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Three options for attorney compensation

By Chesley Payne The most commonly asked question by a client to an attorney is “What do you charge?” Attorneys have different ways and means by which they are compensated for their work. Sometimes this means the client will pay them directly; other times it means the attorney will be paid indirectly. The first, and most familiar form of attorney compensation, is the contingent fee agreement. Under continge ...

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Jan. 28 a day Alabamians won’t soon forget

By Slade Blackwell Last week started out like any other week during the legislative session: Monday I work in Birmingham and Tuesday morning I head to Montgomery and return Thursday. Then the snow hit. Like so many others in Birmingham and the surrounding areas, I was stuck. Thankfully I made it back home safely, as did my family, but for others, that was not the case. Central Alabama was paralyzed with the ...

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Scott Beason won’t seek re-election, speculation on his future begins

By Scott Buttram TRUSSVILLE -- With Friday's announcement by Scott Beason that he will not seek re-election for his District 17 state Senate seat, the speculation and questions have run rampant. Who will run for his seat with new district lines reaching well into Trussville? What is next for Beason? With qualifying deadlines fast approaching, both questions must be answered quickly. Add to those another que ...

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From out of snowhere

By Scott Buttram TRUSSVILLE -- As significant impending severe weather days go, Tuesday did not even cause an eyebrow to be raised in The Trussville Tribune office. There seemed to be absolutely no reason for concern as the morning began. Editor Gary Lloyd was preparing to cover the Trussville City Council meeting and rush home to report the story and finish the layout process of this week's newspaper. I wa ...

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New job means new attitude, new possibilities and (maybe) new purchases

By June Mathews I love working at home. In terms of a job, there’s nothing finer than keeping my own hours and wearing sweatpants to the office. And as for the commute, you can’t beat it. The walk from the bedroom to my desk takes less than a minute. Even if I detour to the kitchen for a cup of coffee, I’m at work in record time, and no matter when I get there, I’m considered punctual. I am, after all, the ...

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Is birth control linked to glaucoma?

By Zack Steele In surfing around looking for interesting new research in the field of eye care (could my life get more exciting?), I found a recent study suggests women who have used oral contraceptives for three or more years are more likely to develop glaucoma. Before you go flushing your birth control medication, know that the data was collected from a survey rather than controlled clinical trials. This ...

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A heartfelt need for a friend like Jesus

By Robert Wilkerson “You are my friend if you do what I command” (John 15:16). One of the favorite hymns of millions of Christians is the old hymn, “What a Friend We Have in Jesus.” It has been popular for many years because we all have a heartfelt need for a friend like him. He is a unique friend in that as the hymn says, “He bears our sins and griefs.” No matter how much we may be loved by our friends, we ...

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Could the Alabama Accountability Act be Birmingham’s savior?

By Scott Buttram TRUSSVILLE- As the 2014 session of the Alabama Legislature gets under way, I'm still thinking about the 2013 session and the passing of the Alabama Accountability Act, the school choice bill that shocked the Democrats and sent the state media into a frenzy. Monday's release of the list of 76 failing Alabama schools by the State Department of Education was a reminder of the importance of AAA ...

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Motorists today provide incentive to stay home

By Gary Lloyd It happens every time I leave the house. I blow the horn to startle another driver’s attention away from the cell phone and back to the road so he or she maneuvers back across the double-yellow lines into their own lane. I try not to get T-boned because someone has run the light. I watch, in amazement, as the big, red “STOP” sign is apparently invisible. These are daily occurrences that I deal ...

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Should you probate your relative’s will?

By Chesley Payne I am often contacted by people who have a recently deceased family member who want to know whether it is necessary to probate the will. That answer often depends on whether the deceased had any assets. In most cases where the answer is yes, probating the will is highly advisable as doing so will allow the personal representative -- also called an executor -- to receive letters of administra ...

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