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Berrien County, Michigan Affordable Attorney

Berrien, MI (St. Joseph, etc) Award-winning law firm, caring attorneys / lawyers. Full- or self-help legal at 40-60% savings. Get FREE phone consult now.

Access Legal Care, PLLC is an award-winning full-service law firm that provides affordable and effective legal help to lower- and moderate-income Americans at 40-60% savings. We cover the most common legal services and lower- and moderate-income people are likely to ever need.

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How it Works

1. We provide qualified, affordable "Primary Care Attorneys," so you don't have to search for them. All of our Primary Care Attorneys offer affordable legal services as follows:

  • Free Initial Phone Consultation - scheduled right from our website.
  • Low Up-front fees that are as low as $475.

  • Affordable Self-Help and Full Representation legal services at discounted flat-fees and low hourly rates that are 50% lower than the state average rate for attorney's fees.

  • Monthly Payment Plans: For our full-representation clients, we offer a low initial fee-deposit and an affordable monthly payment plan.

  • Local Representation, if needed. Every participating attorney provides state-wide coverage. Your attorney will be your "Primary Care Attorney" throughout your case, including for any Evidentiary or Trial Hearings. For all other non-evidentirary hearings, your Primary Care Attorney will work with a local "Litigation Attorney" to cover your hearings. After the hearing, your Primary Care Attorney continues with you throughout the case.

2. You schedule a Free phone consultation with them. Just click on our Online-appointment calendar, pick a date/time that works for YOU, and you will be scheduled with a caring, licensed attorney who will provide you with one free phone consultation.

3. You get affordable legal help, if needed, at 40-60% savings. After you speak to an Access Legal Care Primary Care Attorney, if you want to work with them, they will give you one or more pricing options under our "Low-Fee Guarantee:" guaranteed lower initial retainers, hourly rates, and flat-fees that result in 40-60% overall savings, compared to most attorneys in the state.

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Legal Services Offered

All Access Legal Care Primary Care Attorneys can provide you with self-help or full-representation services throughout the state. Attorneys provide one more practice areas below, and all of the services listed underneath. You just click to schedule an appointment, choose the correct practice area for your matter, and you will be scheduled with a Primary Care Attorney who can provide you with full-service or limited-service legal help to meet your legal needs.

SELF-HELP SERVICES OFFERED

  • Write and send Attorney Demand Letters
  • Write and send Attorney Opinion Letters
  • Providing ongoing Legal Advice (first consult free)
  • Prepare documents -- all documents attorney-completed & reviewed!
  • File or Submit documents to the appropriate court or agency
  • Get hearing dates for you
  • Negotiate with unrepresented opposing attorneys for you
  • Serve the opposing party or advise you how to

FULL-REPRESENTATION SERVICES OFFERED

  • Negotiate with Attorney(s) of the opposing, represented party(ies)
  • In-court appearances / representation

