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Ways to Honor the Fallen this Memorial Day

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Memorial Day is this weekend – Monday, May 27th – and we think this is a great opportunity to talk about the true meaning of the holiday. While a long holiday weekend creates the perfect chance for a family road trip or a bbq with friends, the true meaning behind the holiday is much different than many think. Memorial Day is a holiday created to honor men and women who died serving our great country. Learn more about the holiday and unique ways you can honor those who’ve given so much.


The Meaning of Memorial Day: Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day. The holiday originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Traditionally people would decorate the graves of fallen soldiers on Memorial Day – which is where the original holiday, “Decoration” Day, stemmed from.

Ways to Honor Fallen Soldiers this Memorial Day:Decorate Graves
As the original holiday name suggests, decorating graves of soldiers and family members who have pass…

Reasons to Establish a Prenuptial Agreement

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Planning your life together as you enter into marriage is an exciting time. Although planning your wedding is a fun step to take together, there is much more to planning your future together. Depending on your unique situation, a prenuptial agreement (prenup) may be a good idea for your marriage.  Our Lake of the Ozarks attorney can help construct an agreement to help protect you if your marriage ends due to death or divorce. While it may not be the most romantic topic to discuss, it’s an important discussion that needs to happen, in certain circumstances. Learn a few reasons why a prenuptial agreement at the Lake of the Ozarks may be the right choice for you.

Couples with a Significant Income Differences Getting married to someone who makes significantly more or less income than you do could create problems in the event of divorce. Without a prenup in place, and depending on several factors, a disparity in income between the parties may be a factor in awarding maintenance, which was …

Ways to Prepare for Tornado Season in Mid-MO

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Spring is a common time for tornadoes to make their way across the Mid-West. Destroying anything in their path, this weather occurrence is a scary and potentially devastating time for many. There is typically little to no time to prepare before a tornado hits your area, but there are ways to plan ahead for such a disaster.


Keep an Eye on the Weather When storms are in the forecast, keep a close eye on the weather. If things look like they are taking a turn for the worse, go ahead and prepare your family to take cover. A weather alarm or radio is a convenient safety device to have in your home for weather warnings in your area.

Plan Your Actions Ahead of Time Make sure your entire family has a plan in mind for action to take as soon as a tornado siren sounds. Many times, there’s just seconds to take cover in this instance and it’s best to have an upfront plan that everyone knows. This time of year, go over the plan so it’s top of mind for all of your family members. It’s best to take co…

May is Motorcycle Awareness Month

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In honor of Motorcycle Awareness Month, we’re focusing on driving tips to make the roads safer for everyone. With an increase in motorcycle traffic with the warmer spring temperatures, now’s a great time to refresh our driving safety tips for responsibly sharing the road. Take a look below for some quick tips to make the roads a safer place this spring and summer.


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 looking beyond the immediate traffic if you look quickly and pu…

Different Steps You May Encounter During the Divorce Process

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Going through a divorce is a trying time. While the twists and turns of each divorce are unique, there are elements that are common in most divorces. Our divorce attorney at the Lake of the Ozarks wants to discuss a few of the things that most people encounter during the divorce process.

Property  The divorce process usually includes dividing property.  The first step is determining what is non-marital property, which must be set apart to the party who owns it.  The next step is to equitably divide the marital property, which can consist of personal property and real estate.

Child Custody  If children are involved in the divorce, there is an added layer of steps required. Deciding the custody of a child can be an emotionally charged time. Usually, both parents want to spend as much time as possible with their child. It can be hard to imagine not seeing your child on a daily basis, which can lead to difficult child custody negotiations. 

Child Support  Child support is another step tha…

Spring Happenings at the Lake of the Ozarks

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Spring has sprung and our law center at the Lake of the Ozarks is excited about a number of upcoming events. The Lake of the Ozarks has many year-round events but this is the time of year when the pace starts to pick up and there’s a certain buzz of excitement in the air as the summer season approaches. O’Donnell Law Center has featured some of the most highly anticipated Spring events below.


Taste of the Lake Apr 10, 2019
Lodge at Port Arrowhead Banquet Facilities
Sample 20+ of the Lake's Best Restaurants! They are bringing excellent dishes for tasting. Proceeds will go toward a Safe House for Lake of the Ozarks Stop Human Trafficking Coalition. Tickets are $65/person at the door.

LOMDA Spring In-Water Boat Show Apr 12, 2019 - Apr 14, 2019
Dog Days Bar & Grill
Spring In Water Boat Show by Lake of the Ozarks Marine Dealers Association offers a variety of boats including new cruisers, performance, runabouts and personal watercraft.


