Friday, January 30, 2015

Starting a Business - 4 Legal Considerations

Are you thinking about starting your own business? Congratulations! Embarking on an entrepreneurial adventure is one of the most exciting steps one can take in their lifetime. It's your opportunity to branch out on your own and finally pursue the line of work that you feel truly passionate about - an opportunity you've been waiting for your whole life.

The only problem is, you're not a licensed attorney at the Lake of the Ozarks. You know your business, but you don't know all of the legal factors that need to be addressed when starting your own business. O'Donnell Law Center is here to help!


If you're thinking about starting your own business in 2015, here are some important legal considerations to keep in mind.

Business Licenses

If you plan on being a practicing business with clients and/or customers, you must register for a business license with your local  government. This registration requirement is non-negotiable.

Business Trademarks

Do you want other people to be able to start their own businesses with the same name as yours? Of course you don't. However, they will legally be able to unless you trademark your business name. If you plan on marketing your business on a national level, it may be a good idea to trademark your company name.


Business Entity Types

When you start your own business, you will have to choose the business entity that best suits your needs. You have a couple of different options to choose from, such as Sole Proprietorship, Limited Liability Company and Corporation. Each type of entity comes with its own set of benefits and potential drawbacks. Contact your trusted lawyer at the Lake to help you weigh the pros and cons.

Zoning Regulations

Unless you're starting a business from a home office, you will need to spend some time choosing the location for business. You should never assume that your type of business will be allowed to set up shop wherever you choose. You will need to make sure that the location you want has been zoned for the type of business you plan to start.

O'Donnell Law Center Can Help

Having an experienced business attorney on your side to guide you through your company's start-up can make a world of difference. Don't hesitate to reach out to O'Donnell Law Center with all of your questions about starting your own business at the Lake of the Ozarks!

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

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Federal, State, and Municipal Courts Explained

At O'Donnell Law Center, we aim to educate our clients so that they feel confident and knowledgeable about their cases. Today, we're extending that effort to examine the different forms legal cases can take. One of the most important defining factors of any legal case is the court in which it takes place. There are three different types of courts: federal, state, and municipal.


Federal Courts

Federal courts deal with cases on a national level. Examples of the types of cases heard in federal courts include:
  • Cases disputing the constitutionality of a law
  • Copyrights, patents, and other forms of intellectual property cases
  • Disputes between states
  • Criminal cases involving federal laws or crimes committed on federal property
While there are fewer federal court cases in a year than state or municipal court cases, the cases heard in federal courts are of great importance, and some are ultimately heard by the U.S. Supreme Court. 

State Courts

State court cases are very common. State courts hear cases in a very wide range of legal disciplines, such as:
  • Family law issues
  • Real Estate law disputes
  • Personal injury claims
  • Traffic violations
  • Robberies
Since each state is free to make its own laws, the vast majority of cases are held in state courts. This method was originally set up by our Founding Fathers to ensure that power was evenly distributed throughout the States, preventing the national government from amassing too much power.

Municipal Courts

Within each state, municipal courts are set up to handle cases that only concern specific cities. Examples of these types of cases include:
  • Minor traffic violations
  • Violation of city ordinances
  • Violations of local regulations such as Fish & Game Laws 
The Lake of the Ozarks area has several municipal courts, in Osage Beach, Lake Ozark, Linn Creek, Sunrise Beach  and Four Seasons, for example. If you would like to learn more about our local municipal court in Osage Beach, you can check out their website here.

O'Donnell Law Center is Here for You

If you find yourself facing legal issues on the municipal, state or Federal level, contact O'Donnell Law Center to learn about your options. Our experienced Lake of the Ozarks attorney may be able to help you.

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

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Friday, January 16, 2015

Social Media & The Law

You have the right to remain silent. Anything that you say can and will be used against you in the court of law.

This right is a portion of what is commonly known as the "Miranda" rights. Most people are at least vaguely familiar with this right; while they may not be experts on the history of the "Miranda" rights, most people know they exist. 

What many people may not realize, however, is that the right to remain silent (and accompanying warning) extend to social media posts as well. In order to help you navigate today's increasingly digital world, the team at O'Donnell Law Center is here to warn you of the dangers lurking in social media posts.

Anything You Say ON FACEBOOK Can and Will be Used Against You

Posting offensive material online is not a new phenomenon, but thanks to the rise of social media, the offensive material in question has a way of getting around much more quickly. There are countless cases where people have been fined, jailed, or faced other serious legal consequences, in part, because of the material they posted on their social media accounts.

Incriminating Social Media Evidence Takes Several Different Forms

There are multiple ways that social media posts can get you into legal trouble, but incriminating photographs are the most common. There are a surprising number of photos documenting illegal activity posted to Facebook every day, such as pictures of stolen items, underage drinking, or people abusing illegal substances. 

Photographs are not the only forms of incriminating evidence posted on Facebook, however. Some people have testified that they were in a certain place at a certain time, but their Facebook profile showed them as having "checked in" somewhere else. Angry, offensive, and/or irresponsible Facebook statuses have also been used to prove that parents may not be responsible enough to maintain custody of their children.


