Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Safe Driving Tips for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving 2020 is this week. Who is excited? This is a very special holiday where families come together and celebrate what we are thankful for. That being said, as you drive to see your families this year, our personal injury attorneys at the Lake of the Ozarks wish you a safe journey. Keep reading this week's blog for a few safe driving tips for Thanksgiving 2020. If you or someone you care about has been involved in a car accident caused by a negligent driver, please call our Missouri personal injury attorneys today. Gibbons Law Firm can be reached at (573) 348-2211. Your first consultation is free.



Safe Driving Tips for Thanksgiving


Pay attention to speed limit signs.

The speed limits are there for good reason. Don't ignore them just because you are in a holiday rush. Be mindful of how fast or slow the other cars around you are going, as well. It only takes SECONDS for an accident to occur and speeding will likely only increase your chances of getting into a car accident.


Be mindful of the weather conditions and drive accordingly.

This is Missouri and the weather can be very unpredictable. No matter what the weather is doing the day you drive to see your family for Thanksgiving, be sure to be mindful of it and drive accordingly. For example, if it decides to rain heavily the day you are driving, slow down and drive cautiously.


Fill your vehicle up with gas before making a long road trip.

There's nothing worse than running out of gas when you really need to be somewhere. You never know when you may be stopped in traffic, so it's a good idea to get into the habit of filling up your vehicle with gas before making any long road trips.


Never drive while intoxicated.

Even if you are consuming alcohol at a festive Thanksgiving party, you should never drive home intoxicated. Call a Taxi or a friend to come to pick you up or ask if you can stay the night and drive sober tomorrow. The consequences of driving while intoxicated are too great to risk it.


Avoid all driving distractions.

Pay attention at all times while driving. Do not eat, text, groom yourself, email, smoke, or look down to adjust the radio while driving your vehicle.



Have a Happy, But Safe Thanksgiving From Gibbons Law Firm!

All of us here at Gibbons Law Firm would like to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving. Please be safe out on the roads. If you do find yourself in an accident caused by a negligent driver, get the compensation for your injuries that you deserve. We can help. Contact our personal injury attorneys in Lake Ozark. We can be reached at the phone number listed below. You can also follow us on our social media channels listed below to stay up to date on our latest announcements.


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Friday, November 20, 2020

Reasons To Have a Will in 2020

If 2020 has taught us anything, it is that you should plan for the unexpected! This has been a tough year with everything that has happened in the world. That much is for sure. However, you can make a plan and make your wishes known if something tragic happens to you. Our estate planning attorneys at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to give you a few reasons why you should have will in 2020 in this week's blog. Need help getting your will created? Call Gibbons Law Firm today! We can be reached at 573-348-2211.



Reasons To Have a Will in 2020

TO CARE FOR YOUR CHILDREN.

If you have beneficiaries who are minors or young adults, you can line out a distribution of the trust. This can help reduce the chance of a young heir getting carried away with a large amount of money or assets. You can dictate how you would like your money to be disbursed to your underage child.

TO PREPARE FOR LIFE CHANGES THAT MAY COME YOUR WAY.

Anytime a major life change takes place, you will likely need to make updates to your estate plan. If your marital status changes - whether getting married or divorced - you should update your plan. The birth of a child is another reason you should update your estate plan. If your assets or income change drastically, it may be time to make changes, as well. The passing of a beneficiary will require a change to your plan to ensure you have all beneficiary information up to date.


Estate Planning Tips for 2020

Know That No Two Situations Are Alike When It Comes To Estate Planning.

Each situation is unique and your estate plan requirement may differ from someone else. It's not a one-size-fits-all task. Contact our Lake of the Ozarks attorney to get an estimate for your estate planning process.

Be Prepared When You Meet Your Attorney And Have All Your Financial Statements Ready.

Any financial statements from your investments and bank accounts should be gathered as you plan your estate. A complete list of your assets is also helpful. Have a good idea of who you'd like to leave each asset with ahead of time. This can help cut down on the time and help get some of the emotional details out of the way.



Ready To Get Your Will Created By A Professional?

