Schmergel & Mersberger, PLC


Below are answers to some frequently asked questions about the family law services of Schmergel & Mersberger, PLC.

How long are initial consultations?

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.

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Does the firm represent me once we have had an initial consultation?

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.

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How can I pay the firm?

Schmergel & Mersberger, PLC accepts:

  • Cash
  • Check
  • Wire transfers
  • Money Orders
  • Visa
  • MasterCard
  • American Express
  • Discover
  • PayPal
  • Square

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What are some examples of costs I will incur beyond attorney fees?

Costs often include items like the following:

  • Court reporters
  • Copying charges
  • Postage
  • Couriers
  • Private detectives
  • Process servers
  • Experts

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Do you ever settle cases instead of going to trial?

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.

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Can you meet with me if you have already met with my spouse in a family matter dispute?

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.

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Can you represent my spouse and me if we have reached an agreement?

No, the firm cannot represent both parties under any circumstances because it would be a conflict of interest under applicable ethics rules.

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