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Who We Are

Access Legal Care was 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, PLLC (Michigan) and Access Legal Care, LLC (Illinois). His goal? Provide top-tier legal services, with improved customer service, for 40-60% less costs than the average Michigan or Illinois law firm. We focus on areas of law that the average individual may need over his or her lifetime – family law, bankruptcy, simple estate and probate, landlord tenant issues, civil litigation, and assisting pro per litigants, among others. Learn more about the services we offer here.

METRO DETROIT / CHICAGO OFFICES.
LOCAL ATTORNEYS STATE-WIDE.

From our main offices in Livonia, Michigan, and Oak Park, Illinois, our Primary Care Attorneys manage client relationships across both Michigan and Illinois. When necessary, we work with qualified independent attorneys in your county to provide local support and representation at hearings for your matter.

Our system of qualified legal counselors, streamlined processes, and extensive use of technology allows us to maximize client satisfaction, provide excellent representation, and minimize costs.

Contact us to schedule a consultation with one of our primary care attorneys. 

HIGHLY-RATED ATTORNEYS

Access Legal Care uses highly-rated attorneys in Michigan and Illinois. Our President is an attorney, Bert Tiger Whitehead. All of our attorneys provide you with the best possible service and representation.

Bert Tiger Whitehead

Bert Tiger Whitehead

Bert Whitehead IV - Super Lawyer
Avvo 9.8 rating

 

INDUSTRY RECOGNIZED.

Since our founding in 2011, Access Legal Care has helped hundreds of individuals with free phone consultations, affordable in-person legal advice, and legal services that are carefully tailored to individual needs.

In 2013, we were proud to receive the American Bar Association’s Louis M. Brown Legal Access Award, which recognizes innovative programs that provide legal care to those who do not qualify for or do not desire legal aid, but lack the discretionary funds to pay the traditional costs of legal services.

Industry achievements:

2013: Access Legal Care awarded the Louis M. Brown Award for Legal Access, American Bar Association (ABA)

2013: Access Legal Care featured in Motion Magazine

2013-2014: Mr. Whitehead appointed/served as Vice-Chair, Access to Legal Services Committee, ABA Young Lawyer Division (YLD)

2014-2015: Mr. Whitehead appointed/served as Chair, Access to Legal Services Committee (ABA YLD)

2014-2016: Mr. Whitehead appointed/served as Liaison to Standing Committee for the Delivery of Legal Services (ABA YLD)

2014: Mr. Whitehead invited to/spoke in Kentucky at National Juvenile Defender Center's (NJDC) Annual Summit, on topic of "Justice on Wheels: Mobilizing Access to Counsel."

2014: 2014: Mr. Whitehead featured in Cooley Law School "Benchmark Magazine."

2015: Mr. Whitehead invited to/spoke in Florida at YLD Spring Conference on topic of "Building a 21st Century Law Practice." 

2015: Mr. Whitehead founded PlanetXLaw.com Inc, a legal-services software company based on software developed within Access Legal Care.

2015: Mr. Whitehead invited to/spoke in Ohio at Regional Conference for Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) on topic of "Limited Scope Legal Representation."

2015: Angel investor (a Michigan Attorney) invested $200,000 into both PlanetXLaw.com Inc and Access Legal Care, PLLC / LLC.

2015-2016: Mr. Whitehead appointed/served as a Co-Committee Chair, 21st Century Law Practice Task Force, State Bar of Michigan (SBM)

2016: Mr. Whitehead appointed/served as Member, Committee on Alternative Fee Structures (SBM)

2016: Mr. Whitehead invited to / spoke as panel member in Chicago, IL for the Chicago Bar Association on the topic of "The Future is Now: Innovative Client-Centric Strategies for Building Your Legal Practice Today."

2016: Mr. Whitehead appointed/served as Member, Committee on Lawyer Referral Services (SBM)

2016: Mr. Whitehead named as Superlawyers "Rising Star" Attorney.

2016: Mr. Whitehead achieved 9.8 Avvo Rating, and rating of "Superb"

2016: Mr. Whitehead invited to / spoke as panel member in Columbus, OH for the Ohio Bar Association at the Ohio Family Law Institute Conference, on the topic of "Bundled / Unbundled - I thought that was for my cable!"

2016: Access Legal Care - Illinois to be launched on 7/1/2016.

2016: Mr. Whitehead invited to speak as panel member in Columbus, OH for the Ohio Chapter American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, for a seminar to about 300 attorneys, on the topic of "Unbundling Legal Services."

THE ACCESS LEGAL CARE DIFFERENCE.

Here are just a few examples of how we promote efficiency, strive for client satisfaction, and ensure affordability:

TRADITIONAL MODEL

ACCESS LEGAL CARE MODEL

  • Retainers of $2500-$5000
  • Typical retainers of less than $1000
  • Generally no payment plans
  • Monthly payment plans for full representation
  • 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
  • Provide constant access to documents, case calendars, and status updates at no additional charge using our virtual delivery system
  • Bill hourly to attend hearings, including driving time
  • Pay a local attorney a reasonable flat fee to attend most hearings
  • Bill on minimum 6 minute increments
  • Bill on minimum 3 minute increments
  • “One size fits all” approach to similar matters
  • Work closely with clients to provide only the amount of services and representation they need and can afford
  • No fee caps mean billing surprises
  • Fee caps on some services encourage efficiency and allow clients to budget properly from the time a case is opened
  • Pass high administrative costs onto clients
  • Minimize administrative cost through the use of processes whenever possible