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Red Oak Legal, P.C.
Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Focusing on Estate Planning, Elder Law, and Probate matters in Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Interests: Alabama State Bar, Tuscaloosa County Bar Association, Tuscaloosa Rotary Club (past president), Christ Episcopal Church (Vestry), National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Alabama Defense Lawyers Association
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Under the former Alabama trespass law, an intruder upon rural, unfenced property was not necessarily a trespasser unless Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2016 at Red Oak Legal, P.C.
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An entity is worth what a seller is willing to sell it for and a buyer is willing to pay for it at a certain moment in time—no more, no less. That’s reality. It doesn’t matter what you think your valuable is worth. . . Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2015 at Red Oak Legal, P.C.
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Good judgment is not innate to the human species. Probably more than any creature, we humans make the same mistakes over and over and receive the due penalty for our failure to learn from our own foibles. Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2015 at Red Oak Legal, P.C.
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This was the second marriage for both Mike & Carol Brady. But when Mike suddenly died, an important question had to be answered: who gets his money? Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2015 at Red Oak Legal, P.C.
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"Here’s the difference. LegalZoom’s job is to deliver a product the customer requests, and an Estate Planning Attorney’s job is to assess a client’s family circumstances, make recommendations based on those circumstances, and create a plan to achieve what a fully informed client decides upon. . . " Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2015 at Red Oak Legal, P.C.
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By Jeff S. Barganier, JD Everyone could benefit from a legal mentor: a trusted generalist with some knowledge of the law. Business people lose time and money when they fail to drive their transactions defensively. This nation was founded by people who possessed a profound understanding of human nature. They... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2015 at Red Oak Legal, P.C.
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By Jeff S. Barganier, JD Everyone could benefit from a legal mentor: a trusted generalist with some knowledge of the law. The famous baseball pitcher Leroy Satchel Paige said: “Don’t look back. Something might be gaining on you.” There are other reasons to keep looking forward. If you’re always looking... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2015 at Red Oak Legal, P.C.
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Recently, the VA has quietly taken action to limit access to Pensions for U.S. wartime Veterans. These rules changes would impose Medicaid-style penalties and reduce the number of Veterans who can qualify. Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2015 at Red Oak Legal, P.C.
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By Jeff S. Barganier, JD Everyone could benefit from a legal mentor: a trusted generalist with some knowledge of the law. During all of my years in life and business, two of the most important things I’ve learned are: 1 – every choice you make has a consequence; and 2... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2015 at Red Oak Legal, P.C.
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"The best way, perhaps the only way, to avoid the doldrums is to steer clear. Here’s how: Keep your mind active and your body in motion. General Eisenhower told the troops on the eve of D-Day that in battle – come what may – they should not shy from making decisions; and keep moving. When nothing seems to be happening, do something. Inactivity will kill you. Don’t be concerned about making mistakes." Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2015 at Red Oak Legal, P.C.
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By Jeff S. Barganier, JD Everyone could benefit from a legal mentor: a trusted generalist with some knowledge of the law. What is truth? I posed the question to a college class of graduating political science students. “The facts,” one answered. “God,” replied another. The rest leaned slightly forward in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2015 at Red Oak Legal, P.C.
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"So, unless, like me, you’re planning to escape the surly bonds of this world via the Rapture, you might wish to give these weighty matters consideration. Indeed, you might give them thought either way..." Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2015 at Red Oak Legal, P.C.
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By Jeff S. Barganier, JD Everyone could benefit from a legal mentor: a trusted generalist with some knowledge of the law. Throwing a live grenade at Fort Dix, New Jersey was some of the best fun I’ve ever had. A little scary, sure, but it was a “living in the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2015 at Red Oak Legal, P.C.
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By Raley L. Wiggins | Attorney at Law | Red Oak Legal, PC Sometimes it can be hard to unplug. We spend our workdays and even our leisure time with our noses glued to the screens of the tiny little computers most of us carry in our pockets—computers which, I’m... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2015 at Red Oak Legal, P.C.
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By Jeff S. Barganier, JD Everyone could benefit from a legal mentor: a trusted generalist with some knowledge of the law. Young people should learn as early as possible how to live profitably and yet be ravenous livers of life. Few of us know how to really live. We merely... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2015 at Red Oak Legal, P.C.
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By Raley L. Wiggins | Attorney at Law | Red Oak Legal, PC When I was in college the No-Limit Texas Hold ‘Em fad was sweeping its way through the dregs of ESPN2 and other cable “sports” networks. It even found its way into my circle of friends, which I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2015 at Red Oak Legal, P.C.
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By Jeff S. Barganier, JD Everyone could benefit from a legal mentor: a trusted generalist with some knowledge of the law. Lawyers, by the way, are sometimes censured for failing to communicate with their clients. This, for me, rises to the level of legal heresy. Lawyers who fail to communicate... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2015 at Red Oak Legal, P.C.
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By Jeff S. Barganier, JD Everyone could benefit from a legal mentor: a trusted generalist with some knowledge of the law. I chose to attend law school because I wanted to understand the law and how lawyers think. I wanted to acquire a pedestal of knowledge that would serve me... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2015 at Red Oak Legal, P.C.
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20 a Legal Mentor Can Save You Time, Money and Heartache: No. 11 – By helping you mediate bizarre attacks of neighbors - By Jeff S. Barganier, JD: "A legal mentor will provoke political upheaval in defense of your roses." Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2015 at Red Oak Legal, P.C.
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By Babs Hart - Are you looking for a win/win proposition when it comes to your long-term health care services? Take a moment to learn about a solution that will allow the insured to access the death benefit (while still living) to help with chronic illness or for long-term care services. Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2015 at Red Oak Legal, P.C.
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Everyone could benefit from a legal mentor: a trusted generalist with some knowledge of the law. Through an informed legal mentor you may access a broad base of knowledge, stay abreast of the changing world around you and, hopefully, practice preventative law—the best possible kind. Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2015 at Red Oak Legal, P.C.
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Last Will & Testament The first piece of any basic estate plan is a last will and testament setting out how you want to have your property divided at your death. In addition, if you have any minor children you may name guardians for them in the event that both... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2015 at Red Oak Legal, P.C.
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By Raley Wiggins What Is Estate Planning? The process of giving what I have, to who I want, when I want, the way I want; and when I die, I want my assets to go to the people I love without unnecessary cost or delay. These goals can be accomplished... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2015 at Red Oak Legal, P.C.
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By Jeff S. Barganier, JD Everyone could benefit from a legal mentor: a trusted generalist with some knowledge of the law. Smart, successful people cross their t’s, dot their i’s, and utilize professional advisers. News Flash: Your competitors in life hope you won’t; but that’s not the point of this... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2015 at Red Oak Legal, P.C.
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By Jeff S. Barganier, JD Everyone could benefit from a legal mentor: a trusted generalist with some knowledge of the law. If it’s too good to be true, it usually isn’t. During my career in business I learned that greed can be a powerful motivator that often causes people to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2015 at Red Oak Legal, P.C.