Complaint / review text:
Rise Above Debt Relief promised to help me eliminate my debt and they guaranteed me that it could be done without claiming bankruptcy... Well guess what? Rise Above along with their partner in crime CLA (Consumer Law Associates) have ruined our lives and my childrens for a very long time.
When I called them I gave them all my debt companies and asked them if there were any that could not be included because I would pay them separately, and they assured me that they have worked with all of them a hundred times. They did not give me a choice to use them or CLA to handle my credit calls, they just told me that CLA would be representing us. I had several "lawyers" that did NOTHING for us and didn't return my calls. Rise Above told me that they would take care of it and they didn't.
I sent all the money that was asked, on time and every month and instead of the credit collection calls getting better they just got worse by the minute. Months went by and nothing was being done. One company sued us and now I had to pay them triple what I would have given them before and they garnished my husbands pay for the money. Again, I put various calls in to Rise Above and CLA and no one helped me, it was days before I even got a call back.
Their final answer to me was "There is nothing we can do... You now have to claim bankruptcy!" I was furious and all I requested from them was ALL the money that we paid them up until that point and every fee because instead of helping they ruined us (we were not defaulted on any credit card or loan until we chose Rise Above Debt). Rise Above promised me that they would do everything to get all my money back and I never heard from them again.
Well they are the ones who are losing out now... I have gotten a lawyer (who was nice enough to wave all fees because we dont have the money), called every local and out of state TV and radio station in my area and theirs (Rise Above and CLA) and I have gone to every newpaper as well. I will make their heads spin especially because they promised $25,000 dollars if we did not succeed in their program (which I have in writing!) and when I questioned it they made up an excuse. Bad move because that is False Advertising! Another crime added to the list. All they had to do was give me a full refund with no deductions and I would have been happy... That was too easy and now when the stories break they will lose tons of business.