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What Sets O’Donnell Law Center Apart

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We pride ourselves on offering a unique legal experience for our clients. From personalized service to convenient communications, we work hard to offer a positive experience for our clients and friends. O’Donnell Law Center is designed to focus on you when you have hit a bump in the road or decided to undertake a new adventure such as purchasing a new home or starting a new business.  Everything we do is intended to take the burden off of your shoulders and place it on ours. At our Lake of the Ozarks law firm, you have a team of professionals who communicate with you often and work efficiently to get your problem resolved or your new idea off the ground.  We recognize that when you come to us for help, you already have a lot of stress.  We want to reduce that stress, not add to it.  So we give you options and put you in control of how we deliver legal services to you.


Convenient Communication We strive to find the best communication methods for our clients. Whether you prefer phone ca…

What is Columbus Day All About?

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Yesterday we were closed, celebrating Columbus Day.  If you don’t know why we celebrate this federal holiday, take a look below to learn why.



All About Christopher Columbus An Italian born explorer – Christopher Columbus – set sail in August of 1492. He was bound for Asia with support of the Spanish monarchs. Columbus intended to chart a western route to China, India, and Asia. He headed West with the Nina, Pinta and the Santa Maria.  When he landed in the Bahama Islands, he became the first European explorer in the Americas. Back then, it was only believed the Atlantic lay between Europe and the East Indies – they didn’t know about the Pacific Ocean or any of the Americas that are located between. In October, Columbus came across Cuba and believed it was the mainland of China. Then he found Hispaniola and believed it to be Japan.  Over the next few months, he established Spain’s first colony in the Americas – still thinking it was Japan. Upon his third trip to “Japan”, he realized he…

Tips to Prepare for a Natural Disaster

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We’ve all heard about recent natural disasters. From wild fires to hurricanes to tornados, there are many ways your property can be naturally damaged. While many times these disasters happen with little to no notice, you can have a plan in place ahead of time. Being located in central Missouri, we are more likely to have a natural disaster in the form of a tornado. It’s best to have all of your important documents squared away before the threat of a natural disaster strikes.


Have an Emergency Plan for your Family Make sure everyone in your family knows the plan in case of an emergency. Establish a few meeting places that you can all gather, should something happen. Also, let a family member or close friend out of the area know about your plan, and try to establish a communication method if you are impacted by a natural disaster. Texting can sometimes be easier than making a phone call if your area has been impacted.

Have an Emergency Kit Handy It’s best to have a tub, filled with emer…

All About Our Pet Trusts

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What will happen to your pet when you pass on? This is a burning question that many of our clients want answered. Pets are a big part of our lives and they quickly become part of the family. Our Lake of the Ozarks law firm has an answer for you – a pet trust. Yes, you heard that right. Establishing a trust for your pet is an easy way to ensure your furry friend is well cared for after you pass. It’s a similar process to setting up a trust for your property and is a great way to ease your mind as you think about the unpredictable future.


A pet trust is a legal document providing for the care and maintenance of one or more pets in the event of the animal owner’s disability or death.  We pride ourselves on offering quick and easy delivery of a pet trust. While you are setting up your pet trust, it may get you thinking about your personal belongings and estate. We can help you update and/or create an estate plan to complete your end of life arrangements.

Here at O’Donnell Law Center, work…

Lake of the Ozarks Bikefest

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The Lake of the Ozarks Bikefest is this weekend. Come out September 14th through September 16th for a thrilling weekend of biking, memories, and fun. We know how much fun these bike rallies can be and we’re excited to share some of the passport stops with you. Stop by as many of these stops as you can and get your passport stamped.


2018 Passport Stops: #1 - Lake of the Ozarks Harley Davidson
6482 Osage Beach Parkway
Osage Beach MO 65065
573-302-7600

#2 - Harmy’s Cheese Store & More, LLC
6378 Osage Beach Parkway
Osage Beach, MO 65065
573-693-1243

#3 - Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina
1680 Autumn Lane
Osage Beach, MO 65065
573-302-1745

#4 - Redhead Lakeside Grill
1700 Yacht Club Drive
Osage Beach, MO 65065
573-693-1525

#5 - Angelo’s Pizza & Pub
1030 Highway KK
Osage Beach, Mo 65065
573-693-9427

#6 - Surdyke Yamaha
5863 Osage Beach Parkway
Osage Beach, MO 65065
573-348-6575

#7 - Dog Days Bar & Grill
1232 Jeffries Road
Osage Beach, MO 65065
573-348-9797

#8 - Tirebiter’s Peanut…

Why Distracted Driving is Dangerous

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Many motorist multitask behind the wheel. From changing the radio to grooming on your morning commute, many things can take your attention away from the road. Even if you look away for a split second, the driving conditions around you may change just as quickly. This can lead to a dangerous situation on the roadway. If you aren’t convinced distracted driving is bad, take a look below to learn why it is so dangerous.


Why Distracted Driving is Dangerous: Delayed Reaction Time If you are not paying attention to the road while driving, your reaction time may increase. The driving conditions around you may change in a split second and you won’t have enough time to react in a timely manner. If the car in front of you comes to an abrupt stop, you may need to be hitting the brakes as soon as possible but this may not happen at the right time if you are distracted and focused on another task.

Eyes Away From The Road Your eyes are a key part of driving and scanning the road around your vehicle …

Labor Day Fireworks at the Lake of the Ozarks

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Labor Day Weekend is upon us and it’s time to start planning how you and your family are going to celebrate the unofficial end of summer. Here at the Lake of the Ozarks there are a number of fireworks displays around the area. This is a fun and entertaining way to get out and celebrate the holiday weekend. Take a look below to find out when and where you can catch these booming fireworks displays.

Bear Bottom Resort Labor Day Fireworks Date: Saturday, September 1
Time: 9:45 pm
Hwy 5 to 123 Bear Bottom Drive in Sunrise Beach
View fireworks by land at Bear Bottom Resort or by water at the 38 Mile Marker.
Parking is limited; Arrive early.
Call for details: 573-374-6905

Celebration Cruises Bagnell Dam Sunset & Fireworks Cruise Date: Saturday, September 1
Time: Boarding 7:30 pm; Departure 8:00 pm; Return 10:00 pm
Celebration Bagnell Dam: Next to Bagnell Dam on Bagnell Dam Blvd. in Lake Ozark
Call for reservations and details: (573) 480-3212

Celebration Cruises Grand Glaize Fireworks Cr…

SHARE THE ROAD – 5 Tips for Driving Around Motorcycles

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With a number of motorcycle events and rallies taking place, it’s important to have a quick refresh of driving tips during this season. The end of summer and the beginning of fall is a prime time for many motorcyclists to be riding and enjoying the beautiful weather. During this time, you may be driving around more motorcycles on the roadway. Take a look below for a quick refresh of safety tips for driving around motorcycles.




Increase Following Distance When driving around a motorcycle, it’s important to think about the time it takes to stop. A motorcycle can come to a quicker stop than a full-sized vehicle. Therefore, you should increase your following distance. It’s recommended to increase your safe following distance by four seconds when behind a motorcycle. This can help give you enough time to react and slow your vehicle as needed.

Look Twice Before Turning Before you enter the roadway, it’s important to check the lane of traffic at least two times before pulling out. You may be …

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…