Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Can you believe it's already Christmas? We blinked, and 2014 is already almost over. It's certainly been an eventful - but wonderful! - year for all of us at O'Donnell Law Center. We hope your year has been filled with warmth and joy!


Merry Christmas

We all celebrate the holidays a little differently.  Despite individual differences, or perhaps because of them, this time of year is one for giving, for celebrating friends and family, and for enjoying all of the wonderful things this season, our community and our country has to offer and that we can offer back. All of us at our Lake of the Ozarks law firm want to take this opportunity to extend our warmest holiday wishes to you and your family.

Happy New Year

As 2014 draws to a close, we have the opportunity to look back on and evaluate our year. What went well? What can we improve upon next year? This is a time for reflection and appreciation of what has already happened, and anticipation and planning for what is yet to come.

2014 was certainly an important year for all of us at O'Donnell Law Center. Before, O'Donnell Law Center was only a dream. Now, we have an established office, valued clients, and big plans for the future. We are honored to serve our wonderful community by reducing stress, one client at a time. 

We Look Forward to Working with You

By lifting the weight of their legal burdens off of their shoulders and onto ours, we empower our clients to carry on with their lives. We pride ourselves on being completely accessible to our clients when they need us to be

Our center is located off of Highway 54 at the KK exit, in the Palisades Village Shopping Center in Osage Beach, Missouri. (We are right next to Vida Fitness, McDonald's, and Central Bank). We are open 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (closed for lunch from noon until 1) Monday-Friday. In addition, our staff is available to communicate with our clients outside of the Center's regular business hours.

As your trusted attorney at the Lake of the Ozarks, I would like to extend my warmest holiday greetings to you and your loved ones. I hope your holiday season is absolutely wonderful! If you find yourself in need of any legal assistance over the holidays, don't hesitate to give me a call. I can be reached at (573) 552-0317.

We are open and ready to assist you in any way we can. Call the most trusted law firm at the Lake of the Ozarks to get started today.

O'Donnell Law Center
We Carry Your Burden ~ You Carry On With Life.

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Osage Beach, MO  65065
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Friday, December 19, 2014

When Should You Hire A Lawyer?

How do you know when to hire a lawyer and when to handle legal challenges yourself? Unless the legal issue you're facing is extremely minor (such as a small speeding ticket), hiring a professional attorney will almost always be the best option for helping you achieve favorable outcomes. As an experienced attorney at the Lake of the Ozarks, I can help you in a variety of different legal situations.


When You're Starting A New Business

One of the most important aspects of setting up a new business is choosing the correct entity.  Some entities make you personally liable for any problems your business may face down the road, whereas other types (such as Limited Liability Companies) can protect your personal assets from unforeseen business issues. A professional business attorney can help you evaluate the pros and cons of each option and determine which is the best one for your business.

When You're Planning Your Estate

While no one wants to think about their death, it's important to spend some time deciding what will happen to your money, your businesses, your home, and your financial assets after you pass. An estate planning lawyer can help you make these decisions and prepare the  legal documents required to ensure your wishes will be fulfilled.

When You've Been Injured

Personal injuries occur in an instant, without any warning, and can have drastic impacts on your lifestyle and livelihood. Depending on the severity of your injury, you may not be able to work (and, consequently, not earn an income) while you're healing. Having a dedicated personal injury attorney on your side can make a world of difference.

When You've Been Charged with a DUI/DWI

Driving while intoxicated (DWI), also known as driving under the influence (DUI), is a very serious matter. Those charged with DWI can lose their license, be required to complete alcohol treatment programs, and face incarceration and steep financial consequences. If you're facing this charge, having an experienced criminal defense attorney to defend you can make the difference between relatively minor and severe consequences.

When You're Battling for Custody

Divorce is a highly emotional event for anyone, but it is even more emotionally taxing for couples who have had children together. The prospect of losing custody of your children is absolutely terrifying, but most individuals lack the experience or the skills required to successfully defend their positions. A diligent family attorney will aggressively pursue your parental rights.

