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Attorney Crystal James is an accomplished attorney, educator, leader, and motivator, that has only begun to make a mark on the world. Born in Broxton, Georgia, Attorney Sermons received her Bachelor of Science degree from Clark Atlanta University, her Master of Public Health from Rollin's School of Public Health at Emory University, her Juris Doctorate from University of Houston, and her license to practice law from the State of Georgia, all by the age of 26.more
SYLVIA HOARD COBB, ESQ.
As Of Counsel with Crystal Sermons Law Firm, Attorney Hoard Cobb has over eleven years of legal experience, and since that time has proven to be an ardent, zealous, and compassionate advocate for clients faced with civil litigation, and or serious injuries. Each of Attorney Hoard Cobb's clients receives the benefit of her rich and storied legal career which has taken her from the state court to federal court and from trial advocacy to appellate argument. Educationmore
Attorney Crystal James is an accomplished attorney, educator, leader, and motivator, that has only begun to make a mark on the world. Born in Broxton, Georgia, Attorney Sermons received her Bachelor of Science degree from Clark Atlanta University, her Master of Public Health from Rollin's School of Public Health at Emory University, her Juris Doctorate from University of Houston, and her license to practice law from the State of Georgia, all by the age of 26. As a part of this path, her experiences began as the legal assistant to the risk manager for the prestigious Methodist Health Care System in Houston, Texas, while still in law school.
Upon law school graduation, Attorney Sermons' interests in public health and science once again intersected, as she served as the Program Manager for the Public Health Sciences Institute at Morehouse College. This position allowed Attorney Sermons to not only mentor students, but to also serve as the first executive intern to Dr. Kenneth Olden, the Director of the National Institutes of Health's National Institute for Environment Health Sciences. It was during this experience that Attorney Sermons realized that the combination of her scientific, policy, and legal training provided her an opportunity to play a significant role in the translation of scientific research into sound public health policy, through the use of community based participatory research methods and other inclusion strategies.
As her career began to expand, Crystal James opted to begin her own practice in 2002 focusing on labor and employment issues as well as domestic relations. For over thirteen years, Attorney James has strived to provide quality legal services to her clientele by joining forces with other aggressive advocates that are focused on quality customer service.
Attorney James has also worked with the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists National Office as Program Director for Infectious Diseases and Environmental Health programs. It was in this position that Attorney James began to truly couple her scientific and legal training to influence policy in the national arena. She had the opportunity to work with state based epidemiologist as well as scientist and policy makers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in addition to other national agencies to set the research agenda for surveillance and research on the nation's health, plan for national epidemics such as pandemic influenza. Attorney Sermons also assisted in the development of the language and clarification for model legislation for public health statutes that have been adopted in many States, while serving in such capacities.
She has been able to not only work within her science and public health interests, she has also maintained a successful legal practice that focuses mainly on the areas of civil right issues, which include labor and employment issues, personal injury, real estate, as well as domestic relations. With more than thirteen years of private practice experience, Attorney James continues to seek opportunities to utilize her unique training and background to assist the clients that she serve.
Attorney Crystal James is also a wife, mother, and proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.
It's the details that make the difference in the outcome of your personal injury lawsuit. Crystal Sermons, LLC offers hands on service to clients needing assistance. We specialize in wrongful death, tractor-trailer collisions, auto wrecks and motorcycle accidents.
Personal injury, is an injury that has caused you pain and suffering, grief, loss of wages and loss of a loved one. It has serious implications for the future. This type of injury is may be the result of negligence on the part of others. Only an attorney with experience in this area of law is able to assist you get the monetary award you deserve.
You can rely on and trust the legal abilities of the attorneys at Crystal Sermons, LLC and their experience as personal injury lawyers in the State of Georgia. You're in good hands with an attorney who is not afraid to take on the big insurance companies to get you adequate compensation for your loss. Call or visit our firm should you have a case and wish to discuss it with us.
Hiring a Lawyer
If you are considering not hiring a personal injury lawyer, remember there are pitfalls for those who do not have training and experience in this area. Since you have visited this site, you obviously understand that consulting an attorney may be a good idea. Even if you ultimately decide to try and handle matters yourself, you are better off making an informed decision, so that you can understand what are up against. Consulting an experienced and capable personal injury attorney ensures you don't deny yourself the fair compensation to which you are entitled. We offer free consultations for personal injury matters and are delighted to discuss your matter in a professional and non-pressured environment. Then you can make an informed decision as to what is right for you and your case.
