Ayn Traylor-Sadberry, Attorney in Birmingham

Ayn Traylor-Sadberry is a domestic relations & family law attorney in Birmingham, Alabama.

Domestic Relations & Family Law

Ayn Traylor-Sadberry is a domestic relations & family attorney in Birmingham, Alabama. As a lawyer, she provides legal assistance in those areas.


Contact


Law Offices of Ayn Traylor-Sadberry, P.C.

Telephone: (205) 791-2571

Facsimile: (205) 322-0209

Website: www.TraylorSadberry.com

News

“Family Law attorney Ayn Traylor-Sadberry starts legal blog and commentary on Family Law matters,” https://www.einpresswire.com/article/459554755/family-law-attorney-ayn-traylor-sadberry-starts-legal-blog-and-commentary-on-family-law-matters?n=2

University Studies

Ms. Traylor-Sadberry received her B.A. degree in 1966 from the University of Oklahoma, her M.A. in 1973 from the Oklahoma City University, and her Juris Doctor from Howard University School of Law in 1981. She was admitted as an attorney in Alabama in 1989. She is admitted to the following courts:


· Alabama Supreme Court

· Alabama Court of Civil Appeals, Municipal, District, and Circuit Courts of Alabama

Professional Career

After graduation from Law School, she began practicing law with the Law Office of Edward E. May & Associates in Birmingham, Alabama (October 1990 – March 1993). Since March 1993 she has been a solo practitioner focusing on Family Law, Domestic Relations, Probate and Criminal Law.


Previously, she provided pro bono legal services through the Volunteer Lawyer Program, provided through the Alabama State Bar for those individuals who are unable to retain private attorneys.

Professional Memberships

Ms. Traylor-Sadberry is a member of the following professional organization:


· Alabama State Bar Association

News about Ayn Traylor-Sadberry

Why Court Clerks cannot provide legal advice

Protects the impartial administration of justice and lessen the burden on the courts

Many people who for one reason or another end up in Court do not have the financial means to consult with, or hire, a lawyer. Their first point of contact with the Court is in many cases the Clerk’s office of the Court. While many court clerks want to help, they are limited in what they are authorized to do and say. Pro se litigants are not alone in this situation. Even experienced attorneys often wish they could ask Clerks about legal issues or procedures to resolve a legal dispute. But lawyers know that they should not ask such questions.


In this article, Alabama lawyer Ayn Traylor-Sadberry provides a brief overview of the issues facing pro se litigants and court clerks.


You might have seen in movies where a person being sued runs to the courthouse, is sent from one desk to another, and finally one merciful court clerk with large, horn-rimmed librarian glasses, reveals the legal strategy that ends the legal quagmire. But that happens only in the movies. In real life, court clerks are not allowed to dispense legal advice. That can make life more difficult for any pro se litigant, and burdens the legal system as a whole.


That clerks cannot provide legal advice in Alabama is prominently stated in documents and on websites. See, for example, “By law, the appellate and library staff cannot provide legal advice,” (Website of Alabama Appellate Courts, http://judicial.alabama.gov/appellate/appellatefaqs; “The court clerk cannot give any legal advice … You should ask a lawyer to explain your legal rights to you. The court clerk cannot give you legal advice. …” (Information Sheet of Legal Services Alabama, https://www.alabamalegalhelp.org/files/A2447EEE-F644-D86C-0EED-38CCDA102137/attachments/1086BAD1-E720-47AE-B8EA-5CBC4EC9F23C/smallclaimscourtprint-2015-09-01.pdf).


A 2009 Report by the Alabama Access to Justice Commission (Christina Llop, Esq.) notes that “Judges and clerks find consistent problems with self- represented parties expecting them to provide legal advice, failing to understand rules of procedure and evidence, failing to bring necessary witnesses and evidence to court, and refusing to accept the court’s rulings. In fact, Judge Jack Lowther expressed the same frustration heard from judicial officers around the nation: having to rule against a self-represented litigant not because they did not have a strong and possibly winning case, but because they did not know how to prove their case or their damages. The result, apart from the significant potential for failure to find redress for legitimate legal claims, is wasted judicial and staffing resources.” (Report, page 10).


