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Brenda Smith Stedham

Probate Attorney at Anniston, AL

5.0   6 reviews

also known as Brenda S. Stedham


Licensed for 42 years

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Learn Brenda’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Probate
    30%
    I've probated Wills & Estates, handled Guardianships, Conservatorships & handled adoptions & many other cases in probate court for many the years. (See below for Adoptions.)

    36 years, 250 cases

  2. Wills and living wills
    20%
    When you die without a Will, your property is divided according to state law & probating your estate is more expensive. With a Will you can set out how your property is divided. A Living Will states what you want done for you at the end of your life.

    36 years, 250 cases

  3. Adoption
    10%
    I love to help parents and family members adopt children and to advise them about the process! It's a very compelling and fulfilling work.

    36 years, 15 cases

  4. Corporate and incorporation
    10%
    I help clients create corporations and I review documents relating to corporations.

    36 years, 50 cases

  5. Guardianship
    10%
    I help family members become appointed by the court to serve as guardians of both adults and children. These are cases where the adult or child needs someone to make decisions for them with regard to their health and placement.

    41 years, 100 cases

  6. Litigation
    10%
    Lawsuits & disputes can be difficult for people to go through; they need an experienced lawyer to assist them. I've represented a wide variety of clients, including both individuals and companies, in a wide variety of these cases.

    36 years, 250 cases

  7. Real estate
    10%
    I draft deeds and review deeds. In the past I've reviewed surveys and deeds and have written many title policies. This gives me additional experience and knowledge that benefits my clients.

    36 years, 200 cases

Service to others has been a driving force in my life since I was a small child. My parents taught me that we each have the abililty to help others and by doing so, we can touch their lives for the better. 

I love helping people with their legal issues. Over the years, I've handled auto accidents, personal injury, probate matters, adoptions, contracts, municipal law, and many other kinds of cases.  I especially like handling difficult cases and those in which more than one area of the law is involved.  If you're uncertain whether I handle the kind of case that you have, please give me a call or email me. Thank you for your consideration!

I graduated from the University of Alabama Law School in 1980 and passed the State Bar exam that same year.  After graduation, I was very fortunate to serve as a law clerk writing draft court orders for Judge Richard L. Holmes of the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals.

I moved to Anniston in 1981 to work at a firm of great lawyers; the firm later became Dillon, Field, Monk & Stedham. As a young lawyer I also served as part-time Assistant District Attorney for Calhoun and Cleburne Counties.  In 2001, I opened my own law practice, which I ran for seven (7) years.  I  was then elected to serve as an Alabama Circuit Judge in the Family Division for Calhoun & Cleburne Counties. In January, 2015, I completed my service as a judge and opened Stedham Law Firm in Anniston.  

Brenda S. Stedham

 

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Licensed for 42 years
State AL
Status Occupational License - Authorized to Practice
Acquired 1980
Updated 11/11/2022

