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Starting a Business - 4 Legal Considerations

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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 LicensesIf 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 TrademarksDo you want other people to …

Federal, State, and Municipal Courts Explained

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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 CourtsFederal 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 lawCopyrights, patents, and other forms of intellectual property casesDisputes between statesCriminal cases involving federal laws or crimes committed on federal propertyWhile 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…

Social Media & The Law

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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 YouPosting 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 othe…

Contact Us Anytime, Anywhere

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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, AnywhereOne 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 …

4 Things You Didn't Know About Family Law

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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 ServicesFamily 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 FactorsChild custody is certainly not a "cut and dry" issue. Several factors are considered when deciding how the pa…