Friday, May 20, 2022

Estate Planning Tips for Parents

Being a parent is rewarding and also challenging. It involves tons of decisions and responsibilities, and joys and discoveries as well. As a parent, you will probably spend countless hours of time thinking about your children’s needs and future and what is best for them. You dream of being there for all the milestones in their lives and celebrating their accomplishments. With all that considered, thinking about what your children's lives would be like if something were to happen to you is not something most parents want to spend a lot of time thinking about. However, it is an important part of looking out for your children’s well-being and future security. But it is still something that is hard for most parents, and at Gibbons Law Firm we are experienced with the process and know how to make it more comfortable for parents and help them get their wishes decided and legally in place. We see first-hand the peace of mind it creates for a parent knowing they have taken care of this important responsibility. So, in today’s blog, we are going to share with you 3 things to think about when planning your will as a parent. 


1) Where Would You Want Your Child to Live?

Is it important to you that your children still live in the same town or the same state? Do you want your kids to have access to other relatives and supportive adults in their lives if something were to happen to you? Do you want them to remain in the same home, if possible, and maintain the same routine, friends, and family relationships they have grown up with? These are all things that can be specified and provided for in your will when you choose a knowledgeable estate planning attorney in mid-Missouri.

2) Who Will Be a Guardian for Your Children?

If you do not choose someone to be the guardian of your children, the court will make that decision. You know your children much better than the court and you know who in your life is more likely to bring your children up with the same values and lifestyle that you would yourself. You don’t have to leave that important decision up to strangers. You can voice your wishes and make them legally binding with a properly drafted will. 

3) How Should Your Assets Be Used?

Some of your assets may be needed to carry out your wishes in raising your child. If you want them to remain in their own home, then you might need to use some of your assets toward paying for the home or living expenses. You may want to dictate that your assets can only be used for expenses directly related to the child, or you may give your child’s guardian discretion to use money provided as they see best for the children. If you have assets that you want to leave for your children directly, at what age do you want them to take possession. Do you want to wait until they are of a certain age when they may be more responsible with the money? These are all things that our estate planning attorneys can help you with while planning your will at the Lake of the Ozarks

Gibbons Law Firm Can Make the Process Easy. 

If you have been putting off getting your will made, we want you to know that it may not be as hard as you anticipate. We are skilled at helping parents through the process and looking out for them and their children. Your initial consultation with us is free and can provide you with the direction you need to move forward and get this very important task done. You don’t have to let the court make these decisions for you and your children, let us help you sort out your wishes and get them legally established. Just give us a call at 573-348-2211 to schedule a consultation. Be sure to follow us on social media using the links to our channels below to stay in touch and hear more helpful tips from our law firm in Lake Ozark



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Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Kudos to Designated Drivers and All Those Who Use Them!

Temperatures are warming up and it’s starting to feel like summer at the lake of the Ozarks! That means tons of people will be having fun in the sun and making memories together. From boating and swimming to dining, shopping, and enjoying live music at one of the many venues here at the lake, lots of people will also be indulging and enjoying adult beverages while having fun. That means that as you are out on the road this summer, it is more possible you will be out on the road with people who have been drinking.  It also means that as you are making plans to go out and have fun, it’s important for you to be responsible and have a designated driver. 

Drinking can impair your driving in a number of ways that you may not notice at the time. But when you think about it when sober, we know there are some obvious ways that being under the influence of alcohol can hinder your driving skills. In today’s blog we just wanted to remind you of some specific things that are affected by drinking and why having a designated driver is so important. We also want to give a huge shout-out to all the designated drivers out there and the people who use them. It is a real way to make a difference and help avoid tragedies and we respect you for it. Our mid-Missouri personal injury attorneys have seen firsthand how devastating a drunk driving accident in central Missouri can be, and we know that no one wants to cause one or be a victim of one. So today’s blog is just a friendly reminder of 3 specific ways alcohol affects your driving and are reasons for you to choose a designated driver and avoid drinking and driving. 

1) Reaction Time and Decision Making

This is one of the biggest and most obvious disadvantages to trying to drive after you’ve been drinking. Alcohol is a depressant and can slow your reaction time and cloud your judgment. At highway speed, even a fraction of a second can determine whether or not you have a collision. There are numerous obstacles that may arise unexpectedly while driving such as animals, other drivers, and even changing of traffic lights and reacting quickly to such things is essential to avoiding accidents. But when drinking, you may be slow to react, you may overreact, or just not react at all. Of course, most people make better decisions when they’re sober, so make a good decision and arrange for a designated driver when you plan to go out and drink.

