Monday, October 16, 2017

Tips for a Safe Halloween

Halloween is an exciting time of year for both children and adults. There are a few dangers that present themselves this time of year, even though it appears to be all fun and games. Our Lake of the Ozarks law firm wants to help keep your family safe this Halloween. It's important to strive for a safe environment during the holiday.  Take a look below for some safety tips to consider while you are out and about or at home on this upcoming holiday.


Walking Around the Neighborhood

-Always discuss safety when crossing roadways. It's a good idea to stay with your children to ensure they are following smart pedestrian etiquette, instead of letting them roam around the neighborhood unsupervised.

-Consider incorporating a glow-in-the-dark or reflective strip on their costume. This can help increase their visibility to drivers.

-Have an adult check all candy gathered, before a child consumes it. If there are any puncture holes or opened wrappers, it's bests to throw those pieces out.

- Remind your children to only go up to someone’s front door, never enter the home (unless it is someone you know and trust).

Driving to a Halloween Activity

-Keep your eyes peeled for children heading out to trick-or-treat. Often times, kids can get distracted by the excitement of Halloween and forget to look both ways before crossing a road.

-Park in a well-lit spot once you get to your Halloween gathering. Whether going to a trunk-or-treat event or a local Halloween get together, try to find a parking spot where you are comfortable getting you and your family out of the vehicle.

-If you are headed to an adult Halloween party, ensure you restricted your alcohol intake or have a designated driver lined up beforehand. There's no reason to drive under the influence and risk your life, as well as others on the roads.

Passing Out Candy at Home

-Create a safe place for children and their families to come trick-or-treat. Try to clear your walkway to ensure there are no tripping hazards present. If you are decorating your front stairs or entryway for the holiday, consider safety as you do so. You don't want someone to trip and fall while on your property.

-Purchase candy that comes pre-wrapped. This can help ensure you have not tampered with any candy, as parents sort through their children's loot at the end of the night!

-Illuminate your property well as children and adults will be making their way to your front stairs. It's important to protect yourself from someone getting hurt on your property, due to a dark walkway.

Don't forget to prepare for a safe night, no matter if you plan to spend time out trick-or-treating or at home passing out candy. If you do find yourself involved in an accident, don't hesitate to seek legal representation. It's important to know your options - no matter what kind of involvement you may have in a legal situation. Gibbons Law Firm is here for all of your legal needs near the Lake of the Ozarks. Simply give us a call at 573-348-2211 to schedule your initial consultation - remember your first one is always free! We truly hope you have a SAFE and Happy Halloween!

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

How the Bail System Works

"The bail has been posted", "My brother bailed me out of jail", and "The bail has been set at $10,000" are all phrases we have likely heard. Most of us are exposed to statements regarding bail, whether it be in real-life or on your favorite television show. Many people know that bail is the temporary release of someone awaiting trial for a crime in which they were arrested, but there is much more to the bail system than that.


As your criminal defense lawyer at the Lake of the Ozarks, our law firm knows how important it is to know the ins and outs of the bail system. Even if you don’t plan on needing this knowledge, you never know when a friend or family member will call you for bail. Take a look below to learn more about the Missouri bail system and how it may affect you.

The Basics:

After the police take someone into custody, they will be fingerprinted and photographed and then held in a cell. A bond amount is then set for the individual. This amount can vary from $500 to $500,000, depending on the severity of the crime. In order for the individual to get released, a friend or family member must bring in cash or a cashier's check in the amount the bond is set. This amount is to ensure to individual being accused will show up to court, where the money will be refunded. The individual may have to stay in holding until the court date, if no one can provide the funds needed for bail. See the point about bail bonds for other options when it comes to paying bail.

All About Bail Bonds:

When the individual nor friends or family members are able to pay the bail amount and it is not reasonable to stay in jail until the trial (which can be schedule months out), another alternative is available. A bail bond agent can provide the funds needed to cover bail, for a small fee - usually 10% of the bail amount. The individual is free to go until his or her court date, once the bail is posted by the agent. The bond agent is held responsible to the court to ensure the individual attends his or her court date. If they do not show up, the agent is now held liable to the court for the full bail amount. A "bounty hunter" may be hired by the bond agent to locate the individual and ensure he or she does not miss their court date.

