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Teresa Darwin Phillips works to salvage your “normal.” During a critical time in your life, Teresa’s experince and wealth of legal knowledge help her evaluate the risks with your case and achieve the best possible outcome.

Choosing the right attorney to represent your case is a very important decision. It can have a great impact on your life. Teresa’s expert knowledge in all aspects of family law, criminal law, and estate planning, combined with her experience in all facets of Alabama family law makes her well-equipped to represent your interests.

Teresa is proud to work in Cherokee, DeKalb, Etowah and Jackson Counties. If your matter falls into one of the categories below, don’t hesitate to contact her office at 256-638-1504.

Divorce, Child Custody & Child Support

It’s Teresa’s mission to advocate for your peace, whether you’re experiencing divorce, trying to gain custody of your children, trying to adopt a child, or seeking guardianship of an elder. Family law is heart wrenching and exhausting, but you’ll have a compassionate professional on your side.

Criminal Law, Felony, Misdemeanor Cases

After being charged with a crime, it’s critical to have an experienced lawyer on your side representing your rights and helping you navigate the legal system.Teresa’s experience in criminal law and handling felony, misdemeanor and DUI cases give her invaluable insight into fighting for your legal rights and to achieving a preferred outcome. She will protect and enforce your legal rights.


After being charged with a DUI in Alabama, it’s very important to swiftly choose a lawyer who will protect your legal rights. You may be surprised to find out your license can be suspended before your case goes to court. If you receive an AST60 form, you have ten days after your arrest to request a hearing regarding the suspension of your driver’s license. Teresa will keep you informed every step of your case and calmly explain all of your options. She will fight to achieve the best attainable conclusion on your DUI charge.

Probate, Wills, Estates Planning

As you already know, a will is a legal document that communicates your wishes when you are unable to do so. However, you may not realize that probate (the process in which a court recognizes a death and approves the handling of assets) occurs whether an individual leaves a will or not. Whether you need to go through probate on a loved one’s assets, create a will, or make sure you receive your entitlement, Teresa will advocate for your share.