About hcollier

I am an attorney in Foley, Alabama that primarily handles criminal, family, and estate planning matters. I have been in private practice for the last few years and I enjoy fighting for my clients. Prior to becoming an attorney, I worked for the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles Legal Division, in Montgomery, AL, while in law school. I use my knowledge gained while working at the Board and the contacts I have developed to help my criminal clients, as well as those seeking an earlier parole or pardon. I love helping other clients handle what is often the most difficult time in their lives and that of their children, which is going through a divorce. I am compassionate and there for my clients when they need me. I do the best I can to help them through any uncertainty they may have following this often emotional experience and answer the questions they may have. My goal is to help them get through this difficult period while making sure their rights and entitlements are preserved through the Court system and they get the best possible outcome for their divorce and custody matters. Estate planning is also something near and dear to my heart. I have been doing estate planning since 2010. However, upon losing my youngest sister at the tender age of 23 earlier this year, it has taken on new meaning. Helping those plan for such unavoidable circumstances has become a cause of mine that I encourage everyone to pursue. Estate planning does so much to help your family after you are gone, that you owe it to both yourself and to them to have all of your wishes known. Helpful things to consider include: Wills, Durable Power of Attorney and Advanced Health Care Directives, as well as establishing a Trust, if practical.

United States v. Mathis via www.justia.com Court: U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals Docket: 13-13109 Opinion Date: September 24, 2014 Judge: Per curiam Areas of Law: Criminal Law Defendant appealed his convictions and sentences for several child exploitation offenses. Defendant raised eight claims of error concerning the denial of his motion to suppress, introduction of a…

Reed v. Secretary, FL DOC, et al. via www.justia.com Court: U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals Docket: 13-10900 Opinion Date: September 24, 2014 Judge: Marcus Areas of Law: Criminal Law Petitioner was convicted of vehicular homicide of two pedestrians. The district court granted habeas relief on petitioner’s claim that defense counsel rendered ineffective assistance by failing…

Winthrop-Redin v. United States via www.justia.com Court: U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals Docket: 13-10107 Opinion Date: September 23, 2014 Judge: Marcus Areas of Law: Criminal Law Petitioner pleaded guilty for charges related to his role as a boat crew member in an international drug-smuggling operation. Petitioner subsequently sought postconviction relief under 28 U.S.C. 2255, claiming…

Dixon v. U.S. Attorney General via www.justia.com Docket: 13-11492 Opinion Date: October 1, 2014 Judge: Wilson Areas of Law: Criminal Law, Immigration Law Petitioner sought review of the BIA’s dismissal of his appeal from the IJ’s order of removal under 8 U.S.C. 1227(a)(2)(A)(iii). Petitioner argued that his Florida state conviction for aggravated fleeing was not an…

Kraselsky v. Calderwood via www.justia.com Docket: 1130902 Opinion Date: October 17, 2014 Areas of Law: Trusts & Estates, Medical Malpractice, Injury Law Steven Kraselsky, personal representative of the estate of his deceased mother Marcia Kraselsky, sued Dr. Calderwood and Dr. Calderwood’s employer, Huntsville Clinic, alleging that Marcia died as a result of Dr. Calderwood’s order that…

Kirksey v. Johnson et al. Docket: 1130385 Opinion Date: October 17, 2014 Areas of Law: Constitutional Law, Trusts & Estates Bessie Kirksey appealed a probate court order vacating its order discharging Kirksey as administrator ad litem of the estate of Kirksey’s sister, Willie Mae Graves, deceased. Iris Johnson, Darryl Thomas, Dorothy McLemore, John McLemore, Jr.,…

Lopez v. Smith via www.justia.com Court: U.S. Supreme CourtDocket: 13-946 Opinion Date: October 6, 2014 Areas of Law: Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law In 2005, Smith’s wife was killed at home by a blow to the head from a log roller. The home appeared to have been ransacked. Jewelry was missing. Smith was charged with…

In the matter of the Estate of Alice Earle F. Harper The decedent died in Monroe County in Spring, 2013. She had three adult children who survived her: Alice Harper-Taylor, William C. Harper, and James R. Harper. The decedent’s husband died in 2002. Alice filed in Monroe County a petition to probate a 1995 will…

Alabama v. Ellis The State of Alabama petitioned for a writ of mandamus to direct the Pike Circuit Court to vacate its order granting Andre Ellis’s motion for a new trial. Ellis was convicted on two counts of first degree rape, and burglary in the second degree. He received an 85-year sentence. Ellis moved for…

Alabama v. Kelley  via www.justia.com Alabama Supreme Court, 9/26/13 In an unpublished order, the Court of Criminal Appeals issued a writ of mandamus directing the trial court in the underlying case to “bar” the prosecution of respondent Margie Kelley, who had been indicted for three counts of capital murder. The State petitioned the Supreme Court…

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