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Family, Criminal and Probate Legal Proceedings
Richard Izzi, P.C, is a general service law practice located in the Homewood area of Greater Birmingham that has been providing trial and appellate representation in municipal, state and federal courts in Jefferson and the surrounding counties of Shelby, St. Clair, Cullman, Blount, Walker and Tuscaloosa since 2001.

Thoughtful and Deliberate Representation
The effective practice of family law typically requires at least some familiarity with the areas of criminal, bankruptcy, tax, and probate law as well. Knowledge about how the county’s family court, in addition to the domestic relations court(divorce court), operates is also necessary in many instances.

If you are charged with criminal misconduct, particularly a serious felony, you can find your whole life turned upside-down. The prospect of losing your marriage, children, employment, as well as your freedom, can be a sobering experience.

Richard Izzi, P.C., seeks to combine high-quality advice and judgment with objective professional representation during challenging experiences with legal matters. Helping you to make wise choices and decisions about what matters most in some of the most important parts of your life is what we strive to do.

Professional Legal Counsel During Stressful and Unpredictable Life Events

Over the years, the enactment of various pieces of state and federal legislation has created a highly volatile environment for the overlap and interaction of the areas of family and criminal law. Particularly in the absence of a valid prenuptial agreement, the emotions of marital discord can result in one, or sometimes even both spouses, feeling compelled to resort to wildly exaggerated or totally false claims against the other that involve potential criminal liability or exposure. Without the benefit of zealous advocacy tempered with dispassionate professional judgment charting an ethical course to control the damage, the outcome can be far worse than the onset of  financial difficulties or disaster for the litigants.

In family law, focusing on goals for the members of your family by exploring all negotiation and mediation options is frequently necessary. In cases where there are unmarried parties with children in family court, we can be of assistance with paternity or dependency matters, or cases involving alleged juvenile delinquency, that also get litigated in that forum. For juveniles charged with delinquency, like adults charged with offenses in a criminal court, careful examination of the evidence has to be undertaken, sometimes with the assistance of expert witnesses, in order to prepare an effective defense for trial.

No matter what your legal situation might be, preparation with experienced professional legal counsel can prove to be invaluable. So, if the worst case scenario should arrive at your doorstep — such as the failure of your marriage, or the prospect of losing your freedom — being clear about your options, tactics and mission is vital.

We can also be of assistance in establishing guardianships and conservatorships, or opening estates for decedents in probate court. In better times, it would be our pleasure to help with the adoption of children if that is in your future.

Richard Izzi has better than two decades of legal experience that includes an extensive degree of appellate court work. As a member of the Family Law Section of the Alabama State Bar, and former president of the Greater Birmingham Criminal Defense Lawyers Association(GBCDLA), his professionalism and ethics have earned him the BV® Distinguished™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®. He is also a member of the Probate Section of the Birmingham Bar Association.

A General Practice Experienced in the Expanding Intersection of Family, Criminal and Probate Law

As noted, we provide legal services, counsel and representation in a wide range of legal matters. Currently, the majority of our work falls within one of three areas:

Family law — including adoptions, divorce, spousal support/alimony, child custody and visitation, child support, child support modification and enforcement, paternity, protection from abuse, dependency proceedings, and pre- and post-nuptial agreements.

Criminal defense — including drug possession, DUI/DWI/OWI, misdemeanors, traffic violations, assault and battery, theft and larceny, burglary, robbery, arson, rape, homicide, domestic violence, white collar crime, juvenile delinquency, and parole and probation matters.

Wills and probate — including last will and testament, living wills, codicils (amendments) to wills, and estate planning. Also included are helping executors with probate matters such as: determining whether court administration of the decedent’s assets is necessary; developing the best strategy for fairly and expeditiously probating the estate; finding and collecting assets; closing and opening bank accounts; transferring assets from the deceased to the estate; locating beneficiaries; and valuing, managing, preserving and liquidating the estate; adoptions; guardianships; and conservatorships

If we can be of service in the protection of your legal interests, please call Richard Izzi, P.C., at 205-870-8327 or contact us online today.