Dena Standley | February 24, 2023
Summary: Apelles LLC is a debt collection agency that uses questionable debt collection methods to get consumers like you to pay off their debts. If you have been sued by Apelles LLC, you have up to 35 days to respond (depending on where you live) before you lose automatically. Use SoloSuit to fight Apelles LLC in court and win.
Apelles LLC is one of the 7,060 collection agencies in the United States. After a charge-off, the debt collection agency buys your unpaid debt from your original creditor for pennies on the dollar, allowing them to collect the debt like the original creditor.
What if you don't pay the debt? One thing is sure: Apelles LLC won’t disappear any time soon, and you will continue to receive calls and mail from them, hoping you will pay the alleged debt. But they must walk within the laws established by the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), which protects you. In the worst-case scenario, ignoring Apelles LLC may result in them filing a lawsuit against you.
But this article will explore three ways to defeat Apelles LLC if they attempt to sue you. You can also learn more by watching this video:
Apelles LLC is a debt collection agency that was founded in 2003 and has been accredited by Better Business Bureau (BBB) collection agency since 2014, with a profile page created in 2004.
On its website, Apelles LLC offers debt collection services and customer lifecycle management programs across the country. Apelles’ website does not disclose the details about the types of businesses or industries for which it collects debts, but its services include:
Apelles LLC’s contact info is:
3700 Corporate Drive Suite 240
Columbus, OH 43231
Toll-Free: (800) 825-4425
Local: (614) 899-7322
If you’re feeling frustrated by Apelles LLC, you’re not alone. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) and Consumer Financial Protect Bureau (CFPB) keep reports of complaints against Apelles LLC, which show just how far the company will go to collect.
As of 2022, Apelles has received 15 complaints on its BBB profile in the most recent three-year period. Almost worse, the CFPB has reported 36 complaints in the last ten years. In all of those complaints, billing and collection problems were cited, some of which are examples of violating the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDPCA)
Here is a real complaint against Apelles LLC from the CFPB complaint database (edited for clarity):
“I am aware of the debt and in the process of arranging payments The debt collector is calling places of employment and I have co-workers now entitled to information that is not any of their business. Please ask the debt collector to only call my cell or home phone. If I don't answer, leave a message or mail me a bill. My employer does not allow employees to accept personal phone calls.”
This example shows that Apelles LLC will frequently violate the FDCPA in its efforts to collect debt. Knowing your rights under the FDCPA will help you protect yourself from unfair debt collection tactics.
Apelles may violate the FDCPA when they harass, threaten, or mislead you into making payments on a debt. Find more information about your rights under the FDCPA. For example, Apelles LLC cannot:
If you feel Apelles LLC has overstepped, file a complaint with Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). The federal agency responsible for enforcing the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act allows you to file a complaint online. After you file a complaint with the CFPB, they will forward it to Apelles LLC for further investigation.
As mentioned previously, ignoring Apelles LLC's collection efforts could lead to a lawsuit. Many consumers feel they have no choice but to ignore debt collectors. This mindset makes it easy for a debt collector to get a judgment against you. Their favorite method is wage garnishment.
But if you respond to the Complaint with an Answer and file it within your state’s deadline, you can beat them. SoloSuit’s online Answer form simplifies the process.
Respond to a debt Summons and Complaint with these three steps, and beat Apelles LLC in court:
Now, let’s explore each step a little further. Don’t like reading? Check out this video instead:
In legal terms, an Answer is the defendant's first written response to a plaintiff's Complaint. In this case, you are the defendant, and Apelles LLC is the plaintiff. To ensure that your response accurately addresses the allegations in the Complaint, you must follow several practical guidelines.
The first section of your Answer should focus on responding to each claim listed in the Complaint document. The Complaint will list each claim in a numbered list.
Use one of these responses to reply to each claim in the same order they are listed on the Complaint:
The SoloSuit's Answer service guides you through the process step-by-step. Once your document is complete, we'll have an attorney review it and file it on your behalf.
After responding to each claim, you’re ready to assert your affirmative defenses. This is where you get to state your case.
An affirmative defense is any legal reason that Apelles LLC doesn’t have a case against you. Your case may be subject to one of the common defenses listed below, if they apply to the lawsuit. In your Answer, you should briefly describe your defenses. Examples include:
Creditors are limited in their ability to sue you by a statute of limitations. The statue of limitations is the deadline that Apelles LLC has to sue someone for a debt. The statute of limitations clock begins on the date of the last payment made on the account. Each state has different rules and statutes, but the timeline for many statute limitations is usually between three and six years.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) explains how to deal with collectors trying to collect time-barred debts. The most important thing to know is that if the statute of limitations has expired on your debt, the debt collector cannot take any legal action against you in an attempt to force you to pay the debt.
If you received the Summons and Complaint, but the manner you were serviced was incorrect, the defense of improper service applies.
Once the Answer is ready, file it with the court and send a copy to Apelles LLC’s attorney.
Make sure to send all documents via USPS certified mail with a return receipt requested. This will stand as proof that you served Apelles LLC with your Answer.
The Summons should list all the attorney information you need, but finding the courthouse information might be a little more tricky. Some courts also have specific filing rules that you must follow, like filing electronically or paying filing fees.
Luckily, SoloSuit figures out everything you need to file your Answer properly.
Collection agencies typically collect unsecured debts such as credit cards, cell phones, utilities, and medical bills. To avoid spending months trying to collect the full amount, the creditor might be willing to accept a settlement below the full amount.
Consider negotiating with the collector if you want to pay off the debt or change the payment terms to make them more convenient. For example, if your original debt was $900 and Apelles bought it for $300, you have room to negotiate a lower settlement of up to 45%. Use
With SoloSuit, you can easily fight debt collectors. SoloSuit makes it simple to settle debts, respond to lawsuits, and even send letters to debt collectors.
SoloSuit makes it easy to fight debt collectors.
You can use SoloSuit to respond to a debt lawsuit, to send letters to collectors, and even to settle a debt.
SoloSuit's Answer service is a step-by-step web-app that asks you all the necessary questions to complete your Answer. Upon completion, we'll have an attorney review your document and we'll file it for you.
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