Thursday, September 24, 2020

Estate Planning Tips for Business Owners With Children

Do you own your own business? If so, you've likely worked very hard putting that business together, so having a professional estate plan put together can be a very responsible decision. This can assure your business ends up in the right hands in the event you pass away at an unexpected time. We understand that this is an unfortunate matter that no one likes to think about but the reality is that having an estate plan can make matters easier on your loved ones that are already mourning your passing. Our estate planning lawyers at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to give you a few tips for that may help with your estate planning process, if you're a business owner with children, in this week's blog. If you are a business owner in need of an estate plan, please call our law firm in Lake Ozark today. Gibbons Law Firm can be reached at 573-348-2211.



Estate Planning Tips for Business Owners With Children

Who would you like to leave your business in the event you pass away? Is it your children, a trusted, long-time co-worker, or maybe you're considering other options? Either way, there are certain things to consider first, such as: 

TAX

This is important to remember. The value of your business can change over time. The taxable eststate would include the value of the business at the time of your death, not necessarily at the time of when you started your estate plan.

POTENTIAL FAMILY ISSUES (If you do plan to leave your business to one of your children.)

Let's say you're choosing to leave your business to one of your four children. It can be a very good idea to have a conversation before making any final decisions here. Matters such as these aren't worth tearing families apart over. There is a gentle way to go about this and just being honest and upfront about your plans beforehand can go a long way.

SUCCESSION PLANS

A good succession plan will let your successor know exactly what needs to happen when it comes to the transfer of the ownership and management of your business. Without this, your business could end up in chaos.


These are just a few of the matters to consider when estate planning for your business, but we encourage you to meet with an experienced attorney at the Lake of the Ozarks when choosing to have an estate plan created. It's a very important document and you can benefit from the attorney's experience of doing this for many years. Your opinion matters, but if you don't have a proper estate plan, it may not actually get heard if you pass away. This is just something to consider, you don't have to have an attorney to create an estate plan, we just strongly encourage it because of the significance of this document.



Are You Interested In Having A Professional Estate Plan Put Together?

All of us here at Gibbons Law Firm hope you found this blog enlightening and helpful in your estate planning process. We are here in you need any help. Please give us a call today. Your first consultation will be free. We can be reached at the phone number listed below. You can also follow us on our social media channels listed below for our latest announcements and more legal tips.


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Wednesday, September 16, 2020

The Legal Punishments for Drinking Under The Age of 21

Do you have teenagers living in your home? We were all younger once, right? Everyone makes mistakes and there are consequences for those mistakes. Our law firm at the Lake of the Ozarks is here to give you information on the legal punishments for drinking alcohol under the age of 21. If you're a parent who needs an EXPERIENCED criminal defense attorney in Lake Ozark for your teen, call Gibbons Law Firm at 573-348-2211.



The Legal Punishments for Drinking Under The Age of 21

INCARCERATION MAY BE IN YOUR FUTURE.

A potential punishment for underage drinking is to serve jail time. A criminal charge, like underage drinking, can follow a person around for a lifetime. This type of charge can make it hard to find a job, get insurance, and make major purchases in the future. Avoid being charged with a crime and serving time in jail - the future you will thank you!

YOU MAY POTENTIALLY HAVE TO PERFORM SERVICES AROUND YOUR COMMUNITY.

If you are caught drinking under age, it is likely part of your punishment will be in the form of community service of some sort. If this is your first offense, a judge may give you the option to put in a certain amount of hours doing community service. During this time serving the community, you are to be thinking about the decision you made to break the law and how to avoid this type of action in the future. 

YOUR DRIVER'S LICENSE COULD GET SUSPENDED.

You can lose your driver's license if you are convicted of underage drinking. The revocation of your license can put a big damper on your social life. As many people rely on personal transportation for a number of reasons. Work, visiting family, going to school, traveling to friends - these are all popular reasons a person may need access to transportation. If you lose your license, you may have to rely on public transportation or friends and family to get you to and from your destination. 

YOU MAY HAVE TO PAY A FINE.

You may face hefty fines if you are caught drinking under the age of 21. These fines are not worth underage drinking. A fine can put a big strain on your financial situation. A young person typically does not have a big disposable income and a fine can be detrimental to your lifestyle. 


