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Morgan Bernal

Divorce and separation Attorney at Canton, MA

5.0   9 reviews

also known as Mary Morgan Bernal


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About Morgan

Learn Morgan’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    40%
    Joint Petitions for Divorce, No Fault Divorce, Divorce and all aspects of divorce including custody, support and property division

    8 years

  2. Child custody
    20%
    Modifications to increase parenting time; Custody and visitation for parents and grandparents; temporary guardian and permanent guardianships of children

    8 years

  3. Child support
    20%
    Seeking initial support, modifying a current support order (lowering or raising) and applying the deviations of the Massachusetts Guidelines to applicable circumstances

    8 years

  4. Guardianship
    10%
    Filing a petition for Guardianship of a minor or Guardianship of an incapacitated adult or, alternatively, objecting to said petition as the Respondent

    6 years

  5. Mediation
    10%
    Many couples are choosing to mediate their divorce in lieu of contested litigation. My approach is supportive and collaborative; I encourage clients to work together to formulate a plan that suits their families' best needs.

    5 years

As a divorced, single mother, I have the utmost empathy for families going through the strenuous process of probate and family court proceedings. My practice was founded on the goal to assist both men and women through the probate and family court, including divorce, post divorce modifications and contempt actions such as custody, support proceedings and non-payment of alimony. 

I have experience working with women and children who were physically or sexually abused. Often victims of domestic violence want an attorney who "just gets it," and it has been my experience than many do not "get it" nor do they feel comfortable representing or relating to clients with a domestic violence component to the case. 

My clients will always be encouraged to share their thoughts, fears and goals with me throughout the representation. I strive to offer affordable legal services; as a single mother, I am sensitive to the financial strain of parents when navigating the probate and family law arena. Often, clients cannot quailify for reduced legal services through various bar associations based on their incomes; however, I work with lower middle income and low income clients on a sliding scale fee or flat fee basis and make the dream of retaining a lawyer a reality. 

I help families of all kinds (single, married,  same-sex marriage, divorced, separated, etc.) in drafting wills, living wills, health care proxy, power of attorney and or by creating trust accounts for their children, grandchildren or partners in the event of incapacitation or death. Often, couples wait until divorce proceedings begin to consider wills, and the family law attorney has to recommend another lawyer; I can assist you and your family the entire way. 

In addition to court representation, I offer family law mediation services for matters from divorce to contested custody matters. Not all legal matters have to be resolved in a courtroom; the parties know themselves far more than a judge or attorney ever will. It is empowering to watch parties work through their issues and come to an agreement with the assistance of a patient, effective mediator. 

For families or attorneys in need of a guardian ad litem, also known as a GAL, I am qualified to serve as a GAL in cases regarding family law matters. I provide thorough, detailed reports in a timely fashion. 

Though born and raised in the South, I attended undergrad at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA and graduated in 2004. I returned to Massachusetts in 2011 for law school at Northeastern University School of Law. I now call Massachusetts my home.

 

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Licensed for 7 years
State MA
Status Active
Acquired 2015
Updated 09/16/2019

