Friday, March 27, 2020

Items To Keep Out Of Your Will

As we all know, you can't predict the future. There is no debating that. With that in mind, if you don't already have an estate plan in place, our Lake of the Ozarks Law Firm strongly encourages you to do so as soon as possible. An estate plan allows you to have your wishes met at a time where you can't speak for yourself. For help getting your estate plan put together, call our attorneys in Lake Ozark today. Gibbons Law Firm can be reached at (573) 348-2211. In the meantime, keep reading this week's blog for items to keep out of your will.


Items To Keep Out Of Your Will 


You can't leave money to your pets.
Many people consider their pets their family. That's completely understandable. While you can't legally leave money to your pets, you CAN name someone to care for your pets upon your passing and leave the money to them to use on your pets.

You can't leave retirement money in your will.
The funds you save in your retirement accounts, such as your IRA or 401K, must go to the designated beneficiary. Therefore, you can't try and split the funds between the beneficiary and someone else in your will.

You can't leave money for illegal reasons.
For example, if you're only leaving your cousin money with the condition that they must use it to buy drugs for themself, that can't be done.

Don't put funeral instructions in your will.
Upon your death, your family is likely going through all kinds of grief and thinking to look in your will for funeral instructions is probably the last thing on their minds. Make it known before you pass away, if possible, where you are leaving your funeral instructions and do so in a safe place, such as a home vault or a safe deposit box. Proper organization can help your loved ones in this time of great tragedy.

If you have a disabled loved one that you care for, don't arrange for someone to care for them in your will.
There are right ways of leaving care for a disabled person upon your passing and a will is not the correct place to do that. Ask your estate planning attorney at the Lake of the Ozarks about trusts or other options that may be more appropriate.


Estate Planning Lawyers at the Lake of the Ozarks


All of us here at Gibbons Law Firm hope you are as safe as you can be during this insane time in history. Take the proper precautions and protect yourself and your family. We are available via phone calls if you have any questions related to legal matters. If you would like to get your estate plan put together or if you just have questions about your current estate plan, please do not hesitate to give us a call. Gibbons Law Firm can be reached at (573) 348-2211. Follow us on our social media channels listed below to stay up to date on all of our latest announcements. Stay safe everyone!


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Friday, March 20, 2020

Boating Safety Tips for Your Fishing Trip

Many of you may be getting your fishing boat ready for the spring around this time! With all of the stress stirring around this coronavirus pandemic, peace can be found while fishing on the great Lake of the Ozarks. Please keep in mind that accidents can still happen. Our boat accident lawyers at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to give you a few boating safety tips for your next fishing trip. If you or someone you love has been injured in a boating accident at the Lake of the Ozarks, please call Gibbons Law Firm today for your free consultation. We can be reached at (573) 348-2211.


Boating Safety Tips for Your Fishing Trip


Focus on boating and avoid distractions, like:

  • Consuming alcohol
  • Eating while boating
  • Turning to talk to someone while navigating the boat

Keep updated on the weather forecast for the day.
Don't take your boat out if you know there's a storm coming. It's Missouri and you honestly never know what the weather is going to do. You're putting yourself and others who may be on the boat with you at risk by deliberately taking your boat out knowing bad weather is coming. It's not worth the risk.


Keep enough lifejackets on board for everyone.
Not only is this a safe habit to get into but it's required by law. They have to be easy to get to in case of emergency as well.

Be sure to watch for swimmers and other boat traffic.
Pay attention to the water. The Lake of the Ozarks is known as a recreational Lake, meaning many like to swim, obviously when it's warmer, and many like to fish.


Be Safe on Your Fishing Trips at the Lake!


All of us here at Gibbons Law Firm hope you found this blog enlightening and helpful. With many of today's sports being canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak, fishing is still around to be enjoyed. Again, fishing boat accidents do happen, unfortunately. Many can be prevented just by following a few simple boat safety rules.

You should know that personal injury law applies to claims that arise when a person has sustained injury or damage caused by another party. The cases range from those involving motor vehicle and boating accidents, business torts, defective products, premises liability, sexual harassment and discrimination, workers’ compensation, and wrongful death. If it is proven that another party’s wrongful conduct caused injury or damage, the injured person may be entitled to monetary compensation from the other party. Gibbons Law Firm generally represents such clients on a contingency fee basis and receives compensation only when the case is resolved.

