Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Road Trip Safety Tips for Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day Weekend is right around the corner. With the long holiday weekend, many families are planning a weekend getaway. During holiday weekends, there is typically more traffic on the roadways. With the increase in vehicles on the road, the chance for an accident increases significantly. As your Lake of the Ozarks lawyer, we know it's important to use extra caution when navigating the roadways this holiday. Take a look below to find some safety tips you can keep in mind as you head out on your road trip this weekend.


Increase Following Distance

When driving behind a vehicle, it's recommended to leave one car distance for every 10 miles per hour you are traveling. This would mean 6 car lengths if you are traveling 60MPH. This allows for adequate reaction time if the vehicle in front of your comes to an abrupt stop. It's especially important to allow the proper distance between cars when traveling on the interstate with a lot of other vehicles.

Think About Blind Spots

When passing vehicles, remember they have blind spots and may not be able to see your vehicle. Especially when going by semi-trucks, keep in mind the large blind spot in which your car may be driving. It's also important to think about your own vehicle blind spots when making a move on the roadway.

Drive When Well-Rested

An alert driver can have a much better reaction time to changes on the roadway. Always drive when you are well-rested. A drowsy driver is almost as dangerous as a drunk driver. Your reactions may be delayed and you could even fall asleep at the wheel if driving when tired.

Designate a Driver

Never drink and drive! Driving under the influence can delay your reactions and make it hard to navigate the roadway. It creates a potentially deadly situation for you and all others on the roadway. If you are in no condition to drive, designate a driver or call a taxi.


Minimize Distractions


It's important to keep your entire focus on the road when driving. Cell phones, eating, changing the radio, and adjusting the GPS are all common causes of vehicle accidents. Keep your full attention on driving when operating a vehicle.

Abide by Traffic Laws

Speeding is a common traffic law that is broken. It's important to travel at the designated speed for the safety of you and your passengers, as well as others on the road. Ensure everyone in your vehicle is bucked before taking off on your trip. Using your blinker is an easy way to let others around you know what your intentions are when navigating the road. Think about the things you learned when you first started driving and stick with those rules!

Check Driving Conditions

Before you hit the road, check the roadway conditions along your route. If there is a lot of traffic due to construction, consider adjusting your route or traveling through that region at a less-busy time. Weather is another important factor that can have an impact on your road trip. Keep an eye on weather conditions in your area.

Practice Defensive Driving

When driving, try to predict potential moves from the other drivers on the road. Expect the unexpected! This can help you have a plan in place if another vehicle makes a sporadic move. Always be on the defense when driving - especially in heavy traffic conditions.

Driving is a major responsibility. You are not only taking your life and others in your vehicle, you have an impact on the lives of others on the roadway, as well. It's important to think about this great responsibility as you head out on your road trip. Take time to make the right decisions and put your complete focus on the road ahead.

Are you taking a road trip this Memorial Day Weekend? If so, we hope these safety tips are helpful during your travels. If you do find yourself in the unfortunate event of an accident, it's important to know your rights. Whether you are at fault or a victim, Gibbons Law Firm can help represent your personal injury case at the Lake of the Ozarks. Give our Lake of the Ozarks law firm a call today and remember, your first consultation with us is always free! Have a safe holiday weekend!

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

5 Actions to AVOID During Divorce

Divorce can be a tough time for everyone involved. It can be easy to let your emotions get the best of you. While most couples do not plan on ending their marriage, around half of all marriages end in divorce. As you navigate this emotional and stressful time, it's important to try to conduct yourself with dignity. As your experienced divorce lawyer at the Lake of the Ozarks, we want to point out a few actions to avoid during the divorce process. Take a look below to learn more!


1) Getting the Kids Overly Involved

It's important to remember your divorce is between the two adults, not the kids. Try to limit talking about your split in front of the children, if you have any. This could end up driving a wedge between one parent and the kids. Try to stay as involved as possible in your kids' lives, as well. It can be a tough time for children as their parents split apart and they need as much love and support during this time as possible.

2) Thinking it Has to be a Fight

While most divorces you hear about end up in a large dispute, it does not have to be that way. Matters can often be handled in a civil manner. This can actually help the process go much smoother and quicker. If both parties can decide on how to split property and time with kids (if there are children from the marriage), it does not have to be a drawn-out process.

3) Racking up Debt

Divorce can be an expensive time for the parties involved. You are typically going from two incomes down to supporting yourself (and your family) on your own. Any debt that is accrued while you are still married may be brought into the divorce process. Try to avoid racking up unnecessary debt while you are getting divorced.