When You're Facing a Legal Situation and Trying to Save Money

This comes as a surprise to many people, but hiring an attorney early can actually save you money. While trying to handle a legal matter yourself may save you money initially, many people end up hiring an attorney down the road anyway, because that same legal matter has gotten worse, and by then there may be more legal problems to tackle and unwind.  As a result, the representation is more complicated and expensive. Having a professional lawyer on your side early on in the process can save you money and countless headaches along the way. At O'Donnell Law Center, we agree on a flat fee for most of our clients up front so that you will not be faced with any surprise charges.

Conclusion

These situations serve as good examples of when it is helpful to hire a professional attorney, but they barely scratch the surface of all the occasions when having an attorney on your side is advantageous. Legal situations can be complicated and messy, but having a dedicated attorney to help guide you through the process can make it easier. At O'Donnell Law Center, we strive to take the burden off of your shoulders by reducing your stress. If you're facing these or any other types of legal situations, give us a call! Our office line is (573) 552-0317.

We are open and ready to assist you in any way we can. Call the most trusted law firm at the Lake of the Ozarks to get started today.

O'Donnell Law Center
We Carry Your Burden ~ You Carry On With Life.

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Osage Beach, MO  65065
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Monday, December 15, 2014

O'Donnell Law Center - Our Mission

At O'Donnell Law Center, our lives revolve around a single statement:

We carry your burden ~ You carry on with life


O'Donnell Law Center ~ Centering Our Focus on You

Sometimes life gets messy; you can't predict when you're going to hit a bump in the road or have a curve ball thrown at you. When you're dealing with one of these unexpected challenges, O'Donnell Law Center will be there to lift the burden off of your shoulders and place it onto ours. We are designed to "center" our focus on you when you may be unable to do so yourself.

O'Donnell Law Center ~ Reducing Your Stress

Handling unforeseen difficulties can be incredibly stressful. As a trusted law office at the Lake of the Ozarks, our goal is to help reduce that stress - not add to it. We lower stress levels through a variety of different strategies, including:
  • Flat Fees
    • In almost all of our legal cases (even divorce and custody) we will charge you a flat fee up front based upon the services we agree you will need. You won't be faced with any surprise charges down the road.
  • Cooperative Communication
    • Do you prefer emailing, or is texting more your style? No matter what method of communication you choose, you will have all of the resources you need to contact us how you choose, when you choose.
  • Varied Visits
    • Finding a meeting time and place that works for everyone can be a challenge. That's why O'Donnell Law Center offers complete meeting flexibility - our clients choose where and when we meet, whether that be at our Center, their homes/offices, or via phone, Skype, FaceTime, or other video conference mediums.

O'Donnell Law Center ~ Lake of the Ozarks Attorney at Law

The skilled, professional staff at O'Donnell Law Center know when to litigate and when to mediate. As one of the newest law firms at the Lake of the Ozarks, we are excited to extend our expertise in ten specific divisions: 
Deirdre O'Donnell, Attorney at Law
  1. Family Law
  2. Criminal Defense at the Federal, State, and Municipal Levels
  3. Estate Planning
  4. Probate
  5. Business and Contracts
  6. Personal Injury
  7. Worker's Compensation
  8. Landlord Rent and Possession and Unlawful Detainer Actions
  9. Collections Defense
  10. Condominium and Home Owners' Associations
If you find yourself faced with any of these legal challenges, O'Donnell Law Center can help guide you through the process. Stop by our office or give us a call today to get started.

We are open and ready to assist you in any way we can. Call the most trusted law firm at the Lake of the Ozarks to get started today.

O'Donnell Law Center
We Carry Your Burden ~ You Carry On With Life.

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Osage Beach, MO  65065
(Located on the McDonald's Side of the Building)

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

How Much Do You Know About Criminal Law?

Since it is constantly changing and adapting, criminal law is possibly one of the most intricate and challenging disciplines in the legal field. As its name suggests, criminal law at the Lake of the Ozarks deals with individuals who have (or who have been accused of) committing various crimes around the Lake. If you or someone you know is facing criminal charges, having an experienced criminal defense lawyer on your side can make a huge difference.