All of us here at Gibbons Law Firm hope that you found this blog enlightening and helpful when it comes to your estate planning. We know how important it is to have a will, if you don't have one already, we strongly encourage you to get one. If you have any questions about the process, we are here to help! Please give us a call today for your free consultation. We can be reached at the phone number listed below. You can also follow us on our social media platforms listed below to stay up to date on our latest announcements and legal tips.



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Wednesday, November 11, 2020

The Financial Demands of Divorce

Are you considering divorce? If so, this is a tough, emotional time, and our divorce lawyers at the Lake of the Ozarks understand. In any case, there are a few things you should consider before proceeding. Keep reading this week's blog for a few of the possible financial demands of divorce. Need an experienced divorce attorney in Missouri? Contact Gibbons Law Firm today for a free consultation. We can be reached at 573-348-2211.



The Financial Demands of Divorce

Consider the following possible financial demand when it comes to divorce:

LEGAL FEES

It probably goes without saying, but the attorney(s) you choose to represent you in the divorce process will significantly impact the overall cost. Some attorneys are much more expensive than others, and some are guided by significantly less integrity. When selecting which Lake of the Ozarks divorce attorney you would like to represent you, it is important to choose a trustworthy individual you can rely on to keep your best interests at heart. 

SHARED INVESTMENTS

The more property and assets you and your spouse accumulated during your marriage, the more work will be involved in dividing them between you. If you only shared the marital residence, dividing the property shouldn't be too challenging. However, if you own multiple properties, share lucrative investments, and have both your names on extensive retirement accounts, the process may become much more involved.

LITIGATION FEES

This factor will likely have the strongest influence on the overall cost of your divorce. If you and your spouse can agree on how you want to handle things, you will be able to sign agreements outside of the courtroom, which will likely save you thousands of dollars. If you cannot agree on things and instead decide to take various issues to court, you will be faced with expensive litigation fees.

CHILD CUSTODY COSTS

If you and your spouse share children, your divorce will almost inevitably become more challenging (and, consequently, more expensive) as you determine how to divide custody. Custody battles are often the most highly contested aspect of any divorce, and when spouses cannot agree on an issue, the overall cost inevitably goes up. 



Get Your Divorce-Related Legal Questions Answered By An EXPERIENCED Attorney!

All of us here at Gibbons Law Firm hope that you found this blog helpful. Going through a divorce may be one of the most emotional times in your life, but you can get through this. Keep moving forward and looking ahead. If you have any questions about the legal process or costs of divorce, please do not hesitate to give us a call. Our divorce lawyers can answer your questions and give you the answers you need to make an informed decision. Getting divorced or not is not a decision you should take lightly. It is a life change that needs to be taken seriously and we can help you. For your free divorce consultation, please give us a call today. We can be reached at the phone number listed below. You can also follow us on our social media channels listed below to stay up to date on our latest legal divorce tips.


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Thursday, November 5, 2020

When Is It Appropriate To Fire Someone?

Have you ever had an employee join your team and at first, everything seemed great, but later on, this employee just didn't seem to work out? Tasks weren't being completed, HR issues started to arise, etc. If you can relate to this common issue, as a business owner, this is the blog for you. Our law firm at the Lake of the Ozarks is here to give you some vital information on knowing when it is legally appropriate to fire someone, in this week's blog. If you have any questions on this particular issue, please call our employment lawyers at the Lake of the Ozarks today. Gibbons Law Firm can be reached at 573-348-2211.


When Is It Appropriate To Fire Someone?

Certain Matters That MUST Be Present For You To Legally Fire Someone

In order to legally terminate employment, you must be able to prove that the employee was not a good fit for the company and/or that the employee was not adequately meeting the expectations set forth within the job description and requirements.

Even if you terminated employment for valid reasons, a vengeful ex-employee may be able to create a convincing workplace discrimination case if you do not have documentation to back up your decision. If you hired a replacement that was ten years younger, for example, your ex-employee may be able to build a case for age discrimination even if that was not your true reasoning or intention. This is why it is important to always preserve documentation that supports your decision to fire someone, such as: 

  • Copies of emails requesting that a specific task be completed by a certain time
  • Screenshots of inappropriate comments made on social media about employment


Reasons The EEOC Prohibits Employers For Firing Employees For

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has developed a list of strict rules governing employers who hire and fire employees. The EEOC is designed to protect women and minorities who, in the past, have been discriminated against in the workplace based solely on certain characteristics. In an effort to ensure that all people are treated equally, the EEOC prohibits employers from making employment decisions about existing and potential employees based upon any sort of physical, cultural, ethnic, or religious characteristic.

