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56 Ala. Law. 1 (1995)

handle is hein.barjournals/alwyr0056 and id is 1 raw text is: January 1995                                                     Volume 56, Number 1
ON THE COVER:
The new Supreme Court of Alabama contains many interesting features. Among them are:
 The marble supporting the bench and columns is from Carrara, Italy, where Michelangelo
acquired marble for some of his famous sculptures.
 The dome was built from Indiana limestone, from the same quarry used for the Empire
State Building, Pentagon and National Cathedral.
* The seal on the mahogany bench was hand carved by a former Vietnam War POW.
* A lawyer speaking to the court is standing in the very center of the judicial building, both
vertically and horizontally.
Photo by Paul Crawford, Montgomery, a member of the Alabama State Bar and District of
Columbia Bar
INSIDE THIS ISSUE:
Pitfalls in Estate Planning with IRAs
By  Wendell Cauley  and Pamela L. M able ................................................................................... 20
Opening of Court
By  Retired  Justice  Oscar  W. Adam s, Jr. ...................................................................................... 32
Liability of a Municipality Under Alabama Law
By Alex L. Holtsford, Jr. and Steven Anthony Higgins ........................................................... 35
Psychotherapy and the Law
By  Shirley  D arby  H ow ell ...................................................................................................................... 44
Cumulative Index, January 1994 - December 1994 ................................................... 50

President's Page  ....................................... 4
Executive Director's Report ..................... 6
Legislative Wrap-Up ................................. 9
About Members, Among Firms .............. 10
Building Alabama's Courthouses ............ 12
Bar  Briefs ................................................. 17
Opinions of the General Counsel ........... 18
New  Adm ittees ........................................ 24

Lawyers in the Family ............................ 27
CLE Opportunities ................................. 30
Disciplinary Report .............................. 52
Recent Decisions ................................... 53
Young Lawyers' Section ........................ 59
M em orials ...............................................  60
Classified  Notices ....................................  63

ALABAMA STATE BAR HEADQUARTERS STAFF
415 Dexter Avenue, Montgomery, AL 36104 (334) 269-1515 * FAX (334) 261-6310

Executive Director ................................... Keith B. Norman
Executive Assistant .................................... Margaret Boone
Director of Programs ........................ Edward M. Patterson
Administrative Assistant for Programs .    Diane Weldon
Program  s Secretary ........................................... Heidi Alves
Director of Communications &
Public Information .............................. Susan H. Andres
Publications Director ......................... Margaret L. Murphy
Volunteer Lawyers Program Director ..Melinda M. Waters
Publications & VLP Secretary .................... Linda F. Smith

Membership Services Director .............. Christie Tarantino
Membership Assistant .................................... Kelly  Carden
Director of Admissions ....................... Dorothy D. Johnson
Admissions Assistant ............................. Elizabeth Shwarts
Alabama Law Foundation, Inc. Director ........ Tracy Daniel
ALF Secretary .................................... Suzanne Scarbrough
Bookkeeper ..................................................... Gale  Skinner
Graphics Arts Director ................................ Maggie Stuller
Lawyer Referral Secretary ............... Katherine C. Creamer
Receptionist ................................................... Jennie  Logan

ALABAMA STATE BAR CENTER FOR PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY STAFF
415 Dexter Avenue, Montgomery, AL 36104 (334) 269-1515 9 FAX (334) 261-6311
General Counsel .......................................... Robert W. Norris  Unauthorized Practice of Law, Client Security Fund,
Assistant General Counsel ....................... J. Anthony McLain  CSF & CLE Coordinator .......................... Bonnie Mainor
Assistant General Counsel ...................... L. Gilbert Kendrick  Paralegal/Investigator .................................... Vicki Glassroth
Assistant General Counsel .............................. Milton  L. Moss  Investigators ..................................................... Peggy Garrett
Ethics Opinions Coordinator ........................ Vivian Freeman                               Cheryl Rankin
Complaints Intake & Advertising Coordinator .Kim Ellis
The Alabama Lawyer, (ISSN 0002-4287), the official publication of the Alabama State Bar, is published seven times a year in the months of
January, March, May, June (bar directory edition), July, September, November. Views and conclusions expressed in articles herein are those of
the authors, not necessarily those of the board of editors, officers or board of commissioners of the Alabama State Bar. Subscriptions: Alabama
State Bar members receive The Alabama Lawyeras part of their annual dues payment; $15 of this goes toward subscriptions for The Alabama
Lawyer. Other subscribers do not receive the directory edition of the Lawyer as part of their subscription. Advertising rates will be furnished
upon request. Advertising copy is carefully reviewed and must receive approval from the Office of General Counsel, but publication herein does
not necessarily imply endorsement of any product or service offered. The Alabama Lawyer reserves the right to reject any advertisement. •
Copyright 1995. The Alabama State Bar. All rights reserved.
2 /JANUARY 1995