Need An Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney?

Gibbons Law Firm is here for you! Give us a call today. Your first consultation is FREE. We can be reached at the phone number listed below. You can also follow us on our social media channels listed below to stay up to date on our latest legal tips. 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're here for you! Get the legal defense you deserve today.


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Thursday, September 10, 2020

How To Present Yourself To The Court As A Good Parent

Not knowing how a child custody case will turn out can cause a lot of anxiety and uncertainty. As a parent, you likely want the best for your child and can't imagine them not getting to see you as much as they'd like. Our child custody lawyers at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to give you a few tips on how to present yourself as a good parent to the court in this week's blog. If you have any questions about your child custody case, please do not hesitate to give us a call for your free consultation. Gibbons Law Firm can be reached (573) 348-2211.


CONTROL YOUR EMOTIONS.

If you are prone to impulsive outbursts, ranting or raving in person or over technology mediums, you are instantly jeopardizing your custody arrangement. Judges will not be lenient if they have evidence that you are a parent that regularly loses control of his/her anger and temperament. You will be at a disadvantage if you can be described as a loose cannon by friends, family and others in your social network. Going through divorce and custody issues in court is probably not a comfortable chain of events; however, you must be mindful of self-control.  

BE SMART AND LISTEN TO YOUR LAWYER.

Your attorney is trained and experienced in providing the best legal advice and guidance to you. They have experience with the struggle you’re going through and should be an advocate by your side. They will advise you on matters of behavior and conduct, and it is critical that you follow their instruction. It can be hard to filter strong feelings, but for the sake of your child’s involvement, it is imperative and exactly what you need to do to avoid a reduction or additional stipulation on your custody agreement.

BE COOPERATIVE WITH YOUR EX. 

Being friendly can sometimes be difficult when dealing with an ex, but keep in mind that judges often look favorable on parents who show a solid effort to have a temperate relationship with the other parent. If it is alleged that you are consistently critical and reproachful of the other parent through text messages, emails and/or through the child him/or herself, this behavior is negatively influencing the child and will be frowned upon in court. A change to your custody arrangement will almost certainly result if this is proved. You want to show the courts that you intend to support the other parent by adhering to an agreeable tone when discussing or dealing with the child and other parent.

BE PRESENT IN YOUR CHILD'S LIFE.

Are you aware of your child’s day care provider or teacher’s name? Have you been present at a doctor’s appointment or attended a sporting event your child is participating in? If your answer is, “No,” then you may need to consider prioritizing these moments in your life to avoid changes to your current custody arrangement. 



Call Gibbons Law Firm Today For Your Child Custody Help!

We understand that any divorce involving children is going to get emotional, so let us help you make smart decisions during this tough time. Give us a call today at the number listed below for your free consultation. You can also follow us on our social media channels listed below to stay up to date on our latest announcements.


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Friday, September 4, 2020

How To Be Proactive With Your Divorce

Divorce - no one sees it coming when they say "I do", but the reality is that fifty percent of marriages end in divorce. That is just the plain, sad truth. However, while divorce can be really sad, there are ways of being more proactive with your divorce. Keep reading this week's blog for a few examples. Have questions about your divorce? Call our law firm in Lake Ozark today. Your first consultation is free. We can be reached at 573-348-2211.



How To Be Proactive With Your Divorce

Schedule a consultation with an experienced divorce attorney as soon as possible.

You can really claim some peace of mind when you simply get your questions answered. This divorce is uncharted territory for you and you have probably heard many horror stories from friends or co-workers who have got divorced before. Keep in mind that every divorce is unique. It's not a one size fits all format. So, just because your friend had a very difficult, emotional divorce doesn't mean yours has to be. You can get your worries put to rest by meeting with an experienced divorce attorney who can clear any confusion you may have up. 

Assure your ex that you want to cooperate respectfully for the sake of your children.

No matter what reason you may be getting divorced due to, your children are innocent in all of this. Keep that in mind. With any case involving child custody, the court rules in the best interest of the children, despite whether you agree with their decision or not. Knowing that, reach out to your ex and just be cordial. Go into this process with the shared goal of creating the best situation for your children.

List some realistic goals you would like to see happen in your divorce and stay on course with that.

