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Firm kicks off Sixth Annual Toy Drive

Hodges Trial Lawyers Toy Drtive

Our firm did a last-minute toy drive in 2012 because Jeremiah saw a news story sharing that North Alabama was several thousand families behind.  Jeremiah and Tim went around asking other lawyers and community members for donations and bought toys to take to the local Marines gathering toys.  Since then, it has become an annual tradition to which our entire firm looks forward each year.

We are hoping to gather more toys and donations this year than we ever have.  But we need your help.  Please consider dropping off a new, unwrapped toy at either of our offices.  If you drop it off at our Huntsville office, you will get a free t-shirt.  Any toys or donations valued at $50.00 or greater we will come to you for pickup.  Please help us help these kids that otherwise will have no gift to open on Christmas morning.

UCP Huntsville announces an evening event for the entire family.

UCP FairyTale Ball

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Justice Served! Firm successfully defends local business from $750,000.00 lawsuit

Last month, Jeremiah Hodges and Tim McFalls defended a local business who had been sued for $750,000.00 in damages. The case was tried for a week at the Madison County Courthouse. Ultimately, the jury returned a defense verdict on all claims made against the business. Additionally, the jury also awarded damages to the local business for the plaintiff’s tortious interference with the business’s contractual relationships. We appreciated the jury’s attentiveness to the case and were thrilled for the result for our clients.

An important lesson to be learned from this case is that sometimes it is better to spend a little money now on a lawyer to avoid spending more money later on a lawyer. The case centered around a contract that the business had chosen to draft for itself rather than hiring a lawyer to draft. While the contract was pretty well written for a layperson, there were some missing terms and ambiguities in the contract. These terms caused the business to incur legal expenses and spend time in litigation to prove the meaning of the terms and get full enforcement of the contract. If the business had hired a competent lawyer to draft the contract, it may have been able to avoid litigation and saved thousands of dollars in legal fees.  We see this not only in contracts but also in wills, bills of sale and other documents that are common for consumers to need.

It may seem expensive to hire a lawyer to prepare proper legal documents, it is much less expensive than hiring a lawyer having to litigate fix a poorly drafted legal document. Paying your lawyer to draft proper documents is an investment that will save you money in the future.

Firm competes in Hospice of Limestone County’s Annual Chili Cookoff

We were so excited to field a team in this year’s Chili Cookoff to raise money for Hospice of Limestone County.  This is the 30th year of the Chili Cookoff, which is the primary fundraiser for Hospice of Limestone County which is a non-profit organization.

The Hospice of Limestone County provides a compassionate, healing presence to terminally ill patients and their families in the comfort and familiarity of their own homes. In addition to in-home care hospice teams also provides Bereavement Care and Grief Support Groups to anyone in the Limestone County area who is experiencing the pain of loss.  Amazingly, these services are provided without cost.

We are proud to support this important organization and the invaluable service they provide to the community.  Pictured are a few of our people with our entry into the competition “It’s Not An Accident, It’s Delicious” chili.

Boys and Girls Club members watch ‘Bama Win

Our firm was proud to donate tickets to the local Boys and Girls Club so that sixty-five (65) boys and girls could attend the Rocket City Classic featuring Alabama vs. Mercer and UAH vs. Shorter on December 19, 2017.  Jeremiah is pictured here with Patrick Wynn, President of the Boys and Girls Club and another representative of the organization. Mr. Wynn stated that “The boys and girls were very excited to attend the games at the VBCC.” Our firm is honored to have the chance to put smiles on little faces. Roll Tide and Go Chargers!