Thus, one of the Report’s recommendations is to “Create clear statewide definitions of legal information and legal advice and guidelines applicable to clerk offices.” Another recommendation, to assist those in need of legal advice, is to “Establish a pilot self-help center in Jefferson County’s District and Circuit Courts.” See https://alabamaatj.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Alabama-Final-Report-SRL-Services.pdf


In 2002, the Judicial Council of California addressed this issue with a form called “MC-800, Court Clerk’s Office: Signage” that allows court clerks to offer specified assistance to court users. See “May I help you? Legal Advice vs. Legal Information” (2003 by Judicial Council of California/Administrative Office of the Courts, available online at http://www.courts.ca.gov/documents/mayihelpyou.pdf; form at https://www.courts.ca.gov/documents/mc800.pdf)


The brochure issued by the California Judicial Council explains “that The Code of Ethics for the Court Employees of California requires you to ‘furnish accurate information as requested in a competent, cooperative, and timely manner’ but to avoid ‘giving legal advice.’ You may already know that you are not supposed to give ‘legal advice’ to court users. … As a result, when people ask questions where the line between legal information and legal advice is blurry, you may avoid giving appropriate information about court procedures because you don’t want to violate the Code of Ethics. Meanwhile, court users don’t get the information they need and may become frustrated; more significantly, if they don’t follow the right procedure, they may be denied access to the courts. In an effort to address these concerns, the Judicial Council of California recently approved form MC800, Court Clerks Office: Signage, for display in court clerks’ offices throughout the state. The form is designed for posting at the clerk’s counter or public window at each court location so that court users can read and understand the guidelines that you are required to follow.” (Brochure, page 1). 


Let us review the California approach, signage and brochure in more detail.


Code of Ethics


The nationwide rise in self-represented litigants has increased the need for assistance that people seek from the court staff. This is where the Code of Ethics comes into play. This code presents clear guidelines on how the Court Employees should “furnish accurate information as requested in a competent, cooperative, and timely manner”. However, they must avoid “giving legal advice” on any matter that does not concern them.

People often get angry when they feel the response given to them is automated. What they don’t know is that the court employees have to follow strict rules regarding legal advice and legal information. Both terms differ vastly and therefore, the court employees have to think before they speak or else they might risk violating the Code of Ethics.


From a legal standpoint, legal advice concerns areas on how the person can further pursue the actions against litigation. It specifically applies to the law. The court employees here cannot tell the litigant whether they “should” file a case or not. On the other hand, they can explain the legal system and the law in general terms.


Here’s an example for you:


Procedural Definition


You are filing a lawsuit regarding an encroachment on your business land. You visit the court to get some legal information and seek assistance from an attorney.


Legal Information


You tell the court clerk the type of case you are pursuing and he tells you about the different reasons why the other party might want to adjourn the application.


Legal Advice


You are advised on what type of application you should submit and which court to visit. The attorney advises you on asking for adjournment at the next court hearing because…


A List of Things the Court Staff Can and Cannot Do For You


Following are seven areas where a court staff can and cannot assist you:


Can Assist In…

1. Answer Questions

The court staff can answer any questions regarding the case you are pursuing. Bear in mind that the information given will cover the surface of the problem, and it will not give you insight on how you should proceed rather the ways you can proceed.

2. Provide Referrals

The court staff can provide you with referrals for a local lawyer’s service, family law facilitator program, legal services program, and other such services where you can get access to legal information. Don’t expect to get information on the spot about any litigation.

3. Direction on Rules and Regulations

The court staff can provide you with information on court procedures, rules, and practices. This will help you to take the right steps when you are thinking about filing a lawsuit.

4. Provide Court Schedules

As a first-time court user, you might not know which person and department to visit. Here, the court staff can give you information regarding various court schedules and how you can get the case filed. This will help you make timely appearances and avoid missing deadlines.

5. Review the Case File

Say your case file contains information that is difficult for you to understand. Here, the court staff can help you understand what the information means and where you can seek further help.

6. Provide Forms and Applications

The court staff can help you with the right applications and forms, as well as directions on where to file them.

7. Guidance on Deadlines

Every lawsuit has its deadline, and the court staff can assist you in meeting them. They will answer your questions on how early you need to submit your forms and may also provide you information on how soon your application will be approved.


Cannot Assist In…

1. Case Approval

The court staff cannot tell you whether you should take your case to the court or not.

2. Writing of the Form

The court staff cannot assist you on how to write an application. However, they will check the form for you to make sure it is complete. The few things that are noted include signatures, correct county name, notarization, legal document attachments, and the correct case number.

3. The Appeal

The court staff cannot tell you how to present your case or what words you should use to make your appeal sound more passionate.

