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Peace of Mind

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A married couple in their 80's brought their three adult daughters (who were a blend of step and full sisters) to the O'Donnell Law Center so that they could review with me the couple's end of life wishes and estate plan, so that their daughters could ask questions, and so that the couple could reinforce their expectations.  All of this was to avoid unnecessary "hiccups" when the time came for the couple's estate to be administered.


Sitting around the table,  with the parents on one side, the sisters on the other, and me at the head, we looked like we could have been sitting down for lunch.  Instead, we poured over documents.  The meeting took about an hour, and it was punctuated with questions and answers, a few tense moments, some giggles and a cleansing tear or two.  At its conclusion, those  beautiful daughters, sitting across the table from the parents they love so much, spontaneously locked their sister pinkies  in solidarity and pledged to their parent…

All About the Counties We Serve – Moniteau County

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As we close out our blog series that features the counties we serve, the history of Moniteau County is the focus for our latest blog. Here at O’Donnell Law Center, we are honored to be able to serve the 26th Judicial Circuit. Camden, Miller, Morgan, Laclede, and Moniteau counties compile the circuit. Learn more about the historic Moniteau County and the origin of its name below.


Moniteau County Moniteau County was organized in 1845. The county was named after Moniteau Creek which is a Missouri River tributary that flows through the county. Moniteau is a Native American word that means 'Great Spirit'. The river winds through Moniteau, Cooper, and Cole counties. The twists and turns may lead to the origin of the county’s name – some may say the river flows with great spirit!

This week concludes our historic feature of the counties in the 26th Judicial Circuit. We’ve enjoyed sharing this interesting information with you about the origin of each of the counties we serve – Camden, M…

All About the Counties We Serve – Laclede County

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We are continuing our blog series featuring the counties we serve. This week’s blog is all about Laclede County. Here at O’Donnell Law Center, we are honored to be able to serve the 26th Judicial Circuit. This group of counties consist of Camden, Miller, Morgan, Laclede, and Moniteau. Below you can find more information about this historic county!


Laclede CountyLaclede County was named after Pierre Laclede, a French fur trader and the founder of St. Louis. In 1763, Laclede was sponsored by a New Orleans merchant to build a trading post near the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri rivers. He set out right away but found the area was too marshy for a trading post.  He moved down stream about 18 miles and in 1764, St. Louis was born. Laclede county was formed in 1849 from Camden, Pulaski and Wright Counties.


Stay tuned for our last edition in our blog series that will feature the remainder of the 26th Judicial Circuit! We look forward to sharing additional information about the h…

All About the Counties We Serve – Morgan County

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As we continue our blog series featuring the counties we serve, we are featuring Morgan County in this week’s blog! Here at O’Donnell Law Center, we are honored to be able to serve the 26th Judicial Circuit. This group of counties consists of Camden, Miller, Morgan, Laclede, and Moniteau. Learn more about the historic Morgan County and the man the county was named after below!


Morgan County Morgan County was organized January 5, 1833, and was named for Daniel Morgan, a Revolutionary War general. He was a notorious guerrilla fighter and American hero of the southern region during the American Revolution. He was strategic and crafty when it came to warfare. He would think beyond the traditional standards of a battle. Morgan employed many unique tactics to disturb the highly trained and disciplined opposing troops. In 1790, Congress granted Morgan with a gold medal for his victory at Cowpens in South Carolina. As he continued to serve, Daniel Morgan was a leading force against the Whisky…

All About the Counties We Serve – Miller County

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We are continuing our blog series about the counties we serve. O’Donnell Law Center is honored to be able to serve Camden, Miller, Morgan, Laclede, & Moniteau counties. This group of counties make up the 26th Judicial Circuit in Missouri. This week’s blog is going to dive into the history and other information about Miller County, Missouri. Take a look below to learn more.


Miller County Miller County, named after Missouri’s Fourth Governor John Miller, was organized in 1837.  John Miller was born in what is now West Virginia 1781.  He started off as a newspaper man.  During the war of 1812, he joined the Army and rose to the rank of full Colonel and was involved in some of the bigger battles.  After the war he resided in Franklin, Missouri.  In 1825, there was a special election for governor. There was a total of 4,933 votes cast (in 2015 Miller county had a population of 25,113!).  Miller won with 2,380 votes beating out his 3 opponents, Judge David Todd, William Carr and Rufus E…

John Adams Representing the Redcoats from the Boston Massacre

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The Boston Massacre is a debated occurrence, still to this day. As a criminal defense lawyer at the Lake of the Ozarks, I am curious to know what others think about this trial. John Adams chose to represent the Redcoats who were accused of murdering Boston residents. The Redcoats claim the first fire was unintentional. Learn more about the Boston Massacre and John Adam's involvement in the trial, below.