The Alabama
aw
Published seven times a year (the June issue is a bar
directory edition) by the Alabama State Bar,
P.O. Box 4156, Montgomery, Alabama 36101-4156.
Phone (334) 269-1515.
Robert A. Huffaker ................................ Chair &  Editor
Susan Shirock DePaola .......................... Vice-Chair &
Associate Editor
Richard  F. Allen ........................... Vice-Chair, Finance
Margaret Murphy ............................... Managing  Editor
Board of Editors
Raymond L. Johnson, Jr., Birmingham - Shirley D. Howell,
Montgomery - Jeff Kohn, Montgomery - Forrest Latta, Mobile •
Hon. Hugh Maddox, Montgomery • J.W Goodloe, Jr., Mobile -
C. MacLeod Fuller, Columbus, GA - Gregory C. Buffalow,
Mobile • Benjamin B. Spratling, Ill, Birmingham • William J.
Underwood, Tuscumbia • Andrew P. Campbell, Birmingham •
Alex L. Holtsford, Jr., Montgomery • Alan T. Rogers, Birming-
ham • James G. Stevens, Montgomery • Robert W Bradford,
Jr., Montgomery • Deborah Alley Smith, Birmingham • Nancy
L. Franklin, Leeds • John Q. Somerville, Birmingham • Mike
Druhan, Mobile - Robert Sellers Smith, Huntsville • Charles
Cleveland, Birmingham - Glenda Cochran, Birmingham • Lisa
Huggins, Birmingham - Debra H. Goldstein, Birmingham •
Pamela L. Mable, Montgomery • Sherri T. Freeman, Birming
ham • William G. Gantt, Birmingham
Board of Commissioners
Liaison  ........................... Samuel A. Rumore, Jr., Birmingham
Officers
Broox  G . Holmes, Mobile  ........................................... President
John A. Owens, Tuscaloosa............................. President-elect
Richard S. Manley, Demopolis  ....................... Vice-president
Keith  B. Norman, Montgomery  .................................. Secretary
Board of Commissioners
1st Circuit, Edward P. Turner, Jr., Chatom • 2nd Circuit, John
A. Nichols, Luverne • 3rd Circuit, Lynn Robertson Jackson,
Clayton • 4th Circuit, Ralph N Hobbs, Selma • 5th Circuit,
John Percy Oliver, II, Dadeville • 6th Circuit, Place No. 1, Wal-
ter P Crownover, Tuscaloosa  6th Circuit, Place No. 2, J.
Douglas McEIvy, Tuscaloosa - 7th Circuit, Arthur F. Fite, III,
Anniston * 8th Circuit, John S. Key, Decatur • 9th Circuit, W.N.
Watson, Fort Payne - 10th Circuit, Place No. 1, Samuel H.
Franklin, Birmingham  10th Circuit, Place No. 2, James W.
Gewin, Birmingham  10th Circuit, Place No. 3, James S.
Lloyd, Birmingham  10th Circuit, Place No. 4, Samuel A.
Rumore, Jr., Birmingham • 10th Circuit, Place No. 5, Frederick
T. Kuykendall, Ill, Birmingham - 10th Circuit, Place No. 6, Mac
B. Greaves, Birmingham • 10th Circuit, Place No. 7, J. Mason
Davis, Birmingham • 10th Circuit, Place No. 8, Max C Pope,
Jr., Birmingham - 10th Circuit, Place No. 9, Cathy S. Wright,
Birmingham - 10th Circuit, Bessemer Cut-Off, George Higgin-
botham, Bessemer • 11th Circuit, Robert M. Hill, Jr,
Florence • 12th Circuit, M. Dale Marsh, Enterprise • 13th Cir-
cuit, Place No. 1, Victor H. Lott, Jr., Mobile * 13th Circuit,
Place No. 2, Billy C. Bedsole, Mobile • 13th Circuit, Place No.
3, Caine O'Rear, 1l1, Mobile - 13th Circuit, Place No. 4, Benja-
men T. Rowe, Mobile • 14th Circuit, R. Jeff Donaldson, Jasper
• 15th Circuit, Place No. 1, Richard H. Gill, Montgomery - 15th
Circuit, Place No. 2, Wanda D. Devereaux, Montgomery . 15th
Circuit, Place No. 3, James E. Williams, Montgomery • 15th
Circuit, Place No. 4, Richard B. Garrett, Montgomery - 16th
Circuit, Roy 0. McCord, Gadsden ° 17th Circuit, Richard S.
Manley, Demopolis • 18th Circuit, Conrad M. Fowler, Jr.,
Columbiana • 19th Circuit, John Hollis Jackson, Jr., Clanton •
20th Circuit, Wade H. Baxley, Dothan • 21st Circuit, Edward T.
Hines, Brewton • 22nd Circuit, Abner R. Powell, III, Andalusia
- 23rd Circuit, Place No. 1, Donna S. Pate, Huntsville • 23rd
Circuit, Place No. 2, Patrick H. Graves, ir., Huntsville • 24th
Circuit, John A. Russell, IIl, Aliceville * 25th Circuit, Nelson
Vinson, Hamilton • 26th Circuit, Bowen H. Brassell, Phenix
City • 27th Circuit, John C. Gullahorn, Albertville , 28th Circuit,
John Earle Chason, Bay Minete • 29th Circuit, Tom R. Ogle-
tree, Sylacauga - 30th Circuit, A. Dwight Blair, Pell City • 31st
Circuit, William K. Hewlett, Tuscumbia • 32nd Circuit, Stephen
K. Griffith, Cullman • 33rd Circuit, Robert H. Brogden, Ozark •
34th Circuit, Jerry C. Porch, Russellville • 35th Circuit, William
D. Melton, Evergreen ° 36th Circuit, T. Harry Montgomery,
Moulton - 37th Circuit, J. Tut Barrett, Opelika - 38th Circuit,
Stephen M. Kennamer, Scottsboro • 39th Circuit, Winston V.
Legge, Jr., Athens • 40th Circuit, John K. Johnson, Rockford
The Alabama Lawyer is published seven times a year for $20
per year in the United States and $25 per year outside the
United States by the Alabama State Bar, 415 Dexter Avenue,
Montgomery, Alabama 36104. Single issues are $5.00, for the
journal and $25/$40 for the directory. Second-class postage
paid at Montgomery, Alabama.
Postmaster: Send address changes to The Alabama
Lawyer, P.O. Box 4156, Montgomery, AL 36101-4156.
THE ALABAMA LAWYER

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