The Hawkins Law Firm is pleased to provide the following resources for the benefit of individuals, families, and businesses in Guntersville, Huntsville, Arab and throughout northern and central Alabama seeking legal information in the areas of family law, estate planning, probate, and business law. We hope that these links prove to be helpful to you. If you are looking for other information or need advice and representation in a divorce, wills and trusts matter, business transaction or litigation, please contact The Hawkins Law Firm, and we will be happy to assist you.
Family Law Resources
Administrative Office of the Courts – Find information on child support, juvenile probation, and all the courts throughout Alabama.
Alabama Department of Human Resources (DHR) – This agency administers programs for child support, child protective services, adult protective services, adoption, foster care and more.
DHR Child Support Enforcement Division – Establish paternity, obtain orders for payment of child support, and secure compliance with child support court orders.
Alabama Bar Association Brochure on Legal Aspects of Divorce – Includes information about grounds for divorce, non-contested divorces, child custody and visitation, child support, property settlement, alimony and more.
Federal Office of Child Support Enforcement – Ensures assistance in obtaining support by locating parents, establishing paternity and support obligations, and enforces those obligations.
Federal Parent Locator Service – Oversees many programs and initiatives, including a Federal Case Registry, national databases, employer-related information, and a system to monitor and coordinate child support case transactions among the states.
Qualified Domestic Relations Order information – Learn more about QDROs, which are required in many divorce cases before certain pension plans and other employee benefit plans can be divided in a divorce property settlement.
Estate Planning and Probate Resources
Alabama Department of Senior Services – Administers programs throughout the state with comprehensive services for senior citizens and people with disabilities, including caregiver assistance and an elder law helpline.
Alabama Bar Association Brochure on Advance Health Care Planning – Valuable basic information on advance health care directives, health care proxies, and organ and tissue donation.
Alabama Probate Code – Title 43, Chapter 8 of Alabama law, covering intestate succession and matters related to the validity and construction of wills.
Business Law Resources
Alabama Secretary of State – Oversees all aspects of processing and filing public records documents, including business records involving lands and trademarks, corporations, and the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC).
Business Services Section – Administers all business-related responsibilities for the Secretary of State, including filing of commercial liens, registering of new businesses, and issuance of trademarks.
Alabama Department of Revenue – Provides quick and easy access to a variety of state and local tax information for individual taxpayers and businesses.
Corporate Income Tax Information – Frequently asked questions about corporate income tax, including recent changes to the law that can affect the filing of a corporate income tax return.
Alabama Department of Insurance – Regulates the insurance industry, provides consumer protection, promotes market stability, and enforces fire safety standards and laws.
Alabama Department of Labor – Promotes the peaceful settlement of labor disputes and enforces state labor laws, providing mediation services, conducting union representation elections, and enforcing child labor laws and safety inspections.
United States Chamber of Commerce – The world’s largest business federation, fighting for free enterprise before Congress, the White House, regulatory agencies, the courts, the court of public opinion, and governments around the world.
Better Business Bureau – Advances marketplace trust by creating a community of trustworthy businesses, sets standards for marketplace trust, and denounces substandard marketplace behavior. Provides services for businesses and the public.
Internal Revenue Service – The IRS is the nation’s tax collection agency and administers the Internal Revenue Code enacted by Congress.
United States Department of Labor – enforces the nation’s wage and hour laws, including minimum wage laws and overtime requirements.
Occupational Safety and Health Administration – Created to ensure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and providing training, outreach, education, and assistance.
Litigation and Appellate Advocacy Resources