Earlier we discussed the bond bail amount is usually 10% of the total bond amount. There is another alternative for an individual who cannot afford that amount - a bond loan. The bond agent may negotiate another form of payment of collateral to be taken out against the person in need of being bailed out of jail. This payment may come in the form of a car or home deed or a "signer" who promises to repay the amount, if the individual is unable to do so. Many bond agents will accept an individual with good credit and/or financial backing to be a "signer" for the person who is needing bailed out.

If you are arrested, it's important to know your options. A professional lawyer near the Lake of the Ozarks is available for you to seek representation. An experienced criminal defense attorney can help you navigate the entire process - starting with bail. Contact Gibbons Law Firm as soon as possible when our services are needed. Don't forget, your first consultation is always free!

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Top Legal Questions For Starting a Business

Starting a business may seem overwhelming at first. A legal professional can be a big help when working on a new business venture. With the amount of legal documentation needed to get your business off on the right foot, consider seeking legal help through this process. Our Lake of the Ozarks law firm can help you get your business up and running, legally. You may have a few questions as you start your business and Gibbons Law Firm is here to help! Take a look below to read the answers to common legal questions when starting a new business.


What is the right business structure for me?

Before starting a business, you will need to decide upon the business structure. As a sole proprietorship or general partnership, you and your business will be seen as the same entity. This can cause issues in your personal life should your business go into debt or be sued. To help protect against this, you can structure your business as a corporation, limited liability company, or limited liability partnership. This can help protect the personal assets of those involved in the company. Limited partnership and nonprofit corporations are also options for your new venture. A legal professional can offer the pros and cons of each type and offer advice as to which one is best for your future business.

What risk to I face when hiring employees?

Your business may be open to a number of risks and regulations as you hire employees. It's important to know the details of employment laws and to abide by the rules of employment for your state. Don't forget to keep good documentation of any employee activity - hiring, firing, and everything in between. Your business lawyer near the Lake of the Ozarks can help you know the regulations you need to follow and help you draft accurate documentation for any employment activity.

Should I trademark my brand?

A business name, logo, and slogan can be trademarked to help prevent other businesses from using the same branding technique as yours. To do so, you must register these items to be trademarked and ensure you are not using a graphic, name, or phrase that another business has already used.

What contracts do I need?

This depends on what type of business you are operating. Well-written contracts are very important for a business. They can help to protect your business, ensure you get paid for work you have completed, and help decrease the number of disputes brought against your future business. Your lawyer will be able to specifically narrow down what contracts are needed for your unique venture.

Do I need a lawyer for my business?

While it's not required, a legal professional can help your business in a number of ways. From helping establish your business and initial documentation to giving legal advice throughout your time in business, you may use your business lawyer a lot. It's best to have a legal professional on your side who knows your background when a legal issue arises. We'd be pleased if you would consider Gibbons Law Firm to be your legal professional for your new venture!

Are you ready to get your business established? Have more questions about starting your business? Our lawyer near the Lake of the Ozarks is here for all of your legal needs; Give our law firm a call at 573-348-2211 to set up a consultation today - remember your first consultation is always free. We look forward to helping you legally prepare for your business to open!

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Tips for a Positive Relationship With a Tenant

Do you own or plan to purchase rental property? This type of investment can have a positive impact on your finances with the recurring rent check coming in. It's important to strive for a positive relationship with your tenants to create the best possible situation for everyone involved. Don't forget to check your bases to promote a positive tenant - landlord relationship.

Here at Gibbons Law Firm, we have experience with tenant - landlord cases with a major focus on representing landlords who are dealing with challenging tenants. As a landlord, it's important to cover your bases when selecting your tenants and we've provided some helpful tips below to help you choose the right people to live in your rental property.


Tip #1 - Conduct a Background Check

Before moving forward with a prospective tenant, consider a thorough background check. A background screening can help you narrow down prospects based on financial and criminal history.  This can help you filter out tenants who may be more likely to cause issues. You have the legal right to conduct a background check on any potential tenant.

Tip #2 - Sign a Lease

A comprehensive lease sets the foundation for a successful landlord - tenant relationship. All expectations should be clearly outlined in the document. In addition to the basic information, don't forget to include specific uses of the property as what is and is not permitted, and who is responsible for damage and/or repairs. A legal professional can help ensure your rental contract is comprehensive and legally sound in order to best protect yourself and your property. The lease should be signed by both parties before access to the property is granted.


