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Who We Are

The Access Lawyer Network is a network of full-service law firms serving multiple US States with licensed & experienced local attorneys and team members who are dedicated to providing individuals, small businesses, and non-profits with free legal consultations and affordable legal help for many legal needs, at savings often as much as 20-40% savings compared to typical higher-priced attorneys. 

Firms in the network include Access Legal Care which provides state-law matters (Michigan only currently) for many areas of law including family law, criminal law, probate and estate, etc., and provides federal-law matters for all U.S. states for many areas of law including QDROs, Immigration Services, Trademarks, Mediation, IRS Tax Negotiation, and other Federal Matters. Access Legal Care is an award-winning law firm that received the prestigious Louis M. Brown Award for Legal Access, recognizing the firm’s innovative and effective approach for providing affordable legal help to those who do not qualify for legal aid (or are turned away) and yet who cannot afford typical high-priced lawyers.

All of the other firms in the network use many of the same people, processes, systems, and pricing methods pioneered by Access Legal Care, so that all clients who choose a law firm through the Access Lawyer Network receive a consistently affordable, efficient, and high-quality experience. 

Licensed Attorneys in Your State

All in-network law firms have attorneys who are high-quality, licensed attorneys in the states in which serve clients. These law firms have many attorneys who are committed to providing free legal advice and affordable legal services at consistently affordable rates nationwide. 

The Access Lawyer Network system of finding qualified law firms and legal counselors, streamlined processes, and extensive use of technology allows all in-network firms to maximize client satisfaction, provide excellent representation, and minimize costs.

Founded by an Attorney who is committed to high-quality, effective, and affordable legal services for every-day Americans.

Access Lawyer Network and the founding law firm, Access Legal Care, were both founded by Bert Tiger Whitehead IV, an Attorney licensed in Illinois, Michigan, and Arizona. 

The Access Lawyer Network and Access Legal Care were born of necessity – the legal industry hasn’t evolved to meet the needs of modern legal consumers. Recognizing this, Attorney Bert Whitehead IV, JD, MBA, started Access Legal Care in Michigan, and then expanded to other states.

Mr. Whitehead is a highly rated attorney who has built his successful law practice into a nationwide firm, and now a network of other firms, who serve the same people that Mr. Whitehead has always served: lower- and moderate-income people with their most common legal services, at affordable rates.

Bert Tiger Whitehead

Bert Tiger Whitehead

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The Access Lawyer Network goal? Provide free legal advice and top-tier legal services, with improved customer service, for 20-40% less costs than the average law firm. Access Lawyer Network firms focus on areas of law that the average individual may need over his or her lifetime – family law, bankruptcy, estate and probate, landlord tenant issues, criminal law, civil litigation, and assisting pro per litigants, among others.

The Access Lawyer Network difference.

Since our founding in 2011, Access Legal Care and now firms through the Access Lawyer Network, have helped tens of thousands of individuals with free phone consultations and affordable legal services that are carefully tailored to individual needs.

Here are just a few examples of how law firms in the Access Lawyer Network  promote efficiency, improve the delivery of legal services, strive for client satisfaction, provide excellent representation, and ensure affordability:



  • Retainers of $3500-$10,000
  • Up-Front Fees at 20-40% less cost, sometimes payable across several months of affordable payments.
  • Generally no payment plans
  • Payment plans available
  • Majority of billing based on “billable hours model”
  • Flat fees whenever possible
  • Clients often complain of little communication – and the high costs of letters and telephone calls
  • Unlimited legal advice and admin support in all plans at no extra cost, no hourly billing.
  • Firms provide constant access to documents, case calendars, and status updates using our client portal, online phone scheduling, and more.
  • Bill hourly to attend hearings, including driving time
  • Hearings are usually charged on an affordable, flat-rate basis, regardless of location.
  • Bill on minimum 6 minute increments
  • When billing hourly at all (rarely), firms typically bill on minimum 3- minute increments.
  • “One size fits all” approach to similar matters, providing only full-representation on most cases.
  • Firms provide limited-scope, unbundled, and full-representation services to fit the unique needs and budget of each client. 
  • No fee caps mean billing surprises
  • Fee caps on many services encourage efficiency and allow clients to budget properly from the time a case is opened.
  • Pass high administrative costs onto clients at hourly rates.
  • Minimize administrative cost through the use of processes whenever possible; include unlimited admin support in every case, with no hourly billing.

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