4. Opinions

The court staff cannot tell you how your case will go once it is on the docket and you are at the court for the hearing.

5. Talk to the Judge

No matter what the case, the court staff cannot talk to the judge on your behalf, even if you have a personal relationship with the employee.

6. Tell You the Judge’s Court Timings

The court staff cannot give out information on when the judge leaves the chambers, so that you can talk to him/her outside the court.

7. Change Legal Documents

Say your case hearing is on Monday. However, you have an important commitment you cannot get out of and now you are looking for a change in the date of your court hearing. The court staff cannot make any changes on legal documents whether it concerns the date or any other matter.


Now that you know what information you can get at the court from the court clerk, you can ask the right questions and not get twisted in circles, visiting one department from another. Keep in mind, you might not always get the information you are seeking, so be patient and ask for further directions rather than getting frustrated and breaking any rules and regulations.


Ms. Traylor-Sadberry concludes that while the California signage and brochure clarifies the clerks’ duties, it does not help pro se litigants in need of legal help. Also, the California approach does not lessen the burden on the court system, since it is unlikely that pro se litigants will read the brochure “May I help you?” before asking a court clerk.


It seems this issue will continue. Legal self-help centers (as suggested in the Report by the Alabama Access to Justice Commission, cited above), flexible payment plans offered by attorneys, and allowing paralegal professionals to provide limited representation (as proposed in some other States) may provide some relief.


About Ayn Traylor-Sadberry


Ayn Traylor-Sadberry is a domestic relations & family law attorney in Birmingham, Alabama.


References


Law Firm Website: https://www.traylorsadberry.com

News at: https://hype.news/ayn-traylor-sadberry-attorney-in-alabama-usa/n-026efe87-ae37-4957-9673-81d146a5bde6/stories

Attorney Profile https://solomonlawguild.com/ayn-traylor-sadberry

LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ayn-traylor-sadberry-28a168169/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ayn.traylorsadberry.1

Blog at https://AynTraylorSadberryBlog.blogspot.com

Ayn Traylor-Sadberry is a domestic relations & family law attorney in Birmingham, Alabama

Ayn Traylor-Sadberry is a domestic relations & family law attorney in Birmingham, Alabama

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Ayn Traylor-Sadberry is a domestic relations & family law attorney in Birmingham, Alabama.

Family Law Attorney Ayn Traylor-Sadberry - Flexible Billing

Additional Information

“Paying for legal services can be difficult and stressful in many circumstances, however, the Law Offices of Ayn Traylor-Sadberry, Esq. wants to assist as many people as possible, so flexible payment plans, individually tailored installment payments, flat-fee cases, retainers, and even success-based fee options are available under certain circumstances …” says Ayn Traylor-Sadberry, Attorney in Alabama.


Ms. Traylor-Sadberry continues: “That’s the driving force behind our new ‘Fresh-Start’ Payment Plans. As everyone’s legal case is different and requires an individually-tailored strategy, so does the financial situation and circumstances; and our new Payment Plans offer our clients exactly that.” The amount of the “flat-fee” and/or any hourly billing will vary depending on the case and client.  


The Law Offices of Ayn Traylor-Sadberry aims to be competitive and just with their Domestic Relations and Family Law legal service pricing.  “We here at our Law Practice seek to assist people in need of legal help, regardless of their financial situation. I fully understand that not all clients are going to be able to pay all fees up front, therefore flexible payment arrangements may be made.” 


These will vary depending upon what is agreed to by both parties, whether it is a lump sum and then small payments after that or monthly/weekly arrangements.  A Retainer Fee is a “lump sum” payment charged to commence legal services which retains the lawyer’s services and creates the underlying Attorney-Client relationship.  


Part of the philosophy of Ms. Traylor-Sadberry is that “the Birmingham community has given so much to this office and has helped create its success, therefore, our goal is to give back …” Ms. Sadberry went on to say. “Not everyone will qualify elsewhere but our Law Office is willing to work with our Clients.”  Some cases may even be handled on a “Success-Basis.”  


This essentially means that the potential Client is not required to pay any fees to the Law Firm at the outset to commence services.  The Traylor-Sadberry Law Office will determine this possibility on a case-by-case basis. This may be an option for a potential client when specifically agreed upon and authorized by the Firm.


As to Initial Consultations, in most cases the Law Office of Ayn Traylor-Sadberry does not charge for the Initial Consultation (depending on the case type), however, in those cases where a Consultation Fee is charged, once retained, the Initial Consultation Fee is thereafter applied and fully credited to the Client’s Case Account.   


