Holiday Cheer at Geraci Law Northside

A Geraci Law client was so happy with service from his team at 4218 N Cicero that he brought in chocolate for Attorney Lizette Villegas and Maria Colon!

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Geraci Law Oak Park

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!

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What About My Car in Bankruptcy?

Bankruptcy can be used to get rid of bad car deals, or help you to pay for a vehicle you want to keep.  You can buy a car on credit after filing bankruptcy, so you may want to dump a gas guzzler or high payment vehicle and get a cheaper one.

Below is Chapter 18 about your vehicle. Read this chapter and more https://www.bankruptcybookbypeterfrancisgeraci.com/

Bankruptcy can be used to get rid of bad car deals, or help you to pay for a vehicle you want to keep.  You can buy a car on credit after filing bankruptcy, so you may want to dump a gas guzzler or high payment vehicle and get a cheaper one.

If you are like most people, your car is financed.  The U.S. Department of Commerce estimates that, in 1991, the average cost of owning a car that is financed is over $425.00 per month.  The cost of owning a car includes the monthly payment, the interest lost on the down payment or cash value of the trade-in, repairs and maintenance, depreciation (the amount the car goes down in value every month), license and taxes, as well as gasoline and oil.  I have seen more than a few people who are paying more for their car than for their rent.  If they were living in their cars, that would be a good idea!

Many people are suffering from “car fever” when they buy a car.  Dealers have relationships with finance companies that allow them to finance any kind of deal.  If you want to finance a car with a bank or a finance company that has no relationship with the dealer, the first thing a loan officer will do is look up the car in a book which lists the value of the car.  There are several services which provide such information.  Most finance companies or banks that have no continuing relationship with a car dealer will only loan you 70 to 80% of the average retail price for the same type of car listed in the book.  If you are paying more than the average retail price, you will be able to get a loan based on the average price similar cars are usually sold for, not on 75% of what you want to pay.

What does this mean to the average car buyer?  It means that if you are paying too much more than the usual price everyone else pays for similar cars, the “average retail price”, you will have to put more money down.  However, finance companies that have regular relationships or agreements with car dealers will lend you almost any amount, regardless of how much the car is really worth.  In other words, they will finance you for the price the dealer got you to pay, not what the car is really worth.

When that happens, often the car is worth less than you owe on it.  If the difference between what you owe, and what you could sell the car for, is very great, you may want to give the car back to the finance company.  Then, you won’t owe anything, and you can start fresh and get another car.

Can you get another car, if you have filed a bankruptcy?  This depends on you. If you are filing a bankruptcy, your credit is probably bad anyway right now.  After you discharge your debts, you won’t have any payments to make, so you probably will be able to afford reasonable car payments.  If you put some money down, many dealers will finance you again.  Or, you can buy a used car for cash. Or, for what you would spend on a car, you can take cabs.  The trick is to avoid getting into trouble on another car. 

If your car payments are reasonable, and you owe less than the car is worth, or about the same, and you are up to date in your payments, and the car is running good, you will probably want to keep your car even though you are getting rid of the rest of your bills.  This is absolutely no problem.  The finance company will be happy to agree, generally, that your debt will survive the bankruptcy.  This is done in writing, and is called a reaffirmation.

If you are behind in your payments, or don’t have car insurance, finance companies will seldom let you keep the car unless you cure those problems.  This is true even when you are not doing a bankruptcy.

Many people come in to do a bankruptcy after the finance company has repossessed the car because they didn’t make the payments, or didn’t keep it insured.  Sometimes I can get the car returned if they bring the payments up to date, and get insurance, but most of the time they are better off giving up the car.

In a situation where the car has already been repossessed, if you owe less than the car is worth, it might be worthwhile investigating filing a Chapter 13 debt repayment plan.  This is a repayment bankruptcy, and the payments can be restructured if your budget allows it.  Of course, Chapter 13 plans, in which you pay a payment to a court-appointed trustee who sends it to your creditors, are always more expensive than Chapter 7 bankruptcies.

If you have a car that you own, and it is not financed, you need to have me look at the exemptions allowed by law, to see if you could still file a bankruptcy and keep the car, free and clear of any claims of creditors.  In Illinois, if the car is your main asset, and you own it free and clear, and you are the only one on the title, we need to see if you can keep it without having to do a Chapter 13. This may not be a problem, however.  I do many Chapter 7 bankruptcies, especially for married people who own vehicles in joint tenancy, where they have cars and keep them free and clear in a bankruptcy.  It all depends on your individual situation, and a competent bankruptcy attorney can advise you about this.

