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Massey, Stotser & Nichols Attorneys Named Mid-South Super Lawyers

our super lawyers for 2019Massey, Stotser & Nichols, PC, a law firm based in Birmingham, AL, is proud to announce that four of their attorneys have been selected for inclusion as Mid-South Super Lawyers. The attorneys honored are Randy Nichols, Anne Lamkin Durward and Jim Kee, as well as Spenser Templeton, who was named as a 2019 Mid-South Rising Star.

Super Lawyers is part of Thomson Reuters and is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Selections are made annually using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area. No more than five percent of all of the lawyers in the state are selected each year as Super Lawyers. The result is a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional lawyers. The lists are published nationwide in Super Lawyers Magazines and in leading city and regional magazines and newspapers across the country.

Rick Stotser, Senior Partner with the firm says, “We are proud of all of our lawyers for their outstanding work that has led to this honor. It is wonderful to see them recognized by others for what we have known all along.”

Since 1977, Massey, Stotser & Nichols has built its reputation for offering a wide array in legal services and support in Birmingham and the surrounding areas. In June 2019, MS&N merged with local Birmingham firm, Kee Law Firm, LLC, to expand legal services for its clients. Working together and drawing from each other's experiences, the combined firm will be able to provide clients with a greater level of legal support.

For the past four decades, the firm has represented hundreds of clients in a number of legal issues ranging from corporate law to family law. The firm remains committed to offering zealous legal assistance in Alabama.

“We here in the office are not at all surprised that our lawyers were chosen for this honor, since we all work to ensure that the very best in legal services is offered through our firm,” Stotser adds. “Our attorneys’ level of dedication to their clients is one reason they were chosen for such a prestigious honor.”

Those who would like to learn more about the attorneys who were recently named to the 2019 list of outstanding lawyers can visit the firm on its official website.

Massey, Stotser & Nichols, PC Merges With Kee Law Firm and Expands Practice

The full-service Birmingham law firm has acquired another local firm in order to offer a wider range of legal services for individuals, businesses and governmental organizations.

massey stotser nichols and kee law firm merger announcement

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. –  Massey Stotser & Nichols, PC announces that it has combined with local Birmingham firm Kee Law Firm, LLC to expand legal services for its clients. The merger officially took place on June 1, 2019. Working together and drawing from each other's experiences, the combined firm will be able to provide clients with a greater level of legal support.

“We've always recognized the strength and experience of Kee Law Firm,” said Rick Stotser, Senior Partner of Massey, Stotser & Nichols, PC. “When we discovered that our attorneys and practices were so complementary, uniting our firms made sense. Together, we offer legal counsel to meet a wide range of needs for clients that now extends well beyond Alabama. We are excited about working in unison toward helping our clients with our combined know-how.”

Kee Law Firm has a diverse group of clients ranging from individuals to several Fortune 500 companies to numerous locally-based small and medium-sized businesses. The law firm's dedication to provide personalized services and the best solutions match well with Massey, Stotser & Nichols' goal to effectively represent and take care of its clients.

Jim Kee, Senior Partner of Kee Law Firm, LLC said this about the merger, “I am delighted to announce that the lawyers and staff of Kee Law Firm have become part of the Massey, Stotser, and Nichols firm. The synergies between the firms' practice areas are remarkable. Massey, Stotser and Nichols has been recognized as one of the premier full-service law firms in Alabama for many years.”

Both Massey, Stotser & Nichols and Kee Law Firm have a wealth of experience in representing businesses and governmental clients in numerous litigation areas including civil litigation, commercial and residential construction litigation, insurance, governmental law, and business planning for clients. It is expected that both firms' present clients will greatly benefit from the joining together of the two firms.

The combined team of experienced Alabama attorneys is working together on a broad range of litigation fields. Learn more about the attorneys at Massey, Stotser & Nichols by visiting https://www.msnattorneys.com/people. Or, read about Kee Law Firm by going to http://www.keelawfirm.com/kee_attorneys.html.

About Massey, Stotser & Nichols, PC:

Founded in 1977, Massey, Stotser & Nichols, PC provides legal services for individuals, families, and businesses in the Birmingham area. The firm's team of Alabama trial and transactional attorneys has a comprehensive range of experience and knowledge. Covering many issues in the legal arena, the firm offers representation in areas including business law, real estate law, mediation, insurance, construction, government, family law, estate planning, and probate. Visit https://www.msnattorneys.com/ to learn more.

