Thursday, February 23, 2017

O'Donnell Law Center: Giving Your Case The Technological Advantage

Here at our Lake of the Ozarks general practice law firm, we employ a lot of different technology in order to provide superior service to our clients and keep our firm functioning at maximum efficiency. We recognize that by the time they come to us for assistance, our clients are already under a great deal of stress. Our goal is always to decrease that stress, not add to it. In order to help lighten your load, we put you in control of how we deliver your legal services to you. Keep reading to learn more about the technology we use at O'Donnell Law Center and how it can give you an advantage.


Video Chat
Video chat platforms are possibly the most frequently used form of technology in our office. Since our Office Manager, Andrea Harris, works from her home office two hours away, we use video chat internally to conduct our staff meetings (or to chat around the water cooler). We can also use platforms such as Skype or Facetime to meet with our clients, thus eliminating any challenges that may result from trying to coordinate in-person meetings.

Mobile Phone Base
Gone are the days of being tied to a desk in order to answer the phones. Our state-of-the-art technology allows all calls that come into O'Donnell Law Center to be forwarded directly to our mobile phones so that we can remain agile, mobile, and efficient. This also allows Andrea to answer the office phones from her home office. If we are unable to answer a call at the time that it comes in, we promise to always return it as soon as we possibly can.

Virtual Document Access
The legal field is characterized by quick turn-arounds and strict deadlines. Being able to access and sign documents quickly and conveniently is an essential component to the success of any case. Our technology allows us to screen share our documents so that our staff can access them whenever (and from wherever) necessary. We also upload all of our documents into a secure online portal that enables our clients to sign and review the appropriate documentation on their own schedule.


Your Legal Representation On YOUR Schedule
Life is busy. We recognize that in addition to your legal situation, you must still cover countless other daily responsibilities such as work, childcare, household upkeep, etc. Our goal is to help you fit your legal obligations into your already busy routine, rather than forcing you to adjust your normal schedule to comply with ours. 

Our Osage Beach law firm is open from 9:00 to 12:00 and 1:00 to 5:00, Monday through Friday, but Center staff is available to communicate with you outside of regular business hours. Contact us by calling 573-552-0317 to schedule your initial consultation.


We Carry Your Burden ~ You Carry On With Life.

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


The choice of a lawyer is an important decision and should not be based solely on advertising.

Phone: (573) 552-0317

O'Donnell Law Center, LLC
1026 Palisades Blvd. Suite 3
Osage Beach, MO  65065

Friday, February 10, 2017

3 Things To Know About Pleading Guilty

When you are arrested for a crime, you are legally presumed to be "not guilty." If you proceed to trial, the prosecution is tasked with the process of proving your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, and you will only be found guilty if they succeed. As the defendant, you can choose to bypass the trial proceedings by pleading guilty. However, before you do so, it is important to get a realistic understanding of what a guilty plea may entail. Our criminal defense attorney at the Lake of the Ozarks is here to help.


A Few Things To Know About Pleading Guilty

1. Pleading Guilty May Result In A Lighter Sentence
Pleading guilty to a crime upfront (rather than waiting for the prosecution to prove guilt after a long and rigorous trial process) may result in a lighter sentence than would otherwise be rendered. However, this may not always be the case. Your attorney can help you get a realistic expectation of what the outcome for both situations may be so that you can make a more informed decision.

2. Pleading Guilty May Result in a Criminal Conviction On Your Record
Pleading guilty can have a similar outcome as a guilty verdict... a criminal conviction that remains on your record forever. There are long-term consequences a criminal conviction may have on your day-to-day life, such as making it more difficult to obtain professional licensing, preventing you from purchasing a firearm, and exercising your right to vote. 

