Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Road Trip Safety Tips for Memorial Day Weekend

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


Increase Following Distance

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

Think About Blind Spots

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

Drive When Well-Rested

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

Designate a Driver

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


Minimize Distractions


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

Abide by Traffic Laws

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

Check Driving Conditions

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

Practice Defensive Driving

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

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

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

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

5 Actions to AVOID During Divorce

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


1) Getting the Kids Overly Involved

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

2) Thinking it Has to be a Fight

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

3) Racking up Debt

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

4) Attempting to Hide Away Assets

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

5) Listen to Outside Advice Too Often

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

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

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Safety Tips for Motorcycle Awareness Months

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


For the Rider:

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

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

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

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

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

For Other Drivers:

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

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

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

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

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Magic Dragon Street Meet Nationals

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

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


All About the Magic Dragon Street Meet Nationals:


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

Thursday, May 3


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

Friday, May 4


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

Saturday, May 5


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

Sunday, May 6


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

For more information, visit www.MagicDragonCarShow.com

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


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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Tips for a Business Owner's Estate Plan

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


Estate Plan Tips for Business Owners:

TIP #1: Create a will.

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

TIP #2: Consider a succession plan.

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

TIP #3: Think about future taxes.

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

TIP #4: Purchase life insurance.

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

TIP #5: Organize your records.

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

Potential Risks for a Business with no Estate Plan:


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

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

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Questions to Ask Your Personal Injury Attorney

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


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

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

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

Question 2: How much do your services cost?

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

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

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

Question 4: What does your client load look like?

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

Question 5: What sets your law firm apart?

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

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

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Friday, April 13, 2018

Top 5 Legal Tips to Help Protect Your Small Business

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


1) Document, Document, Document

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

2) Equal Treatment of Employees

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

3) Present Clear Expectations

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

4) Guard Your Trade Secrets

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

5) Hire an Experienced Lawyer

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

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

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Thursday, April 5, 2018

What to do if Involved in a Car Accident

Have you been involved in an accident? You aren't alone - in the United States about six million car accidents happen each year. One in three of these accidents involved a personal injury. Whether it's the driver or passengers in a vehicle involved, injuring a person in a car accident in mid-Missouri can lead to a legal situation. There are certain things you can do if you are involved in an accident which leads to personal injury near the Lake of the Ozarks. Our personal injury lawyer in Lake Ozark, MO is here for you! Take a look below to see what you should do, if you find yourself in a similar situation.


Create a Safe Environment

If you are able, it's best to move vehicles off the roadway. This can help prevent more vehicles getting involved in the incident. If you are unable to move the vehicles, try to make the scene as visible as possible. Flashers, a flare, and/or cones are a great way to grab the attention of other drivers to help ensure they can see you. Once emergency responders arrive, they can help direct traffic around the scene, as well.

Check on Other Parties

As soon as possible, make sure everyone in your vehicle is ok. Next check on occupants in the other vehicles. If anyone is injured, call 911 right away. The faster medical help arrives, the better.

Call the Police

It's a good idea to call the police if you are involved in an accident. You may need to file a police report to help with your insurance claim and to help present your case in court if personal injuries occur.

Get Information

You should obtain the name, address, and phone number of everyone involved in the accident. Insurance information should also be gathered. If the police are involved, they may gather this same information, as well. Witness information can be gathered as well. This can help prove what happened if that information is needed.


Document, Document, Document

If you are able, take pictures of the accident and any damage. Try to photograph any physical injuries, as well. Don't interfere with existing police investigations while capturing this evidence. If you are unable to capture images at the scene of the accident, get photo evidence as soon as possible afterward. This picture-proof can help to represent your case and assist with insurance claims.

Seek Medical Attention

If medical help is needed after the incident, seek it as soon as possible. Keep any medical documents and/or bills that help with your treatment. This is all evidence that may be required if your case goes to court. Your financial obligations may be covered if someone else is proven to be at fault for the accident. It's best to keep good records of medical treatments required.

Consult an Attorney

Protect your rights by contacting your trusted lawyer near the Lake of the Ozarks. Your attorney can help provide sound legal advice on how you should move forward, after your vehicle accident. Whether you are at fault or a victim in the car wreck, it's best to seek legal help to better navigate the process.

