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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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1026 Palisades Blvd. Suite 3
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.

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

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