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.

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

Like us on Facebook
Follow us on Twitter
Follow us on Pinterest
Connect with us on LinkedIn
+1 us on Google+

Phone: (573) 552-0317

O'Donnell Law Center, LLC
1026 Palisades Blvd. Suite 3
Osage Beach, MO  65065
(Located on the McDonald's Side of the Building)

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.

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

Like us on Facebook
Follow us on Twitter
Follow us on Pinterest
Connect with us on LinkedIn
+1 us on Google+

Phone: (573) 552-0317

O'Donnell Law Center, LLC
1026 Palisades Blvd. Suite 3
Osage Beach, MO  65065
(Located on the McDonald's Side of the Building)

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.

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

Like us on Facebook
Follow us on Twitter
Follow us on Pinterest
Connect with us on LinkedIn
+1 us on Google+

Phone: (573) 552-0317

O'Donnell Law Center, LLC
1026 Palisades Blvd. Suite 3
Osage Beach, MO  65065
(Located on the McDonald's Side of the Building)

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.


Like us on Facebook
Follow us on Twitter
Follow us on Pinterest
Connect with us on LinkedIn
+1 us on Google+

Phone: (573) 552-0317

O'Donnell Law Center, LLC
1026 Palisades Blvd. Suite 3
Osage Beach, MO  65065
(Located on the McDonald's Side of the Building)