Building your case: Attorneys share the value of experience and the power of documentation
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By Tanna M. Friday
TRUSSVILLE — Massey, Stotser & Nichols, P.C. is a general practice law firm offering a wide variety of services. The Trussville firm represents business clients from the formation of a new business to transactions, collections, and litigation as
well as represents individual clients in many different areas such as personal injury, family law, estate planning, contracts, probate, corporate and general litigation. The firm has represented individuals and business clients facing a variety of legal issues for nearly 40 years.
“What a lot of people don’t realize when they go to firms practicing in one area is that some cases involve several areas of law,” said Templeton. “Our firm is unique and helpful because there are attorneys here with so much experience and knowledge that allows us to cover many issues in many areas of law. We can all draw from each other’s experiences to provide our clients with a greater level of support.”
Anne Durward shares that this knowledge and expertise allows attorneys to walk both sides.
“Since we represent both the Plaintiff and Defendant, it makes for a unique set of skills because we can see a case from both sides,” said Durward. “This helps us take care of our clients better. Because you can see both sides and be more thorough in the development of your case.”
In addition to the firm’s experience and knowledge, the attorneys at Massey, Stotser & Nichols, P.C., believe that these areas of law all require one common form of action that will bring value to the outcome of a case – documentation. From personal injury, domestic relations, to corporate litigation, there is value in gathering documentation before beginning litigation or initiating a business transaction.
When you have a legal issue, whether it concerns personal injury or divorce, it is important to get the details and provide evidence when you can. Attorneys at Massey, Stotser & Nichols, P.C. explain how to approach the research and information gathering you will need in order to document your claims properly and to help have a successful outcome.
Attorney Spenser Templeton shares that in personal injury claims documentation is key.
“One of the largest problems I have seen in personal injury cases is documentation,” said Templeton. “A lot of people think that they will remember a particular event, but what they don’t realize is by the time the case goes to trial, it is sometimes two years after the fact. One thing I tell clients is to keep a journal, which can serve as a good memory refresher down the road.”
Templeton adds other documentation that would be valuable for your case would include including photographs, journaling (about the incident, injuries, names, symptoms, and medical attention), medical-related receipts and records, records of travel expenses and income lost due to injuries.
Durward adds that the same applies in family law.
“Make sure you know how much money you have, what your documents are,” said Durward. “The more you can gather before coming to see an attorney, the better we are able to advise you.”
Durward says that whatever documentation you have, the better off you will be in the long run. Some documentation examples include keeping a journal, saving emails, text, and social media posts, and financial documents.
“Because you are your own best witness in a case,” said Durward. “We can only represent you thoroughly with the information you provide us.”
In corporate law, there is not much difference in the documentation, however, in order to be represented well in a corporate transaction, attorney Michael Brymer says that in tax liability issues, a CPA is needed.
“We will work hand in hand with them to make sure that whatever corporate entity you are creating or transaction to close, we will work hard to provide the best outcome for our clients,” said Brymer. “To know that someone is here that can handle a wide array of things and really create that lifelong relationship with our clients is the goal.”
Attorney Stephanie Weems adds that not only do attorneys at Massey, Stotser & Nichols, P.C. want to create a client’s L.L.C.s, but they also want to be involved in their company.
“We want you to not only to complete your documents for us to create your L.L.C. but come back to us when you have a question about the company you just started,” said Weems. “Our goal is to be that contact, to take care of the one thing that is needed while figuring out what else we can do for you, your company, and your family or friends.”
For more information about Massey, Stotser, and Nichols, P.C., visit www.msnattorneys.com or for a consultation, call (205) 502-2451.
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