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Josh J. Mitchell Lawyer

Josh J. Mitchell

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Bankruptcy & Debt, Personal Injury, Divorce & Family Law, Estate

Bouloukos, Oglesby & Mitchell is the Birmingham, Alabama law firm providing comprehensive attorney services in the areas of bankruptcy, family law, di... (more)

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800-956-6201

Darryl Mark Price Lawyer

Darryl Mark Price

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Divorce & Family Law, Car Accident, Criminal, Wills & Probate

Attorney D. Mark Price has been practicing law for 19 years and came from humble beginnings. Growing up in the small town of Ellington, Connecticut, H... (more)

James J. Ransom, III Lawyer

James J. Ransom, III

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DUI-DWI, Criminal, Divorce & Family Law, Accident & Injury, Estate
DUI Defense, DUI Attorney, Drunk Driving Attorney, DUI Alabama, DUI Shelby County, DUI Birmingham

In 2015 I returned to private practice after 9 years as a prosecutor for the State of Alabama. I have successfully tried hundreds of bench and jury t... (more)

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800-585-1930

J. Paul Lynn Lawyer

J. Paul Lynn

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Criminal, Divorce & Family Law, Accident & Injury, Estate, Business

Joseph Lynn is a practicing attorney in the state of Alabama at Garner & Lynn, LLC. He received his Juris Doctor from Jones School of Law in 2007.

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800-817-6491

John Tracy Fisher Lawyer

John Tracy Fisher

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Personal Injury, Business & Trade, Criminal, Living Wills

John Fisher’s background, education, and experience, both in the legal and business world, have prepared him for a diverse practice. Using this uniq... (more)

Stephen W. Shaw

Criminal, Divorce, Employment Discrimination, Estate Planning, Family Law
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William N. Clark

Criminal, Divorce, Employment Discrimination, Estate Planning, Family Law
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Marilyn H. Macey

Social Security -- Disability, Estate Planning
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Cheryl Dickey Chapman

Social Security -- Disability, Estate Planning
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John N. Hester

Criminal, DUI-DWI, Estate Administration, Estate Planning, Federal
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LEGAL TERMS

COUNTERCLAIM

A defendant's court papers that seek to reverse the thrust of the lawsuit by claiming that it was the plaintiff -- not the defendant -- who committed legal wron... (more...)
A defendant's court papers that seek to reverse the thrust of the lawsuit by claiming that it was the plaintiff -- not the defendant -- who committed legal wrongs, and that as a result it is the defendant who is entitled to money damages or other relief. Usually filed as part of the defendant's answer -- which also denies plaintiff's claims -- a counterclaim is commonly but not always based on the same events that form the basis of the plaintiff's complaint. For example, a defendant in an auto accident lawsuit might file a counterclaim alleging that it was really the plaintiff who caused the accident. In some states, the counterclaim has been replaced by a similar legal pleading called a cross-complaint. In other states and in federal court, where counterclaims are still used, a defendant must file any counterclaim that stems from the same events covered by the plaintiff's complaint or forever lose the right to do so. In still other states where counterclaims are used, they are not mandatory, meaning a defendant is free to raise a claim that it was really the plaintiff who was at fault either in a counterclaim or later as part of a separate lawsuit.

ESTATE PLANNING

The art of continuing to prosper when you're alive, and passing your property to your loved ones with a minimum of fuss and expense after you die. Planning your... (more...)
The art of continuing to prosper when you're alive, and passing your property to your loved ones with a minimum of fuss and expense after you die. Planning your estate may involve making a will, living trust, healthcare directives, durable power of attorney for finances or other documents.

STATUTORY SHARE

The portion of a deceased person's estate that a spouse is entitled to claim under state law. The statutory share is usually one-third or one-half of the deceas... (more...)
The portion of a deceased person's estate that a spouse is entitled to claim under state law. The statutory share is usually one-third or one-half of the deceased spouse's property, but in some states the exact amount of the spouse's share depends on whether or not the couple has young children and, in a few states, on how long the couple was married. In most states, if the deceased spouse left a will, the surviving spouse must choose either what the will provides or the statutory share. Sometimes the statutory share is known by its more arcane legal name, dower and curtesy, or as a forced or elective share.

DEED OF TRUST

See trust deed.

TITLE COMPANY

A company that issues title insurance.

CONTINGENT BENEFICIARY

1) An alternate beneficiary named in a will, trust or other document. 2) Any person entitled to property under a will if one or more prior conditions are satisf... (more...)
1) An alternate beneficiary named in a will, trust or other document. 2) Any person entitled to property under a will if one or more prior conditions are satisfied. For example, if Fred is entitled to take property under a will only if he's married at the time of the will maker's death, Fred is a contingent beneficiary. Similarly, if Ellen is named to receive a house only in the event her mother, who has been named to live in the house, moves out of it, Ellen is a contingent beneficiary.

PUBLIC ADMINISTRATOR

Someone appointed by a probate court to oversee probate proceedings when a person dies without a will or heirs, and his or her property is expected to pass to t... (more...)
Someone appointed by a probate court to oversee probate proceedings when a person dies without a will or heirs, and his or her property is expected to pass to the state. Some states have public administrators who are responsible for temporarily preserving the assets of an estate if there are disputes about specific provisions in the will or about who will be appointed the regular administrator.

PER STIRPES

Under a will, a method of determining who inherits property when a joint beneficiary has died before the willmaker, leaving living children of his or her own. F... (more...)
Under a will, a method of determining who inherits property when a joint beneficiary has died before the willmaker, leaving living children of his or her own. For example, Fred leaves his house jointly to his son Alan and his daughter Julie. But Alan dies before Fred, leaving two young children. If Fred's will states that heirs of a deceased beneficiary are to receive the property 'per stirpes,' Julie will receive one-half of the property, and Alan's two children will share his half in equal shares (through Alan by right of representation). If, on the other hand, Fred's will states that the property is to be divided per capita, Julie and the two grandchildren will each take a third.

SELF-PROVING WILL

A will that is created in a way that allows a probate court to easily accept it as the true will of the person who has died. In most states, a will is self-prov... (more...)
A will that is created in a way that allows a probate court to easily accept it as the true will of the person who has died. In most states, a will is self-proving when two witnesses sign under penalty of perjury that they observed the willmaker sign it and that he told them it was his will. If no one contests the validity of the will, the probate court will accept the will without hearing the testimony of the witnesses or other evidence. To make a self-proving will in other states, the willmaker and one or more witnesses must sign an affidavit (sworn statement) before a notary public certifying that the will is genuine and that all willmaking formalities have been observed.