2) Tracking and Speed Control

People tend to be much less consistent in their speeds and tracking after drinking alcohol. Staying in the center of your lane and not crossing the lines becomes more challenging when you’re not sober, and in the curvy hills of the Ozarks, one small move outside of your lane can cost a life or lives. Blind hills and curves on roads with no shoulders create an unforgiving driving environment, so don’t take chances when it’s as simple as planning ahead.

3) Vision

Alcohol can affect your eye for detail and how your eyes respond to light. When driving at night, it’s normal to be drawn toward the light of oncoming cars. We know instinctively to stay in our lane and avoid them, but this can be harder to judge when drinking or drunk. It’s also important to be able to keep an eye out for things such as deer and to be able to accurately judge the distance between you and the cars around you. Alcohol makes all of these things more challenging and therefore more dangerous to you and others on the road with you.

At Gibbons Law Firm, we don’t want to see any more drunk driving accidents at Lake of the Ozarks. We know that we won’t stop them all, but every accident that any of us can help avoid should be considered a win. We want everyone to enjoy their time at Lake of the Ozarks, make memories, and have fun to the max. But we encourage you to do it responsibly. Having a designated driver allows you to do it worry-free. No one wants to be hurt, hurt someone else, or go to prison because they were just wanting to have fun. So plan ahead, do it the right way, and party on! If you have been injured in a drunk driving accident in mid-Missouri, we want you to know your rights. You should not have to go through your recovery alone, and you deserve compensation for your losses. We offer a free initial consultation with our personal injury attorneys at Lake of the Ozarks, and we would be more than willing to speak with you about your case and help you understand what your options are. Just give our Lake Ozark law firm a call to make an appointment. If you’d like to hear more tips and helpful information from our personal injury lawyers at Lake of the Ozarks, we invite you to use the links below to follow us on social media.


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Friday, May 6, 2022

Know Your Responsibilities and Protect Your Rights as a Landlord

Investing in rental property at the Lake of the Ozarks has become a very popular way of creating an income stream. The housing market is in need of rental properties, and being a landlord at Lake of the Ozark can be a great way to earn income. If you have ever considered buying property at the Lake of the Ozarks for rent, it is good to know about some of the legal issues that will be involved in renting property. The more educated and prepared you are when it comes to legalities, the easier it will be for you to avoid losses or lawsuits. If you are a landlord or are thinking about getting into the business, in today’s blog we would like to share a few ways that having an experienced landlord-tenant lawyer at Lake of the Ozarks can help protect you and make things better for your tenants, as well. 

Lease Agreement

It’s important for all parties involved that the expectations are clearly outlined. Tenants need to know what their rights and responsibilities are and landlords do too. When those rights and responsibilities are mutually understood, it is easier for you to enforce and for your tenants to comply. Your contracts may determine exactly what you’re able to enforce and how. So, it’s important that you position yourself in the best way possible in case an enforcement issue come up. The agreement should be clear and specific, it should outline exactly who the tenants are, the terms of the lease, payment amounts and when they are due, deposits, fees, or fines, etc. You can trust our law firm in Lake Ozark to know just what needs to be included in your lease agreement and how it should be worded to protect you as a landlord.

Property Damage

Unfortunately, tenants are not always respectful of the property they are renting. If you suffer significant damages because of your tenants, having a tenant-landlord attorney look at your situation will help you know if you have a case and how to go about receiving compensation. On the other hand, you may have a situation where your tenants are claiming their property has been damaged due to negligence or some issue with the property like a leaking roof. Again, a knowledgeable attorney will be key to helping you understand your liability and whether or not your tenants have a case.

Injury or Illness

It can be a very scary situation to be in if you are accused of negligence that has led to an injury or illness. If your tenants are injured and believe it’s because you have failed to provide a safe and hazard-free home, you want to take that seriously. Your attorney at Lake of the Ozarks can help you understand what your responsibilities are, and whether or not the injury was due to your negligence or the fault of the person who was injured. They can also help represent you and protect your rights in the event of a court case.

Eviction

Having to evict a tenant is usually a very sad and stressful situation. If you have to take that step with one of your tenants, it’s important that you do it correctly. Both you and your tenants have certain rights, and it is important to understand the process and the steps you need to take in order to evict someone the right way. An experienced landlord-tenant attorney can show you how to do it legally and effectively.


