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A Breakdown Of Our Family Law Services

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Family law covers a wide range of legal services, and many of them are sensitive subjects. From divorce to adoption, family law cases can be highly emotional because they impact the people you care most about – your family. Our family law attorney in Osage Beach, MO knows how difficult it can be to work through a case that impacts your family, but we also know there is often some confusion when it comes to the different case types that the family law category covers. This week, O’Donnell Law Center is providing a break-down of some of the types of family law cases that we can assist with.


Divorce A divorce legally dissolves a marriage. But it often does other things, such as dividing marital assets, setting apart the non-marital property, determining custody, visitation and child support, and ordering maintenance. Some of these factors can be quite complicated to resolve, and as a result, can impact the length of time it takes to complete the divorce process.

Adoption Adopting a child…

Tips for Working Through a Custody Battle

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Getting a divorce is a difficult time for everyone involved but your emotions may be heightened even more if you have children involved in the divorce. Child custody is its own category in the family law realm and our attorney at the Lake of the Ozarks can help you work through your divorce, child custody, and child support case as you start this new phase of your life. A custody battle can bring out the worst in people as fighting for time with your children is a sensitive subject. O’Donnell Law Center has provided some helpful tips as you work through the struggles that may be involved in a custody battle.


Consult an Expert An experienced divorce attorney can help offer guidance through this difficult time. It can be hard to navigate the legal system alone and it’s best to know about all the potential consequences that may be caused by a decision you’re making out of emotion.

Think About Your Child’s Best Interest Your child should be your top priority through the entire custody bat…

Ways to Honor Veterans this Veterans Day

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Veterans Day will be here before we know it. Taking place on Monday, November 11th , this federal holiday is a time where we honor those who have served our country. This is a time to honor and give much-needed praise to the men and women who have served our great country. Our law center at the Lake of the Ozarks takes Veterans Day very seriously and we want to help offer some ideas of ways you can honor a veteran this coming Veterans Day.


Attend a Veterans Day event at a local school. There are many local schools that put on a Veterans Day assembly. Whether you choose to participate and speak at the event or show your support in the crowd, it’s a very important way to honor those who have served our country. If you have children in school, ask them about the upcoming assembly and come up with ways to honor veterans at home, as well.

Participate in the Veterans Day parade Many towns across the country will put on parades this Veterans Day. Osage Beach has a Veterans Day Parade startin…

Reasons to Think About Guardianship for Your Kids

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When you have children you likely image yourselves growing old and watching your child grow throughout the years. Unfortunately, that’s not always how real life plays out. If something were to happen to you and your child’s other parent, what would happen to your child? Who would they live with? Who would ensure their needs are provided? If you cannot easily answer this question it may be time to make an important decision in the life of your child. If you can answer this question but don’t have any legal paperwork in place, it’s time to start the ball rolling.


The importance of nominating the person who you want to care for your child As a parent, your child’s future and wellbeing is likely a top priority.  Toward that end, it is important to nominate the person who you want to care for your child in the event you and your child’s other parent is unable to do so. Having this sort of decision made and planned out ahead of time can help take some relief off an already stressful situati…

Local Fall Festivals the Entire Family will Love

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Fall is an exciting time for many families to get out and enjoy the crisp, beautiful weather. Our law center in Osage Beach, MO knows how special it is to spend time with your loved ones this time of year. Fall is all about the changing leaves and enjoying the great outdoors. Check out some of the upcoming events our area has to offer.


Thunder Mountain Fall Festival – Saturdays & Sundays in October Bridal Cave/Thunder Mountain Park
Each Fall Thunder Mountain comes alive for the fall season. Included in your tour of Bridal Cave is all of the fall festival activities, such as live bluegrass music, pumpkin painting, pumpkin chunkin', hay bale mountain, fire pits for smores, bat bag toss, face painting, pumpkin tic tac toe, pedal tractor racing, hiking the pumpkin trail and picking out your favorite pumpkin. It’s fun for the whole family.

