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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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!

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Lake Ozark, MO 65049

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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.


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Lake Ozark, MO 65049

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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.


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Lake Ozark, MO 65049

(573) 348-2211

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Monday, June 15, 2020

Need-To-Know Information About Estate Planning

Be prepared - these are two words that are sometimes easier said than done. For example, you can't really "prepare" to lose a loved one so suddenly. However, you do have the option to create an estate plan for yourself to make handling your estate much easier on your loved ones in their time of mourning you. Our estate planning lawyers at the Lake of the Ozarks are some need-to-know information about estate planning in this week's blog. Ready to get your estate plan in order? Call our Lake Ozark lawyers today. Gibbons Law Firm can be reached at 573-348-2211.


Need-To-Know Information About Estate Planning


It is important to nominate a guardian for your minor children.

A parent of a child can, through their will, nominate another person to be the guardian for their minor children upon their death. Then the probate court will make their determination as to the appointment of a guardian.  By law, the probate court HAS to give preference to the person nominated by the parents but the probate court still makes the appointment.

Understand who your property goes to upon your passing.

If a person dies without a will, the laws of intestate succession provide that the property passes to the decedent’s heir which includes that person’s children.

Consider purchasing life insurance.
Life insurance can bring peace of mind to whoever purchases it. No one likes to think about what happens when they die, but it's really important that you have a plan in place for your family. For example, let's say you are the primary provider for your family, as in you pay most of the bills and your family depends on your salary to make ends meet. If you pass away without life insurance, your family will likely be in financial trouble. But, if you have a proper life insurance policy in place, the coverage amount you have, will at least help your family financially when you are no longer around to do so.



Gibbons Law Firm Is Here For All Your Estate Planning Needs.

We understand that no one likes to think about what happens when they pass away, but having a proper estate plan in place is actually a positive thing. You are ensuring that your wishes are met at a time that you won't physically be able to express them. Our Lake of the Ozarks attorneys can help you get your estate plan in place and ensure your wishes are being met. Give us a call today at the number listed below. Your first consultation is free. You can also follow us on our social media channels listed below to stay up to date on our latest announcements.



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Lake Ozark, MO 65049

(573) 348-2211

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Monday, June 8, 2020

Need-to-Know Information About Workers' Comp. Cases

Workers' Compensation Insurance - This can come in handy for both employees and employers alike. You honestly never know what may happen on the job and if you get injured while working, it's important to feel like your medical bills will be covered by your employers since the injury was a work-related one. However, that's not always the case. If you ever feel like you are being taken advantage of and that your employer is not covering you properly with workers' compensation, it's important that you contact an EXPERIENCED workers' compensation attorney at the Lake of the Ozarks as soon as possible. Our Lake Ozark law firm can help. Gibbons Law Firm can be reached at 573-348-2211. Your first consultation is free. In the meantime, keep reading this week's blog for some NEED-TO-KNOW information about workers' compensation cases.


Need-to-Know Information About Workers' Comp. Cases


IT MAY BE IN YOUR BEST INTEREST TO HIRE AN EXPERIENCED ATTORNEY TO REPRESENT YOU IN A WORKERS' COMPENSATION CASE.
If you have any issues pursuing your workers' compensation claim, you may need to seek representation. It's important to know your rights as an employee who has been injured. That's where an EXPERIENCED workers' comp. attorney comes in. We can help talk through your case and walk you through the legal process to try to get the compensation you deserve.

YOU SHOULD GET MEDICAL TREATMENT FOR YOUR INJURY SOONER RATHER THAN LATER.
Tending to your injuries is the most important thing you can do. When the medical staff is helping you, ensure it is documented that this injury occurred in the workplace. Your medical records will likely be needed during your case and it's important that they show you were hurt on the clock. Listen carefully to all medical advice when it comes to taking care of your injury after you leave the hospital or doctor's office.

LET YOUR EMPLOYER KNOW OF YOUR INJURY AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
All accidents need to be reported to your employer. If you are injured at work, it's important to make sure your employer and/or HR department know of the injury.

  • Even if it seems like a minor accident, you should still report the injury. 
  • If you have a small injury now, it could lead to further damage in the future and you will want the initial injury to be properly documented with your employer.
  • In addition to all injuries that take place at work, all accidents should be reported, as well. 
  • Even an accident in which no one was hurt should be reported to your supervisor. 
  • New protocol or precautions may be put in place to ensure no one is hurt if a similar accident does occur in the future. 
You may be a part of making your workplace a safer environment for all by reporting any accidents that occur.