Tip #3 - Promote Honest & Open Communication

Communication is key, especially in regards to a tenant - landlord relationship. It is a good idea to keep a written record of all communication between both parties. If you and your tenant prefer the ease of phone call or text message communication, consider following up with an email to have the conversation in written form and easy to access, if needed. Be clear as to what method of communication works best for you, if the tenant needs to reach you for any reason. Also consider keeping your tenant in the loop about anything happening to the property. It's best to have an open and honest line of communication.

Tip #4 - Record All Payment Information

All payment activity should be documented and filed for safe keeping. This can help protect both parties, should any payment come into question. If you notice the agreed upon payment schedule is no longer being followed, reach out to the tenant to see what is happening. If a new schedule needs to be set up, don't forget to record this change with legal documentation amending the lease.

Tip #5 - Don't Jump to Eviction

Eviction of a tenant should be the last resort. If a violation of the lease occurs, first try to have a conversation with the tenant. Communicate your expectations, and clarify the consequences if the expectations are not met. Remember to document any communication that happens during this stage, as well. If it comes down to an eviction, you will want a lawyer on your side. Legal counsel can help assist you with the process to minimize risk during the eviction process.

If you have a challenging tenant, a consultation with a Lake of the Ozarks lawyer may be the right answer. It's important to effectively overcome issues with tenants and try to promote a positive relationship form the very beginning. Contact our law office at the Lake of the Ozarks to schedule your FREE consultation with our legal professional.

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Life Changes...And So Should Your Estate Plan!

Making changes to an estate plan is not something that many people think about. Once a plan is created, it is typically left alone. This is not always for the best though. A number of factors in your life should have a direct impact on your estate plan. It's important to keep this document updated as often as possible to ensure what you want to happen is carried out, after your time on earth. If you have gone through some recent life changes, take the time to update your estate plan with our Lake of the Ozarks law office. We can help you make amendments to your plan. Below you can find examples of life changes that may occur in which you should make changes to your existing estate plan at the Lake of the Ozarks.



Change in Marital Status

State in your plan who you specifically want to receive your belongings. If you have a change in marital status, be sure to update your estate plan as soon as possible. It's important to update your estate plan information whether you're recently married, getting remarried, or going through a divorce.

Birth of a Child

Don't forget about your estate plan as you welcome a new bundle of joy into the world. This can help protect your child or children, should something happen to you. An important piece of information in your estate plan is to designate guardians for your child if you and your spouse are not around. Ensure your wishes are carried out, especially when it comes to your children, by thoroughly updating your estate plan.

Increase or Decrease in Assets

Further changes may be required to update your estate plan if you experience a change in your assets or income. This increase can actually leave your beneficiaries with more tax burden and possible estate administration fee. You can help to minimize the taxation by structuring your estate plan differently. A legal professional can help share options with you and advise you as the best option for your unique situation.

Passing of a Beneficiary

Your estate plan may be the last thing on your mind as a loved one passes. Don't forget to make changes to your plan should something happen to a person listed as a beneficiary on your estate. Keep in mind you can designate the portion intended for the beneficiary who passed to go on to his or her children.

Relocation to Another State

Every state has a different set of estate laws. Many of them are consistent but minor changes may be required to execute your plan in a different state. Be sure to keep this document updated and follow any new changes in the law that may happen. Even if you are simply relocating to a new home in the same state, this property will need to be added to your plan while the old property will be removed.

Disability or Illness

Your care will need to be established in your estate plan, as well. Should an illness or disability incapacitate you or one of your beneficiaries, you will want to designate someone else to be in charge of that portion. State your desires on a regular basis, before a serious illness or disability renders you unable to do so.

An estate plan can help to make sure your wishes are carried out exactly how you intended them. It's an important document to have completed, no matter what your age. If you haven't established an estate plan for you and your family, take time to schedule an appointment with our Lake of the Ozarks law firm. We can help you create an estate plan to fit your wishes, should something happen to you.

The unexpected is the only thing you can expect in life. That's why planning ahead and keeping an estate plan updated on a regular basis is key. Protect your family and ensure your wishes are carried out when you make changes to your estate plan on an as-needed basis. If you're looking to make changes to your estate plan, contact Gibbons Law Firm today. We can help you amend your existing plan and ensure your current wishes are carried out.


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Thursday, September 14, 2017

4 Factors that Impact the Cost of Divorce

Did you know financial challenges are one of the most common causes for divorce in the United States? Although divorce does not have to be expensive, there are a number of factors that can drive up the cost of a divorce. Several factors can increase the financial stress for both parties involved in the divorce.