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Randy Nichols Presents Oral Argument To Alabama Court Of Appeals

photo of law firm partner randy nichols at alabama civil court of appealsA Massey, Stotser & Nichols, PC (MSN) partner, Randy Nichols, recently had the honor of presenting an oral argument to the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals. Nichols handles a multitude of appellate matters every year, but it is quite rare for the Appellate Court to request that the lawyers travel to Montgomery to present arguments. This was only the second case argued before the Court of Civil Appeals this year. MSN is proud of Nichols’ achievements, as well as the expertise and skill he brings to the firm.

Nichols was born and raised in Virginia and attended Duke University in North Carolina, where he pursued his college degree and his passion for basketball. He then attended law school at the University of Virginia. In 1986, he moved to Alabama and has since then added college football fanatic to his already impressive resume. He practices all aspects of family law litigation and mediates family law disputes.

Nichols is a certified mediator for general civil litigation and domestic relations, and holds a certification in family law from the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He has taught a number of classes and seminars at the Cumberland School of Law and the Birmingham School of Law and is also a frequent teacher at Continuing Legal Education Seminars. Nichols is a member of the Alabama State Bar Association, Alabama’s Family Law Section, and the Alabama Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.

MSN itself has a team of highly qualified and experienced transactional attorneys, with knowledge and experience across a broad range of fields.

Initially founded in 1977 by Timothy Massey, the firm has become one of the most well-known legal practices in Alabama. MSN has represented hundreds of individuals in legal cases over the past 40 years and aims to continue providing the high standards of legal representation to all of its clients. The firm’s commitment to professionalism and personal support has led to the creation of long-term partnerships with a number of local business and individuals.

For more on the firm and the wide variety of legal services it offers, interested parties may visit www.msnattorneys.com to learn more.

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The Basics of Premises Liability

photo of a caution sign at a businessEvery land or property owner owes a duty of care to visitors of the property to protect them from injuries, or not do anything to contribute to the potential chance of injury. The level of care depends on the type of visitor in question. In Alabama, there are three different categories visitors to land or property. Each category of visitor is owed a different level of care. The three categories of visitors to property are invitees, licensees, and trespassers. Each will be looked at in turn.

Invitees

An invitee is someone who enters the property of another to engage in the business or activity of the property owner. A common example of an invitee is a person visiting a store to shop. The invitee is invited onto the property, whether that invitation is expressed or implied, to engage in an activity that relates to the property owner’s interest. A property owner must exercise reasonable care to safeguard the invited visitors to the property from harm. This includes inspecting the property for any dangerous conditions that could injure the visitors. The property owner also has the duty to warn an invitee of any known risks to the property. For example, if a store has water on the floor, causing a potential slipping hazard, the property owner needs to warn the invitee of the danger within a reasonable amount of time.  The landowner has a duty to inspect their property for potential hazards.

Licensee

A licensee is one who enters the property of another, but without the purpose of engaging in the business of the landowner. A common example of a licensee is a person visiting a friend’s home. There is less of a duty of care owed to licensees than to invitees. This is because there is no business benefit to the property owner when the licensee is on the property. The property owner generally does not have a duty to inspect the property, but is still required to not wantonly or willfully injure the visitors to their property. Similarly, the landowner cannot negligently cause the licensee additional injury and the landowner should warn of any known dangers.

Trespasser

A trespasser is someone who was not invited, whether expressly or implicitly, onto the property of another. Since a trespasser is entering property without permission of the property owner, he or she is owed the least amount of duty of care. The property owner does have the duty to not wantonly or willfully injure the trespasser. Additionally, if the property owner is aware of a trespasser to the property, he or she has a duty to warn the trespasser of any known dangers or conditions.

The Attractive Nuisance Doctrine

The three types of visitors to property discussed above are applicable to both children and adults. However, in an effort to protect children, there are other protections afforded, regardless of their visitor category. The attractive nuisance doctrine states that property owners can be held liable for injuries to children if there is an object or condition on the property that is attractive to children. This means that if there is something on the property that is irresistible to children, like a swimming pool, the property owner may have an increased duty of care than usual. However, there are conditions that must be met for the attractive nuisance doctrine to be applicable:

  • A dangerous condition must be present on the property;
  • The dangerous condition is attractive to children in that they would see it as a play area;
  • The dangerous condition is artificial (man-made)
  • The property owner must know of the dangerous condition
  • A child does not comprehend the dangerous nature of the condition;
  • The child was not warned about the dangerous condition.

