Legal Matters

Tax Reform & Estate Planning

December 22, 2017

Legal Matters presented by Bradford & Holliman, Estate Planning At the time I am writing this article, no one knows exactly what will happen with tax reform. However, it appears that the estate tax exemption will be significantly increased. Presently, estate taxes are not a worry for the average Alabamian as the exemption limit was …

Do You Have Enough Automobile Insurance Coverage?

November 27, 2017

Legal Matters presented by: Frank S. Buck P.C., Personal Injury Do You Have Enough Automobile Insurance Coverage to Protect Yourself & Your Loved Ones in the Event of a Holiday Car Wreck? Take Time to Check You probably have automobile insurance, but do you understand the basics of your policy? The first step in reviewing …

Don’t Delay- Make Sure You Have a Will

November 27, 2017

Legal Matters presented by Bradford & Holliman, Estate Planning People sometimes think that an estate plan is not necessary because “I don’t have that much anyway.”  This misconception is based on the idea that it is too much trouble to prepare a Last Will and Testament and that everything will be sorted out and given …

Holiday Conversations

October 18, 2017

Legal Matters presented by Bradford & Holliman, Estate Planning As families gather to enjoy food and holiday time together, it can be a good opportunity to discuss estate planning issues for parents. Consider your own family situation and decide if some of the following questions will be beneficial for your family to discuss: Do your …

A Halloween Trick? An Unexpected Slip & Fall

September 22, 2017

Legal Matters presented by: Frank S. Buck, P.C., Personal Injury Imagine you are with your kids at a business trick or treating when suddenly your shoe gets caught on a broken tile on the floor and you fall breaking your ankle, what do you do? Alabama law requires businesses to keep their premises in a …

Estate Planning for Individuals with Disabilities

September 22, 2017

Legal Matters presented by: Bradford & Holliman, Estate Planning Why Everyone Should Have a Special Needs Trust in Their Plan Estate plans should include planning for a loved one’s financial and physical protection in the event of a disability. This is often overlooked by individuals that do not currently have disabled loved ones because they …

Asset Protection & the Elderly

August 24, 2017

Legal Matters presented by: Bradford & Holliman, Estate Planning    Asset protection for the elderly is a complex subject and the legal advice given can be very different based on the assets of the family, estate planning goals, and other family problems such as children that do not get along or children that have creditor …

Using a Trust to Protect Your Children from Divorce & Creditors

August 9, 2017

Legal Matters presented by: Bradford & Holliman, Estate Planning Parents frequently ask us how they can leave their assets to their children when they die without those assets being vulnerable to a child later divorcing or having problems with debt. The sentiments expressed by the parents are almost always the same: “We want our child …

Driving Under the Influence: Alabama’s DUI Laws

July 25, 2017

Legal Matters presented by: Frank S. Buck P.C., Personal Injury  We all know that driving while under the influence of alcohol and other illicit substances is unwise at best. Not only does it place the inebriated driver in danger, but it also imperils everyone else on the road. According to the Center for Disease Control, …

5 Steps to Handling Finances When Your Spouse Has Died

June 27, 2017

Money Matters Losing a spouse is a stressful transition, and the added pressure of having to settle the estate and organize finances can be overwhelming. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to make dealing with these matters less difficult. Notify others. When your spouse dies, your first step should be to contact anyone who …