Let Gibbons Law Firm be Your Partner in the Rental Business

Of course, this is not an all-inclusive list, but a reminder of some common legal issues that you might face as a landlord. We hope you found it valuable to understand how having an excellent attorney in mid-Missouri could be helpful to you. We encourage you in your journey to becoming a landlord and want you to know we are here to help. At Gibbons Law Firm, your initial consultation is free, so don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We look forward to hearing from you. If you would like to hear more legal tips and information from our law firm at Lake of the Ozarks, feel free to follow us on social media using the links below.


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Thursday, April 28, 2022

Do’s and Don’ts to Know When Fighting a Personal Injury Case

Gibbons Law Firm knows that being involved in a personal injury case can be stressful. You are already dealing with your injuries and recovery as well as lost wages, then you have to deal with the logistics of the court case as well. But when you have suffered a serious injury due to someone else’s negligence, you should know your rights. Having a personal injury attorney in mid-Missouri to help you is key to the outcome of your case. To help make things a little less stressful and keep you informed, we wanted to talk to you about the dos and don’ts during a personal injury case. There are different things that can help or hurt your case, and knowing those ahead of time can improve your chances of success. If you’d like to know some tips for navigating through your personal injury case at Lake of the Ozarks, we have 5 to share with you in this blog.

Don’t Refuse Medical Care

It is not enough to self-assess after a serious accident. It’s important to seek professional medical care to make sure you don’t have injuries that you’re not aware of. You may be in shock, and there are things that you may not feel immediately that the doctor may know to look for. You may even have broken bones and not know it. Seeking medical care right after a serious accident also helps you document your injuries which may be essential to your personal injury case. You also want to be sure to follow medical advice as that will help show that you’re doing everything you can to recover and that you are not creating your own limitations.

Don’t Wait to Seek Legal Advice

The sooner you seek legal advice, the sooner you can be doing all the things you need to help your case. In addition, it allows your attorney to start investigating to determine what happened and start building your case. That evidence is going to be better early when memories are still fresh. Throughout your entire case, stay in touch and keep your attorney informed regarding your medical condition or any changes. Consider your personal injury attorney at Lake of the Ozarks your partner in the process you work with him/her the better they can look out for your best interest.

Document Everything

You do want to document as much as possible throughout your personal injury case. From the accident all the way through including every doctor's visit and every medical change that you experience during that time. It will be hard to remember all the details without putting them on paper. It’s a great idea just to have a notebook specifically for your personal injury case and to write notes after every doctor visit, conversation with the insurance company, or any meeting related to your injury.

Don’t Give Statements Without an Attorney

Unfortunately, if you say the wrong thing to the wrong person, it could be very detrimental to your case. That is why it is very important that you always have your attorney with you when giving any statements or dealing with the other parties involved or their attorneys. Gibbons Law Firm has represented countless personal injury victims and knows the kind of things that can be used against them. Roger Gibbons is very dedicated to communicating with his clients and can help you through these types of conversations and help you from being drawn in to damage your own case.

Be Honest and Don't Volunteer

You do want people to understand the seriousness of your injury, but you do not want to exaggerate or make any false statements because it can be very damaging to your credibility. Details about how the accident happened, the level of pain you’re dealing with, and the exact limitations in your ability to work, are all things that you want to be clear and honest about. At the same time, you do not want to volunteer information. It’s best not to talk about your case even with friends and extended family. It is especially important to stay off social media. Even an inspiring quote about how you are hopeful about your recovery could be misinterpreted to mean that everything is fine. Overall, the rule is the less said the better.

Schedule YOUR Free Consultation, Today!

At Gibbons Law Firm, we want you to be informed, and we don’t want you to be overwhelmed. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured by someone else’s negligence, we want you to know your rights. We offer a free initial consultation and would be happy to sit down with you and talk to you about your case. We are very dedicated to our personal injury clients because we understand how important it is for them to receive the compensation they are due when they are depending on it to pay their medical bills and deal with lost wages and potentially life-changing injuries. We never want a victim to feel like they have to do it alone. We handle most of our personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis, which means you do not have to have money for us to represent you. We will receive our pay when you win your case. So give us a call and schedule that free consultation! It may be one of the best decisions you ever make. If you are interested in hearing more legal tips and information from our law firm in Lake Ozark, please use the link below to follow us on social media.


