At ALG, we recognize the important balance between legal risk and entrepreneurial spirit. An attorney should help a small business owner balance all legal considerations without getting in the way of growth. As a business law professor at the award winning University of Tampa Sykes School of Business, our Managing Member, Danny Alvarez, Sr., has his pulse on the latest legal trends while helping his clients focus on their bottom lines.
Our menu of legal services is tailored to help business clients every step of the way. Whether it is helping you form your business or helping you maximize your profits through high-end estate planning, we are your legal partners every step of the way.
At ALG, we believe a small business owner shouldn’t have to forgo calling their attorney because they fear the cost. That is why we individually tailor our fee structure for each client to insure we help promote growth and avoid getting in the way. We want to be there when you start your business and celebrate your long-term success with you as you expand in the future.
- Entity Formation
- Contracted In-House Counsel Services
- Business Litigation – Plaintiff and Defendant
- Estate Planning – Taxable and Non-Taxable Estates
Bad things happen to good people and that is why we are here. If you are hurt in an auto accident or injured in any way by another’s negligence, it is important to understand that you have rights. Defending those rights is a complex task that should not be managed alone.
When facing an insurance company it is important to understand that they deal with these types of matters every day and you don’t. That places you at an extreme disadvantage. That’s why it is important to have someone on your side that actually cares and will fight for your matter all the way to the end.
Even if you don’t call us, call someone. Do not go at it alone.
Personal Injury Services:
- Auto Accidents
- Slip and Fall
- Premises Negligence
A fresh start, that’s the purpose of a bankruptcy. At the Alvarez Legal Group, we help clients navigate a bankruptcy from start to finish while protecting a client’s dignity through the entire process. If you are contemplating filing bankruptcy, you need to be sure you have the right information before making the decision. More often than not, a client believes that bankruptcy is their only choice; but often, after careful review, it may not always be the best option.
When deciding to file, a client is often confronted with issues related to family law, federal and state tax law, real estate law, business law, and estate planning along with the United States Bankruptcy Code. Getting it right is vital to making sure a client gets back on their feet and on their way to a financial recovery. At ALG we handle bankruptcy cases on a daily basis. We NEVER charge a consult fee just to figure out if a bankruptcy is right for you. Payment plans are available.
Which type of bankruptcy is right for you?
There is no one right answer for everyone as each case is separate and distinct. A Chapter 7 is often referred to as a liquidation bankruptcy in which a debtor keeps exempt assets and has most unsecured debts eliminated outright. In a Chapter 13, an individual debtor reorganizes debt through a payment plan over a set period of time. Which one is right for you? Make a free appointment with the Alvarez Legal Group to help you determine if a bankruptcy is the right decision for you and your family and, if so, which chapter is the right choice.
It’s not about money – its about choice. Too often people forgo estate planning because they believe they don’t need to plan because they are not rich and famous. That could not be further from the truth. While estate planning often deals with your finances, it is more about having a say over your most important life decisions now for when you are either no longer here or incapacitated.
At ALG, we take this extremely complex area of law and break it down to the simplest terms for our clients. We truly understand the intricate nature of estate planning and help our clients avoid the pitfalls and landmines within it.
Estate planning is for EVERYONE. Whether you need a simple will or a complex trust, ALG is uniquely prepared to handle your matter. Even if you don’t call us, call someone. These types of matters are too important to you and your family to ignore.
Estate Planning Services we offer:
- Living Will
- Health Care Surrogate
- Power of Attorney
- Individual Life Insurance Trust
- Taxable Estates
- Prenuptial Agreements
- Post-nuptial Agreements
- Same Sex Planning
- Special Needs Trusts
Special Needs Trust
A Special Needs Trust, or an SNT, is a specific legal document drafted to allow a disabled individual to benefit from the assets within a trust without risking important government provided benefits. The SNT is also known as a Supplemental Needs Trust because it is specifically designed to provide extra assistance above basic care provided by the government. There is not one SNT that fits all scenarios. In fact, which SNT works for you depends on many factors including age, funding source, disability and type of government benefit for which you qualify.
When properly drafted, a SNT is an incredibly powerful tool for a disabled individual. In many scenarios, an individual is only allowed to possess up to $2,000 worth of assets. Period. A dollar over that low threshold means they will likely lose access to programs such as Supplemental Security Income, Medicaid and other needs based programs. If assets are placed inside an SNT, those assets will not be considered for qualification purposes.
The SNT does have some restrictions. According to the law, a SNT needs to be used for supplemental and extra care above what the government provides. A SNT cannot provide for anything that should be provided by the government benefit and clear-cut answers are hard to come by because there are various programs each with their own rules. Consulting a knowledgeable attorney is important to understand these positions.
There are also certain rules that affect a trust depending on who creates it. If the funds come from the disabled individual, certain restrictions and requirements come into play. If a third party, i.e. parents or grandparents, desires to help their family member, the drafting options and consequences are completely different. Yet, regardless of the funding source, the basic requirement of an SNT falls squarely on the premise that the individual who will benefit from the trust must be disabled. To be qualified as disabled for the purpose of government benefits, an individual must have a severe disability that has or is expected to last 12 months or more which prevents them from working at a substantially gainful activity level.