One of the most common questions our family law attorney at the Lake of the Ozarks gets asked is ”how expensive is a divorce.” Unfortunately, there is no set amount for each divorce. Each situation is different, making it impossible to provide a clear price estimate. There are certain factors that can influence how much a divorce will cost. Our Lake of the Ozarks law firm is here to help explain some of the factors that may apply to your divorce and how these factors can impact the overall cost.

Factor #1: Children Involved in the Divorce

When there are children involved in a divorce, the cost of the divorce may rise. It can take more time to determine how to divide custody of your kids. A custody battle is often the most highly contested aspect of the divorce process. Each parent is typically passionate about their kids and are willing to fight for their rights, causing the cost of divorce to rise.

Factor #2: Amount of Cooperation between Spouses

Cooperation with your spouse also has a direct impact on the length of time involved to finalize the divorce. This factor also has a big impact on the money needed to complete the process. If you and your spouse cannot decide how things should be handled and divided, extensive and costly litigation fees may be involved. If the two parties can agree and cooperate, it can greatly impact the bottom line in a positive way.

Factor #3: Marital Assets Involved

If a large amount of assets are involved, the more work needed in dividing them between the two parties. Multiple properties or other assets can complicate the process, and drive the cost up. Other assets that can complicate the process are shared investments and retirement accounts that are listed in both of your names.

Factor #4: The Attorneys You Choose

The attorneys used to represent you in the divorce process will have a significant impact on the overall cost. While the cost is a major factor, it's important to find a divorce attorney at the Lake of the Ozarks that is trustworthy, reliable, and has your best interest in mind throughout the entire process.

If you are interested in filing for divorce, we hope you'll consider Gibbons Law Firm for a trustworthy and affordable attorney. It's important to find the right lawyer to represent your divorce case. Let us help you through the entire divorce process.

Along with divorce, our Lake of the Ozarks divorce attorney has experience with all matters relating to family law. Child custody, spousal maintenance, child support, pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements, paternity cases, annulments, and legal separation are all matters we can assist with, as well. For more information about divorce at the Lake of the Ozarks, contact our law firm today. Your first initial consultation is always free with us!


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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

How to Identify Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Sexual harassment is a major challenge the workforce across America faces. This problem can have negative and lasting impact on the culture of your business. Everyone in your company can be affected by sexual harassment, from employees to the HR department to the business owner. The negative impacts not only affect your workforce, it can lead to legal consequences too. Sexual harassment should not be taken lightly and needs to be addressed right away to avoid lasting negative impacts.



It is essential that you be on the lookout for sexual harassment around your business, especially as a business owner. Action is required right away to help mitigate the situation and set an example to repair any damage that has been done to employee moral or security. Our Lake of the Ozarks attorney can help your business deal with a sexual harassment issue, should one arise within your workplace. It's important to create a safe and healthy environment for your employees and customers. A sexual harassment attorney at the Lake of the Ozarks can help if you experience a situation like this within your company.

What is Sexual Harassment?

Harassment in the workplace or other professional social setting that involves the making of unwanted sexual advances or obscene remarks is known as sexual harassment. There are several different forms of sexual harassment and can occur in a variety of situations. Sexual harassment is illegal and punishable by law, therefore, it's important for businesses to be aware of any harassment situation that is going on in the workplace. Women and men of all ages can be subject to sexual harassment advances. Not all sexual harassment involves physical contact - anytime a supervisor or employee is making another employee free uncomfortable in a sexual nature, sexual harassment is present. It's a good idea to train your employees to easily identify this type of harassment and let them know the company's policy on such acts. Swift action is required, should your business have a case of sexual harassment.

Types of Sexual Harassment:

Two primary forms of sexual harassment in the workplace are hostile work environment and quid pro quo. When an individual is made to feel uncomfortable in the workplace, it is known as a hostile work environment. This type of harassment does not have to involved any physical contact, although sometimes it does. Sexual or offensive jokes, images, and/or conversations can all be found under the hostile work environment category of sexual harassment. A quid pro quo category stems from a situation wherein the decision to hire, promote, or fire an individual is based upon their willingness to perform sexual favors or submit to sexual advances. Both types of sexual harassment are illegal, but are unfortunately common in the workforce today.

