Friday, April 24, 2015

"We Want A Divorce, But Which One Of Us Should Leave The Marital Residence?"

Unfortunately, divorce is a fact of life for many couples. It's no secret that divorce is a highly emotional and stressful event for everyone involved, and many couples feel overwhelmed at the very idea of filing for a divorce. As you work your way through the process, there are many factors that should be taken into consideration. One of the most challenging decisions is who should move out of the family residence during the divorce proceedings. If remaining in the home does not present safety risks, then the decision to move out or stay in the marital residence may not be a simple one. Here is a brief look at a few of the factors to consider when deciding who should stay in the marital residence when filing for divorce, courtesy of your Lake of the Ozarks divorce attorney.


Are There Children Involved?
Divorce is already incredibly hard on children, and moving the children out of the marital residence may cause additional distress for them. If the children will be retaining your residence address as their own, you may want to consider remaining in the marital residence.

Do You Have Good Working Knowledge Of Your Assets And Liabilities?
Before deciding whether or not to move out, it is important to take careful stock of all your assets and your liabilities to ensure that you have a good working knowledge of all of these items. Moving out of the home during the divorce proceedings does not mean you forego your right to maintain any of your belongings, but coming back to take stock of these items may be challenging. Make sure you have a good working knowledge of your debts and assets if you decide to move from the marital residence.

Who Will Pay For The Mortgage?
If you and your spouse currently own a home together, chances are you have been sharing the responsibility of the monthly mortgage payment. Moving out during the divorce proceedings does not automatically free you from the responsibility of making that payment. If you will continue to be financially responsible for your home, you may not wish to move out of the home, especially if it would mean that you will need to also pay for a new place to live.

Have You Hired A Divorce Attorney?
If you have decided that divorce is your best option, but you are not sure if you should be the one to move from the marital residence, then it is time to talk to a Missouri divorce attorney. Your attorney will have navigated the process before and will be able to help guide you along the way. Your Camden County divorce lawyer will be able to help you carefully evaluate the decision and determine whether or not you should leave your marital residence during the proceedings. If you are filing for divorce at the Lake of the Ozarks, the team at O'Donnell Law Center will be here to assist you on your journey.

Call the most trusted law firm at the Lake of the Ozarks to get started today.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

How To Knock Your Legal Case Out Of The Park

It's no secret that everyone involved in a legal case wants to win. Legal cases can be very time consuming, stressful, and expensive - especially if they don't turn out in your favor. At O'Donnell Law Center, we understand the pressure our clients are under and we make it a personal goal to lift this weight off of their shoulders.

We work very hard to achieve the best results possible for every one of our clients. Here are some of the methods we use to increase our odds of a successful legal case.

VALID GROUNDS
A house built on an unstable foundation cannot stand. Similarly, your case will not hold up if it is founded on irrelevant grounds for a legal case at the Lake of the Ozarks. If you have questions about whether or not you have the grounds for a successful legal case, feel free to consult our experienced Camden County attorney.

FACTS
From criminal law to family law to business law, legal cases take on a huge variety of different forms. No matter which legal discipline it falls under, however, every single case has one thing in common: it relies heavily on facts. The judge does not care how you feel about this issue - the judge cares about the facts and whether or not you can prove your claim.


EVIDENCE
In order to prove your claim, you'll need more than facts. You'll also need hard-hitting, impenetrable evidence.  Your Lake of the Ozarks attorney will be able to help you gather evidence and determine which type of evidence will be most effective.

OBJECTIVE EVALUATION
One of the most crucial components of a successful legal case is something completely different from the elements we've just discussed. It's simply a calm, collected demeanor - a level head and an ability to objectively evaluate your situation.

It is not uncommon for people to become emotionally invested in their legal cases, especially if the stakes are high. At O'Donnell Law Center, we recognize the importance of objectively addressing the situation in order to determine the best course of action. Our sympathetic but objective counsel allows us to carry the burden for our clients while they carry on with their lives.

O'Donnell Law Center Is Here For You.
If you ever find yourself in need of legal help at the Lake of the Ozarks, remember that the team at O'Donnell Law Center is only a phone call away.