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

Contact Brenda

Stedham Law Firm
Watermark Tower
931 Noble Street, Suite 104
Anniston, AL, 36201

Reviews

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Posted by Gladys | February 22, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Understanding and knowledgeable
Brenda Stedham represented me with several issues involving my husband's estate after his death. She was very professional yet understanding and helpful during a very difficult time for me. I highly recommend her and will use her again for any other attorney needs.
Response from Brenda Stedham February 26, 2021
Thanks for your kind words and your review, Gladys. I really do enjoy helping clients and I'm very glad you were happy with my services. All the best, Brenda
Posted by Kimberly | March 9, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Experience matters
Brenda Stedham is an excellent attorney. She has represented me with the utmost professionalism. She has always been readily available to speak with me. She has filed all paperwork and motions in a very timely manner. Her many years of experience that she draws upon is invaluable. I admire and respect her. She is a first class attorney.
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Posted by Lori | October 16, 2017
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Knowledge and compassionate
Brenda helped me with the legalities on starting my own business in 2003. She was efficient and timely. She continues to assist me with any legal needs that arise. Highly recommend!
Posted by Ted | August 31, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Local Litigation for international company
Brenda litigated 2 Alabama lawsuits on behalf of my company. One involved a corporate violation of a non-compete agreement and the other concerned improprieties in a municipal contract bid. Brenda displayed excellent judgement in selecting local attorneys to assist in each case. She remained calm and precise in presenting evidence and examining witnesses in spite of the surly attitude displayed by opposing attorneys. She won damages for me in the first case and the second, in the words of opposing counsel "...she won eleven pages of the judgement but lost the last page..." because the defendant went back and amended the contract to comply with the bid specifications.
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Posted by Carla | August 19, 2017
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Brenda Stedham
I have worked with Brenda Stedham for several years through my job as a DHR employee. She is very professional, thorough and is one of the best lawyers I have had the priviledge of working with.
Posted by Judy | August 19, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Brenda Smith Stedham
We all know we need to create a will, power of attorney, and appoint a health proxy. But, we put it off because it is not any fun and frankly, can be a little depressing. Brenda made this experience much more pleasant and even fun at times. She is extremely knowledgeable, very helpful and understanding. She does not rush the process and explains all of the decisions you must make until you are completely satisfied. My husband and I highly recommend Brenda (and her sweet assistant, Linda) for your legal representative. We will definitely go back to Brenda if a need arises.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 250-300 per hour
  • Contingency 33%-45%
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.5 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Stedham Law Firm
  • 2015 - Present
  • Circuit Judge
  • State of Alabama
  • 2009 - 2015
  • Attorney at Law
  • Brenda S. Stedham
  • 2001 - 2009
  • Partner
  • Dillon, Field, Monk & Stedham
  • 1981 - 2001
  • Alabama Court of Civil Appeals
  • State Of Alabama, Judicial Law Clerk
  • 1980 - 1981
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Education

  • University of Alabama School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctorate
  • 1980

Associations

  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama
  • Grievance Committee Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Anniston Rotary Club
  • Board Member
  • N/A
  • Cheaha District, United Methodist Church
  • Chairman
  • N/A
  • Women's Executive Committee
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Pelham Merrill Inn of Court
  • President
  • N/A
  • Alabama State Circuit Judges' Education Committee
  • Committee Member
  • 2011 - 2015
  • Calhoun Cleburne County Bar Association
  • Continuing Legal Education Chair
  • 2005 - 2015
  • Calhoun County Bar Association
  • President
  • 1993 - 1994
  • First United Methodist Church Administrative Board
  • Chairman
  • 1991 - 1992
  • Knox Concert Series
  • Board Member
  • 1986 - 2019
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Bridge Builder Award
  • Community Foundation of Northeast Alabama
  • 2018

Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Continuing Legal Education
  • Preparing Witnesses for Court
  • 2019
  • Continuing Legal Education
  • Keeping Secrets in the Age of Alexa
  • 2019
  • Alabama State Judges' Annual Meeting
  • Authentication of Social Media Evidence
  • 2012

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (9)
General practice Attorney | Dec 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Brenda over 30 years. She practiced extensively in my court when I was District Court Judge. She was always well prepared, professional, and she represented her clients as all lawyers should...zealously."
Litigation Attorney | Aug 29
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Judge Stedham is one of the most respected members of the Calhoun County bar. She has decades of experience in multiple areas of law, and has the right combination of professionalism, skill, and friendliness to serve her clients well."
General practice Attorney | May 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Brenda for over 30 years. We had several cases together when she was a practicing attorney before she became Circuit Judge. I have always found Brenda to be a consummate professional and committed advocate for her clients. She has now returned to private practice and her experience on the bench is reflected in her zealous representation of her clients. Brenda is devoted to her family, her profession and community."
General practice Attorney | May 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Brenda is a lawyer who's intelligent, innovative, has great integrity, is dedicated and hard working. She applies all these characteristics to zealously represent her client's interests. I'm truly happy to endorse her!"
Family Attorney | Jan 24
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"During law school, I clerked for Judge Stedham while she was the presiding Family Court Circuit Judge of Calhoun and Cleburne Counties. Her professionalism and legal acumen are top-notch. I confidently endorse her integrity, advocacy, and servant-leadership."
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