Types of Criminal Charges

Criminal charges take on a variety of different forms. Facing criminal charges can be both confusing and scary if you don't have legal experience, but O'Donnell Law Center is here to take the weight of the worry off of your shoulders. First, let's explore the different types of categories of criminal charges at the state level:

Felonies
Felonies are extremely serious criminal offenses. Different types of felonies include fraud, serious physical harm to other people, sale of illegal drugs, and burglary. Felonies can result in prison sentences ranging from one year to life - and even capital punishment.

Misdemeanors
Misdemeanors are "middle of the road" criminal offenses. Sentences for misdemeanors can be up to one year in prison. Different types of misdemeanors include shop lifting, various traffic violations, and minor assault.

Infractions
Infractions are relatively minor offenses. Typically, infractions are punished by fines and those charged will likely not face any time in jail. Different types of infractions include very minor traffic violations such as low level speed, failing to signal, and littering.



O'Donnell Law Center Can Defend You

Even minor infractions can evolve into major issues under the right circumstances. Having a trustworthy criminal defense attorney on your team can dramatically improve your situation. Depending on your unique situation and needs, our experienced Attorney at Law, Deirdre O'Donnell, can defend you at the Federal, State, and Municipal level. As examples, Deirdre has experience handling clients charged with:
  • Robbery
  • Assault
  • Traffic Offenses
  • Drug Possession and/or Manufacturing
  • Sexual Misconduct
  • Fraud

Consequences of legal charges can drastically and negatively impact your life. Don't face these charges alone! Our trusted attorney can represent you when you need it the most.

We are open and ready to assist you in any way we can. Call the most trusted law firm at the Lake of the Ozarks to get started today.

O'Donnell Law Center
We Carry Your Burden ~ You Carry On With Life.

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Osage Beach, MO  65065
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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

O'Donnell Law Center: Thankful To Do What We Love

This is a time for a reflection - a time to recognize all of the great things in our lives and to be grateful for their presence. We all lead wonderfully diverse lives, and the many different things we are grateful for reflects that. Some people are thankful for their jobs, others are thankful for their food, and others are thankful for their children. This year, all of us at O'Donnell Law Center are thankful for the ability to do what we love.


First a Dream...

O'Donnell Law Center has been a dream for several, several months. A long time ago, founding attorney Deirdre O'Donnell envisioned a law practice at the Lake of the Ozarks that could perfectly fit the needs of each of its clients. A law practice that could meet each individual client on his or her level and be able to represent them exactly as they needed. A law practice that could lift the burden off of their clients shoulders and carry it for them so that they could carry on with their busy lives.

... Now a Reality

Finally, after months of planning, hard work, and dedication, O'Donnell Law Center has turned from a dream into a reality! We have set up shop in Osage Beach, Missouri and are ready to help improve our wonderful community. We are proud to represent our clients in a wide range of legal sectors, including:
  • Family Law
  • Criminal Law
  • DWI / BWI
  • Business Law

Cases in each of these legal categories can have an incredibly huge impact on the lives of our clients. Our goal is to help our clients overcome these stressful situations by representing them and advocating for them when they need it the most. Our clients choose how and when we communicate, determine where we meet, and are able to access important legal documents on their own schedules.

We believe that legal services at the Lake of the Ozarks should be as unique and individual as our clients, and we handle each of our cases accordingly. No two cases with O'Donnell Law Center are alike; we promise to approach each situation with a flexible schedule, an open mind, and a professional attitude.


Happy Thanksgiving from O'Donnell Law Center

This holiday weekend, we encourage you to take some time to reflect on all of the wonderful things in your life. As a brand new business at the Lake of the Ozarks, we are incredibly grateful for the opportunity be a part of such a wonderful community.

We are open and ready to assist you in any way we can. Call the most trusted law firm at the Lake of the Ozarks to get started today.