4) Attempting to Hide Away Assets

Hiding assets is a bad idea. Once the lawyers/court/judge finds out about the asset, it is going to be involved in the division anyway. This can also make you look bad if you try to sneak away with unaccounted for assets. It's best to be upfront and honest during the entire divorce process.

5) Listen to Outside Advice Too Often

Every divorce is different. Keep that in mind when taking advice from friends and family who have been through the process. Emotional support and advice is welcome - but keep in mind your divorce may look different than that of your friends. Just because a divorce was ruled a certain way for an acquaintance, the factors in your divorce are likely much different. Don't stress over outside advice too much!

Now that you know all about the list of things to avoid during your divorce process, you know how to move forward with your head held high. If you find yourself wanting to end your marriage, it may be time to file for divorce. Give Gibbons Law Firm a call if you feel yourself nearing a divorce. We can help walk you through the entire process to end your marriage. Your first consultation with our Lake of the Ozarks law firm is free!

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Lake Ozark, MO 65049
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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Safety Tips for Motorcycle Awareness Months

May is Motorcycle Awareness Month. With the beautiful spring weather we are experiencing, you may notice an increase of bikers on the roadways. With more and more motorcyclists out and about, there is a higher risk of an accident involving a bike. Our Lake of the Ozarks law firm knows how important it is to remain safe on the roadway when motorcyclists are around. Below you can find some helpful motorcycle safety tips for both the rider and driver!


For the Rider:

Follow Traffic Laws - Pay attention to traffic laws that apply to all vehicles - motorcycles included. Stay within the speed limit and come to a complete stop at all intersections. Also, research local traffic laws before traveling out of the state.

Wear the Right Gear - Protective clothing is important for all rides. It's a state law to wear a helmet in the state of Missouri. Sunglasses or other eyewear can help you see better, as well. Leather clothing can protect your skin from the harsh wind and other factors. Consider buying clothing with extra reflective features to help increase visibility to other drivers.

Complete a Training Program - An educational course is readily available for motorcycle riders. It's important to be comfortable on your bike and know how to properly operate the vehicle. Sharpen your techniques and practice driving your motorcycle.

Stay Alert - Like any motor vehicle, it's important to stay awake and drive sober. You want to ensure your reaction time is as sort as possible when riding your bike. Alcohol or being tired can damper your ability to react to a situation on the road. Ensure you are in a safe condition to properly operate your bike.

Practice Defensive Driving - When on a motorcycle you may be harder to see than a full-sized vehicle. Don't ever assume another driver can see you. Stay on the defense when riding your bike. Think about the blind spot on vehicles as you are passing or pulling out.

For Other Drivers:

Pay Attention when Driving - Especially during the warmer months, keep your eyes on the lookout for motorcycles on the roadway. It's important to keep tabs on all vehicles around you on the road. Keep your full attention on driving and avoid distractions that may take your eyes and mind away from the road.

Look Twice - Before pulling out or switching lanes, take a double check of the vehicles on the road. Ensure no other vehicle is in your blind spot before making a move.

Think About Stopping Distance - While stopping distance for motorcycles is typically the same as full-sized vehicles, the road conditions may make it harder for a bike to come to a quick stop. Debris on the road and rain can put a damper on the stopping time of a motorcycle.

Now that you know some of these safety tips for motorcycle safety awareness, you're ready to help create a safer environment on the roadways. If you are involved in an accident with a motorcycle, be sure to contact our lawyer at the Lake of the Ozarks. Remember, your first consultation with Gibbons Law Firm is always free. We look forward to representing your personal injury case at the Lake of the Ozarks.

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2820 Bagnell Dam Blvd, Suite B4
Lake Ozark, MO 65049
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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Magic Dragon Street Meet Nationals

One of the Lake's biggest events is right around the corner. The Magic Dragon Street Meet Nationals Car Show is May 4th-6th. With an increase of visitors to the Lake of the Ozarks, there are many more cars on the roadway than normal. Whether people drive their show cars to the car show or they are trailered in, there are more motorists in the area. Spectators and participants alike are going to be driving around the Lake this weekend. There is usually an increase in the number of vehicle accidents when a big event is taking place. Use caution as you travel around the area this weekend.

If you are planning to attend the Magic Dragon Car Show, take a look below for a schedule of events.


All About the Magic Dragon Street Meet Nationals:


The Magic Dragon Car Show is a thrilling experience for all. From muscle cars to great restaurants to activities for kids, your entire family can stay entertained at this event. It's a unique car show for all makes, models, and years of cars, trucks, and motorcycles. The show brings out 1,000 cars and over 10,000 spectators. This creates an electric atmosphere for all in attendance! It's the only car show in Central Missouri that gives away a new muscle car!