An Personal Injury Lawyer You Can Afford
Insurance companies may try to convince you not to hire an injury attorney, because you can't afford it. The truth is, you CAN afford legal counsel. Crystal Sermons, LLC will meet with you for a free consultation to see if you have a case. The one way to find out if you have a viable personal injury case is to consult a professional. It's your chance to tell a lawyer the facts of the case and provide what evidence you may have to help make the case.
If your case qualifies, the law office of Crystal Sermons, LLC with work on a contingency fee basis meaning your personal injury lawyer will not charge you, unless the case results in a settlement.
Consulting with a Personal Injury attorney makes more sense than dealing with the "what ifs" that plague people after an accident. What if it was totally the other guy's fault? What if it's partially my fault? What if I had been driving someone else's car? Bring the "what ifs" to us and get answers that might mean a just settlement.
An Accident Related Injury Needs an Competent Accident Attorney
There are certain statutes of limitations involved in personal injury law, and it's no big secret that there is a two-year limit on personal injury cases in Georgia. Now having said that, there are exceptions to that rule. This is why an accident related injury needs a personal injury attorney. We know the exceptions, the deadlines for filing claims, how to word claims, how to assess them for their maximum value and how to present them in court to a jury.
Those aren't the only reasons you need the experience of Crystal Sermons, LLC. An personal injury attorney is the one person who is also able to make a case based on the information you provide. In every case there are always checks and balances relating to proving negligence as being the cause of an accident. That balance may happen to relate to your own negligence in the matter. It's better to know these things right up front before going to court.
Talk to a Lawyer before Talking to an Insurance Company
A personal injury lawyer knows from experience that insurance companies are not friendly to accident victims. They want to protect their own assets.
It is their business to pay out less money for insurance claims, or no money at all, thus they offer smaller settlement amounts hoping the victim will take it and go away. That's the nature of the insurance business their bottom line is profits period. If this means offering you a smaller settlement, regardless of your medical expenses and injuries, that is not their concern.
One of the first things a personal injury at Crystal Sermons, LLC will tell you is "Do not talk to anyone especially not the other part's insurance company representative" Speak to your lawyer first. They will go to court for you and make certain you get what you are entitled to as the result of your accident, injury, or the wrongful death of a loved one. That could mean fair compensation for injuries, medical expenses, and loss of services, pain and suffering, loss of wages, property damages and possible punitive damages.
When in doubt about what to do after an accident, Crystal Sermons, LLC, for a free consultation.
Personal Injury Representation Is About Fair Compensation
It is our goal to get you fair compensation. Many accident victims have no idea what a personal injury is worth. This means many people who think it's not worth much, take settlements that are way too low, and don't even begin to cover the costs of their actual needs, or health problems that may occur later in life.
Consider this if your injuries are severe and you need some serious medical care, you may be facing astronomical medical bills. You will be off work and lose wages. You won't be able to do the things you normally did on a daily basis.
If you want to get fair compensation for your injuries, you need a personal injury attorney that you can talk to and who will fight for you. Without representation you could find yourself facing a difficult uphill battle with mounting expenses and not enough funds to cover them.
I am delighted to meet with you and answer all the questions you have at no charge or obligation.
Labor and Employment
Most employees in the State of Georgia are employed on an at-will basis, which means that you can be fired for a good reason, a bad reason, or no reason at all. On the other hand, numerous federal and state laws protect employees from discrimination, harassment, overtime violations, and other forms of illegal employer conduct.
If you've been fired, suspended or harassed on the job, or if you've been presented with an employment or severance agreement, and you're not sure how to navigate these treacherous waters, one thing you can do is hire an experienced employment attorney that has over 13 years of experience handling employment related disputes—the law firm of Crystal Sermons, LLC.
At Crystal Sermons, LLC, we put our tradition of excellence in employment discrimination, sexual harassment and overtime law to work for you in resolving employment disputes in Atlanta and throughout the State of Georgia. Our dedicated team of experienced employment discrimination attorneys represents employees in all types of employment-related disputes, including:
• Sexual harassment and other forms of harassment
• Overtime and related wage and hour claims
• Race, sex, age, national origin, and religious discrimination
• Americans with Disabilities Act
• Family and Medical Leave Act
• Wrongful and retaliatory discharge
• Whistleblower cases
• Employment, severance and separation agreements
• Intentional infliction of emotional distress and other employment torts
• Non-competition and non-solicitation agreements
Although we are aggressive trial attorneys, and have taken on and resolved cases some of the country's largest companies in employment discrimination, harassment and class action overtime cases, we also understand that sometimes there are alternatives to litigation. Out lead employment attorney has been certified in the latest alternative dispute resolution techniques—such as mediation and arbitration—that can, in the appropriate case, help your resolve your employment dispute quickly and efficiently.