Example: Ted wrecked his car without insurance. The accident was his fault, and the other driver is suing him. He still owes $6,000 on his car note, and now the car finance company wants to be paid. His brother Bill has a 1989 Camaro. When he bought it, he traded in another car that was not paid off, and his car note now includes money he owed on the old car, as well as what he owes on the new car. Bill’s car note is $457 per month. He is current, but wants to give the car back and get a “beater” so he can save some money.

Their friend Ralph is up to date in his car payments, has insurance, but has a lot of medical bills and credit cards. He wants to keep his car and get rid of the rest of his debt.

The Peter Francis Geraci Chapter 7 or 13 Solution: Ted files a bankruptcy and lists the other driver and their insurance company, as well as his own car finance company. Any debts to them will be discharged. He can save up some money, go buy another car, and no one can sue him for the accident, so he won’t lose his driver’s license.

His brother Bill surrenders his car, and doesn’t have to pay a nickel more. He now has no bills, and can save up to buy another car.

Ralph is getting rid of his hospital bills and his credit card debt, so now he can afford his car payment. It is up to date, and the car is insured, so he can keep his car even though he is getting rid of other 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!

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Beverages & Budgeting

Beverages & Budgeting – grab a drink and let’s take a look at your monthly expenses, let’s see if Geraci Law can help!

Grab a cold one or a warm one and watch Attorney Peter Francis Geraci’s video on budgeting. Weekends are a great time to sit down with the bills over a iced or warm beverage!

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 Discharge of Debt Help My Credit?

Studies by Harvard and the Federal Reserve show that people who file bankruptcy and generally in a better position than those who remain in debt. 

Read this article by Attorney Peter Francis Geraci titled “Can Bankruptcy Discharge of Debt Help My Credit?” and more at https://www.infotapes.com/Articles

Studies by Harvard and the Federal Reserve show that people who file bankruptcy and generally in a better position than those who remain in debt.  The Federal Reserve said, 

“[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.”

If you are contemplating bankruptcy, you have probably received charge cards in the mail, and bought things with no money down. After a bankruptcy, that easy credit will be harder to get. Most times, you can get a charge card by giving a $400 or more savings account with the issuing bank, so that if you do not pay the charge card, they can deduct from your bank account.

Many clients may be able to buy a home within a few years after filing a bankruptcy or even during a bankruptcy. How do I know? Every week an old client calls me and asks for proof that their bankruptcy got rid of their old bills, so they can give it to their mortgage company. Mortgage companies want to know that people buying houses don’t have creditors chasing them, because those creditors can put liens on the house. Also, if you have a lot of bills to pay, you probably can’t afford house payments. Filing bankruptcy may be the first step to buying a house.

Geraci Law makes it easy for you to apply for mortgages and credit.  We post your filed bankruptcy petition on your Client Corner so you can log in and get it when you need it.  We provide you with any help you need to show that you got out of 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!

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Debts from Divorce & Filing Bankruptcy

Nothing ruins a relationship like money problems. Here are some tips about how bankruptcy can help with divorce or child support.

Below is from Attorney Peter Francis Geraci’s Infotapes, watch this and more @ https://www.infotapes.com/Bankruptcy/Infotapes

What Happens if I am Divorced or Pay Child Support?

Nothing ruins a relationship like money problems. Here are some tips about how bankruptcy can help with divorce or child support.

File Before You Divorce

If you are not divorced, consider getting your debt under control so it is not a serious issue. We help a lot of couples quit fighting over money, by filing Chapter 7 or 13. You can also take my court approved 2 hour debtor education course at http://www.pfged.com, and it might help you understand and manage your debt.

If you are in the middle of a divorce, ask your divorce attorney to refer you to Geraci Law for either a single filing bankruptcy, or a joint filing. Often, one spouse wants to stick the other with the debts. If that spouse files bankruptcy, it often eliminates the issue, especially if the other spouse is not joint on them.

Debt in Divorce Decrees

Be very, very careful about agreeing to pay debt in a marital settlement agreement. You might end up eliminating your right to discharge debts you agree to pay in a divorce. That is a very bad idea, especially if you have to pay support. You are better off discharging debt so you can use that money to pay support.