Divorce can be messy and if you let your emotions get the best of you, you may forget to see the big picture here. To help prevent that from happening, make a list of goals you would like to see happen in your divorce and talk to your attorney about it. Such as:

  • You would like to have the children live with you 2 weekends a month.
  • You would like to spend every Christmas with your children.
  • You would like to see the house not sold and for it to remain in the family.


Gibbons Law Firm is Here For Your Free Divorce Consultation.

The legal aspects of divorce can be highly complex and highly sensitive and emotional because of the personal nature of the disputes. An experienced and knowledgeable attorney—with the ability to listen and counsel clients, investigate and negotiate cases, to defuse conflict, and, when necessary, to litigate a case—is important to a successful outcome of a family law case. Gibbons Law Firm assists clients with all types of divorce cases. We are committed to providing legal counseling and advice that clients need in such disputes. Find out more about how we can assist you by contacting our Firm and making an appointment today.



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Friday, August 28, 2020

Child Custody: What Types Are Realistic for Your Situation?

Tough child custody battles can be one of the hardest things a person may go through in life. Anytime the well-being of your child is involved, emotions can run really high. With that in mind, you should first think to yourself, how am I going to get through this while remaining calm and collected? One of the answers is: Hire an experienced divorce attorney at the Lake of the Ozarks to guide you through this tough, emotional time. Keep reading this week's blog to learn what the different types of child custody are. To reach Gibbons Law Firm and get your child custody and divorce-related questions answered, call (573) 348-2211. Your initial consultation is FREE.


Child Custody: What Types Are Realistic for Your Situation?


SOLE CUSTODY

Sole physical custody
Only one parent is awarded custody of the child.  This generally occurs when one of the parents is deemed unfit to have custody of the child for one or more reasons.

Sole legal custody
One parent has the decision-making rights, responsibilities, and authority relating to the health, education, and welfare of the child.  The parent that has sole legal custody must keep the other parent apprised of decisions/issues related to the health, education, and welfare of the child.

JOINT CUSTODY

Joint physical custody
This involves an arrangement whereby each of the parents are awarded significant, but not necessarily equal, periods of time during which a child resides with or is under the care and supervision of each of the parents.  Joint physical custody must be shared by the parents in such a way as to assure the child of frequent, continuing and meaningful contact with both parents.  A number of custody arrangements are possible with a joint physical custody arrangement.  The arrangements can include an equal split of time with the children to a situation whereby one parent has custody every other weekend with extended time in the summer.

Joint legal custody
This involves both parents have the legal right to make real-life decisions concerning the child's schooling, curricular-activities, healthcare, etc,

Joint physical and legal custody
This involves both parents sharing physical and legal custody of their children. These parents no longer cohabitate but create a shared schedule of time with their children.


Have Questions About Your Child Custody?


Knowledge is power. Get your questions answered by an experienced child custody attorney at the Lake of the Ozarks today. Gibbons Law Firm is here for you. You can reach us at the phone number listed below. You can also follow us on our social media platforms listed below to stay as up to date as possible on our latest announcements. Remember, the legal aspects of family law can be highly complex and highly sensitive and emotional because of the personal nature of the disputes. An experienced and knowledgeable attorney—with the ability to listen and counsel clients, investigate and negotiate cases, to defuse conflict, and, when necessary, to litigate a case—is important to a successful outcome of a family law case.


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Friday, August 21, 2020

Why Some People Sign Prenups

Prenups or prenuptial agreements - this topic isn't discussed very much but for some couples, it can serve as a perfect solution to certain dilemmas. To be clear, a prenuptial agreement is an agreement a couple will put in place before the marriage takes place that states who owns certain assets. This agreement can protect your assets in the event that your marriage ends in a divorce. This agreement isn't for everyone but for those of you who are considering it, you should know the facts. Keep reading this week's blog for a few reasons why some people may sign prenuptial agreements. If you would like to learn more about prenups, please call our attorneys at the Lake of the Ozarks today. Gibbons Law Firm can be reached at (573) 348-2211 for your free consultation.


Why Some People Sign Prenups


MAKE DIVORCE EASIER IF IT DOES HAPPEN.
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.

EASE YOUR CONCERNS WHEN ENTERING INTO A 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.