If you are involved in a vehicle accident, it's important to know your rights. Whether you have been injured or injured someone else in the accident, our Lake of the Ozarks law firm is here for you. Here at Gibbons Law Firm, we can help you navigate through the personal injury legal process. Your first consultation with our personal injury lawyer at the Lake of the Ozarks is always FREE!

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Thursday, March 29, 2018

Factors that Impact Child's Custody Resolution

A custody dispute is often a difficult time for everyone involved. Typically, both parents want to have some sort of custody of the child. It can turn ugly pretty quickly. It's best to keep your top priority in mind when going through a divorce that involves children - the happiness of your child. As your experienced divorce lawyer at the Lake of the Ozarks, we know this is a very trying time. Knowing the factors that can impact the resolution of your custody dispute can help you through the process. Take a look below and learn about the various situations that can impact custody resolution when filing for divorce.


Child's Relationship with Parent

An important factor in a child custody dispute is the child's relationship with each parent. If one parent has been more involved with a child in a divorce, that parent may more easily gain custody. It's important to be involved in your child's life, especially through a difficult time - like the divorce of his or her parents. Even if it may be awkward for the parents, try to stay as involved as possible with your child during this process. Being there for your child is really what is important!

Child's Preference

If your child is of a certain age, their preference may be a factor in the judge's decision for custody resolution. Your child may be more comfortable living with one parent over the other and this is an important factor. It's vital to your custody resolution that your child has a say if they are old enough to make such a decision.

Mental and Physical Health of Parent

Each parent may be evaluated for mental and physical health. This may help show which parent can provide a healthy environment for the child. If one parent has a drug history or alcohol addiction, they may not be the best fit for the child's care. Your number one goal during a custody dispute should be to provide a positive environment for your child, should they come to live with you.

Employment Obligations of Parent

If one parent is out of town for business frequently, this may not be the best fit for the child involved. It's important for the parent who receives custody to be able to provide a stable home environment which involved being present for your kid.

Living Accommodations for Child

Each parent's home may be evaluated for living condition. It's important to have a safe place for your child to live. Try to find a home that is clean and provides a positive space in which your child can thrive. This can greatly improve your chances of receiving custody of your child during the divorce process.

Parent's Wishes

The wishes of the parents may be taken into consideration during the process. If an agreement of joint custody can be resolved, the courts typically want both parents to be involved in the child's life. As long as both parents can provide a positive and safe environment for their child, a joint custody resolution is usually the right fit.

Types of Custody Resolutions:

Legal Custody - A parent who has legal custody are able to make legal decisions on matters impacting the child.

Physical Custody - The parent who the child physically lives with.

Sole Custody - One parent has both physical and legal custody of the child. The other parent may have visitation rights but does not have any custodial rights.

Joint Custody - Both parents share physical and legal custody, therefore making decisions about the child together.

Now that you've hopefully learned more about the custody resolution options, you are ready to find an experienced attorney at the Lake of the Ozarks. Our law firm in Lake Ozark, MO can help you through the entire divorce process - custody dispute included. If you anticipate going through a divorce in the near future, give Gibbons Law Firm a call. We can help you get started and work on presenting your side for custody resolution. Your first consultation with us is always free!

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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Life Changes... and So Should Your Will

Updating your will is an important task, although many individuals don't do so. It's not something that people think about often but should be done on a regular basis. There are many changes that take place in one's life and they typically call for updates to a will. A number of factors in your life can directly affect your will. It's important to keep this document up to date as often as possible. Our Lake of the Ozarks law office can help keep your will updated. If you've gone through life changes recently, it's time to make changes to your will. We can help you make any needed amendments to your will. Below you can find examples of life changes that may call for changes to be made to your existing will.


Beneficiary is Deceased

When a loved one passes away, your will may be the last thing on your mind. It's important to make a change in your will if someone who you have named as a beneficiary has passed away. You can always have these funds passed on to the individual's beneficiary.

Growth of Family

Whether you have a child or adopt, this new family member may need to be added to your will. If you intend for your assets to be split between your kids, you need to include the names of said children. This can help to protect your child or children, should something happen to you. You will also want to include WHO will gain custody of your kids, should you pass away.

Children turn into an Adult

Once your kids enter into adulthood, you may want to make changes to your will. Many times individuals will set a guardian until the child has reached the age of eighteen. After your child reaches this age, they will be able to take care of themselves and do not need a legal guardian. Your will can be changed to take off guardianship of your kids after they are adults. You may also have your assets set to disperse differently after they have reached adulthood.