All of us here at Gibbons Law Firm hope that you found this blog enlightening. Again, you honestly never know what may happen on the job and it's important to be prepared with workers' compensation insurance, just in case. If you're struggling to get your injuries covered, we are here for you! Let us help you by presenting your legal options. Give us a call today at the phone number listed below. You can also follow us on our social media channels listed below to stay up to date on our latest announcements.


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Lake Ozark, MO 65049

(573) 348-2211

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Friday, May 29, 2020

Involved in a Car Accident? Stay Calm & Get the Personal Injury Lawyer You Deserve.

Summers are HUGE at the Lake of the Ozarks and we don't just mean on the water, roadways as well. Summer officially starts June 20th, which is right around the corner! A car accident can happen at ANY time and it only takes a few seconds and one mistake for an accident to occur. What are you supposed to do right after an accident takes place? Your head is likely spinning and it can be difficult to think logically in times like this. Keep reading this week's blog for a few actions to take if you are ever involved in a car accident at the Lake of the Ozarks. Keep in mind that if you or someone you know has been injured in a car accident, you should contact a personal injury attorney at the Lake of the Ozarks as soon as possible. Gibbons Law Firm can help you make sure you are getting the compensation you need to cover your injuries and more. Call our Lake Ozark law office today at (573) 348-2211 for your free consultation.


CALL 911.
If you or someone else is injured and needs medical attention, call 911 right away. An ambulance can help treat an injured party and ensure they receive the proper attention required for their injury. It's also important to notify the police of an accident. They will want to conduct an accident report and will need to be on the scene to evaluate.

ASK FOR A POLICE REPORT.
After the accident, request the incident report from the responding authorities. These reports are filed by the police and may take a few days to be completed. Try to get this information as soon as possible to assist with your insurance claim.

MAKE SURE EVERYONE IS OK.
Right after an accident happens, make sure all parties are ok. If able to, move vehicles off the road to help avoid a traffic jam. Once you've made sure all parties are safe and out of harm's way, you can start to gather information.

WRITE ALL DETAILS ABOUT THE ACCIDENT DOWN.
As soon as you are able, document the entire accident. Write down what happened from your perspective. Also note any outside conditions that may have impacted the situation - weather, other traffic, etc.

CALL YOUR INSURANCE COMPANY.
As soon as possible, contact your insurance company and notify them of the incident. This can help get the process started with your claim. Provide as much information as possible to your insurer and follow their directions as to what your next steps will be.

CALL A TOW TRUCK IF NEEDED.
If you are unable to drive your vehicle away from the scene, contact a tow company right away. If your vehicle is on the side of the road or even some parking lots for any length of time, you may get a fine. Getting your vehicle out of the way is important, especially if it is obstructing traffic.


Call the Missouri Personal Injury Attorneys at Gibbons Law Firm Today For Your Free Consultation.


We understand how scary it can be to be involved in a car accident. You likely didn't see it coming and the financial impact can be life-changing. Don't ever feel alone in these sorts of situations because our personal injury lawyers at the Lake of the Ozarks can help you get the compensation you need to cover your injuries and more. Call us today to get any questions you may have answered.


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Lake Ozark, MO 65049

(573) 348-2211

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Thursday, May 21, 2020

Indications That You May Have a Personal Injury Case

Have you ever...
  • Been in a car accident caused by another party?
  • Slip and fell in a restaurant on a slippery floor they failed to alert patrons about?
  • Been in a boating accident that was caused by a boater that was drinking while boating?
  • Been sexually harassed by a co-worker?
  • Been injured on the job?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, there's a possibility you could have a personal injury case, but let's dive into that a little further. Our personal injury lawyers at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to give you a few questions to ask yourself to determine whether or not you might have a case in this week's blog. If you have reason to believe you may have a case, call an experienced personal injury attorney at the Lake of the Ozarks today. Gibbons Law Firm can be reached at 573-348-2211. Your first consultation is free.


Were you involved in any sort of accident that was caused by someone else?
If you answer YES and you were injured in any sort of way, then you should be seeking a personal injury attorney for advice. Medical bills add up QUICKLY and if there's a chance you could get the compensation YOU DESERVE for an injury you did not cause, you need to call an experienced Missouri attorney as soon as possible.

Are you feeling any sort of emotional distress for your accident?
Pain isn't always physical. If you were involved in a HORRIFIC accident caused by another person, you may have some emotional distress, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, etc. This is something that you COULD get compensation for as well.

Was any of your property damaged in this accident?
Whether your car was destroyed or badly damaged in a car accident, you are entitled to compensation for those repairs, along with any other sorts of property you may have had that were damaged. For example, if your personal injury case consists of a car accident and you had a laptop, clothes, and a cell phone that were all in the car and destroyed, you may be entitled to damages for those items too.