Of course, it's not all about litigation. Much of our work also involves representing high-level business executives in negotiating various employment agreements, such as employment contracts, compensation and stock plans, severance agreements, and non-compete and non-solicitation agreements. In other words, we can fight if we have to, but we also have the business savvy to negotiate sophisticated agreements for our clients.
Even if you don't see your particular employment problem listed here, if it's employment related, we can handle it. You can call us anytime (404) 692-3517 or email us if you're having a problem at work and need to talk to one of our experienced labor and employment attorneys. Whatever you do, don't wait! Most employment law claims have very short statutes of limitations, meaning that you have a very short time period to bring your claim. If you don't act within the applicable time limit, you could lose your right to bring a case. So, if you, or someone you know, are having any problems at your job, and you're not sure what to do pick up the phone or email us—we'll put our tradition of excellence in employment law to work for you!
As a customer you will enjoy working with our experienced staff who understand how important each transaction is to everyone involved.
Each member of our team possesses a superior work ethic and the dedication necessary to get every transaction closed, even if it means staying late and taking calls after hours or on the weekends. We understand that complex problems may arise and our real estate attorneys are equipped to handle them professionally and in a prompt and courteous manner.
Items Needed for your Closing:
Closing Checklist (Purchasers)
IDENTIFICATION: Government issued, picture ID (driver's license or passport).
FUNDS TO CLOSE: Certified funds (cashier's check or money order) or wire are necessary for any amount over $1,000.00. You should bring your checkbook in the event that there are any changes.
ORIGINAL POWERS-OF-ATTORNEY (POA): If there is a loan involved in the transaction and a POA is being used then the form of the POA must be approved by the lender prior to the closing. The form and a copy of the identification of the person giving the POA should be faxed to 404-207-1624 as soon as possible for review. Please bring the original to the closing so that it may be recorded at the courthouse. Photo identification for the person signing at the closing must be provided as well.
HOMEOWNER'S INSURANCE POLICY: A copy of the declaration page should be provided to the lender and closing attorney prior to the closing to ensure that the coverage amount is acceptable to the lender. A paid receipt is necessary to prevent the need to collect the insurance premium at closing.
OTHER DOCUMENTS: Any other documents that have been requested by the lender or any other party such as pay stubs, bank statements, gift letter or proof of sale of prior residence.
Closing Checklist (Sellers)
IDENTIFICATION: Government issued, picture ID (driver's license or passport).
FUNDS TO CLOSE: In the event that the seller must bring money to close, any funds must be in the form of certified funds (certified check, cashier's check or money order).
ORIGINAL POWERS-OF-ATTORNEY: The original POA must be recorded at the courthouse so please bring it to the closing along with a photocopy of the photo ID of the person giving the power. The form must be approved by our office so please fax a copy to us at 678-658-1122 as soon as possible.
FORWARDING ADDRESS AND PHONE NUMBER, HOUSE KEYS AND GARAGE DOOR OPENERS
If you intend to file for divorce, or are in the midst of divorce proceedings, you should contact an attorney at Crystal Sermons, LLC. who can provide you with over 13 years of legal experience in the areas of divorce and family law. Our attorneys have considerable trial and courtroom experience that has proven beneficial in many of our clients' divorce cases. Having addressed a substantial number of divorces, we understand that the process can be painful and emotional. Our goal for your case will be a quick and relatively stress-free resolution to your proceedings. Whether your divorce is contested or uncontested, we will aggressively pursue a settlement that is beneficial to you and your loved ones.
In the state of Georgia, there are 13 separate "grounds," or valid reasons, for divorce. One of the most commonly cited is a marriage that is "irretrievably broken," which is considered a no-fault ground for divorce. The other 12 are considered fault grounds. Before you can file for divorce, you or your spouse must have lived in the state for at least six months, and be separated in the legal sense, regardless of your living arrangements. Once you have filed for divorce, there may be a number of issues that must be resolved before the court will file a decree, such as those pertaining to child custody, child support, visitation, spousal support/alimony, property division, asset division, and debt division.
Once your divorce proceedings have ended, you may need to resolve further issues at a later time should the personal circumstances of you or your ex-spouse change. It may become necessary to obtain modifications to agreements regarding child custody, modifications to child support, modifying alimony, or assistance with your ex-spouse's compliance to the divorce agreement through enforcement of child custody or enforcement of child support terms, or even the enforcement of the settlement agreement as a whole.