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Friday, April 22, 2022

What Life Changes Might Cause You to Need to Update Your Will?

Unfortunately, too many people put off even having a will made. Then once they do, they put it away and don’t think about it again. But if your will is not up-to-date, it can be almost as bad as not having a will at all. You know that if something happened to you, it would be devastating for your loved ones. The last thing they need to think about is how your assets should be divided or having to go through probate. Our estate planning attorneys in Lake Ozarks can help if you do not have a will or have not had it updated.  You don’t have to put it off. Because Gibbons Law Firm knows how important it is to have a proper and accurate will, we wanted to talk about a few life circumstances that might trigger your need to update your will. If you want to be prepared and know when to recognize it’s time to update your will, just keep reading this blog.

Getting Married

If you already have a will in place when you get married, you may have other relatives listed as beneficiaries. Once you get married, you may want to make some changes.

Having a Child

It’s so easy to forget, with all the things you have to think about when you have a newborn. But it is important to make sure that your will reflects your current life situation and includes (all) your kid(s).

Kids turning 18

When your child has his/her 18th birthday, their legal status changes in some ways. That means it is time to sit down with your attorney and make the relevant updates to reflect your child’s new status as an adult.

Having Grandkids

When you have grandkids, you may want to include them in your will and make sure they get certain assets of yours. Our estate planning attorneys in mid-Missouri can help you make sure they are included and your wishes are known.

New Charity

If you have become very involved or dedicated to a charity or cause since you updated your will last, you may want to include them in your estate plan. Many wonderful charities are able to survive and continue doing good work because of donations they receive from estates. If you have a cause you care deeply about, we can help you include them in your will. 

Beneficiary Dies

This is a life event where thinking about your will is the last thing on your mind. Usually, people appoint someone they are very close to you as a beneficiary, so the passing of that person may be very devastating. You can trust Gibbons Law Firm to help you with that update with compassion and consideration for what you are going through.

Let Us Help You Get Your Will Up-to-Date!

These are just a few examples of situations in life that should remind you to talk to your attorney and review your estate plan. Life changes and your will should too. That’s why Gibbons Law Firm is here. Whenever you have questions about estate planning or updating your will at Lake of the Ozarks, feel free to give us a call! We know how important it is, and we are proud of you for taking that step to look out for those you care about. If you would like to hear more tips and information from our law firm in Lake Ozark, be sure to follow us on social media!


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Thursday, April 14, 2022

3 Common Types of Summertime Personal Injuries to Avoid at Lake of the Ozarks

Even though the weather can’t seem to decide day-to-day, summer really is right around the corner. Soon, people will be coming from all over the state to enjoy the beautiful Lake of the Ozarks. As personal injury attorneys at Lake of the Ozarks, we hope everyone has a fun and safe summer. We are aware that injuries happen every year, and we also know that some of them are avoidable. This week's blog is dedicated to the most common personal injury cases at Lake of the Ozarks. If you or someone you know is a victim of personal injury due to someone else’s negligence, it’s important for you to know your rights, so you can receive the compensation you need and deserve. If you would like to speak to a personal injury lawyer in mid-Missouri, give our office a call for a free consultation. To learn what causes some of the most common personal injuries during the summertime at Lake of the Ozarks, read on!

Motorcycle Accidents

The Lake of the Ozarks is just as attractive to motorcyclists as it is to boating enthusiasts! The natural scenery plus the fun curves and hills of the roads at the lake are a joy to experience on a motorcycle. But motorcycles are smaller, harder to see, and far less forgiving in an accident with a vehicle. It is important for drivers to look out for motorcyclists and allow them plenty of distance when traveling with them on the road. It is also important for motorcycles to look out, wear the proper safety gear, use turn signals, etc. 

Boating Accidents Involving Someone Who Has Been Drinking

Summertime is peak boating season, and there can be an extreme amount of traffic on the lake during that time. Boats of all speeds and sizes, and drivers of all levels of skill are out together at the same time. Some are enjoying their speed boats, while others are pulling the kids on the tube behind a tri-Toon, and others chasing waves on their PWCs. Sometimes people get hurt. Unfortunately, this happens more often when somebody has been drinking or is under the influence of alcohol. That is why the importance of having a designated driver cannot be underestimated. No one wants to be injured or cause someone else to be hurt. In addition, look out for your passengers by making sure they are wearing their life jackets while out on the lake.

