Honoring Those Who’ve Given So Much

With today being the day we observe Veterans Day, we thought it was an appropriate time to honor those who’ve given so much for our freedom. As your Lake of the Ozarks attorney, we want to take some time to feature the history of Veterans Day and a few of the ways you can honor this holiday. Take a look below to learn more about this special holiday honoring veterans, provided by O’Donnell Law Center.

The History of Veteran’s Day: Originally known as Armistice Day, this holiday was established on November 11th of 1919 – the first anniversary of the end of World War 1. In 1926, Congress passed a resolution to observe this holiday annually. Later it became a national holiday in 1938. In 1968, President Eisenhour officially changed the holiday from Armistice Day to Veterans Day. Aside from common belief, Veterans Day pays tribute to all American veterans – living or those who’ve passed. This day celebrates and gives thanks to veterans who have served their country during war and peaceful…

Establish a Trust for your Favorite Organization or Non-Profit

What will happen to your money after you pass? It’s important to line out your wishes ahead of time to help alleviate stress for your family. Whether you want to leave some assets to your family and make a charitable contribution to an organization with the remainder or donate all of your assets to a beloved non-profit, we can help establish your trust at the Lake of the Ozarks. Here at O’Donnell Law Center, we specialize in walking you through the process to set up a trust, as well as counsel you through it.

Is there an organization that is near and dear to your heart? If you’d like to make a contribution to a non-profit or other organization after you pass, we can include that in your trust. Having this type of clear instruction can help reduce the amount of time required for the organization of your choice to receive your contribution and eliminate confusion and uncertainty for family members.
People rarely want to think about end of life.  But in order to make it a little easier o…

All About the Salem Witch Trials

Back in 1692 in Salem Massachusetts, many people blamed illness and other misfortunes on witchcraft. They believed the “witches” responsible for the misfortunes should be punished for casting “spells” on people that made them sick or caused other unfortunate circumstances in their lives. A special court was established to help prosecute these “witches”. Over the course of several months, about 150 people were convicted of being possessed by the devil or of practicing witchcraft. Later in the year, the public started to fight the court, realizing these prosecutions were not fair or accurate. Guilty verdicts were later annulled by the Massachusetts General Court. Although these “criminals” had their verdicts removed – there was a bitterness in the community. This painful memory and story has stuck around for centuries – and we’re still talking about it today.

Navigating the criminal justice system can be intimidating. If these “witches” would have had representation, this situation may …

PROBATE – It’s Not As SPOOKY as it Sounds

A family member’s assets going to probate can sound like an intimidating – sometimes scary – process. While it’s not the ideal situation, our Lake of the Ozarks law firm is here to help ease your family through this time. Probate is where your assets will go to be decided who will get what, if the affairs of the deceased have not been decided ahead of time.

Not everyone has the opportunity to get their affairs in perfect order before they pass, so sometimes going to probate court is unavoidable.  Probate court can be necessary when there is no will, there is a will and non-probate transfers were insufficient to pass title to your property immediately upon your death, there is a dispute over who your property should go to, or a loved one is in need of a court appointed guardian or conservator.
Sometimes a death in the family followed by questions about how the property is going to be distributed triggers intense emotions and disagreements among family members that are akin to a high co…

What Sets O’Donnell Law Center Apart

We pride ourselves on offering a unique legal experience for our clients. From personalized service to convenient communications, we work hard to offer a positive experience for our clients and friends. O’Donnell Law Center is designed to focus on you when you have hit a bump in the road or decided to undertake a new adventure such as purchasing a new home or starting a new business.  Everything we do is intended to take the burden off of your shoulders and place it on ours. At our Lake of the Ozarks law firm, you have a team of professionals who communicate with you often and work efficiently to get your problem resolved or your new idea off the ground.  We recognize that when you come to us for help, you already have a lot of stress.  We want to reduce that stress, not add to it.  So we give you options and put you in control of how we deliver legal services to you.

Convenient Communication We strive to find the best communication methods for our clients. Whether you prefer phone ca…

What is Columbus Day All About?

Yesterday we were closed, celebrating Columbus Day.  If you don’t know why we celebrate this federal holiday, take a look below to learn why.

All About Christopher Columbus An Italian born explorer – Christopher Columbus – set sail in August of 1492. He was bound for Asia with support of the Spanish monarchs. Columbus intended to chart a western route to China, India, and Asia. He headed West with the Nina, Pinta and the Santa Maria.  When he landed in the Bahama Islands, he became the first European explorer in the Americas. Back then, it was only believed the Atlantic lay between Europe and the East Indies – they didn’t know about the Pacific Ocean or any of the Americas that are located between. In October, Columbus came across Cuba and believed it was the mainland of China. Then he found Hispaniola and believed it to be Japan.  Over the next few months, he established Spain’s first colony in the Americas – still thinking it was Japan. Upon his third trip to “Japan”, he realized he…

Tips to Prepare for a Natural Disaster

We’ve all heard about recent natural disasters. From wild fires to hurricanes to tornados, there are many ways your property can be naturally damaged. While many times these disasters happen with little to no notice, you can have a plan in place ahead of time. Being located in central Missouri, we are more likely to have a natural disaster in the form of a tornado. It’s best to have all of your important documents squared away before the threat of a natural disaster strikes.

Have an Emergency Plan for your Family Make sure everyone in your family knows the plan in case of an emergency. Establish a few meeting places that you can all gather, should something happen. Also, let a family member or close friend out of the area know about your plan, and try to establish a communication method if you are impacted by a natural disaster. Texting can sometimes be easier than making a phone call if your area has been impacted.

Have an Emergency Kit Handy It’s best to have a tub, filled with emer…