Court Ordered Support

Some kinds of court-ordered support in a marital settlement agreement is dischargeable in bankruptcy, and some is not.

If you are not married, and you are ordered to pay support for children, that obligation is not dischargeable in bankruptcy. But in a Chapter 13, you can repay child support arrears, and get protection from having your drivers’ or professional license suspended for unpaid support.

Protecting Rights in Bankruptcy

Why are cases with divorces and domestic support obligations so complicated? The legislature wanted to protect children and spouses from the effect of a bankruptcy discharge. In Chapter 13, domestic support obligations must be paid, and you can pay arrears ahead of other creditors. You must also certify that you are current on your domestic support obligation before the court issues a discharge in your case.

Always Consult an Attorney First

You should seriously consider hiring an experienced Geraci Law bankruptcy attorney. Why? Because when you have a domestic support obligation, there are different requirements for chapter 13. Domestic support obligations, attorney fees to the other spouse in most cases, and guardian ad litem fees, and property settlement obligations, are not dischargeable in Chapter 7.

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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Bill Consolidation, Loan Modification, Credit Counseling, Debt Settlement Fraud Schemes

All these schemes play on your guilty, embarrassment and confusion. They can’t stop late fees, repossessions, lawsuits, foreclosures, license suspension, or anything else. So, beware of “bill consolidation, mortgage modifiers, debt settlement and credit counseling”.

From Chapter 3 of Attorney Peter Francis Geraci’s, “The Complete Book on Bankruptcy” read more @ https://www.bankruptcybookbypeterfrancisgeraci.com/

This is an easy one. Because most stuff other than bankruptcy is fraudulent. That means someone somewhere, on the internet, or maybe in Russia, or maybe your own bank, wants your money, and will say anything to get it.

1. “bill consolidation” is usually a fraud scheme There is no way to “consolidate” all your bills into one lower payment you can afford, pay your vehicles and mortgage and tax debt first, and stop every single creditor from bothering you, adding late charges, or suing you. No way. None. Nada. Except for Chapter 13 bankruptcy. Oh, there’s that word again “bankruptcy.”

2. “Loan modification” Fraud schemes like “Legal Helpers Loan Modification” just stole people’s money and disappeared with millions. Banks usually string you along for months and lose your paperwork, making things worse. Then all they do is take your 30 year loan and turn it into a 40 year loan to “get” you a lower payment. Great, now you’ll die before you pay them off and they’ll get your house back after collection mostly interest payments.

3. “Credit Counseling” Possibly the worst fraud. Some of them pose as law firms. Some are “lawyers” who really should be in jail. Being a lawyer makes them try to take as much as the first year’s payments up front as fees”. They usually last a year before getting indicted and put out of business.

4. “Debt settlement” Definitely the worst. Run, do not walk, as fast as you can from these skunks. Legal Helpers Debt Resolution” and others stole $50 million or more and faded into the night. Their imitators are still around, and so are the lawyers involved. They only lost their law licenses for a couple years. Nice payday on your money!

All these schemes play on your guilty, embarrassment and confusion. They can’t stop late fees, repossessions, lawsuits, foreclosures, license suspension, or anything else. So, beware of “bill consolidation, mortgage modifiers, debt settlement and credit counseling”. We usually see folks who have paid $3,000 to $5,000 to bill consolidators, and have nothing to show to it, when they could have filed Chapter 7 or 13 and really solved their problems and gotten a true fresh start.

Bankruptcy is very predictable. Everything is in writing, and while there are a lot of stupid lawyers who do lose $3000 or $5000 of their client’s money in Chapter 7’s, and take Chapter 13 cases that fail quickly after they get paid, Geraci Law does not engage in shady practices. So why pay the same, and not get the name? Ask your friends and family, and even your boss at work. Chances are they’ll say, “talk to 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 30,000 5-star reviews 5starsince November 2016!

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When Will Creditors Stop Bothering Me?

If you are having trouble with bill payments, you should get a consultation with an experienced bankruptcy attorney before you make more payments to creditors.

Check out Chapter 20 in Attorney Peter Francis Geraci’s “Complete Book on Bankruptcy.” This chapter is below, read more @ https://www.bankruptcybookbypeterfrancisgeraci.com/

CHAPTER #20 When Will Creditors Stop Bothering Me?

