Cottonwood, Alabama Estate Planning Lawyers

Holly L Sawyer
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Dothan, AL Estate Planning Attorney
(334) 305-0290 294 West Main Street
Suite 103
Dothan, AL 36301
Estate Planning, Divorce, Family and Probate
Dothan, AL Estate Planning Lawyer
(334) 793-3332 424 S Oates St
Dothan, AL 36301
Estate Planning and Personal Injury
Dothan, AL Estate Planning Lawyer with 19 years experience
(334) 794-8596 112 W Troy St
Dothan, AL 36303
Estate Planning, Bankruptcy, Collections and Real Estate
Dothan, AL Estate Planning Attorney with 40 years experience
291 N Oates St
Dothan, AL 36303
Estate Planning, Business and Tax
Cumberland Law School, Samford
Enterprise, AL Estate Planning Lawyer
(334) 347-6447 203 S Edwards St
Enterprise, AL 36330
Estate Planning, Bankruptcy, Business and Civil Rights
Hartford, AL Estate Planning Lawyer with 42 years experience
(334) 588-3882 206 W. Commerce St.
Hartford, AL 36344
Estate Planning, Divorce and Family
Alyse Phillips Fowler
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Elba, AL Estate Planning Lawyer with 2 years experience
(334) 897-3413 415 Davis Street
Post Office Box 647
Elba, AL 36323
Estate Planning, Criminal, Divorce and Probate
Thomas Goode Jones School of Law, Faulkner University
Alyse Phillips Fowler was born and raised in Opp, Alabama and is a graduate of Opp High School. After attending Lurleen B. Wallace Community College and Troy University, earning a B.S. in Psychology in 2013, Mrs. Fowler immediately began her studies at Thomas Goode Jones School of Law. While at Jones School of Law, Mrs. Phillips earned "Best Paper" in Federal Crimes and clerked for Attorney William Blanchard in Montgomery, Alabama. She graduated from law school in 2017 and was admitted to the Alabama State Bar the same year.

Upon graduation, Alyse practiced corporate law for a major wireless retail...
Carmella Johnson Penn
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Union Springs, AL Estate Planning Attorney with 22 years experience
(334) 750-4141 P.O. Box 5252
Union Springs, AL 36089
Estate Planning, Business, Criminal and Probate
Union Springs, AL Estate Planning Attorney
(334) 738-5505 214 Prairie St N
Union Springs, AL 36089
Estate Planning
JonesSchool of Law
Sara J. Doty
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Huntsville, AL Estate Planning Lawyer with 11 years experience
(256) 519-9970 4725 Whitesburg Drive South
Suite 202
Huntsville, AL 35802
Estate Planning, Elder, Family and Probate
Birmingham School of Law
Sara is passionate about helping families plan for the future and protect what is most important to them. This includes implementing estate plans, as well as assisting clients to address more complex planning situations such as planning for loved ones with special needs, estate tax planning, income tax planning, asset protection, adoptions and step-parent adoptions. Always willing and able to explain complicated legal concepts clearly and concisely, Sara is skilled at working with her clients to ensure their plan will work now and in the future. Sara is a member of the Alabama State Bar as well as the United...
Amber Yerkey James
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Huntsville, AL Estate Planning Lawyer with 13 years experience
(256) 518-9529 2311 Market Place S.W.
Suite B
Huntsville, AL 35801
Estate Planning, Arbitration & Mediation, Elder and Employment
Birmingham School of Law
I am the owner of New Beginnings Family Law, P.C., originally founded in 2006 as James Family Law Center, LLC. We are a matrimonial and family law firm serving clients in all areas of family law including divorce, child custody, child support, paternity, dependency, grandparent visitation, prenuptial agreements, post-nuptial agreements, surrogacy, adoption, collaborative law, mediation, and appeals. I am licensed to practice law before the Supreme Court of the United States, the Federal Courts for the Northern District of Alabama, and all state courts in the State of Alabama. I have received training in many areas...
Jack T. Carney
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Birmingham, AL Estate Planning Lawyer with 17 years experience
(205) 802-0696 300 Office Park Drive
Suite 160
Birmingham, AL 35243
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Elder and Probate
Tulane University School of Law
The focus of my law practice is helping people develop a thoughtful estate plan to better protect their loved ones in the event of death or disability. I want to use my knowledge and experience to help families avoid problems and disputes during normal life transitions. I also handle a variety of probate and trust matters, including estate administrations, guardianships and conservatorships.

