In a move possibly inspired by neighboring state Georgia, Alabama is considering the same type of distracted driving law implemented in July for the entire state of Georgia. This law made it illegal for drivers to hold their phone, GPS, tablet, or any device while driving—or even while the driver is stopped at a red light. Rather than being called a “no-texting” law, the proposed bill would be known as a distracted driving law, with a first offense carrying a $50 fine, adding two points to an Alabama driver’s license. A second offense would add three points to a driver’s license—the same number of points as many other driving violations, including speeding. In the state of Alabama, racking up 12-14 points on a driver’s license during a specific length of time can result in a license suspension.
Martinson & Beason, PC is proud to welcome Sincere Anderson and Malik Williams as interns for the second half of Summer 2018.
The firm is proud to offer this opportunity for college students to learn more about the practice of law and working in the legal environment. Each intern has expressed an interest in law and will enjoy a broad exposure to legal concepts in specialties such as personal injury, real estate, and probate.
The next episode of the Mo Show Live will air Wednesday, June 27th at 3:00 PM central and will feature Rodney Richardson, Principal of Horizon Elementary in the Madison City School System. Morris and Rodney will be discussing the state of elementary education, standardized testing, the need for male role models in elementary education, and more.
Rodney is passionate about education and educating young students in particular. Rodney is a native of Cleveland, Ohio and was drawn to Huntsville on a basketball scholarship at Alabama A&M University where he played from 1992 to 1996 under Coach Vann Pettaway. Rodney earned his Bachelors in Elementary Education and Masters in Education Administration while at Alabama A&M University. Rodney also earned an Education Specialist (Ed.S.) degree in curriculum and instruction from Middle Tennessee State University.
It is impossible to overly stress the importance of seeing a doctor after any kind of accident. From slipping on a wet floor to a car wreck, having a doctor examine your injuries is vital not only for your personal health but also from a legal standpoint.
Even after an accident, some people don’t like to go to the doctor for many reasons. Maybe they think they can “tough it out” and save some money or they might get anxiety from going to the doctor’s office. No matter the reason, it is vitally important that you go to see a doctor after any accident. Even if you were taken to the emergency room after a car accident and were released with no major injuries, it’s still a good idea to follow up with your personal doctor.
Recently, the Alabama legislature has been attempting to modify the states civil forfeiture laws, but, as reported by AL.com, those efforts failed recently when the reform bill was voted down.
Civil forfeiture is a type of action in Alabama whereby law enforcement can file litigation to take property and assets (including cash) from a person they believe to be involved in criminal activity, and that the property or asset being taken was paid for with money from criminal activity, or that the property is assisting the criminal activity. For instance, police can seize a drug-dealer’s car if they believe the car is used to transport drugs or can seize the dealer’s cash if believed to be from drug sales.
Join Martinson & Beason, PC attorneys Doug Martinson and Morris Lilienthal for a free webinar on estate planning on Wednesday, May 30th at 6:00 PM (CST). Through an interactive question and answer format, Morris and Doug will be discussing wills, the various forms of trusts, advanced directives for healthcare (also known as living wills) and power of attorney instruments. Get your estate planning questions answered as Morris and Doug will be seeking questions from viewers.
It’s important to have your estate planning affairs in order in any stage of life. Families with young children nominate guardians and have a say at what age their children will receive an inheritance should catastrophe strike. Older members of our community often find comfort in knowing they have a plan for after they pass. Estate planning is also important for blended and non-traditional families.