Identifying Sexual Harassment:

This type of harassment can take on a variety of different forms. Below are common examples of ways it can present itself in the workplace:
- Using pet names or inappropriate terms when referring to a coworker or employee.
- Making inappropriate noises (whistling, cat-calling, etc.).
- Giving a shoulder or neck massage to another individual in the office.
- Speaking provocatively or insultingly about someone's appearance.
- Touching someone inappropriately.
- Requesting sexual favors.
- Discussing sex or sexual acts with a coworker.
- Showing photographs or sexual objects to a fellow employee.
- Kissing, hugging, pinching, or grabbing another person in the workplace.
- Threatening someone's position within the company if they refuse sexual advances.

It's important to address a sexual harassment right away. If you notice any of the above signs or behaviors talk with your supervisor, Human Resources department, and/or attorney as soon as possible. Gibbons Law Firm is here to help! Our legal professional can help defend your sexual harassment case and present your side of the situation. For more information about our legal services at the Lake of the Ozarks, give our law firm a call at 573-348-2211 and remember your first consultation is always FREE!


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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

The Difference Between a Misdemeanor and a Felony

Types of crimes are divided between two categories – misdemeanor and felony. Felonies are punishable by death or lengthy incarceration while misdemeanors are less serious crimes where the punishment is not as steep as a felony. Being accused of a crime is a serious situation no matter if it is a misdemeanor or a felony. Our Lake of the Ozarks criminal defense attorney can help you understand the magnitude of your case. Below you can find more ways distinguish between a misdemeanor and a felony crime.



Misdemeanor:

Some consider a misdemeanor a “middle-of-the-road crime”. This type of crime has a more serious consequence than an infraction and lesser than that of a felony.  Misdemeanors are typically punishable by fines and/or up to one year in county or local jail.

See a few examples of a misdemeanor crime below:
Petty Theft
Possession of small amounts of marijuana
Trespass
Disturbance of the peace
Illegal gambling

Note that some misdemeanor charges can be moved up to a felony, depending on the severity of the crime. For example, punching someone in a bar would be punished as a misdemeanor but hitting someone with brass knuckles would qualify as a felony charge. In addition, being in possession of a large amount of marijuana can be charged as a felony, whereas a smaller amount may be punished as a misdemeanor.

Felony: 

According to the American Judicial System, a felony is the most serious classification of crime that can be committed. This classification is reserved for the most heinous crimes.  Convicted felons may be subject to the maximum punishment allowable by the state in which they are committed. This can include steep fines, multiple years in prison (including up to life), and the potential for the death penalty (depending on the state).

See a few examples of felonies below:
Robbery
Kidnapping
Possession and/or distribution of child pornography
Embezzlement
Grand theft
Murder
Identity theft
Rape
Possession and/or distribution of a controlled substance
Fraud

Quality Representation Can Make All The Difference:

Misdemeanor and felony convictions can greatly impact every aspect of your life. The thought itself can be overwhelming. Even if you are not punished to life in prison, the conviction can follow you around for many years. The right representation on your side can help you reach the best outcome possible. It’s important to find an attorney who can help best represent your misdemeanor or felony case.

When being accused of a crime, securing an experienced defense is essential. Our criminal defense attorney at the Lake of the Ozarks has experience defending against a wide range of criminal allegations. If you have been accused of a criminal offense, it’s important to seek legal counsel to discuss your options. Contact Gibbons Law Firm to schedule your initial consultation today. At our Lake of the Ozarks law firm, your first consultation is always free!

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

6 Common Personal Injury Legal Questions

People are injured on a daily basis and in some of these cases the injury is caused by another individual. The person who caused the injury may be at fault, whether the incident was intentional or not. Although the injury may not be have been on purpose, there may be steep medical bills that add up. Our Lake of the Ozarks law firm can help you seek compensation for injuries you have sustained due to someone else’s negligence. To help you better understand the services we offer, we’ve dedicated this week’s blog to answer common questions people have about personal injury cases in Mid-Missouri.


Question #1

How do I know if I have a valid Case?
If you feel like you can prove that your injury was caused by someone else’s negligence, you most likely have grounds for a valid personal injury case. Seek professional legal counsel if you are questioning the validity of your personal injury situation.

Question #2

How can I get compensation from an injury caused by an uninsured driver?
American motorists are legally required to purchase insurance coverage for vehicle accidents. Although this is required, many drivers are NOT properly insured. If you are injured due to an uninsured motorist who is unknown, you can contact your insurance company for compensation under the uninsured motorist policy.