General business planning is usually a part of estate planning for business owners. I often help clients get their business house in order during the estate planning process, ensuring that the proper documents are in place...
Mitchell John Howie
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Huntsville, AL Estate Planning Attorney with 14 years experience
(256) 533-8074 107 North Side
Huntsville, AL 35801
Estate Planning, Business, Criminal and Employment
In 2015 Huntsville Attorney Mitchell J. Howie was selected as a member of the Nation’s Top One Percent of attorneys by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel. One of the best family lawyers in Huntsville, Mitchell J. Howie was also recognized as one of the Top 10 under 40 of Alabama Family Lawyers by the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys. In 2014 Attorney Mitchell J. Howie was recognized as one of the Top 100 lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers. Huntsville Attorney Mitchell J. Howie was also recognized as one of the Top 40 Lawyers Under 40...
Christopher S Hamer
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Birmingham, AL Estate Planning Attorney with 8 years experience
(855) 414-2637 2100 First Avenue North
Suite 230
Birmingham, AL 35203
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Business, Elder and Probate
University of Alabama School of Law and Birmingham School of Law
Chris Hamer, a Birmingham native, regularly advises and represents clients on a broad range of legal issues, including: probate and estate matters, civil litigation, arbitration, business transactions, contract disputes, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property, probate support for personal injury litigation, estate administration, estate and trust litigation, and taxation.

He has been recognized by Birmingham Magazine in its Top Attorneys list in the areas of Probate Law (2017, 2018) and Tax Law (2017), and was selected to the 2018 Mid-South’s Rising Stars by Super Lawyers for Estate & Trust Litigation. Chris maintains the highest Avvo Rating of 10.0 – Top Attorney, and...
Donald E Knapp, Jr.
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Birmingham, AL Estate Planning Lawyer with 15 years experience
(205) 409-4404 2100 Southbridge Parkway
Birmingham, AL 35209
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Bankruptcy, Personal Injury and Probate
William H. Bowen School of Law
As the managing partner and founder of Knapp Law Firm and Knapp and Associates, I manage a team of skilled lawyers, legal professionals and support staff representing clients in multiple states across the Southeastern United States. Being licensed in seven states, a host of federal jurisdictions, a member of the United States Supreme Court Bar and operating four offices allows us to provide the best legal representation possible for our clients through the use of cutting edge technology, required continuing education for our professionals and having only the best people on our team. Whether our clients...
Jonathan A. Blackwell
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Huntsville, AL Estate Planning Attorney with 22 years experience
(256) 539-4464 2304 Memorial Pkwy SW
Huntsville, AL 35801
Estate Planning, Criminal, DUI and Elder
University of Alabama School of Law
Criminal defense attorney Jonathan Blackwell graduated from the University of Alabama School of Law in 1997, and has continued in practice since. He has 20+ years' experience handling various cases - including criminal defense, DUI defense, personal injury, family law, divorce, and more - in courtrooms throughout Huntsville, Athens, Madison, Decatur, Scottsboro, and surrounding North Alabama areas. Attorney Blackwell currently works as a partner at Crumbley-Blackwell, & Associates, P.C. and offers free consultations for all criminal defense, DUI defense, and personal injury related cases in Alabama. Contact Attorney Jonathan Blackwell today to schedule your free consultation - by calling (256)...
Gregory S. Cusimano
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Gadsden, AL Estate Planning Attorney with 51 years experience
(877) 221-9867 153 S 9th St
Gadsden, AL 35901
Estate Planning, Personal Injury, Probate and Products Liability
University of Alabama School of Law
Gregory S. Cusimano was born in Gadsden, Alabama and attended local schools. He graduated from the University of Alabama in 1965 receiving a B.S. from the School of Commerce and Business Administration. He received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Alabama School of Law in 1968. After returning to Gadsden, he actively served his community through various civic organizations. He has served as Executive Board member, Treasurer, Vice President, President, and Past President of the Alabama Trial Lawyers Association. In 1988, he was appointed by the Alabama Supreme Court to serve on the...
James Blount Griffin
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Mountain Brook, AL Estate Planning Attorney with 17 years experience
(205) 502-2199 6 Office Park Circle, Suite 100
Mountain Brook, AL 35223
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Elder, Probate and Real Estate
Vanderbilt University Law School
We help you find the peace of mind that comes from taking care of your family and property. You want to protect your assets and save them for those you love. We are all mortal, and planning now for bad health or even sudden death allows you live your life to the fullest. My current practice combines experience in real estate law with estate planning and elder law. I am administrator of my late mother's affairs and guardian for my disabled older brother. My father, a veteran of World War II and the Korean War,...
Anne Reilly Moses
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Birmingham, AL Estate Planning Attorney with 40 years experience
(205) 967-0901 300 Cahaba Park Circle, Suite 100
Birmingham, AL 35242
Estate Planning, Business, Elder and Probate
St. John's University School of Law
Anne R. Moses received her B. A. from Barnard College, Columbia University, New York; and Juris Doctor from St. John’s University School of Law. She is admitted to practice in New York and Alabama. Anne is a Certified Elder Law Attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation, member of the National Association of Elder Law Attorneys and former Chair of the Elder Law Services Committee of the Birmingham Bar Association. She also has received her Mediation Certification from the Alabama State Bar and serves on the Board of the SOS Foundation. She has been voted as one of the Best...
Emily Hawk Mills
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Gadsden, AL Estate Planning Attorney with 20 years experience
(256) 543-0400 153 S 9th St
Gadsden, AL 35901
Estate Planning, Personal Injury, Probate and Products Liability
University of Alabama School of Law
Emily received her JD from the University of Alabama School of Law in 1989. Upon graduation, she clerked with the Honorable Sue Bell Cobb, Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals for one year before joining this practice in Gadsden. She has been extremely involved in community service and with the American Association for Justice and Alabama Association for Justice.
Katie Cameron O'Mailia
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MONTGOMERY, AL Estate Planning Lawyer with 3 years experience
(334) 523-0661 529 SOUTH PERRY STREET
Suite 18
MONTGOMERY, AL 36104
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Family
Birmingham School of Law and Western Carolina University
Mrs. O'Mailia attended Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina and graduated with a degree in Business Administration and Law in 2001. Following graduation, she moved to Montgomery, Alabama and began a career in the legal field.