PROTECT YOURSELF IF YOU'RE MARRYING SOMEONE WITH A TON 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.

PROTECT YOURSELF IN THE EVENT YOU DIVORCE WHILE YOU HAVE NO JOB BECAUSE YOU'RE TAKING CARE OF THE CHILDREN.
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.

MAKE SURE YOU'RE NOT FINANCIALLY TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF.
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.


Are You Considering Signing a Prenup?


If so, we urge you to speak to an experienced lawyer in Mid-MO first before doing anything. Understand what you're getting into first and really figure out if this is the right decision for you your future spouse. If it is, Gibbons Law Firm can help you. We can be reached at the phone number listed below. You can also follow us on our social media platforms listed below to stay up to date on our latest announcements.


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Friday, August 14, 2020

Is THIS True About Divorce?

Divorce can feel really intimidating to someone who doesn't know what to expect. It's not something you really plan for because you don't see it coming when you choose to get married. When you marry someone you don't think about divorcing themes you are pledging your vows "until death do you part". Divorce happens and about 50 percent of marriages end that way. There are many myths about divorce. Our divorce lawyers at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to clear up a few of these myths and set the record straight in this week's blog. If you are in need of an experienced divorce attorney at the Lake of the Ozarks, please give us a call. Gibbons Law Firm can be reached at (573) 348-2211, your first consultation will be free.


Is THIS True About Divorce?

MYTH: PREVENTING YOUR EX FROM SEEING YOUR CHILDREN IF THEY DON'T PAY CHILD SUPPORT IS LEGAL.
If one parent has been awarded full or primary custody, the other parent may be ordered to pay child support to help shoulder the financial responsibility of raising children. If the one parent neglects to provide the child support payments as directed, the other parent may decide to withhold visitation rights until the money is received. However, this is an illegal act that can result in legal consequences on the custodial parent's part. If your spouse is neglecting to pay child support, you should consult with an attorney to determine the best course of action.

MYTH: YOU CAN'T GET DIVORCED UNLESS ADULTERY WAS COMMITTED.
Missouri (along with most other states) is a no-fault divorce state. This means that you can file for divorce even if your spouse has not committed some form of marital misconduct, such as adultery. All that spouses are required to prove is that there is "no reasonable likelihood that the marriage can be preserved, and that the marriage is irretrievably broken."

MYTH: YOU HAVE TO GET DIVORCED IN A COURTROOM.
The media likes to sensationalize high-stakes, highly combative divorces as they are battled out in the courtroom, but the truth is that many divorces can be settled outside of court. This process, known as mediation, involves an attorney serving as an impartial third party serving as the liaison between the spouses as they determine how their assets and responsibilities should be divided. This method of divorce is often much more efficient, cost-effective, and less stressful.

MYTH: FULL CHILD CUSTODY WILL BE AWARDED TO THE PRIMARY PARENT.
Though you may have been your children's primary caregiver in the past, this fact will not guarantee your right to full custody of your children after the divorce. The Court will award custody to the parent who is believed to be able to best provide for the child's best interests. During the proceedings, you and your attorney will have to prove to the Court that you fit this description.


Divorce is tough but you CAN get through it and not be taken advantage of financially. Our divorce lawyers in Mid-Missouri can help you. Give us a call at Gibbons Law Firm today. We can answer your questions and guide you through this difficult process. We can be reached at the number listed below and you can follow us on our social media platforms listed below to stay up to date on our latest legal tips and announcements.


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Friday, August 7, 2020

Evidence Examples To Gather In a Personal Injury Case

Personal injury cases - this could mean a number of different types of cases ranging from car accidents, motorcycle accidents, boating accidents, business torts, defective products, premises liability, sexual harassment, discrimination, workers’ compensation, or wrongful death. In this week's blog, our personal injury attorneys at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to give you a few examples of pieces of evidence that you may want to gather when you're in the middle of a personal injury case. If you find yourself injured in an accident caused by the negligence of someone else, please call Gibbons Law Firm today to get the compensation you deserve. We can be reached at 573-348-2211. Your initial consultation will be free.

