Friday, January 17, 2020

Child Custody Planning Tips for Unmarried Parents

You never know what may happen in life. Not all families are formed after marriage, some start well before marriage. Our child custody lawyers at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to help you by giving you a few child custody planning tips for unmarried parents in this week's blog. If you have any questions or would like to schedule a free consultation regarding your child custody plan, please call Gibbons Law Firm today at (573) 348-2211.


Child Custody Planning Tips for Unmarried Parents


Agree on the last name you give your child.
Since you and your partner are not married, you likely don't have the same last name, so how do you decide on what last name to give your child? Many couples will either give one of their last names to the child or one of their last names can be the child's last name and the other last name can be the child's middle name. The point here is to make sure you both agree on what the child's last name will be.

Make sure that both parents are on the birth certificate.
You'll want to put both your names on the birth certificate. This can ensure that you both have parental rights, such as visitation rights, custody rights, and child support.

Consider adoption if you are married to one of the biological parents.
In some cases, two people will have a baby but choose not to stay together, but then one of those parents will get married and that spouse would like to be a parent. Many times the court will approve of this is they are married and may be more difficult if not.

Be sure to claim your child on your taxes.
It makes the most sense for the parent who has the highest income to claim the child on their taxes.

Know your rights if you and your unmarried partner break up.
If two unmarried, biological parents of a child break up, they both still have the right to pursue custody.


Family Lawyers at the Lake of the Ozarks


All of us here at Gibbons Law Firm hope you found this blog helpful. No one person can plan their life out exactly. Family Law deals with issues arising from marriage and other domestic relationships. The cases give rise to matters that include divorce, legal separation, division of assets and liabilities, spousal support, child custody, child support, and other matters. Other related aspects of family law include adoptions, annulments, guardianships, paternity cases, termination of parental rights, and prenuptial and postnuptial agreements. We can help you with all of this and more. Call Gibbons Law Firm today for your free consultation. We can be reached at (573) 348-2211. Gibbons Law Firm assists clients with all types of family law cases and we would be happy to help you with yours.


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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Safe Driving Tips for 2020

You should always designate a sober driver if you know you will be out somewhere drinking. DWIs at the Lake of the Ozarks happen and it's a very serious offense. With there being a huge Mardi Gras Pub Crawl coming up, we want to point out the safe driving options to get home or to your nearest lodging facility for the night. Our Camden County attorneys are also here to give you a few safe driving tips for the New Year! For your free DWI consultation, please call Gibbons Law Firm today at 573-348-2211.


Source: http://lakepubcrawl.com/

Mardi Gras Pub Crawl - The World's Largest Pub Crawl!
DATE : Saturday - February 8, 2020
TIME : Busses Start at 4:00 PM (VIP Shuttle Service Available too!)
COST : $10 Wrist Band

The wrist band is required and includes:

  • Entry to 16 participating venues
  • Unlimited entertainment – All locations will have band or DJ
  • Bus transportation to all 16 locations.
  • Pick up and drop off at participating Hotels/Motels.
  • Wrist bands can be purchased the night of the event or before the event at all 16 participating 

THE SAFE DRIVING OPTION FOR THE PUB CRAWL

23 total buses run from 4:00pm til 2:30am and will get you to and from your designated lodging facilities with no need to drive. Hotel shuttles are provided to get your crawl started and route buses stop at every location on the crawl.

If you live nearby and need a sober ride home versus one of the participating hotels, plan ahead and ask a sober friend to come to pick you up or call a taxi. Check HERE for a few taxi options at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Safe Driving Tips for 2020

  • Travel at a safe speed and obey the traffic signs at all times.
  • Be aware of weather conditions and travel safely and accordingly.
  • If possible, don't risk driving on ice. If you don't have a choice, then drive as slowly and cautiously as possible.
  • Wear your seatbelt at all times and be sure that your passengers put theirs on as well.
  • ALWAYS designate a sober driver if you are intoxicated and can't drive.



Always Designate a Sober Driver!