In 2015, Mrs. O'Mailia graduated from Birmingham School of Law at the top of her class. During law school, she was awarded the Service to Women Award by the Birmingham Bar Association, presented by the Honorable Justice Julie Palmer. She also completed a clerkship with Legal Services Alabama which is located at the One Place Family Justice Center in Montgomery, Alabama. During this clerkship,...
Gary Wayne Lackey
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Scottsboro, AL Estate Planning Attorney with 38 years experience
(256) 259-3929 126 E Peachtree St
Scottsboro, AL 35768
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, DUI, Divorce and Personal Injury
University of Alabama - Tuscaloosa
Gary graduated from the University of Alabama School of Law in 1981 and received his B.A. in Political Science with Honors from UA Huntsville in 1978. He has been practicing law in Alabama since 1981 and began his private practice in Scottsboro in 1982. Before entering private practice, Gary spent a year as general counsel for an insurance company in Alabama. The Lackey Law Firm has grown under his leadership and with his focus on Auto Accidents, Truck Wrecks, Wrongful Death, Injury Law, Divorce, Custody, DUI, Criminal Defense, Health Care Law and Civil Litigation. Gary graduated...
Rodney Jamael Davis
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Birmingham, AL Estate Planning Lawyer with 3 years experience
P.O. Box 431
Birmingham, AL 35201
Estate Planning, Elder, Family and Probate
Thomas Goode Jones School of Law, Faulkner University
Rodney Davis is an attorney in Birmingham, Alabama. His areas of practice include family law, estate planning, business planning and probate matters. A native of Hillsboro, Alabama, Rodney discovered that he had a love for research, writing, and interacting with others on a daily basis as a child. When it came to choosing a career, Rodney sought to find a way to combine these skills with the one thing he is most passionate about—helping others. Thus, he set out to pursue a dream of becoming an attorney, and he has not stopped helping people since.

Mr. Davis graduated from Thomas Goode...
William F. Prosch
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Vestavia Hills, AL Estate Planning Lawyer with 49 years experience
(205) 795-2032 300 Vestavia Parkway
Suite 2300
Vestavia Hills, AL 35216
Estate Planning, Elder, Probate and Traffic Tickets
Cumberland School of Law, Samford University
Since becoming an attorney over 40 years ago, Mr. Prosch has provided a wide range of legal services, from criminal defense to probate. Over the last 10 years, he decided to focus his practice on probate estate settlements.