Car Accidents Involving Someone Who Has Been Drinking

For similar reasons, car accidents happen more often in the summer. There are more people here, and not everyone is familiar with the roads. The Ozarks have a lot more curves and blind hills than other areas, so when we have visitors, it can be more of a challenge. On top of that there are more teenage drivers during the summer when school is out. There may also be more distracted drivers during the summer with people in town for reunions, vacations, and even parties and concerts. As people enjoy celebrating and making memories at the lake, they may make the mistake of getting behind the wheel after drinking.

Reach Out to Gibbons Law Firm Today. 

At Gibbons Law Firm, we are familiar with handling these types of personal injury cases. We see how devastating a life-changing injury can be for the victim and all the ways it can affect their future. We also understand the elements necessary to build a successful personal injury case. We want you to know that if you are suffering from a serious injury due to someone else’s negligence, you are welcome to a free initial consultation with our law firm in Lake Ozark. We can answer your questions and discuss your rights and how you might be able to seek compensation. You are worth the time, don’t hesitate to make the appointment. If you would like to stay in touch with us and hear more tips and legal information from our law firm, use the links below to follow us on your favorite social media channel. 


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Friday, April 8, 2022

5 Ways Gibbons Law Firm be an Asset to the Small Business Owner

Since beginning his private practice in 1992, Roger Gibbons has represented numerous business and business interests in his legal career. His client base includes builders and contractors, small businesses and subcontractors, as well as municipalities and government entities. He understands the laws and regulations that affect your small business. His diverse knowledge and experience in so many areas of law have proven to be a great asset to business owners over the years, and Roger enjoys being a part of their dream and seeing their success. If you are an entrepreneur or are thinking about starting a business yourself, there are a number of ways that a business attorney in mid-Missouri could be of benefit to you. If you would like to find out 5 ways Gibbons Law Firm could help you with your business, just keep reading this blog.

Business Structure

How you structure your business will make a difference in your legal liability and safeguards and create other advantages (or liabilities). It depends on the specifics of your business whether you should structure it as a sole proprietorship, or an LLC. Roger Gibbons understands those specifics and after speaking with you and learning about your business, can help you structure it to give you the most safeguards and the least liability possible.

Employment Law

Employment law is another area where it is best to have a professional legal opinion. When it comes to your workplace environment, employment contracts, hiring and firing, and staying compliant with laws and regulations regarding employers and employees, it makes more sense to rely on decades of experience from a legal professional than your own experience or even worse, Google. An attorney experienced in employment law in mid-Missouri can help you prevent problems that can be costly down the road.

Contracts

In most businesses, there are contracts that you will use between you and your clients, between you and other vendors, perhaps between you and business partners, and more. Sometimes people opt for pre-made fillable contracts, but those are not detailed to your situation, and your locality. Having an experienced attorney at Lake of the Ozarks draw up your contracts specifically for your business and your situation will be much safer than using a generic form.

Workers Compensation

The last thing any business owner wants to have happen is an employee being seriously injured on the job. Business owners value their employees, and they want them to be taken care of if something happens without it sinking the business financially and eliminating everyone’s jobs. So, understanding Workers' Compensation laws, how to prevent injuries and liabilities, and how to handle it if an employee is injured, are all critical to protecting the business you have worked so hard to create. A skilled business attorney at Lake of the Ozarks can help equip you with the knowledge and legal information you need to protect yourself and your employees.

Landlord-Tenant Law

The better landlords and tenants understand expectations regarding the rental agreement between them, the easier it is for both sides to look out for their own rights while being respectful of the others. Tenants need to know what is acceptable and what the consequences are if they do not keep their rental agreement. Landlords need to understand their responsibilities, but also be protected so that if a tenant breaks their agreement, the landlord has legal recourse. Clear contracts and an accurate understanding of the law are what you need when it comes to any type of rental business.

Gibbons Law Firm is Your Small Business Advocate!

At Gibbons Law Firm we have the utmost respect for small business owners. We appreciate the role they play in our community and in our economy. We are here to support and help them in any way we can. If you have questions about any area of business law in Missouri, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us! Your initial consultation is free, and scheduling is as easy as calling our office. If you enjoy this blog and would like to hear more tips and information from our Law Firm in Lake Ozark, be sure to follow us on social media! We have links to our channels below.


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