Call the most trusted law firm at the Lake of the Ozarks to get started today.

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Thursday, April 9, 2015

What Is A Paralegal?

If you've ever heard the term "lawyer," you've probably heard the term "paralegal" too. Paralegals are different from legal assistants, and they play an absolutely integral role in the legal process at the Lake of the Ozarks. Here's a quick peek at a paralegal's role.


Paralegal vs Legal Assistant

Many years ago, the terms "paralegals" and "legal assistants" were used somewhat interchangeably, but now there is a movement to carefully differentiate the two. Paralegals and legal assistants both perform crucial roles, but paralegals typically have greater responsibilities than legal assistants. Legal assistants are usually tasked with drafting correspondence and organizing case documents, but a paralegal's job description can include almost anything their respective law offices' wish to include.

In the United States, paralegals are not allowed to service clients directly - they must work for a lawyer as either an employee or an independent contractor.

Paralegal Responsibilities

All law offices at the Lake of the Ozarks rely heavily on their paralegals to execute their cases with timeliness and careful dedication to detail. Examples of some of the responsibilities handled by our paralegal include:
Randy and his wife, Eliza
  • Corresponding with clients
  • Interviewing clients
  • Tracking deadlines and keeping the lawyer(s) on schedule
  • Interviewing witnesses
  • Summarizing important documents
  • Preparing for and assisting with trials
Essentially, paralegals are attorneys right-hand men (or women!) who are there to assist them along every step of the way.

Meet O'Donnell Law Center's Paralegal: Randy Huff

At O'Donnell Law Center, we rely heavily on the experience and expertise of our own paralegal, Mr. Randy Huff. Randy has been working as a paralegal for many years and has a great deal of experience conducting legal research and processing cases.

Randy moved to the Lake in 2011 with his wife, five children, two cats, and one dog. His family certainly keeps him busy, but he loves spending time with them when he's not working at our Lake of the Ozarks law firm.

We Look Forward To Working With You!

We're incredibly proud to have such a skilled and dedicated team working at O'Donnell Law Center. When you find yourself in need of legal representation at the Lake of the Ozarks, we hope you will keep us in mind.

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Thursday, April 2, 2015

Simple (But Crucial) Estate Planning Reminders

Every one of us was born into this world at some point in time, and every one of us will pass on out of this world at another point in time. There are steps that should be taken before we pass in order to leave our survivors in good positions after we are gone. Here are some important things to think about as you begin planning your estate at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Design A Will
Your son may insist that you promised him your car after you passed, but your daughter may just as easily make the same claim. Verbally identifying which assets will be passed to whom is perfectly okay (and natural), but it won't be enough on its own. Your will is a legal document that will officially identify how your assets will pass to your heirs, and it will save your loved ones a lot of time and energy. If you have minor children, your will is also your opportunity to designate who you wish to be their guardian(s) in the event of your passing.

Provide Healthcare Instructions
Unfortunately, some people are unable to provide instructions regarding their own personal care because of incapacitation, and therefore must rely on others to make these decisions for them. Who will make decisions on your behalf if you become incapacitated? Putting together a living will now will enable you to put the person of your choice in this important role.

Identify A Financial Power Of Attorney
Your power of attorney does not have to be a real attorney at the Lake of the Ozarks. In the estate planning sense, power of attorney refers to the individual who has been appointed to oversee your financial assets if you become incapacitated. This is an important role to fill - make sure you designate someone you trust completely.


Purchase Life Insurance
Some people are surprised when they first hear life insurance associated with planning their estate, but it makes sense if you think about it. Life insurance will provide financial compensation to your loved ones in the event of your passing. If you have a spouse or children who are dependent on the income you currently provide, life insurance becomes a crucial aspect of a successful estate plan. 

Ready To Plan Your Estate? O'Donnell Law Center Can Help.
Planning your estate is the best way to set your loved ones up for success after you are gone. If you are ready to plan your estate, contact our estate planning attorney at the Lake of the Ozarks. We look forward to working with you.

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