Our DWI lawyers at the Lake of the Ozarks can tell you that some pretty horrific accidents at the Lake have happened and were caused by drunk driving. You should always have a sober driver. The consequences are severe for drunk driving, which is why you should have an EXPERIENCED DWI attorney who can walk you through your legal options. 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. Give us a call today to find out more about how we can assist you. We can be reached at (573) 348-2211.


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Friday, January 10, 2020

Estate Planning Tips for Millennials

While estate planning is important no matter what age you are, many who are at a younger age, such as Millennials, can tend to put their estate planning efforts on hold until they are older. Our estate planning lawyers at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to urge you to get your estate plan together as soon as possible. You never know what is going to happen in life and the sooner you get a plan in place, the sooner you won't have to worry about it anymore. You also need to keep your plan updated as your life changes. For example, if you get married and have children and you put in your estate plan that you would like your spouse's mother to the be the guardian but then she passes away or you get divorced and change your mind, then you need to update your will with the current guardian you are choosing. Gibbons Law Firm is here to give more estate planning tips for Millennials in this week's blog. If you have any questions, please give us a call today at 573-348-2211 for your free consultation.


Estate Planning Tips for Millennials


You have the opportunity to include your partner in your plan.
Many millennials are waiting until later in life to get married or are just not getting married at all. Cohabitation can be a big trend too, where partners will live together and be in a long-lasting relationship but they don't get married. If you want to leave some of your priceless possessions to your significant other, an estate plan can allow for that to happen.

Protect your children in the event of your untimely passing.
A will allows you to name a guardian to care for your minor children in the event you pass away. While no one wants to think about their death, wouldn't you rather have a say in who cares for your children if you are no longer able to?

Donate to your favorite charity.
It has become a trend where you can leave some of your assets to your favorite charity upon your passing. Ask your estate planning attorney at the Lake of the Ozarks about this during your consultation if it's something you are interested in.

Protect the business you have worked so hard to create.
You can leave behind detailed instructions for what happens to your business and how you would like that handled in your will.



All of us here at Gibbons Law Firm hope you found this blog enlightening. Again, we urge you to make an estate plan, if you haven't already. You can never predict what's going to happen in life and no one ever knows when it's their time to go. We are here for you. Give us a call today to get your estate plan created, we can be reached at 573-348-2211. You can also follow us on our social media channels listed below to stay up to date on all our latest announcements.


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Friday, December 27, 2019

Actions to Avoid To Make Custody Disputes EASIER

A child custody dispute is no fun for anyone involved. Our divorce lawyers at the Lake of the Ozarks advise you to keep emotions out of it as much as possible and do everything you can to make things run smoothly. We understand that can be one of the hardest things to do when children are involved and may be easier said than done, but we can help. We can be your voice of reason when you are too emotionally involved to think strategically. Our Lake Ozark law firm is here to give you a few actions to avoid to make custody disputes easier. Call Gibbons Law Firm today for your free consultation, we can be reached at (573) 348-2211.


Actions to Avoid To Make Custody Disputes EASIER


Putting your children in a DRAMATIC living situation.
A loving and stable environment can help your children grow and thrive. A divorce can throw a wrench in that, but it's important to work toward providing the best place possible for your children. A child needs consistent love and it's important to show that you are capable of providing that for your kids, especially during a child custody dispute.

Not taking the time to be with your children.
Especially if your family is going through a divorce, it's important to be there for your kids. No matter what they are involved in, show up and show support for your little one. They are going through this new transition, just like you are, and it's vital to be there for them. Whether it's little league or another school activity, make an effort to be involved in your child's life.

Letting your emotions get the best of you.
Stay in control of your anger or aggression at all times. While the stress builds and the pressure of the looming divorce may be weighing down on you, you have to keep your composure. This can help show that you are a stable figure in your child's life and a good influence on them. Don't let a moment of weakness jeopardize your custody dispute.

Speaking poorly about your ex in front of your children.
During a divorce, you are likely not seeing eye to eye with your spouse. Don't let your children feel the negative effects of this. Keep your comments and feelings about your spouse to yourself or vent with another adult. It's inappropriate to force your feelings on your children - after all the other person you are talking about is their parent too!