Evidence Examples To Gather In a Personal Injury Case


Pictures
It is important that you take as many photos as you can. For example, if your personal injury case is a car accident, be sure to get photos of everything. Take photos of the entire car, every damaged area. It doesn't hurt to take photos of your injures if any as well. These photos may be very beneficial in court, but also with your insurance company. Print them out, if you can. Keep a digital file as well. Having back up records is a good idea.

Medical Records
If you sustained any injuries from your accident that was caused by another person, keep the medical records from the healthcare facility you go to for your injuries. It's important you can prove how much you had to pay for your injuries so there's a clear reason you are seeking that amount in compensation.

Receipts of Medical Supplies You Had to Buy
If you had to pay for a wheelchair or crutches, for example, out of your own pocket, keep all of these receipts. This will be important for your attorney to have when fighting for the compensation you seek.


Get The Personal Injury Attorney You Deserve and Call Gibbons Law Firm Today!


All of us here at Gibbons Law Firm hope that you found this blog helpful and enlightening when it comes to your personal injury case. You deserve the very best legal representation you can get when it comes to situations like this. If you are in the middle of a tough legal case concerning an accident you were involved in, don't go through this alone and call an experienced attorney you can count on. Having successfully tried hundreds of cases, Roger Gibbons has the experience and resources to give you an opportunity for a successful outcome on your personal injury case. Find out more about how we can assist you by contacting our Firm and making an appointment today. Be sure to follow us on our social media channels listed below to stay up to date on our latest announcements.



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Friday, July 31, 2020

Motorcycle Safety Tips For Motorsports Awareness Month

Did you know that August is Motorsports Awareness Month? Motorcycle Safety is truly important and should be discussed more often due to the MANY motorcycle accidents that happen each year. Our personal injury attorneys at the Lake of the Ozarks want to give you some motorcycle safety tips in this week's blog. If you or someone you care about has been injured in a motorcycle accident caused by a negligent driver, please call our Law Firm at the Lake of the Ozarks today. Your first consultation is free and we can be reached at (573) 348-2211.


Pay attention at all times!
You should always be alert while driving a motorcycle. 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.

Never assume someone can see you and be mindful of blind spots.
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.

Educate yourself and get comfortable on your motorcycle.
If you're uncomfortable while driving your motorcycle, there's likely a valid reason for that. 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.

Only drive your motorcycle while you're sober.
Like any motor vehicle, it's important to stay awake and drive sober. You want to ensure your reaction time is as short 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.

It's important that you wear the proper protection.
Protective clothing is important for all riders, but there is about to be a change to the Missouri Helmet Law that you should be aware of. It's currently a state law to wear a helmet in the state of Missouri, but starting August 28th, anyone 26 years of age or older is no longer legally required to wear a helmet if they possess health insurance. 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.


Be Safe and Remember Our Personal Injury Attorneys Are Here For You!


No one wants to see someone they love get injured in a motorcycle accident and it happens way too often. Negligent drivers are out there and if you know someone who has been injured in a motorcycle accident and has medical bills stacking up, please have them give us a call. Our personal injury attorneys in Mid-Missouri have the experience and skills to help you get the compensation you deserve. Please call Gibbons Law Firm today at (573) 348-2211.


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Friday, July 24, 2020

How To Boat Cautiously While Having Fun at the Lake of the Ozarks

The Lake of the Ozarks is known for its boating fun. People from all over the country will come here to enjoy this BEAUTIFUL lake. That being said, when you choose to boat at the Lake of the Ozarks, you're choosing to boat among MANY others when you're out on the water during a weekend, typically, so it's important that you're boating cautiously. Keep reading this week's blog for a few boating safety tips to help you do that. If you or someone you know has been injured in a boating accident at the Lake of the Ozarks that was caused by an intoxicated boater, it's important that you seek the legal help you deserve. This, unfortunately, DOES happen and it can be in your best interested to have an EXPERIENCED personal injury attorney at the Lake of the Ozarks on your side. Call Gibbons Law Firm today for your free consultation. We can be reached at 573-348-2211.


How To Boat Cautiously While Having Fun at the Lake of the Ozarks


BE AWARE OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS AT ALL TIMES!
There is typically a lot happening at once out on the water during a nice, summer weekend at the lake. Keep in mind, you may come across patrons kayaking, paddle boarding, swimming, fishing, etc. Be courteous and boat at an appropriate speed. Can you imagine how many boating accidents are caused simply by the boater not paying attention? Too many.

