The AEA Attorney Referral Program was established to assist members in getting legal advice on non-job-related issues. Don’t confuse this program with job-related problems that must be addressed through the PR&R procedure.
Who is eligible?
All active, educational support, or retired AEA members and, at the request of the member, his or her spouse and dependent children.
What services are covered and what do they cost?
Each eligible member is entitled to two free consultation sessions of up to 30 minutes each on any topic (except income tax preparation) during each year of the program. If a consultation leads to follow-up legal services of at least one billable hour, or equivalent services at a flat fee, it will not be counted as one of the consultations to which the member is entitled that year. If the member decides to use the services of a participating attorney, the AEA referral attorney’s regular fees will be discounted by 30 percent if the legal problem falls into one of the five “core areas” covered by the program. These areas and some examples of covered matters are:
Are there any legal problems that are not covered?
Almost any problem can be discussed with an attorney during the free advice and consultation sessions. Certain matters, however, are excluded from the 30 percent discount, including assistance with bankruptcies, preparation of federal tax returns, and defense of criminal violations (other than traffic).
Any matter in which the attorney was retained prior to participating in the program, or involving a member’s business dealings, is also excluded. The fee in the excluded matters would be determined by you and the attorney and may be higher than the program rates.
A participating attorney cannot represent you or any other AEA-NEA member under any arrangement if the adverse party is the NEA, an NEA affiliate, a UniServ Council, or another NEA or AEA member. The one exception to this is that an attorney may represent you in a separation or divorce proceeding if your spouse is also an AEA-NEA member.
How do I contact an attorney?
The names, addresses, and telephone numbers of the law firms participating in the program are listed below. You may also contact your UniServ Director or AEA headquarters for the full list. After obtaining a list of attorneys in your area, you should always call an attorney’s office to arrange for your first appointment. When you contact one of these attorneys, tell the person you speak with that you are an AEA member, that you are calling regarding the AEA Attorney Referral Program, and that you would like to set up an appointment for your free 30-minute consultation. If necessary, a participating attorney may be available to meet with you evenings, weekends, or at other times outside your regular working hours. When you make your first visit to an attorney’s office you must present some evidence of NEA membership.
If there are any questions you want to ask before actually dealing with an attorney, contact AEA Associate Executive Director Theron Stokes at AEA headquarters, 334-834-9790 or 800-392-5839, or your UniServ Director.
ATTORNEY FIRM ADDRESS CITY STATE ZIP Benton & Lipscomb Law Firm PO Box 767 Fairhope Alabama 36533 Grady O. Lanier, III, Esq 206 S Three Notch St Andalusia Alabama 36420 Joeletta M. Barrentine Barrentine Law 564 Bryan Road Sumiton Alabama 35148 Norman Bradley, Jr. 207 Eustis Avenue SE Huntsville Alabama 35801 Proctor & Vaughn 201 N Norton Avenue Sylacauga Alabama 35150 Roland C. Gamble, P.C. 1315 13th Terrace Circle Pleasant Grove Alabama 35127 Brian Oakes White & Oakes 2100 Southbridge Pkwy, Suite 650 Birmingham Alabama 35209 John Tomlinson The Tomlinson Firm, P.C. 1117 22nd Street South Birmingham Alabama 35213 Brian Oakes White & Oakes, LLC 601 Johnstone St SE Decatur Alabama 35602 Andrea Pate The Lewis Pate Law Firm, LLC PO Box 518 Jasper Alabama 35502 L. Daniel Mims, PC Attorney At Law 952 Government St Mobile Alabama 36604 Monica Arrington Attorney At Law PO Box 250091 Montgomery Alabama 36125 Bryan Winter Winter McFarland, LLC 205 McFarland Circle N. Tuscaloosa Alabama 35406 Albert G. Lewis, III Lewis, Smyth, Winter & Ford, LLC 611 Helen Keller Blvd Tuscaloosa Alabama 35404 Jake N. Montgomery Stringer, Montgomery & Montgomery 138 East Street Talladega Alabama 35160 Nick Lough The Lough Firm 223 Eastside Square Huntsville Alabama 35801 Samuel D. Bone Dani Bone & Sam Bone Attorneys at Law 1031 Forrest Avenue Gadsden Alabama 35901 Charles Calloway The Calloway Law Firm 600 South Court Street Montgomery Alabama 36104