Bakersfield Collection Agency

Bakersfield businesses needing a commercial collection agency have been turning to The Kaplan Group since 1991.  We get people to pay what they owe – simple as that!  We have an 85% success rate on large viable claims.  Even better, you don’t pay anything unless we collect your money.  We have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau and collect nationwide for our Bakersfield and Central California clients.


There is no fee unless we collect.

Contingency rates range from 10% to 25%.

We are Bakersfield’s large commercial claims experts.

We produce an 85% success rate on large viable claims.


Call us: (661) 432-2111


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Our Mission

We believe our clients should get paid on every valid invoice.  We don’t stop until we have your money or your customer is no longer financially viable.

With this mission in mind, we have assembled a group of California based business professionals to be your debt collectors.  Using techniques refined over 24 years, we now produce an 85% success rate on large viable claims.  This unrivaled success rate allows us to charge very competitive contingency rates (10%-25%) because we have figured out how to collect your money and earn a fee on the vast majority of viable claims.

Collection agencies using overseas call centers, letter series, auto dialers, or USA based script reading collectors just can’t be as successful as The Kaplan Group.  Our professionals have extensive business and negotiation experience.  Many have graduate or college degrees.  We use this experience to develop a deep understanding of your claim and your non-paying customer.  We then work to develop a debt collection strategy that will be most likely to achieve success.  Then we get your money!

If our debt collectors are stymied, we start collecting under the name of our in house law firm.  There is no upfront or extra charge for this full second debt collection effort.  We charge the same success based low contingency rates.

Over 97% of our successful cases are achieved without litigation.  But, if the only way to collect is to go to court, we have a nationwide network of attorneys who will handle your cases on a contingency basis.

The Better Business Bureau gives The Kaplan Group an A+ rating.  The International Association of Commercial Collectors has qualified less than 250 agencies nationwide – we have had this designation for over two decades.  Ready to get your money?  We are.

Call us today at (661) 432-2111 and we’ll start collecting your money tomorrow!

We Understand Business in Bakersfield

Oil and agriculture are the two largest industries in our area.  Manufacturing, distribution, transportation and local services are also key parts of our economy.  Our principals have prior business plus debt collection experience in all of these areas.  We’ve run a small family orchard.  We’ve worked with agricultural co-ops.  We’ve owned a manufacturing company, started a bank, and have one of the top 5 integrated oil companies as a client. We know from the inside what it is like to have to manage businesses during tough times.

We take this inside knowledge of running companies and convert it into outstanding debt collection results from our clients.  When your collectors have worked with hundreds of companies of all sizes in virtually every industry, they know how to deal with every situation and motivate different personalities to the desired business result – paying your invoice!

Company president Dean Kaplan was a management consultant at KPMG for eight years. During his tenure, he helped hundreds of companies with business plans, mergers, acquisitions and valuations. He owned, operated and dramatically grew a manufacturing business and has been a CFO for several technology companies.

kaplancollectionagency Anne Kaplan was Associate General Counsel for Turner Broadcasting (TNT & TBS) and West Coast Counsel for the MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America).

Jerry Kaplan has been a commercial debt collection expert for over 4 decadesJerry Kaplan co-founded a bank and a bankruptcy preference defense company in addition to Kaplan & Kaplan, one of the largest commercial collection agencies in the country when he sold it in 1989.


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See What Others Say About the Kaplan Group:



J.E. Clark II Corp is a small fuel supplier in Santa Paula, CA and we have worked with Dean and The Kaplan Group for over 10 years. We have always received excellent service and Dean has been successful recovering monies owed to us. We would definitely recommend Dean to anyone in need of collection services!

– Nancy Anderson

Bakersfield Collection Agency Office


The Kaplan Group
1401 19th Street, Suite 440
Bakersfield, CA 93301


(661) 364‑3058

Bakersfield Collection Agency Resources

We frequently use the resources below when collecting from Bakersfield companies:


Collection Agency Tips for Bakersfield Businesses

Some of our clients have a personal guaranty section on their credit application.  While many potential business customers refuse to provide a personal guaranty, many others simply fill out the entire application, and in the process agree to the guaranty.  Just because you get a personal guaranty does not mean you will get paid.  But it is always better to have one even if it is not necessary.

The guaranty can be extremely valuable if you end up with a collection problem.  First, it does give you a secondary source of repayment in the form of the guarantors income and assets.  Second, it makes your invoices higher priority than those that are not guaranteed, as the guarantor knows you can come after their personal assets if necessary.

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