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Steve Wiggins

Estate planning Attorney at Tuscaloosa, AL

4.8   19 reviews

also known as G. Stephen Wiggins

  • Licensed for 46 years
    State AL
    Acquired 1977
    Status
    Occupational License - Authorized to Practice No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Steve

Learn Steve’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Estate planning
    30%
    Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney, Living Wills, Health Care Proxies

  2. Litigation
    30%
    General civil litigation, including wrongful death, personal injury, products liability, premises liability, fraud, defamation, insurance bad faith, professional malpractice, real estate litigation, will contests, probate litigation, and construction and contract litigation.

  3. Elder law
    20%
    Medicaid Planning, Special Needs Trusts, Probate, Long-Term Care issues

  4. Trusts
    20%
    Revocable Living Trusts, Testamentary Trusts, Special Needs Trusts, etc.

G. Stephen (Steve) Wiggins began his law practice in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, upon admission to the Alabama State Bar in 1977.

In 2013, Mr. Wiggins and his son Raley Wiggins founded Red Oak Legal, PC.  They practice primarily in the areas of estate planning, elder law, probate, and civil litigation.

Mr. Wiggins was born in Andalusia, Alabama and is married to the former Ann Ayer of Huntsville, Alabama.  They have two children and four grandchildren.  They are active members of Christ Episcopal Church in Tuscaloosa, where Ann served as Christian Education Director for many years and Steve has served on the Vestry.

Location

Red Oak Legal, P.C.
1490 Northbank Parkway, Suite 226
Tuscaloosa, AL, 35406

Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
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Posted by Ann Prentice | August 4, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
excellent attorney
Steve is an experienced, efficient, empathetic attorney who works with and for you to achieve results.
Posted by Kevin | April 7, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very Professional and Caring
Mr. Wiggins takes the time to get to know you, learn what you need, and then takes the the time to explain a course of action. My wife and I had many questions about estate planning and Steve answered them all with great patience and professionalism.
Posted by Carol | November 16, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Estate Planning
All my needs and concerns were handled professionally and efficiently and in a timely manner. I felt valued as a client. I appreciate the way all my documents were bundled in a bound volume so that all are together for easy access. It was a very satisfactory experience.
Posted by Kasey | September 30, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent experience
Mr. Wiggins is thorough and detail oriented when it comes to estate planning. He helps make an often complicated process less complicated. His team is professional, responsive, and informative. I would absolutely recommend Mr. Wiggins if you are in need of estate planning services.
Posted by Thomas | August 13, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Man & Lawyer
I have known Steve many years and he handled a big case for my family and I against a very high powered company. WE WON!!
Posted by Margaret | March 5, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Well pleased
my family needed to set up an irrevocable trust to protect our assets as as approach elder care. Steve and his paralegal were very knowledgeable on how to transition the documents we had previously thought were protected into a more viable trust that wuld serve us better. He explained in detail each step he was taking and how it wuld be viewed by a court should the need arise.
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Posted by Richard | October 9, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent representation. Highly professional.
Mr. Wiggins represented us in a case regarding our mothers estate. He kept us informed throughout the process about what we could and could not expect in respect to outcomes in court and costs involved. He was accessible and responsive to all requests and questions and we could not have been more satisfied with his professionalism and expertise in representing us.
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Posted by Paul | September 30, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Superb Estate / Trust Attorney
I highly recommend attorney Steve Wiggins and his law firm, Red Oak Legal. Steve accepted my small estate case with one plaintiff and little hope. He turned my case into a much larger victory with a reasonable settlement for seven different plaintiffs handling a complicated estate. Steve and his staff are the best ~ they are polite, professional, and responsive. If you are looking for an outstanding attorney practicing in the area of estates, trusts, elder law, and litigation, Steve and Red Oak Legal should be your trusted team in Tuscaloosa !
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Posted by anonymous | July 28, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent, Caring and Professional Service
Attorney Steve Wiggins provided all I needed to complete my Will and other legal documents. He showed patience, compassion and the legal expertise to translate my final wishes to enforceable legal documents. His persona made a very difficult process and decision easy to finalize. I felt like a member of the family! Steve gave me the peace of mind I so desperately sought. I would recommend his services and legal guidance to anyone seeking superior legal services for estate planning!!
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Posted by Joyce | June 26, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Experience
We desperately needed to update our will. Our very good friends recommended this firm and we were so pleased with our experience. I loved the class that I attended. Many of my questions were answered and our appointment was set up. We now have an updated will, power of attorney, and directive and complete confidence that our affairs are in order
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Posted by Rhonda | December 26, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Estate planning and probated mom’s estate
Excellent attorney. Probated my mother’s estate and is planning mine. Steve is very knowledgeable and thorough with estate planning.
Posted by Ginny | November 17, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Kind, Respectful, and Thorough
Mr. Wiggins presented a very informative free 2-hour workshop about Wills and Estate Planning. Later, he and his paralegal were very helpful and professional in preparing my will. They provided a form to fill out, which helped me decide how to designate certain items for beneficiaries. They helped uncomplicate legal terminology. Bottom line: Red Oak Legal gave me peace of mind about my will, and it was completed in a very timely manner.
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Posted by Linda | August 17, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Estate Planning
Some time ago I attended Mr. Wiggins' group presentation at a retirement facility. I found him to be highly skilled in discussing complex issues in an manner that is easy to understand, and he followed with questions relating to the circumstances to assure everyone's complete understanding. He and his staff were friendly yet professional and made everyone feel comfortable to ask their questions. His vast amount of experience in estate planning was further reflected last year when my husband and I attended a free estate planning class at his office. The free class was small, private and very informative, but without pressure. Afterwards, we hired him to handle our estate planning. Our situation, like others, was complex, but he was careful to assist us each step of the way to make the overall process easy. He takes his work very seriously; he wants to make sure that you understand what you are doing. As a result, our wishes will continue beyond our lives in the manner in which we desire thanks to Mr. Wiggins' skill, knowledge and professionalism. I am confident that I hired the best attorney for my family's estate planning, and I am confident in recommending him to anyone who wants to securely distribute their assets appropriately.
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Posted by Pam | March 27, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Trust
After attending a free estate planning meeting, we hired Mr. Wiggins to assist my family in setting up a trust. Mr. Wiggins and his staff has been wonderful in meeting our needs. Not only have we been able to set up this trust and move her assets in it, any time that I have needed the assistance of this office they have been more than helpful. Even two years after this journey began I had a concern and this office didn't hesitate to assist me in meeting our needs and questions. They have been most helpful in every aspect. Very knowledgeable, caring and informative.
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Posted by Pamela | October 22, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Red Oak Legal Review - Gary Stephen Wiggins
Estate Planning - Will, Power of Attorney, Health Care Directive - He did a great job we never felt pressured to do what we didn't need or want. All this was done in a timely manner. He was very detailed and we felt he cover everything that needed to be covered.
Posted by anonymous | July 14, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Young Family
Stephen Wiggins was great to work with. This was the first time my husband or I had ever created a will. He helped us understand the process and make informed decisions without pushing his own beliefs. We were very satisfied with the price as well as the service. Mr. Wiggins was very helpful and listened to all of our requests. Would highly recommend this firm to my family and friends. Very prompt and to the point.
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Posted by Deloris | May 31, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Clear, prompt, thorough
After attending one of Red Oak Legal's 1-hour estate planning classes that Steve conducted, my husband and I decided to work with him to update our estate plan. We were very pleased that he clearly and concisely outlined options for us to consider. When we chose to create a trust, Steve helped us pull together assets to place in the trust, and then he drew up the deeds and other documentation that were needed to fund the trust. He and his staff were very professional, friendly and accessible. We highly recommend Steve to anyone considering an estate planning review.
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Posted by Brenda | June 29, 2012
Excellent attorney
My sister and I used Mr. Wiggins to handle our mother's application for Medicaid and to set up a Qualifying Income Trust for her. We were so pleased with the service provided by Mr. Wiggins and his paralegal. When we had questions, they responded immediately. We were fortunate to have the majority of the documents needed for the application, but they obtained everything we didn't have and put it all together to get us a quick response on our application.
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Posted by anonymous | January 27, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Do Not Trust
My experience with Mr. Wiggins has been terrible. He deals with people going through the worst times of their lives and he is insensitive, uncaring, and callous. He is extremely unprofessional and does not bother to return calls or emails. I would never recommend doing business with him. I’ve never had such a bad experience with a supposed “professional “.
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AVVO RATING 9.8 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Shareholder / Attorney
  • Red Oak Legal, P.C.
  • 2013 - Present
  • Shareholder / Attorney
  • Hubbard, Wiggins, McIlwain & Brakefield, P.C.
  • 2009 - 2013
  • Shareholder / Attorney
  • Wiggins, Jones & Davis, P.C.
  • 1977 - 2009

