Big Changes Afoot for CareOne

Whispers online were telling me about big changes to CareOne coming. According to CareOne spokesperson Suzanne Coblentz, there are. “CareOne, a subsidiary of Ascend One, will continue to provide the same great service our customers have come to expect from CareOne. For the time being, the CareOne brand will continue to be in the market, … Read more

FL Judge to Debt Settlement Companies. Fuck Me? Fuck You!

In 2012 there was a stinker of a class action settlement offered to consumers in a Florida class action case. An agreement was reached in that settlement where the attorneys got paid, cash awards were made to charities and the 125,000 harmed consumers got nothing. Consumer organizations objected as unfair. You can read about that … Read more

CareOne / Persels and Associates – Consumer Complaint – March 7, 2013

Consumer Complaint Submission

Consumer Statement: For the past six months I have worked for Careone and Persels and Associates. Recently I left the company due to a lack of trust in the company and the product they offer. I was a customer service rep in the debt settlment program. I wanted to bring to your attention one of … Read more

CareOne Agrees to Pay Fine of 300K to Connecticut Department of Banking

CareOne has entered a consent for sanctions against it for offering unlicensed debt negotiation services to Connecticut residents. You would think that a company the size of CareOne would not have let that happened but there it is. According to the State: WHEREAS, on August 4, 2011, CareOne filed with the Commissioner an application to … Read more

My Capital One Account is Higher Now Than When I Enrolled in the Debt Settlement Program. – Maureen

“Dear Steve, My question is this: I am enrolled in a debt consolidation program with care one. I have already settled 2 of the 3 accounts that are part of my plan. The last one to be settled is a capital one account. I talked to care one today regarding my account and they told … Read more

Another Door Closes for Attorney Loophole Debt Settlement. Persels & Associates Gets a No in CT.

The State of Connecticut Department of Banking has issued a very interesting declaratory ruling in the matter of Persels & Associates. I find it interesting because it is yet another example of how attorneys might not have such a “free pass” when it comes to offering debt settlement services all across the country. In this … Read more

Persels & Associates Appears to Discover Millions of Dollars. CareOne Facing Bankruptcy?

Back in September, 2011 a class action lawsuit in Florida resulted in a very disappointing settlement for consumers. Basically consumers received no compensation and lost their rights, (here). People complained about the proposed and final settlement but to no avail. In the Florida case Neil Ruther from Persels & Associates said they could not fund … Read more

Are CareOne, MMI, Clearpoint, or GreenPath Credit Counseling Companies Legit? – Leah

$26,000 in credit card debt and medical bills piling up since my surgery last year. I lost one income since my surgery and only able to make minimum payment on my credit cards. I have been looking into several credit counseling companies for a week now and I would like to get in a Debt … Read more

Bankruptcy Court Not In Love With Attorney Loophole Debt Settlement. It’s a Duck.

Credit card modification seems to just be another quacking duck for debt settlement.

A recent memorandum opinion from Kansas in the United States Bankruptcy Court against Persels and Associates and attorney Stan Goodwin didn’t probably wind up how Persels would have wanted it to. The summary of the opinion is intriguing and clear. The United States Chief Bankruptcy Judge, Robert Nugent, says: If it walks like a duck … Read more

CareOne Debt Relief Services and CredAbility Could Have Saved Money on Logo Development

I’m aware of a recent big effort by CareOne Debt Relief Services to change their logo and branding. Personally I thought the old one was just fine but whatever. I didn’t realize until just now how much their new logo looks like the logo for the credit counseling group CredAbility. I wonder how many focus … Read more

Amerix / CareOne Dispute With CESI Debt Solutions May Prove Fatal

In a recent filing by Amerix / CareOne over a dispute with the non-profit credit counseling group CESI Debt Solutions, some interesting statements were made. This stems from a round of suits by Amerix and CESI that you can read about here and here. In a document filed with the court in North Carolina, Amerix … Read more

Public Citizen Steps In to Oppose Persels & Associates and CareOne Class Settlement Offer to Consumers

The consumer advocacy group Public Citizen has stepped into a proposed class action suit involving a case against Persels & Associates and CareOne. The issues seems to be that the proposed class action settlement does not benefit consumers. A class of more than 120,000 people alleges that the law firm and an affiliated credit counseling … Read more

I’m With Persels & Associates But Have Questions. – Sandy

“Dear Steve, Two years ago, I was maintaining my credit cards and had excellent credit with them, then all of a sudden every single one of them raised their interest rates so high that if I paid anything on the cards themselves, I had no money left over for necessities. I called each and every … Read more