The Personal Injury Attorneys at Gibbons Law Firm Are Here For You!


If you have been involved in any sort of accident that wasn't your fault, get the compensation you deserve and give us a call today. When it comes to Personal Injury Law - if it is proven that another party’s wrongful conduct caused injury or damage, the injured person may be entitled to monetary compensation from the other party. Gibbons Law Firm generally represents such clients on a contingency fee basis and receives compensation ONLY when the case is resolved. Call us today for your free consultation, we can be reached at the phone number listed below.


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

(573) 348-2211

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Friday, May 15, 2020

Is Divorce Really The Right Decision For You?

No one ever plans on getting divorced when they marry someone, but it just happens sometimes. Unfortunately, divorce rates will very likely spike by the time COVID-19 is over. People are feeling restless and having been stuck in the house together for so long can really show your true colors. Some couples may think they aren't compatible anymore. If this sounds like you and you are considering divorce, ask yourself, is divorce really the right decision for you? Our divorce lawyers at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to give you a few things to think about before making the official decision to get divorced in this week's blog. If you are strongly considering getting divorced, you likely have a lot of questions. Get them answered by a Missouri divorce attorney you can count on. Gibbons Law Firm can be reached at (573) 348-2211 and your first consultation is FREE.


FINANCIAL RAMIFICATIONS
Be prepared to be completely honest about your financial status, because you will likely have to reveal a lot of information pertaining to your income if you choose to get divorced. Property or assets accumulated during a marriage are typically considered "marital property" - that is, both spouses share equal ownership of the assets. Property and assets accumulated prior to the marriage are considered individual property. During the divorce, the court will:
  • Strive to divide the marital assets in a manner that is fair and equitable. In order for this to be possible, the court will have to know the full financial value of all shared (and likely all individual) assets. 
  • If your spouse handles the finances and you are not aware of what your financial picture currently looks like, we recommend that you educate yourself in this arena prior to beginning the divorce process.
CHILD CUSTODY
If you have children and plan to get divorced, go into this process knowing that the court rules in the best interest of the child. It's in your best interest to cooperate with your ex and be as cordial as possible throughout this entire process for the sake of your children. Don't under any circumstances speak poorly about your ex in front of the children or try to influence how your child feels about your ex (their other parent) in a negative way. This will likely get back to the court and hurt your chances for custody.


TIME COMMITMENTS
Some divorces take much longer to complete than others. Don't assume your divorce will need to automatically be filed in court. We recommend that you start with mediation. If that doesn't work, you can always switch to litigation at a later date.


Our Lake of the Ozarks Divorce Lawyers Are Here For You!

This is an uncertain time for you, no one can ever fully predict how a divorce will end, but you CAN control the divorce lawyer in Missouri you choose to help you through this. At Gibbons Law Firm, you can count on us to communicate with you promptly and to make sure all of your questions get answered. We are also committed to providing legal counseling and advice that clients need in such disputes. Find out more about how we can assist you by contacting us for your free consultation today. We can be reached at the phone number listed below.


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Lake Ozark, MO 65049

(573) 348-2211

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Friday, May 8, 2020

Reasons To Choose Gibbons Law Firm For Your Legal Needs

You need to be able to count on whoever you choose as your lawyer! This is an important job and this person is likely helping you with a very important legal matter. You should be able to count on your lawyer to:
  • Return your phone calls in a timely manner
  • Answer your questions honestly
  • Be proactive in helping you win your case
...and so much more. Our law firm in Lake Ozark can do these things for you and be there for you for whatever your legal needs may be. Keep reading this week's blog for a few reasons to choose Gibbons Law Firm for your legal needs. For an experienced attorney at the Lake of the Ozarks, you can trust, call Gibbons Law Firm at 573-348-2211 for your free consultation today.


We value COMMUNICATION here.
Gibbons Law Firm is committed to:
  • Prompt communications with clients during engagements
  • Consistently providing sound legal advice
  • Answering questions and guiding clients through difficult legal situations
As an experienced lawyer and litigator, Roger Gibbons’ clients benefit from legal advice that is well-balanced and based on comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the law in many areas.

You can count on us to be RELIABLE like many others have before you.
We have had the pleasure of helping several clients over the years with their legal issues. We've represented numerous clients in a variety of civil, criminal, and probate cases. Our diverse client base includes:

  • Individuals
  • Employees
  • Builders
  • Contractors 
  • Homeowners
  • Lenders
  • Small businesses
  • Subcontractors
  • Municipalities

...and other government entities. We have assisted clients with their legal needs in the areas of accident/personal injury law, appellate practice, business, and corporate law, child custody matters, construction law, contracts, criminal defense, divorce and family law, employment law, landlord-tenant, land use and zoning, real estate laws, wills and probate, and workers’ compensation.

