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Saving Lives: Texting While Driving Ban in Birmingham

Kudos to the Birmingham City Council for their unanimous passage of a citywide ban on texting while driving. Sending and receiving text messages takes the driver's attention away from the very most important part of driving, keeping eyes on the road. This step is similar to the law which requires seat belt usage, which is now enforced state-wide. Hopefully soon we will disallow texting while driving in our entire state. Now I hope the city, and in time the state, will begin examining the i...

Hanging with A-Rod and Cameron Diaz on Broadway in NYC

We always try to take a long weekend trip around the 4th of July each year to try to de-stress from the law business. I try my best to plan unusual and different events, and if we are to see a show, I love to try to get great seats. Stephanie and I went to NYC last Friday and that night had tickets to see "Rock of Ages," a Broadway musical based on the "hair band" music of the 80's. We had second row, center aisle seats for the show and were settling into them when I felt someone being sea...

WARNING TO TRUSTEES: DO A GOOD JOB, OR ELSE!

Although most of our cases are for physical personal injuries, we will occasionally accept other kinds. We have a long time client who was convinced that a Trustee who was charged with overseeing a trust created for the client's benefit, was mismanaging her investments. We decided to take the case. Of course the Defendant Trustee claimed he had done nothing wrong and refused to make any offer to settle the case before trial, We tried the case in Judge Robert Vance's court over a 5 day peri...

Why Everyone Needs an Advance Directive

Last weekend my wife had a pain that wouldn't seem to go away so we ended up at the emergency room. One of the first questions asked by the hospital admissions representative was, "Do you have an Advance Health Care Directive?" I'm sure the woman thought we were crazy, but we both began to laugh. My law firm has recently been advising ALL our clients to have a Living Will or Advance Health Care Directive properly executed. We had been so intent on making sure our clients were set that we ...

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