Thursday, June 25, 2015

Condos & HOAs - We've Got Your Back!

Ask any homeowner - they'll tell you that there is a lot of work involved with the upkeep and maintenance of a home and the surrounding property. It doesn't matter how many precautionary measures you take; problems will inevitably arise and challenges must inevitably be addressed. Storms cause abrupt damages that must be repaired, time and natural elements cause slow damages that need attention, and continually changing trends require constant upkeep.

If that much work is required with the ownership of a single home, you can imagine how much effort is required to successfully manage a condominium complex or a home owners' association! The team at O'Donnell Law Center understands the unique challenges faced by property management organizations and we strive to assist them in any way we can.

Condominiums & Home Owners' Associations

Both condominiums and home owners' associations often have many rules and regulations that property owners must abide by in order to remain in good standing. These regulations ensure that property values remain high and that a cohesive look is maintained throughout all of the independent homes and/or units. In return for compliance with these regulations and their assessment fees, property owners get to enjoy added benefits such as pools, exercise facilities, playgrounds, and a safe, attractive community.

The managers of condominium complexes and home owners' associates face a wide variety of challenges that must be addressed, sometimes on a daily basis. As examples, some of these challenges include:
  • Property owners who do not pay their assessments
  • Visitors who do not follow the rules
  • Property owners who do not obey property restrictions
  • Bylaws and restrictions that need to be amended


O'Donnell Law Center Can Help!

The manner in which property managers respond to these (or any other type of) issues that may arise can drastically impact the success and corporate health of the association. Time is often of the essence when it comes to handling complications, as a late response could result in a less than desirable outcome.

Because we understand the unique time constraints faced by condominiums and home owners' associations, our property management attorney strives to develop close working relationships with the members of the association's board of directors before these challenges arise. By having these relationships established ahead of time, we can respond rapidly and effectively when the time comes.

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

O'Donnell Law Center

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Friday, June 19, 2015

Is Your Confidential Info Being Leaked On Social Media?

If you're reading this blog post, you are probably well aware that social media has become an integral part of the world as we know it. Most people log in to their social media accounts multiple times a day and may spend several hours absorbing and sharing content. People post statuses and tweets about their daily lives, discussing everything from big news to mundane activities. Most of these posts are completely benign, but some of them can have major consequences.

In one of our earlier blog posts, we looked closely at how social media affects the law and examined certain examples of when people faced legal consequences for posts they made on social media. Today, the team at O'Donnell Law Center is here to examine one of the other major challenges faced by social media users today: leaks of confidential information.


Business Secrets Are Being Leaked On Social Media

As social media becomes a more and more integral part of our lives, we begin paying less and less attention to the information we post online. Many people are now treating their tweets and statuses like a conversation with their good friends, rather than reserving their posts for major highlights. As their posting styles become more informal, people might pay less attention to the material they post and may not think about the legal consequences that could lie in store.

One particularly troubling example of this is that which many businesses are now experiencing - confidential information being leaked on social media. What seems like an innocent post to you may accidentally reveal information to the public that was intended for only a select audience. 

Examples Of Confidentiality Breaches

Unfortunately, it is becoming increasingly common for confidential information to be exposed on social media. Here are a few examples:
  • In 2010, someone in the Israeli military leaked the time and location of a scheduled raid in his Facebook status, which caused the military to cancel the entire operation. (See the full article here.)
  • In 2011, news of Hewlett-Packard's new tablet computer was leaked before the official launch, which caused the main announcement to fall flat. (See the full article here.)
  • In 2014, the Chief Financial Officer of Francesca's (women's specialty retailer) was fired for "improperly communicating company information through social media." (See the full article here.)
This article offers several other great examples of confidentiality breaches on social media, including insider information about Renault firing three senior executives and even Facebook's own corporate financial situation.

Be Careful What You Post - And How You Regulate Employees

Today, it is not at all uncommon for employers to specifically mention social media regulations in their confidentiality agreements. In many cases, leaking company information like the examples above could be grounds for employment termination. You never know when a seemingly innocent post could leak sensitive information and put your company (and your job) at risk.

If you would like help drafting legal documents that will protect your information, set up a consultation with our Lake of the Ozarks business attorney. We would be happy to assist you.