About the Boston Massacre A fight between the British soldiers and colonial residents broke out near the Customers House in Boston, on March 5th, 1770. The soldiers have gathered around and Captain Thomas Preston was in the middle trying to keep the peace. A mob of townspeople were gathered, as well. According to a witness, a club was thrown from an onlooker which caused a soldier to fire. This first fire was seen as the signal to the other soldiers to start firing upon the mob. As a result of this fight, five residents were shot and killed by these British soldiers - the Redcoats.…

All About the Counties We Serve

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Our law center serves many counties in central Missouri. Camden, Miller, Morgan, Laclede, and Moniteau are some of them. These counties make up the 26th Judicial Circuit. We are located in the heart of Camden County in Osage Beach, MO, but we are flexible enough to serve many counties around our office, as well. To kick off our blog series about the counties we serve, we are starting with our “home base”, Camden County.

Camden County This county is home to the Lake of the Ozarks - a top recreational lake in the Midwest. Camden County was organized in 1841. It was originally called Kinderhook County and renamed in 1843. The name change was made to honor Charles Pratt, 1st Earl Camden from England. He was a lawyer, judge, and politician in London. As a lawyer and judge, Charles worked hard to establish civil liberties, championing rights of the jury, and limiting the powers of the state. He was the Chief Justice of Common Please, Attorney General, and Lord Chancellor. He also served on …

Family-Friendly Things To Do at the Lake of the Ozarks

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Summer is all about making new memories with the family and spending quality time together. If you are looking for a fun way to bond with your loved ones, the Lake of the Ozarks is the place for you! From the natural beauty to a plethora of activities, you can find the perfect thing for your family to enjoy. Whether you have young kids or older adult children, it's important to spend time with one another. Take a look below for just a few of the ways you can bond while at the Lake!


Take a Boat Ride With the Best Recreational Lake in our backyard, many family memories are made out on the water. Cruising down the lake and coving out is a fun way to spend time with those closest to you. Take advantage of the beautiful Lake of the Ozarks and get out on the water this summer!

Go for a Hike There are a number of natural hiking trails around the area. Hiking is a fun way to get active and spend time together. You can see what exciting new things you discover on your next hike. Whether it…

Ways to Celebrate Dad this Father's Day

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Father's Day is coming up! June 17th is the day we honor all the great Dads out there! If you're looking for a fun and special way to treat that special man in your life, we have some great ideas! It's important to take time to make your Father feel special every day but Father's Day even more so. Take a look below for unique ways to celebrate Dad!


Splash Around in the Water With the warm temps upon us, playing in the water is a fun way to stay cool with Dad this summer. Whether it's boating on the lake, swimming in the pond, or splashing around at a local waterpark, try to incorporate water into Dad's special day to beat the heat.

Catch a Baseball Game Baseball is known as America's past time. If your Dad loves the game, watch the game with him. He's sure to enjoy spending time with his kids and an added bonus of watching his favorite sport will be a nice treat too! Whether you plan to catch a game in person or on TV, your Father will enjoy the gesture…

Hot Summer Nights at the Strip

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Summer at the Lake of the Ozarks brings about a number of local events for everyone to enjoy. Hot Summer Nights takes place on the second Friday of each month. It's an exciting local event where you can find sweet rides and fun activities the entire family can enjoy. Walk up and down the Historic Bagnell Dam Strip to get a glimpse at all the cars, trucks, and motorcycles! Take a look below to learn more about this thrilling monthly event.


All About Hot Summer Nights: This award-winning event has provided auto enthusiasts and spectators a fun and safe atmosphere! Thousands of spectators frequent this monthly event and enjoy catching all the cool rides and thrilling atmosphere The Strip provides. All cars, trucks, and motorcycle enthusiasts are welcome to participate in the Hot Summer Nights cruises this summer!

Hot Summer Nights is a classic vehicle cruise and family night on the Bagnell Dam Strip in Lake Ozark. 6:00 - 11:00 pm (rain or shine). Free admission and participation - al…

Finding the Right Balance

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There’s one thing a lot of working professionals have in common and that is trying to find a healthy balance between work life and personal life. A lot of people tend to put their personal lives and their own personal needs on the backburner. While your career is extremely important, taking some much-needed time off is just as important. That time that you take off will boost your time on.

Exhaustion does not lead to effective work.
When it comes down to taking that vacation, do it! Without having time to recover or to simply take a break, employees are susceptible to chronic stress and burnout. Both are caused by exhaustion. A vacation should be used as a productivity tool. Over time, work demands, and responsibilities build up and cause a loss of energetic resources which in turn lead to being stress. Vacation time helps rebuild those lost resources.
The keyword everyone should focus on is ‘balance’. Without balance, productivity goes out the window. Your personal life and vacation t…