Below are answers to some frequently asked questions about the family law services of Schmergel & Mersberger, PLC.
- How long are initial consultations, and are they free?
- Does the firm represent me once we have had an initial consultation?
- How can I pay the firm?
- What are some examples of costs I will incur beyond attorney fees?
- Do you settle cases instead of going to trial?
- Can you meet with me if you have already met with my spouse?
- Can you represent my spouse and me if we have reached an agreement?
Initial consultations usually last one hour. They are not free. The consultation will be billed for the hourly rate of the attorney with whom you meet. For more information about rates, please contact us.
No. To retain the services of Schmergel & Mersberger, PLC, you must sign a written agreement and pay a fee advance or deposit, often referred to as a retainer.
Schmergel & Mersberger, PLC accepts:
- Wire transfers
- Money Orders
- American Express
Costs often include items like the following:
- Court reporters
- Copying charges
- Private detectives
- Process servers
When appropriate, yes. We are committed to your best interests. Disputes can often be settled outside of court and without a trial by working with the other party's counsel, or by using alternative dispute resolution such as mediation. However, each case is unique. We are prepared to handle your case in whatever manner required for optimal results.
No. If any attorney in the firm has seen your spouse for an initial consultation, we will not be able to meet with you since it will be considered a conflict of interest.
No, the firm cannot represent both parties under any circumstances because it would be a conflict of interest under applicable ethics rules.