PRACTICE AREAS OF OUR LAW FIRM
The attorneys at Smith & McGhee try cases. In fact, our firm is more involved in actual litigation than practically any other Dothan law firm. Our lawyers excel in criminal defense and family law – two of the most highly-litigated areas of law. We bring those skills and experience to other areas as well, representing clients in estate planning and probate litigation, and helping injury victims obtain a fair settlement or favorable jury verdict when they have been injured by another’s negligence or misconduct. We have received the distinction of belonging to the Alabama Trial Lawyers Top 100 and have received a Top Ten Ranking from the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys. If you need litigators to represent you in a civil dispute or criminal legal matter in southeast Alabama, think no further than Smith & McGhee.
Below if a brief overview of the firm’s main practice areas. Click on a topic for a more detailed discussion, or call 334-708-3158 for immediate assistance.
Criminal Law – As a person accused of a crime, you have rights guaranteed to you by the Constitution. However, don’t count on the government to inform you of what those rights are or make sure they are protected. Many rights can be unknowingly waived, to your serious detriment. We know your rights and will make sure they are respected. You can count on us to advise you of your options and provide the best defense in your particular situation. When your freedom is on the line, don’t take chances with inexperienced attorneys or public defenders who would rather get you to take a guilty plea than have to face the prosecutor in court. We do what’s best for the client – every case, every time.
Family Law – The issues decided in a divorce regarding the division of marital property, child custody, child support and spousal support (alimony) can affect you and your children for years into the future. The judge in a divorce has wide discretion on how to rule on contested matters, so having skilled and knowledgeable representation is essential to making sure your interests are reflected in the divorce decree. Let Smith & McGhee help with your Alabama divorce, child custody dispute or other family law matter.
Estate Planning and Probate – Knowing that your wishes will be carried out after you are gone is a key reason for why you engage in estate planning in the first place. Our firm has litigated enough will contests and trust contests to thoroughly understand the issues which may arise during probate or estate administration. We draft wills, trusts and advance directives with those issues in mind, so that disputes are not as likely to occur, and you can rest assured that the documents we create for you are valid, enforceable, and do what you want them to. If disputes do arise, our experienced trial lawyers engage in probate and trust litigation with a firm grasp on Alabama probate law along with excellent trial skills and strategy.
Personal Injury – If you have been injured in a car, truck or motorcycle accident, or in some other situation because of another person’s or company’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your present and future medical expenses, lost income due to missed work or permanent disability, physical pain and suffering, emotional distress, and more. In order to get this compensation, however, the burden falls on you to prove that the other party was negligent and breached a duty to you, and that they caused you injury in the amount of damages you are seeking. This is not an easy task, and insurance companies make it even harder by vigorously defending their clients, claiming you were not really hurt, that your injuries were pre-existing, or that your own negligence caused or contributed to the accident. At Smith & McGhee, we start preparing your personal injury case from the very start. Insurance companies who know our reputation for trying cases are more likely to offer a fair settlement, and if they don’t, we are fully prepared to take your case all the way to a jury verdict.
Get Help from Local, Knowledgeable and Experienced Dothan Litigators
Our attorneys were born and raised here – Thomas in Dothan and Billy in Enterprise. We know the people of the Wiregrass area. We understand your needs and what’s most important to you. For practical, helpful advice and aggressive legal representation in any civil or criminal matter in southeastern Alabama, call on Smith & McGhee to help you. Call us today to schedule your initial consultation, and if you are not able to travel to our office, we can arrange to come to you. Call 334-708-3158 to get started today.