If the attractive nuisance doctrine is applied, the property owner may be held liable for any injury sustained. The landowner can reduce his or her liability by taking steps to protect children from the attractive nuisance, like putting up a fence.

If you have been injured on the property of another, you might be entitled to damages for your injury. The category of visitor you are does not have to remain the same for the duration of your visit. A trespasser can become an invitee or licensee and vice versa. The personal injury attorneys at Massey, Stotser & Nichols, PC are here to help you navigate your personal injury claim. Injuries can cause you more than just physical harm. Contact us today to find out if you might be eligible to receive compensation for your injuries.

Tips to Make Buying a Home Easier

photo of a caution sign at a businessEvery land or property owner owes a duty of care to visitors of the property to protect them from injuries, or not do anything to contribute to the potential chance of injury. The level of care depends on the type of visitor in question. In Alabama, there are three different categories visitors to land or property. Each category of visitor is owed a different level of care. The three categories of visitors to property are invitees, licensees, and trespassers. Each will be looked at in turn.

Invitees

An invitee is someone who enters the property of another to engage in the business or activity of the property owner. A common example of an invitee is a person visiting a store to shop. The invitee is invited onto the property, whether that invitation is expressed or implied, to engage in an activity that relates to the property owner’s interest. A property owner must exercise reasonable care to safeguard the invited visitors to the property from harm. This includes inspecting the property for any dangerous conditions that could injure the visitors. The property owner also has the duty to warn an invitee of any known risks to the property. For example, if a store has water on the floor, causing a potential slipping hazard, the property owner needs to warn the invitee of the danger within a reasonable amount of time.  The landowner has a duty to inspect their property for potential hazards.

Licensee

A licensee is one who enters the property of another, but without the purpose of engaging in the business of the landowner. A common example of a licensee is a person visiting a friend’s home. There is less of a duty of care owed to licensees than to invitees. This is because there is no business benefit to the property owner when the licensee is on the property. The property owner generally does not have a duty to inspect the property, but is still required to not wantonly or willfully injure the visitors to their property. Similarly, the landowner cannot negligently cause the licensee additional injury and the landowner should warn of any known dangers.

Trespasser

A trespasser is someone who was not invited, whether expressly or implicitly, onto the property of another. Since a trespasser is entering property without permission of the property owner, he or she is owed the least amount of duty of care. The property owner does have the duty to not wantonly or willfully injure the trespasser. Additionally, if the property owner is aware of a trespasser to the property, he or she has a duty to warn the trespasser of any known dangers or conditions.

The Attractive Nuisance Doctrine

The three types of visitors to property discussed above are applicable to both children and adults. However, in an effort to protect children, there are other protections afforded, regardless of their visitor category. The attractive nuisance doctrine states that property owners can be held liable for injuries to children if there is an object or condition on the property that is attractive to children. This means that if there is something on the property that is irresistible to children, like a swimming pool, the property owner may have an increased duty of care than usual. However, there are conditions that must be met for the attractive nuisance doctrine to be applicable:

  • A dangerous condition must be present on the property;
  • The dangerous condition is attractive to children in that they would see it as a play area;
  • The dangerous condition is artificial (man-made)
  • The property owner must know of the dangerous condition
  • A child does not comprehend the dangerous nature of the condition;
  • The child was not warned about the dangerous condition.

If the attractive nuisance doctrine is applied, the property owner may be held liable for any injury sustained. The landowner can reduce his or her liability by taking steps to protect children from the attractive nuisance, like putting up a fence.

If you have been injured on the property of another, you might be entitled to damages for your injury. The category of visitor you are does not have to remain the same for the duration of your visit. A trespasser can become an invitee or licensee and vice versa. The personal injury attorneys at Massey, Stotser & Nichols, PC are here to help you navigate your personal injury claim. Injuries can cause you more than just physical harm. Contact us today to find out if you might be eligible to receive compensation for your injuries.