4.5 stars 74 totalReview Vera Bergermann
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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.