Use our many years of LEGAL EXPERIENCE to help you win your case.
Roger Gibbons has been engaged in private practice since 1992. In addition to his private practice, he has worked for over a decade as a prosecuting attorney for the State of Missouri successfully prosecuting thousands of criminal cases of all types. In that position, he worked hard to hold persons accountable for their conduct, to protect victims and their rights, and to keep communities safe. Roger Gibbons will work hard to instill your trust in him and to obtain the outcome that you deserve.


Gibbons Law Firm is Here For Your Legal Needs!


All of us here at Gibbons Law Firm hope that this blog found you safe and healthy. We understand that these are uncertain times and it's important to know what IS certain - like our Lake of the Ozarks law firm can CERTAINLY be there for you when you need an experienced lawyer. Whether you have a personal injury, criminal defense, or family law case - we can help. Call today for your free consultation. We can be reached at the phone number listed below. You can also follow us on our social media channels listed below to stay up to date on our latest announcements.



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Lake Ozark, MO 65049

(573) 348-2211

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Thursday, April 30, 2020

The Dos and Don'ts of Estate Planning for Parents

Estate planning is essential in life, it's as simple as that. No one ever knows what's going to happen in life and there is no way of predicting the future. That being said, many don't have estate plans or wills for that matter. Our attorneys at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to give parents the dos and don'ts of estate planning in this week's blog. If you're a parent, it is so important that you have an estate plan put together for the sake of your children. If you have questions on how to put an effective estate plan together, please call our estate planning attorneys in Lake Ozark today. Gibbons Law Firm can be reached at (573) 348-2211.


The Dos and Don'ts of Estate Planning for Parents


DO...

Name a guardian you trust completely to care for your minor children in the unexpected event you pass away before they are of age.
The guardian you pick should be someone you feel the children are comfortable with and that is incredibly responsible. Understand that the guardian you name is the person who will care for your children and provide for them in the event you aren't physically able to anymore. This is an extremely important role and should not be taken lightly.

Consider purchasing a life insurance policy.
Many people may not consider life insurance because they don't understand it's true purpose. Keep in mind that life insurance can give you peace of mind, knowing your loved ones will be provided for financially in the event that you pass away. When searching for a life insurance policy be sure that it is for the proper amount your family would need. It needs to be a policy that works for YOUR needs and not the other way around.

DON'T...

Forget to update your beneficiaries as you experience life changes.
A good example of a life change that may give you a reason to change your beneficiary is you got remarried and still have your ex listed as a beneficiary. You may want to change that from your ex to your children or your current spouse, depending on what you feel. The point here is to just pay attention to what you put in your estate plan as times change because you never know what can happen.

Forget to store your important documents in a safe place.
If you pass away in an untimely fashion, your loved ones will likely be consumed with grief. Keeping that in mind, you could make things easier on them by storing your important documents, such as your will, funeral instructions, special requests, etc. - in a safe place that they can access if they need to.


Gibbons Law Firm is Here For Your Estate Planning Needs!


We hope you found these tips enlightening. Having an estate plan in place is so vital. It gives you the opportunity to make your wishes known at a time where you physically aren't able to. If you don't have an estate plan in place, we strongly urge you to call an experienced estate planning attorney at the Lake of the Ozarks today. Gibbons Law Firm can be reached at (573) 348-2211 and your first consultation is free. We are committed to prompt communications with clients during engagements, consistently providing sound legal advice, answering questions, and guiding clients through difficult legal situations. Call today for more information.



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

(573) 348-2211

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Friday, April 24, 2020

Divorces, Annulments, & Legal Separations - What's The Difference?

Divorces, annulments, and legal separations - you have likely heard each of these terms before, but do you fully understand the differences between them? If you are experiencing problems in your marriage, it's important to know your legal options. Our divorce lawyers at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to explain the differences between divorces, annulments, and legal separations in this week's blog. If you have any questions about your legal options when it comes to ending your marriage, please do not hesitate to call our Missouri divorce lawyers today. Gibbons Law Firm is here for you. We can be reached at 573-348-2211.


Divorces, Annulments, & Legal Separations - What's The Difference?


Divorces
Divorce is technically defined as the legal dissolving of one's marriage. When a divorce takes place, many important tasks need to be taken care of. For example, if you have children, you will need to come up with a parenting plan and establish proper custody of your minor children. You might also have to handles matters pertaining to:

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


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

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

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


Legal Separations
A couple may choose to separate when they're not ready to end the marriage in divorce yet. Separations don't always end in divorce, the couple may choose to reconcile.