Gibbons Law Firm is Here For Your Custody Dispute Legal Needs!


Our law firm at the Lake of the Ozarks has helped several clients with their legal needs when it comes to divorce, child custody disputes, etc. We understand how difficult this can be for you emotionally and we are here to help you with whatever legal needs arise. Give us a call today for your free consultation. We can be reached at (573) 348-2211.


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Lake Ozark, MO 65049

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Friday, December 20, 2019

Prenuptial VS. Postnuptial Agreements – What’s The Difference?

Have you ever been in a serious relationship and wondered what the future looks like for you two? Perhaps you've been married before and it ended badly in divorce, so you are a little reluctant to get married for a second time. Either way, if you are worried about being taken advantage of financially because that has happened to you in a previous marriage, you should know what your options are. Our Lake of the Ozarks law firm is here to give you information on prenuptial and postnuptial agreements. You should know what the differences are between the two if this is something you are considering. If you have questions, you should call Gibbons Law Firm for a free consultation. We can be reached at (573) 348-2211.


Prenuptial Agreements
Prenups, as somewhat stated in the name "pre", come before the marriage takes place. There are many reasons someone may want a prenup because they can protect you financially if the marriage ends in divorce. People may choose to get a prenuptial agreement for any one of the many reasons:
  • To protect themselves from their partner's potential debt
  • To pass along valuable items upon their death to children from previous marriages
  • To clarify how shared property would be divided upon a divorce
The hope is that you never have to reference the prenuptial agreement again because your marriage doesn't end in divorce, but a prenup can act as a form that gives you peace of mind just in case.


Postnuptial Agreements
Postnups, as somewhat stated in the name, "post", can come after you marry someone. You can generally cover most of the topics you would typically cover in a prenup with a postnup but it is only entered into after you are married. Perhaps you changed your minds or your circumstances have changed financially and forced you to consider getting a postnup. Whatever your reasons may be, you should run your questions by an experienced family law attorney at the Lake of the Ozarks before making any hasty decisions.


Prenuptial or Postnuptial Agreement? Gibbons Law Firm is Here for You!


It's important to realize that these types of agreements are not for everyone. Generally, if one of the two of you isn't one hundred percent on board for getting an agreement like this, it probably isn't a good idea and could even potentially cause a problem in your marriage. Either way, we are here for any questions you may have regarding family law. Family law deals with issues arising from marriage and other domestic relationships. The cases give rise to matters that include divorce, legal separation, division of assets and liabilities, spousal support, child custody, child support, and other matters. Other related aspects of family law include adoptions, annulments, guardianships, paternity cases, termination of parental rights, and prenuptial and postnuptial agreements. For your free consultation with an experienced family law attorney at the Lake of the Ozarks, call Gibbons Law Firm today.

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Lake Ozark, MO 65049

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Friday, December 13, 2019

National Safe Toys Month

Did you know that the month of December is National Safe Toy and Gift Month? Our personal injury lawyers at the Lake of the Ozarks did. It can be the responsibility of the store selling the merchandise to ensure that they are selling safe products. If you or someone you love has been injured due to an unsafe toy, you may have the grounds for a personal injury case at the Lake of the Ozarks. Call Gibbons Law Firm at (573) 348-2211 for your free consultation today. In the meantime, keep reading for some details on National Safe Toy and Gift Month and a few tips for selecting a safe toy in the store in this week's blog.


Be sure to buy all the safety equipment that is necessary to come with certain toys.
While a toy may seem adventurous and fun, consider the treats that may go along with the item. A skateboard or rollerskates are popular gift items, but many children fall and get injured using this type of toy. If you are giving a gift like this, consider giving a safety item along with it. For example, a helmet and knee pads may compliment a bike well.

Be aware of all the small pieces that come with the toy your buying and the possible choking hazards.
When gifting for a child, consider choking hazards. Small toys and small pieces that can break off can be very dangerous for a kid. Many young children will put anything they find in their mouth. If an item is large enough, it can block their airways, causing them to choke.