If you find yourself needing a personal injury lawyer at the Lake of the Ozarks, please give us a call for your free consultation. You can also follow us on our social media channels listed below to stay up to date on our latest announcements as go through this time of uncertainty.


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Monday, March 9, 2020

3 Future Ramifications a Criminal Conviction Can Cause

Our criminal defense lawyers at the Lake of the Ozarks are very aware of what the future can hold for those who have a criminal conviction on their record. We feel it's important that you know in what specific ways a criminal conviction can affect your future. Keep reading this week's blog for possible future ramifications a criminal conviction can cause. Our Lake of the Ozarks law firm is committed to providing clients with criminal defense services that will ensure their rights are protected and they are treated fairly. For a free consultation, call Gibbons Law Firm today at (573) 348-2211.


3 Future Ramifications a Criminal Conviction Can Cause


A Criminal Conviction On Your Record May...

1. Make renting or buying a home very difficult.
You should know that many landlords run background checks on their tenants and are less likely to accept a renter who has a criminal history. It can be hard to find a place to rent when you have a record. Buying a home can also be a struggle. A mortgage lender will need to see a reliable income in order to secure a home loan. This can be hard to prove, especially if you are having issues landing a job due to your criminal record.

2. Make finding the right job extremely challenging.
Realize that many applications will require you to disclose your criminal record. This may lead to difficulties in landing a job. Often times, someone with a criminal history does not get a job or even a call for an interview.

  • Employers will typically run a background check on potential employees. 
  • It's best to be honest about your history, even though it can be a tough subject to discuss with a future employer. 
  • Trust is an important part of hiring someone and you can start to establish trust if you are upfront about your past.


3. Make getting a college degree almost impossible.
Know that if you are considering continuing your education, it may be difficult to get accepted to a college.

  • Many educational facilities will run a background check on their potential students. 
  • This may have a negative impact on your search for further education.
  • Just like with an employer, it's best to let the admissions office know about your criminal history upfront. This can help you get ahead of the hurdles versus letting it come up as a surprise.


Gibbons Law Firm Is Here For All Your Criminal Defense Legal Needs.


All of us here at our law firm in Lake Ozark hope you found this blog enlightening and that it makes you really think about the number of ways a criminal conviction can really affect your future. It is so important that you get an experienced criminal defense attorney in Missouri on your side if you find yourself in this unfortunate type of situation. Gibbons Law Firm represents clients in all types of felony and misdemeanor cases. Roger Gibbons has successfully tried hundreds of criminal cases of all types. To learn more and to have your first consultation, which is free, give us a call today. We can be reached at (573) 348-2211.


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Friday, March 6, 2020

3 Estate Planning Tips for New Parents

Congratulations on your new baby! We wish you the best as you welcome your new little one into the family. Our estate planning lawyers at the Lake of the Ozarks would like to give you a few tips for putting together a great estate plan that reflects your new little bundle of joy, in this week's blog. This is an important document you should have drawn up as soon as possible. Gibbons Law Firm can help you with this vital process. Call our Lake of the Ozarks law firm today at (573) 348-2211.


3 Estate Planning Tips for New Parents


Designating a Guardian

1. Designate a guardian you can trust.
Guardian is the term used to describe the person you designate in your will to care for your minor children in the unfortunate event you pass away before they are of age. This should be someone you trust more than anyone else as they will be the provider and legal guardian for your children.

2. Keep in mind that the guardian you name will likely be responsible for your child's money.
Until your child reaches the age of 18, whoever you name as their guardian will likely be in charge of the child's financial assets.

3. Keep your child from going into the foster system.
Designating a guardian means you HAVE THE SAY in who cares for your children at a time you are not physically able to. If you haven't named a guardian for your children and you don't really have a next of kin, there's a possibility they could end up in the foster system. If you have more than one child, there likely is no guarantee they would end up in the same home. Prevent this and name a guardian in your will.


Allow The Experts To Help You With Your Estate Plan!


