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FAQ About Divorce

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Divorce is a tough process and the unknown is a big stress for many couples as they enter into the divorce process. As a divorce attorney at the Lake of the Ozarks, we know this is a difficult time for our clients and their family. If you are thinking about filing for divorce near the Lake of the Ozarks, you may have some questions before you do so. Take a look below for answers to frequently asked questions about divorce.



How long will the divorce take? The length of time required to complete the divorce process depends on a number of factors. Having children involved in the divorce, or a family-owned business adds complexity and can make the divorce process take a little longer. Also, the number of times you and your spouse go back and forth during settlement negotiations can increase the time required to reach a resolution.

How will our marital property be divided? Marital property in Missouri must be divided in a way that is “fair” and “conscionable”, which does not necessarily me…

3 Unexpected Benefits of Working with O’Donnell Law Center

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Whether you’ve hit a bump in the road or you’re taking on a new adventure, meeting with a lawyer may seem a bit intimidating. O’Donnell Law Center breaks the mold that is often associated with a meeting with a lawyer. We provide a unique legal experience for each of our clients and treat every case with the same respect and diligence as the next. Take a look below to learn about a few of the benefits of working with our Lake of the Ozarks lawyer that you may not be expecting.


1)Flexible Communication We understand you are trying to continue your daily tasks as usual, despite your legal issues or major life changes going on. That’s why we offer flexible communication methods. We have a wide range of technology in place to be able to conveniently communicate with our clients. Text, phone call, email, Skype, Facetime, client portal, in-person... you decide which method best fits your schedule and needs.   If you are unable to communicate during our regular business hours, we can be flexi…

Ways a Lawyer can Help Protect a Landlord

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Being a landlord comes with a lot of responsibility. You are ultimately responsible for the upkeep of the property that your tenant is living in. On the flip side, renting can be a smart investment and an effective way to make money. If you are interested in becoming a landlord, having a trusted lawyer at the Lake of the Ozarks is a good idea. As a landlord, you will want to legally protect yourself and your property. Learn how O’Donnell Law Center can help protect landlords below.


Prepare a Lease Before anyone rents your property, it’s important to have a well written lease. A lawyer knows exactly what you need in a lease and can help protect you with the correct verbiage in this document. After you implement your lease, it’s a good idea to have it reviewed from time to time to make sure no new provisions are needed.

Notice to Vacate Before you can evict a tenant, you’ll need to file the proper notice.  A lawyer can help you prepare and serve your notice, and how to move forward with…

5 Reasons to Update Your Trust

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A trust is an important document that helps make sure your requests are carried out, after you pass. If you have certain wishes as to who should receive each of your assets, establishing a trust at the Lake of the Ozarks might be right for you. Our Lake of the Ozarks law center can help you get your end of life wishes in order. If you already have a trust in place, you may need to make updates or amendments to it. With any life change, it’s important that you view your trust for necessary changes as well. Take a look below for examples of changes in your life that may result in needed updates to your trust.


5 Reasons to Update Your Trust: Change in Marital Status A change in marital status certainly calls for an update to your trust. Whether you are getting married, getting divorced or getting remarried, it’s a good idea to make sure your beneficiaries are up-to-date. If something were to happen to you today, who is designated to receive your assets? If you aren't sure that the pe…

Best of Luck to Teena Harris

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One of our amazing staff members, Teena Harris, will be leaving us soon. We’re excited for Teena to as she begins this new chapter in her life, but we will miss her and the compassion and excellence she demonstrated in our office daily. Take a look below to learn a little more about Teena and her plans for the future.

When Teena Joined Our Team: Teena considers herself a “local” here at Lake of the Ozarks. In 2004 her mother moved her sister and herself to Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri, to be closer to family. She later graduated from Camdenton High School in 2010. After graduation, Teena went into the workforce holding positions such as a reservationist, server, and receptionist, eventually going on to manage a winery.
After her daughter, Emmalyn, was born, Teena took a year off from work. She reevaluated her career path and decided to pursue her passion for education and work toward becoming an Elementary School teacher. She has recently started her senior year at Central Methodist U…

Ways the Digital Age Impacts our Law Center

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When you hit a bump in the road, our Lake of the Ozarks law center is here for you. We know facing a legal issue can be overwhelming and stressful. Here at O’Donnell Law Center, we specialize in helping our clients through their legal issues. Being flexible and adapting to the digital age has helped us in a number of ways. Take a look below to learn a few of the ways our ability to change has impacted our law center in a positive way.


Flexible Communication We utilize technology to help us best communicate with our clients. No matter what method you prefer, we can find a way to communicate that works with your unique situation and busy schedule. Text, email, phone call, or even skype are just a few of the technologies we utilize to better serve our clients. We know this is a tough time and we want to ensure we make communicating with your lawyer easy.

State-of-the-Art Technology Our software and cloud computing capabilities help to ensure all of our employees are on up to date on all …

Holiday Lights at the Lake of the Ozarks

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It’s that time of year again. Holiday lights are out and ready for your enjoyment. Our Lake of the Ozarks law firm loves this time of year and we want to share a few of our favorite holiday light parks. It’s a fun way to get out with your family and get into the holiday spirit. If you’re ready to pile in the car and set out on a holiday light tour, take a look below to find out where these spectacular displays are located around the Lake of the Ozarks.


Enchanted Village of lights Nov. 16, 2018 - Jan 1, 2019
Laurie Fairgrounds
269 Fairgrounds Road, Laurie, MO
573-374-8776
Open Nightly 5 pm to 9 pm (10 pm weekends)

St. Patrick's Festival of Lights Nov 22, 2018 - Jan 2, 2019
Shrine of St. Patrick/ Mother's Shrine
176 Marian Drive, Laurie, MO
573-374-7855
Open Nightly 5 pm to 10 pm

Versailles Unity Circle of Lights Nov 21, 2018 - Jan 1, 2019
Versailles City Park
Jct Hwy 5 and 52, Versailles, MO
573-378-4634
Open nightly from dusk until midnight

Osage Beach Holiday Lights Nov 24, 2…