Don’t Claw Your Way Out of Debt!

Bankruptcy relief for Middle Class Families is a Chapter 13 debt repayment plan. Or even a Geraci Law Chapter 7 for higher-income families. You don’t have to “claw your way out of debt.”

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Bankruptcy relief for Middle Class Families is a Chapter 13 debt repayment plan. Or even a Geraci Law Chapter 7 for higher-income families

You don’t have to “claw your way out of debt”

A Wall Street journal front page article on September 21, 2020 is titled “pandemic upends middle-class family finances”. The article profiles families making $75,000 to $175,000 a year”. Job losses wreak havoc on loan laden households, the headline continues; “I will never claw my way out”.  https://www.wsj.com/articles/covid-unemployment-debt-middle-class-family-finances-11600122791

Sadly, the breadwinner of one of the families is a 43 year old lawyer in suburban New York who claims to have been making enough representing families in foreclosures, and personal injuries, to affor her $9,000 per month in debt payments.  She was doing “coverage” work for Manhattan firms who hired her on a 1099 to “cover” their local court appearances.  That work has dried up now that those firms are appearing telephonically. 

You don’t want a “coverage” attorney handling your financial problems, and certainly not your Chapter 7 or 13.  These attorneys will take on your representation, because right now, they are not going to refuse work because they are not familiar with bankruptcy.  They will take your case, but if you are making over $65,000 a year, you are better off with Geraci Law.

Clients ask Geraci Law to manage over $1 Billion in debt every year.  Many choose to file Chapter 13 debt repayment plans.  Fees in Chapter 13 cases are only $4500 for a 60 month Chapter 13.  that is only $75.00 a month!!  Only a law firm that does an awful lot of these cases can afford to represent you for $75 a month! Geraci Law has over 12,000 Chapter 7 and 13 cases open during the average year, so we are not struggling to handle only one case, or make an appearance before only 1 judge.

This upstate New York lawyer would charge you the same as Geraci Law.  Now you know that almost every lawyer in the country charges the same as Geraci Law.  So why pay the same, and not get the Name: Geraci Law is by far on of the largest consumer bankruptcy firms in the country, with 100 attorneys and paralegals to make sure you get the most for your money.

If you make over $65,000 a year, you may be able to file either Chapter 7 or Chapter 13.  Which you qualify for is a complicated analysis that Geraci Law can perform once you upload your paystubs to the Geraci Law Client Corner.  Even if you make $100,000 a year, Geraci Law may be able to file a Chapter 7, or a Chapter 13 plan to reduce your payments and take the pressure off.  In 60 months, you may be Debt Free.

So, when you Need to Be Debt Free, it’s 1-800-CALL-PFG (1-800-225-5734).  Either that, or “you’ll never claw your way out”  Get your free Experian Soft Pull and Credit Score, KBB vehicle value, and debt to income ratio right on the phone.  Or set up a Geraci Law Virtual Consultation or COVID compliant office visit.

Indiana Gets Lump Sum Trump Unemployment Relief

Indiana Unemployment Claimants to Receive $1800 soon.

On August 8, 2020, President Donald J. Trump issued an Executive Order by Memorandum directing up to $44 billion from the DRF at the statutorily mandated 75 percent Federal cost share be made available for lost wages assistance to eligible claimants, to supplement State expenditures in providing these payments:

The Memorandum states: In exercising this authority, the Secretary, acting through the FEMA Administrator, shall, subject to the limitations above, approve a lost wages assistance program that authorizes the Governor to provide a $400 payment per week, which shall reflect a $300 Federal contribution, to eligible claimants from the week of unemployment ending August 1, 2020.

According to Indiana’s government website Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) funding will only cover the six-week period from the week ending Aug. 1 to the week ending Sept. 5. No LWA funding will be available to states beyond that time period. Indiana will make payments the week of Sept. 21, covering the period of Aug. 1 to Sept. 5, for those eligible.

It appears that Indiana will not choose to add $100 a week, in order to conserve state funds. Do those receiving this or any other unemployment benefit or supplement have to pay income tax on this $1800 payment? Yes, both federal and state income tax are due for those who make over the threshold for paying income tax, which is $12,200 for a single person under 65. See IRS publication 501 for your tax filing requirements.

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.

Who Your Lawyer Is, DOES Make a Difference

Geraci Law founder Peter Francis Geraci likes to say “Why pay the same and not get the name?” 

Who Your Lawyer Is, DOES Make a Difference

Geraci Law founder Peter Francis Geraci likes to say “Why pay the same and not get the name?”  Even worse, why THINK you’re paying an attorney to protect you, but end up losing your home or other asset?

Remember, creditors look at your bankruptcy petition, and so does the United States Trustee and their minions.  An attorney representing creditors scrutinizes your Chapter 7 or 13 petition, looking for assets they can take, or money they can get you to pay creditors.

