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Douglas C Martinson II

Guardianship Attorney at Huntsville, AL

4.8   49 reviews

also known as Doug, Martinson II

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  • State Years
    Alabama - AL 34 years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 33 years
  • Licensed for 34 years
    State AL
    Acquired 1989
    Status
    Occupational License - Authorized to Practice No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 33 years
    State DC
    Acquired 1991
    Status
    Resigned No misconduct found

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

About Douglas

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I grew up in Huntsville and other than my 8 years of higher education have lived here all of my life.  I am a third generation graduate of Huntsville High.

 

I have been very involved in the Huntsville community by volunteering with Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Huntsville Rotary Club (which is one of the 50 largest clubs in the world, which includes over 36,000 clubs), American Red Cross, Kids' Space Playground, Huntsville Youth Hockey Association and various youth sports.

 

I helped spearhead a Rotary Project to support a Pediatric Oncology Hospital in Guatemala which ended up providing $75,000 for infusion pumps and equipment for the hospital which treats indigent patients in Guatemala.

 

I was elected to the Huntsville City School Board in 2002 and 2006 winning every box and 72% of the vote in 2006.  I have served as President of the Board for the last 5 years on the Board.  My term will expire in October and I am not seeking re-election (8 years is enough!).

 

I referee ice hockey and was selected to work the 1994 NCAA Division II Men's Championship in Huntsville and have worked a Boston Bruin Training Camp game as well as numerous youth championships across the Southeast and Washington, D.C. 

 

I have 2 sons (8 and 12 years old) who are very active in baseball, football, basketball and soccer.  We enjoy going to high school and college athletic events when we are not going to their sports.

Awards

AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating
Top Contributor 2019,2018,2017,2016,2014,2012
Top Contributor
2019 2018 2017 + 3 ...
Client's Choice 2017,2016,2015,2012,2010
Client's Choice
2017 2016 2015 + 2 ...