Education

  • Cumberland School of Law, Samford University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1977
  • Samford University
  • Bachelor of Science
  • 1972

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Tuscaloosa Orthopedic Appliance Company, Inc. v. Wyatt, 460 So.2d 156 (Ala. 1984)
  • Rothman, et al. v. Gamma Alpha Chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity, 559 So.2d 9 (Ala. 1992)
  • Aetna Casualty & Surety Company v. Turner, 662 So.2d 237 (Ala. 1995)
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Associations

  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • 2009 - Present
  • Alabama State Bar
  • 1977 - Present
  • Tuscaloosa County Bar Association
  • Past President (1997)
  • 1977 - Present
  • National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel
  • N/A
  • Alabama Defense Lawyers Association
  • N/A
  • Defense Research Institute
  • N/A
  • Tuscaloosa Rotary Club
  • Past President (1989-90)
  • N/A
  • Christ Episcopal Church
  • Vestry
  • N/A
  • Alabama State Bar, Elder Law Section
  • N/A
  • Cumberland Law Review
  • Associate Editor
  • 1976 - 1977
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2021
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • National Leadership Honor Society
  • Omicron Delta Kappa
  • 1972
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Publications

  • Cumberland Law Review
  • Associate Editor
  • 1977

Speaking Engagements

  • Oscher Lifelong Learning Institute
  • Elder Legal Problems & Solutions
  • 2017
  • Winter CLE Seminar
  • Counseling the Elderly: Five Tips & Traps
  • 2014
  • Spring CLE Seminar
  • Selected Issues in Elder Law
  • 2012
  • Educational Workshop
  • The Estate Planning Essentials
  • 2012
  • Spring CLE Seminar
  • Elder Law Update
  • 2011
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Endorse Steve
Estate planning Attorney | Apr 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I know Steve (aka Gary Stephen Wiggins) personally and by reputation, having worked together at a recent estate planning conference. While he is an excellent estate planning attorney, I also am impressed with his strong litigation skills and instincts. Why? Every estate plan bears the potential seeds of future discontent among heirs. Steve has a unique ability to see beyond the planning present to that administering future. As a result, Steve strategically designs his estate plans "with the end in mind." I can, without reservation, recommend and endorse Steve Wiggins."
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Tuscaloosa Estate planning Lawyer Steve Wiggins
Steve Wiggins
Estate planning Attorney
Tuscaloosa, AL
Licensed for 46 years