How Should Alabama Choose Judges?

Judge | Huntsville, AL | Martinson & Beason, P.C.It’s an election year. Not a presidential election, no, but one that still has significance for the state of Alabama and its residents.

This year, 31 Democrats and 31 Republicans are running for a party nomination for almost three dozen judge seats in Alabama.

In the election, voters will choose between a Democrat and Republican candidate to fill the judge seat.

This is the way it’s been done not only in Alabama, but also in Louisiana, New York, Tennessee, Texas, and West Virginia. But some—including attorneys and even other judges—are now criticizing partisan elections. [Read more...]

Estate Planning Lessons to Be Learned from Paul Walker

estate planning lessonsIn November, film actor Paul Walker—star of the Fast & Furious movies—tragically died in a car accident. He is survived by his parents and his 15-year-old daughter, Meadow.

Though this is a tragedy for Walker’s family and fans, there is also something to be learned.

A recent Forbes article discusses the Walker estate and gives several important lessons to be learned from it:  [Read more...]

GM Recalls Nearly 1.4 Million Cars after Deaths Linked to Defect

Chevy Defects | Car Accident Lawyer | Huntsville, AL | Martinson & Beason, P.C.In the past few years, several car companies have issued high-profile recalls of their cars. First, it was Toyota. Now, General Motors is recalling nearly 1.4 million of its vehicles due to a faulty ignition switch.

Because of the defect, the car switches off, which also disables the airbags and other safety systems.

Sadly, the recall has come too late for the number of people who were injured or died in car crashes. [Read more...]

Huntsville Spring Festival of Flowers

Huntsville, AL Spring Festival of Flowers | Martinson & Beason, P.C.Spring has finally sprung, and with it comes a wonderful local festival!

This year, the Huntsville Botanical Garden will continue a local rite of spring and community favorite: the Spring Festival of Flowers.

The Festival of Flowers offers visitors the chance to, literally, stop and smell the roses. The garden will feature thousands of bulbs, colorful spring annuals, wildflowers, dogwoods, azaleas, and container plantings for visitors to admire.

In addition to touring the garden, you can stop by the Spring Plant Sale. The largest in the state, the sale offers an enormous selection of plants, including the following: [Read more...]

Pedestrian Safety

Pedestrian crossing | Personal injury lawyers | Huntsville, ALEveryone’s been a pedestrian at some point. You might have been one recently, whether you were walking around downtown Huntsville or your own neighborhood.

Walking has a number of benefits: it saves you money on gas, it’s a great way to exercise, and it can even boost your happiness, according to some studies. But unfortunately, walking can be dangerous. [Read more...]

Does Testosterone Increase the Risk of Heart Attacks?

Drug defects | Personal injury attorney | Huntsville, ALIn the past decade, sales of testosterone gels, patches, pellets, and injections have skyrocketed. Testosterone is prescribed to many men who suffer from “low T,” which involves fatigue, low libido, and loss of energy.

You or someone you know might be taking testosterone, and if so, you should know the risks and benefits.

According to an article in the New York Times, a recent study has found that prescription testosterone raised the risk of heart attacks for older and middle-aged men. [Read more...]

Support Team Will: Donate, Walk, Like, and Share!

March of Dimes | Huntsville, AL | Martinson & Beason, P.CAt Martinson & Beason, P.C., we believe it is important to give back to the community that has supported us for over 75 years, as a firm and as individuals. The March of Dimes: March for Babies event is one of a variety of local causes, both in a professional and personal capacity, that our firm is involved in, but is certainly one nearest and dearest to my heart.

Last year, my wife Shannon and I started a team to help support the March of Dimes. The mission of this organization is to promote healthy pregnancies, improve prenatal care, and prevent health issues threatening babies. The organization carries out this mission by providing local programs and funding life-saving research. [Read more...]

What Are the Most Expensive Cars to Insure?

Jeep insurance | Car accident lawyers | Huntsville, ALDoes the type of car you have affect your insurance rate?

Absolutely—and a recent article from AL.com reports on the most and least expensive cars to drive.

According to the article, Insure.com compiled this list, which cites luxury car makers as the most expensive to insure. What topped the list? The Nissan GT-R Track Edition was found to be the most expensive, with an annual premium of $3,169.

Part of the reason for the high annual premium is the cost of repairs. The GT-R has carbon fiber body panels that typically have to be completely replaced after an accident. [Read more...]

The New Rules for Car Seats You Need to Know

Car seat defects | Personal injury lawyers | Huntsville, ALIf you have young children, you need to know the new car seat rules that the government has issued.

The first change, according to a recent Yahoo! article, involves installing car seats.

The installation of car seats is directly related to the safety they provide. If your child’s car seat is installed incorrectly, it could be failing to provide the maximum protection in an accident. Unfortunately, up to 75 percent of kids ride in a car seat that isn’t installed properly.

Since 2002, the government has required automakers to have anchors in the rear seats of all cars for the LATCH system. [Read more...]

Martinson & Beason Attorney Caleb Ballew and Wife Invited to White House Dinner

Caleb and Kourtney Ballew | Huntsville, AL AttorneysInvitations to state dinners at the White House are very rare and highly coveted. (You might remember, a couple of years ago, the uproar that occurred after the Salahi couple gate-crashed a White House state dinner.)

Recently, our own Caleb Ballew, along with his wife, Kourtney, attended a White House state dinner in honor of the French president. And no, they didn’t crash it!  [Read more...]