Friday, November 17, 2017

Social Media and the Digital Afterlife

Have you ever been reminded by Facebook of the birthday of someone who has passed away? Some find it uncomfortable and sad, for others, it is a pleasant memory of those lost. This is life today. Social media and the online world plays a major role in our everyday lives, but have you ever considered what happens to your online presence once you die? It’s not something we necessarily want to think about, but it’s something you should think about. Our social media accounts may live online long after we are gone. Here are some interesting facts and information about the digital afterlife provided by Who Is Hosting This?.


The Digital Afterlife

  • There are 30+ million accounts on Facebook that belong to people that are deceased.
  • The year 2060 is the approximate point when there will be more deceased people on Facebook than live ones.
  • 47% of adults access social media websites, but only 20% have considered what happens to their online profiles after death.

Different companies have different policies for dealing with deceased users.

Twitter:
Twitter does not provide account access to anyone, regardless of the relationship to the deceased. They do however allow an authorized person to deactivate the account.

In order to deactivate the account, you must have:
  • Death certificate of deceased user
  • Your government-issued ID
  • Your relationship to the deceased user
  • If the name on the account and death certificate do not match, you must have evidence the account belongs to them
  • Links to a public obituary that provides proof of death


Facebook:
Facebook gives family and friends, the option to memorialize a deceased person’s profile or you can permanently delete it. To access a person’s profile, Facebook requires a court order and will, or durable power of attorney sent via mail.

In order to deactivate the account, you must have:
  • Proof of death
  • Link to timeline and email address of deceased user

 
Google:
Google does not guarantee they will grant access to a deceased user’s account, but they do recommend mailing them certain documents just in case.

In order to deactivate the account, you must have:
  • Death certificate of deceased
  • Government-issued ID
  • Your full name
  • Gmail address of the deceased
  • Physical mailing address

Death is something that we don’t like to think about, but it, unfortunately, comes to us all. If you are online and have any social media accounts, it may be a good idea to think about what you would want done with them when that time comes. At the very least, you should keep track of your usernames and passwords for your social media accounts and leave them with a trusted person. 

We Carry Your Burden ~ You Carry On With Life.


Disclaimer: No attorney-client relationship is created by the publication of this blog.


The choice of a lawyer is an important decision and should not be based solely on advertising.

Phone: (573) 552-0317

O'Donnell Law Center, LLC
1026 Palisades Blvd. Suite 3


Osage Beach, MO  65065

Friday, November 10, 2017

The Only Constant is Change

New technologies have come a long way and they have changed the ways in which lawyers provide and market their legal services. The internet, personal computing, e-mail, digital data, and social media are all technologies that have greatly aided legal services. O’Donnell Law Center has experienced these changes first hand. Being able to adapt is vital, especially when things around you are constantly changing.

Social Media


FacebookLinkedInTwitter and Google+ are web-based communication and networking platforms that are all household names today. A couple of years ago it was a different story. Now they are ubiquitous social media tools that have become ingrained in the daily lives of millions of people around the world. Potential clients will use them to try and get to know a business better before patronizing them.  You can access our social media from our webpage.  Check out our Pinterest!

Social media is a great tool for professionals in all fields. When used the right way, it’s a great way to get information out to existing and potential clients and for those clients to really get to know you and your business.

The only thing that is constant is change. It’s important to adapt to changes and to embrace them. O’Donnell Law Center is constantly adapting to changes and implementing the newest practices in order to provide our clients with the best service. 

We Carry Your Burden ~ You Carry On With Life.


Disclaimer: No attorney-client relationship is created by the publication of this blog.


The choice of a lawyer is an important decision and should not be based solely on advertising.

Phone: (573) 552-0317

O'Donnell Law Center, LLC
1026 Palisades Blvd. Suite 3

Osage Beach, MO  65065

Thursday, October 26, 2017

We Carry Your Burden When Life Becomes a Witch

In Salem, Massachusetts, early 1692, a courtroom determined that witches were causing illnesses in the townspeople.  Life in the Colonies was hard, fear of losing food supply, warring tribes nearby, recent smallpox epidemic were a few of the daily struggles. Those worries, plus a strong belief in the devil made it easy for people to accept that illnesses may be caused by witches.  


