Only looking for some advice? Geraci Law attorneys are available by phone. It’s a phone call to figure out if this is a good option 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!

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

Better Credit Scores After Bankruptcy

A study by Harvard and the Federal Reserve found people who FILE for bankruptcy are generally in a better position financially with access to better credit than people who do NOT file an attempt to slowly pay down bills.

A study by Harvard and the Federal Reserve found people who FILE for bankruptcy are generally in a better position financially with access to better credit than people who do NOT file an attempt to slowly pay down bills. See https://peterfrancisgeracilaw.com/2020/08/05/chapter-9-is-bankruptcy-bad/

That’s right folks, filing a bankruptcy can be a GOOD thing. You eliminate your obligation to the balances with the opportunity to REBUILD. According to the Federal Reserve,

“[people who file bankruptcy] experience a sharp boost in their credit score after bankruptcy, whereas credit scores recover at a much slower pace for individuals who remain [in debt]. The credit score of bankrupt individuals exceeds the credit score of insolvent individuals by 40-80 points. In addition, those who go bankrupt open new unsecured accounts post-bankruptcy at a higher rate (by around 15 percentage points) than those who don’t file bankruptcy, while the number of inquiries is very similar across the two groups. This indicates a difference in access to credit, not demand for credit. [The Federal reserve] conclude[ed] from this evidence that the ability to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy is associated with better access to credit, and while both insolvency and bankruptcy are forms of default, the debt discharge associated with bankruptcy leaves filers in a better financial position than individuals who become insolvent in similar circumstances.”

So your credit score could increase by 40-80 points! The money you are spending slow paying the minimums is money you can start SAVING or using to pay for essentials like groceries and gas instead of relying on the credit.  

It’s not time to wait. It’s time to handle your debt once and for all. Geraci Law is here for you. We’re happy to meet with you in office or virtually. It’s time to decide if you are ready to be DEBT FREE with a higher credit score and fresh start to reach your credit goals.

Read entire study here https://scholar.harvard.edu/files/pgoldsmithpinkham/files/dgy_bankruptcy.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!

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