Keeping in Touch: January/February 2018


Dominick Feld Hyde in the News

Dominick Feld Hyde, P.C. is pleased to announce that the firm has received “Metropolitan First-Tier Rankings” in the 2018 U.S. News Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms" rankings for Birmingham in the following practice areas: Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Trusts & Estates Law, Tax Law, Health Care Law, Family Law, Family Law Mediation, Litigation - Trusts & Estates Law, Litigation - Tax. The firm was also recognized as a Metropolitan Tier 2 in the practice area of Corporate Law and Metropolitan Tier 3 for Employment Law - Management. Firms included in the 2018 "Best Law Firms" list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise.

Five Dominick Feld Hyde, P.C. attorneys were recently named as "2017 Mid-South Super Lawyers" This publication recognizes exceptional attorneys in four states: Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee. For a copy of the list please follow this link. The attorneys recognized and their respective areas are as follows:

William J. Bryant
- Tax
Susan Doughton - Health Law
Gregory D. Hyde - Estate Planning & Probate
Dale B. Stone - Estate Planning & Probate
Brian T. Williams - Estate & Trust Litigation

Susan Doughton has been recognized by Chambers and Partners as one of four Band 1 Healthcare lawyers in the state of Alabama. Since 1990, Chambers and Partners, based in London, has published the leading directories of the legal profession throughout the world. Chambers USA is a highly reputable ranking source based on its independence and objectivity. Lawyers across the country are ranked in bands from 1-6, with 1 being the best. The qualities on which rankings are assessed include technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial astuteness, diligence, and commitment to the client and profession.

The Chambers USA guide provided: Susan Doughton of Dominick Feld Hyde, P.C. is "an excellent lawyer with a well-established healthcare practice." Interviewees note her as being “very capable and bright” as well as "very pleasant to deal with." She is widely regarded as one of the foremost lawyers in this field, with sources highlighting her extensive knowledge and experience in healthcare regulatory issues.

We congratulate Susan on such an exclusive designation of distinction.


Judy Shepura  will be presenting at the Issues in Elder Law seminar sponsored by the University of Alabama School of Law and the Elder Law Section of the Alabama State Bar.   Mrs. Shepura's topic will focus on Alabama's new laws designed to protect vulnerable adults.  The seminar is scheduled for February 23, 2018.

Vince Schilleci was recently elected as Vice President for Business Development of the Mountain Brook Chamber of Commerce.   Vince has held a position on the Board of Directors for the chamber since January 2017.  

Vince was also recently elected as the Continuing Legal Education Chair for the Probate Section of the Birmingham Bar Association and has been appointed to the Jefferson County GOP Executive Committee.

COMING SOON - Be on the lookout for a detailed analysis of the new tax laws and how we can help you in planning for the new year.  We will send out a special email with the information and analysis in the coming weeks.

Our Current Articles

Year end in review
Revise your estate plan to reflect life changes during the past 12 months

As we begin this new year, it is an excellent time for a person to review his or her estate plan. Never intended to be static, the plan should be considered a work in progress. This article details specific life events that, if one or more take place, should trigger an estate plan review.


Estate planning for second marriages; 5 tips to consider

For traditional nuclear families, the goal of estate planning is usually straightforward: Leave everything to or for the benefit of the surviving spouse who, in turn, will leave everything to or for the benefit of their joint children. Things get more complicated when a person divorces and remarries, particularly when he or she has children (or stepchildren) with more than one spouse. This article details five estate planning considerations when a person remarries. A sidebar notes the importance of choosing trustees carefully when there is a second marriage.


Should you name a trust as IRA beneficiary?

An IRA is a popular vehicle to save for retirement, and it can also be a powerful estate planning tool. Some people designate a trust as beneficiary of their IRAs, but is that a good idea? This article explores the benefits and pitfalls of naming a trust as an IRA beneficiary.


Estate Planning Red Flag
Your spouse's estate missed the portability election deadline

Portability allows a surviving spouse to apply a deceased spouse’s unused estate tax exemption amount toward his or her own transfers during life or at death. To secure these benefits, however, the deceased spouse’s executor must have made a portability election on a timely filed estate tax return. This brief article explains how the IRS has made it easier for estates to obtain an extension of time to file a portability election.



Dominick Feld Hyde's practice areas have grown and now comprise five broad categories: Business, Estates/Probate, Family Law, Healthcare and Tax. Within these areas, our attorneys have experience in a wide range of specialized legal services.