A special court was formed, Court of Oyer and Terminer,  meaning "to hear and to decide".  This court was made up of a Chief Justice, magistrates and jurors.  They would hear evidence, which was really just accusations, and then find the accused guilty.  

In the 15 months that followed, 14 women and 5 men were hanged, and another man was crushed to death.  Five others, including 2 infants died in prison.  

There were other witch trials in neighboring towns and also in Connecticut.  In the fall, the governor disbanded the court.  The following spring, the Superior Court of Judicature decided to stop allowing "spectral" evidence (testimony that the defendant's shape appeared to the witness in a dream), and the witch trials were over.

Things may have gone another direction had the accused been allowed an attorney and a vigorous defense.  Navigating the criminal justice system without an experienced defense attorney on your side can be scary.  At O'Donnell Law Center, we can help you with a criminal defense.  We carry your burden when life becomes a Witch!


We Carry Your Burden ~ You Carry On With Life.


Disclaimer: No attorney-client relationship is created by the publication of this blog.


The choice of a lawyer is an important decision and should not be based solely on advertising.

Phone: (573) 552-0317

O'Donnell Law Center, LLC
1026 Palisades Blvd. Suite 3


Osage Beach, MO  65065

Friday, October 13, 2017

Increasing the Efficiency of Lawyers

Having the time to spend on building a relationship with our clients is important to us at O’Donnell Law Center. So important, that we have come up with ways to improve our efficiency so we are able to have more time with our clients.  

Better Client Intake is Key to Our Efficiency


While the legal process itself is undoubtedly filled with inefficiencies, the client intake process is a crucial step in the efficient rendering of legal services. Unlike the legal processes which are numerous, varied and often times complicated, the client intake process is simple and easy to improve. At O’Donnell Law Center we have done just that. The client intake process is filled with tasks we do numerous times a year, so we decided to standardize these tasks and create a template that we personalize for each new client. The intake process is what sets the tone for the legal processes, which makes up the majority of time spent on any client matter. Legal processes benefit when the firm knows exactly what needs to be done and who needs to be involved right from the beginning.

How We Improve Client Intake for Greater Efficiency


Make it as easy as possible for our clients.
We know that you are going through a stressful time in your life and the last thing you want is added stress. We have standardized our process to help make the intake process fast, easy, and as painless as possible.

We are organized and provide clear instructions.
It’s important that our clients are well-informed and they have a clear understanding of what needs to be done and what we need from them. We also make sure they know what to expect when working with us. Good organization is important when you want to get through the intake process efficiently. We keep track of what has been done and what still needs to be accomplished.

We use the newest technology.
Using technology to our benefit allows us to communicate with our clients in many different ways and it helps us to streamline the intake process as well. Not only does this help with our efficiency, it’s also cost saving, which we love to pass on to our clients.

We are always improving our process.
We always take a step back and analyze our process so we can find ways to improve the intake process over time. We put an emphasis on retooling and we make sure our document templates are up to date and are the best possible version. We focus on retooling at least once or twice a year because it is important to us. We want to assure our clients that they are getting the most out of their time.

We aren’t afraid to try new things.
It may be as simple as moving a desk or installing new software, but we will look at our practice and see how we can do more and do it more efficiently.  We are always open to new ideas and improvements. If something doesn’t work with our practice or it doesn’t help us with efficiency, then we simply change our method again. As times change, it’s important to adapt and to change with them.

By constantly improving our processes and increasing our efficiency, we are able to spend more time on what truly matters. Our clients. Our goal at O’Donnell Law Center is to take the burden off of your shoulders and place it onto ours. 


We Carry Your Burden ~ You Carry On With Life.


Disclaimer: No attorney-client relationship is created by the publication of this blog.


The choice of a lawyer is an important decision and should not be based solely on advertising.

Phone: (573) 552-0317

O'Donnell Law Center, LLC
1026 Palisades Blvd. Suite 3

Osage Beach, MO  65065

Friday, October 6, 2017

Relational vs. Transactional

Forming strong relationships is an essential component to success. At O’Donnell Law Center, we believe that forming relationships with our clients is an important part of the process. Many law offices and attorneys focus on getting the facts and only the facts. They aren’t necessarily concerned with forming relationships with their clients. At O’Donnell Law Center, we are focused on creating relationships with our clients first.


