Friday, January 17, 2020

Child Custody Planning Tips for Unmarried Parents

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


Child Custody Planning Tips for Unmarried Parents


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

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

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

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

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


Family Lawyers at the Lake of the Ozarks


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


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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Safe Driving Tips for 2020

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


Source: http://lakepubcrawl.com/

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

The wrist band is required and includes:

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

THE SAFE DRIVING OPTION FOR THE PUB CRAWL

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

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

Safe Driving Tips for 2020

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



Always Designate a Sober Driver!

Our DWI lawyers at the Lake of the Ozarks can tell you that some pretty horrific accidents at the Lake have happened and were caused by drunk driving. You should always have a sober driver. The consequences are severe for drunk driving, which is why you should have an EXPERIENCED DWI attorney who can walk you through your legal options. Gibbons Law Firm represents clients in all types of felony and misdemeanor cases. Roger Gibbons has successfully tried hundreds of criminal cases of all types. We are committed to providing clients with criminal defense services that will ensure their rights are protected and they are treated fairly. Give us a call today to find out more about how we can assist you. We can be reached at (573) 348-2211.


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Lake Ozark, MO 65049

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Friday, January 10, 2020

Estate Planning Tips for Millennials

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


Estate Planning Tips for Millennials


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

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

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

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



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


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