Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Common Reasons People May Delay Getting A Will And Why They Should AVOID Doing This

Estate planning can be tough on people for a number of reasons. For starters, most people don't like thinking about what happens when they die. Our estate planning attorneys in Lake Ozark understand that. However, we can't stress this enough, it's incredibly important for you to have a will. If you don't have one, get one sooner rather than later. If you pass away without a will, it can cause SO many problems for your loved ones, disputes among heirs, confusion about your funeral, tax issues, etc. Keep reading this week's blog for a few common reasons people delay getting a will and why they SHOULDN'T. If you need some getting your will together, contact one of our experienced estate planning attorneys at the Lake of the Ozarks today. Gibbons Law Firm can be reached at (573) 348-2211.


Common Reasons People May Delay Getting A Will And Why They Should AVOID Doing This


Deciding on who gets what asset may be stressful for you. 

When planning your will, you can designate who you want to take over specific assets. Whether it's your home, car, accounts, or family heirlooms, it's a great opportunity to distribute your belongings to your friends and family. A will can help ensure your wishes are being carried out and that your estate is going where you want and not just divvied up.


Thinking about anyone else caring for children can be difficult.

If you have children under the age of 18, you can designate guardianship to an individual or couple. This can help make sure your kids are being cared for by exactly who you wish to care for them. You can also leave specific instructions for any financial help you want to go along with the person who will care for your kids.


The fear of the unknown intimidates some people. 

The beauty of a will is that it is a flexible document. Changes can be made over time as your wishes change. Whether you've had a major life change or you simply think someone else would be a better fit for a certain asset, you can make changes to your will, as you see fit.


Thinking about your own death can be so sad that people may just want to avoid doing so altogether.

It's important that everyone involved knows exactly what your wishes for your estate are. This can help to avoid arguments amongst family members. It will offer comfort for your family to know exactly what your wishes are and to help carry them out. A will is an ideal place to document any of your wishes for when you pass.



Our Estate Planning Attorneys Are At Your Service!

Now that you have a better idea of how important making a will actually is, let's get this task taken care of together before it's too late. Call our estate planning lawyers in Lake Ozark today. We can be reached at the phone number listed below. Remember, your first consultation is free. Make your wishes known with Gibbons Law Firm. We are ready to help you with this important part of life. Be sure to follow us on our social media channels listed below to stay up to date on our latest legal tips.


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Friday, June 18, 2021

3 Reasons You May Need To Change Your Will

Do you have a will? If not, our estate planning attorneys at the Lake of the Ozarks sincerely encourage you to get one. Having a will can relieve so much stress for your loved ones during a time where they are already mourning you. A proper will can help prevent disputes among heirs and make the entire process just easier. That being said, once you have a will, it's important that you keep it updated over time. Keep reading this week's blog for 3 reasons you may need to change your will over time. If you have any questions about updating your will or you would like a professional to help you create your will in the first place, please give us a call today. Gibbons Law Firm can be reached at (573) 348-2211. Know that your first consultation with us is FREE.



3 Reasons You May Need To Change Your Will

 

1. YOU GET DIVORCED AND NEED TO REMOVE YOUR EX FROM YOUR WILL.

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

 

2. ONCE YOUR KIDS ARE GROWN, YOU MAY WANT TO LEAVE YOUR ASSETS TO GRANDKIDS.

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

 

3. THE BENEFICIARY YOU NAMED HAS PASSED AWAY.

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



Get Your Will Updated To Reflect Your Life Changes Today.

 

Gibbons Law Firm can help you! Our estate planning attorneys in Lake Ozark can look over your will and work with you to make sure it is fully updated. Letting things like this go unchecked can really be tragic if you pass away unexpectedly and your will isn't correct. You don't want the wrong beneficiary inheriting your assets and so on. Give us a call at the phone 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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Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Factors That Are Considered When Awarding Child Custody

Do you know people who are divorced with children? The odds are you do. The divorce rate is still about 50%. Have you ever thought about what it took for child custody to be awarded to the parents? This is SO important to keep top of mind if you are ever considering divorce and you have children. Our divorce lawyers at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to give you a few factors that are considered when awarding child custody. If you need to speak with an experienced Mid-Missouri divorce attorney, please call Gibbons Law Firm today. Your first consultation is free. We can be reached at 573-348-2211.



Factors That Are Considered When Awarding Child Custody


When it comes to child custody cases in Missouri, the court has to look at what's in the best interest of the children. Many factors can play into that. Here are a few that may be considered:


FAIR SHARING OF TIME WITH THE CHILD

Which parent is more likely to allow the child frequent, continuing and meaningful contact with the other parent.