A Great Foundation


It’s important to us at O’Donnell Law Center to create a great foundation and that starts with a great personal relationship. We like to spend the first few minutes of the meeting focused on the client, not the problem they may be dealing with. We ask questions to really learn more about the client and to really get to know them. We want our clients to know that they are important to us and they aren’t just another case. At O’Donnell Law center we prefer to be more relational vs. transactional. While we know you come to us to help with your legal troubles, we want to focus on you as a human being and help you on a personal level.

Building Strong Relationships


Treat others the way you want to be treated.
This is one of the simplest of tasks, but it is often forgotten. When we engage with our clients, we try to put ourselves in their shoes and provide the same level of service and respect we would want.

Remember that your customers are people, not numbers.
We like to take a personal interest in our clients and we believe it creates a great foundation. When you’re dealing with legal issues, the last thing you want to feel like is just another number or legal case.

Honesty is key.
We like to be upfront and honest with our clients. From legal fees to the process, we like to keep our clients in the know and up to date on everything that is happening.

Our Mission


At O’Donnell Law Center, our lives revolve around a single statement:
We carry your burden ~ You carry on with life

Sometimes life can get messy. You can’t predict when you’re going to hit a bump in the road. When you’re dealing with an unexpected challenge, O’Donnell Law Center will be there to lift the burden off of your shoulders and place it on ours.

Here at O’Donnell Law Center, our relationships with our clients is a priority for us. We aren’t just another law firm that treats you like another legal case. It’s important that our clients know that we care about their well-being and we are here for them every step of the way. 

We Carry Your Burden ~ You Carry On With Life.


Disclaimer: No attorney-client relationship is created by the publication of this blog.


The choice of a lawyer is an important decision and should not be based solely on advertising.

Phone: (573) 552-0317

O'Donnell Law Center, LLC
1026 Palisades Blvd. Suite 3


Osage Beach, MO  65065

Friday, September 29, 2017

What to Wear: Court Edition

In last weeks’ blog, we talked about the types of clothing that should not be worn to court. This week, we are going to discuss what you should wear to court. We know it’s a scary and unknown time and O’Donnell Law Center wants to help make your experience as stress-free as possible. By having a guide of how to dress for court, that’s one less thing you have to worry about. When you go to court, you want to present the best image you can. First impressions count. Check out our suggestions below!


Dress for Success

Dress as if you are going for an important job interview. This is a great rule of thumb to follow. If you’re questioning whether or not you should wear something, then don’t wear it. You also want to feel comfortable and confident in what you are wearing.

Wear Comfortable, Fitted Clothing


Wear properly fitting clothing, don't wear anything too loose or too tight. For guys, tucking in your shirt and wearing a belt will help present the best image. Ladies, if you choose to wear a dress or skirt, it needs to be the appropriate length. We suggest keeping your attire clean and simple.

No Casual or Beach Clothing


You should not wear sandals (especially flip-flops), shorts and t-shirts to court. While you may be comfortable in these types of clothing, they do not belong in the courthouse. Most courtrooms will not let you in if you are wearing shorts.

No Hats


You can wear a hat outside the courthouse, but once you enter, you must remove it. 

Be Sufficiently Groomed

Make sure your hair is brushed and for guys with facial hair, it should be nicely groomed and trimmed. Good hygiene, including clean hands and fingernails, will ensure your best appearance.  Cologne, aftershave, and perfume are not needed.

Tattoos and Piercings 


While they are great expressions of your individuality and your unique personality, they can be distracting in court. It’s best to keep it more conservative in the courtroom. So whenever possible, cover tattoos and remove piercings. 

Avoid Excessive Jewelry


In the courtroom, less is more. You should keep the jewelry to a minimum.   

When in court, it’s important to make sure you are giving the right impression.  By following these tips provided by O’Donnell Law Center, you will be more prepared for court. Everything we do is intended to take the burden off of your shoulders and place it on ours.   
                     
We Carry Your Burden ~ You Carry On With Life.


Disclaimer: No attorney-client relationship is created by the publication of this blog.


The choice of a lawyer is an important decision and should not be based solely on advertising.

Phone: (573) 552-0317

O'Donnell Law Center, LLC
1026 Palisades Blvd. Suite 3

Osage Beach, MO  65065