FAQ

 

We believe that the attorney-client relationship should be one of mutual trust, respect, realistic goal-setting, good communications and ethical practices. Here are answers to some commonly asked questions that you may find helpful before coming into our office:

  1. When is it best to contact Berkley Mengel PLC?

Call us before you do anything that will affect your legal rights. In other words, call us before you sign the contract, before you sign the loan or purchase agreement, before you are contacted by the insurance adjuster, before you give your statement to the police, before you settle your claim. By contacting us early, we can explain your legal rights and consequences to you before you make your decision. Calling us before a legal crisis occurs may prevent a costly mistake.

  1. How do I make an appointment?

Simply call our office.


  1. Do you take every case?

No. The attorneys at Berkley Mengel PLC will be

honest with you about the legal merits of your

case. If, in our professional opinion, you do not

have a case, we will tell you so. We will also

suggest that you get a second opinion should you

still have doubts.


  1. What about fees?

Initial telephone consultations are generally free. There is a nominal

charge for an office conference. At the time of your first meeting with us, your lawyer will discuss fee arrangements with you. Some cases are taken on a flat fee basis, while others are billed hourly. Some cases (most often those involving personal injury, and some types of commercial litigation) are taken on a contingency basis, which means you pay an agreed-upon percentage of any settlement or award obtained. We also accept payment with major credit cards.


  1. Can I refer others to Berkley Mengel PLC?

Yes! In fact we encourage you to refer your family and friends to us via our referral page. Since we believe it is unprofessional for attorneys to do mass advertising, most of our clients come to us from other satisfied clients and through word-of-mouth referrals. The details of your case, however, will remain strictly confidential, as is mandated by the Michigan Rules of Professional Conduct.