About Ayn Traylor-Sadberry


Ayn Traylor-Sadberry is a Domestic Relations and Family Law Attorney in Birmingham, Alabama. Ms. Traylor-Sadberry received her B.A. degree in 1966 from the University of Oklahoma, her M.A. in 1973 from the University of Oklahoma, and her Juris Doctor from Howard University in 1981. She was admitted as an attorney in Alabama in 1989.

  

References


Law Firm Website: http://www.traylorsadberry.com

News at: https://hype.news/ayn-traylor-sadberry-attorney-in-alabama-usa/n-026efe87-ae37-4957-9673-81d146a5bde6/stories

Attorney Profile https://solomonlawguild.com/ayn-traylor-sadberry

LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ayn-traylor-sadberry-28a168169/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ayn.traylorsadberry.1

Blog at https://AynTraylorSadberryBlog.blogspot.com

Member of the Chamber of Commerce, https://www.chamberofcommerce.com/birmingham-al/24203184-traylor-sadberry-ayn

Ayn Traylor-Sadberry is a domestic relations & family law attorney in Birmingham, Alabama.

Ayn Traylor-Sadberry is a domestic relations & family law attorney in Birmingham, Alabama.

Family Law attorney Ayn Traylor-Sadberry starts legal blog

Experienced attorney’s blog will focus primarily on Family and Domestic Relations Law

The Law Offices of Ayn Traylor-Sadberry, P.C. announced today that principal attorney Ayn Traylor-Sadberry is setting up a new legal blog http://ayntraylorsadberryblog.blogspot.com/ which will focus primarily on Family and Domestic Relations Law, and how the law is changing.


“With all the recent news and misinformation regarding Family Law, I felt that I could help explain the truths behind the real issues at hand” said Ayn Traylor-Sadberry. “I have a decade of experience working in this area, and can help people understand the issues before a dispute develops, and obtain initial information when they need legal help.”


Family law does not only encompass marriage, children, divorce, and marital assets, but also implicates tax and retirement issues such as the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Qualified Domestic Relations Orders (QDROs) (a “QDRO” is a court order required in order to divide certain retirement assets in a divorce proceeding pursuant to the Internal Revenue Code and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA)).  This involves a complex area of federal law that is very hard to understand even for attorneys.


More specifically for Alabama, in June 2018 the Alabama State Bar officially implemented an amendment on how child support is calculated (Rule 32). 

This change affects those that are receiving third party payments, such as payments to a minor child. Before this change, many courts and attorneys took such payments into account when calculating child support because it is consistent with Alabama case law, but it was not specifically provided for in the rules. For example, when a person receives social security disability payments, his or her minor child may also receive a direct payment as a result of your disability status. Such a payment received by a minor child as a result of a parent’s disability may potentially be subtracted from monthly Child Support obligations. 


Ms. Traylor-Sadberry notes that “of course, if one has gone through a divorce or child custody case, this change does not automatically change child support payment obligations. Here is where people need to seek legal advice based on their particular circumstances to find out if payments must be recalculated.”


Ayn Traylor-Sadberry is planning to inform the public about such developments that they may not read about in the newspaper or see on television.


About Ayn Traylor-Sadberry


Ayn Traylor-Sadberry is a domestic relations & family attorney in Birmingham, Alabama. Ms. Traylor-Sadberry received her B.A. degree in 1966 from the University of Oklahoma, her M.A. in 1973 from the University of Oklahoma, and her Juris Doctor from Howard University in 1981. She was admitted as an attorney in Alabama in 1989.

  

References


Law Firm Website: http://www.traylorsadberry.com

News at: https://hype.news/ayn-traylor-sadberry-attorney-in-alabama-usa/n-026efe87-ae37-4957-9673-81d146a5bde6/stories

Attorney Profile https://solomonlawguild.com/ayn-traylor-sadberry

LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ayn-traylor-sadberry-28a168169/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ayn.traylorsadberry.1

Blog at https://AynTraylorSadberryBlog.blogspot.com

Member of the Chamber of Commerce, https://www.chamberofcommerce.com/birmingham-al/24203184-traylor-sadberry-ayn

Ayn Traylor-Sadberry is a domestic relations & family law attorney in Birmingham, Alabama.

Ayn Traylor-Sadberry is a domestic relations & family law attorney in Birmingham, Alabama.