Because Mr. Prosch is such an advocate for individuals in need of legal assistance, he will still take on a few Traffic Violation cases each year. Especially if they driver resides in a state other than Alabama. He has helped many drivers reduce the penalties of their violation and saved them from having to travel back to Alabama by working closely with...
Robert Vargo
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Huntsville, AL Estate Planning Attorney with 44 years experience
(256) 539-7396 2317 Market Place
Suite C
Huntsville, AL 35801
Estate Planning, Business, Probate and Real Estate
St. Mary's University School of Law
Robert Vargo has over 35 years experience representing businesses and individuals in an extensive variety of corporate, commercial, technology and real estate law matters. During that time, he has enjoyed long standing relationships with many clients nationwide.
William Grady Nolan
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Hoover, AL Estate Planning Lawyer with 37 years experience
(877) 277-3557 1232 Blue Ridge Blvd.
Hoover, AL 35226
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Elder and Probate
1982 graduate, Cumberland School of Law Former Chair of the Jefferson County Council on Aging Current Chair of the Birmingham Bar Association's Elder Law committee Former Chair of the Alabama State Bar's Real Property, Probate and Trust bar section
Smith Prestwood
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Fairhope, AL Estate Planning Attorney with 10 years experience
(251) 929-4092 409 North Section Street, Suite A
Fairhope, AL 36532
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Insurance Claims, Personal Injury and Probate
University of Alabama School of Law
I have been helping people in Baldwin County and Mobile County for over a decade. After spending 7 years working for insurance companies, I opened Prestwood Law Firm to fight back against them. I aggressively pursue compensation for those that have been injured, wronged, or defrauded, and I fight insurance companies to recover the maximum amount on claims. My firm also prepares estate planning documents and assists individuals with the probate/estate administration process. If you need representation, or if you are not sure if you even need a lawyer, contact me today for a free consultation.
A. Mac Martinson
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Huntsville, AL Estate Planning Attorney with 28 years experience
(800) 255-6534 115 North Side Square
Huntsville, AL 35801
Estate Planning, Business, Personal Injury and Real Estate
Cumberland School of Law, Samford University
Since beginning his practice twenty years ago, Mac Martinson has helped business and real estate clients navigate the legal world. Mac and his wife Sarabeth, have three children. Mac enjoys playing and coaching ice hockey, camping, water skiing, snow skiing, fishing and spending time at the lake and is a Trustee for the Land Trust of North Alabama.
Kathy Long Skipper
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Birmingham, AL Estate Planning Lawyer
(205) 939-1010 1901 Richard Arrington Junior Boulevard South
Birmingham, AL 35209
Estate Planning, Criminal, Divorce and Probate
Cumberland School of Law, Samford University
PHONE:(205) 939-1010 FAX:(205) 939-1012
Melissa L. Padgett
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Brewton, AL Estate Planning Attorney with 4 years experience
(251) 867-7724 401 Evergreen Avenue
P O Box 467
Brewton, AL 36426
Estate Planning, Divorce, Family and Probate
Thomas Goode Jones School of Law, Faulkner University
You may also view my firm's website at www.omcgslaw.com. "No representation is made that the quality of the legal services to be performed is greater than the quality of legal services performed by other lawyers."
John Finley Porter III
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Scottsboro, AL Estate Planning Attorney with 41 years experience
(256) 574-5156 123 East Laurel Street
Scottsboro, AL 35768
Estate Planning, Divorce, Personal Injury and Probate
Cumberland School of Law, Samford University
The successful argument of J.E. B. v. Alabama before the U.S. Supreme Court marked an exciting milestone for John F. Porter, III. The Porter Law Group offers offers a broad range of professional and personal legal services. John and Claire Porter represent local, national and international corporate clients as well as local governments and agencies. Additionally, we strive to provide the personal, "home town" service needed by individuals. John F. Porter, III or C. Claire Porter will personally meet with you to discuss your case and they will communicate with you through email and written correspondence regarding your case as...
Malcolm S McLeod
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HOOVER, AL Estate Planning Attorney with 16 years experience
(205) 930-1774 1980 BRADDOCK DR
HOOVER, AL 35226
Estate Planning, Family, Probate and Real Estate
Birmingham School of Law
I graduated High School from Vestavia Hills, and am a long-time Birmingham native. After graduating from the University of Alabama, I formed a Mortgage Company, and attended law school at Birmingham School of law.

My practice centers around Real Estate matters, and Probate law. I have additional expertise in Family Law &
Corporation law.

In the summer of 2018, I purchased and moved my offices to my new location on Braddock Drive.

Jeffrey S Brown
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Decatur, AL Estate Planning Attorney with 26 years experience
(256) 340-8042 214 Johnston St SE
Decatur, AL 35601
Estate Planning, Elder, Probate and Tax
New York University School of Law and University of Alabama School of Law
Jeff provides extensive expertise to small and large business clients regarding daily operations and tax-saving strategies. His corporate practice also includes business formation and financing issues, contract review and assistance, mergers and acquisitions and employment law matters.

He also skillfully applies his tax knowledge to his estate planning practice area. In addition to drafting documents necessary to implement his client’s estate plans, including wills and trusts, Jeff counsels regarding charitable giving and special needs planning. Similarly, Jeff provides valuable counsel to personal representatives and trustees during the estate administration process.

