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How Does an Annuity Work, and is it Right for You?

If you have ever considered setting up a retirement account, then you have probably come across the term “annuity.” If you are over the age …

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Coronavirus and Estate Planning

During the COVID-19 pandemic, it may feel like there are few aspects of your life that you can control, beyond hand washing and social distancing. …

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Divorcing for Mental Health Reasons

According to the American Psychological Association (APA), between 40 and 50% of all American marriages end in divorce. This is despite increased awareness of the …

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Can My Employer Fire Me for Getting Sick?

This is probably one of the top three most commonly asked questions at employment and labor law offices. The concern is that a person may …

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Your Obligations as a Personal Representative of a Probate Estate

If you recently discovered that a loved one named you his or her personal representative, you may be dealing with some conflicting emotions. On one …

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Does My Employer Have to Give Me Paid Breaks?

Technically no, your employer does not have to give you paid breaks, at least not in Alabama; but there is more to it than that. …

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When a Caregiver Gets Too Close

If you live in Alabama and you have an aging parent or other relative, you likely are already aware of the many ways people attempt …

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Update on Alabama Divorce Laws

For those looking to get divorced in 2019, there are some changes to the law that you may want to keep in mind. Did you …

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Can I Get Paid to be the Representative of an Estate?

If you have been named the executor of a will or you need to act as the representative of a decedent’s estate in Alabama, it …

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Report Suggests Sexual Harassment Linked to Health Problems

According to a recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), women who suffer from sexual assault and harassment suffer from …

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Risks of Foster Care Adoption

If you are an Alabama couple seeking to adopt, you may have heard that it is easier to become an adoptive parent if you begin …

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How to Protect a Disabled Person’s Right to Public Benefits

If you have a relative who is severely disabled and can not work, you may worry about how that person would continue to receive the …

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Is Open Marriage More Likely to End in Divorce?

In recent years, so-called “open marriages” have gained increased popularity. This is especially true of millennials and younger couples who seek to avoid some of …

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When a Nursing Home Will Not Take Your Power of Attorney

You did everything right. You had a power of attorney created for your aging loved one, and even had the loved one sign it. Everything …

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Paying for a Divorce When You are Not Working

In many marriages, especially those with children, one spouse often acts as the sole or primary breadwinner for the entire household. In these marriages, the …

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Legal Problems do Not Happen in a Vacuum

A woman was at work and her supervisor started making suggestive remarks that were clearly inappropriate. She told him to stop, but it did not …

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When Life Changes So Should Your Estate Plan

For some people, making a will is an unpleasant task. Confronting one’s own mortality can make a lot of people uncomfortable, so once the task …

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Punished for Reporting Sexual Harassment: What Every Employee Should Know

There was a 50% increase in the number of sexual harassment claims brought in 2018, when compared to the prior year. This is according to …

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What is Capacity for Making a Will?

Most Americans do not have a last will and testament in place. In fact, not long ago AARP estimated that about 60% of adults do …

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Three Dangers of Not Disclosing Assets in a Divorce

Just about everyone facing a divorce will at some point at least consider hiding assets. It is human nature to worry about losing all of …

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Unique Challenges in Law Enforcement Discrimination Cases

Law enforcement, like any career, has its own unique challenges. Police officers are faced with frequent stress, odd work hours, and constant physical demands and …

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What is a Pour Over Will and Why Have One?

As we age, we begin to think differently about our lives, our possessions, and our legacies. One of the greatest acts of love and compassion …

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Understanding the Role of the Guardian ad Litem

If you are like most people, you have probably never really given much thought to what goes on in a courtroom when a minor or …

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Managing a Hostile Work Environment

One of the toughest scenarios in the workplace is living with an abusive or hostile work environment. In many cases, the hostility, abuses, and harassment …

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When can Alcoholism be Grounds for Divorce?

Alcoholism can be tragic for a family. In Alabama, serious alcohol abuse can be grounds for filing for divorce. However, it is important to put …

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What Does At-Will Employment Really Mean?

The term ‘at-will employment’ is often misused and overused in regular conversation about wage and employment disputes. If you have been terminated or demoted by …

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Research Links Joint Custody to Better Outcomes for Children

It has long been believed that children whose parents share true joint physical custody do better after a divorce. Of course, much of this is …

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Police Brutality as a Constitutional Problem

To be clear, there are thousands of wonderful and dedicated law enforcement officers out there doing great work in their communities. Just as those officers …

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Moving an Adult Guardianship from Another State to Alabama

One of the great things about living in the United States is the ability to move from one place to another with ease. For most …

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When is “Aging Out” Unlawful?

If you have been in your career for some time and you are approaching your golden years, you may be worrying about how long you …

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Pre- and Post-Nuptial and Cohabitation Agreements

It may not seem romantic, but in many cases, a pre-nuptial or post-nuptial agreement may be a wise choice in order to give you and …

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What to do When You Suspect a Loved One has Diminished Mental Capacity

Perhaps it is a spouse or an aging parent, but in recent months you have started noticing ‘changes.’ Maybe it began with intermittent forgetfulness, or …

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When is a Personal Injury Settlement Part of Your Marital Estate?

If you are expecting funds from a personal injury settlement but are also in the midst of a divorce, you may be rightfully concerned about …

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Can I be Fired for Mental Health Problems?

For Americans living with mental illness, it can be difficult to face the problems head-on due to unfair stigmas and society’s broad misunderstanding of what …

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Can Workers File Class Action Age Discrimination Lawsuits?

You probably already know it is unlawful to discriminate against workers based on age. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is charged with the responsibility …

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How do I Contest a Will?  

