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Sarah S. Shepard

Sarah S. Shepard

Sparkman, Shepard & Shepard, LLC
  • Estate Planning, Probate
  • Alabama
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Sparkman Shepard & Shepard, LLC is an Alabama Estate Planning Attorney and Huntsville Trusts Lawyer.

We are a Huntsville, Alabama-based law firm specializing in assisting individuals and companies with estate planning, trust drafting, and probate law.

Our law firm offers a range of services that help you protect your family and loved ones. Our Huntsville wills attorney helps clients with probate, trusts, and estate planning.

University of Alabama School of Law
J.D. (2012) | Law
Senior Editor of the Alabama Law Review, Order of the Samaritan
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University of Miami
B.A. (2009) | Psychology & History
Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha Delta Pi
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Professional Experience
Sparkman, Shepard & Shepard, LLC
- Current
Legal Counsel
LG Electronics North America
Law Clerk
Hon. James P. Smith, 23rd Judicial Circuit
Pro Bono Staff Attorney
Legal Services Alabama
Speaking Engagements
Privacy Law Update, LG Privacy
Updates on Corporate Compliance, US Compliance Task Form
Import/Export Control, North American Compliance
Very Good Rating
Client Reviewed 5.0/5.0
Rising Star
Super Lawyers
Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch
Huntsville Business Journal
Professional Associations
Alabama State Bar  # 9730W86C
Activities: Young Lawyer Section
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Huntsville-Madison County Bar Association
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Alabama State Bar Association
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  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Practice Areas
Estate Planning
Health Care Directives, Trusts, Wills
Probate Administration
  • English: Spoken, Written
Legal Answers
Q. I need help. I am getting my wages garnished due to a medical bill that I have not had the money to pay b/c of Covid-19
A: I'm sorry to hear about your situation. That sounds very hard. Alabama law allows people with judgments against them to exempt the first $1,000.00 of each month's wages from garnishment by a creditor (including a hospital). Here is a new story about the exemption:,eliminating%20protection%20from%20debt%20collectors.

You will need to file a Notice of Exemption with the court for this to take effect.

Otherwise, your other option is either a Chapter 7 or a Chapter 13 bankruptcy, which will lead to a release or the current wage garnishment. I'd recommend you discuss this further with a bankruptcy attorney.

Good luck!
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Q. LLC is suing a Member. Does the Member have to be represented by counsel to defend their own interest. Not the LLC
A: The general rule in most states is that business entities, such as LLCs, must be represented by a licensed attorney in court. Individuals generally may appear pro se, meaning that they may represent themselves, in court proceedings and lawsuits.

That said, it is best generally best practices for individuals to hire a lawyer experienced in the practice area to represent them because the rules of civil procedure are complicated and familiarity with the law is important to best present your case. Lawsuits are adversarial, meaning that each side advocates for itself and judges are not there to help you along the way. Representing yourself in court is a bit like trying to negotiate a business deal in a foreign language. You can do it, but pro se litigates are at a distinct disadvantage.

Good luck!
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Q. Is it possible to register your business as an LLC on a budget with the safety of a lawyer and not the online websites?
A: Yes, and I would recommend talking to a licensed attorney in your state.
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Websites & Blogs
Sarah S. Shepard, LLC Website
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Blog - SSS LLC: Alabama Law Blog
Contact & Map
Sparkman, Shepard & Shepard, LLC
303 Williams Avenue Southwest
Suite 1411
Huntsville, AL 35801
Telephone: (256) 512-6019
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