THE CHILD'S WISHES

  • The child’s adjustment to the child’s home, school, and community.
  • The needs of the child for a frequent, continuing and meaningful relationship with both parents and the ability and willingness of parents to actively perform their functions as mother and father for the needs of the child.


THE MENTAL STABILITY OF THE PARENTS

  • The mental and physical health of all individuals involved, including any history of abuse of any individuals involved.
  • Possible drug addiction from the past may be looked into.
  • Any DWIs that may be on the parent's record may also be taken into account.


PROVIDING A STABLE ENVIRONMENT FOR THE CHILD

  • The intention of either parent to relocate the principal residence of the child.
  • The interaction and interrelationship of the child with parents, siblings, and any other person may significantly affect the child’s best interests.
  • Having a steady job to provide for the child.
  • Having a home in a safe neighborhood for the child to reside in.
  • Participating and being present on a regular basis for your child's extracurricular activities, such as ball games, music recitals, school plays, etc.


Do You Need An EXPERIENCED Divorce Lawyer Fighting For Your Child Custody?

Divorce is tough on everyone. Just stay focused on the task at hand and don't be afraid to lean on your divorce attorney to be your guide through this emotional time. Any case that involves child custody can be truly trying and dramatic for everyone involved but you CAN get through it. Our divorce attorneys are here to help you any way we can. For more information on our family law practice, please visit our website at www.RGibbonsLawFirm.com. Be sure to follow us on our social media channels to stay up to date on our latest legal tips and announcements.



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Thursday, June 3, 2021

Why You May Need A Lawyer As A LandLord?

Many people who own second homes at the Lake of the Ozarks may choose to rent out to people vacationing in the area for the weekend. They may also choose to rent out their second homes to tenants on a long-term basis. It can be a GREAT investment. That being said, if you choose to do this, you should go about it the right way. Legally speaking, you can run into so many issues if you're not careful. There are a few MAJOR things an experienced lawyer at the Lake of the Ozarks can help you with if you're a landlord. 



Why You May Need A Lawyer As A LandLord?


Your tenant causes SIGNIFICANT damage to your property.

Most lease agreements state who should be responsible for maintenance and damage to the property. Typically, the owner is responsible for normal wear and tear and the tenant is responsible for any significant damage they cause. If the tenant does not repair the damage they cause, they may be responsible for paying for the damage to be repaired.


Your tenant gets hurt on your property.

A renter may get injured on your property and claim you should be responsible for the accident. This is a tough situation to be in and you should consult legal assistance as soon as you are accused. Getting a lawyer involved can help guide you as to how you should proceed and if you have a case or not. A way to avoid this situation is to help ensure your rental property is safe for your tenants before an issue arises.


You have to evict a tenant because they failed to pay rent.

It can be tough to evict a tenant. Even with a good reason, getting a renter out can be tricky. You have to give a certain length of time for a tenant to get their belongings out of your rental. If they are reluctant, it can be a long process. It's important to consult a lawyer at the Lake of the Ozarks if you plan to evict a tenant. An experienced lawyer can help walk you through the process and let you know what rights you have as a landlord.


Your tenant is late making payments and you need legal assistance to get them to do so.

If you are struggling to get payment from your tenant, you may have to take legal action. Give your renter a reasonable length of time to make the payment. Try to work with them as to when they can pay you. If you make an effort to get the payment from the tenant, it shows that you are willing to negotiate and work with them. If you are past the point of working it out, a lawyer may need to be involved.



Ready To Become A Landlord?


If so, congratulations! This can be such a great investment for you and your family and we hope it works out for you. If you'd like to sit down with an experienced attorney in Lake Ozark that has dealt with many of these matters before, call Gibbons Law Firm today. We can be reached at (573) 348-2211. 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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Thursday, May 27, 2021

Legal Tips for the Aspiring Business Owner

If you've decided to start your own business, congratulations! That's a huge step in life. No longer having a boss because YOU'RE the boss is a big deal. That being said, you don't want to go into this new venture blindly. There are many legal aspects you should keep top of mind as a business owner. Our business attorneys at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to give a few legal tips for the aspiring business owner, in this week's blog. If you own a business and would like some legal advice from the experts, please call Gibbons Law Firm today. We can be reached at (573) 348-2211. Give us a call today for your consultation, the first one is FREE.



Legal Tips for the Aspiring Business Owner


PROTECT WHAT IS YOURS.

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


STAY ON TOP OF NECESSARY CONTRACT UPDATES.

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


KEEP A RECORD OF EVERYTHING.

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


DOCUMENT THOROUGHLY WHEN YOU HAVE TO FIRE SOMEONE.

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




Legal Business Advice From An Expert Can Help You Tremendously!