O'Donnell Law Center
We Carry Your Burden ~ You Carry On With Life.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Family Law FAQs

The legal field is intricate, multi-faceted, and complex. Inexperienced individuals can easily feel overwhelmed when dealing with a legal issue for the first time. The laws governing their situations, coupled with the intense emotions surrounding it, are enough to create serious stresses in anybody's life.

At O'Donnell Law Center, we recognize this potential for stress and tension and have dedicated ourselves to relieving our clients from its burden. Our dedicated staff and attorney at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to take the stress off your shoulders by placing it onto ours instead. We strive to make our clients lives easier each and every day. Today, we thought we'd help by answering some commonly asked questions about family law. 

Last week, we discussed the fact that family law is often one of the most emotionally-involved legal practices because it involves the people we care about the most. Taking some time to acquaint yourself with some of the inner workings of family law at the Lake of the Ozarks can reduce some of the uncertainty (and, therefore, the stress) surrounding your issue.


What does "family law" cover?
Family law is a very diverse legal field. It encompasses divorce, custody, visitation rights, adoption, alimony, paternity, prenuptial agreements, and post nuptial agreements.

I'm in the process of getting a divorce. How long before I can remarry?
The amount of time it will take to finish a divorce and be legally ready to remarry will vary greatly from person to person. Divorces can take anywhere from one to several months, depending on whether or not the couple had children, what types of shared assets need to be divided, and the cooperation between the two spouses.

What is the difference between a divorce and an annulment?
Both divorces and annulments effectively dissolve marriages and release spouses from any marital obligations. The difference is that, unlike a divorce, an annulment can make it so that legally, the marriage never even existed.

What is a prenuptial agreement?
A prenuptial agreement is a legal agreement two individuals make before getting married. This agreement dictates what will happen to their shared assets if they have to get a divorce. While prenuptial agreements are not legally required in the state of Missouri, they can be a great way to protect yourself and your new partner from the unknown.

Who pays child support?
"Child support" refers to the money that one spouse gives to another in order to help the latter financially support their child after a divorce. The parent who does not have custody of the child/children will be responsible for paying child support to the parent that does.

What is "emancipation"?
Emancipation is a right granted to some minors that frees them from their parents' control, requiring them to act (and be treated) as a responsible, self-sufficient adult. Emancipation is only granted in severe cases.

When do you need to get a paternity test?
Paternity tests usually come up when dealing with matters of child support or child custody laws. If a man was married to the mother at the time of the child's birth, he is usually assumed to be the father. Paternity tests can be used to disprove this or, if the mother was unmarried, to prove who the true father is.

What is the difference between child custody and visitation rights?
Child custody comes in two forms - physical custody and legal custody.  All things being equal, Missouri law reflects a preference for both parents to share joint physical and joint legal custody of their children.  Joint physical custody means that both parents spend significant time with the child and joint legal custody means the parents share in making decisions about the child's educational, medical, social and extracurricular activities. Visitation rights, on the other hand, is an award of time (with the child) to a parent who is not awarded physical custody rights.  Visitation rights are usually awarded in the form of a specific schedule.

Family law can be complicated and confusing for individuals who have not dealt with it in the past (and even for those individuals who have). You don't have to face your family law issues alone. 

We are open and ready to assist you in any way we can. Call the most trusted law firm at the Lake of the Ozarks to get started today.

O'Donnell Law Center
We Carry Your Burden ~ You Carry On With Life.

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Why Choose O'Donnell Law Center?

Quality legal service at the Lake of the Ozarks extends far beyond expert representation. Quality legal service means putting your clients first and treating their needs and desires as you would your own. At O'Donnell Law Center, we strive to do this each and every day. Our clients are the lifeblood of our company, and we dedicate ourselves to providing them with the best legal assistance that we possibly can.

We pour quality and determination into every legal service that we offer. We can help our clients with...


