Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Your Legal Case Doesn't Have To Be Scary!

Enjoying scary events in honor of Halloween can be exciting, but being scared in "real life" is not nearly as much fun. Many people experience fear when facing a challenging legal situation, be it a car accident, a workers' compensation case, a criminal accusation, or a high-stakes divorce. No matter what legal challenge you may be facing, the team at O'Donnell Law Center will be here to help take the burden off of your shoulders as best we can.


We Carry Your Burden ...

Inevitably, we will all hit a bump in the road at some point in our lives. At our Lake of the Ozarks law firm, everything we do is designed to take the burden off of your shoulders during your difficult time. In the past, we have successfully helped clients navigate several different types of legal challenges, including...
  • Defending their innocence in the face of a criminal accusation
  • Securing much-needed financial compensation to cover their injuries
  • Navigating a challenging divorce
  • Planning their estate to provide for their surviving friends and family
  • Incorporating their new business
  • Evicting problematic tenants


... You Carry On With Life

Our attorney at the Lake of the Ozarks has experience handling cases in a wide variety of different legal disciplines. No matter what case you are dealing with, we would love the chance to offer our assistance. With state-of-the-art technology, software, and cloud computing, our team is able to remain agile, mobile, and efficient. This flexibility is a huge asset for our clients, because it gives them control over several different aspects of their case. For example, our clients can...
  • Choose when and where we meet
  • Choose how and when we communicate
  • Access legal documents 24/7

Additionally, we are able to tell our clients what the total cost of their legal services will be before we begin working on their case. 

By helping to relieve our clients' stress, we enable them to carry on with their lives as they see fit. When we lift the burden from our clients' shoulders, they are able to spend time with their friends and family, continue working, and do whatever they need to maintain a sense of normalcy during their challenging times.

Happy Halloween from O'Donnell Law Center!

This Halloween, we hope you and your family will enjoy the fun, spooky events - and leave the daunting and/or scary legal cases to us. If you think we may be able to help with your legal case at the Lake of the Ozarks, please contact O'Donnell Law Center to get started.


Call the most trusted law firm at the Lake of the Ozarks to get started today:
(573) 552-0317
We Carry Your Burden ~ You Carry On With Life.

Disclaimer: No attorney-client relationship is created by the publication of this blog.


Phone: (573) 552-0317

O'Donnell Law Center, LLC
1026 Palisades Blvd. Suite 3
Osage Beach, MO  65065
(Located on the McDonald's Side of the Building)

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Consequences of a Domestic Assault Conviction

The month of October is designated as a time to raise awareness for victims of domestic violence, but it is also a good time to raise awareness of the collateral consequences of being convicted of domestic assault. As most people are aware, domestic assault is a criminal act and, as such, can have serious legal consequences. This week, the team at O'Donnell Law Center is here to offer some insight into the types of consequences that those convicted of domestic assault may face.



Domestic Assault - What is It?

"Domestic assault" refers to many different types of violent or hostile acts, many of which we hear about in the news and media. In addition to assault and battery, here are a few examples of other types of acts that you may be surprised could constitute domestic assault:
  • Child Abuse 
  • Elder Abuse
  • Sexual Violence by Intimate Partners
  • Verbal Threats of Violence
  • Isolation From Other Persons or Communication Devices
You do not have to be in a current close relationship with the alleged victim to be convicted of domestic violence. If you had previously been married to, had a child with, lived with, or dated your victim, you may be charged with domestic violence.

Being Convicted Of Domestic Assault - The Consequences

Domestic assault is considered either a misdemeanor or a felony (depending on the situation). As such, being convicted of domestic assault can have huge, lifetime consequences on your lifestyle. Here are a few examples of the types of consequences those convicted may face:
  • Years of Prison
  • Loss of Custody and/or Visitation Rights
  • Difficulty Obtaining Employment
  • Restrictions on Conceal and Carry Permissions
  • Difficulty Obtaining Housing
  • Required Anger Management or Batterers Intervention Classes
  • Difficulty Obtaining A Loan
  • Years of Probation
  • Restrictions Imposed by an Abuse Order of Protection

Contact O'Donnell Law Center For Representation

With so much at stake, it is crucial that you seek the representation of an experienced Lake of the Ozarks criminal defense attorney. If you are currently facing domestic assault charges, don't hesitate to reach out O'Donnell Law Center for criminal representation at the Lake of the Ozarks. We will do everything we can to take the burden off your shoulders.


Call the most trusted law firm at the Lake of the Ozarks to get started today.
We Carry Your Burden ~ You Carry On With Life.

Disclaimer: No attorney-client relationship is created by the publication of this blog.


Phone: (573) 552-0317

O'Donnell Law Center, LLC
1026 Palisades Blvd. Suite 3
Osage Beach, MO  65065
(Located on the McDonald's Side of the Building)

Friday, October 16, 2015

4 Situations In Which You Should Hire An Attorney

Do you need an attorney for that?

There are a lot of different reasons to hire an attorney. Some situations can be easily handled on your own, but others may require professional legal representation at the Lake of the Ozarks. How do you know which applies to your unique position? O'Donnell Law Center is here to help.


Situations In Which You Should Hire An Attorney:

1.  Difficult Divorces
Having representation during a difficult divorce can be enormously helpful. You will likely be under a lot of pressure and stressed about making sure you have everything you need to support yourself after the divorce. Your Lake of the Ozarks divorce attorney will strive to ensure that you are set up for success in the next chapter of your life.

