Entries by Mary Lane Falkner

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The Social Security Disability Process, Start to Finish

The process to get Social Security Disability benefits can seem daunting. Let’s break it down step by step: THE SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY PROCESS Stage #1: Initial Application When your first apply for disability benefits, you complete an Initial Application. This can be filed at your local Social Security office, over the phone or online. Rarely, […]

The New Eviction Moratorium: Everything You Need to Know

You may have heard about the new nation-wide eviction moratorium for renters, but what does that mean for you as a tenant or as a rental property owner? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Department of Health and Human Services have used their authority to impose an eviction moratorium through the […]

Meet Our Attorneys: Mary Lane Falkner

Mary Lane was born and raised in Tuscaloosa.  She graduated cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Alabama in 2007.  After college, Mary Lane attended the University of Alabama School of Law on a full academic scholarship and was admitted to the bar in 2010.  She then began practicing law with her […]

Whom Should I Appoint As My Healthcare Proxy or Agent?

Most people avoid thinking about their mortality as much as possible.  COVID-19, however, has pushed the topic into the spotlight and prompted many people to think about their end-of-life wishes.  But, deciding what kind of care you want to receive if you become seriously ill isn’t the end of the discussion.  You should also consider […]

Estate Planning During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Recent events have prompted many people to consider the “what ifs” of serious illness.  What if you’re too ill to handle your business affairs?  What if you become unconscious and cannot communicate with your doctors?  What if you become so ill that you die? None of us can predict the future, so we cannot know […]