Magistrate Court, Traffic Court, and General Sessions

If you are accused of being involved in a crime, the best thing you can do is to hire a criminal defense lawyer. A good criminal defense lawyer has knowledge of the criminal justice system and can evaluate your case to tell you what you can expect. Furthermore, a good criminal defense lawyer may be able to decrease the charges or reduce the sentence.

To those facing criminal charges, the choice of counsel can make all the difference. A lawyer, as vital advocate for the accused, conducts early investigation, identifies applicable defenses, analyzes strengths and weaknesses, prepares motions, negotiates with prosecuting authorities, and zealously defends an accused before a jury. Additionally, a lawyer involved early in the case can expedite the client’s release on bail, allowing the client to assist in preparing the defense.


Property Disputes, Personal Injury, Business Organization

Commercial or civil litigation requires more than an in-depth knowledge of state and federal law and procedure. It also requires a detailed understanding of the inner workings of the client's industry or business. Even more importantly, it calls for particular attention to each client's unique concerns and goals.

Whether representing the plaintiff or the defendant, The Shealy Law Firm believes in working closely with each client to fully understand the issues most important to him or her. This practice enables our lawyers to develop a litigation strategy designed to be the most effective in pursuing those objectives.

At the Shealy Law Firm, our lawyers offer a free consultation to determine the best structure for your business. Should you decide that a new structure is best for you, our lawyers will draft and file the necessary paperwork. Once executed, our lawyers will, at a contractual, hourly rate be available to discuss the legal issues that arise in everyday business. Having lawyers familiar with your business will save you time and money. 


Marriage, Civil Unions, Domestic Partnerships

Family law deals with family-related issues and domestic relations.  Most family law practices focus on representing clients in a divorce and the issues related to divorce such as the division of marital property, child custody and support, and alimony. Family lawyers also draft prenuptial and postnuptial agreements and litigate related matters.  We represent victims or perpetrators of domestic violence in civil protection order proceedings and defend clients accused of domestic violence in criminal proceedings.  Adoption and guardianship, juvenile delinquency, and child abuse and neglect are also areas of family law.


Estate Management, Property Management, Mortgages

Probate is the formal legal process that gives recognition to a will and appoints the executor or personal representative who will administer the estate and distribute assets to the intended beneficiaries. It is a good idea to consult an attorney to determine whether a probate proceeding is necessary, whether the fiduciary must be bonded (a requirement that is often waived in the will) and what reports must be prepared. The Shealy Law Firm is able to draft wills, trusts, and durable powers of attorney. We work closely with clients to determine their goals and the best mode in which to effectuate those goals.