Huffington Post Writer Explains Chapter 13

Recent post in the Huffington Post discusses writer’s bankruptcy experience at age 26. Geraci Law is here to help you at age 26 to 76!

Huffington Post Writer Explains Chapter 13

In a recent post in the Huffington Post, John-Michael Jalonen writes about his experience filing for bankruptcy at 26 years old. He like many recent college grads, found himself with more debt than his income and student loan obligations could afford.

Filing for bankruptcy changes many people’s lives for the better. It gives the opportunity to reestablish yourself financially. Geraci Law’s motto is “Changing Your Life For the Better.” We stand by that.

Read Jalonen’s article here.  An excerpt from the piece,

“Admitting you’re in debt, much less deep debt, is incredibly embarrassing and makes you feel like a failure. However, it’s something that so many people are faced with, and going through the bankruptcy process can actually be a blessing.”

If you have questions about debt, finances or just want to talk about budgeting – give us a call. Experience counselors are waiting to help 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 25,000 5-star reviews 5starsince November 2016!

Read ALL ABOUT DEBT RELIEF at www.bankruptcybookbypeterfrancisgeraci.com

Feeling Sick? Stay Home with a Financial Plan for Success!

Missed work? No savings ? Geraci Law could help.

Feeling Sick? Stay Home with a Financial Plan for Success!

When you live paycheck to paycheck, a missed shift or a sick day creates a budget explosion. The loss of income could mean a minimum payment is shortened or even a missed car payment. If this is your situation – you should call Geraci Law immediately.

Think about how much you are paying in just minimum payments. Are you paying off the balances or do you have a “Band-Aid” for a debt wound? Filing a Chapter 7 to eliminate your debt WILL help. Instead of cycling the credit use and debt, you can start a savings account. So if you have a sick day, you have a fall back plan that doesn’t include using the credit cards. Read more about stopping the debt cycle.

It’s not just missed time – it’s the medical bills. Even if you are insured, a trip to the hospital for flu-like systems could cost you copays. In addition, a trip to the hospital may not cover all the expenditures and testing.

Medical debt is DISCHARGEABLE with a Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy. You may be better off waiting until all treatment is received before filing. But that’s why it’s important to call and speak with an experienced professional at Geraci Law.

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!

Read ALL ABOUT DEBT RELIEF at www.bankruptcybookbypeterfrancisgeraci.com

Chicago’s Fresh Start Program

City of Chicago’s Fresh Start Program for parking tickets and driver license suspensions. Let Geraci Law help you apply and get a fresh start from your other credit debt!

Chicago’s Fresh Start Program

Geraci Law uses the phrase FRESH START for people who file for bankruptcy.  Geraci Law offers you the ability to start again with both a Chapter 7 and Chapter 13. You are debt-free with the opportunity to reestablish your credit.

The City of Chicago borrowed the phrase Fresh Start for a new parking ticket program. In the city of Chicago, unpaid parking ticket balances can double and snowball to HUGE balances. A driver’s license can be suspended or a car can be booted if unpaid tickets are ignored. Previously, the ONLY bankruptcy option was filing a Chapter 13 repayment plan for the debt.

Chapter 13 bankruptcy plans consolidate the balance of parking tickets into an affordable repayment. With the Fresh Start program, parking ticket balances can be written off. So instead of a three to five year repayment, you can file a Chapter 7 to eliminate OTHER debt like credit cards and medical. When your case is discharged, you apply for the Fresh Start Program.

Geraci Law will handle ALL of this for you. When accepted into the program, the City of Chicago will respond with a proposed plan.

–       ANY tickets over 3 years old will be written off by the City of Chicago. So you will NOT owe them.

–       ANY tickets incurred within the last 3 years, will be put into a payment plan without the need of a large down payment.

If you have parking tickets, Geraci Law CAN help! Calling our experienced staff can determine if a Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 is a viable option to STOP a driver’s license suspension.

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!

