Representing Self in Court

Alabama HB4, which would allow certain companies to appear in court without a lawyer, would be a great help for landlords who want to handle their own evictions and collections.  Under the proposed law, single-member corporations, business entities with only one owner, and LLCs with five or fewer members, could represent themselves. Currently, because these legal entities are technically “persons” separate from their owners, if the owner appeared in court, it would be the unauthorized practice of law on behalf of a 3rd party.

This bill, sponsored by Representative Mack Butler (R) of St. Clair and Etowah Counties, is currently in the Judiciary Committee.

If you support this bill, please contact each member of the Judiciary Committee. Tell them you are a small business owner, or a landlord or property manager, and often cannot afford a lawyer to protect your rights. As a result, you have no real remedies.  Ask them to recommend HB4 for passage by the full House.  Members of the House Judiciary Committee, and their email addresses, appear below.  Unless you have popup blockers, you should be able to click on each email address in order to create the email message.

Mike Jones, Jr, Chairman (R, Escambia, Coffee, Covington)

Jim Hill, Vice Chair (R, St. Clair)

Thad McClammy, Ranking member (D, Montgomery)

Mike Ball (R, Madison)

Marcel Black (D, Lawrence, Lauderdale and Colbert)

Paul Beckman (R, Elmore and Autauga)

Merika Coleman-Evans (D, Jefferson)

Dickie Drake (R, Jefferson and Shelby)

Chris England (D, Tuscaloosa)

David Faulker (R, Jefferson)

Matt Fridy (R, Shelby)

Juandalynn Givan (D, Jefferson)

Phillip Pettus (R, Lauderdale)

Connie Rowe (R, Walker and Blount)