Month: May 2011

Memorial Day Car Accident Statistics for Alabama’s Highways

With the holiday weekend now upon us drivers are going to be hitting Alabama highways in large numbers despite high gas prices. According to AAA, nearly 35 million people will travel 50 miles or more from their home this holiday weekend. Unfortunately, more drivers on the roadways means more wrecks. In 2009, the Memorial Day holiday period was the deadliest for Alabama drivers surpassing, New Years, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. During this 78 hour holiday period in 2009, 15 people were killed in Alabama automobile accidents, which is more than double the number from 2008 (6).

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Settlement Reached in Decatur Area Car Accident

DecaturcaraccidentHuntsville car accident attorney Morris Lilienthal represented our client who was involved in a July 2010 car wreck on Alabama Highway 24 near Decatur, AL. Our client was driving eastbound on Ala. Hwy 20 when another driver failed to yield the right of way and pulled out in front of our client. This negligent action caused a severe impact between the two vehicles as evidenced by the above photograph. As a result of this wreck our client suffered multiple injuries including a knee injury which required surgical intervention and physical therapy.

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Doug Martinson, II Attends National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys Annual Conference

(LAS VEGAS, NEVADA) -- One of only two attorneys representing the state of Alabama, Doug Martinson, II of Martinson & Beason, P.C. recently attended the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys annual conference - The Elder and Special Needs Law National Conference. This year, the conference took place at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas from May 19th through May 21st. The conference focused on guardianship, protection of assets, and the ethics of Medicaid planning. However, speakers covered a range of other topics including: capacity, veterans' benefits, federal estate tax law, heath care reform for persons with disabilities, tax primer for elder law attorneys, sexuality and aging, and practice management tips, amongst others.

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Homeowners Insurance and Storm Damage

Usually homeowners insurance will pay for repairs/replacements, but not up-grades, for damages to the furniture, exterior and interior of the house, outbuildings, fences, outdoor furniture, etc. EXAMPLES:

  1. If carpet can be cleaned, the ins co will pay for cleaning, but will not pay for replacement;
  2. If carpet must be replaced, you will be paid for similar repair/replacement, and not Italian tile, etc.
  3. If vinyl shower is damaged. you be paid for similar repair/replacement, and not Italian tile, etc.

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Probate in Alabama: NOT COMPLICATED

Don't be intimidated, probating an estate in Alabama is not as complicated as advertised by many. In fact, it can be done quickly and cheaply with the right estate plan - and the right attorneys. Avoiding probate in Alabama can be beneficial, but more times than not, going through the probate court to administer an estate is necessary. There are a number of reasons for this including: • Transferring title to land to your heirs • Transferring assets to heirs, beneficiaries • Accessing bank accounts of the decedent

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