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

Geraci Law Client Reviews

Sample of Geraci Law reviews written by ACTUAL clients. Call Geraci Law for the PFG Difference at 800.401.4010.

Geraci Law Client Reviews

Below is a sample of Geraci Law’s over 28,000 reviews written by REAL clients. Check out more client reviews at https://www.infotapes.com/GeraciReviews.

Attorney Rodney Geer, Geraci Law Merrillville 

“I hope this review goes to, or is forwarded to, Peter Geraci himself. A BIG HIGH 5 to Rodney Geer in your Merrillville, Indiana office! A real professional! Rodney took extra time to answer all of my questions, and address all of my concerns. My situation was quite bleak, and he could see that I was stressed. He arranged all of the accommodations to personally suit my individual needs. This put me at ease, and that was very important to me. Facing bankruptcy is certainly one of the most devastating situations one can face. I am thankful this will soon be behind me, and I praise Mr. Geer for his professional handling of my case. Again, 5 STARS all day long. And Griselda Estrada is a gem of an assistant. They make a GREAT TEAM!”

Attorney Jason Nielsen, Geraci Law Rockford 

“This was hands down one of the most terrifying and humbling things I’ve ever had to do. However, the discretion in which the office uses and the ease given by how hard Jason worked to make sure everything I needed was taken care of is priceless. I was treated with kindness and compassion despite my million questions and anxieties. I liked that there was no one there when I went because I was embarrassed to have gotten to this point in the first place. The quiet of the office helped me feel like they were devoting their time to help me entirely in a moment when I needed it most. This process has been easy and painless for me thanks to Jason. I would recommend anyone struggling and looking for answers to just schedule an appointment to see them so you, too, can find some relief and peace of mind. They definitely did that for my family and me.”

Attorney Ashley Chike, Geraci Law Evergreen Park/Chicago

“The staff are ALL so friendly helpful and helped me through my very trying time of need. I don’t know what I would have done without them! They explained and went over everything step by step and was very detailed about my chapter 13. They made me feel like a person and not just another case. They took my stress level from 10-0 really quick!! What are you waiting for?!? Call them now!! Let them help you too!”

Attorney Marc Affolter, Geraci Law Gurnee 

“Working with Mr. Affolter at Geraci Law in Gurnee was a great experience for me, he helped me understand what I needed to get done and communicate with me as sound as possible whenever I had a question or needed something changed. I would recommend anyone to him because he will work with you and give you his honest advice and the course of action you need to take when filing.”

When Should I File For Bankruptcy?

Use Peter Francis Geraci checklist to determine if NOW is the best time to file!

When Should I File for Bankruptcy?

Below is a checklist from Attorney Peter Francis Geraci’s Bankruptcy Book. Use the checklist to review if now is the best time to file for bankruptcy.

Read more of The Complete Book on Bankruptcy by Attorney Peter Francis Geraci at www.bankruptcybookbypeterfrancisgeraci.com

  • Three or more apply to YOU, you should call us NOW.
  • Five or more apply to YOU, then you should have called us months ago.

_____My debt is over $10,000 not including a car or house.

_____My payments are over 25% of my take home pay.

_____I am frequently late on my payments.

_____I pay 20% interest on my debt.

_____I buy necessary items like food or clothing on credit.

_____I frequently get cash advances.

_____I am thinking about getting a loan to pay other loans.

_____ I have a lawsuit and over $10,000 in other debt I can eliminate.

_____Collection agencies are calling me.

_____I am “robbing Peter to pay Paul.”

_____My balances are not going down even though I make payments.

_____I have been turned down for more credit.

_____Payments are more than 1 month behind on more than one bill.

_____My driver’s license is suspended because of an accident.

_____I am working but paying other debts so I can’t afford car insurance.

_____My mortgage or rent is always late, or is behind.

_____We are getting divorced and have too many bills to pay.

_____I have medical bills over $20,000 that are not insured.

_____There is a garnishment or wage assignment on my check.

_____I owe income taxes I can’t pay now.

_____My car is worth much less than I owe.

_____I have no savings.

Either way, Geraci Law offers a free consultation if bankruptcy solves your problem. Don’t wait until creditors file a lawsuit, don’t wait until your savings are spent and do not wait until a car is repossessed. BREAK THE CYCLE!