Family Lawyer in Georgia
Many law firms choose to address every divorce case in an aggressive manner. While this may be appropriate in some situations, it is not an effective approach every time. As our firm has represented clients in a large number of divorce cases, we understand that each person's situation is different. Some individuals will possess a high net worth, which can alter the nature of the proceedings, while others will choose to pursue a military divorce, or legal separation. Some clients wish to avoid litigation altogether, and will instead pursue mediation
Whatever the specifics of your case, we are here to help. If you require family law services outside divorce, we can provide that as well. We can help you resolve matters related to relocation, recovery of attorneys' fees, paternity, grandparents' rights, fathers' rights, and mothers' rights. If there is an issue of domestic violence, including spousal abuse or child abuse, we can assist with orders of protection or a restraining order. Parental alienation can sometimes become an issue in some divorces, which requires careful resolution to protect your parenting rights. Our firm has also skillfully prepared prenuptial agreements and post-nuptial agreements for those wishing to protect their assts.
Child Support Cases in Georgia
In Georgia, the Division of Child Support Services (DCSS) conducts child support cases in a multi-step process. If you are facing a child support case, understanding the child support process may help it progress smoothly and give you a better chance of obtaining the favorable case outcome you want. To open a child support case, contact the DCSS and schedule an appointment. After you open a case, the DCSS must be able to locate the non-custodial parent. To do this, provide as much information about the parent as possible:
· Where the parent lives
· Place of employment
· Date of birth
· Social security number
· Other useful information
After the DCSS locates the non-custodial parent, child support cannot be enforced until paternity has been established. The term "paternity" refers to legal fatherhood. If the child was born to unmarried parents, the father can be made a legal parent by court order. After DCSS establishes the paternity of the non-custodial parent, you may file a support order and set up official child support payments that may be enforced in court.
Protecting the Rights of the Accused
When dealing with criminal charges, no matter whether they are pertaining to a felony or misdemeanor, having an aggressive defense is not only desirable – it is essential. This is not a time when you should attempt to handle your current situation on your own.
Here at Crystal Sermons, LLC we are proud to serve clients throughout the Metro Atlanta Area as well as South Georgia areas with high-quality assistance in cases involving criminal defense. We recognize what is on the line with these situations and we are unwaveringly devoted to ensuring that we go the distance in providing our clients with hard-hitting representation that they can truly count on.
Key Areas of Practice
At our firm, we are prepared to handle all levels of criminal law cases; from arson to aggravated assault. We are not deterred by complex situations – instead, we are prepared to devote the necessary time and energy to building the strongest case possible and presenting the facts in the most desirable way that we can.
Our firm is prepared to launch a reliable and relentless defense in some of the most complex of litigation. This includes cases involving drug crimes (such as drug possession, drug trafficking and manufacturing), as well as cases pertaining to kidnapping, false imprisonment, murder and internet crimes. If you recently have been accused of any criminal offense and are looking for quality legal representation that you can rely on, consult with our legal team. Whenever possible, we will work to exonerate you of your charges. Call us today to learn more about how we can help you with this crucial time of your life.
Crystal Sermons, LLC is a team of smart and aggressive advocates who fight hard on behalf of our clients in Atlanta and throughout the State of Georgia. We are extremely experienced personal injury, family law, criminal law, real estate, employment discrimination and overtime attorneys and have obtained verdicts and settlements for our clients in federal and state employment law cases. If you would like to learn more about our attorneys, take a look at our Attorneys page.
Yes, our lawyers are experienced and aggressive trial attorneys. But we are also counselors in the truest sense of the word—we will counsel you on the best solution to your problem, whether that involves aggressive litigation, or some form of alternative dispute resolution, such as mediation, or arbitration.
But we can't help you unless you help yourself—and help is only a phone call or email away. Call us (404) 692-3517 or email us and we will put our tradition of quality legal services to work for you!
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SYLVIA HOARD COBB, ESQ.
As Of Counsel with Crystal Sermons Law Firm, Attorney Hoard Cobb has over eleven years of legal experience, and since that time has proven to be an ardent, zealous, and compassionate advocate for clients faced with civil litigation, and or serious injuries. Each of Attorney Hoard Cobb's clients receives the benefit of her rich and storied legal career which has taken her from the state court to federal court and from trial advocacy to appellate argument.
• B.A., History - Clark Atlanta University (1997)
• J.D., Loyola University –New Orleans (2000)
• Admitted to Practice in State of Georgia (2001)
• Admitted to Practice in District of Columbia (2009)
• Admitted to Practice, Court of Appeals of Georgia
• Admitted to Practice, Supreme Court of Georgia
• Admitted to Practice, U.S. District Court for Northern District of Georgia
• Member, Georgia Bar Association
• Member, State Bar of Georgia Pro Bono Legal Services Project
• General Counsel, Youth Connections, Inc.
• Member, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
• Personal Injury
• Family Law
• Legal Analysis & Employment Law