Osage Beach Fall Festival – October 12 Osage Beach City Park
Come out for this exciting annual event for kids of all ages to enjoy from 10:00am-…

Get To Know the O’Donnell Law Center Staff

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Our law center at the Lake of the Ozarks has many unique features that sets our firm apart from others in the area. But we have to mention our amazing staff as one of the great assets here at O’Donnell Law Center. We’re excited to feature our team members in our latest blog. Meet the team you’ll be working with, when you choose O’Donnell Law.


Regina Lynch, ParalegalRegina was born in St. Louis, Missouri and graduated high school in 1980 with a certification in Graphic Art Design.  After graduating, she was employed at a construction equipment company for 14 years, and ended her career as an Executive Assistant and Office Manager to relocate to the lake area.  She and her husband, Bob, have lived here now for over 20 years.
After moving to the lake area, Regina worked as a Court Clerk and Deputy Village Clerk for a local municipality for several years. She enjoyed learning the different functions of small government and handling all the aspects of the court proceedings.
Over the past 1…

Tips for Discussing End of Life Decisions with Your Family

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Your arrangements for end of life, also known as an estate plan, are not the most pleasant of topics to discuss with your loved ones, but it’s something that will make the lives of everyone involved much easier when the time comes to implement this plan. Individuals who haven’t prepared their family in advance, or even worse – who have no estate plan in place - can leave a heavy burden for other family members to carry as they work through the probate process. Our estate planning attorney at the Lake of the Ozarks knows this topic carries a heavy burden, but we’re here to offer some tips on how to make it a little easier to discuss your end of life decisions with your loved ones.


Meet with an Estate Planning Attorney A good place to start is to meet with an estate planning attorney that reviews with you your family structure, past, present and future life events and any particular concerns that you have, the types of assets that you own and how they are titled, and your estate plannin…

Unique Features About Our Law Center

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Seeking legal representation can be an intimidating time. You may be facing an overwhelming hurdle that comes your way or you may simply be preparing for a different stage in your life. Either way, an experienced attorney at the Lake of the Ozarks can help ease you through your legal process. We provide a unique experience for our clients, and you can learn below about some of the unique features O’Donnell Law Center has to offer.


Flexible Communication Methods We understand you are busy and your schedule may be hectic at times. That’s why we work with your unique schedule to find the best communication methods. We gather all the needed information using all available communication methods  – secure portal, texts, emails, phone, in-person or video conference – so that it is easiest for you.

Meeting Options Most people prefer an in-person meeting, and we are always happy to accommodate that preference.  For those who do not, we can conduct our meetings at times that are convenient to y…

Safety Tips for Bikefest 2019

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Bikefest 2019 is almost here and as many bikers around the Midwest prepare for a fun weekend, it’s important to keep safety top of mind. Our Lake of the Ozarks attorney has a passion for riding and we’re here to spread the word on some top safety tips to keep in mind as you head out for a biking weekend to remember. Take a look below at the tips O’Donnell Law Center has compiled for our fellow bikers during Bikefest.


Riding Safety Tips: Always wear your helmet & protective gear. It’s a state law in Missouri, but surrounding states don’t all have a helmet law in place. Protect your head by wearing a helmet at all times while riding. Not only is a helmet important but wearing the right protective clothing is, too. Leather is the one of the more durable protective clothing items you can wear.

Look twice before pulling into traffic. Ensure traffic is clear before you pull onto a road or switch lanes. Others may not have good visibility of your motorcycle so you have to ensure there is…

What We've Learned About Divorce in the Past 5 Years

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We’re excited to celebrate our 5th anniversary this August and we’re dedicating our blogs to showcasing what we’ve learned in the past 5 years in business. Our Lake of the Ozarks law center has a great deal of experience in helping our clients through the divorce process. Take a look below to get a glimpse at a few of the things we’ve learned about divorce along the way.


Not Every Divorce is the Same The divorce process differs greatly from case to case. Each couple’s situation is unique and customized solutions are needed for almost every circumstance. Just because your friend had a rough divorce does not mean your divorce has to be the same, and vise versa.

Expect the Unexpected Divorce is one of the most emotionally challenging times and that kind of stress can make people act unlike they normally would. Your spouse may act in a way that you never thought possible. Just remember, to some extent that is normal and part of the divorce process.  When that happens, it can be helpful to…