Estate Planning & Probate
Owens & Millsaps 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. 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.
Personal Injury & Civil Litigation
The attorneys at Owens & Millsaps have nearly 100 years experience prosecuting and defen
ding personal injury claims. We use that experience to best serve the needs of each individual client, develop each client’s case, and, if necessary, take cases that cannot be resolved to trial. Our attorneys have extensive trial experience and will not hesitate to take cases to trial and handle those cases up thro
ugh an appeal, especially when doing so is in the best interest of the client.
In addition to personal injury claims, Owens & Millsaps handles a wide variety of civil litigation including contract disputes, construction disputes, storm-water drainage problems, and zoning disputes.
Business & Corporate Law
The form of business chosen for a business entity potentially affects every aspect of its operations. Our firm assists our clients in formation and business planning in deciding whether they want to operate as a closely held business, limited liability company, partnership, or corporation. We advise our clients about directors’ and officers’ liability, dissolution, franchising, reorganization, trade association membership and activity, joint ventures, mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, business successions, and shareholders’ rights. Our attorneys have years of experience in handling both transactional and litigation matters. In addition, we offer compliance and risk management advice on issues including HIPPA, sexual harassment, and employment discrimination
Workplace & Employment Law
The attorneys at Owens & Millsaps have extensive experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants in employment law cases. We find that handling both sides of employment law cases helps us better evaluate the issues facing our clients.
Owens & Millsaps has significant experience in interpreting and construing state and federal statutes and case law in areas such as employment discrimination, sexual harassment, wrongful discharge, retaliatory discharge, employment contracts, the Americans With Disabilities Act, and the Family Medical Leave Act.
Employment law often involves complicated legal issues and high-stakes for both employees and employers. Our attorneys understand how to develop employment law cases form both the employer’s and employee’s perspective and how to manage the risk involved in this area.
Medical Malpractice Defense
Owens & Millsaps has decades of experience handling medical malpractice cases throughout Alabama and Mississippi. Our firm exclusively handles the defense side of medical malpractice actions. We are very proud of our work on behalf of local doctors, nurses, and other healthcare providers. Owens & Millsaps seeks to resolve medical malpractice actions effectively and efficiently. The firm understands that accusations of negligence weigh heavily on healthcare providers and need to be addressed aggressively and quickly.