When it comes to legal representation, knowledge and experience matter. So do compassion, perseverance, and dedication to the community. Since 2002, Alabama bankruptcy lawyer Byron Mark Richardson has been helping residents in Birmingham, Chilton County, and other Alabama communities with debt relief, family law, and DUI defense matters for over a decade. He knows the nuances of the law and can help you understand your legal rights if you are facing a difficult situation such as mounting debt, divorce, or criminal charges. We take pride in helping ordinary people understand how the law applies to them and how it can be used to their benefit in difficult times or pivotal crossroads in their lives.Knowledgeable Legal Guidance for Debtors
One way in which we serve clients is to guide them through the process of reorganizing their finances. Keeping a family financially afloat during hard economic times can be difficult. If you are struggling to keep up with growing debt and want to learn more about the possibility of seeking relief under federal bankruptcy laws, we can help you take account of your assets, debts, and other liabilities and come up with a plan that could include a Chapter 7 liquidation or a Chapter 13 wage earner bankruptcy filing.
A Chapter 7 bankruptcy usually results in an automatic stay that pauses debt collection efforts by creditors after the debtor has filed the petition for bankruptcy. While many assets will be liquidated to discharge debts during this process, others will be protected from liquidation under exemptions. Chapter 7 bankruptcy is available only to debtors who meet the “means test,” which assesses an individual’s income relative to the median income in his or her state.
In the Chapter 13 process, by contrast, a debtor pursues a repayment plan over a period of three to five years. This may be useful not only for people who do not meet the means test but also for debtors who want to protect more of their assets from liquidation and prevent a lender from foreclosing on their home. A Birmingham bankruptcy attorney can advise you on which of these options may be more suited to your situation.Representation in Family Law and Domestic Relations Matters
The Richardson Law Offices can also assist you with a family law or domestic relations matter, such as a divorce or child custody and support orders. We also handle matters such as adoption, annulment, paternity, spousal support, visitation, and pre-nuptial agreements. Issues involving children tend to be particularly complex and emotionally fraught.
A court generally will focus on the best interests of the child when it is determining how to divide custody between the parents. In most situations, unless one parent is unfit, the former spouses will share physical and legal custody of their children. Any modification to a custody or support arrangement will need to be supported by a substantial change in circumstances.
Property division after divorce in Alabama follows principles of equitable distribution. This means that the court will seek a resolution that is fair but not necessarily an exactly equal split. In many situations, a couple will craft a pre-nuptial agreement that is designed to resolve these issues in advance, without relying on a judge’s order. These contracts generally are enforceable, but their validity may be challenged in some situations.Fighting DUI Charges or Traffic Tickets
We can also help people who are facing a charge of DUI (driving under the influence) or who need help fighting a traffic ticket. DUI is a serious offense that can result in imprisonment of up to a year, a fine of up to $2,000, and a 90-day license suspension for a first offender. Each subsequent drunk driving conviction carries a stiffer penalty, including a possible felony conviction and 10 years in prison for a fourth offense. Under Alabama §32-5A-191, a person may be found guilty of this offense if he or she has a BAC (blood alcohol content) of 0.08% or more or is under the influence of a substance that impairs his or her faculties to a degree that renders him or her incapable of safe driving. However, there are many potential defenses to a DUI charge that a knowledgeable attorney can investigate, such as a lack of probable cause to stop your vehicle or problems with the manner in which a test was performed.Consult a Birmingham Attorney for a Bankruptcy, Family Law, or DUI Matter
Whatever legal matter you are facing, you need a lawyer on whom you can rely. With over 14 years of experience helping Alabama residents with legal needs ranging from consumer debt issues to domestic relations to traffic court, Birmingham bankruptcy lawyer Byron Mark Richardson is ready to assist your family and you. To schedule an appointment with a bankruptcy, DUI, or family law attorney, call us at (205) 280-6155 or contact us online. Based in Chilton County, we serve individuals and families in Clanton, Prattville, and other cities along the I-65 corridor, as well as throughout Pelham, Southern Shelby, and Northern Autauga Counties.
One call to Byron Richardson and within days, the calls stopped and I was able to resume a normal life. I only regret not calling him sooner.- Leo & Felicia S.
He listens. He cares. He will give you a plan of action and help you accomplish the goals you want to meet in your divorce. I am very happy to have had him on my side.- Larry S.
Byron Mark Richardson got all of the charges dismissed. Not only did he help me avoid any jail time and got the charges dismissed, he also helped me complete my naturalization papers to become a US Citizen.- Jose Q.