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Location

Douglas C Martinson II
115 North Side Square
Huntsville, AL, 35801-4822
Martinson & Beason, PC
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Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
  49 customer reviews
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Client's Choice 2017
Client's Choice
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Posted by scott | December 30, 2014
Brilliant Legal Mind and Knowledgeable team
We have worked with Doug on a number of probate and real estate issues. Doug has a brilliant legal mind and his entire team is very knowledgeable and responsive. We would recommend Doug for any conservatorship or Guardianship situation- regardless of complicity.
Posted by George | December 5, 2014
Wonderful Attorney
Where do I start? From helping me incorporate my business to taking care of our personal wills... Doug Martinson is a fantastic and professional attorney. He was also very helpful in forming a Trust for my parents' assets. His firm has helped me with many real estate transactions, and the process has always gone very smoothly. I highly recommend Doug and his Firm to anyone needing the services of an attorney.
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Posted by Richard | October 23, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Top Notch Trust Lawyer
Doug provided clear factual answers to all our questions in a timely a manner. He took the time to Listen to our questions and concerns and help us to understand the issues involved and options available so that we could make informed decisions regarding the trust we wanted to establish. Multiple copies of the trusted documents were provided the day we signed the documents, and an electronic file copy was emailed to us. The total amount charged was very reasonable and affordable. We highly recommend Doug and his team.
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Response from Douglas Martinson October 24, 2023
Thank you for the review and appreciate your confidence in me! Doug
Posted by Arthur | September 18, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Capable, Amicable and Fair
Mr. Doug Martinson first represented me many years ago. Since then, I have run into him often, and he has prepared a legal will for me. Each time that he provided legal services, he was agreeable to work with, trustworthy and charged fairly. Also, he is amicable, and well known and respected within the local community. The office of Martinson & Beason is even conveniently located right on the courthouse square. I highly recommend his firm to anyone in the area needing a lawyer.
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Posted by Norm | October 8, 2021
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Very pleased
Attorney Martinson and his staff were very easy to work with and provided me with the guidance and expertise to complete my trust. An excellent choice.
Posted by Marilyn | August 6, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
I was quite impressed with their knowledge, professionalism and responsiveness. They listened and came up with a plan to address my needs without trying to force a “boilerplate” result. I recommend them.
Posted by anonymous | May 21, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Martinson and Beason
Updated our will, living will, power of attorney, and health care directive. Service was excellent
Posted by Michael | July 21, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Best Experience Ever
For a little background, I hired Mr. Martinson to support some corporate work for my company. Having dealt with a lot of law firms in the past (especially in the Northeast and DC areas), I had a pretty low expectation of how things would go. I couldn't have been more wrong. Mr. Martinson solved issues that other firms thought impossible, and did it in record time. The value we received in exchange for their representation is unlike anything we've ever received from any other law firm in the past. The cost was incredibly reasonable, the responsiveness was immediate, and the results were amazing. HIGHLY recommend Mr. Martinson and his firm for any work you may be considering, you won't regret it.
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Posted by Aaron | April 2, 2020
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Amazing, Very Professional
Doug was retained to assist with the formation of a new entity. I greatly appreciated Doug’s professionalism and prompt responses. His entire team is great. We were able to set up everything in a very efficient manner.
Posted by George | March 3, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent.
Over the last ten years since we first consulted with him, Mr Martinson has been very helpful; quite knowledgeable; and a very nice, pleasant person. You can tell he really cares about people, and you're not just another name in a file folder. We would definitely recommend him to anyone.
Posted by Barbara | June 5, 2019
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| Consulted Attorney
SHEER PROFESSIONALISM
I Live in England Europe, So selecting a Attorney can be daunting but I am so Happy I choose Doug Martinson. I have no problem recommending Mr Martinson very Knowledgeable Absolutely interested in First class customer care , This Attorney is First class no doubt you've found the best no need to look any further. Barbara Hylton & Family London England
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Posted by Tom G | December 13, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Knowledgeable and Accessible
I worked with Douglas on the sale of a property here in Gulf Shores. He was very good at returning calls and texts, very knowledgeable on probate law, and was very efficient in getting things done and presenting to the court,
Posted by Brian | June 1, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very likable guy, but top notch professional
I had to do what most people don't like to think about, create a Will. Along with Mr. Martinson's excellent personality and professionalism that made me feel comfortable dealing with this, he has a top notch staff that was very acommodating. Anyone that can deal with all my questions gets a gold star for the day!
Posted by anonymous | April 20, 2018
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| Consulted Attorney
Genuine Interest
Attorney Douglas Martinson takes a genuine interest in his clients. He shows his appreciation for their unique characteristics as he smiles while reminiscing on recent interactions. Attorney Martinson not only insures his clients basic needs are meet; he goes out of his way to protect clients from predators and manipulators. Equally as important, Attorney Martinson allows his clients to live their hopes, dreams, and desired quality of life within their means. Thank you for providing boundaries and guidance to our community.
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Posted by Mary J. Fischer | March 2, 2018
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Mary Fischer
I have not used Mr. Martinson for my Estate Planning as yet but just want to say how impressed I was at the way he presented the Elder Law and Estate Planning Class through Learning Quest. He was willing and very able to answer any and all questions asked. I am confident that he would do a fair and thorough Estate Plan for me.
Posted by anonymous | August 28, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Satisfied
We moved to Huntsville a couple years ago and needed to transfer a guardianship/conservator for our niece and nephew. Doug Martinson was very helpful and his staff was thorough. I left all the details to them and we were not disappointed. We also used Doug to do our estate planning/will. I would highly recommend their services.
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Posted by Linda | August 23, 2017
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Wills and estate planning
We filed our wills and living wills through Doug and were not aware of extras that he included to protect our family in any conceivable situation. This protected our children from having to go through extra steps upon our death, such as posting bond I believe it was. He was helpful in every possible detail and gave me advice on future handling of our estate such as not giving away our place of residence before our death in case an inlaw would not sell it before we passed, leaving us with no place to live.
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Posted by Jason | June 20, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Outstanding
Doug has provided sage legal counsel to me and my family for numerous years. I highly recommend him to anyone, except potential adversaries.
Posted by anonymous | June 19, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Service and Trustworthy Resource
Mr. Martinson and his staff have been a tremendous resource for me in helping me deal with a probate/estate planning need. He truly has your best interest in mind and is easily accessible when you have questions that need answering quickly. I would highly recommend Mr. Martinson and his firm for anyone needing help with probate or other estate planning situations.
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Posted by Patsy | June 5, 2017
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Estate Planning
Doug and Angela were very knowledgeable and helpful in writing our Wills, POAs and Advanced Directives. We will use them again in the future.
Response from Douglas Martinson June 14, 2017
Thank you! It was a pleasure to meet and help you with your estate planning!
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Shareholder
  • Martinson and Beason
  • 1990 - Present
  • Town Attorney
  • Town of Triana, Alabama
  • 1994 - 2010
  • Summer Associate
  • Johnston Barton Proctor
  • 1988 - 1988
  • Summer Associate
  • Sirote and Permutt
  • 1987 - 1987
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Education