Question #3

I have received damage releases from the insurance company, should I sign them?
It’s best to not sign any paperwork regarding your case without your attorney looking at the document. Sometimes an insurance adjustor or other involved party may try to convince you to sign a damage release form without having a legal professional present.  You should never sign off on a paper if you are not sure of the exact purpose of the document.

Question #4

How do I know if an offer to settle my case is reasonable?
It can be difficult to tell if an offer is reasonable. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you distinguish if your settlement offer is fair. Seek legal help if you are unsure if the offer will be enough to cover damages caused by someone else’s negligence.

Question #5

Can my case be resolved without an attorney?
A case can be resolved without an attorney; however, the goal of the insurance company is to minimize what they are required to pay out. If you wish to seek damages to cover the injuries sustained, a lawyer may be the best option for you!

Question #6

How much is my case worth?
This is one of the top questions on the minds of anyone considering a personal injury lawsuit. Unfortunately, it is also one of the hardest questions to answer. A personal injury case needs to be carefully evaluated by a legal professional to get an idea of what damages you may be able to receive. A number of factors come into play when coming up with an answer to this question. Medical bills, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, property damage, associated pain and suffering are all factors that need to be evaluated when estimating a damage amount.

If you’ve been injured at the fault of someone else, it’s important to know all of your options. Contact our personal injury attorney at the Lake of the Ozarks to help with your case. Give Gibbons Law Firm a call today if you have any other questions pertaining to personal injury cases! Look at our website to learn more about our personal injury services. Remember, your first consultation with our law firm is free.


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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

5 Tips for a Less Stressful Divorce

A divorce will be a stressful situation for you, your spouse, and your family. Some of the stress can be alleviated with some actions that you can control. The bottom line with your divorce is to limit the amount of conflict and stress during this difficult period of your life. Our family law firm at the Lake of the Ozarks is here for all of your needs when ending a marriage. Find some tips below to help limit the amount of stress during a divorce, courtesy of Gibbons Law Firm


1. Allow Open Lines of Communication

Emotions typically run high as a marriage is ending. Try to keep the lines of communication open and honest between you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse. The ability to calmly navigate through the divorce process together can make all the difference in your experience. Making decisions together can help speed along the process tremendously. Clear communication is the key to an easy, successful divorce.


2. Ensure Your Kids are the Top Priority

If children are involved, keep them at the top of the priority list, especially during your divorce proceedings. Try to avoid a situation in which your kids are put in the middle of you and your spouse’s divorce. This can lead to tension for the children and an unpleasant situation for everyone. When it’s appropriate, encourage your kids to have a solid relationship with both parents. Set a good example and help create a less stressful situation for your entire family.


3. Seek Professional Therapy

The emotional toll of a divorce can be difficult to deal with at times. Seek help from a therapist if you need someone to talk to or help you work through the emotional side of the process. Talking things out during therapy can help give you a new perspective on the entire divorce and help you cope with the changes that are taking place. 


4. Keep Your Finances In Check

In addition to the expense of a divorce alone, you will want to think ahead to future expenses that you will now be tackling on your own. Try to avoid racking up debt as you work through the divorce process. Consider creating a new budget for your household to help stay on top of expenses. 


5. Find the Right Divorce Lawyer for YOU

The right lawyer can make all the difference in your divorce. It’s important to find someone who you are comfortable with. Ease the strain of the situation with the right divorce attorney on your side. A supportive and cooperative legal professional can help ease some of the worry involved during your divorce proceedings. 

Making the divorce process less stressful can be a challenging task, but it can be done. Stay positive and focus on the end result when you struggle during the process. By starting with the advice of a professional Lake of the Ozarks lawyer, you can get the divorce process going in a positive direction. If you are preparing for a divorce, consult our divorce attorney at the Lake of the Ozarks today. We are honored to help with your divorce in any way. Remember, the first consultation is always free at our law firm!


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Thursday, August 10, 2017

5 Legal Tips for Your Small Business

As a business owner, you want to help protect your small business from legal issues. Protecting your small business from possible legal issues requires some preparation and prevention. As your Lake of the Ozarks law firm, we have provided some tips to help your small business avoid unnecessary time in the court room - we know your time can be better spent focused on your business. Here are some legal tips to help protect your small business at the Lake of the Ozarks.   


