Friday, May 29, 2015

What Sets Us Apart?

At O'Donnell Law Center, we are truly dedicated to our clients and do everything we can to find positive solutions to their everyday challenges. We believe that we possess a unique set of strengths that help us rise above the rest. Here is a glimpse of how our law firm at the Lake of the Ozarks can provide you with legal assistance you need - and deserve.


We Use The Most Up-To-Date Technology Available

The race for the newest form of technology is never ending, and it can seem a little hard to keep up sometimes. At O'Donnell Law Center, we nevertheless make it a priority to stay on top of the latest technology advancements and use them to our advantage. By embracing the power of modern technology, we are able to serve our clients more efficiently and conveniently. For example...
  • Our Clients Choose How (And When!) We Communicate
    • Thanks to Skype, email, texting, FaceTime, and other modern forms of communication, our clients have the freedom of selecting how and when we communicate with them. We are happy to adapt and use whatever means of communication our clients are most comfortable with.
  • Our Clients Can Access Important Documents 24/7
    • There are few things more frustrating than having to juggle your work commitments around pressing legal issues. We understand that many of our clients have very strict time commitments, and coordinating everyone's schedules can seem impossible. That's why we utilize a secure online portal that allows each of our clients to review and sign their documents at any time, from anywhere.
We believe that embracing the advantages of modern technology allows us to be more accessible to our clients, which, in turn, can help create a more positive attorney-client relationship.

We Are On Social Media

In today's content-driven society, there is an ever-increasing demand for valuable, relevant information for every industry. There is also an increasing need and appreciation for rewarding relationships with industry professionals. We strive to make ourselves completely accessible to all of our clients by maintaining an active presence on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Google+, YouTube, and even Pinterest. We hope you'll follow us on your favorite social media platform! You can find the links to each of our social media channels at the end of this blog post and on our website: ODonnellLawCenter.com.


We Are Honest & Upfront

Few things can be more stressful than not knowing how much money you will be expected to pay for services rendered or being saddled with a bill that is much higher than you expected. By using a flat fee system for most of our engagements, we ensure that you will know the complete cost of our legal services at the Lake of the Ozarks before we begin working for you. We promise to see that you are always made aware of all of your options and the different services available to you. Our hope is that by eliminating any uncertainty around the cost, we can make the entire process easier and less stressful for our clients.

We Are Small

When it comes to quality legal representation, we firmly believe that smaller is better. The team at O'Donnell Law Center is comprised of one Lake of the Ozarks attorney, one paralegal, and two legal assistants. Having such a small team enables everyone at our Center to become personally familiar with even the smallest details of each of our client's cases. No matter what you need, every person at the Center will be qualified to assist you. Our dedicated team members are also available to communicate with you outside of standard business hours.

O'Donnell Law Center - Proudly Serving The Lake Of The Ozarks
These are just a few examples of the many ways we work tirelessly to provide the very best service to every single one of our clients. Our mission statement can be summed up in one simple line, "We carry your burden; you carry one with life." We work very hard to live up to that promise. No matter what legal challenges you may be facing, we hope you will come to us when you need assistance.

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

O'Donnell Law Center

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Powers Of Attorney - They're NOT One Size Fits All

Are you familiar with the concept of a Durable Power of Attorney? If you or someone you know has spoken with a lawyer at the Lake of the Ozarks about setting up a will or a living will, you have probably heard the phrase mentioned at least once. Essentially, a "Durable Power of Attorney" is a document used to designate someone to handle important affairs or make critical decisions on your behalf in the event that you are unable to do so for yourself. Essentially, there are two main types of power of attorney: Medical and Financial.


Medical Power Of Attorney

Your medical power of attorney designates a trusted friend or family member you appoint to make and enforces important decisions about your medical treatment in the event that you become incapacitated. As an extreme example, your medical power of attorney will be responsible for seeing that your instructions are honored about whether or not to allow extraordinary measures or life support in the event you enter into a vegetative state with no chance of recovering. 

You can make it easier on your medical power of attorney by drafting a living will that can make your wishes known. A living will is a document that explains how you would like your medical care to be handled should you become incapacitated at a later date. If you have a living will in place, your medical power of attorney will use this document as a guide while making healthcare decisions on your behalf.