Unlike a trust, a will cannot control your assets after you die. Instead, a will just determines where they go when you die. In other …

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Improving Communications With an Ex

When you are going through a painful divorce or custody fight with an ex, it can seem like even the smallest issues become major complications. …

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Five Signs That You May be a Victim of Age Discrimination

The law says that you have a right to compete in the workforce without regard to your age. However, as you can probably guess, employers …

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Why You Should Not Have an Investment Broker or Insurance Agent do Your Estate Plan

Perhaps you have got a local insurance broker or investment advisor who has long been your most trusted source of investment and retirement planning advice. …

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Can I Get a No-Fault Divorce in Birmingham?

The term “no-fault” divorce is often overused and misused. For those who are considering getting divorced in Birmingham, AL, it is important to speak with …

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FAQ for Long Distance Divorces

A lot of couples are already separated by distance before they file for divorce. Here are some of the more common frequently asked questions that …

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Five-Step Guide for Military Members Planning Divorce While Stationed Overseas

It is no secret that military service can be hard on marriage. For those serving in overseas duty stations or on deployment, this can be …

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Six Common Myths About Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)  

Think you know your rights to leave? Think again. Many Americans take advantage of protections under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) each year, …

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Conservator vs Guardian: Protecting Minors and Disabled Adults

You may have heard the terms “conservatorship” and “guardianship” used somewhat interchangeably. While similar, there are important differences between these ideas. A court sometimes has …

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Can I Get an Alabama Annulment Instead of a Divorce?

For anyone considering hiring a Birmingham divorce lawyer, there are a handful of things you should know. Alabama family law is complex, and nothing compares …

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Is My Recovery from a Discrimination Case Subject to Division in My Divorce?

Every year, thousands of Americans file and succeed in claims against their employers for discrimination, including pregnancy discrimination, age and gender discrimination, racial discrimination, sexual …

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When Should You Update Your Power of Attorney?

Most people by now realize that it is important to have certain legal documents in place in the event of an emergency or life event. …

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Three Common Scenarios That Lead to Estate Disputes

When a person dies leaving a large estate, it can be a bittersweet time for heirs. On one hand, there is the sadness of losing …

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New Law Limits Alimony in Alabama

Earlier last year, the Alabama legislature changed the rules for alimony. Before the changes, Alabama family court judges would routinely review petitions for alimony and …

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Three Common Sense Reasons You Should Consider a Trust

When people hear the term “trust fund,” they usually think of the super-wealthy, but trusts are not just for those with incredibly high-asset estates. Many …

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Alabama Opens Door for More Retirement Distributions in Divorces

Alabama Opens Door for More Retirement Distributions in Divorces

Until recently, Alabama courts were unable to force parties to divide retirement benefits in a divorce unless the parties had been married for at least …

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Divorce Courts Now Deal With Disputes Over High School Athletics

There are plenty of things to disagree about in a divorce case. Who gets the kids on major holidays? Where are we meeting to make …

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Trusts for People with Disabilities

One of the primary concerns people have as they age is protecting their children, grandchildren, and other people they love. This can be complicated when …

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Preparing for the High Cost of a Nursing Home Stay

Not all estate planning is about wealth building. In fact, these days most Americans are less concerned about what happens if they die, but rather, …

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Understanding How the New GOP Tax Law Affects Alimony

If you have been paying attention, you already know the new sweeping changes made by the GOP’s tax law will have long-range effects throughout the …

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What are Grandparents’ Rights in Alabama?

Divorce is painful enough on parents, but sometimes divorces also have a devastating impact on grandparents and other relatives. The death of an adult child …

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Your Rights as a Pregnant Woman in the Workforce

According to reports by The Guardian, roughly 54,000 women lose their jobs each year due to maternity leave or pregnancy discrimination. Discrimination may include harassment, …

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When Employers Use Wage Violations to Save Money

Some businesses believe that providing a safe and comfortable workplace is too expensive or will hurt the bottom line. This can lead them to cut …

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Understanding How the New Tax Law Affects Estate Law

With just 494 pages, the new tax law creates a lot of major changes. While most Americans are rightly concerned about how the changes will …

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Am I too Young to Have a Will? Here are Five Reasons to Get One

According to AARP, only about 40% of Americans have a will. This number is even higher for younger adults. According to a recent Gallup poll, …

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Common Law Marriage Myths

People often talk about common law marriage as though it is some sort of loophole to get around the traditional model of marriage. Myths and …

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Alabama Natural Death Act vs. Advanced Directives

No one likes to ponder their own mortality.  In many cases individuals fail to make the necessary plans to deal with end of life issues.  …

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Finding Hidden Assets in Probate

When someone dies, the law gives the decedent’s representative broad power and authority to look for and collect assets and gather information about debts. This …

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Discrimination is Alive and Well in 2018: Know Your Rights

It is 2018. Women are working in all levels of business and in all industries. Yet, employment discrimination based on sex is sadly alive and …

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Life Insurance-Funded Trusts: A Terrific Resource for Middle Income Planning

Most people know they should have enough life insurance to take care of loved ones in the event of an unexpected death. Conventional wisdom says …

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What Happens to the Assets in a Divorce?

How a couple’s assets are split up in a divorce depends largely on the state in which they live.  Currently, nine states consider marital assets …

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Land Trusts, Revocable Trusts, Wills: What is the Difference

Land Trusts, Revocable Trusts, Wills: What is the Difference?

When it comes to preparing one’s estate plan, the options and information can be overwhelming. It seems that the internet can be a wealth of …

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Can I be Fired for Filing a Worker’s Compensation Claim?

In a perfect world, the law would tell us what is allowed, and everyone would follow it. Unfortunately, the law is flawed in an important …

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