Raley L. Wiggins is an attorney with Red Oak Legal, P.C., a law firm with offices in... more
Raley L. Wiggins is an attorney with Red Oak Legal, P.C., a law firm with offices in Tuscaloosa and Montgomery, Alabama. His practice is focused primarily in the areas of Estate Planning, Elder Law, Probate, and Civil Litigation. Before becoming an attorney, Raley graduated from Birmingham-Southern College with a Bachelor’s degree in music. After spending some time in the music industry, he... view profile
G. Stephen (Steve) Wiggins began his law practice in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, upon... more
G. Stephen (Steve) Wiggins began his law practice in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, upon admission to the Alabama State Bar in 1977. Steve has a general practice with a focus on civil litigation in both state and federal courts, as well as estate planning and elder law. In more than thirty years Mr. Wiggins has handled a broad range of cases, including wrongful death, personal injury, products liabili... view profile
A trust is an arrangement whereby someone owns and manages money or property for another person's benefit. Like a guardianship, a trustee has decision-making authority over the trust property, but no court is involved in the trustee's action–the person who creates the trust defines the scope of the trustee's power. There are many different trust types, including probate trusts, income trusts, spendthrift trusts, and educational trusts. For example, a living trust allows you to manage your property while you are alive and to direct who will manage it if you become incapable of doing so. In essence, you choose your own “guardian” in advance and avoid having the court do it for you. A trust attorney reviews the many reasons for establishing a trust with you, and can ensure your trust will be legally valid.