Access Legal Care featured in Cooley Benchmark Magazine

August 17, 2014 - Categories: News

Access Legal Care, PLLC was featured in the July 2014 issue of Cooley Benchmark Magazine.

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ACCESS LEGAL CARE:MAKING LEGAL SERVICES AFFORDABLE FIRST-EVER MICHIGAN FIRM TO BE AWARDED THE ABA’S LOUIS M. BROWN LEGAL ACCESS AWARD

Access Legal Care, founded in 2011 by Bert Tiger Whitehead (Woodbridge Class, 2010), has caught the eye of the American Bar Association (ABA). In 2013, the ABA honored Access Legal Care with the Louis M. Brown Legal
Access Award. This marks the first time a Michigan organization has won this award. This honor recognizes programs and projects that employ innovative means to create affordable access to legal services for those of moderate income who do not qualify for legal aid or lack the funds to pay traditional costs of legal services.

While attending Cooley, Whitehead recognized the need for low-cost, quality legal services. He designed Access Legal Care to provide these services, while also maintaining company profitability and allowing for the retention of
talent through fair compensation.

Covering a range of services, including family law, bankruptcy, creditor defense lawsuits, guardianship, and probate estates, the award-winning Access Legal Care focuses on the 20 percent of legal services that 80 percent of lower and moderate-income people need the most. And it does so at costs that are 40 to 60 percent lower than Michigan’s industry average.

Based in Livonia, Michigan and Oak Park, Illinois, Access Legal Care provides services throughout Michigan and Illinois. Clients primarily work with the team remotely, online and over the phone. When an attorney is needed in court, Access Legal Care assigns an of counsel attorney from an independent firm. In many instances these contracted lawyers are Cooley graduates.

At Cooley, Whitehead worked at the Sixty Plus, Inc., Elderlaw Clinic, which provides pro bono legal services to individuals age 60 or older who reside in Michigan’s Ingham, Eaton, and Clinton counties. While at the Elderlaw Clinic,
Whitehead worked with several clients on wills, trusts, durable powers of attorney, health powers of attorney, and Medicaid planning. Whitehead notes that his work at the clinic was invaluable in helping him provide estate planning services at Access Legal Care.

“Cooley gave me the tools I needed to become a lawyer,” said Whitehead. “I learned about the practice of law, how it is delivered, and ways to use technology to deliver legal services more efficiently. At the same time, I was learning how inefficiently most firms deliver legal services, and how expensive legal counsel is. Combining this education with my previous work experience, MBA background, and knowledge of a process mapping system, I was able to come upwith a business strategy and creative model that allows me to provide a much-needed service to a large portion of the population.”

Since launching his business, Whitehead has given free legal advice to more than 450 people, and has provided close to 300 clients with legal services in almost 500 different areas.