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  • Disappointed

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    Although I thought I did my research prior to hiring the Bergermann Law Firm and her reviews are positive, I did not have a good experience. This became extremely evident after my settlement. There was no way to enforce the vague terms and when asking for further help resulted in more expense and what appeared to be negative blaming of me, the client, I simply gave up. An email response from her was labeled WARNING. She stated if I pursue any avenue in attempt to void or change the agreement I would lose in court. I would be required to pay my additional costs as well as any incurred by my spouse. Basically it felt threatening as though she didn't want any one to review the agreement. My ex husband has stayed well after the time frame stated in the settlement. Realizing I did not actually have any way to make him follow the settlement agreement, I reflected on the entire process and realized I had made excuses for my attorney in several instances. She confused me with another client on two occasions. She made some statements about what assets might be premarital versus marital but produced no specific suggestions on how to proceed. She did not check on any statements I made concerning my spouse's omissions on his financial affidavit. She did not respond to an outline I prepared and emailed to her. I had been gone and my spouse and his attorney were to give her a proposal during that time. When I returned and nothing was done I quickly wrote up my own and emailed it to Ms Bergermann. To my knowledge she did not review it and never commented on it. At the settlement meeting it was evident she had not read it. There were also several miscommunications about the settlement meeting. Opposing consul indicated everything was cancelled. Late the evening prior (6:30 p.m.) an email with a "boiler plate" agreement was sent out. Not helpful and certainly increased the stress level. Although on other legal "blogs" she recommends certainty prior to signing an agreement, I do not believe she advocated that for me. I felt she was finished with me and wanted the settlement signed then with no encouragement to take time with it. She was very late for the settlement meeting and sent someone from her staff over to the meeting. The staff member was not allowed to come into the meeting room. Not a good start for a very important meeting. It was first thing in the morning, so I do not believe she was finishing up something else. Those present indicated they knew her well and that she was always late. That did not make the situation any better. She also took a phone call during the settlement meeting. Ms. Bergermann asks for payment up front but does not send any itemized bills. She says no one reads them. Obviously these are some of the concerns, I reflected on and there are others. I assume as with some of the other negative reviews she will respond, most likely, in a hostile manner. Although she is entitled to her interpretation, I wanted to state my thoughts and just let others know that my experience with this law firm was not so positive as others. If I had any other recourse I would pursue it, but all avenues do appear closed.

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    Vera Bergermann’s response: “Some people always have to blame someone else for their unhappiness. This client has been under the frequent care of a therapist for months as she is very fragile emotionally and mentally. The therapist recommended me to her. She is extremely passive-aggressive. There were times when she couldn't communicate and would just hang up on our phone calls and then act like nothing had happened when she called the next time. We prepared well in advance for mediation. I was with the client the entire time. The client felt that she was going to "be ruined," because she had chosen to sell her premarital home and used the proceeds to invest in a home down here. Against my recommendations, she chose to buy her husband out of the home. I did make certain that she made tens of thousands of dollars on the deal based upon all the monies that the husband had paid for which he was not being reimbursed and that would benefit only her as the remaining homeowner. I made very certain that we had specific time periods for the husband to be out of the home. She sent me an email after the mediation inquiring about his proposed dates. Here is my reply: "If it fits within the requirements of the agreement, then it is fine. Anything within that is negotiable. So, if his packing dates fit within the agreement, then he can use those dates even if you prefer an earlier date." Here is her reply to me: "Ok I thought he had to be out July 15th. I guess since he can pack whenever he likes I'm just out of luck. I know I signed and I know you're off the hook but I didn't know all these details. I'm really angry know and will try to stop the paperwork in any way I can on Monday. I'm not stupid but I did not realize the consequences of my signing until he started to badger me. I may not be able to stop the process but I'm going to try. Thank you for your help." Here was my reply with "Warning" in the subject line: "If you knowingly bring a court action that has no basis in law, then you are responsible for his attorney fees and costs." I then went on to explain some suggested courses of action to bring down the emotional level for her. I never heard back. This is a woman who was not going to be happy no matter what happened as she made a decision to marry (for the first time) in her "golden years" and that person deceived her and made it clear that he didn't enjoy her companionship. I am a counselor of law, not a counselor of people--that's why she has a therapist. My job is to use my legal expertise to get her the best deal possible under the law. She disregarded my advice and I made the best deal out of a poor decision. She understood everything, every line before she signed the agreement at mediation or I would NOT have had her sign that day--and this is a woman with a doctorate degree. Regarding our bills: We have bills that are itemized and separated into six-minute increments. We provide them to the client upon request at any time, but we do not send them out monthly as a regular course of action. This is explained to the client at the time they retain.”
  • Guardian

    5.0 stars

    Posted by John

    Mrs. Vera Thank you so much such a great job helping me with my divorce. Set up a great parenting plan, helped greatly on child support. She looks out for you money wise, did what she could keep my costs down. Aggressively represented me. The staff was so helpful keeping me sane and up to date. Kim, you were great!! Vera thank you so much!! I got outcome I needed.