When You CAN'T Fire Someone

There is an employment doctrine called "employment-at-will," which essentially allows employers to fire employees whenever they wish, sometimes seemingly for no reason at all. While the employment-at-will doctrine does not require employers to have specific reasons for firing someone in some cases, there are still certain reasons that cannot be used under any circumstances. If an employee can make a case for their termination being tied to one of these invalid reasons, the employer may face serious legal repercussions. For example, you cannot terminate employment because:

  • Your employee is over a certain age.
  • Your employee belongs to a different nationality.
  • Your employee is a woman or another minority.
  • Your employee follows a different religion than you do.
  • Your employee revealed your company's illegal practices to local

Also, employment decisions may not be used as a form of sexual harassment (e.g., terminating employment because your employee refused your request to go out on a date). You also cannot fire someone for "whistle blowing" - in order words, someone who reveals your company's illegal practices to the local authorities.



Employment Lawyers at the Lake of the Ozarks

If you have questions about whether or not you are legally allowed to fire an employee for certain reasons, we urge you to talk to an employment lawyer first, before making any major decision. It is important that you cover yourself legally and make sure you're not making a mistake before firing an employee. That's where we come in. Our employment lawyers in Lake Ozark can answer any questions you may have and put you at ease. Give us a call today. We can be reached at 573-348-2211. Be sure to 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, October 30, 2020

Gibbons Law Firm is Here For You During Your Difficult Divorce!

You may or may not have seen your divorce coming. It is one of the toughest things in life a person can go through. However, you should have an EXPERIENCED divorce attorney at the Lake of the Ozarks on your side if you are choosing to divorce. Gibbons Law Firm is committed to providing legal counseling and advice that clients need in matters like this. Give us a call today at 573-348-2211 and get the questions you likely have about your divorce answered. Your first consultation will be free. In the meantime, keep reading this week's blog for information on divorces, annulments, and legal separations. It's important to know the difference and understand that you have options if your marriage becomes overwhelming.



Should I Get Legally Separated?

Everyone's situation is different. A couple may choose to separate when they're not ready to end the marriage in divorce yet. Separations don't always end in divorce, the couple may choose to reconcile. The main point here is to recognize the different options you have if you are experiencing issues with your marriage. If you have legal questions, it's best to ask an experienced attorney you can count on. That's where our Lake Ozark Firm comes in.


Should I Get Divorced?

You may find yourself asking this question if you and your spouse have been having marital problems for quite some time. Divorce is technically defined as the legal dissolving of one's marriage. When a divorce takes place, many important tasks need to be taken care of. For example, if you have children, you will need to come up with a parenting plan and establish proper custody of your minor children. You might also have to handles matters pertaining to:

  • Property division
  • Debt payment plans
  • Alimony - Court-ordered payments made to a spouse after divorce, otherwise known as spousal support.

Do I Need An Annulment?

Annulments are very different from the other two options we listed earlier in this blog. When an annulment occurs, the marriage is considered void, like it never happened. In order to get a marriage annulled, certain conditions must be met. Different states have different laws regarding this, but typically you must prove that it wasn't a valid marriage in the first place. For example, anyone of the following reasons may constitute grounds for an annulment:

  • The person you married was already married when you married them.
  • The person you married was underage.
  • Someone forced you into getting married.
  • You were mentally impaired by drugs or alcohol when you got married.

There are many reasons some people have sought to get annulments. If you have questions about annulments, the best thing to do is to ask an experienced attorney in your area.



Interested In Having a Free Divorce Consultation With An Experienced Divorce Attorney at the Lake of the Ozarks?

Gibbons Law Firm assists clients with all types of divorces. Find out more about how we can assist you by contacting our Firm and making an appointment today. If you ever have a question about your divorce, you should never feel ashamed to ask. We are here to help. Please give us a call today and get the answers you seek. We can be reached at the phone number listed below. You can also follow us on our social media channels listed below to stay up to date on our latest announcements.


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Lake Ozark, MO 65049
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Thursday, October 22, 2020

What Complicates Personal Injury Cases?