3. Pleading Guilty May Require You To Forfeit Some Of Your Constitutional Rights
Our founding fathers promised the American people multiple rights that would ensure all citizens received fair and equitable treatment during the trial process. Pleading guilty results in the waiver of some of these constitutional rights. Here are a few general examples of some of the rights you may be giving up by submitting a guilty plead:
  • The right to testify in your own defense (and be heard)
  • The right to a trial by a jury of your peers
  • Th right to an appeal

Consult With Your Attorney Before Tendering A Guilty Plea
Pleading guilty is difficult to unwind. While it may be the best option in certain cases, we encourage you to consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney in Camden County MO before tendering a guilty plea. Our attorney can help you examine all of the details surrounding your case and to identify the best course of action for your situation. Contact O'Donnell Law Center to schedule your consultation today.


We Carry Your Burden ~ You Carry On With Life.

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


The choice of a lawyer is an important decision and should not be based solely on advertising.

Phone: (573) 552-0317

O'Donnell Law Center, LLC
1026 Palisades Blvd. Suite 3
Osage Beach, MO  65065

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

6 Questions To Ask When Building A Prenuptial Agreement

If you're one of the hundreds of couples to have gotten engaged over the holidays, chances are you are already knee-deep in the wedding planning process. There is much to discuss - how many guests you want to invite, where you want to get married, whom to have in your bridal party, and countless other details must be attended to.


Of course, planning the wedding itself isn't the only task ahead of couples planning to get married. O'Donnell Law Center is here to remind you of another important task to address as you prepare to enter into a new marriage.

Building A Prenuptial Agreement

If you are getting married in the near future, consider establishing a prenuptial agreement. This agreement sets the basic ground rules for which of your assets and liabilities will be shared and which will be kept separate. It helps outline how assets and liabilities will be divided in the event of a divorce, which can be especially valuable in relationships where one of the spouses enter the marriage with significantly greater wealth or debt.

The prenuptial agreement can also serve as a precursor to an estate plan, providing general guidelines for passing assets if something unexpected were to happen.

Building A Prenuptial Agreement: Questions To Ask Yourselves

In order to ensure you are building a prenuptial agreement that will protect you, it's important to ask the right questions. Here are some sample questions to get you thinking along the right lines.
  1. Which assets do you want to manage jointly as marital property, and which do you want to keep separate?
  2. If one of you has significantly greater debt, do you want to share financial responsibility for this debt going forward?
  3. How do you plan to save and/or invest the money you and your spouse earn?
  4. Who will be responsible for covering the primary household expenses?
  5. If you experience serious conflict in the future, what strategy will you use to overcome it? Will you use the services of an independent third party? If so, whom?
  6. Is there someone you are confident you want to inherit your assets upon your passing other than your spouse? (Children from a previous relationship, example.)

These are just a few examples of the types of questions you should ask yourself as you prepare to enter your new marriage. Even if you don't plan to establish a legally binding prenuptial agreement, it is still important to have these kinds of open, honest conversations, as being able to talk about challenging topics is a key component of any successful marriage.

Draft Your Prenuptial Agreement - Contact O'Donnell Law Center For Assistance.

Many couples dismiss the idea of building a prenuptial agreement based on the standpoint that it is unromantic. Preparing to get married should be exciting, and preparing for the possibility of divorce doesn't exactly help set the mood for a lifetime of happiness.

While it's true that preparing to enter your marriage together should be fun and exciting, it is still important to ensure that you are protected. Think of the prenuptial agreement as an opportunity for you to look out for yourself now, so that you don't have to worry about it later. 

If you are considering entering into a prenuptial agreement at the Lake of the Ozarks, we hope you'll consider contacting our family law firm in Osage Beach for assistance. Our experienced team members will be able to help you along every step of the process, enabling you to establish a well-rounded agreement.

For more information about our family law services, visit our website or call us at (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.


The choice of a lawyer is an important decision and should not be based solely on advertising.

Phone: (573) 552-0317

O'Donnell Law Center, LLC
1026 Palisades Blvd. Suite 3
Osage Beach, MO  65065