We offer a free initial consultation lasting up to 45 minutes.
Range from $90 per hour for paralegals to $300 for principal partners.
Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Jo Ann Pusard
As long as we have not entered an appearance with the Court as legal counsel for a party, we can give advice and assist pro se clients on any portion of their case. Once we have officially entered a case we are required to be involved in every portion of the litigation.
We encourage the use of paralegals to handle routine form preparation to minimize expenses. It is our philosophy that a client generally forms a relationship with the individual attorney and not just the firm. We therefore strive to keep the case with the initial attorney but will use lower-costing counsel or paralegal assistance for routine matters
In order to save costs, we attempt using settlement conferences without the costs of a mediator. If unsuccessful, we use mediation services commensurate with the scope and complexity of the case. For example, a simple low asset domestic relations case may be settled using the "multi-door mediation services" offered at a low cost by the judicial district. A complex case may require the expertise of a subject matter expert mediator from services such as JAG or JAMS.
Our firm routinely takes Court appointments and provides pro bono representation for the underprivileged.
The attorneys at Bertram & Graf, LLC are former prosecutors and judges who spent virtually every day in Court. As a result, we have a unique insight as to the inner workings of the Court bureaucracy and what constitutes effective advocacy.
We believe our clients should be educated in the legal process and laws affecting their case so they can set reasonable goals and expectations. Every case may eventually result in a courtroom hearing or trial. Therefore, an informed client will do a better job informing counsel of relevant evidence and is a better witness with a thorough understanding of the theories of the case and the intended effect of their testimony.
In a domestic relations setting, our firm offers couples help in mediating and drafting property and debt settlements known as a "Separation Agreements," "Parenting Agreements" and Child Support Orders." For individual representation, we review documents prepared by our clients, improve them and convert them into legal pleadings that are acceptable to the Court.
We offer a wide range of services including advice and drafting of documents for pro se litigants.
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