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Motion to continue trial due to an absent or unavailable witness – appealing the denial of a continuance in Alabama criminal court cases (video)

by William L. Pfeifer, Jr. December 11, 2014

One of the complications of jury trials is simply managing to get all the witnesses to court. In some situations, a defendant in a criminal trial may need to file a motion to continue his or her trial because an important defense witness is absent or unavailable for the trial. Obtaining a continuance on these […]

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Alabama appellate lawyer video – new video on Alabama appeals added to YouTube

by William L. Pfeifer, Jr. December 10, 2014

Our office has created a new YouTube page called AlabamaAppellate, which is where we will start posting videos on issues that come up in Alabama appeals. The first video is a simple introductory video about our law firm. In future videos, we will address the same kinds of substantive legal issues we currently discuss on […]

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Alabama ‘McLendon standard’ in child custody modification appeals

by William L. Pfeifer, Jr. May 19, 2014

Our Alabama appellate law practice often handles custody issues in post-divorce modification cases. These are situations where the parties have already gone through a divorce, one party was awarded custody, and then the other party has later filed a petition seeking to modify the earlier custody decree. A critical issue that arises in custody modification […]

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AAJ Paralegal of the Year Award – Nominations Now Open

by William L. Pfeifer, Jr. May 19, 2014

The American Association for Justice (AAJ) is now accepting nominations for their Paralegal of the Year Award for 2014. Sponsored by Advocate Capital, the award is to recognize the work of Paralegal Affiliate members of the AAJ for their service and commitment to the paralegal profession. The winner will be selected by a panel of judges who will consider the […]

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Alabama Appellate Briefs – Citation to the Record on Appeal

by William L. Pfeifer, Jr. May 7, 2014

An issue that sometimes arises in Alabama appellate court practice is the failure of a party to provide proper citations to the record on appeal. The record on appeal refers to the compilation of the trial transcript, trial exhibits, and the pleadings on record in the clerk’s office. Whenever the writer of an appellate brief […]

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Lawyer Gifts – Recommended Books for New Lawyers or Law Students

by William L. Pfeifer, Jr. February 22, 2014

I am sometimes asked by new lawyers or law students if there are any books I would recommend that they read as part of developing their career in the legal profession. The specific books I recommend may vary according to the particular interests of the person, but there are four books that I think should […]

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Avvo and Alabama Law – Useful but Beware of Bad Legal Advice on Avvo

by William L. Pfeifer, Jr. February 20, 2014

Avvo.com is a useful website where you can learn about attorneys, post questions, and get free legal advice on a variety of topics on Alabama law. I have written several articles about Avvo in the past when I wrote for About.com, and overall I think they have a good system. I am also honored that […]

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Etowah County Criminal Defense – Electronic Filing Returns for Criminal Cases

by William L. Pfeifer, Jr. January 27, 2014

Etowah County Presiding Circuit Judge Wm. Allen Millican issued an order earlier this month permitting attorneys to use electronic filing for motions, documents, and orders in criminal cases. While most courts in the State of Alabama have been permitting this for some time, the Etowah County Circuit Court in July of 2011 ordered that electronic […]

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Alabama Prison Life – Another Reason to Appeal Felony Convictions in Alabama

by William L. Pfeifer, Jr. January 17, 2014

There are many reasons to appeal a felony conviction in Alabama. One of the biggest reasons is that the living conditions in Alabama prisons are terrible. Surprisingly, the prison conditions for women are often much worse than for the men. This has been recently documented by a federal investigation into the condition at the Julia […]

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Alabama Appellate Law FAQs Updated – Common Questions for Appellate Lawyers

by William L. Pfeifer, Jr. December 10, 2013

Our website includes a FAQ (frequently asked questions) page where we have posted information about some of the common questions we receive from new clients. Although it is still a work in progress, the page has been updated today with answers to more of your commonly asked questions. Some of the topics we have updated […]

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Drug Conviction Bars Eligibility to Receive Food Stamps – Another Reason to Appeal Felony Drug Court Convictions

by William L. Pfeifer, Jr. December 2, 2013

There are many reasons to appeal felony drug convictions in Alabama – incarceration, excessive fines, invasive drug screen monitoring, deportation (for immigrants), loss of student loans for college (in some situations), and the list goes on and on. Another consequence many people are unaware of is that a felony drug conviction will prevent you from […]

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Do you need a new lawyer to handle your appeal?

by William L. Pfeifer, Jr. November 7, 2013

When people learn their case is heading into the Alabama appellate court system, a common question is whether they need to hire an appellate lawyer to handle the appeal Many people choose to hire an appellate attorney who focuses his practice on appeals rather than continue to use their trial lawyer, since most trial lawyers […]

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How to appeal an award of attorney’s fees in Alabama appellate cases

by William L. Pfeifer, Jr. November 7, 2013

How to appeal an award of attorney’s fees in Alabama appellate cases. There are certain situations where a judge may order a party to a lawsuit to pay the legal fees of the opposing party. In those situations, one of the biggest areas of disagreement can be over what amount qualifies as a reasonable attorney’s […]

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Updated Payment System

by William L. Pfeifer, Jr. October 3, 2013

We have recently updated our online payment system to use LawPay rather than our old credit card processing options. To pay your legal fees online using Visa, Mastercard, American Express (AMEX), or Discover, please go to the Payment page on our website for further instructions. To discuss hiring our office to handle your appeal, please […]

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Legal Forms Database Expanded for National Coverage of 50 States

by William L. Pfeifer, Jr. October 1, 2013

Legal Forms Online for All 50 States Based on the popularity of the Alabama Legal Forms we made available online a few months ago, we have expanded our legal forms database to provide coverage of all fifty states. These are do-it-yourself legal forms that you can download for handling common personal or family law needs. […]

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