The minute the bankruptcy case is filed. In the meantime, don’t talk to them, leave them on the answering machine. If they call you at work, get their info, give them your home number, and say “My employer does not allow calls at work, please call me at home.” These are magic words under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act that require them to stop calling you at work. You can tell them that!

After we have prepared a petition listing your debts and assets, and prepared answers to required questions about your personal actions in relation to money, the bankruptcy petition is filed with the Clerk of the Bankruptcy Court. Of course, your attorney fee must be paid in full, unless you have made other arrangements. After you have paid your attorney, you pay the filing fee, or court cost. It is about $300.00 (When I started practicing bankruptcy law, in 1974, the court cost was only $30.00.) This must be paid in the form of a money order or cashier check payable to the Clerk of U.S. Bankruptcy Court, since the Clerk does not take personal checks.

After the Clerk has stamped a bankruptcy case number, or docket number, on the petition, notice can be sent out to all creditors that you are under the jurisdiction of the Bankruptcy Court. Then, Federal law requires that all collection action stop.

After you have made up your mind what to do, I generally advise you to stop paying all creditors except the ones which will survive a bankruptcy. If you are having trouble with bill payments, you should get a consultation with an experienced bankruptcy attorney before you make more payments to creditors.

You may be wasting your money right now by making minimum payments on bills that don’t go down after you make the payment, or you may be paying money to creditors that you will get rid of, instead of creditors that you must pay.

It is important to understand that thinking about filing bankruptcy, or even talking about it, is not the same as giving money to an attorney and actually having a docket number assigned by the Clerk of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court. Even giving money to an attorney is not enough. The case actually has to be filed with the Clerk. It is then that the provisions of the Bankruptcy Code which protect you from creditor harassment, bill collectors, wage assignments and lawsuits come into effect.

Those provisions are briefly known as the “automatic stay” provisions. This protection is known as the automatic stay, because the Bankruptcy Code provides that all creditor action is automatically stopped, or stayed, when a petition is filed with the Clerk of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court. This “automatic stay” is truly automatic, and even if a creditor does not know a bankruptcy case has been filed, you are protected from their actions.

For instance, if money is taken out of our paycheck by a creditor after the date a bankruptcy petition has been filed, it must be put back as soon as you notify your payroll department that you were under the protection of the automatic stay provisions of the Bankruptcy Code at the time the money was deducted.

I routinely provide my clients with notices entitled “Automatic Stay”, which state the language of the Code. I mail them to the client when the case is filed, so that the client can notify payroll, if necessary, or tell the docket number to any bill collector who calls. Sometimes clients get these in the mail, and even though we have discussed it thoroughly, they call up and say, “What are all these papers? Do you mean I have to notify my creditors? What am I paying you for?

I then explain again that this is for your benefit, so that you quickly have something in your hand to give to anyone who wants proof that you have filed a bankruptcy petition. Creditors and payroll departments will immediately stop any action if they know definitely that a bankruptcy has been filed.

Problem: Keith has a wage assignment from a finance company, and all his creditor cards are behind and bill collectors are calling him constantly.

The Peter Francis Geraci Chapter 7 or 13 Solution: The filing of any bankruptcy petition stops all creditor action. When Keith’s bankruptcy case is filed, the wage assignment has to stop, and no one can even call him on the telephone.

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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Geraci Law in Michigan

Hey Detroit – Geraci Law is ready to help with your debt! Schedule a free consult online or by phone!

Geraci Law is handling Chapter 7 bankruptcy filings in Detroit Michigan. You can meet with Attorney Jason Kara or Attorney Rob Brynjelsen.

Best part? You can meet us from your couch! Geraci Law can handle your case hassle-free on your schedule and you don’t need leave home!

Schedule an appointment with Geraci Law online @ https://www.infotapes.com/Bankruptcy/OfficeLocator or give us a call, we love to talk at 800 CALL PFG.

Geraci Law – Dearborn/Detroit

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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Geraci Law – Greenwood Indiana

Geraci Law Greenwood/Indianapolis office gets renovated – we’re ready to meet you Monday!

Geraci Law office located in Indianapolis (near Greenwood) at 7007 S US 31. We’re located at the corner of Southport & U.S. 31 in the Shopping Center, directly next to Paradox Dental Center.

Brand new carpeting and we’re ready to meet you on Monday! Schedule a FREE consultation with us in Greenwood – you can do so online at https://www.infotapes.com/Bankruptcy/OfficeLocator

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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