ALWAYS HAVE ENOUGH LIFE JACKETS ONBOARD AND EASY TO GET TO.
Not only do you legally have to have enough life jackets on board for everyone aboard the boat, but this is for your own safety. You may be a GREAT swimmer, but if you do get into a boating accident and find yourself stranded, you'll be thankful these are on board.

NEVER BOAT WHILE INTOXICATED.
This should go without saying, but you should never under any circumstance operate a boat while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. There are so many services available if you need a sober boat captain at the Lake of the Ozarks. It just isn't worth the risk. Not only would you be putting yourself in danger, but you'd be facing extensive jail time and fines and putting others at risk too.


Get The Compensation You Deserve, If You Were The Victim of a Boating Accident, With Gibbons Law Firm!


If you think you may have a personal injury case, and if you were the victim of a horrific boating accident, you probably do, it is important that you consult with an experienced attorney to know your legal rights. As a plaintiff in a personal injury case, you will have the burden of proving your case. Consequently, before you hire a personal injury attorney, you may want to consider his or her willingness and ability to take your case to trial, if necessary, and whether he or she has a proven record of obtaining settlements and winning jury trials. Understand that Roger Gibbons has successfully tried HUNDREDS of cases and has the experience and resources to give you an opportunity for a successful outcome on your personal injury case. Call today for your first consultation, the first one is free.


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Thursday, July 16, 2020

Ways a Criminal Charge Can Impact Your Personal and Professional Life

Facing a criminal charge is an uncertain time, likely full of many concerns and questions. While you're facing a hurdle in the immediate future with your charge, there may be more impacts on your life down the road, even after you've served your penalty. Our criminal defense attorney at the Lake of the Ozarks is here to help best represent your side of the case. Below, Gibbons Law Firm has provided common impacts a criminal charge can have on people.


Difficulties Landing a Job

Job applications include criminal history. Even if your application doesn't have a spot for criminal history, a background check may be run on each potential employee. Once a history is discovered, your application may be thrown out of the running for the position. Even if you have a job and your punishment doesn't involve time served, your employer may have a policy that states no one with a criminal charge can work there. If that's the case, you may lose your existing job.

Strain on Personal Relationships

Your friends and family may become distant as word about your criminal charge spreads around. This kind of distance between people who were once close to you can be difficult to come to terms with. If you have children, your custodial rights may change due to a criminal charge.

Trouble Finding a Place to Live

Many housing applications require a background check for new tenants. Landlords may become leery of allowing someone with a criminal charge to live at their property. Similar to a job, your current landlord may evict you due to a new charge.


Stress Repaying Debts

Criminal charges often result in hefty fines. These kinds of fines can pile up and become a large obstacle to overcome. Having a large amount of debt can add to the stress of your situation, making it even more difficult to deal with.

Daunting Mental Health Challenges

Many people who have been accused of a crime suffer from mental health obstacles. A stigma comes along with a criminal charge not only by others but on yourself. Mental health issues can lead down a dangerous road as you try to find some way to relieve the burden you're dealing with.

Being convicted of a crime can be detrimental to your personal and professional life. An experienced criminal defense attorney near Lake Ozark, MO can help you present your side of the case in hopes to lessen your charges. Having a less hefty fine or shortened penalty to serve, can help lessen the burden of your charge. While some of the ways a criminal charge can impact your life will remain the same, some other factors won't be as severe if your charge isn't for maximum punishments for the crime in which you're being charged.

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Thursday, July 9, 2020

Tips to Decrease Workers' Compensation Claims Against your Business

As a business owner, it's important to protect your venture with workers' compensation insurance. In fact, it's required by law to carry on your employees. While this insurance is in place to help cover the financial burden if an employee gets hurt at work, there are further steps you can take to help reduce the chance of a workers' compensation claim against your business. Our experienced lawyer at the Lake of the Ozarks is here to point out some easy ways you can better protect your venture.


