Lake of the Ozarks Bikefest

The Lake of the Ozarks Bikefest is this weekend. Come out September 14th through September 16th for a thrilling weekend of biking, memories, and fun. We know how much fun these bike rallies can be and we’re excited to share some of the passport stops with you. Stop by as many of these stops as you can and get your passport stamped.

2018 Passport Stops: #1 - Lake of the Ozarks Harley Davidson
6482 Osage Beach Parkway
Osage Beach MO 65065

#2 - Harmy’s Cheese Store & More, LLC
6378 Osage Beach Parkway
Osage Beach, MO 65065

#3 - Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina
1680 Autumn Lane
Osage Beach, MO 65065

#4 - Redhead Lakeside Grill
1700 Yacht Club Drive
Osage Beach, MO 65065

#5 - Angelo’s Pizza & Pub
1030 Highway KK
Osage Beach, Mo 65065

#6 - Surdyke Yamaha
5863 Osage Beach Parkway
Osage Beach, MO 65065

#7 - Dog Days Bar & Grill
1232 Jeffries Road
Osage Beach, MO 65065

#8 - Tirebiter’s Peanut…

Why Distracted Driving is Dangerous

Many motorist multitask behind the wheel. From changing the radio to grooming on your morning commute, many things can take your attention away from the road. Even if you look away for a split second, the driving conditions around you may change just as quickly. This can lead to a dangerous situation on the roadway. If you aren’t convinced distracted driving is bad, take a look below to learn why it is so dangerous.

Why Distracted Driving is Dangerous: Delayed Reaction Time If you are not paying attention to the road while driving, your reaction time may increase. The driving conditions around you may change in a split second and you won’t have enough time to react in a timely manner. If the car in front of you comes to an abrupt stop, you may need to be hitting the brakes as soon as possible but this may not happen at the right time if you are distracted and focused on another task.

Eyes Away From The Road Your eyes are a key part of driving and scanning the road around your vehicle …

Labor Day Fireworks at the Lake of the Ozarks

Labor Day Weekend is upon us and it’s time to start planning how you and your family are going to celebrate the unofficial end of summer. Here at the Lake of the Ozarks there are a number of fireworks displays around the area. This is a fun and entertaining way to get out and celebrate the holiday weekend. Take a look below to find out when and where you can catch these booming fireworks displays.

Bear Bottom Resort Labor Day Fireworks Date: Saturday, September 1
Time: 9:45 pm
Hwy 5 to 123 Bear Bottom Drive in Sunrise Beach
View fireworks by land at Bear Bottom Resort or by water at the 38 Mile Marker.
Parking is limited; Arrive early.
Call for details: 573-374-6905

Celebration Cruises Bagnell Dam Sunset & Fireworks Cruise Date: Saturday, September 1
Time: Boarding 7:30 pm; Departure 8:00 pm; Return 10:00 pm
Celebration Bagnell Dam: Next to Bagnell Dam on Bagnell Dam Blvd. in Lake Ozark
Call for reservations and details: (573) 480-3212

Celebration Cruises Grand Glaize Fireworks Cr…

SHARE THE ROAD – 5 Tips for Driving Around Motorcycles

With a number of motorcycle events and rallies taking place, it’s important to have a quick refresh of driving tips during this season. The end of summer and the beginning of fall is a prime time for many motorcyclists to be riding and enjoying the beautiful weather. During this time, you may be driving around more motorcycles on the roadway. Take a look below for a quick refresh of safety tips for driving around motorcycles.

Increase Following Distance When driving around a motorcycle, it’s important to think about the time it takes to stop. A motorcycle can come to a quicker stop than a full-sized vehicle. Therefore, you should increase your following distance. It’s recommended to increase your safe following distance by four seconds when behind a motorcycle. This can help give you enough time to react and slow your vehicle as needed.

Look Twice Before Turning Before you enter the roadway, it’s important to check the lane of traffic at least two times before pulling out. You may be …

Peace of Mind

A married couple in their 80's brought their three adult daughters (who were a blend of step and full sisters) to the O'Donnell Law Center so that they could review with me the couple's end of life wishes and estate plan, so that their daughters could ask questions, and so that the couple could reinforce their expectations.  All of this was to avoid unnecessary "hiccups" when the time came for the couple's estate to be administered.

Sitting around the table,  with the parents on one side, the sisters on the other, and me at the head, we looked like we could have been sitting down for lunch.  Instead, we poured over documents.  The meeting took about an hour, and it was punctuated with questions and answers, a few tense moments, some giggles and a cleansing tear or two.  At its conclusion, those  beautiful daughters, sitting across the table from the parents they love so much, spontaneously locked their sister pinkies  in solidarity and pledged to their parent…

All About the Counties We Serve – Moniteau County

As we close out our blog series that features the counties we serve, the history of Moniteau County is the focus for our latest blog. Here at O’Donnell Law Center, we are honored to be able to serve the 26th Judicial Circuit. Camden, Miller, Morgan, Laclede, and Moniteau counties compile the circuit. Learn more about the historic Moniteau County and the origin of its name below.

Moniteau County Moniteau County was organized in 1845. The county was named after Moniteau Creek which is a Missouri River tributary that flows through the county. Moniteau is a Native American word that means 'Great Spirit'. The river winds through Moniteau, Cooper, and Cole counties. The twists and turns may lead to the origin of the county’s name – some may say the river flows with great spirit!

This week concludes our historic feature of the counties in the 26th Judicial Circuit. We’ve enjoyed sharing this interesting information with you about the origin of each of the counties we serve – Camden, M…

All About the Counties We Serve – Laclede County

We are continuing our blog series featuring the counties we serve. This week’s blog is all about Laclede County. Here at O’Donnell Law Center, we are honored to be able to serve the 26th Judicial Circuit. This group of counties consist of Camden, Miller, Morgan, Laclede, and Moniteau. Below you can find more information about this historic county!

Laclede CountyLaclede County was named after Pierre Laclede, a French fur trader and the founder of St. Louis. In 1763, Laclede was sponsored by a New Orleans merchant to build a trading post near the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri rivers. He set out right away but found the area was too marshy for a trading post.  He moved down stream about 18 miles and in 1764, St. Louis was born. Laclede county was formed in 1849 from Camden, Pulaski and Wright Counties.

Stay tuned for our last edition in our blog series that will feature the remainder of the 26th Judicial Circuit! We look forward to sharing additional information about the h…