  • Boston University School of Law
  • LL.M - Master of Laws
  • 1990
  • Washington and Lee University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1989
  • University of Alabama - Tuscaloosa (main campus)
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1986

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Elder Exploitation
  • Case is still pending, but we were able to get the woman to a very nice Assisted Living Facility near her daughter.
  • Heirship determination
  • 1 year old girl received her rightful share of $150,000 of her father's estate
  • Conservatorship case for recovery of funds
  • Thief was arrested and pled guilty and funds were recovered for the Veteran
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Associations

  • Huntsville Madison County Library
  • Chairman of the Board
  • 2014 - Present
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Huntsville-Madison County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1990 - Present
  • Huntsville-Madison County Bar Association
  • President
  • 2016 - 2017
  • Huntsville-Madison County Bar Association
  • President-Elect
  • 2015 - 2016
  • Veterans Administration
  • Accredited Attorney
  • 2008 - 2012
  • Rotary Club of Huntsville
  • President
  • 2006 - 2007
  • Rotary Club of Huntsville
  • Chairman of Foundation
  • 2004 - 2006
  • American Red Cross North Alabama Chapter
  • Board of Directors
  • 2003 - 2005
  • Elected to Huntsville City Board of Education
  • Board Member and President
  • 2002 - 2010
  • Huntsville Madison County Public Libary
  • Foundation Board Member
  • 1998 - 2000
  • Huntsville Financial and Estate Planning Council
  • President
  • 1998 - 1999
  • Madison County Bar Association
  • Secretary and Executive Committee
  • 1994 - 1995
  • Huntsville Madison County Young Lawyers
  • President
  • 1991 - 1992
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Alabama
  • Board Member and Big Brother
  • 1991 - 1993
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • AV Preeminent 5 out of 5 Peer Review Rated Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • AV Rated highest rating
  • AV Preeminent 5 out of 5 Peer Review Rated Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • A+
  • Better Business Bureau
  • 2010
  • Member
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • 2010
  • AV Preeminent 5 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2010
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2009
  • Accredited Attorney
  • Veterans Administration
  • 2009
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2008
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2007
  • BV Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2001
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Publications

  • Huntsville Madison County Bar Last Chance CLE
  • Elder Exploitation and Abuse
  • 2011

Speaking Engagements

  • Alabama Probate Judges Association Spring Conference
  • Jursidiction of Guardianships in Alabama
  • 2021
  • LearningQUEST
  • Elder Law: Estate Planning, the Probate Process & Planning for Incomptency
  • 2020
  • Alabama Bar Pro Bono CLE
  • Elder Exploitation
  • 2019
  • Senior Cares
  • Conservatorships
  • 2015
  • Raymond James Advisors
  • Wills Trusts and Estates
  • 2015
  • Iron Bowl CLE
  • Estate Distribution
  • 2015
  • Helping Aging Parents
  • Prevent Elder Abuse and Exploitation
  • 2015
  • Madison County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division
  • Probate, Summary Distribution & Intestacy in Alabama
  • 2014
  • American Senior Assisted Programs
  • Estate Planning
  • 2014
  • Retirement Planning for Farmers
  • Retirement Planning for Farmers
  • 1999
  • Madison Baptist Association Retirement Planning
  • Estate Planning
  • 1997
  • Retirment Planning for Government Employees
  • Estate Planning
  • 1996
  • NBI Continuing Legal Education
  • Estate Taxes
  • 1995
  • Estate and Financial Planning
  • Estate Planning
  • 1991
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Attorney endorsements

