|AL||Authorized to practice law||1979||06/01/2017|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2013|
|Best Lawyer||Best Lawyers in America||2012|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2012|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2011|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2010|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2009|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2008|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Alabama State Bar||Fellow||N/A|
|Alabama State Bar||Past Chairman||N/A|
|American College of Trust and Estate Counsel||Past President||N/A|
|Birmingham Estate Planning Council||Member||N/A|
|American Bar Association, Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section, Asset Protection Planning||Member||N/A|
|New York University School of Law||Taxation||LL.M - Master of Laws||1980|
|University of Alabama School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1979|
|University of Alabama||N/A||BS - Bachelor of Science||1975|
Posted by anonymous
Mr. Stone was the attorney for a relative's will and estate. A number of points in the will were quite problematic before the death. Mr. Stone was aware of those items but made no effort to try to resolve them. Those points did not go away in clearing up the estate and a large portion of the estate was used in paying his attorney fees. He seemed to blindly follow the executor's wishes without looking into the legality of anything. When all parties tried to compromise, he seemed to have no concept of how to compromise which meant more $$ was being used for attorney fees. I would NOT recommend Mr. Stone for anything!
Posted by Chuck
Our Will was so poor written that is resulted in family melt down. Disposition of accounts were left out completely. Conflicting verbal promises were allowed to be discussed without any inclusion in the will, yet these were known challenges when the Will was written and should have been addressed. Disposition of family businesses interests were left out entirely. Legacy items allow to be traded without authorization. The confusion resulted in over $60, 000 in legal expenses by Dale alone, additional attorney's were called in to try to push for final resolution when Dale refused to cooperate. When the family asked to clarify items in the will, he refused, siting that he responds to the Executor ONLY, and the family is not his concern. Only when motions by the remaining family members to call for his disbarment and legal action, did he finally suggest resolution and closure.
40 minute conversations were billed out as 1.5 hours. When questioned, Dale said it was required "contemplation". Yet the same time frame was also billed in "preparation for discussion" with other party's all billed to the same estate. Simply put - DO NOT USE.
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