Financial Power Of Attorney

Your financial power of attorney is a trusted friend or family member you appoint to handle your finances in the event that you are unable to do so for yourself. These responsibilities can include paying bills, selling property, managing your investments, or filing your tax returns.

Choosing Your Power Of Attorney

Obviously, your durable power of attorney has big responsibilities. You have a right to appoint whomever you desire to act as your power of attorney (as long as he/she is a legal adult of sound mind). It is important to note that the person you choose does not have to be a medical or financial expert. Common sense and solid reasoning skills are important attributes for your designee to have, and if further expertise is required, professionals can be engaged to assist with the process on an as-needed basis. 

Both forms of power of attorney can be written so that they are only in effect if and when you are incapacitated, and they are extinguished upon the death of the person granting the authority.  

Contact O'Donnell Law Center For Help Designating Your Durable Power Of Attorney

If you are ready to assign a durable power of attorney or would like to add/change their responsibilities, O'Donnell Law Center is the team to call. Our Lake of the Ozarks legal team has everything you need to set up your estate plan easily and efficiently. We look forward to working with you!

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O'Donnell Law Center

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

11 Common Legal Terms And What They Mean

It's no secret - successfully navigating a legal case requires carefully juggling lots of moving parts. Your main concern should be on acquiring evidence and working closely with your attorney at the Lake of the Ozarks, but some people find themselves spending more time simply trying to decipher the legal terms and vocabulary that make up each legal document.

Don't let all those confusing legal terms overwhelm you! The team at O'Donnell Law Center is here to help ease the burden with this simple glossary of common legal terms and vocabulary.


Legal Terms - Defined

Affidavit
A written document containing facts the signer swears are true (under penalty of perjury).

Appeal
A request to have a previous ruling reviewed (and affirmed or reversed) by a court of higher authority.

Common Law
Law that gets its power from customs and judicial decisions as opposed to statutes and legislation.

Contempt Of Court
When someone knowingly violates or disrespects the court's order, proceedings, or instructions, they are held in contempt of court. Those held in contempt of court may be subject to confinement or fines.

Cross-Examination
The act of questioning the other side's witness.

Defendant
The company or individual who has been accused of a civil or criminal wrongdoing.

Litigation
The process of a legal controversy culminating in a courtroom trial.

Mediation
The process by which a neutral third party supervises the discussions and communications between disputing parties in an attempt to reach a settlement, compromise, or other form of resolution.

Plaintiff
The company or individual who is claiming to have been wronged and is bringing the case forward. Sometimes called the "complainant."

Subpoena
A court order that requires someone to appear and testify or to produce some designated form of evidence. Failure to comply could result in being held in contempt of court.

Other Questions? Contact Us!

Legal cases often arise during what could already be considered a stressful time, such as divorce or an accident. Don't let the legal case itself add stress to your situation. The team at our Lake of the Ozarks law firm is dedicated to lifting the burden from your shoulders. If you have questions or concerns about your legal case, remember that the team at O'Donnell Law Center can be here for you every step of the way.

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

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Finals Study Tips for Law Students

It's that time of year again! Students are in the throes of preparing their final presentations, writing their final essays, and studying for their final examinations. Law students face unique challenges during this busy time of year. This year, the team at O'Donnell Law Center is here to assist all of the law students out there with these important study tips for their final exams.


Tip #1: STUDY
This may seem obvious, but no amount of preparation tips and tricks can be as effective as simply sitting down and applying yourself. Until you learn which study method works best for you, there are several different options you can try. Here's a quick look at some of the ways law students choose to study:
  • Read over the material - over and over again. This works best for people who are visual learners.
  • Recite the material out loud - over and over again. This works well for people who like both visual and auditory learning methods.
  • Make flashcards. Use these cards to quiz yourself on important terms and vocabulary before the exam.
  • Organize your notes. If your notes are always a jumbled mess, you may want to copy your notes into a neater format after each class period. This will make it easier for you to find information later (and it gives you an opportunity to go over the material again.
It really doesn't matter which method you use; what matters is that you find which method you like best and apply yourself.

