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Up until I read this story, the answer has always been an emphatic yes. I will amend my answer to say yes in all but the most unique of circumstances. To quote John Fogerty, “I ain’t no fortunate son.” I believe that most of my clients fall into this category as well so my advice to them is to answer the SF 86 in a full, complete and honest manner.
This episode of the Next Lawyer Up podcast features attorney Amber James. When you listen to this podcast, it will be very evident why Amber’s counsel is so eagerly sought. Amber is a very talented and driven lawyer who practices in all areas of family law. Her law firm, New Beginnings Family Law, is well-respected throughout North Alabama.
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 ...
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.
This episode of the Next Lawyer Up podcast features attorney Doug Martinson. Doug comes from a long line of attorneys and, along with his brother Mac, he leads the law firm of Martinson and Beason started by his grandfather in 1937. Martinson and Beason is a well-known law firm with excellent lawyers and support staff.
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 ...
This news story caught my eye. It struck me as odd. The White House dismissed 6 staffers who were “walked out of the building by security after not passing the SF 86.” In my experience, the security clearance process does not work in this manner. In practical terms, the way the system works is that someone applies for a job that requires a security clearance.
Since all of us are human, we all have normal desires for companionship. Those desires, however, when coupled with bad people and the ubiquitous internet can, unfortunately, sometimes lead to negative consequences. This is especially true for anyone who holds a security clearance. Whether the problem is due to drugs, alcohol, financial, criminal issues or sexual behavior, if so ...
This podcast features attorney Derek Simpson. Derek, along with his law partner, Barton Warren, are both considered top plaintiff’s attorneys in the state of Alabama. Together, they make a very formidable team. Besides that, both of them are just good guys – compassionate, respectful and easy-going.
I was fortunate enough to sit down and speak with both attorneys Allen Brinkley and his son, attorney John Brinkley. As a result, this is a long podcast! Allen and John practice with another Brinkley, nephew/cousin Charles, so the firm name, Brinkley and Brinkley, makes a lot of sense. As my partners and I often discuss, it seems like everyone in Alabama and Tennessee knows the Brinkleys.
In the world of consumer law, especially with regard to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), attorney Dave Philipps is one of the leading lawyers throughout the country. There are a number of very talented and driven consumer lawyers throughout the country and Dave is among that select group.
North Alabama is fortunate to be the home to many fine lawyers. Whenever the discussion revolves around the top lawyers throughout the state of Alabama, attorney Tommy Siniard is always on the list. His credentials, background and the work he has done for his clients over the years is impressive and well-respected throughout the state of Alabama.
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 ...
I recently saw in the news where President-elect Donald Trump is thinking about getting security clearances for his children and son-in-law. For everyone else, getting a security clearance is a much more arduous and burdensome process, unless your father is the President! In fact, I get several calls per month from prospective clients who tell me that they want to get a good-p ...
Over the past two years or so, I have noticed a marked increase in the government’s review and concern regarding individuals and their respective security clearances. I have seen tangible proof that security clearances are being denied and/or revoked at an increasing rate from years past. Of course, there are reasons behind this increase, especially every time an alarming trage ...
I have written previously about binding mandatory arbitration. Recently, I have written about the scandal at Wells Fargo, which now seems like it is in the news daily. This is where Wells Fargo created fake accounts for many of their real customers so that they could bleed them for fees and make money on these made up accounts.
In what can only be described as stunning news, federal regulators said Wells Fargo employees secretly created millions of unauthorized bank and credit card accounts — without their customers knowing it — since 2011. The phony accounts earned the bank unwarranted fees and allowed Wells Fargo employees to boost their sales figures and make more money.
Illegal Debt Collection is always the number one complained about problem by consumers, both to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and to the Consumer Protection Financial Bureau (CFPB). In what should end up being good news for consumers in our country, on July 28, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB” or “Bureau”) issued its outline of proposals under conside ...
Every military service member should know about this law. Older military personnel will know this law by its previous name, Soldier’s and Sailor’s Civil Relief Act (SSCRA). The new SCRA was made effective on December 19, 2003 and it is found at 50 USC 501 – 596, Public Law 108-189. This law is a complete revision of the SSCRA.
Please Help Scottsboro Attorney Scott Berry and His Family Posted on Aug 01, 2016 By Ron Sykstus August 1, 2016 by Ron Sykstus I have known Scott Berry for several years. Even though we met as adversaries in the courtroom, I quickly found out that Scott is a great guy. He is a compassionate, thoughtful and skilled attorney and he takes great care of his clients.