Thursday, July 22, 2021

Your Legal Guide Through A Tough Divorce

Divorce - no one sees it coming the day they get married and it's really tough to emotionally prepare for. That being said, our divorce lawyers at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to give you a legal guide through a tough divorce, in this week's blog. If you or someone you know is looking to file for divorce and is seeking an experienced divorce lawyer in Lake Ozark, call Gibbons Law Firm today. We can be reached at 573-348-2211.



Your Legal Guide Through A Tough Divorce


DON'T TALK ABOUT YOUR DIVORCE IN FRONT OF YOUR KIDS.

Avoid discussing emotionally charged situations about your spouse or the divorce process in front of your child. There is no reason to involve your child in the drama of your divorce. At this point, it's best to keep the view of both parents positive. Try to steer clear of talking negatively about your spouse in front of your children.


GET A ROUTINE GOING FOR YOUR CHILDREN POST-DIVORCE.

While you may have had a good routine before your divorce, things around your home may have changed. Establishing a new routine can help provide stability for your children. This time is already difficult for them and a routine may be the thing they can consistently count on. Try to get you and your spouse on the same page about the routine. If possible, the routine should be consistent no matter which parent the child is staying with.


BE HONEST WITH YOUR KIDS.

Honesty is the best policy. When talking to your children about you and your spouse getting a divorce, have an open conversation about what is happening. While not every detail should be shared, let your child know that changes will be taking place and what the new arrangements will look like.


ALLOW YOUR KIDS TO VENT TO YOU.

Let your child know that it's okay to feel hurt or scared or sad or confused about this process. It can be a relief for your child if they know you are working through similar feelings. Encourage your kids to share their feelings throughout this process. It can be helpful for an uninvolved adult or therapist to be around for your child, as well.


SHOW YOUR CHILDREN YOU'RE THERE FOR THEM.

While your child is learning to deal with the new normal and cope with the changes, it's important to be there for them. Let them know how much you care and your spouse cares about them. Both parents should be offering this positive support about the situation. Your child's comfort and feelings should be a top priority.



Divorce: We're Ready To Help You!

We understand that this is a very emotional time in your life. No one sees it coming when they agree to marriage and it's tough. Gibbons Law is here to help you. Give us a call today and schedule your consultation. Your first one is free. 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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Wednesday, July 14, 2021

How To Know If A Prenup Is Necessary

Prenups or prenuptial agreements are not for everyone but they DO help some couples reach peace of mind. A prenuptial agreement comes into play if a couple divorces. It's an agreement that states who gets the premarital assets. No one wants to think about their marriage ending before it even starts. Unfortunately, 50 percent of marriages end in divorce. Our law firm in Lake Ozark is here to give you a few factors to consider in order to know whether or not a prenup is necessary, in this week's blog. Call Gibbons Law Firm today for your free consultation if you're considering a prenup. We can be reached at  573-348-2211.



How To Know If A Prenup Is Necessary


DO YOU HAVE CHILDREN FROM AN EARLIER MARRIAGE?

If you or your fiancĂ© has children from a previous marriage or relationship, building a prenuptial agreement may be able to help you arrange for the future support of your children. You cannot establish rules for child support within a prenuptial agreement, but it can be used to identify which of your preexisting assets should go straight to your children in the event of your passing (rather than going to your spouse, for example). 


DO YOU MAKE MORE THAN YOUR FIANCE?

In some engaged couples, one individual may earn a significantly higher income than the other. In these instances, it may be wise to consider setting up a prenuptial agreement to specify how this income should be divided in the event of a divorce. Without a prenup, the lower-earning spouse may be able to take a significant portion of the higher-earning spouses's income in the form of alimony.


DOES YOUR FIANCE HAVE A TON OF DEBT?

If either you or your soon-to-be spouse is entering the relationship with a significant amount of debt, you may be prime candidates for a premarital agreement. Unless otherwise specified in such an agreement, you may be required to share the responsibility of the debt during your marriage or after a divorce. (The flip side of this also applies: it may be advantageous to establish a prenup if one of you has significantly greater assets - such as retirement accounts - prior to entering the marriage.)



Want To Know More About Prenups?

If so, you've come to the right place. Our experienced lawyers at the Lake of the Ozarks have helped many clients establish their prenuptial agreements. We can be your guide throughout this process. If you've never been married before, this is new to you and may seem somewhat intimidating, but it doesn't have to be. We can help you map out what your prenup should look like and what it should cover, down to every last detail. This can be somewhat emotional because we're talking about what happens if you divorce. Having a guide to help you through this emotional process can be very beneficial. The hope is that you never have to look at this agreement again and that you stay married happily ever after, but if your marriage ends in divorce, at least you'll know what will happen. For more information, give us a call 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 tips.



