Ron Sykstus

  • 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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  • How to Get a Security Clearance

    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 ...

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  • Arbitration Gone Wild!

    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.

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  • Wells Fargo Customers, Real or Fake, Beware!

    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.

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  • Debt Collection Tactics Under Review

    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 ...

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  • Service Members Civil Relief Act (SCRA)

    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.

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  • Please Help Scottsboro Attorney Scott Berry and His Family

    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.

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