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The Hawkins Law Firm The Hawkins Law Firm
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Family Law

Family lawyers should be compassionate and open to resolution, yet tough and aggressive in the courtroom.

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Alabama Attorney Focused On Your Needs

Welcome to The Hawkins Law Firm. Our firm assists individuals, families and businesses in key areas that we believe are most important to them.  By focusing on family law, estate planning, probate law, business law, criminal lawlitigation, mediation and appellate advocacy, our firm is able to provide excellent legal services to a broad range of clients.  Our focused approach eliminates the outdated practice model of trying to be all things to all people. Instead, we strive to be your guide through complex issues and problems in areas that matter most to you.

Lana Hawkins, the firm’s founder and senior partner, currently serves as the Chair of the Committee on Child Support for the Family Law Section of the American Bar Association. She was selected for a Lifetime Achievement Award by America’s Top 100 Attorneys in 2019. Ms. Hawkins was recognized as a Top 10 Best Attorney for Client Satisfaction by The American Institute of Family Law Attorneys in 2015, as a Top 100 Family Lawyer by ASLA in 2014 and by The National Advocates in 2015.  The American Academy of Trial Attorneys named Ms. Hawkins as a Top 100 Trial Attorney in the state of Alabama in 2015. Ms. Hawkins works with a team of attorneys, law clerks, paralegals and administrative staff to ensure that the firm’s work is produced with clarity and efficiency at every stage of representation. The firm’s three offices are located in Guntersville, Huntsville, and Arab. The firm represents clients throughout Alabama, including Marshall, Madison, DeKalb, Etowah, Jackson, Morgan, Cullman, Limestone and Blount counties.

We are here to help individuals and families in divorce and modification matters, custody and child support issues,  paternity adjudications, dependency cases, adoption, domestic violence and other criminal law matters.  We also assist our clients with estate planning matters, ranging from wills and trusts to health care directives,  powers of attorney and incapacity planning.  Our probate law practice includes estate administration, conservatorships, guardianships, will contests and estate litigation. For entrepreneurs and business people who need assistance in business and corporate law matters, the firm offers a wealth of  experience. The firm’s litigation, mediation and appellate advocacy practices complement its key areas and also include most civil proceedings.

The Hawkins Law Team is committed to serving the firm’s clients with excellence and enthusiasm. Our practice model has proved successful through years of hard work and client satisfaction. In today’s rapidly changing world, the law has become complex and confusing to navigate. Let us be your guide when you are faced with issues that require legal representation and advice. We look forward to meeting you and assisting you with your legal needs. When our work touches your life, we want the results to make a difference!

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q: How long does a divorce take to be finalized?
    A: At a minimum, there must be 30 days between the time a complaint is filed and a divorce may be granted. However, if there are...
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  • Q: Do I need a will?
    A: The will is the traditional document used to distribute one’s assets to intended heirs and beneficiaries upon death. Today...
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  • Q: How long does probate take?
    A: By law, the probate of an estate in Alabama will take at least six months. This period gives creditors and others with a claim on the estate time to receive...
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  • Q: What type of business entity should I form?
    A: There are many different corporate forms available under Alabama law, such as corporations, partnerships, and limited liability companies. Generally speaking...
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  • Q: What is the procedure for litigation?
    A: There are many different types of litigation, as noted above. In the case of general civil litigation, the process is initiated with the filing of a complaint with the trial court...
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  • Q: What is the procedure for appealing a case?
    A: Following a trial, if you intend to appeal, you generally must file a notice of appeal in a timely manner. The timeframe for filing this notice of intent to appeal...
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