Geraci Law Attorney Nathan E. Curtis recently defeated a Chapter 7 trustee in one case, and a Chapter 13 trustee in another. In Will County, Illinois, the Chapter 7 trustee wanted to take $12,000.00 the Geraci clients had claimed exempt as funds from the sale of their home, because Illinois law says the “homestead” exemption is only good for a year.  Attorney Curtis pointed out to the Court that, since the Chapter 7 was filed within a year of receiving the sale proceeds, the Trustee could not claim it by holding the Chapter 7 case open and waiting a year to object.  This saved the Debtors $12,000.00.

In the Chapter 13 case, Geraci Law attorney Nathan Curtis defeated the claim of the Chapter 13 trustee that life insurance proceeds of $50,000 were “disposable income” that had to be paid to creditors. Attorney Curtis pointed out that only “current monthly income”, not a one-time payment, much less a life insurance payment that is exempt from creditors, may be required to be used to pay creditors.  The Bankruptcy Judge agreed, and Geraci Law saved the widow from having to use life insurance to pay creditors.

Who you choose for an attorney DOES make a difference!

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.

Chapter 36 – Business Bankruptcies

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

Chapter 36 – Business Bankruptcies

Stein Mart is the most recent business to file for bankruptcy since the start of the pandemic. You may wonder what is a business bankruptcy and what does it mean? You may be a business owner thinking about filing for bankruptcy. Below is an excerpt from Attorney Peter Francis Geraci’s Complete Book on Bankruptcy.

At Geraci Law, we don’t do bankruptcies for operating business. You may as well wind it up properly yourself. Pay your taxes, sell your inventory, and close up. Businesses don’t get a discharge anyway. Chapter 7 only liquidates a business. You can do that by yourself.

You may have heard of major corporations reorganizing under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code. Small businesses seldom reorganize, and 95% of the businesses with under $2 million in sales that go into Chapter 11 do not reorganize successfully and go under completely. In October, 2005, a simplified reorganization procedure for small businesses was enacted.

Businesses don’t usually file bankruptcy because only people get discharges. Business usually wind up their affairs, pay off what creditors they can, and disappear. Only if a real person has personal liability, or the business really wants to liquidate using bankruptcy, do small businesses file.

Many small businesses are incorporated. If the owner of the incorporated business did not sign personally, it is only the corporation that is obligated. In that case, certainly the owner does not need a bankruptcy attorney. But does the small corporation need bankruptcy relief? The answer generally is, no. Just struggle along. If your small incorporated business is still alive, do the best you can. Stay away from bankruptcy. Make sure you pay the employee withholding taxes, unemployment taxes, and sales tax. Those are items that an officer or shareholder of a corporation may be held personally liable for. Try to pull out of your problem by yourself, and if you cannot, fold the business yourself.

However, if your business is not incorporated, you may be personally liable for its debts. In that case, the same rules apply. I see no benefit to putting a going business into bankruptcy court. If you are going under, just go out of business. Many creditors tend to just drift away. After you are out of business, and find a regular job, if anyone sues you, you may want to file a Chapter 7. Bankruptcy rules will generally not help a failing small business to succeed.

If you have already closed your business, and remain liable on its bills, and have other bills such as charge card debt, we may be able to get you a fresh start. We represent a lot of people who have already closed their businesses, there are no assets left, and they need to get a fresh start.

If that is your business is closed up, and you are now doing something else, and you just want to eliminate personal liability on loans, or if you have a 1 person business, you may benefit greatly from the bankruptcy relief which is available. But, if your business is still going, don’t call me!

Problem: Jose had a hot dog stand, and his rent doubled, and he was evicted. He is now working as a cook making about $32,000.00 a year, but that is not enough to pay for all the bills he ran up trying to save his small business, and now the creditors are suing him.

The Peter Francis Geraci Chapter 7 or 13 Solution: Jose can file a Chapter 7, list both his business and personal debts, and get a fresh start.

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.

Extra $600 Unemployment Ends on 7/31 – What Do I Do About My Debt?

The extra $600 in unemployment benefits ends on 7/31 – it may be time to rework the monthly budget.

Extra $600 Unemployment Ends on 7/31 – What Do I Do About My Debt?

The CARES Act provided an additional $600 per week in unemployment benefits. It is a federally funded program that is slated to end on 7/31. It’s only two weeks more of the extra income unless something changes. If you are unemployed, you should immediately review your budget. Take a look you’re your budget dependent on the $600 per week extra income? It is time to come up with an alternative solution…fast.

Make a list of your budget priorities. Expenses like your housing, food, utilities. Then take a closer look at where your money is going. Is your income going straight to student loan minimum payments? You could find savings here by consulting with your provider for a forbearance or deferment plan. Federal loans are automatically deferred until September 30th (read more at https://studentaid.gov/manage-loans/lower-payments/get-temporary-relief/forbearance).

Look at other expenses – a good way to find what you are spending money on is looking at your bank statement. Take a look at the last 30 days. If your budget is reliant on using the credit cards to pay for these priorities because you are ALSO paying the minimums then you are in a budget cycle (see Break the CYCLE of DEBT!).