Change in Marital Status

Your will should state specifically who you wish to receive your belongings. An update should be made if your marital status changes. Whether you get married or divorce, this life change can have a big impact on your will.

Change in Assets

If you experience a significant increase or decrease in income, you may want to update your will. An increase can actually leave your beneficiaries with a higher tax burden if you have not planned accordingly.

The only thing you can expect in life is the unexpected. That's why keeping your will updated is so important. Whether you want to change a beneficiary or have updates to make to financial totals, it's important to keep your will as up to date as possible. Your will can help carry out your wishes after you pass. Make sure your property and other assets go to exactly who you wish with an updated will. If you're looking to make changes to your will, contact Gibbson Law Firm today. We can help update your will and ensure your wishes are carried out. Remember, your initial consultation with our Lake of the Ozarks law firm is free!

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Distracted Driving - The Legal Dangers You May Face

Distracted driving has claimed the lives of 3,477 in 2015 alone. The best way to combat this tragic occurrence is to educate drivers about the dangers - not only the physical dangers but the legal impact it may have on your life. As your Lake of the Ozarks lawyer, we know how important it is to keep focused on the roadway when behind the wheel. In this week's blog, Gibbons Law Firm will cover some of the legal dangers you may face if you drive distracted.


Top Driving Distractors:


Texting - Texting takes visual, cognitive, AND manual attention away from driving - all at the same time. The average time the eyes leave the road to read a text message is five seconds. That is about 100 yards if you are traveling 55 miles per hour. A driver is 23 times MORE likely to be involved in an accident if they text while driving.

Eating - When you eat while driving, you are taking your attention away from the roadway. Many times you may look down to search for your food in the bag or look to locate your drink. When you eat in the car, there is a higher chance of dropping food which can lead to further distractions trying to pick it back up. Anytime your eyes leave the road or your attention is drawn away from driving, it can create a dangerous situation on the roadway.

Music - Changing the radio station seems like a simple task, but it can easily take your attention off the road. Reaching to turn the dial and worrying about which station you are on can be a distractor. If you are changing a cd, it can be an even bigger distraction fumbling with the cd case and inserting it into the player.

GPS - It's best to configure your GPS before starting to drive. Trying to type in an address while moving can be difficult and dangerous. When driving, try to pay attention to what your GPS is telling you ahead of time. This can help to avoid last minute lane changes when you are busy driving.

Grooming - A number of people will take care of some facial grooming behind the wheel. From putting on makeup to shaving, you may feel like you are saving time if you do these tasks while driving. Multitasking behind the wheel is dangerous for you and others on the roadway.

Legal Dangers of Distracted Driving:


While distracted driving may not be illegal, there are legal consequences you may face if you do operate a vehicle while focused on something else. If someone is injured due to your negligence while operating a vehicle, you may face a wide range of penalties – including the risk of being sued. On the flip side, if you are injured due to someone else driving while distracted, it’s important to know your rights. A lawyer who specializes in personal injury can help represent your claim if you’re involved in a distracted driving situation.

Our law firm at the Lake of the Ozarks encourages you to keep your eyes on the road and stay focused. Distracted driving can present a number of legal dangers. If you are involved in an accident due to being distracted, our law firm can help present your case. As a personal injury lawyer at the Lake of the Ozarks, we can help guide you through the legal process you are about to face. For a FREE consultation for your personal injury case in mid-Missouri, set up an appointment with us today!

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




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Lake Ozark, MO 65049
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Friday, March 9, 2018

Reasons to Sign a Prenuptial Agreement

Marriage is an exciting time for many couples. It's a legal contract between two parties, creating a union of the two. While there are many tasks to be completed when planning a wedding, a prenuptial agreement may be far from your list of things to do - but it shouldn't be. A prenup - or prenuptial agreement - addresses the financial situation should the marriage dissolve. It's not a fun thing to think or talk about as your marriage is just getting started - but it is a helpful document, should you need it. Our Lake of the Ozarks law firm can help you and your future spouse put together a prenup so you can move forward with confidence. Take a look below to learn just a few of the reasons why a prenuptial agreement may be right for you and your marriage circumstances.


One of you has more money.

If you or your partner has substantially more money than the other, a prenup can help to protect your assets. This can also help ensure that someone is not marrying you for your money, and for who you are. It's important to protect your assets when you enter into a marriage.

Your or your spouse plan to stop working.