Jeff has extensive experience in the coordination of real estate transactions,...
Bryan S. Brinyark
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Northport, AL Estate Planning Lawyer with 26 years experience
(205) 759-5773 31 McFarland Blvd.
Suite 200
Northport, AL 35476
Estate Planning, Business and Divorce
University of Alabama School of Law
Bryan S. Brinyark was born and raised in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He graduated from the University of Alabama in 1990 and received his Juris Doctor from the University of Alabama School of Law in 1993 where he was a member of Phi Delta Phi and the Farrah Law Society. He was admitted to the bar in 1993 and is licensed to practice in all Alabama State Courts as well as the U.S. District Courts in the Northern and Middle Districts of Alabama. Mr. Brinyark is a member of the Alabama and Tuscaloosa Bar Associations as well as the...
Benjamin Hamilton Jarrell
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Huntsville, AL Estate Planning Lawyer
(256) 713-4383 917-C Merchant's Walk
Huntsville, AL 35801
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Business and Civil Rights
Loyola University New Orleans
The Law Office of Benjamin Jarrell is a premiere Huntsville law firm known for commitment to their clients and for delivering outstanding results. We focus on providing comprehensive, effective, and state-of-the-art strategies to assist clients with their need for wealth preservation and estate, tax, and charitable planning. It is our hope that we can help you gain the peace of mind that comes from knowing that your loved ones are taken care of and that the things you have worked for become your legacy. We also practice in the areas of corporate and small business law, commercial transactions, government contracts, and intellectual...
Frank Truncali
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Montgomery, AL Estate Planning Lawyer with 2 years experience
(334) 557-7017 445 Dexter Ave
Suite 4050
Montgomery, AL 36104
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Elder and Probate
Thomas Goode Jones School of Law, Faulkner University
William Brooks Beckum
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Birmingham, AL Estate Planning Lawyer with 16 years experience
(205) 588-0699 3184 Cahaba Heights Road
Birmingham, AL 35243
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Construction, Employment and Insurance Claims
Washington University School of Law
Mr. Beckum has over fourteen years of legal experience representing individuals and small businesses in civil litigation and estate planning matters. Mr. Beckum's civil litigation practice focuses on employment litigation and construction litigation. He represents individuals throughout the State of Alabama that have been wrongfully terminated as a result of discrimination (race, gender, pregnancy, religion, and disability) and also represents victims of sexual harassment and retaliation.

His construction litigation practice focuses on representing individuals who have purchased a home or condominium with defective work. He has successfully represented numerous homeowners, condominium associations, and small business owners...
Kristina J. Sexton
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Huntsville, AL Estate Planning Lawyer with 8 years experience
(256) 534-8799 401 Pratt Ave. NW
Huntsville, AL 35801
Estate Planning, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Family
Kristina Sexton earned her law degree from Barry University School of Law, with a specialization in Children and Families, and Trial Advocacy. Prior to that, Ms. Sexton earned her B.S in Legal Studies from the University of Central Florida. Since 2005, Ms. Sexton has worked her way up from an assistant in a family law firm all the way to a Partner Attorney. Following graduation, Ms. Sexton sat for the Florida Bar where she was admitted and additionally she sat for the Alabama Bar where she was also admitted. Ms. Sexton moved to Huntsville and immediately became very active with...
Steve Bailey
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Birmingham, AL Estate Planning Attorney with 28 years experience
(205) 263-5060 2100 Providence Park
Suite 200
Birmingham, AL 35242
Estate Planning and Elder
University of Alabama School of Law and University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
Who I am.
I am a Christian husband and father who believes in family, honesty, equality, kindness, compassion, treating people the way I want to be treated and helping those in need. I wake up every morning excited to go to work because I get to live my values through serving others.

What I do.
I did not choose elder law as a career path, it chose me. For many years I practiced first as a CPA and then as a tax attorney who helped rich people avoid taxes. I only discovered my passion for elder law after my mother’s...
Douglas C. Martinson II
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Huntsville, AL Estate Planning Lawyer with 30 years experience
(800) 255-6534 115 North Side Square
Huntsville, AL 35801
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Business, Elder and Probate
Boston University School of Law and Washington and Lee University School of Law
Since 1990 when he joined Martinson & Beason, P.C., Doug has been a leader in the Huntsville community. His practice focuses on estate planning and probate, wills and trust, guardianship and elder law as well as corporate and business planning and disputes. In his spare time, Doug referees ice hockey and enjoys reading, snowing skiing and playing golf and tennis.
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