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O'Donnell Law Center

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Landlord & Tenant Law

Couples are waiting longer and longer to get married, which is indirectly causing people to wait longer and longer before buying their first homes. With the average age of a first-time home buyer steadily increasing, adults are renting apartments, homes, and condos for many years before buying a place of their own. As renting becomes a long-term lifestyle for many adults, landlord and tenant law is becoming more and more important. When they think of landlord-tenant law, many people tend to think of the tenants and their rights. Less attention is given to the (equally important) other end of the equation - the landlords.


Landlords Have A Lot Of Responsibility

As a landlord, property owners agree to open their homes, condos, apartments, and other properties to tenants. Often, landlords have had no prior experience with their tenants before they sign the lease, yet they rely on their tenants to: 
  • Pay their rent on time
  • Follow the agreed-upon rules regarding the allowed uses of the property
  • Vacate the property on the agreed date
  • Not damage the property
  • Not use the property for illegal purposes
If the property is damaged by a severe storm or other natural disaster, the landlord - not the tenant - is responsible for paying for repairs. Similarly, if a major appliance fails and needs to be replaced, the landlord is responsible for covering the cost of the new appliance. The tenants are only responsible for paying to repair damages that they caused.

Landlords Deserve Legal Backing

With so many potential costs at stake, it should come as no surprise that landlords need (and deserve) legal representation at the Lake of the Ozarks in the event that things go wrong. The team at O'Donnell Law Center understands the unique challenges landlords face, and we are prepared to assist you when you need us. We can help you with...
  • Lease preparation and review
  • Unlawful Detainer
  • Notice to Vacate
  • Rent and Possession
  • Lease Preparation
  • Eviction
When it comes to the world of landlord-tenant law, the best defense is usually a good offense. By having a well-written and comprehensive lease, you can set yourself up for success and relax in the knowledge that you have your bases covered. Our landlord-tenant attorney can help you draft a strong lease agreement. Should you need to go to court to enforce the terms of your lease at a future date, we will be here to help you litigate.

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Friday, June 5, 2015

Getting To Know Randy Huff

As all small businesses should be, we are a very close-knit team at O'Donnell Law Center. With only four employees on staff, we rely heavily on everyone at our Lake of the Ozarks law firm to pull their weight and directly contribute to our firm's success. Because of our unique set-up, we believe we are better able to serve our clients and help take their burdens off of their shoulders.

Paralegal Randy Huff and his family
We strive to deliver the very best service we can to each and every one of our clients. As a small law firm, we are uniquely positioned to get to know each of our clients on a personal level and we genuinely enjoy learning as much about our clients as we can. Of course, this client relationship is a two-way street. Just as we take the opportunity to learn more about our clients, we aim to give our clients the chance to get to know who we are at O'Donnell Law Center. If you are interested, we invite you to read our earlier blog post to meet our attorney, Deirdre O'Donnell. This week, we'd like to give the chance to get to know another one of our valued team members, Mr. Randy Huff.

Randy Huff

Randy Huff ~ Paralegal at O'Donnell Law Center

Randy has been working as a paralegal for several years. Originally from Council Bluffs, Iowa, Randy earned his Associates Degree in Criminal Justice from Monroe Community College in Rochester, New York in 2008.

After receiving his Associates Degree, Randy enlisted in the United States Air Force Reserve. He first worked in passenger services and, in 2011, spent five months serving abroad in Afghanistan. Upon returning home, he underwent training to become a paralegal for the Air Force. As an active duty Paralegal, Randy gained valuable experience processing cases, conducting legal research, drafting opinions and legal memos, and delivering attentive, high-quality legal care to clients.

After his active duty time, Randy was hired at the Missouri Public Defender's office as a legal assistant. He worked there until he joined the team at O'Donnell Law Center in 2014.

Randy and his wife, Eliza

Randy Huff ~ Husband and Family Man

In the midst of his busy career, Randy still managed to find time to get married and start a family with his lovely wife, Eliza. They have five children together: Taylor, Chyrstina, Brandy, Britney, and James. They also have two cats, Chloe and Pinky, and one Labrador-Retriever, Koni. Randy and Eliza both love spending time with their family at the movies, sporting events, and their children's various other activities.

We are very fortunate to have such a well-rounded, attentive, and genuine man on our staff. If you would like to meet Randy in person, you are welcome to stop by our Center at any time. If you ever find yourself in need of legal help at the Lake of the Ozarks, please don't hesitate to give us a call!

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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