If you plan to quit your job to start raising children, it can impact your income in a major way. A prenup can help to ensure that the financial burden of raising the children is shared fairly by both partners.

Someone has a substantial amount of debt.

When you marry someone, you can be partially responsible for their financial debt. If your marriage ends, you may be stuck with part of this debt load, even if you did not help accrue it. A prenup can help to make sure you are not burdened with debt that is not yours.

The divorce rate.

About half of all marriages end up in divorce. This is a staggering statistic and it's best to be prepared for the future. A prenuptial agreement can help to protect you and your assets, as well as your spouses', should your marriage end in divorce.

You are a business owner.

Your ex-spouse could end up owning part of your business if a prenup is not signed when you get married. Help to protect your business and help to prevent a spouse from becoming a part owner in your business.

This is the second marriage.

Children, support obligations, and a home with a previous spouse can all affect your second marriage. It's important to protect your assets and help to make sure your financial burdens stay your own if your next marriage does not work out.

Help avoid a stressful situation if you do divorce.

A prenup can have all assets, debts, and other factors split up before you even enter into marriage. This can help to fairly disperse all belongings and make the divorce process less-stressful.

It's a smart move.

To best protect you and your spouses' assets, a prenuptial agreement is the way to go. For a financially smart move, consider having you and your partner both sign a prenup, before you get married.

Now that you've learned about some of the reasons why a prenuptial agreement may be right for you and your future spouse, you are ready to take action. If you want to put together a prenup, it's important to discuss this with your soon-to-be husband or wife. Don't spring it on them at the last minute. Have an open and honest discussion about the reasoning behind your wish to sign a prenup. This can help to show why this can be of benefit to both parties and get you both on board for the agreement. If you are ready to get a prenup put together, contact Gibbons Law Firm today. We can help put together an agreement for you and your future spouse. Remember, your first consultation with our family lawyer at the Lake of the Ozarks is always FREE!

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




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

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Friday, March 2, 2018

Quick Legal Tips For Your Small Business

Starting a new business can be an overwhelming feat. While there are a number of legal requirements that need to be taken care of, the work doesn't end once you are open for business. It may be difficult to focus on the legal side of your business, even though it's important to protect your venture at all times. As your business lawyer at the Lake of the Ozarks, we are here for your small business. Take a look below to learn some of these quick legal tips for a small business venture.


Document, Document, Document

We can't say it enough - documentation is vital to the legal protection of your business. Whether it's a new employee being hired, contracts with customers, or outsourcing your marketing - keep good documentation of all agreements. This can help to protect you and your business, should a conflict arise. If you have everything documented well, you can easily prove your side via the paperwork you have on hand.

Use Employment Agreements

Many small business owners utilize friends and family, especially when getting started. While this can be of great benefit the business owner, it's important to ensure you treat these employees just like everyone else. It's also vital to keep good documentation when letting an employee go. Document the reasoning and conversation that takes place, when firing an employee.

Keep Up To Date on Legal Changes

The legal world is always changing. While it can be hard to keep up with, it's important because it can have a direct impact on your business. Try to stay on top of changes that take place in the legal world and anything that may affect your industry.

Review All Contracts on a Regular Basis

Once you have your legal contracts reviewed and ready to go, that's not the end of the road. On a regular basis try to have your business lawyer review these documents. With each year, you may need to make updates to your contracts in order to stay up with any loopholes that may come about. It's also important to update any dates or other information to ensure they are still relevant.

Safeguard Your Intellectual Property

Intellectual property is a BIG deal for any business but can have a devastating impact on a small business. Be sure you protect this property well. Consult legal assistance when it comes to safeguarding your intelligence. Trade secrets, trademarks, copyrights, and confidentiality are all examples of intellectual property. When hiring a new employee, be sure they are clear as to what information they are privileged to and what they are not allowed to disclose to others outside the business. This can help to keep your vital information safe and help you legally protect this property.

Finding the right business lawyer near the Lake of the Ozarks can help your venture in a number of ways. If these tasks seem too time-consuming, consult a legal professional. A lawyer will be able to assist with all of these legal tips to help protect your small business.

We know you are busy with the many hats required to run your small business. While your attention may be pulled in a hundred different directions, it's important to focus on protecting your business. If you want further advice protecting your small business venture, give Gibbons Law Firm a call today. The first consultation with us is always free! We look forward to helping you protect your small business and livelihood of you and your family!

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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