The main point here is to recognize the different options before you if you are experiencing issues with your marriage. If you have legal questions, it's best to ask an experienced attorney you can count on. That's where Gibbons Law Firm comes in.


Our Lake of the Ozarks Family Lawyers Are Here For You!


Please realize that family law deals with issues arising from marriage and other domestic relationships. The cases give rise to matters that include divorce, legal separation, division of assets and liabilities, spousal support, child custody, child support, and other matters. Gibbons Law Firm assists clients with all types of family law cases. We are committed to providing the legal counseling and advice that clients need in such disputes. Give us a call today for your free consultation.



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Lake Ozark, MO 65049

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Friday, April 17, 2020

Important Points To Consider When It Comes To Criminal Defense

Has someone close to you ever been accused of a crime?
Have you ever faced criminal charges yourself?
Have you ever been confused about how the legal system from criminal defense really works?

If you answered yes to any one of these questions, this is the blog for you. Our attorneys at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to give you a few important points to consider when it comes to criminal defense in this week's blog. If you are in need of legal advice, please do not hesitate to call our criminal defense attorneys at the Lake of the Ozarks today. Gibbons Law Firm can be reached at (573) 348-2211.


Important Points To Consider When It Comes To Criminal Defense


KNOW WHAT THE SEVERITY OF A FELONY CAN BE.
According to The Missouri criminal code, “A felony is an offense for which a person convicted may be sentenced to death or to imprisonment for a term which is in excess of one year.”

KNOW WHEN BAIL IS AN OPTION.
Bail money or other property that is deposited with the court is used to ensure that the person accused will return to court when they are required to do so. If the defendant returns to court as required, the bail will be returned at the end of the case, even if the defendant is convicted.

CALL YOUR LAWYER AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
As soon as you become aware that the police are looking for or investigating you would be a good time to give your criminal defense lawyer a call. Also, if you believe that you may have committed a crime, that would be an opportune time as well. A lawyer can intervene with the police to either prevent an arrest or if you are going to be arrested, arrange for your surrender at a time and in a manner that can minimize embarrassment to you or your family.

GIVE YOURSELF THE BEST LEGAL REPRESENTATION YOU CAN, EVEN IF YOU'RE INNOCENT.
Innocent people can get accused of committing crimes as well as guilty ones. Also, in some cases, people who may have committed one crime can occasionally get accused (wrongfully) of committing additional and more serious crimes. Having a lawyer can help you develop a strategy for responding to the charge.


Get Your Legal Questions Answered!


All of us here at Gibbons Law Firm hope that you found this blog enlightening and helpful when it comes to understanding the world of criminal defense. Again if you have any legal questions regarding criminal defense, please do not hesitate to give our attorneys a call today. We can be reached at (573) 348-2211.



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, April 10, 2020

Safe Driving Tips for Motorcyclists

This is an uncertain time. The COVID-19 crisis has affected us all in some way, whether it has prevented you from seeing some of your loved ones and friends for an extended period of time, caused you to lose your job, or even worse, infected you with the illness. All of that being said, this "new normal" can be very overwhelming at times and we think it's important to think forward. We will all get through this together. Speaking of thinking forward, next month (May) is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. Our personal injury attorneys at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to give a few driving safety tips to motorcyclists. If you are a motorcyclist that has been injured in an auto accident, please call our Lake Ozark attorneys today. We can help you get the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Gibbons Law Firm can be reached at (573) 348-2211.


Safe Driving Tips for Motorcyclists 


BE ALERT AND ALWAYS DRIVE DEFENSIVELY WHILE ON A MOTORCYCLE.
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.

NEVER DRIVE A MOTORCYCLE WHILE UNDER THE INFLUENCE.
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.

ALWAYS WEAR A HELMET.
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.

KNOW EVERYTHING YOU CAN ABOUT OPERATING A MOTORCYCLE BEFORE YOU DRIVE IT.
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.

OBEY ALL OF THE 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.


Motorcyclists - Stay Safe Out On The Roads!


All of us here at Gibbons Law Firm hope that this blog finds you safe and healthy. In the spirit of the upcoming Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, we hope that you found these safety tips helpful. Again, if you are injured in an accident, please give us a call for your free consultation. We can be reached at (573) 348-2211. You can also follow us on our social media channels listed below to stay up to date on our latest announcements. Be safe, everyone!


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Lake Ozark, MO 65049

(573) 348-2211

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