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!

Read ALL ABOUT DEBT RELIEF at www.bankruptcybookbypeterfrancisgeraci.com

What Can a Chapter 13 Do For Me?

Worried about your driver’s license? Is the repo man knocking on your door? Have you been served with a foreclosure summons? Geraci Law is here to help solve your problem with a Chapter 13 bankruptcy. 

What Can a Chapter 13 Do For Me?

Worried about your driver’s license? Is the repo man knocking on your door? Have you been served with a foreclosure summons? Geraci Law is here to help solve your problem with a Chapter 13 bankruptcy.

Chapter 13 bankruptcies are debt repayment plans. You are consolidating debt to fit YOUR budget. A Chapter 13 bankruptcy can:

  • STOP foreclosure
  • STOP vehicle/property repossession
  • STOP wage garnishments
  • LIFT driver’s license suspensions for parking tickets, red light tickets

The payment plan is based on your debt, income and assets. We can create a plan to get you back on track. If life happens and something changes DURING your Chapter 13 plan, our team is here to figure out a solution.

Some attorneys file the case and then disappear. You talk to voice mail instead of a live person. At Geraci Law, we are available to figure out a solution. Our staff is available to YOU.

The best part? A Chapter 13 bankruptcy is the EXACT same fee no matter what law firm you hire. You pay the same price if you hire an attorney who has NEVER filed a bankruptcy petition or a Geraci Law team of attorneys with over 40 years of bankruptcy experience.

Wait, it does get better. If you are working full-time with a steady source of income, you could qualify for no-money down. You get the FAST relief without the worry of coming up with a lump sum of attorney fees. We can do your case in a day. Call Geraci Law – we’re ready to solve your problem.

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!

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

5 Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Myths

Geraci Law debunks 5 Chapter 13 bankruptcy myths.

5 Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Myths

  • MYTH I will never be able to buy a house.
  • FACT  For an FHA loan, you can purchase a home WHILE in a Chapter 13 as long as you made payments on time for 1 year and the loan is approved by the bankruptcy court. For a conventional loan generally it’s 2 years after Chapter 13 discharge.

 

  • MYTH I can’t buy a car while I’m in a Chapter 13.
  • FACT Not true. You can finance a car WHILE in a Chapter 13 with court approval. But you are better off going on Craig’s List and finding a cheap car and having no car payment.  Geraci Law works with our clients to figure out the best option to fit their budget. Sometimes it’s better to buy a car for cash, sometimes it’s better to lease – it depends on an individual situation. That is why Geraci Law should be the firm you file with.

 

  • MYTH A Chapter 7 is better – why would I pay my debt?
  • FACT It depends on your situation. You can still ELIMINATE debt with a Chapter 13. If you are paying less than 100% of what you owe, a bankruptcy discharge will eliminate what is NOT paid. If the court approves you to pay back 10% of your unsecured debt (credit cards and medical for example), once the case is discharged you will eliminate the other 90%! It gets better. A Chapter 13 can eliminate some debts that a Chapter 7 cannot. EVEN without paying it in full.

 

  • MYTH I will lose my tax refund.
  • FACT It depends on your situation. Are you over withholding? Are your refunds mostly credits? Geraci Law works to find a solution to your problem. Our team of attorneys review your taxes and work to PROTECT what you need.

 

  • MYTH What happens if I lose my job? Am I just out the money I paid in the bankruptcy?
  • FACT This is why you hire Geraci Law. If you lose your job, you call Geraci Law and we’ll figure out a better solution. Maybe converting to a Chapter 7 is a better option. Maybe modifying your payment plan with your new income and expenses is another option. Geraci Law’s team of attorneys is here to represent 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 25,000 5-star reviews 5starsince November 2016!

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