Ron Sykstus

  • Security Clearances by the Numbers

    Security clearance issues, it seems, are in the news just about every day as of late. The news covers a lot of areas. Security Clearance Process in the News at the Highest Level Do you have to complete the SF 86 in its entirety to be given Security Clearance that allows access to classified material? Security Clearance Applications (SF 86) – Full and Complete Disclosure ...

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  • Episode 16 – Next Lawyer Up with Ron Sykstus featuring Jere Beasley

    This episode of the Next Lawyer Up podcast features attorney Jere Beasley. I can’t imagine a lawyer in the state of Alabama who doesn’t know the name of attorney Jere Beasley. In fact, it is probably the same way for at least 90% (if not all!) of the lawyers in the entire United States. Jere Beasley is that universally well-known and respected.

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  • Security Clearance Applications (SF 86) – Full and Complete Disclosure is Required!

    For anyone who was ever held a security clearance, he or she knows the importance of full and complete disclosure on the SF 86 form, which is the application form to be able to get a clearance. That is why this story is shocking. Beyond that, before anyone who holds a secret clearance, there is a new formal investigation and a new completed SF 86 form that is required every 10 ...

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  • Are you Getting Unwanted Calls and Texts to Your Cell Phone?

    Is it just me or does it seem like calls to your cell phone are exploding in volume? I am probably getting five or more unsolicited and unwelcome calls each day trying to sell me items and services that I do not need nor do I want! I feel like I am under assault! Given the fact I know the law in this area, I thought I would share some ways we can help when you are getting this same type of telep.

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  • How Should a Veteran File an Original VA Disability Claim?

    As of March 24, 2015, the VA (Veterans Administration) implemented a new regulation requiring that all VA claims be filed on standardized forms. The VA will also no longer accept informal claims in order to establish a claimant’s effective date for benefits. Federal Register rule changes were announced here: Standard Claims and Appeals Forms; Final Rule Filing a VA Disability C ...

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  • Military Service Members – Don’t Do Stupid Stuff!

    In the private, civilian non-government related world, doing stupid thing can have consequences but, when someone is in the military and/or has a security clearance, the consequences of bad judgment and behavior can be exponential. I am prompted to write this blog post based upon the disturbing news reports out of the Marine Corps.

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  • Episode 7 – Next Lawyer Up Podcast with Ron Sykstus featuring Taze Shepard

    This episode of the Next Lawyer Up podcast features attorney Taze Shepard of Huntsville, AL. In a manner of speaking, a large part of the population of North Alabama lives here and works here because of Taze’s grandfather, Senator John Sparkman. Senator Sparkman was instrumental in moving the Von Braun missile team to what was then a sleepy little military outpost called Re ...

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  • Episode 2: Next Lawyer Up with Ron Sykstus and Amy Tanner

    This episode of the Next Lawyer Up podcast features attorney Amy K. Tanner. Amy has been my law partner, friend and colleague since 1999. She is originally from Montgomery, Alabama where she was born and raised. Since the work of being a lawyer is a lot about the grind, meaning putting in a great deal of time and effort on every case for every client, maybe that is why I focu ...

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