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Morgan

By appointment only:
45 Dan Road
Canton, MA, 02021

Reviews

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Posted by KR | February 13, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Family Matters
Attorney Bernal was extremely attentive, REALISTIC, and relatable. She is very fair and knowledgeable in family matters. She is understanding and is not one to sugar coat things. Highly recommend Morgan!
Posted by Graceanne | October 10, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The best of the best
Finding Attorney Bernal was nothing but a miracle. It is so relieving to have someone on your side that not only knows the ins and outs of the court system but actually gets it. After 2 years of back and forth in the courtroom, Attorney Bernal came onto the case and made sure I got everything I needed, and more. She is knowledgeable, attentive and someone you definitely want on your side.
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Posted by Pilar | February 24, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Empathetic, honest and amazing attorney
I hired Morgan for my (very contested) custody case. She provided feedback to all my emails and calls super quick. She was honest and always provided her best advice, not only as an attorney but as a mother as well. She doesn't get intimidated in the courtroom and is able to anticipate potential issues or problems with each step of the process, always being very direct and upfront with her clients about those potential issues or risks. Also important to say, her fees are extremely reasonable.
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Posted by Julie | July 7, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer
Attorney Bernal is a very efficient and knowledgeable lawyer who is also quick to answer calls/emails. She represented me in my divorce and I would highly recommend her.
Posted by Mel | January 17, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Family Lawyer
Morgan took the time with me to go over my existing will and my family situation and make suggestions ultimately creating a plan and a new will for my family covering everything.
Posted by Natalie | May 17, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
An excellent attorney.
I had been served; never a good thing, and yes, by my ex. Morgan not only helped me with the case, she helped me through it. She impressed me very much with detailed answers to my many questions returned, in minutes. Attorney Bernal is someone I will use again for my legal needs and I do not hesitate to recommend her in the strongest possible way.
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Posted by Joseph B | May 6, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Morgan is one of the kindest, honest lawyers I've come across. So glad she's on my side
Currently my case is somewhat just beginning but has gone on for a year. I wasted money with a friend/lawyer who was extremely expensive and only got me heart ache. Morgan has taken over about 8 months ago and things have moved along slowly but my confidence in her is always in check. Like most people when you get a bill that you're paying for something you can't see or touch is difficult especially since I've spent so much already but getting divorced in the state of mass is ridiculously expensive. The upside for me is if I'm going to pay I'd rather have the best. Morgan is worth every penny and I've put my own reputation on the line to recommend her to some close friends, one of which is going through a divorce as well. Lastly from a mans perspective you want a lawyer who is cute as a button but has a vicious bite when needed!
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Posted by Carey | May 5, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Morgan is the best!!
Morgan really helped me out with some child support issues. She is very kind and really knows what she's doing. She also always returns my calls/emails very quickly! Morgan came highly recommended and I can see why! I was very anxious when I first met with her, but she put me completely at ease.
Posted by Jim | April 1, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very thorough.
Attorney Bernal consulted me on my divorce. She was very friendly and thorough with the questions she asked. She was able to give me websites to look into, that helped me write my pretrial memo. I wish I could have hired her to me my attorney, but I couldn't have done as well as I did without her consultation. I highly recommend her.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 225-300 per hour
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 7.7 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Solo practioner
  • Law Office of M. Morgan Bernal, LLC
  • 2015 - Present

Education

  • Northeastern University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2014
  • Hampshire College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2004

Associations

  • Massachusetts Council on Family Law Mediation
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Academy of Professional Mediators
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Boston Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Women's Bar Association of Massachusetts
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (2)
Endorse Morgan
Child custody Attorney | Oct 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Simply said, Morgan is an outstanding family attorney. Highly recommended!"
Unknown Attorney | Jul 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Morgan is hardworking, intelligent, and empathetic. I endorse her without reservation."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An outstanding lawyer, Morgan is a dedicated and zealous advocate. I would refer any client to her without hesitation."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She is an accessible , understanding, thorough, knowledgeable attorney dedicated to advocacy on behalf of her clients."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Bernal is pleasant, hard-working, and dedicated to her clients. I recommend this attorney."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Bernal is a very knowledgeable and effective advocate for her clients."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Bernal is a highly skilled lawyer. She displays a great deal of compassion and empathy for her clients and is always a zealous advocate. I enthusiastically recommend her."
Family Attorney | Apr 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the pleasure of discussing and debating family law issues with Morgan. She has helped me work through some of my more difficult issues and I have found her to be knowledgeable, passionate and hard-working, always striving to obtain the best results for her clients."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Morgan is a zealous, intelligent, and effective advocate. Clients seek her out for her skillful and passionate help obtaining the results they want and need during the most challenging times in their lives. In addition, she is well-respected by her peers, a huge asset to any prospective client. I highly recommend Mary to anyone seeking an attorney."
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Canton Divorce and separation Lawyer Morgan Bernal
Morgan Bernal
Divorce and separation Attorney
Canton, MA
Licensed for 7 years
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