Have you ever been in a car accident? If so, was that car accident caused by someone else's negligence? Were you injured? If you answered yes to these questions you may have grounds for a strong personal injury case. You should have the compensation you deserve to cover your medical bills for the injuries you sustained during your accident. However, there are a few things that can complicate a case like this. Our personal injury lawyers at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to give you a few matters that can complicate your case in this week's blog. If you have any questions or would like to schedule a free consultation regarding your personal injury case, please call Gibbons Law Firm today. We can be reached at 573-348-2211.



What Complicates Personal Injury Cases?

Avoid procrastinating on pursuing your case.

If you're ever in a car accident, motorcycle accident, or any sort of motor vehicle accident, where you are injured and the accident was caused by a negligent driver, you should contact an experienced personal injury attorney in Missouri as soon as possible. If you plan to seek compensation for your injuries, it's best to do that sooner rather than later. Waiting too long may complicate your case and make matters more difficult.

Do not make false statements about your injuries.

You should never under any circumstances lie about injuries you sustain in a motor vehicle accident. Trying to lie about your injuries in an attempt to just get more compensation isn't a good idea. The truth will likely come out and you may suffer consequences for lying in the first place. 


Don't forget to update your attorney on life changes after your accident.

Any time you file a lawsuit for personal injury and move or change jobs after, it can be a good idea to just update your attorney with matters like that. Failing to do so can affect your case in a negative way. Just give your attorney a quick call and update them on your situation. Just taking the few minutes that it takes to do that can save you A LOT of trouble.



Having Trouble Finding An Experienced Personal Injury Attorney At The Lake of the Ozarks That Returns Your Calls PROMPTLY?

Gibbons Law Firm is here for you! Our personal injury attorneys have the experience and prompt client service skills to keep you informed and stand by you every step of the way. Please understand 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. To learn more about this process, please give us a call for your free consultation today. We can be reached at the phone number listed below. You can also stay up to date on our latest legal tips by following us on our social media channels listed below, as well.


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Friday, October 16, 2020

Tips for Properly Explaining Your Divorce To Your Children

Divorce can be tough, emotional, and unpredictable. For many, it is really NOT something you see coming. It can be even harder when children are involved. That being said, our attorneys at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to give you a few tips for properly explaining divorce to your children in this week's blog. If you are considering divorce, please consult with one of our experienced divorce attorneys in Lake Ozark today. Get your questions answered and have a better idea of what you will be getting into. Gibbons Law Firm can be reached at 573-348-2211.



Tips for Properly Explaining Your Divorce To Your Children

Go into the conversation you have with your children with a plan.

It's important that you at least have somewhat of a plan when going into this and that you're not speaking poorly about your ex in front of your kids. That may be too easy for you to do when you are emotional. Take a few minutes to get a plan together in your head or on paper and go into this with a guide.

Be honest.

We can't stress this enough, be honest. Let your children know that they aren't the blame for this and that this is a decision you and their other parent came to yourselves. You may avoid your children going through the emotional trauma of blaming themselves by going about it this way. Also, answer any questions they may have honestly. Be upfront and speak calmly to your children. Set a good example by not getting dramatic and emotional in front of them about the divorce.

If you already know which parent is moving out, let your kids know that too.

Typically, when two parents decide to divorce, one will likely stay in the currently shared home and the other will leave. The parent moving out will likely try to find a home relatively close so that it is easier to share custody of the children. If you already know who is moving, be honest about that with your kids.



Do You Need An Experienced Divorce Attorney at the Lake of the Ozarks?

Gibbons Law Firm is here for you! The legal aspects of family law can be highly complex and highly sensitive and emotional because of the personal nature of the disputes. An experienced and knowledgeable attorney—with the ability to listen and counsel clients, investigate and negotiate cases, to defuse conflict, and, when necessary, to litigate a case—is important to a successful outcome of a family law case. To learn more about our practice and to schedule a free consultation regarding your divorce, please call Gibbons Law Firm today. Our Lake Ozark Law Firm can be reached at (573) 348-2211. No divorce may feel easy, but your interactions with your attorney should be. We pride ourselves on returning calls promptly and offering our services in a very kind and professional manner.


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Lake Ozark, MO 65049
(573) 348-2211

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