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'What kind of law do you practice?'
Posted October 13, 2017 | Permalink

I am often asked what kind of law I specialize in. People see ads for lawyers who claim to be experts in certain types of cases – accidents, bankruptcy, real estate or disability to name just a few – and they want to know where I fit into those categories. I am proud to say that for most of my legal career, I have handled a wide variety of cases. Like the old family doctor who would take care of whatever ailed you, I have tried to help my clients with any type of legal trouble they encou…

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Alzheimer's Disease Can Cause Legal Tangles
Posted October 5, 2017 | Permalink | Category: Brenda's Blog

An increasing number of my clients have asked for my help in dealing with family members who have Alzheimer’s Disease. Their loved one can no longer make decisions about their medical care, financial affairs, and other basic issues. This is a very difficult time for my clients, and they need legal advice that will work for their situation. What generally happens is that clients bring in a parent and ask that I prepare a “power of attorney,” a legal tool that would allow them to handle t…

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Your Vote Counts!
Posted September 19, 2017 | Permalink | Category: Brenda's Blog

When Alabama Republicans go to the polls on Sept. 26 to select their nominee for the U.S. Senate, a new law will be in place that could prevent some people from casting their ballots. For the first time, Alabama law will prohibit people who voted in one party’s primary from voting in the other party’s runoff. It means that if you voted in the Democrat primary back in August, you won’t be able to vote in the GOP primary run off between Luther Strange and Roy Moore. It’s all perfectly le…

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Get It In Writing
Posted September 4, 2017 | Permalink | Category: Brenda's Blog

Several years ago I sat in a courtroom waiting my turn to argue a case. The case before mine was an ugly swearing match between two relatives over a water line which crossed one of their properties to reach the land of the other. The line had been put in by their grandparents decades ago, but now one of the grandchildren was unwilling to continue allowing the other relative to receive water through the line. Unfortunately, there was no written agreement that would have made it easy to determine…

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Cyber bulling: an increasing problem
Posted August 20, 2017 | Permalink | Category: Brenda's Blog

The connections we can now make through computer networks and other social media have enriched many of our lives and made it much easier to stay in touch with our families, our friends, and our communities. But, as I wrote a few weeks ago, these social networks also contain some pitfalls that can bring a lot of misery into our lives. One of the most serious threats is cyber bullying: the use of computers, cell phones and other electronic devices in ways that inflict intentional and repeated har…

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