TYPES OF LEGAL SERVICES OFFERED SELF-HELP OR FULL-REPRESENTATION

  • GENERAL LITIGATION SERVICES
    • Complaint / Lawsuit against someone
    • Answer to complaint/motion filed against you
    • Motion to Amend a Complaint
    • Ex Parte Motion for Alternative Form of Service
    • Motion to Enter Default Judgment
    • Motion to Set Aside Default Judgment
    • Witness List and/or Pre-trial Statement
    • Subpoena Requests (for Documents/Records and Attendance at Trial)
    • Discovery Requests (includes Interrogatories, Request for Docs, Request for Admissions)
    • Motion for Summary Disposition (Not including specific laws/facts of case)
    • Trial Brief (Not including specific laws/facts of case)
    • 7-day Order and Notice of Presentment
    • Subpoena for Deposition or for Creditor’s Examination (for filing/service)
    • Misc. Attorney Letter for various purposes
  • BUSINESS & NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION SERVICES
    • LLC Operating Agreement
    • INC (Incorporation/Company) By-Laws
    • Articles of Incorporation to create INC. + Register EIN
    • Articles of Organization to create LLC + Register EIN
    • Articles of Incorporation to create Non-profit INC + Register EIN
    • Prepare & File 501(c)(3) application w/ proper updates to By-laws & Articles of Incorporation
    • Certificate of Assumed Name
    • Certificate of Dissolution of LLC/INC
    • File Trademark Registration
    • File Copyright Registration
    • Register Trade-name DBA with Michigan
    • Evict a Commercial Tenant
    • Defend against Eviction of Commercial Tenant
    • See GENERAL LITIGATION SERVICES for Filing or Answering Complaint for Business Disputes
  • CRIMINAL LAW SERVICES
    • Misdemeanors
    • Felonies
    • DUI / OWI / Drunk-driving / Driving under Influence
    • Traffic Tickets
    • Restore Driver’s License
    • Expunge Felony
    • Drug Offenses
  • ESTATE AND PROBATE SERVICES
    • Open informal probate estate
    • Open formal probate estate
    • Close probate estate
    • Petition for Conservatorship
    • Petition to Establish Guardianship
    • Motion to Terminate Guardianship
    • Prepare Last Will & Testament
    • Prepare Revocable Trust
    • Durable Power of Attorney & Health Power of Attorney
    • Petition Regarding Trustee or Personal Representative Mismanagement of Trust/Will duties
    • Petition to dispute Will or Trust provisions
    • See GENERAL LITIGATION SERVICES for Filing or Answering Complaint regarding Probate Contests
  • FAMILY LAW SERVICES
    • Adoption
    • Step-Parent Adoption
    • Motion for Waiver of Court Fees – Circuit Court
    • Complaint for Divorce, NO Minors (includes all docs to file)
    • Complaint for Divorce, MINORS (includes all docs to file)
    • Complaint for Separate Maintenance (Legal Separation)
    • Complaint for Custody
    • Complaint for Paternity & Motion to Order DNA Testing
    • Petition to Establish Guardianship
    • Motion to Terminate Guardianship
    • Motion to Enforce Order / Show-Cause
    • Motion for Ex Parte Order & Emergency Order/Hearing
    • Motion to Modify Custody and/or Parenting Time
    • Motion for Spousal Support during Divorce case
    • Motion for Financial Status Quo Order & To Preserve Assets during Divorce case
    • Motion for Attorney’s Fees during Family Law case
    • Motion to Establish, Modify, or Stop Child Support
    • Motion to Modify or Eliminate Child Support Arrearages
    • Motion to Move more than 100 miles away with children
    • Object to Referee Recommendation
    • Consent Judgment of Divorce (and all related docs)
    • Consent Judgment of Separate Maintenance
    • Consent Judgment of Custody, Parenting Time, & Support (and all related docs)
    • Name Change
    • Qualified Domestic Relations Order (QDRO, or EDRO)
    • See GENERAL LITIGATION SERVICES for Filing or Answering Complaint for Divorce/Custody
  • HOME AND PROPERTY SERVICES
    • Rental Lease (includes Lease, Application, Damage Inventory List, Disclosures)
    • Property Deed
    • Land Contracts
    • Evict a Home Tenant
    • Evict a Commercial Tenant
    • Defend against eviction
    • Foreclose on Property
    • Defend against foreclosure
    • Land-contract Forfeiture
    • Defend against Land-contract Forfeiture
    • See GENERAL LITIGATION SERVICES for litigation services regarding property and home.
  • MONEY, CREDIT, DEBTOR SERVICES
    • File Wage Garnishment to collect on money judgment
    • File State Tax Garnishment to collect on money judgment
    • File Bank Lien to collect on money judgment
    • File Judgment Lien to collect on money judgment
    • Bankruptcy Chapter 7 and Chapter 13
    • See GENERAL LITIGATION SERVICES for Filing or Answering Complaint for Money Judgment
  • OTHER SERVICES 
    • Petition for Name Change
    • Calculate child support; Prepare Uniform Child Support Order
    • Write custom Attorney Letters

FEDERAL SERVICES -- ALL 50 STATES

In addition to our Michigan services, we also offer the below services not only in Michigan, but in all 50 states of the U.S.A..

QDROs and EDROs

A “Qualified Domestic Relations Order” (also known as QDRO), and an Eligible Domestic Relations Order” (also known as an EDRO) is a court order used to divide specific types of retirement plans, including qualified and 403(b) plans. According to the Internal Revenue Service, a QDRO is “a judgment, decree or order for a retirement plan to pay child support, alimony or marital property rights to a spouse, former spouse, child or other dependents of a [retirement plan] participant.”

A QDRO grants a person known as the “alternate payee” the right to part of the retirement benefits a former spouse (the “participant”) earned through an employer-sponsored retirement plan. While a QDRO provides benefits to an alternate payee when the participant is alive, it can also award survivor benefits if the participant dies.

Access Legal Care prepares QDROs and EDROs for divorcing or divorced couples in all 50 states of the U.S. Our services include: Preparing the QDRO/EDRO to comply with U.S. Laws, Plan Administrator guidelines, and the divorce judgment itself; send to Plan Administrator for pre-approval; make changes after pre-approval and then work with couples to get signatures; send to the Court to get Judge’s signature; send judge-signed Order to the Plan Administrator for processing; and all legal advice to client throughout the process.

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TRADEMARKS AND COPYRIGHTS

A trademark is a brand name. A trademark or service mark includes any word, name, symbol, device, or any combination, used or intended to be used to identify and distinguish the goods/services of one seller or provider from those of others, and to indicate the source of the goods/services.

It is vitally important that you select or create a trademark that is both federally registrable and legally protectable. This animated video will help you understand how a strong trademark identifies the source of your goods and services, as well as distinguishes them from the goods and services of others.

Although federal registration of a mark is not mandatory, it has several advantages, including notice to the public of the registrant's claim of ownership of the mark, legal presumption of ownership nationwide, and exclusive right to use the mark on or in connection with the goods/services listed in the registration.