Tip #2: START EARLY
Most legal courses are designed such that there is only one exam at the end of the semester, which means that your grade for the entire course is dependent upon that test. While there may only be one test, that certainly doesn't mean you should only study once. If you begin studying early on in the semester, you will be much better prepared for the final exam.

Of course, we are now nearing the end of the semester, and there isn't exactly time to go back and start early. However, the old saying "better late than never" applies to this as well - the fact that you didn't study earlier in the semester does not mean that you shouldn't start studying now.

Tip #3: PAY ATTENTION TO THE PROFESSOR
Of course you should pay attention in class, but this tip suggests paying even closer attention. As your professor lectures, make notes of the types of material that seems most important to her. Does she spend a lot of time talking about case results, or more time talking about proper preparation for litigation? Some professors will even throw out little hints such as "This will probably be on the exam." As you take notes, be sure to write down these extra observations as well as the basic material.


Tip #4: PRACTICE
It's one thing to read over material - it's another thing entirely to provide the information yourself. Before you sit down for the actual exam, it's important to practice answering the types of questions that will be on the exam. Ask your professor if there are exams from previous years that you could use as study guides. If not, make yourself practice exams. You can also use online tools (such as Quizlet.com) to quiz yourself.

Tip #5: TAKE STUDY BREAKS
Applying yourself rigorously is a great thing, but it's important to give your brain time to relax and recharge, too. A good rule of thumb is to study for fifty minutes and then take a break for ten. Stand up, stretch, and breathe in some fresh air outside. Taking short breaks will keep the material from running together and will keep your brain focused and on track. Don't forget to drink plenty of water and keep a few healthy snacks on hand, too!

Good Luck!
The team at our local law office at the Lake of the Ozarks wishes you the best of luck on your final exams! We are firm believers in our field and we are excited to watch the next generation of lawyers at the Lake of the Ozarks succeed.

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

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Friday, May 1, 2015

Legal Help For Every Generation

Time marches on! The years pass slowly but surely, bringing with them new stages of life and countless new adventures, new challenges, and new joys. Each stage of life also comes with its own unique set of legal needs, and the team at O'Donnell Law Center will be here with you along every step of the way. No matter where you are in your journey, our attorney at the Lake of the Ozarks will be here to provide you with the legal representation you need.


Twenties

This is such an exciting time! Young individuals are earning their degrees and embarking on their adult lives, defining who they are and carving out their niches in life. As you get married and begin to acquire assets such as homes, vehicles, and perhaps IRAs or other retirement plans, it is important to establish a will. This legal document dictates who will receive these assets if something happens to you. The team at O'Donnell Law Center can help you establish a will at the Lake of the Ozarks.

If you are getting married, you may also want to consider arranging a prenuptial agreement with your spouse-to-be. This agreement will provide some basic ground rules for how your assets will be allocated if you and your spouse end up getting a divorce in the future.

Thirties and Forties

These individuals are officially settling into adulthood, and facing many unique situations along the way. O'Donnell Law Center is here to help you with every step of the process.
No matter what joys or challenges you're facing, the team at O'Donnell Law Center will be here for you.

Fifties and Sixties and Beyond

As they approach their golden years, individuals are dedicating a lot of energy towards looking into the future and making sure everything is in line for a happy, relaxing retirement. This takes two predominant forms:

Protecting Your Assets
You have spent your life working hard to save money for retirement, and you want to be sure that nothing jeopardizes those savings. If you have questions about protecting your assets, don't hesitate to contact our legal team.

Planning Your Estate
As your children grow up and you near the end of your life, it is important to think about how you want your assets to be distributed after your death. Without a proper estate plan in place, your assets will be subjected to the Missouri probate process, and it may be several months (or even a year) before your assets are actually transferred to your surviving family members. Our estate planning attorney at the Lake of the Ozarks can help you avoid this lengthy process.

O'Donnell Law Center Is Here For You

We place an immense value on building strong relationships with our clients. We love being a part of our clients' journeys, and we are honored to represent our clients throughout life's ups and downs. No matter what specific legal situation you're facing, we hope you'll keep O'Donnell Law Center in mind for all of your legal needs at the Lake of the Ozarks.

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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