Showing posts from June, 2016

5 Steps To Take Before Filing For Divorce

Filing for divorce is a big undertaking. Your life as you know it is about to change dramatically and permanently. Divorce proceedings can be challenging, time-consuming, and complicated, especially in high-asset divorces, even when there isn't a custody dispute. In order to set yourself up for success, you'll want to be sure that you get all your ducks in a row before really diving into the process.

As your trusted divorce attorney at the Lake of the Ozarks, I'm here to share with you some of the important steps you should take before filing for divorce in Camden County MO

1. Organize All Financial Documents

One of the most challenging and intricate aspects of getting divorced is dividing financial assets and responsibilities. Before filing for divorce, you will want to have access to all documents that outline your assets and liabilities so that down the road you and your attorney can more accurately assess them with a value and determine which assets and debts were accru…

Non-Compete Agreements: A Complete Overview

Contracts are your business' biggest safety net: they protect your interests, your trade secrets, your responsibilities, and countless other important factors. The exact type of contracts you need may vary slightly depending on your industry, but there are several basic contracts that can benefit practically every type of business. We explored a few of them in our previous blog titled 5 Example Contracts Your Business May Need. This week, our Lake of the Ozarks law firm is here to delve a little bit deeper into one of these specific contracts: non-compete agreements.

What Is A Non-Compete Agreement?

A non-compete agreement is a contract some employers ask their new hires to sign before beginning work. Though they are often signed at the same time, non-compete agreements are distinct from confidentiality agreements and it is important to understand the distinction between the two. Confidentiality agreements ensure that employees will not reveal the company's private methods, clie…

You've Just Been In A Car Accident. Now What?

Even minor car accidents are often scary and stressful, and serious wrecks can be absolutely devastating. If you have been in a car accident at the Lake of the Ozarks (especially if you have never been in a wreck before) you will probably find yourself overwhelmed and unsure of how to proceed. While we certainly hope you and your loved ones are never in need of this information, our personal injury lawyer in Osage Beach MO is here to help you prepare for the worst with this quick checklist of things to do immediately following an auto accident.

Get All Involved Persons Out Of The Road
The very first thing you should do is get everyone out of the road and out of the way of oncoming traffic. If possible, remove your vehicles from the roadway as well. If you remain in the center of the road, you risk suffering further injury or damage from being hit by another vehicle. Protecting the safety of everyone involved should always be your first priority.

Stay At The Scene Of The Accident
You shoul…

8 Core Characteristics To Look For In An Attorney

If you are considering hiring an attorney at the Lake of the Ozarks, it is safe to assume that you are navigating a unique situation that is either entirely new to you, rather stressful, or (more likely) both. Ideally, the attorney you choose should be there to guide you and relieve your stress as much as possible. There are many attorneys to choose from, and you should choose the one that will represent your best interests well. When interviewing prospective attorneys, looking for these core personality traits will help you find the one who will best look out for your specific needs.

1. Experience
The different legal disciplines are as vast as they are varied. Even beyond the broad categories (family law, criminal law, personal injury law, business law, etc), each specific case has endless nuances and subtleties all its own. In order to maximize your chances of a strong resolution, it is important that you choose an attorney who has experience working with your specific type of case.


3 Things You Should Know About Probate

"Probate" refers to the process of filing and proving up a deceased individual's will and distributing his or her assets to the surviving heirs. If there is no will, it is the process of opening an estate and distributing assets according to Missouri statute.   The probate process can be time-consuming and technical. If you have recently had a family member pass away, hiring a probate attorney at the Lake of the Ozarks may help to simplify the process.

O'Donnell Law Center is here to help with all of your probate needs. This week, we wanted to share with you a few things we believe you should know about probate.

1.  Your Personal Representative Will Be In Charge Of Handling Your Estate.
Since you won't be present to handle the necessary steps required to close out your affairs after you pass, your personal representative will have to step in and handle these tasks for you. If you have a properly executed will, you will have named a personal representative in your es…