1) Keep Good Documentation

As a business owner, it's important to put everything in writing. Document your formal activities like hiring, firing, accounting information, and other internal decisions. It is vital to protect what you've worked so hard to create. Keep good records of anything that happens pertaining to your business, and keep these documents organized. Time is important with legal business issues, so finding the proper documentation quickly is important.


2) Treat All Partners and Customers the Same

Many small business owners conduct business with friends and family. While this is usually beneficial for your business, it’s important to keep it professional. If you have a family member working for you or are doing a project for a close friend, treat the situation like a typical employee or client, and keep your documentation in order. Think ahead for if and when this partnership or working relationship will dissolve or come to an end.  


3) Guard Your Intellectual Property

Safeguard your trade secrets, trademarks, copyrights, and confidentiality. Ensure your intellectual property is properly protected. When hiring a new employee, be sure your documentation is worded accurately and you have a lawyer conduct a review of your confidentiality and non-compete agreements. Much time, money, and effort may be required to protect your business without this proper documentation. 


4) Make Solid Agreements with Employees

Before hiring someone on, communicate clearly your expectations. An employment agreement is a document to establish straightforward expectations and rules for everyone to follow. Company policies are another piece of information that should be included with this agreement. 


5) Seek Out Legal Representation

While you are the expert of your own business, the legal world is a whole different arena. It's important to have a legal professional help you set up these documents to ensure you have your bases are covered. Your lawyer can also keep copies of your legal documents in case you need them! 

Hopefully you’ve learned more about some ways to protect your small business. We can help you implement these legal protections that your business may need. While taking these steps can help keep your business out of legal turmoil, Gibbons Law Firm can help to represent your small business should a situation arise. Remember, your first consultation with our law firm at the Lake of the Ozarks is free! Give us a call today to schedule an appointment to legally represent your small business venture. 

Remember, your initial consultation with Gibbons Law Firm is always free.




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Lake Ozark, MO 65049
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Friday, August 4, 2017

4 Essential Road Trip Safety Tips to Close Out Your Summer

With an increase in road trips and family vacations during the summer months, the roadways are usually busier than other times of the year. Along with the increase of traffic comes the additional chance of being involved in a motor vehicle accident. Safety precautions should be taken by all drivers on the road. As your trusted law firm at the Lake of the Ozarks, we want to help provide you with tips for safer travels this summer. Below are a few pieces of advice when traveling the remainder of the summer months, courtesy of our personal injury lawyer at the Lake of the Ozarks.


1) Increase Following Distance


It's recommended to stay back 1 car length for each 10 miles an hour increment you are traveling. If you are going 70 mph on the interstate, try to stay at least 7 car lengths back from the vehicle in front of you. Traveling at a safe distance between vehicles gives you adequate reaction time should another vehicle swerve or come to a sudden stop. Multiple car incidents can often be avoided by increasing the distance between vehicles.

2) Avoid Tractor Trailer Blind Spots


With an extended trailer behind, many diesel trucks have large blind spots as they cruise down the highway. If you do pass a semi truck, use caution and get by them in a timely manner. Also pay attention to their blinkers, as you make a pass. In addition to blind spots while driving, a wide turning radius is another danger of traveling next to semi trucks. In order to navigate a turn, more than one lane may be needed. Try to stay clear of tractor trailer vehicles, as they turn at an intersection.

3) Keep Speed In Check


While traveling to your destination, it may be quite tempting to travel faster than the recommended speed. Whether you are running behind or simply want to get to your vacation destination quickly, try to fight the urge to speed. Increased speed not only leads to a more dangerous roadway for yourself and others, you are more apt to get pulled over for a speeding ticket.

4) Put the Device Down


In 2015, about 391,000 people were injured in a vehicle accident due to distracted driving, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. While taking eyes off the road for a few seconds can seem harmless, the driving conditions in front of you can change in a split second. Designate a texter or leave the phone out of reach, to resist the urge to respond to a text. Also program your GPS before you hit the road on your next trip. This can help you and your family avoid being involved in a motor vehicle accident.

Gibbons Law Firm Can Help


Even when using the utmost caution, roadway accidents to happen. If your are involved in a collision on your next summer trip and are injured, our Lake of the Ozarks personal injury lawyer can help. Our lawyer can help walk you through the necessary steps in your personal injury case. To learn more about how Gibbons Law Firm can help with your situation, call us to schedule your free initial consultation.

Remember, your initial consultation with Gibbons Law Firm is always free.




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

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