You could be in a circle where you are making the minimum payments but using the credit again because your cash is gone. If you have LESS income coming in after the $600 additional unemployment benefit ends, then making those minimum payments becomes nearly impossible.  Add the interest rates, late fees attached to credit and you have a debt snowballing.

It may be time to consider a bankruptcy. Break the cycle of credit debt. Call Geraci Law and let’s go over options. If you want to consult by phone, we’re ready. Call 800 CALL PFG and ask to speak with an attorney. Start planning for your financial future so when you are back to work or when you have another source of revenue you are not relying on the credit debt to meet the basic essentials.

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.

NYT Article Bankruptcy Now, Not Later

Geraci Law is a bankruptcy firm ready to help you NOW and not later. Read New York Times article to learn more about bankruptcy.

In a recent piece published in the New York Times, the advice is to NOT wait to speak with a bankruptcy attorney. If you are struggling with the debt, if you are living paycheck to paycheck – it might be time to stop throwing good money at bad debt.

Geraci Law does FREE consultations to review your options. You will ONLY meet with an attorney and we will try to determine your path to becoming debt free.

It’s a powerful tool to SAVE money instead of relying on high interest credit cards. Bankruptcy could be your first step to achieving that goal.

You can read the rest of the article at https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2020/05/04/business/ap-nerdwallet-liz-weston-consider-bankruptcy-now.html

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.

Help with Application for Unemployment

Geraci Law wants to provide resources during COVID-19 uncertainty. There’s an APP that helps streamline the unemployment process.

Long hold times are wreaking havoc for people waiting to apply for unemployment benefits. You could wait HOURS before you are able to begin the application process. Geraci Law wants to provide everyone resources to provide clarity during these uncertain times.

An app called “Do Not Pay” is available on IPhones and Androids as a free download. “Do Not Pay” is an app that can help expedite applying for unemployment. This service is free to use.

To apply for unemployment, you will need:

  • Your Social Security number
  • Copy of your Driver’s License or State ID
  • Paycheck stub or W2 from your LAST employer
  • Last employer’s supervisor name
  • Reason for reduced hours or unemployment claim
  • Bank account and routing number
  • The name, how long and the hourly wage from ALL employers in the last 18 months.

The Today Show featured “Do Not Pay” as part of its segments.  You can watch the segment by clicking the link here.

You can check out more useful COVID resources from Geraci Law by clicking the link below:

https://www.infotapes.com/Links#Covid1

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

IL Governor Suspends Service of Garnishment Summonses

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker suspends the service of wage deduction and garnishment summonses. What this means for you and why bankruptcy with Geraci Law might be a great option.

IL Governor Suspends Service of Garnishment Summonses

Governor J.B. Pritzker issued an executive order suspending the service of garnishment summonses, wage deduction summonses and citations to discover assets for consumers. This suspension is for the duration of the Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamation.

This means creditors in ILLINOIS cannot serve wage garnishment summons. It’s important to understand this is TEMPORARY. During COVID-19, the creditors are kept at bay. But creditors will be able to collect in the future. Plan for YOUR future. Consider your bankruptcy options now. Stop the creditor action before it even starts (or resumes).

Governor Pritzker has your back for now but when the suspension is lifted, these creditors WILL be back. Filing a Chapter 7 or a Chapter 13 will STOP the collections. Want to know your options? Geraci Law is open and filing bankruptcy cases. Give us a call to figure out a plan for your financial future.

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

Virus Stimulus Package – Bankruptcy

Geraci Law helps answer questions about the Virus Stimulus Backage.

Virus Stimulus Package – Bankruptcy

The United States Government is close to authorizing a stimulus package where Americans will receive a check. How much are you expecting? What do you do with the money? Geraci Law is here to help.

If the bill passes, if you are:

  • Single and making less than $75,000 per year, you will receive $1,200 check.
  • Married and household income less than $150,000, you will receive a $2,400 check.
  • Any couples or individuals UNDER this earnings mark will receive $500 per child.

The income threshold will be based on your Adjusted Gross Income (AGI). So what do you do with the money? You should think about your finances. Ask yourselves these questions:

  • Will this money pay off my debt in full?
  • Will this additional income pay off my mortgage arrears in full?
  • Does putting this money toward my debt SOLVE my problem or just buy me another month without collection calls?

Think about your answers. You do not want a Band-Aid for a wound. This stimulus package is supposed to help cover the short paycheck or missed hours at work. If you are NOT paying off your debt balances in full, then what happens in the next month or the following with your minimums? Does this prevent a foreclosure? Does it stop a car repossession?

Bankruptcy DOES. Filing a Chapter 7 to eliminate your credit card and other debt could allow you to get back on track. The additional funds could help start a savings plan for an emergency. Filing a Chapter 13 would STOP a repossession or a foreclosure.

Geraci Law is here for you. If you have questions or if you want to talk to a professional about your financial situation, we’re here. Geraci Law is open and ready to help!

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

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