Require Thorough Training with New Hires

When hiring someone to join your team, ensure they have been shown the proper safety protocol for all tasks. This is important to show how safety is a top priority for your new staff members. Putting an emphasis on safety can help make it clear from the start of their employment that you take the safety of your employees seriously. Take the extra time to explain in detail the safety regulations you have within your company. Ensure each new employee fully understands what the safety protocol is and why it is in place. Some employees may not take a safety regulation as seriously until they hear why it is a regulation in the first place.

Look for Safety Improvements

Let your staff know that you are always on the lookout for safety improvements. Sometimes the people who do the job on a daily basis can have great input for safety ideas to add to your company's protocol. Try to be open to employees to report faulty equipment. Let your staff know that you want to know when a piece of equipment is starting to fail, as this is a huge safety concern that needs to be addressed right away. It can be easy to verbally stress about the money required to fix equipment, but try to keep that kind of talk out of the workplace. It may discourage employees from reporting a safety concern if they know it'll end up costing more money for the business to properly fix it, if they believe money is an issue.


Conduct Regular Safety Training

Ensure your staff has regular training sessions to promote safety. Cover any new safety protocol and review your current procedures. This can help ensure that safety is top of mind for all of your employees. While most new employees receive safety training during their initial training, it's best to have a refresher course on a regular basis.

Encourage a Strong Team Environment

Encourage all of your staff members to look out for one another. If your team has a strong bond, they are more likely to care about the safety of one another. Keeping someone safe is important to all employees and the company as a whole. Also, a co-worker may be able to help point out a safety concern to a fellow employee in real-time and help prevent an unnecessary injury.

If your business has a workers' compensation claim, Gibbons Law Firm is here to help. We can help advise you as you gather the necessary documentation for you to best present your side of the case. Our workers' compensation lawyer at the Lake of the Ozarks has experience in this legal realm and is here to help you better protect your business venture!

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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Wednesday, July 1, 2020

4th of July Firework Safety Tips

4th of July is only days away and many of you may plan on attending or hosting your own firework events. Either way, it's important to keep safety in mind when near fireworks. Our law firm at the Lake of the Ozarks knows how potentially dangerous fireworks can be and we want to share some safety tips for you to keep top of mind. Check out the safety tips provided by Gibbons Law Firm before your upcoming firework extravaganza!


Buy Legitimate Fireworks

Homemade fireworks are a common cause of firework injuries. Professional pyrotechnicians design store bought fireworks and it's the safest option for your fireworks display. It's important to purchase legitimate fireworks to better protect you, your family, and your guests.

Have Water Nearby

Fireworks can throw off sparks and other pieces of debris. It's a good idea to keep a bucket of water handy. This can be used for a quick extinguish if needed or to throw on a spark that gets out of hand and starts to catch its surroundings on fire.

Keep a Safe Distance

When lighting fireworks, it's important to stay as far away as possible from other people and objects. This can help reduce the risk of a bystander getting injured due to a faulty firework.

Never Approach a "Dud" Firework

If a firework was lit but doesn't explode, it may be a dud. It's best to use extreme caution if you have a "dud" firework as it may just have a delay in exploding. Never look down into the tube you use to send fireworks to see if one is still down there. Fireworks come out of the launch tubes at great speeds and can seriously injure someone who's hand or face may be in the way upon exit.

Watch Closely as Children Play with Fireworks

Fireworks are not toys. There should always be close adult supervision when fireworks are being lit. Even the small "kid-friendly" fireworks can cause burns and injure your little ones. Be sure to educate your children about the dangers of fireworks before they use any.



Now that you've hopefully brushed up on firework tips, you're ready to safely celebrate the 4th of July. Our personal injury law firm at the Lake of the Ozarks wishes you and yours a safe and happy Independence Day!

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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Friday, June 26, 2020

Why Is It Important to Have a Divorce Lawyer?

When you're in the middle of a divorce, you may be at the most vulnerable state you've ever been in. This is a new territory for you and emotions are running high. It is not like anyone ever actually plans to get divorced when they get married so this isn't really something you can prepare yourself for emotionally. That is one of the MANY reasons it is important to have a divorce lawyer at the Lake of the Ozarks. While your emotions are running high, an experienced divorce attorney in Mid-MO can help keep you centered and focussed. For more reasons, it is important to have a divorce lawyer, keep reading this week's blog. If you are in need of an experienced divorce attorney, please call Gibbons Law Firm today at (573) 348-2211. Keep in mind your first consultation is free, so that would be a good opportunity to get the many questions you have answered.