Received (21)
Given (23)
Endorse Douglas
Estate planning Attorney | Nov 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Martinson dispenses wise and well-considered analysis in this forum. I endorse him."
Probate Attorney | Jun 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I worked for Doug when I was still in school and have continued to learn from him as a practicing Attorney. He is one of the most knowledgeable people in town about all things Probate related (guardianships, conservatorships, estate planning, elder law, etc). If you truly need an expert in the field, then Doug is the Attorney you need."
Probate Attorney | Sep 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Doug Martinson for years, and he is one of the most well-respected attorneys in his areas of practice. I have on occasion needed to refer clients because of conflicts, and when I have referred them to Doug, I did so knowing they were in good hands. Doug is extremely intelligent and is great at connecting with people - including his clients. He is a leader in our legal community and the Huntsville community as a whole. I wholeheartedly endorse Doug Martinson."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Doug is an experienced lawyer who is well respected within the Huntsville legal community."
Probate Attorney | Sep 13
Relationship: Friend
"Doug is an excellent lawyer and his knowledge of probate matters is second to none. Truly cares for his clients. A fantastic lawyer and person."
Trusts Attorney | Aug 20
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer."
Probate Attorney | Aug 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known Doug for years and I have worked with him on several matters. He is a terrific lawyer and I would highly recommend him."
Probate Attorney | Aug 04
Relationship: Friend
"I have known Doug for many years. During that time, I have had several opportunities to work with him on legal matters. On many other occasions, I have sought his advice in this area of the law. His knowledge and skill in Probate and Estate matters is unmatched. Doug has a reputation for excellent legal work. I have seen his work first-hand and know his reputation is well-earned. In addition to his knowledge and skill, Doug cares deeply for his clients and works hard to help them through complicated legal matters. I am happy to endorse Doug."
Elder law Attorney | Jul 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Doug works hard for his clients and achieves great results. He is widely known and well respected in our local community."
Commercial real estate Attorney | Jul 26
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Martins on appeared before me numerous times when I was a Circuit Judge. He is well versed in the law. He settles cases because he knows the law and is ready for trial if need be. He is highly ethical and works hard for his client. I would give him an A rating. Joe Battle"
General practice Attorney | Jul 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer.i have known Doug as well as other lawyer members of his family for many years. Doug has served our community as an elected school board member and has been a staunch supporter for education and sports for all children. Doug is a well prepared advocate for his clients and is well respected by our bench and bar."
Estate planning Attorney | Jul 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Doug is known for his excellence in this area, and I would not hesitate to send one of my clients to him with estate planning or related issues."
Elder law Attorney | Jun 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this Doug Martinson. I have known Doug for several years and have worked with his firm on many cases. Doug is a tremendous lawyer with a great support staff that keeps the firm's clients informed and updated. Doug is the go to attorney in the Huntsville, AL area for Guardianship, Conservatorship, and Elder Law. He is held in high regard and respected by his fellow attorneys."
Estate planning Attorney | Sep 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Doug is one of the most experienced attorneys in the area, and does great work for his clients. He is highly skilled in various fields of the law, and is a guy you can trust to do a good job for you every time. I highly recommend him."
Guardianship Attorney | May 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Brooks is an outstanding attorney with a great track record of representing businesses and individuals throughout North Alabama."
Estate planning Attorney | Oct 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Doug is a great Estate Planning lawyer and will work hard for all of his clients!"
Probate Attorney | Oct 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Martinson and I practice in some of the same areas of law, so I have had the privilege of reviewing many of his answers to Avvo questions. Not only is his legal knowledge outstanding, but I have been very impressed by his caring responses and passion for helping people. I would strongly endorse Attorney Martinson and his services for anyone seeking legal assistance in or around the Huntsville area. James Frederick"
Lawsuits and disputes Attorney | Nov 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I know Doug well, and I am happy to endorse him as a lawyer. Doug has the respect of judges and attorneys alike. He is a fine advocate."
Probate Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Guardianship Attorney | Jul 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I strongly endorse this lawyer's work. I have been involved in two complicated contested matters with Doug Martinson and he has done outstanding work, a very able and experienced lawyer. In each of the two matters he was acting as guardian on behalf of his ward, but his primary practice area includes general estate and probate as well."
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