Criminal Law

If you're facing criminal charges, professional legal assistance can mean the difference between a heavy and a light sentence. The sooner you hire a criminal defense lawyer at the Lake of the Ozarks, the better off you'll be. Examples of the charges we can help you combat are:
  • Traffic offenses
  • Stealing
  • Assault
  • Fraudulent checks
  • Sex offenses
  • Drug crimes


DWI/BWI

Most people have heard of DWI ("Driving While Intoxicated") charges, but do you know what BWI charges are? BWI stands for "Boating While Intoxicated" and poses a very real problem for some people at the Lake of the Ozarks. BWI charges are very serious, as are DWI charges. Having an experienced, professional attorney to represent you if you have been charged with DWI or BWI can make all the difference.


Family Law

Family Law tends to hit closer to home than other legal problems and involve the people we care about the most. It's not uncommon for client emotions to run high when dealing with family law problems. O'Donnell Law Center will be here to help you navigate this difficult time. Some of the areas that fall under the umbrella of "family law" that we can help with are:
  • Divorce
  • Adoption
  • Pre-nuptial agreements
  • Child support
  • Child custody
  • Adult and child abuse protection orders


Business Law

Business law issues run a close second on the race of emotional cases. Serious business law cases can threaten your livelihood, so all of us at O'Donnell Law Center take extra care to make sure these cases are handled with the utmost integrity, precision, and accuracy. Some business law services center around creating legal documents to prevent legal issues from arising in the future. Other services we can assist you with include:
  • Establishing corporations, partnerships, and limited liability companies
  • Drafting or reviewing contracts such as business purchase agreements and employment contracts
  • Dissolving and winding down businesses
  • Negotiating buy-out agreements
O'Donnell Law Center puts the quality in "quality legal representation." If you're facing a potential legal issue at the Lake of the Ozarks, don't wait - contact us today and let our experience help you!

We are open and ready to assist you in any way we can. Call the most trusted law firm at the Lake of the Ozarks to get started today.

O'Donnell Law Center
We Carry Your Burden ~ You Carry On With Life.

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Osage Beach, MO  65065
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Friday, November 7, 2014

O'Donnell Law Center is Blogging!

Hello everyone! Welcome to O'Donnell Law Center's first official blog post. This is the first in our brand new series of weekly blog posts, designed to give you a inside look at all of the great things we will be bringing to the Lake of the Ozarks. The Lake area is home to one of the most wonderful communities in the country, and we are excited and honored to get to be a part of it!


Deirdre O'Donnell, Attorney at Law

We Carry Your Burden  

You Carry On With Life

It's our motto, our tagline, our mission statement. O'Donnell Law Center is designed to center its focus on you when you've hit a bump in the road. When you're struggling with an unexpected burden, the last thing you need is to deal with any legal hassles that may accompany it. Our goal is to take the burden off of your shoulders and place it onto ours.

O'Donnell Law Center consists of a team of dedicated, trained, and experienced professionals who will work with you to get your problem resolved as efficiently as possible. We promise to maintain open lines of communication with each and every one of our clients, so you can be kept in the loop every step of the way.

Legal Services x Ten

As the Lake of the Ozarks most experienced lawyers, we are pleased and excited to offer you our expertise in ten specific areas: 
  1. Family Law
  2. Criminal Defense at the Federal, State, & Municipal Levels
  3. Estate Planning
  4. Probate
  5. Business & Contracts
  6. Personal Injury
  7. Worker's Compensation
  8. Landlord & Tenant Issues
  9. Collections Defense
  10. Condominium & Home Owners' Associations

It's All About You

We pride ourselves on being 100% accessible to our clients 100% of the time. We recognize that if you're coming to us for help, you're already under a lot of stress. Our mission is to help you reduce that stress - not add to it. In order to create a stress-free environment for you, you get to...
  • Choose how and when we communicate.
  • Determine where we meet.
  • Access documents on your own schedule.
Text, email, our office, a local restaurant, Skype, phone... you pick the place and/or the method that is the most comfortable and convenient for you, and we will meet you there.

We are open and ready to assist you in any way we can. Call the most trusted law firm at the Lake of the Ozarks to get started today.

O'Donnell Law Center
We Carry Your Burden ~ You Carry On With Life.

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


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