Business Law and Formations
The lawyers at Knowles & Sullivan know business. From which entity to choose upon initial formation, to guiding your business through the the myriad of legal issues facing business owners today, we are knowledgeable and experienced in all areas of business law. We provide a wide variety of services including business formations and dissolutions, shareholder and owner agreements, business sales and mergers, business financing, business litigation, contract review and drafting and advising on employee issues.
Our firm understands the importance of understanding how your business works. Our philosophy is to get to know your business and its needs so we can help you successfully operate your business. It goes against our philosophy in representing our clients to simply tell your what you cannot do. With proper planning and legal representation, we will work with you to achieve your goals. With Knowles & Sullivan, LLC, the glass is half full, not half empty!
Civil Litigation and Appeals
Civil litigation is a legal dispute between two or more parties seeking monetary damages. Those involved in civil litigation are seeking money rather than having the other party punished criminally. At Knowles & Sullivan, LLC, we represent parties during trials, hearings, arbitrations, mediations and appeals. Our attorneys are capable of handling litigation in local, state, and federal courts, so regardless of what kind of action is involved in your civil litigation matter, a lawyer from our firm will be able to help you. We will be beside you throughout every step of the process and will do everything possible to resolve whatever legal issue you are facing in a way that is beneficial to you or your business.
The attorneys of Knowles & Sullivan, LLC advise and represent boards of education in cases involving student issues, Sec. 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Fair Dismissal Act and Teacher Tenure (Teacher Accountability) Act. Attorney R. Kent Henslee is General Counsel for the Gadsden Board of Education and represents numerous other boards in education related litigation.
Employment law covers a complex network of laws that controls how employers must treat employees, former employees, and applicants for employment. Knowles & Sullivan, LLC has significant experience in interpreting and construing state and federal statutes and case law in areas such as employment discrimination, sexual harassment, wrongful discharge including retaliatory discharge, employment contracts, age discrimination, the Americans With Disabilities Act, the Family Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, wage and hour, and successfully representing employers in Northeast Alabama.
Our goal is to provide sound, practical and proactive legal advice in order to assist our clients in avoiding litigation and other adversarial proceedings. We encourage the use of, and have successfully utilized facilitative mediation and arbitration to minimize the time and expense related to resolving employment disputes. We listen to each client?s unique concerns and focus on solving employment-related issues before they become costly disputes.
Knowles & Sullivan, LLC handles a variety of estate planning matters, including planning for the distribution of an individual?s property at his or her death and taking into account wills, taxes, insurance, property, and trusts so as to gain the maximum benefit of all laws, while, at the same time, carrying out the person?s wishes.
Knowles & Sullivan, LLC helps our client with a full range of Family Law issues on the trial and appellate level. We provide representation for:
- Child Custody, Visitation and Support
- Alimony and Spousal Maintenance
- Modification of Previous Orders and Awards
- Prenuptial/Premarital Agreements
- Restraining and Protective Orders.
We believe that all of these matters should be handled quickly, painlessly, and economically.
Immigration & Naturalization Law
Knowles & Sullivan, LLC represents clients before the USCIS and provide guidance in matters relating to immigration and naturalization, visas, citizenship and deportation. We have extensive experience in interpretation and compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act and the Immigration and Naturalization Act.
Knowles & Sullivan, LLC has a well-established reputation for successfully defending employers against union and employee initiated lawsuits and unfair labor practice charges, for litigating to halt unlawful picketing, secondary boycotts and labor violence, and for representing employers at the collective bargaining table, before the NLRB and in arbitration. We represent privately held businesses, local and national corporations, healthcare facilities, non-profit institutions, and governmental employers before state and federal courts and administrative agencies across the country.
Motor Vehicle Accidents
Serious car and other motor vehicle accidents require the guidance of an experienced attorney. Knowles & Sullivan, LLC works with physicians and other health care providers to assess and review all the short and long-term medical aspects of each case. Our detailed understanding of Alabama's automobile, insurance and liability laws means we understand the various theories of liability that enable victims to collect from the parties who caused them harm.
Probate & Estate Administration
Knowles & Sullivan, LLC handles all aspects of Probate and Estate Administration for estates. Probate is the legal process by which a person's will is allowed by the Probate Court. The provisions of the will dictate how the individual's debts are paid and assets are distributed upon death. Estate Administration includes the probate process as well as non-probate transfers of the deceased's assets, such as life insurance, annuities, qualified plans, and trust assets and compliance with applicable estate tax requirements. We assist the personal representative of the estate in the gathering, valuation, accounting and distribution of the decedent's assets. We prepare federal and state estate tax returns as well as the appropriate documents in order to release liens on a decedent's real estate. It is our responsibility to assure that all steps are properly taken in order to carry out the decedent's intent in accordance with the law.
Real Estate Law
Knowles & Sullivan, LLC performs real estate transactional work for a number of mortgage lenders, title companies, builders, real estate brokers, and private individuals. We assist with the purchase and sale of real estate, including negotiating and drafting purchase agreements and other documents, ensuring good title, and closings. Our experienced attorneys also assist our clients with the legal aspects of financing, re-financing, and foreclosures, including those associated with the purchase and/or sale of a business.
Tax Planning and Law
Knowles & Sullivan, LLC represents individuals and commercial clients in matters with tax implications, identifying and addressing state and federal tax issues, structuring transactions in such a way as to minimize taxes and avoid inherent tax problems.