Know what the appropriate age is for the toy.
Age suggestions are on almost every toy. Be sure you are looking at these age guidelines when picking out a gift for a child. The toymakers have a reason behind these suggestions and it's safest for everyone involved if they have accurate toys for their specific age. Especially if you aren't familiar with children toys, pay close attention to the ages on toy packages.

Facts and Statistics About National Safe Toy & Gift Month:

  • The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has reported about 251,000 toy-related injuries annually. 
  • The majority of people with these injuries (72%) are 15 years of age or younger. 
  • This epidemic of unsafe toys is very dangerous for kids. 
  • Toymakers are working diligently to make toys safer for all. 
  • Stricter regulations have been put into place in recent years. 
  • Over 19 million toy recalls have been made due to safety concerns. 


Merry Christmas From Gibbons Law!


All of us here at Gibbons Law Firm hope you found this blog enlightening. Be careful and alert of everything when selecting the perfect gift for your children. Remember, if you are in need of an experienced personal injury attorney in Camden County, call Gibbons Law today at (573) 348-2211 for your free consultation.


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Lake Ozark, MO 65049

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Friday, December 6, 2019

Christmas Events at the Lake of the Ozarks

Christmas is coming up quickly and all of us here at our law firm at the Lake of the Ozarks would like to wish everyone a fun, but safe time at all of the upcoming Christmas events. With that in mind, many have made the mistake of drinking and then getting behind the wheel, whether it be coming home from a holiday party or not, you should never drink and drive. Many car accidents are caused by drunk drivers and if you or a loved one have been injured in a car accident, it's important you call an experienced personal injury attorney at the Lake of the Ozarks. Call Gibbons Law Firm today for your free consultation at 573-348-2211. In the meantime, keep reading for information on a few of the Christmas events coming up at the Lake of the Ozarks.



Enchanted Village of lights
Nov. 22, 2019 - Jan 2, 2020
Laurie Fairgrounds
269 Fairgrounds Road, Laurie, MO
573-374-8776
Open Nightly 5 pm to 9 pm (10 pm weekends)

St. Patrick's Festival of Lights
Nov 28, 2019 - Jan 1, 2020
Shrine of St. Patrick/ Mother's Shrine
176 Marian Drive, Laurie, MO
573-374-7855
Open Nightly 5 pm to 10 pm

Versailles Unity Circle of Lights
Nov 29, 2019 - Jan 2, 2020
Versailles City Park
Jct Hwy 5 and 52, Versailles, MO
573-378-4634
Open nightly from dusk until midnight

Osage Beach Holiday Lights
Nov 30 - Dec 31, 2019
Osage Beach City Park & Osage Beach Pkwy
950 Hatchery Rd, Osage Beach, MO
573-302-2000
Open nightly

Lake Holiday Light Parks
Nov 20, 2019 - Jan 01, 2020
Various Locations throughout the Lake area
Entire Lake Area
Osage Beach MO 65065


Along with the Lighted drive-thru holiday lights parks, there are other holiday activities going on throughout the Lake of the Ozarks...
  • The Lake Area Community Orchestra will perform at several locations around the Lake area. 
  • The Main Street Music Hall's annual Christmas Show begins Nov 29 and runs through Dec 22. 
  • The Christmas Village at Old Kinderhook will be open every weekend beginning Nov 29th - Dec 23rd.




Have a Fun, But Safe Holiday Season!


Remember, always designate a sober driver if you plan to drink at a holiday party or anywhere for that matter. Take it from our Lake Ozark personal injury attorneys, too many car accidents have happened that were caused by drunk drivers. If you or someone you know has been injured in a car accident, you should seek strong, experienced representation as soon as possible. The Lake of the Ozarks personal injury attorney at Gibbons Law Firm has many years of experience that can be put to good use on your side. Give us a call today for your free consultation.


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2820 Bagnell Dam Blvd, Suite B4
Lake Ozark, MO 65049

(573) 348-2211

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