Prepare for the worst and hope for the best. Have you ever heard that saying? It doesn't hurt to be prepared for any legal situation that could happen when owning a business. We hope you found these legal tips helpful. If you have any questions or would like to sit down with a legal expert at the Lake of the Ozarks and discuss your business over a consultation, please give us a call. 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


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Monday, May 24, 2021

3 Bodily Impairments Drinking While Driving Causes

Many people will travel down to the Lake of the Ozarks for weekend fun. With the tons of celebrations and gatherings happening throughout the area, some will include alcohol. Our lawyers at the Lake of the Ozarks have seen too many DWI-related accidents happen throughout the years in this area. Do NOT drink and drive. Keep reading this week's blog for 3 ways alcohol can impair your senses when behind the wheel. If you or someone you know has been injured in a car accident caused by a drunk driver, please contact our personal injury attorneys at the Lake of the Ozarks today. Gibbons Law Firm can be reached at 573-348-2211.



3 Bodily Impairments Drinking While Driving Causes


1. YOU MAY NOT BE ABLE TO SEE AS WELL.

Road lights, signs, and other car headlights can all blur together if you have been drinking. Many times a drunk driver will subconsciously drive toward a light that catches their eye. This can lead to a very dangerous situation on the road, especially with oncoming traffic.


2. YOUR DECISION-MAKING SKILLS ARE CLOUDED.

When drinking, your judgment may be impaired. This is not a good attribute of a driver. Your judgment of traffic and other situations on the roadway may be hindered if you have alcohol in your system. It's best to have a ride home lined up before you even head out.


3. YOU WON'T REACT AS QUICKLY AS YOU NORMALLY WOULD.

Alcohol can inhibit the time it takes for you to react to a situation. If you are operating a vehicle, you may not have the same reaction time as you would sober. If someone in front of you stops abruptly, you may not be able to get your vehicle stopped in time. If a deer jumps out in the road, you will likely not be able to react in a timely manner to avoid the animal. Swerving may be your instinct and this can lead to overcorrecting or travel off the road.



EXTRA IMPAIRMENT TO KEEP IN MIND:


STAYING BETWEEN THE ROAD LINES WILL BE HARDER.

Your coordination may be impaired when driving under the influence of alcohol. It may make it difficult to navigate the roadway safely. Staying between the lines can be difficult for someone who has been drinking. Coordination is a vital part of safely operating a vehicle.


Our Personal Injury Attorneys Are Here To Help You!

All of us here at Gibbons Law Firm hope that you a fun, but safe weekend. With that said, if you or someone you know ever ends up getting injured in a car accident caused by a negligent driver, the medical bills can be intense. Get the compensation you deserve! Call Gibbons Law Firm 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.


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Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Why Prenups?

Prenuptial Agreements (Prenups) - you've likely heard of this term before, but have you ever thought about why people actually get them? There are more reasons to get a prenup than you might actually realize. If you just got engaged and it's something you're considering but you're not fully decided yet, talk to an experienced family law attorney at the Lake of the Ozarks. They can answer your questions and give you expert legal advice on the subject. In the meantime, keep reading this week's blog for a few reasons couples decide to get prenups. If you want a prenup, please call Gibbons Law Firm today. We can be reached at (573) 348-2211. Your first consultation is free.



Why Prenups?


ONE OF YOU PLANS TO STAY HOME WITH THE CHILDREN.

If you or your spouse plan to stop working once you get married, a prenuptial agreement is a good idea. It can help protect the assets of both parties. Whether you both decide it's best for one of you to stay home with the kids or are in a good financial position to have one income, it's important to sign an agreement to help protect the income and existing assets of everyone involved.


YOU OWN A BUSINESS TOGETHER.

If you or your significant other owns a business, a prenuptial agreement can help protect that venture, should the marriage end. If the business owner has partners, they may insist on a prenup being signed to help better protect the business. While getting married is an important life decision, you still need to look out for your business and other assets in the process.


YOU HAVE BEEN DIVORCED BEFORE.

If you have a history of divorce, you know how hard the process is. Also if you or your spouse have children from outside the marriage, it's a good idea to have a plan as to what will happen if the marriage doesn't work out. Try outlining a plan ahead of time, should the marriage dissolve. This can help alleviate a big headache down the road if you have already worked out an agreement.


ONE OF YOU HAS A SIGNIFICANTLY GREATER AMOUNT OF MONEY THAN THE OTHER.

If one of you makes a significantly higher income, it's a good idea to protect your assets with a prenup. Whether it's a high-paying position at work or a wealthy family, you and your future spouse should sign documentation to decide what will happen in the future, if there is a problem with the marriage.



Considering a Prenup?

We hope you found this blog helpful when it comes to determining if a prenup is right for you. Prenups aren't for everyone but if you feel this is something you need, call our experienced lawyers in Lake Ozark today. 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 and tips.


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Lake Ozark, MO 65049


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