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  • Divorce

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    Posted by Harris

    Vera is honest and will not overcharge you. Her fees are fair and she believes in a cost that she herself would be willing to pay. Her office staff helped me out immensely to get my case finalized prior to a closing on my new home, which helped me qualify for my down payment assistance.

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  • Divorce

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    Posted by Rick

    Vera is tough, pragmatic & direct. Divorce is emotionally traumatic and she patiently kept me focused on the legal aspects of my case. It was settled in mediation where Vera exhibited true professionalism. I felt protected. In the end the settlement cost me less than I had anticipated and more importantly enabled me to get on with my life much sooner than I had expected. Her staff were all very competent, professional and addressed all correspondence quickly and effectively. The billing/fees were all handled clearly and fairly. I plan never to go through this again so I hope never to need her services but I would recommend Vera without hesitation. She made a painful situation much less so, I am very satisfied.

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  • Vera was the VERY BEST!!!

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    Posted by Kim

    I prayed for the best and I received the best. Vera represented me and my two teenage sons in a very mean spirited divorce. She treated us as though we were a part of her family.
    Finishing up with the day and a half trial yesterday, I can only say she was perfect in representing us. I would NOT CHANGE one thing about how she presented our case and fought for our case.
    Vera was microscopically thorough and always on point. She had TOTAL RECALL OF EVERY WORD SPOKEN AND THE PERSON THAT SPOKE IT.
    She was invincible. She was unconquerable. She was ALWAYS respectful of the Court and of the Judge.
    Vera surrounds herself with a staff of brilliant minds, that work tirelessly for their client's rights, and their needs. They NEVER let me feel like I was alone in my protection of my sons.
    Thank you, Vera and staff, for giving my sons, and me, all NEW BEGINNINGS.
    I PRAY GOD'S RICHEST BLESSINGS TO YOU ALL.
    Kimberly

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  • Great great lawyer

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    Posted by Maria

    I hired Vera back on January 2015 for a divorce case that my husband filed against me. The divorce was filed from FL but Me and my 3 years old son lives in CA since my husband forced us out of the home on May 2014. It was such an overwhelming process to go thru divorce since I live in another state. I spoke to many lawyers on the phone but I felt more comfortable with Vera and read about her a lot online and how great she is. Since I was in another state and didn't know anything about this process I had tons of questions and fears but she always comforted me. Her and her team was so kind nd to me, Kim, Desiree, Chris and Rita. They always answers my questions patiently and kindly. We went through mediation twice but there was no agreement and so I had to go Through final court on March 2016. I was so anxious as it was my first time to ever go to court, I flu to FL and met Vera for the first time in person and her staff they welcomed me kindly and even offers me food as I arrived there right after my flight. So they are not just professional but also have great customer service. My husband bearly sent money to our son. She was able to get me a big child support and even a retroactive support for the 2 years that he wasn't paying us money for. I was also able to get rewarded by lawyers fees from my husband. And also a big percentage from all the assets, And that was all through her professional way. She was truly Gods sent for me. I can't thank her enough for what she has done for me and for my son. She was so honest with me in every step. She would try and get the max of everything when I didn't even Knew I can get that. She was like a lion in the court room :) I wish no body go through divorce or any family issues but if you ever went through that, Vera would be the one to hire. Thanks to you Vera and to your great staff.

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  • 3rd Visit - Always Addresses All Concerns and Staff is Very Supportive

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    Posted by Michael

    This was my 3rd visit to Bergermann Law. There aren't many times any of us will be happy to visit our Family Law Lawyer, but Vera and her staff have always gone above and beyond to make sure things run as smoothly as possible. The staff made themselves readily available for any questions or support I needed throughout the process and we were able to close out my particular issue quickly. I drive over an hour to use this firm and am glad that I do!

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  • time share modification

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    Posted by Carl Judkins

    Vera and her staff were a pleasure to work with. Vera made the case simple but very affective, eased my fears about the outcome of seeking additional time with my son. Her fees were very reasonable but her experience is PRICELESS.

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  • Passion for law and compassion for clients

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    Posted by Christian

    Vera, represented me in a very lengthy straight out of a lifetime movie of a custody case. She was responsive and compassionate driven and thorough. As a father who had made an attempt at representing himself we were behind the eight ball from the start Vera never gave up and always kept me informed as to my options. Not only was she my counsel but she also worked with my family understand what was going on and what the expected outcome should be. I would recommend Vera to anyone

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  • Collaborative Law!!!

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    Posted by Lindy

    I didn't know what it was called, but it's exactly what my fiancé and I wanted in a prenup or post nuptial agreement. Vera was wonderful in helping me to understand and articulate that a collaborative agreement was what we were looking for & how to assemble a team going forward.

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    Vera Bergermann’s response: “Thank you, Lindy! My website has information on collaborative law.”