Claimed Lawyer ProfileQ&AResponsive Law
- Business Law
- Business Contracts, Business Dissolution, Business Finance, Business Formation, Business Litigation, Franchising, Mergers & Acquisitions, Partnership & Shareholder Disputes
- Intellectual Property
- Trademark Registration
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- Credit Cards Accepted
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
- Alabama State Bar Association
- English: Spoken, Written
- Sarah S. Shepard, LLC
- - Current
- LG Electronics Alabama, Inc.
- Law Clerk
- Circuit Judge James P. Smith
- Pro Bono Staff Attorney
- Legal Services Alabama
- University of Alabama School of Law
- J.D. (2012) | Law
- Honors: Alabama
- Activities: Alabama Law Review
- University of Miami
- B.A. (2009) | Psychology; History
- Honors: Phi Beta Kappa Summa Cum Laude
- Activities: Alpha Delta Pi
- Huntsville-Madison County Bar Association
- Alabama State Bar  # 9730W86C
5 Questions Answered
- Q. I need help. I am getting my wages garnished due to a medical bill that I have not had the money to pay b/c of Covid-19
- A: I'm sorry to hear about your situation. That sounds very hard. Alabama law allows people with judgments against them to exempt the first $1,000.00 of each month's wages from garnishment by a creditor (including a hospital). Here is a new story about the exemption: https://www.al.com/news/2020/01/alabama-court-protects-paychecks-from-debt-collectors.html#:~:text=The%20Alabama%20Court%20of%20Civil,eliminating%20protection%20from%20debt%20collectors. You will need to file a Notice of Exemption with the court for this to take effect. Otherwise, your other option is either a Chapter 7 or a Chapter 13 bankruptcy, which will lead to a release or the current wage garnishment. I'd recommend you discuss this further with a bankruptcy attorney. Good luck!
- Q. LLC is suing a Member. Does the Member have to be represented by counsel to defend their own interest. Not the LLC
- A: The general rule in most states is that business entities, such as LLCs, must be represented by a licensed attorney in court. Individuals generally may appear pro se, meaning that they may represent themselves, in court proceedings and lawsuits. That said, it is best generally best practices for individuals to hire a lawyer experienced in the practice area to represent them because the rules of civil procedure are complicated and familiarity with the law is important to best present your case. Lawsuits are adversarial, meaning that each side advocates for itself and judges are not there to help you along the way. Representing yourself in court is a bit like trying to negotiate a business deal in a foreign language. You can do it, but pro se litigates are at a distinct disadvantage. Good luck!
- Q. Is it possible to register your business as an LLC on a budget with the safety of a lawyer and not the online websites?
- A: Yes, and I would recommend talking to a licensed attorney in your state.
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