Thursday, May 3


Noon - Close of Business Aces High Poker Run (Several locations throughout the lake area)
Noon - 5 PM Street Meet Participant Registration at Willmore Lodge Visitor Center

Friday, May 4


8 AM - 8 PM Street Meet Participant Registration at Willmore Lodge Visitor Center
12 PM - 5 PM 2018 Magic Dragon Street Meet Nationals Show Hours & Poker Run cards turned in

Saturday, May 5


6 AM - 6 PM Street is closed to regular traffic – Registered Show Vehicles ONLY
8 AM - 1 PM Street Meet Participant Registration at Willmore Lodge Visitor Center
8 AM - 6 PM 2018 Magic Dragon Street Meet Nationals Show Hours
10 AM - 2 PM Make-N-Take Model Event at The Firestone Alley (Two-Bit Town)
2 PM Big Foot Car Smash at The Firestone Alley
5 PM Poker Run Winner Announcement at the Main Stage
5 PM 50/50 Raffle Winner Announcement at the Main Stage
5 PM Lake Ozark Daybreak Rotary Car Giveaway at the Main Stage
5 PM - Late Night Enjoy Tunes from Cool 102.7

Sunday, May 6


7:30 AM - 8:00 AM Racers for Christ - Church Service at Luby's Plaza
8 AM - 1 PM 2018 Magic Dragon Street Meet National Show Hours
8 AM - 9 AM Judged Vehicle Parking ONLY
9 AM - 11 AM Judging - Vehicles to be judges must be in the designated area no later than 9 AM
9:30 AM Non-Judged Parking Opens
1 PM Awards at Main Stage

For more information, visit www.MagicDragonCarShow.com

Now that you know when and where all the events are taking place for the Magic Dragon Street Meet Nationals, you can make plans to attend. While you are out and about this weekend, use caution with the increase of traffic. The risk of being involved in a vehicle accident increases as the number of motorists on the roadway increases. If you find yourself in an accident, it's important to have legal representation on your side. Contact Gibbons Law Firm for experienced legal assistance. Whether you are at fault or you have been injured due to someone else's negligence, our Lake of the Ozarks lawyer is here for you. Your initial consultation with us is always free. We look forward to representing your personal injury case at the Lake of the Ozarks.


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Lake Ozark, MO 65049
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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Tips for a Business Owner's Estate Plan

You've worked hard day in and day out for your business. You've poured your heart and soul into it, as well. It's important that someone you trust is left in charge of your venture when you pass away. A plan should be established as to who will take over the business you've worked hard for. Our Lake of the Ozarks attorney can help create an estate plan for your business. Our team can help ensure your legal bases are covered when it comes to your business after you pass. Below you can find some tips to help when creating an estate plan for your business.


Estate Plan Tips for Business Owners:

TIP #1: Create a will.

A will is helpful no matter what type of business you own. This type of documentation can help you dictate exactly what you want to take place after your death. Usually, businesses with no will in place will be passed to close family members. Save your employees and family members the effort and name your successor in a will.

TIP #2: Consider a succession plan.

A succession plan can help your successor navigate their new role. A solid plan contains the name of the successor, a training plan, and how your successor will be taking control of the business. This plan is a good roadmap for whoever you choose to take over your venture. Whether you pass away, retire, or are unable to work for another reason, a succession plan can help your successor navigate their new role.

TIP #3: Think about future taxes.

Estate taxes can be a hefty burden should the original owner pass. Once a business owner passes, the tax may be due soon thereafter. As a business owner, there are ways to minimize the tax burden on your successor.

TIP #4: Purchase life insurance.

A life insurance plan can help to cover the financial burden of a loved one passing. A business owner should consider buying a life insurance policy to benefit their business, as well. A partner or your successor may even be named the beneficiary of your policy, to make the transition smooth.

TIP #5: Organize your records.

It's important that your records are easy to find. In the event of your passing, these documents should be well organized and in a convenient location. Someone will need to locate these documents in order for your wishes to be carried out. Consider keeping insurance information, your estate plan, financial information, and other information for your successor together in one place.

Potential Risks for a Business with no Estate Plan:


  • Higher taxes
  • Dispute between heirs
  • Division of assets based on legal requirements

While it is typically unpleasant to plan and even think about the plan you will need to have in place, it's an important step in owning a business. There can be negative consequences if you do not have a plan in place. Get ahead of the situation and plan on your succession for the sake of your business and/or your family. If you don't have a plan in place, give Gibbons Law Firm a call today. Your initial consultation with our business lawyer at the Lake of the Ozarks is free!

