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5 Things You Should Consider Before Hiring a Personal Injury Attorney

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Following a serious injury, it can be difficult to know what to do. Even if you think that someone else is to blame–and perhaps have brought a claim for damages against their insurer–you may have questions about how much your case is worth, what your rights are regarding accepting or rejecting a settlement, whether… Read More »

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Estate Planning and Coronavirus

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Amid the coronavirus pandemic and the uncertainty of the future and the risks associated with contracting the virus and developing COVID-19, estate planning has become more relevant and important for many throughout Alabama. What’s more, the deadly nature of the coronavirus has not only led more people to create estate plans, but also to… Read More »

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Pedestrian Accidents and COVID-19

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While the coronavirus pandemic is far from over in the country, businesses in states nationwide are starting to open back up again and stay-at-home orders are being lifted. This is true in Alabama, where the Safer at Home order is in effect until July 3 (and was modified from a stay-at-home order). As people… Read More »

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Smith Brothers Follow in Their Father’s Footsteps

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“You’re never too old to follow your dreams and strike out on a different path.” This has been a defining philosophy in the lives of attorney Thomas Smith Jr. and his sons Thomas “Scott” Smith III and Elliott Smith. Thomas Smith Jr. found his calling a little later in life. Having previously earned a… Read More »

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5 Tips to a More Successful Injury Claim

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It’s commonly known that insurance companies will take every measure possible to avoid paying compensation after you have an accident. An insurance company is in business to make money, so payouts to accident victims cut into their profits. Denying claims and shortchanging people isn’t right, but these unscrupulous practices are just one more thing… Read More »

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How is Alimony Calculated in Alabama?

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When a couple is married, they receive the benefit of financial support that inherently comes with marriage. If the marriage dissolves, this could cause a financial hardship for one of the parties, allowing them to ask for financial support from the other. In the state of Alabama, alimony is also referred to as spousal… Read More »

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Back to School – School Bus Safety at the Bus Stop and On the Roadways in Alabama

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) states that the school bus is the safest means of transportation for getting your child to school, claiming that riding the bus is much safer than traveling by car. In fact, while it is true that fatal school bus accidents do occur (there are about four to six children… Read More »

Five Things to Consider Before Divorce in Alabama - Smith & McGhee

Top 5 Reasons to Hire an Attorney for Your Divorce

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Starting divorce proceedings can be an emotional and sometimes overwhelming experience. You may be pondering if you really need a divorce attorney. It may make sense to try to go it alone and use online resources or kits as a way to save both time and money. The following reasons may preclude you from… Read More »

No Fault Divorce in Alabama - Smith & McGhee

What Is a “No-Fault” Divorce in Alabama?

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When it comes to filing for a divorce, there are grounds, or reasons, as to why the divorce is occurring. Generally speaking, one of the spouses is found to be at fault, or responsible for the divorce. Typical grounds for divorce include the following: Abandonment/desertion – A spouse leave the household and has no intentions… Read More »

Mental & Emotional Trauma and Car Accidents - Smith & McGhee

Mental and Emotional Trauma Suffered After a Car Accident

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Car accidents are frightening and victims can relive that fright over and over again. The mental and emotional effects may hide for months or even years. Gradually, the aftermath of a car collision can make it hard for them to function within their family, make it difficult to effectively do their job and could… Read More »