Showing posts from November, 2016

Healthcare Directives: An Overview

Even under the best circumstances, certain situations may require family members to make tough decisions about their loved one's end-of-life care. Having an advance healthcare directive in place can help prevent unnecessary stress during this already challenging time. Keep reading to learn more about this important aspect of estate planning, courtesy of the team at O'Donnell Law Center . What Is A Healthcare Directive? Simply put, a healthcare directive is an official document outlining how you would like your healthcare to be handled. In the event that you become incapacitated or otherwise unable to make decisions for yourself or to communicate your wishes to others, this document will guide your named health care agent as he or she makes decisions on your behalf. What's Included In A Healthcare Directive? Typically, healthcare directives utilize a Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare and a Healthcare Declaration / Living Will to identify several elements

Is A 'Suspended Imposition Of Sentence' A Viable Option For Your Criminal Case?

In many criminal cases where the defendant is found guilty, the Court orders a sentence to serve as the consequence for the crime committed. Depending on the severity of the crime, the sentence may include a fine, jail/prison time, or a combination thereof. In certain situations, however, the imposition of a sentence may be "suspended," allowing the defendant the opportunity to avoid a fine and confinement. O'Donnell Law Center is here to help you understand this unique situation and how it may be applicable to a criminal case. What Is Suspended Imposition Of Sentence? Suspended Imposition of Sentence (often abbreviated as "SIS") is a sentencing option trial courts sometimes use when the defendant is placed on probation. This probationary period may be supervised or unsupervised, depending on the Court's order. As its name suggests, an SIS order "suspends" the sentence while the defendant is on probation. Typically, the sentence remains s

Things To Know About Criminal Defense

Until they become personally involved in a criminal case, most people tend not to think about criminal defense in much detail. They know crimes happen, people are charged and go to jail, but vague knowledge such as this is not nearly as impactful as being directly involved in a criminal case. When you are facing criminal charges, things get very serious, very quickly. O'Donnell Law Center hopes that you never have to be involved in a criminal case at the Lake of the Ozarks . Life is unpredictable, however, and sometimes securing criminal representation becomes necessary. Our criminal defense attorney in Osage Beach MO is experienced at defending the rights of the accused. Keep reading to learn some important aspects of criminal defense. You Have The Right To Remain Silent. The Miranda Rights refer to your right to remain silent during custodial interrogations. Police officers are required to inform suspects of this right before interrogating them, else they risk having a