Individuals who should consider an SNT:
- Autistic Children
- Personal Injury Awardees who have become disabled
- Guardianship wards
- Disabled Medicaid Beneficiaries
- Any disabled individual who is or will come into an award of over $2,000
- Lotto winnings
- Law suit award
- Significant Monetary Gift
Example of how an SNT works:
Jim is in a significant auto accident that leaves him paralyzed from the legs down. After making a personal injury claim against the individual who caused his accident, he is awarded a settlement award of $50,000. Jim will be paralyzed for life and meets the Social Security definition of disabled. If he were to apply for disability benefits without an SNT, he would be denied for having $48,000 over the allowable asset threshold. Jim would be completely responsible for all his medical care, have to spend down his injury settlement, and then take significant time to reapply after he has less than $2,000.
If his assets were placed directly into an SNT at the time of his award, the total amount would not be counted as an asset. By doing so, Jim would benefit by getting the critical care and support he needs through his disability benefit while at the same time being supported by his SNT when he needs it the most. Depending on his specific benefit program, the SNT could provide Jim with an electric mobility chair, supplemental nursing care and transportation as a supplement to his basic needs.
The entertainment world is not what it used to be. While it is simple business law at its core, there is nothing simple about it. From music to movies and touchdowns to home runs, every segment of this practice area is unique and requires a team that understands its smallest complexities. At ALG, we appreciate these subtle differences and turn the complex into something you can understand. We are much more than entertainment lawyers; we get what you do because we are also fans!
For many athletes or entertainers, the hardest part of making it is getting to the big show and they ignore what helps keep them there – the business of being them! At ALG, we help our entertainment clients focus on what matters most while we help the client look after the legal and business side of the house. We do this, all while remaining true to the Firm’s core principles – extreme customer service.
The main complaint we always hear from new entertainment clients is that, after signing them up, their former attorney became a recurring voice mail message. To us, that is unacceptable. Access to your legal team is what you get because it’s what you need. It is not unusual for us to meet clients late at night on their tour bus after a show to sign a contract. You will find us talking to clients after games when they pass through town. If it calls for it, we will even fly to you.
Entertainment clients are unique because they touch almost every facet of what we do as a firm – business, negotiations, litigation and estate planning. A good entertainment lawyer is more than just an attorney, they are counselors. Often that means advising on issues that may not have legal ramifications. That kind of service comes standard for all of our clients at ALG. Whether you need a simple contract reviewed, representation during negotiations or just some advice on a business idea, ALG is your long-term partner.
Immigration – SE HABLA ESPAÑOL!
Located in the heart of West Tampa, ALG is primed and staffed with knowledgeable legal professionals who not only understand your immigration needs, but have first hand experience going through the process as well. The immigration process is daunting and full of obstacles and when you begin down that path you want a law firm beside you that will be accessible to you and have the feeling of friends working with you, not a big lawyer leading you here and there.
We represent individuals, families and businesses trying to bring foreign employees into the country. Our services include:
- ASYLUM – ASILO
- CITIZENSHIP – CIUDADANÍA
- BUSINESS AND INVESTOR VISAS – VISAS DE NEGOCIOS Y INVERSIONISTAS
- FAMILY VISAS – VISAS DE FAMILIA
- GREEN CARD – RESIDENCIA
- NATURALIZATION – NATURALIZIACION
- ALL IMMIGRATION LEGAL SERVICES – SERVICIOS JURÍDICO DE INMIGRACIÓN
Immigration is hot topic in today’s American landscape. From local debates, to the President of the United States, everyone has an opinion about immigration. Hiring a lawyer to help you through assures you that the correct forms are filled out, the analysis of your specific situation is properly looked at through the eyes of the law, and that way, you can be advised on the best course of action for your needs, not the needs of everyone else.
Everyone in the office speaks Spanish – SE HABLA ESPANOL!!!
At the Alvarez Legal Group we focus on using our knowledge and experience to help people resolve tax conflicts and controversies such as tax audits, liens, seizures and garnishments. Our Tax Practice is another part of our comprehensive services for businesses and individuals alike.
If the Internal Revenue Service or the Florida Department of Revenue has contacted you you may have a conflict or controversy. You may not understand the tax laws, but you know you are in financial trouble — and perhaps legal trouble as well.
We have extensive experience representing individuals, small businesses, and small-business owners, who face difficult tax problems. We can explain your rights and options in regard to state and federal tax audits, liens, garnishment of wages, seizures, levies and government actions against the “responsible person” at a company when employment tax deposits are not paid. We can also represent you in a tax audit, Internal Revenue Service Appeals hearing or petition to the United States Tax Court.
- Tax preparation
- Federal Tax audits and Tax appeals
- Sales Tax audits
- Small-business tax issues
- Employment tax issues
- Offers-in-Compromise and installment agreements
- Innocent Spouse Relief
- Wage Garnishments
- Bank Levy
- Penalty Abatement
- Tax compliance advice
- Other tax matters
We can also represent you in a tax audit, and Internal Revenue Service Appeals hearing or petition to the United States Tax Court.