Gibbons Law Firm can make sure there are no unknowns with your estate planning process. Get your legal questions answered by our experienced estate planning attorneys at the Lake of the Ozarks. We offer free consultations and you should never go into this process being unsure of how something works. Gibbons Law Firm is committed to prompt communications with clients during engagements, consistently providing sound legal advice, answering questions, and guiding clients through difficult legal situations. As an experienced lawyer and litigator, Roger Gibbons’ clients benefit from legal advice that is well-balanced and based on comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the law in many areas. We invite you to contact our firm to set up an appointment to meet with us about any estate planning questions or issues that you may have. We will listen to your concerns and give you straightforward and honest advice. Call (573) 348-2211 today. You can also learn more about the legal services we provide by visiting our website at www.GibbonsLawFirm.com. Follow our social media channels listed below to stay up to date on our latest announcements.


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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) FAQs

Driving while intoxicated is such a serious mistake. You could be making a life-changing mistake that's putting yourself and others in danger. You should always designate a sober driver no matter what the case. If you do find yourself needing a DWI lawyer at the Lake of the Ozarks, you should contact Gibbons Law Firm in Lake Ozark. Your first consultation is free. Our local Lake Ozark Law Firm can be reached at (573) 348-2211. In the meantime, keep reading this week's blog for the answers to a few frequently asked questions regarding driving while intoxicated.

Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) FAQs


Q: If asked to take a field sobriety test, do you legally have to do so?

A: Technically, if you are pulled over and the police officer asks you to participate in a field sobriety test, which may involve actions such as:
  • The HGN test, which involves following the officer's finger with your eyes.
  • The one-leg stand test, which is pretty self-explanatory.
  • The walk-and-turn test, which requires you to walk and turn with one foot and come back.
You can refuse to take the field sobriety test, however, if you do appear to be intoxicated on the scene, the police officer may have grounds to arrest you still. Be aware of this. 

Q: Are DWI checkpoints legal in the state of Missouri?

A: Let's define what a DWI checkpoint is just to make sure we are all on the same page. You may find these on your route home from a large event that involved many people drinking alcohol. It's an organized stop where law enforcement officers stop everyone who passes by to see if there's any sign of the driver being intoxicated. Some people may feel that an officer doesn't have probable cause to stop everyone, but checkpoints are in fact legal.


Q: If you already have multiple DWIs and get pulled over for drinking while intoxicated, what happens?

A: Your punishment may be more severe than a first-time offender, that much is obvious, but it's more important than ever that you get an experienced DWI attorney in Mid-Missouri to walk you through your options. Come up with a plan and get all your questions answered.


Gibbons Law Firm Can Help!


Driving while intoxicated is a serious matter and should not be taken lightly. If you are facing a driving while intoxicated charge, you should really consider getting an experienced criminal defense attorney is Mid-MO as soon as possible. Gibbons Law Firm represents clients in all types of felony and misdemeanor cases. Roger Gibbons has successfully tried hundreds of criminal cases of all types. We are committed to providing clients with criminal defense services that will ensure their rights are protected and they are treated fairly. Find out more about how we can assist you by contacting our Firm and making an appointment today.


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Friday, February 14, 2020

Child Support for Your Family: What Can You Do?

Child support is an essential tool needed to raise a child as a single parent, right? Everyone has a different situation, but when two parents divorce and one parent is expected to pay child support to the other parent who spends the most time with the child, typically that money is very relied on. What do you do if that money stops showing up in your account all of a sudden? Our child support attorneys at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to give you a few tips for keeping your child support coming in smoothly on a regular basis. For help with matters regarding child support in Missouri, call Gibbons Law Firm today for your free consultation at (573) 348-2211.

Points To Be Aware Of When It Comes To Child Support


What To Do...

When You Stop Receiving Child Support Payments Suddenly
When child support is court-ordered, that typically doesn't change. That being said, the income one receives from their job is taken into account when the child support amount is calculated and if the payer of child support loses their job, that may constitute a SHORT stop in them having to pay. However, you still need to petition the court and get the child support your child deserves.

