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 By Ron Holtsford    Legal    December 1, 2017 

Can you make a "case" for celebrating Christmas on December 25th?

The Bible does not tell us the date of Jesus's birth nor does it tell us to celebrate His birth. A celebration of Jesus's resurrection following His death on the cross is a more appropriate...

 

What Seems to Be The Biggest Issues With Wills That You See In Your Practice?

The biggest issues that I see unfortunately occur after someone is dead when a new Will is now an impossibility. Some people will do a Will with a lawyer at some point in their life . . . . . forty...

 
 By Ron Holtsford    Legal    October 1, 2017

Has there been a particularly interesting Court case in the recent months?

Actually there has. Many of the Court cases involving religion are establishment clause cases where there is an attempt to separate any activity that seems to tie a governmental entity to a religious...

 

ISN'T TAKING DOWN MONUMENTS THAT YOU DON'T LIKE A FORM OF FREE SPEECH?

Talking about monuments that you may not like or receiving a peaceful assembly approval by local law enforcement on public spaces to protest a monument that one may dislike is free speech, but the...

 
 By Ron Holtsford    Legal    August 1, 2017

I Am Considering Becoming A Lawyer. What Is The Pathway to That?

Aside from the lawyer jokes, being an attorney is a noble profession. In all professions you have the occasional bad seed even though law schools and Bar associations attempt to weed them out. And man...

 
 By Ron Holtsford    Legal    July 1, 2017

What Do You Perceive As Being The Outcome Of Trump's Travel Ban?

This is certainly not my area of expertise but I will take a stab at it. First let’s take a look at a couple of historical concepts. In 1882 the Chinese Exclusion Act was passed in Congress, which...

 
 By Ron Holtsford    Legal    June 1, 2017

Why is it not criminal to burn a United States flag?

Patriotically and emotionally if the destruction of an American flag is done in a manner of disrespect, I would think that it should be criminal and I would say give that individual a chance to live...

 
 By Ron Holtsford    Legal    May 1, 2017

I Need A treatment To Save My Life and My Doctor Says The Insurance Company is Deciding What They Will Pay For. When Did The Insurance Company Become My Doctor?

There are so many things that have affected medical treatment in the last thirty years or more. Technology has come so far and because of it we are living longer and we are paying much more for...

 
 By Ron Holtsford    Legal    April 1, 2017

ENDREW F. V DOUGLAS COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT?

While states are able to receive Federal funds under the Individual with Disabilities Education Act, the State(s) must provide each eligible child with a free appropriate public education and each...

 
 By Ron Holtsford    Legal    March 1, 2017

A FUNERAL AND A WEDDING

Not to be confused with the South Korean movie “Two Weddings and a Funeral” or the British movie, “Four Weddings and a Funeral”, my real life January events had nothing to do with “hooking...

 

What gives the President the ability to pardon or commute sentences imposed on criminals?

Article 2, Section 2 of the Unites States Constitution says, “... and he shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offenses against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment.”...

 
 By Ron Holtsford    Legal    January 1, 2017

Do I need to think about any legal issues for the New Year?

Without specifics about yourself I’ll make this answer generic in a personal and in a business sense. I’m presume you looked at your financial estate planning (401k, mutual funds, stocks and...

 

A Personal Experience: Health Law, Health Care and Me

In September I had began to feel pretty rough, so bad that I actually went to the doctor. It was determined that I had a gallstone pancreatitis caused by a gallbladder with stones (of course) and my g...

 
 By Ron Holtsford    Legal    October 1, 2016

My husband is beginning to show signs of dementia, maybe even Alzheimer's. What type things should I do to prepare us should he become incapacitated?

I think that you are doing the hardest thing and the best thing for your husband and yourself by facing this right now. When our loved ones are faced with such devastating diseases it’s easier to...

 

Where is the fine line between government and religion where one does not encroach upon the other?

That is a great question and to be honest I think you will receive various answers even among Constitutional attorneys. To begin to try to find that line, it must start with the plain language of the...

 
 By Ron Holtsford    Legal    August 1, 2016

I Don't Understand Why I Should Not Use Internet Available Forms For My Will , Power of Attorney And Living Will; Lawyers Are Just Too Expensive!

You will be surprised at how low the cost may be for estate planning. If you are pretty wealthy and will potentially require more complicated planning or even if you just have circumstances that...

 

A Grateful Conclusion

This will be my final article for the Alabama Gazette. As I compose it, my mind goes back to the hot August day 3 years ago when I first visited with Loretta Grant to propose this series of articles....

 
 By Ron Holtsford    Legal    July 1, 2016

Why can't guns be removed or something done to prevent this gun violence?

I am as truly horrified as you over the senseless killing of others especially when it involves random attacks on multiple people. However, there are several arguments against tighter gun...

 

A Story About Schools

Public education was and is the great American dream. Nevertheless, since the 1950s, we have seen a broad-based movement toward the privatization of education. It is against this background that I...

 
 By Ron Holtsford    Legal    June 1, 2016

What is the effect of divorce on estate planning?

There are various issues relative to estate planning and divorce. There are instances where an ex- spouse may continue to be entitled to your assets, times when they are automatically disqualified...

 

Ignorance: The Mother of Evil

First, let’s focus on ignorance; then we can develop its relationship to evil. Ignorance certainly includes lack of knowledge, but ignorance is not merely absence of knowledge. Ignorance has a...

 
 By Ron Holtsford    Legal    May 1, 2016

HOW MANY FORMS OF NOTARY ARE IN ALABAMA?

I am familiar with two forms of notary and three other forms that I would consider more or less as authentications. The notary public is probably what you are most familiar with. Notaries are...

 
 By Ron Holtsford    Legal    April 1, 2016

Q. I have read a little about a Qui tam action, but why does a "whistleblower" need a lawyer?

Qui tam actions are a part of the False Claims Act. Whenever a government contractor or payee defrauds the Federal Government, the Federal Government wants to know about it so that they might recover...

 

Legal Aid Difficulties

The cost of access to the legal system presents difficult, perplexing questions. The legal system is the last resort for dispute resolution. But access to the legal system costs money. Lawyers engage...

 
 By Ron Holtsford    Legal    March 1, 2016

With the death of Justice Scalia, what happens next?

Article III of the United States Constitution establishes a supreme court. The text of Section One and the first paragraph of Section Two of Article Three reads as follows:...

 

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