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Brighton’s FAQs for Our Law Firm

Answers About Our Civil Litigation, Estate, and Trust Firm.

How do I know if I have grounds for a case?
A legal consultation from a licensed attorney is the best way to determine if you have grounds for a legitimate case, no matter the area of law. The Gerkin & Decker team would be happy to arrange a consultation to discuss your legal matter and help you determine the best course of action that protects your rights. Contact us today to get started!
Will my case go to trial?
As skilled negotiators, the Gerkin & Decker team puts our abilities to work both in and out of the courtroom. In some circumstances, we are able to enter pre-trial negotiations to avoid the stress, time commitment, and expense of a trial. But when your rights are on the line, we will work for your best interests to see that you have your day in court. Contact us today to discuss your case.
What is the process for filing a lawsuit?
Filing a legal suit usually starts with drafting a complaint, submitting it to the appropriate court, and serving the other party with notice of the matter. The Gerkin & Decker team will demystify and guide you through this complex process, giving you peace of mind as we take all necessary steps to fight for your rights.
Where are your offices located?
Our office is centrally located in Livingston County on Grand River between Brighton and Howell. We have an additional office in Flint, MI. For our addresses and convenient maps to our locations, click here. Please keep in mind that although the primary office is in Livingston County, our attorneys are happy to travel to the surrounding counties to provide legal counsel and representation.
What type of law do you practice?
We are a general practice law firm dedicated to the effective, aggressive, and compassionate representation of our clients. We provide legal counsel and representation in the areas of estate planning, probate and trust administration, business law, and family law.
What credentials does the Gerkin & Decker team possess?
We’re all licensed attorneys in the state of Michigan, but our legal team members each possess unique certifications and specialties. Explore our About page to learn more!
What are your fees?
Our fees vary from case to case and situation to situation. We offer a variety of different fee structures depending on the matter, including flat fees, hourly fees, and contingency fees. We often offer flexible payment plans for those in need of our services. The attorneys are happy to discuss your legal issue and the anticipated fees associated with your case.
Why should I hire Gerkin & Decker?
We are dedicated to providing effective, aggressive, and compassionate representation while maintaining the highest standards of ethics and professionalism. We strive to provide an increased comfort level during confusing and stressful times by providing clients with organized information, accessible attorneys, and a well-prepared case.
Do you offer out-of-office consultations?
Yes. We understand that you may not be able to physically come to our office for a variety of different reasons. Our attorneys are willing to travel to you and provide an out-of-office consultation. They frequently visit client’s homes, nursing homes, hospitals, jails, or other locations to make the process more convenient for our clients.
Do you work with other professionals?
Yes. A high percentage of legal issues involve the overlap of multiple professions. For simplicity and convenience to our clients, we often team with other professionals, including CPAs, real estate professionals, financial advisors, and mental health professionals. A team approach can save time and money by making sure all of your professional advisors are acting as a cohesive unit.
What are your office hours?
With the exception of generally observed holidays, our office is open from 9 AM to 5 PM Monday through Friday. Our attorneys are also happy to schedule morning, evening, and weekend appointments to provide convenient consultations to those who may have difficulties in getting to our office during normal business hours.
What type of payments do you accept?
Our office accepts payment by cash, check, debit, and credit card. We accept most major credit cards, including Visa, Master Card, and Discover. We also understand that lump sum payments may be difficult for some clients, and we do our best to work out flexible payment plans when necessary.

Get in Touch With Our Team

When facing legal challenges, choose a law firm that truly understands the importance of community support. At Gerkin & Decker, our deep roots in Livingston County reflect our dedication to serving the hardworking people of our area. Whether you need assistance with civil issues, estate planning, probate, or business matters, we offer a practical and honest approach to every case. Experience personalized legal solutions with the integrity and dedication you deserve from a trusted local firm. Contact Gerkin & Decker today for clear guidance and reliable legal advice.

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