69th Annual Dogwood Festival Apr 25, 2019 - Ap…

The Irish History behind Our Favorite Attorney’s Name

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Deirdre O’Donnell is our experienced attorney at the Lake of the Ozarks and her name comes with a rich Irish history. Since we’re nearing St. Patrick’s Day, we thought this would be a great opportunity to dive into the origin of Deirdre’s beautiful name.
The Meaning Behind Deirdre: Deirdre is derived from the Old Irish term, young girl. It is a Celtic name for a female. The meaning behind the name is sorrowful. This meaning is believed to be based on a famous Deirdre of the time. Deirdre was also the name of a legendary Irish princess who was betrothed to King Ulster, Conchobar. She ended up running away with the King’s nephew, Naoise whom she loved. The king tricked the two lovers into returning, where he slain his cousin for betrayal. Supposedly, Deirdre died of a broken heart.

The History of O’Donnell: The name O’Donnell is a famous surname found in Irish history. It is derived from a name that means “world mighty” or “world ruler”. There are many powerful Irish families, Kings, Pr…

Estate Planning for Your Cherished Pets

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February 20th pet lovers everywhere celebrated “National Love Your Pet Day”, and at O’Donnell Law Center we value the special relationships people share with their pets. Our furry and not so furry, friends truly become family and it’s important we think about and provide care for cherished pets in case of death or disability of the pet owner. 

Do you have someone designated to step in as caregivers for your pets?  Do you want to provide financial assistance for the support and care of your pets if needed?   Do you want to ensure that your beloved animals do not end up in a shelter not of your choosing?   Estate planning for your pets is no different than planning for other family members, and the staff at O’Donnell Law Center can help you ensure that your pets receive the care, support and yes even pampering they are accustomed to in the event your caregiver role abruptly comes to an end. 

About Our Estate Plans: People rarely want to think about end of life preparations and the effec…

Interesting Facts about George Washington in Honor of Presidents’ Day

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Presidents’ Day will be here before we know it. This federal holiday honors Presidents of the United States, including our first President – George Washington. The date of Presidents’ Day is near Washington’s birthday. Our country was founded on certain laws for all citizens to abide by. Many of which laws are still in place today. Our law center at the Lake of Ozarks will be closed on Presidents’ Day to help honor the great men who founded our country. Join us in honoring our great Presidents.


Interesting Facts about George Washington:
George Washington’s birthday has become a national holiday celebrated on the third Monday in February, even though his actual birthday is Feb. 22nd.A young George Washington attended school from the age of 6 to 15. He then became a surveyor because he knew his family could not afford to send him to college. He never lived in Washington D.C., even though it was named after him. New York City and Philadelphia were the capital cities during his time in off…

Valentine's Day at the Lake

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Valentine’s Day is almost here and now’s the time to be planning for your day with that special someone. If you’re not sure about what to do on Valentine’s Day this year, take a look below for some of the area events surrounding this love-filled holiday! 
Free Wedding Vow Renewal at Bridal Cave Feb 10, 2019
Bridal Cave
Bridal Cave cordially invites you to celebrate Valentine’s Day with us. Renew your wedding vows on Sunday, February 10th from 9am to 4pm Each couple will receive fresh flowers for the Bride from Janine’s Flowers, Lindsey Webster Photography will take a wedding portrait available for download online, a Goodie Bag with lake area discounts and a Lifetime Pass to Bridal Cave at NO CHARGE!

Valentine's Day Dinner at Seven Springs Winery Feb 14, 2019
Seven Springs Winery
Dinner served from 5 - 8 pm. Entertainment starts at 6 pm.
Menu:
A 10 oz. Grilled KC Strip, Lobster Tail, Caesar Salad, Asparagus, Baked Potato & a Dinner Roll with Red Velvet cake infused with our red…

Misdemeanor & Felony – What’s the Difference?

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Being accused of a crime can be a stressful time for you and your family. As an experienced attorney at the Lake of the Ozarks, we help our clients through the legal process they are about to encounter. Most people have heard the terms “misdemeanor” and “felony” before, but many don’t know exactly what the terms are. O’Donnell Law Center has dedicated this week’s blog to just that – sharing the differences between a misdemeanor and felony charge.


What is a Misdemeanor? A misdemeanor is a crime that is a minor offense. This type of crime is usually punishable by fines, a year or less in jail, community service, probation, or any combination of the four possibilities. It’s viewed as a lesser offense than a felony. Examples of offenses that qualify as a misdemeanor are:
•Shoplifting
•Possession of marijuana under 35 grams
•Driving Under the Influence, first offense
•Driving without a driver’s license, first offense
•Violating a restraining order


What is a Felony? A felony is more serious…