If you are a foreign-domiciled applicant, you must have a U.S.-licensed attorney represent you at the USPTO. Non-U.S.-licensed attorneys and non-attorneys may give you inaccurate information and legal advice about your trademark rights and the registration process in the United States.

If you are domiciled in the United States, you are not required to have a U.S.-licensed attorney represent you, but we strongly encourage you to hire one who specializes in trademark law to guide you through the application process. Although USPTO staff can provide information about the federal application process, USPTO employees cannot give you legal advice or help you fill out forms.

Access Legal Care registers Trademarks and Copyrights for your business in all 50 states. Our services include: Filing of trademark application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO); a basic federal direct-hit search of the federal trademark database for direct conflicts with your trademark; color adjustment and compilation of your trademark specimens and designs; Email delivery of your trademark application; Electronic copy of your trademark application; respond to and make changes to your application based on any initial communications from USPTO; 60 days unlimited legal advice.

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BANKRUPTCY CHAPTER 7

Chapter 7 bankruptcy is the fastest and most common form of consumer bankruptcy. It’s a tool to resolve overwhelming debt under the protection of a federal court. You may have to give up some assets, like an expensive car or jewelry, but the vast majority of filers do not.

This type of bankruptcy forgives most unsecured debts, that is, debts without collateral, like medical bills, credit card debt and personal loans. However, some forms of debt, such as back taxes, court judgments, alimony and child support, and student loans generally aren’t eligible.

To qualify for Chapter 7 bankruptcy you:

Must pass the means test, which looks at your income, assets and expenses.

Cannot have completed a Chapter 7 in the past eight years or a Chapter 13 bankruptcy within the past six years.

Cannot have filed a bankruptcy petition (Chapter 7 or 13) in the previous 180 days that was dismissed because you failed to appear in court or comply with court orders, or you voluntarily dismissed your own filing because creditors sought court relief to recover property they had a lien on.

Access Legal Care prepares your Bankruptcy Chapter 7 petition and schedules in all 50 states for indivials or couples, with limited assets. We do not do Chapter 13 Bankruptcies. Our services include: Working with you to gather all documents and information necessary to prepare your petition and schedules; advising you on debtor financial courses you can take online or by phone; preparing your petition and all schedules; upload all documents to your trustee and answer Trustee questions; Advise you for and prepare you for your Creditor’s Meeting with the Trustee; Unlimited legal advice throughout the process. We do not represent clients in litigation, which is usually not necessary for any Chapter 7.

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Cities We Serve

Access Legal Care serves clients in every Michigan city. Below is some information about this county and the cities we serve: 

County Clerk: Sharon Tyler
811 Port Street
Saint Joseph, MI 49085
Phone: 269-983-7111
Fax: 269-982-8642
Website: berriencounty.org
Population: 156813

Municipalities

Benton Harbor
Mayor: James Hightower
200 Wall Street
Benton Harbor, MI 49022
Phone: 269-927-8408
Fax: 269-927-0304
Website: bentonharborcity.com
Population: 10038

Berrien Springs Village
President: Milton Richter
112 North Cass Street
Berrien Springs, MI 49103
Phone: 269-473-6921
Fax: 616-471-4367
Website: villageofberriensprings.com
Population: 1800

Bridgman
Mayor: Hanna Anderson
9765 Maple Street
Bridgman, MI 49106
Phone: 269-465-5144
Website: bridgman.org
Population: 2235

Buchanan
Mayor: Carla M Cole
302 North Redbud Trail
Buchanan, MI 49107
Phone: 269-695-3844
Website: cityofbuchanan.com
Population: 4456

New Buffalo
Mayor: Pete Weber
224 West Buffalo Street
New Buffalo, MI 49117
Phone: 269-469-1500
Fax: 269-469-7917
Website: cityofnewbuffalo.org
Population: 1883

Niles
Mayor: Michael T McCauslin
333 North Second Street
Niles, MI 49120
Phone: 269-683-4700
Fax: 269-684-3930
Website: ci.niles.mi.us
Population: 11600

Saint Joseph
Mayor: Michael Garey
700 Broad Street
Saint Joseph, MI 49085
Phone: 269-983-5541
Fax: 269-985-0346
Website: sjcity.com
Population: 8365

Additional Municipalities

Bainbridge Township
Baroda Township
Benton Township
Berrien Center
Berrien Township
Bertrand Township
Chikaming Township
Coloma
Coloma Township
Eau Claire
Galien Township
Glendora
Grand Beach
Hagar Shores
Hagar Township
Harbert Lake
Township Lakeside
Lincoln Township
Michiana
New Troy
Oronoko Township
Pipestone Township
Riverside
Royalton Township
Saint Joseph Township
Sawyer
Shoreham
Sodus Township
Stevensville
Three Oaks Township
Union Pier
Watervliet
Weesaw Township

Access Legal Care, PLLC is proud to serve Berrien County and its local towns, including St. Joseph.

Access Legal Care, PLLC offers cheap and affordable legal services, while providing high-quality, effective, and caring legal care.