Why Is It Important to Have a Divorce Lawyer?


An Experienced Divorce Attorney Can...

Answer Any Questions You May Have, Even Those That You May Have Been Afraid To Ask
Your divorce attorney is there for you throughout the entire process. Don't hesitate to ask questions about a certain protocol or why something is happening. A professional legal advisor will be able to help walk you through the process and thoroughly explain why this step is needed to reach the end goal of being divorced.

Give You Advice On Child Custody When You're At Your Most Emotional State of Mind
Continue to be involved in your children's lives, even if you are no longer living under the same roof. It can help show your kids how much you care and that you will always be there to support them, even if you and your spouse are no longer together. Put your kids first and remember they are going through a challenging time, just like you are.

Guide You In The Right Direction When It Comes To Dividing Your Assets
Assets will be evaluated during the divorce process in order to divide them amongst the spouses. Do not attempt to hide any assets that your husband or wife may not know about. If the court discovers such items have been covered up, the process will start over and you may be reprimanded for not disclosing all of your assets upfront.


The Experienced Divorce Lawyers at Gibbons Law Firm Are Here For You!


All of us here at Gibbons Law Firm hope that you found this blog enlightening. While no one plans to get divorced, it can happen and its best to have an attorney who can walk you through your options. Remember, an experienced and knowledgeable attorney will have the ability to listen and counsel clients, investigate and negotiate cases, defuse conflict, and, when necessary, litigate a case. To get all your questions answered pertaining to your divorce, please call Gibbons Law Firm today. We can be reached at the phone number listed below. You can also stay up to date on our latest announcements by following us on our social media channels listed below.


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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Friday, June 19, 2020

What Legal Services Can Gibbons Law Firm Provide Me? 

Roger Gibbons of Gibbons Law Firm has been engaged in private practice since 1992. That's almost THREE decades of legal experience. If you are looking for an EXPERIENCED law firm at the Lake of the Ozarks, you will find that in Gibbons Law Firm, but you may be wondering, exactly what legal services do we provide? Keep reading this week's blog to find out. Below you will find an overview of the legal services Gibbons Law Firm provides. If you are in need of an experienced attorney at the Lake of the Ozarks you can trust to be there for you, call Gibbons Law Firm today. Your first consultation is free and we can be reached at (573) 348-2211.


Accident & Personal Injury Legal Services
Please understand that personal injury law applies to claims that arise when a person has sustained injury or damage caused by another party. The cases range from those involving:
  • Motor vehicle and boating accidents
  • Business torts
  • Defective products 
  • Premises liability
  • Sexual harassment and discrimination
  • Workers’ compensation
  • Wrongful death
If you think you have a personal injury case, it is important that you consult with an experienced attorney to know your legal rights. Our Lake of the Ozarks law firm is available for free consultations.

Criminal Defense Legal Services
Keep in mind that when it comes to criminal defense, we are giving people who were accused of a crime, the legal protections that they are entitled to under the United States and Missouri Constitutions and the laws of this state. Criminal offenses often carry the potential of a:
  • Lengthy incarceration
  • Heavy fines 
...and other penalties. We represent clients in all types of felony and misdemeanor cases.

Family Law Legal Services
Family Law consists of 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. Clearly, the legal aspects of family law can be highly sensitive and emotional because of the personal nature of the disputes. An experienced and knowledgeable attorney—with the ability to listen and counsel clients, investigate and negotiate cases, to defuse conflict, and, when necessary, to litigate a case—is IMPORTANT to have to achieve a successful outcome of a family law case.


Gibbons Law Firm is Here To Help With YOUR Legal Needs!


Please keep in mind that this is a brief overview of the main legal services we provide, but if you find you need an attorney for a situation that falls outside these fields, give us a call. We may still be able to help you and it doesn't hurt to ask. Remember, your first consultation is free and our Lake Ozark law firm can be reached at (573) 348-2211. Follow us on our social media channels listed below to stay as up to date as possible on our latest announcements.


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



Your Trusted Legal Resource

Gibbons Law Firm
2820 Bagnell Dam Blvd, Suite B4
Lake Ozark, MO 65049

(573) 348-2211

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