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Thursday, July 8, 2021

How To Speed Up Your Divorce Process

Divorces are known for taking a long time to complete but it doesn't have to drag out and can be quite timely in some cases. Our divorce lawyer at the Lake of the Ozarks has been involved in a number of divorce cases and we have the experience to showcase how you can speed up the entire divorce process. Check out the ways you can make your divorce a more timely experience than most, with the help of Gibbons Law Firm.


Be Prepared

Gather all the necessary paperwork and have it ready for your legal meetings with your lawyer. Documents on assets, any legal agreements, and/or statements from financial institutes are important to have on hand as you prepare for your divorce. 


Attempt a Solution Ahead of Time

If you and your spouse are both wishing for a timely divorce, it can be very helpful to communicate beforehand about what you have in mind for splitting your assets and property amongst yourselves. Many times cases can be settled outside of the courtroom if the two parties are willing to come to a compromise. 


Negotiate Fairly

If you're looking to speed things along, it's important that you are ready to compromise. Decide if the item that you and your spouse are both negotiating after is worth the legal delays it may cause. You are divorcing your spouse for a reason but try to keep in mind that this is a person that you cared about and loved at one point in your life. Keeping that in mind can help put you in a better mindset for fair negotiations. 


Review & Return Paperwork Quickly

There are many rounds of paperwork that need to be looked over and signed throughout the divorce process. Make sure you are getting this documentation signed and returned in a timely manner to help speed along the process. 


Communicate Clearly

Communication is key to speeding up the divorce process. Once you've stated something to your lawyer and/or spouse, try to avoid going back and readdressing that same issue. Your communications can easily drag out the entire process and force your negotiations to go back to square one if you start reevaluating negotiations you've already agreed upon and moved past. 

Complicated divorces that involve businesses, children, and many joint assets can be harder to navigate. The more complex a divorce, the longer it typically takes to complete. Even if you have a lot at stake in a divorce, you can still help speed it along by being as cooperative and courteous to your spouse as possible. 


If you're thinking about filing for divorce, it's a good idea to consult a divorce attorney at the Lake of the Ozarks to get the process rolling. Your lawyer can also offer tips to speed along the process that pertains to your unique case. Our law office at the Lake of the Ozarks offers free consultations for our clients. Contact us today to schedule yours. 

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Thursday, July 1, 2021

Reasons To Hire A Sexual Harassment Lawyer For Your Business

Sexual harassment in the workplace - this is a tragic reality. It DOES happen and way too often. Many victims don't even report it! On average 87 to 94 percent of people who experience sexual harassment in the workplace DON'T file a complaint. (Source: Training) Just think of how high the turnover rate must be in those types of work environments! As an employer, it's important that you establish a SAFE work environment. Our attorneys at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to give you a few reasons to hire a sexual harassment lawyer for your business, in this week's blog. If you have sexual harassment at your work, give us a call today. Your first consultation is free. Gibbons Law Firm can be reached at (573) 348-2211.



Reasons To Hire A Sexual Harassment Lawyer For Your Business


YOUR TURNOVER RATE COULD INCREASE DRAMATICALLY

If an employee is harassed at work, they may start to dislike their job and/or work environment. Many times harassment goes unreported, therefore the behavior does not change. This can create a hostile work environment which is damaging for employees. An employee may be more apt to leave the company if they are being sexually harassed while working. You can easily lose a hard worker if they are uncomfortable when they come to work.


THE POSITIVE WORK CULTURE YOU'VE CREATED CHANGES.

If a sexual harassment incident occurs, it can put a damper on the morale around your office. Employees may feel like the work environment isn't a safe place. This can lead to distracted workers, therefore a loss of productivity. A person who experiences a sexual harassment advance may let others know about the occurrence and the unsafe feeling may spread throughout your company.


PROTECT YOUR BUSINESS.

Prompt action is required on behalf of the business owner or supervisor if you learn of a sexual harassment situation. It's important to have a conversation with all involved parties to set the tone for action that will be taken if the harassment continues. Ensure you have an open-door policy for employees to report inappropriate behavior in the workplace. If you do have an employee experience sexual harassment in the workplace, legal advice can help you work through the situation to better protect your business. 



Consult With An Experienced Sexual Harassment Lawyer Today!


Sexual harassment is something that should never be allowed! Not only is it clearly bad for morale but the emotional damage can last a lifetime. This is a very serious matter and should not be taken lightly. Now that you've heard a few reasons why it's so important to hire a sexual harassment attorney, give us a call if you have any questions about the process. To hire an attorney, you have to know sexual harassment is happening in the first place. This means the victim has to come forward and that can be incredibly difficult for some people. Make sure you create a safe work environment when employees can feel comfortable coming to you with something as delicate as this. For more information on sexual harassment and how to deal with it legally, give us a call 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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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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Lake Ozark, MO 65049


(573) 348-2211

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