If You Never Received The Payments in the First Place
Don't panic! If your ex isn't paying you child support that he or she is legally required to do, you do have legal options. According to the Child Support Enforcement Act of 1984, you can seek the help of the district attorney in this case. Typically, your ex will be served with papers saying they must pay or jail time may be enforced, but this is a last resort. Garnishing wages, withholding tax refunds, suspension of occupation license or business license, revoking of the driver's license, and property seizing may be enforced in cases like this. The point here is your child is your responsibility, child support needs to be paid one way or another.

If Your Co-Parent Who Has Been Paying Child Support Loses Their Job
Again, you still need to petition the court if this happens. They are still responsible for paying child support. Yes, they may possibly get a short break in paying child support while they try to get another job, but they still need to get it paid.



Child Support Lawyers at the Lake of the Ozarks


Gibbons Law Firm assists clients with all types of family law cases, including child support. We are committed to providing the legal counseling and advice that clients need in these types of cases. Find out more about how we can assist you by contacting our Firm and making an appointment today for your free consultation. Family Law Family law deals with issues arising from marriage and other domestic relationships. Divorce is hard for everyone, but no single parent should have to support their child all by themselves, if the child has two parents, they have two people who are responsible for them. To learn more about child support in Missouri, please call Gibbons Law Firm today. We can be reached at the phone number listed below and you can also follow us on our social media channels listed below to stay up to date on our latest announcements and legal tips.


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Friday, February 7, 2020

Factors That Can Mean You Have a Workplace Sexual Harassment Case

Sexual harassment in the workplace can be a serious offense. No person should ever feel unsafe in their workplace and there is no excuse for it. Sexual harassment is a type of personal injury case. Our personal injury attorneys at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to give you a few factors to consider that may mean you have a workplace sexual harassment case in this week's blog. If you are in need of a consultation regarding your personal injury case at the Lake of the Ozarks, please call Gibbons Law Firm today at (573) 348-2211.


Factors That Can Mean You Have a Workplace Sexual Harassment Case


What Type of Sexual Harassment Are You Dealing With?

The federal law classifies two primary forms of sexual harassment in the workplace:

Type 1: Quid Pro Quo
The Quid Pro Quo is when an employees' work status is threatened or changed due to a sexual advance or favor. If someone is being hired, promoted, or fired contingent upon their willingness to submit to sexual advances or perform a sexual favor, it is quid pro quo harassment.

Type 2: Hostile Work Environment
A Hostile Work Environment results when a person or group of people are made to feel uncomfortable at work. No physical contact has to be made to create a hostile work environment. A sexual joke or comment can certainly lead to a hostile work environment.


How Do You Know Its Sexual Harassment?

You should realize there are many forms of sexual harassment. Below you will find 9 examples of common sexual harassment situations, to help you better identify the type of harassment in the future:

  1. Asking for sexual favors. 
  2. Making uncalled for or sexual noises around another employee. 
  3. Asking about the sexual history of a co-worker. 
  4. Showing sexual photographs or objects.
  5. Insulting someone's clothing or appearance. 
  6. Threatening an employee if they refuse sexual advances or favors. 
  7. Touching someone in an inappropriate manner (brushing up against them, placing a hand on shoulder or back). 
  8. Discussing sex or sexual acts with another employee. 
  9. Kissing, hugging, punching, or grabbing someone you work with. 


Think You May Have a Personal Injury Case?


You don't know until you ask and the best way to get your answers is to go in for a FREE consultation and talk to an experienced personal injury lawyer in Lake Ozark. Explain what happened and together you will find whether or not you have a case worth pursuing.  If it is proven that another party’s wrongful conduct caused injury or damage, the injured person may be entitled to monetary compensation from the other party. Gibbons Law Firm generally represents such clients on a contingency fee basis and receives compensation only when the case is resolved. If you think you have a personal injury case, it is important that you consult with an experienced attorney to know your legal rights. As a plaintiff in a personal injury case, you will have the burden of proving your case. Consequently, before you hire a personal injury attorney, you may want to consider his or her willingness and ability to take your case to trial, if necessary, and whether he or she has a proven record of obtaining settlements and winning jury trials. Learn more and give us a call today at (573) 348-2211.


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