Small Business
Sperling & Moore assists small business owners in taking steps to help grow and protect their business. If you are a small business owner, we are here to help with the full range of your legal needs. We can help small business owners choose the right entity form for their new business, serve as general counsel, negotiate on behalf of your business, litigate to protect your legal rights, or defend you from legal claims. Contact one of our attorneys today to schedule an initial consultation.

Entity Formation
Choosing the best form of business entity for your new venture is critical to maximizing your new business’s potential over the long term. Which entity is best for you will vary depending on your individual circumstances and needs. Amongst common entity forms, your business might be best suited to be formed as a Corporation, Limited Liability Company (LLC), or Partnership (Limited Partnership, Limited Liability Partnership). Each provides varying benefits and can have very different tax implications for your business. Corporations are subject to double taxation, meaning that the corporation pays tax at the corporate level and the shareholders pay tax on any dividends paid by the corporation. Partnerships are pass-through entities, meaning that the partnership is not taxed, and income is taxed only on the partner level. LLC’s are flexible entities that can be taxed as a corporation or as a partnership. In order to choose the best entity for you, please contact our office to schedule an initial consultation.

Small Business Presentation
Many small businesses have constant need of legal services. Whether it is negotiating agreements with vendors, drafting employment documents or contracts, representing your business in administrative hearings and proceedings, or protecting your business’ legal rights, Sperling & Moore can add significant value to your business by serving as general counsel. We assist small businesses with the full range of their legal needs and strive to provide high quality work product in a cost-effective and timely manner. If your business needs general counsel, please contact our office today.

Bankruptcy

We are a bankruptcy law firm, not a bankruptcy factory. With multiple convenient locations, we are able to offer one-on-one consultation with an accomplished attorney and personal attention in each and every case, from a Chapter 7 to a Chapter 13. Our bankruptcy attorneys are offering bankruptcy services in Blount, Jefferson, Shelby, Bibb, Green, Tuscaloosa, Walker, and other counties in Alabama.

Bankruptcy is sometimes the only way to escape the burden of your debts.  It can stop debt collectors, foreclosures, repossessions, garnishments, and lawsuits. Bankruptcy can be the solution and help you get a fresh start.

A fundamental goal of the federal bankruptcy laws enacted by Congress is to give debtors a financial “fresh start” from burdensome debts. The Supreme Court made this point about the purpose of the bankruptcy law in a 1934 decision:

[I]t gives to the honest but unfortunate debtor…a new opportunity in life and a clear field for future effort, unhampered by the pressure and discouragement of preexisting debt.

Local Loan Co. v. Hunt, 292 U.S. 234, 244 (1934).

Bankruptcy Discharge Violations

Has a collection agency or a collection law firm continued to contact you and demand payment on your debts that were discharged in bankruptcy? Filing bankruptcy protects you from such collection attempts by collection agencies and collection law firms. If your rights were violated they may owe you money. If so contact us immediately!

Fair Debt Collection Practices Act

Many debt collectors do not comply with the strict laws that govern the way they conduct collection activities. We sue debt collectors that engage in harassing, threatening or abusive behavior. We would be glad to discuss your situation and review any collection letters you may have received.

· Are you receiving harassing, abusive, or threatening phone calls or letters?

· Did a debt collector advise you that this communication is from a debt collector?

· Did a debt collector leave you a voice message that someone besides you overheard?

· Have your friends or employer received phone calls or letters about your debt?

· Does a debt you disputed or settled still appear on your credit report?

Credit Reporting Issues

Debt collectors often place the accounts they are trying to collect on your credit report. This hurts your credit score and may prevent you from obtaining a loan or getting credit. Debt collectors frequently place inaccurate information on credit reports. Placing inaccurate information on your credit report is a violation of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). We can help you get this information corrected and will sue the debt collector on your behalf if they do not correct their credit reporting errors. Sometimes the inaccurate reporting is the result of fraud or identity theft. We are experienced in fixing these types of issues.

Estate Planning 

Estate planning is not just for the elderly. Ensuring the financial safety and protection of your family is an important goal that we all seek. Who will take care of your affairs if you are incapacitated? Who will receive your assets upon your passing and how will they receive those assets? Who will take care of your minor children if something happens to you? These are all basic questions that are addressed in the planning process. There are many different methods used for estate planning, ranging from a basic will to a living trust to a family limited liability company. We can assist with selecting the right tool for you.

Our attorneys serve with various professional organizations and legal committees associated with estate planning issues in Alabama.  In addition, our attorneys are frequent speakers at education seminars and retirement seminars.

Probate

The term “probate” refers to a court-supervised proceeding that is involved when an individual passes away and handles the transition of their assets that the decedent owned and payment of any debts and taxes.  Probate also refers to the court-supervised process where an individual needs to have court-supervision over the affairs of a minor or an incapacitated individual through a guardianship or conservatorship proceeding.  Our experienced trusts and estates attorneys can give you advice, direction and assistance in handling the necessary court filings and hearings.

We routinely assist families with handling ancillary estate proceedings throughout the state of Alabama.

Adoption

Sperling & Moore is committed to providing effective legal representation and personal service for individuals and couples who wish to adopt.  We have been helping to create families through adoption by offering a full range of adoption services, including:  stepparent, relative, adult, and transracial.

Our firm is known for providing sensitivity, respect, and support to all involved throughout the adoption process. We can work closely together and pay attention to your needs.

 

Divorce & Family Law
Besides being family law attorneys, we are also parents. If children are involved in your case, they are a priority. The process and outcome of your case must be protective of their interests.

Divorce Property Division
Custody Complex and High Assets
Modifications Contempt
Paternity Restraining Orders
Child support Juvenile
Guardianship Domestic Partnerships
Prenuptial agreements Postnuptial agreements
Alimony