You Can't Cover Your Tracks

Once you post something online, it can never truly be erased. Even if you think you delete a photograph or a post, there are ways to find the deleted material online. Updating your privacy settings is also not particularly effective, because courts commonly require access to social media account login information as part of their investigations. If people delete their social media profiles during the investigation, they can be subject to penalties or negative consequences. 

Keep in mind that Facebook is not the only problematic social media platform. People have also faced legal consequences for posts they made on Twitter and even online dating profiles. In some situations, private messages sent via these social media sites have also been used as incriminating evidence.

Contact O'Donnell Law Center for Help

If you find yourself facing legal charges at the Lake of the Ozarks, don't hesitate to contact our experienced Camden County attorney. We can help you navigate these issues and ensure that your rights are protected at all times.

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

O'Donnell Law Center
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Disclaimer: No attorney-client relationship is created by the publication of this blog.

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Friday, January 9, 2015

Contact Us Anytime, Anywhere

At O'Donnell Law Center, customer relationships are our number one priority. We approach each client relationship with the respect, appreciation and honesty that we give our closest family members and friends. We strive to take the weight of the legal burden off of our clients' shoulders by placing it on our own, so that our clients can move on with their lives and focus on their jobs, friends, family and the activities that enrich their lives.

Contact Us Anytime, Anywhere

One of the ways we help lift these burdens is by easing the stress of poor lines of communication with the lawyer. At O'Donnell Law Center we know that legal cases create anxiety and knowledge about the case and fluid communication with the lawyer and legal staff can help to reduce that anxiety. As we receive new information about your case, the team at our law firm at the Lake of the Ozarks will work diligently to keep you as up-to-date as possible. In addition, we offer several options for communicating with us, 24/7.



Thanks to cutting edge technology and our dedication to excellence, we have developed several methods of simplifying the communication process. Here are a few of the ways we make it easier for our clients.

Our Clients Choose the Location

Of course our Center is always available as a central meeting place, but if you have difficulty meeting us there, our team is happy to meet you wherever it is easiest for you. We are also available to meet via a variety of electronic options, such as FaceTime, Skype, phone, and video conference.

Our Clients Choose the Timing

Legal cases come with lots of legal documents that must be reviewed and signed by the involved parties. In order to ease this process for our clients, we provide them with an online portal that allows them to access and review these documents on their own time, 24/7. As long as you work with O'Donnell Law Center, you won't have to stress about timing your work schedule around reviewing documents.

We are also available to meet and communicate with our clients outside of standard business hours. You won't have to worry about coordinating your work schedule around communicating with your legal team.

Our Clients Choose the Method

What's your preferred method of communication? Phone? Email? Text? FaceTime? At O'Donnell Law Center, we work diligently to keep up with the most modern technology available to communicate with our clients as easily as possible. Our clients get to choose the communication method that works best with them.

Our Clients Choose O'Donnell Law Center

It's easy to see why our clients choose O'Donnell Law Center as their trusted law offices at the Lake. We are the law office that will put your needs first. If you find yourself in need of legal assistance at the Lake of the Ozarks, we hope you'll keep us in mind.

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

O'Donnell Law Center
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Disclaimer: No attorney-client relationship is created by the publication of this blog.

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Friday, January 2, 2015

4 Things You Didn't Know About Family Law

Family Law: the most emotional (and one of the most complex) legal disciplines. As an experienced family attorney, Deirdre O'Donnell helps her clients with divorces, adoptions, child custody, paternity, adult and child orders of protection, child support, and more. At O'Donnell Law Center, we are dedicated to educating our clients on the issues they face so they can be better prepared to handle them. In this interest, we decided to dedicate this blog post to educating you on some aspects of family law you might not know about.

"Family Law" Encompasses a Broad Range of Services

Family law encompasses a vast array of legal issues, including adult and child restraining orders, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, visitation rights, divorce, annulments, spousal support, child support, and legal separations.

Child Custody Depends on a Wide Range of Factors

Child custody is certainly not a "cut and dry" issue. Several factors are considered when deciding how the parents will share the parenting responsibilities.  Examples include parent-child relationships, the manner in which both parents handle the divorce process, and how the child is coping with the divorce.

Annulments are Not Easier than Divorces

A divorce declares that the marriage is over. An annulment, on the other hand, legally declares that the marriage never even existed. Contrary to popular assumption, annulments are not simpler than divorces. In Missouri, couples can only qualify for annulments in certain situations, such as if one partner was already legally married, or if one or two of the spouses were under the age of eighteen when they married and did not have parental consent.


Paternity Tests are Only Required in Certain Situations

If the parents were married at the time of the child's birth, the husband is legally assumed to be the child's father. Paternity tests are used when individuals dispute the husband's status as the child's father, or when the parents were unmarried at the time of the child's birth.

Conclusion

Family law is complicated and complex, and it would be impossible to provide all pertinent information in a single blog post. If you have questions about family law in Missouri, please don't hesitate to contact our experienced family attorney at the Lake of the Ozarks.

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
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