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Lake Ozark, MO 65049
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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Questions to Ask Your Personal Injury Attorney

Personal injury cases, like most legal problems, can be stressful for all parties involved. If you've been hurt due to someone else's' negligence, your side of the case should be represented. With medical bills, doctors appointments, and the potential for lost wages, a personal injury can cause stress in multiple areas of your life. From financial burdens to emotional trauma, your personal injury can weigh heavily on you. Having a professional personal injury attorney in Lake Ozark, MO can help you navigate the legal aspect of your case.


Here at Gibbons Law Firm, we know this is a challenging time. An experienced lawyer near the Lake of the Ozarks can give you the legal support you need to work through your case. If you are searching for a personal injury attorney at the Lake of the Ozarks, you should ask questions to find the right one. Take a look below to learn about a few of the questions you should inquire about.

Question 1: What is your experience with personal injury cases?

Gibbons Law Firm has been involved in many personal injury cases. The ins and outs of this type of trial can be complex to navigate on your own. There are various types of personal injury lawsuits and it's important to find the right attorney for you.

Question 2: How much do your services cost?

Before hiring a lawyer, it's important to know about the cost structure. Inquire about the pricing when you are searching for the right lawyer for you. Gibbons Law Firm generally represents such clients on a contingency fee basis and receives compensation only when the case is resolved.

Question 3: How involved should I be in the case?

Different lawyers have various policies on client involvement in the case. Since it is your case, it's important that your side is heard. Share your information with your lawyer and ask what else they may need from you to get a better idea of your involvement.

Question 4: What does your client load look like?

When searching for the right lawyer, it can be helpful to get an idea of their current client load. Ensure they have enough time and resources to dedicate to helping with your case.

Question 5: What sets your law firm apart?

Don't be afraid to cut to the chase and ask how the lawyer you are interested in is different from others. Any experienced lawyer near the Lake of the Ozarks will have no issues answering this question - after all they know best how they are unique!

Now that you have learned WHAT to ask your personal injury lawyer in mid-MO, you are ready to start asking. It's important to take time to find the right lawyer for your legal needs. As always, your first consultation with Gibbons Law Firm is free. Contact us today to share information about your case AND ask any questions you may have! We look forward to hearing from you!

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Lake Ozark, MO 65049
(573) 348-2211

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Friday, April 13, 2018

Top 5 Legal Tips to Help Protect Your Small Business

Your small business is important to you and your family. With any business, there are some legal risks you may face. Preparation and prevention can help to protect your small business from possible legal issues. With your business taking up most of your time, don't spend unnecessary time in the courtroom. Try to prevent potential legal issues with the right preparation for your small business. Below are some top legal tips to help protect your small business at the Lake of the Ozarks.


1) Document, Document, Document

EVERYTHING should be in writing when it comes to your business. Any activities - like hiring, firing, accounting information, and all internal discussions - should be documented in detail. This documentation can help to prove your side of a case, should you need it. It can also be helpful to keep this documentation well organized. This can save you time, should you need to locate and present your documents.

2) Equal Treatment of Employees

A number of small businesses lean on friends and family to help make their venture a success. Even though this is usually beneficial for both parties involved, it's important to keep your relationship professional. Complete all processes with friends and/or family members in the same regard you would a new employee. It's best to keep your business life professional and ensure your employees are on the same page. This can also make things easier to handle should the working relationship come to an end.

3) Present Clear Expectations

Ensure ALL of your employees and/or business partners are clear on your working relationship and all expectations required. Before you hire someone, be sure they know what the position requires and what you expect from them. Many new employees will realize the position is not for them after they have been hired. This can help to avoid a high turn around if you are upfront from the beginning of the hiring process. Hiring and firing require a lot of paperwork, therefore you can make it easier on yourself if you present the ins and outs of the position you are wishing to fill.

4) Guard Your Trade Secrets

Your intellectual property is what sets your business apart. It's important to safeguard your trademarks, copyrights, and other trade secrets. Ensure your intellectual property is properly protected. A new employee should sign a confidentiality agreement to help legally protect your business information.

5) Hire an Experienced Lawyer

There are a number of legal tips to help you protect your small business. Even with these precautions in place, a legal situation may still arise. An experienced lawyer can help represent your business when it is needed. Since you spend most of your time focusing on the ins and outs of your business, let our law firm help save you time!

Now that you've learned more about the ways you can protect your small business, you're ready to protect your venture. Our law firm at the Lake of the Ozarks can help you implement these legal protections that your business may need. While taking the above steps, Gibbons Law Firm can help prepare you to keep your business out of legal turmoil. Your initial consultation with our law firm is ALWAYS free! We look forward to helping to protect your small business venture at the Lake!

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2820 Bagnell Dam Blvd, Suite B4
Lake Ozark, MO 65049
(573) 348-2211

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