2.  Car Accidents
A simple fender-bender may not require legal representation, but most of our clients find that having a lawyer help with serious car accidents can be very beneficial - especially in accidents that result in major injuries or costly repairs. Being ruled "at fault" for an accident can drastically increase your insurance costs, and cause other negative consequences.  Your attorney may be able to help you avoid or minimize some of these negative outcomes.

3.  Challenging Ex-Employees
Unfortunately, employee relationships don't always end on the friendliest terms. Whether they are breaching your privacy policies or your non-compete agreement, ex-employees can be very problematic. If you have an ex-employee who is causing problems, you may need to seek legal action in order to minimize the damage to your business or your company's reputation.

4.  Criminal Charges
Being charged with a crime can completely turn your life upside down. Being convicted can have long-lasting and life-altering consequences; your criminal record can stay with you for life, and can make it difficult to qualify for student loans or to pass a background check for your dream job. When your future is on the line, it's better not to leave anything to chance - contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer in Camden County MO immediately.

The O'Donnell Law Center Team Will Be Here For You

Facing legal challenges can be incredibly overwhelming and stressful. At O'Donnell Law Center, we aim to relieve our clients from some of these stressors. With our unique combination of experience and compassion, we strive to lift the burden off of our clients' shoulders. If you are ever in need of an attorney in central Missouri, we hope you will keep us in mind.


Call the most trusted law firm at the Lake of the Ozarks to get started today.
We Carry Your Burden ~ You Carry On With Life.

Disclaimer: No attorney-client relationship is created by the publication of this blog.


Phone: (573) 552-0317

O'Donnell Law Center, LLC
1026 Palisades Blvd. Suite 3
Osage Beach, MO  65065
(Located on the McDonald's Side of the Building)

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

7 Character Traits Your Attorney Should Have

If you have hired an attorney, chances are probably pretty good that you're dealing with a difficult situation. You might be navigating a challenging divorce, struggling to receive financial compensation for a car accident or work-related injury, or fighting to prove your innocence in the face of criminal accusations. No matter what your situation is, it's important that you retain a qualified, experienced attorney to guide you through your case. 

How can you make sure you hire a Lake of the Ozarks attorney that will be able to help you? We strongly recommend scheduling an initial consultation with all of your prospective attorneys so you can learn as much about them as possible. In addition to asking about their legal experience, it's important to evaluate their character traits. Here is a quick look at some of the core character traits that your chosen attorney should have.


1. Trustworthiness
This is quite possibly the most important trait your attorney should possess. When you retain his or her services, you are trusting your Camden County attorney to fight for your rights - most likely during a time when you are vulnerable financially or otherwise. It's important that you find an attorney who is deserving of that trust.

2. Reliability
Family law, criminal law, personal injury, estate planning... no matter what legal discipline you're dealing with, chances are good that both your and your attorney's actions will have legal consequences. Obviously, you will want to make sure that you can rely on your attorney to do everything in his or her power to secure only desired consequences, and to coach you on how to do the same.

3. Confidentiality
It should come as no surprise that every legal discipline requires strict confidentiality, whether you are facing criminal charges, pursuing a personal injury claim or are involved in some other legal action. Regardless of your specific situation, it is important that your attorney keeps confidentiality as a top priority.

4. Responsiveness
In the legal field, timeliness is absolutely critical. Documents that need to be reviewed and signed typically have a strict deadline that must be met. If you have questions about an aspect of your case, you will probably want answers as soon as possible. As you interview your prospective attorney, ask her what her typical response time is. Find out if there will be someone else you can speak with in the event that she is unavailable.

5. Assertiveness
You are putting your future in your attorney's hands; your finances, your freedom, and your very future may be dependent on the outcome your attorney secures for your case. It seems only natural to hire an assertive attorney, but we should point out that there is a difference between assertiveness and aggression. Aggression is typically angry and hot-tempered, whereas assertiveness is calm and confident. An assertive attorney will have the best chances of achieving positive results for your case.

6. Professionalism
Legal cases follow set procedures and are bound by strict regulations. It is critical that your attorney handle your case with dedicated care and professionalism - especially if you have to go to trial. You are relying on your attorney to represent you in the best possible light; you need to be able to trust him or her to handle your case in professional manner.

7. Integrity
In every field (legal or otherwise), integrity is a key component of success. A person who has integrity always does the right thing, regardless of whether or not anyone is watching. It only makes sense that you should hire an attorney who will handle your case with great integrity.

In Need Of An Attorney At The Lake? Look No Further Than O'Donnell Law Center!
At O'Donnell Law Center, our team is comprised of an experienced attorney, a dedicated paralegal, and highly qualified legal assistants. If you are in need of a trusted attorney in central Missouri, we encourage you to contact our team and schedule an initial consultation with attorney Deirdre O'Donnell. We promise to treat your case with the utmost care and professionalism. If you have questions or would like more information about how our legal center at the Lake of the Ozarks may be able to help you, please don't hesitate to reach out to us.


Call the most trusted law firm at the Lake of the Ozarks to get started today.
We Carry Your Burden ~ You Carry On With Life.

Disclaimer: No attorney-client relationship is created by the publication of this blog.


Phone: (573) 552-0317

O'Donnell Law Center, LLC
1026 Palisades Blvd. Suite 3
Osage Beach, MO  65065
(Located on the McDonald's Side of the Building)