Thursday, February 25, 2021

Why Don't You Have A Will Yet?

Why don't you have a will yet? Have you ever been asked that question before? If so, keep in mind that this is a very valid question because a will is definitely something every adult should have. A will is a document that states your wishes regarding who your assets should be passed down to upon your death. You likely have items that mean something to you, whether they are sentimental in value or just very expensive items. Either way, having a will is important and our estate planning attorneys at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to tell you why.




Important Reasons To Have A Will


A WILL CAN BE CHANGED OVER TIME, JUST LIKE YOUR LIFE.

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.


THIS DOCUMENT SPEAKS FOR YOU WHEN YOU NO LONGER CAN.

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.


MAKE SURE THE RIGHT PEOPLE ARE BEING GIFTED YOUR ESTATE.

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.


MAKE SURE YOUR CHILDREN ARE PROPERLY CARED FOR.

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.



Make The Right Decision and Get a Will Today!

Gibbons Law Firm can help you with this. Clearly, you don't have to have a lawyer to have a will BUT it is strongly encouraged. Why? An experienced estate planning attorney in Lake Ozark can make sure every important piece that should be covered IS covered. That is the whole point of having a will, to make sure ALL your wishes are known when you can no longer physically speak for yourself. Give us a 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 legal tips and announcements.


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Lake Ozark, MO 65049
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Friday, February 19, 2021

What Are You Doing To Keep Your Business Legally Safe?

If you finally own your own business, first of all, congratulations! Our business lawyers at the Lake of the Ozarks understand how hard that is to accomplish. Now that you've made that enormous leap, what are you doing to keep your business legally safe? That's where our Lake Ozark business attorneys come in. Keep reading this week's blog for a few tips to do just that. If you have any questions on this matter, please give us a call. Gibbons Law Firm can be reached at 573-348-2211


What Are You Doing To Keep Your Business Legally Safe?


ORGANIZE YOUR MONEY.

As a business, there are a number of occasions in which your books may be audited. It's best to keep your business and personal accounts separate from one another. You may open your personal accounts up to being considered part of your business funding if the accounts have been co-mingled at some point.

GET SOMEONE OUTSIDE THE COMPANY TO REVIEW YOUR ACCOUNTING NEEDS.

Many small businesses have one internal employee help with accounting. While this is a great solution to have someone on staff, it's also best to have an external person or company review your books on a regular basis. Embezzlement is a common crime and can have a detrimental impact on a small business.

BE STRATEGIC WHEN CHOOSING YOUR BUSINESS TYPE.

Deciding which type of business is right for your unique situation is important. Whether it's a sole proprietorship, corporation, partnership, or LLC, you can decide on a level of protection with your business type. A legal professional will be able to advise you on which business type is the best option for your venture.

WRITE EVERYTHING DOWN.

You can't over-document when it comes to your business. The more you have in writing, the better. If an external person would need to go through your paperwork for any legal reason, it's best to have more than needed. Documenting any and all business activity can help protect your business!

HAVE A STRONG ESTATE PLAN.

As you start a business, you likely aren't thinking about the end of your business. You should be. Whether you are a sole proprietor or have partners in your business, make an exit plan from the start. This can help you make decisions ahead of time and prepare for the exit of yourself or your partner. A plan can be especially helpful if there is a sudden need to end the business or partnership.


Let's Get Your Business Started In The Right Direction Together!

We understand that your business means everything to you! So, with that in mind, why wouldn't you hire and EXPERIENCED business attorney in Mid-Missouri to make sure you are legally protected in every way possible? Call Gibbons Law Firm today. We can be reached at the phone 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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Thursday, February 11, 2021

Boat Safely at the 2021 Spring Big Bass Bash at the Lake of the Ozarks

Are you dreaming of fishing? Tired of being trapped in the house with this cold weather? Perhaps, you are thinking of fishing in the 2021 Spring Big Bass Bash at the Lake of the Ozarks? If so, our personal injury attorneys at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to give you a few boating safety tips for the fishing tournament in this week's blog. Boat safely while you're out on the Lake of the Ozarks because you never know when an accident may happen. Believe it or not, a boating accident can still happen even while boats travel at slower speeds. If you or someone you know and care about has been injured by a negligent boater, please give us a call today. Our personal injury lawyers in Lake Ozark are here for you! Call 573-348-2211 for your free consultation and get your questions answered by a legal expert you can count on. Gibbons Law Firm, put our 20+ years of legal experience to work for you!

Photo Credit: Fun Lake MO


Boat Safely at the 2021 Spring Big Bass Bash at the Lake of the Ozarks 


Here is the specific information regarding the event:

Source: https://www.funlake.com/big-bass-bash

Spring Big Bass Bash

Apr 17, 2021 - Apr 18, 2021

Lake of the Ozarks State Park

5400 Osage Beach Parkway

Osage Beach MO 65065

Phone: 314-591-4578

GET DIRECTIONS 

Email: info@midwestfishtournaments.com

Website: https://midwestfishtournaments.com/event-info-bbb/event-info-bbb-loz-spring/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/anglersinaction/

Hours of Operation: 6:30 am to 3:00 pm Each Day

Event Description: 

  • The Big Bass Bash is a bass tournament designed for amateurs only. Its unique format allows the weekend angler a chance to win big money like the professionals.
  • Unlike most fishing tournaments which have a team arrangement where prizes are based on total weight, the Big Bass Bash format is distinctive in that it only takes one fisherman just one big bass to win.
  • The prize money for the Spring Big Bass Bash will total over $250,000 payouts with $100,000 to the winner.
  • This could be your chance to win big money!!
  • Anglers can launch from anywhere on Lake of the Ozarks. The Big Bass Bash will have four weigh-in stations to accommodate the anglers: PB2 (Grand Glaize State Park), Red Oak Resort, Alhonna Resort, & Point Randall Resort.


Boating Safety Tips 

1. Keep life jackets on board.

2. Have a first aid kit on board, you never know when you may need it.

3. Make sure you check the weather before you head out. 

4. Make sure you check your boat for fumes.

5. Doesn't hurt to get your boat checked by the U.S. Coast Guard for safety reasons.


Photo Credit: Fun Lake MO


Need a Personal Injury Attorney Who Has Helped Several Clients In The Past Get The Compensation They Deserve For Their Injuries?


Gibbons Law Firm is here for you. We understand if you or someone you know has been involved in a boating accident, you probably are thinking, where do I go from here? If so, that is very understandable. We are here to answer any questions you may have about the legal process and getting the compensation you need to cover your injuries and other bills that came about after the accident. Give us a call at the phone number listed below. Be sure to follow us on our social media platforms listed below to stay up to date on our latest announcements, legal tips, and more. 


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Lake Ozark, MO 65049
(573) 348-2211

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Monday, February 8, 2021

The Pros and Cons of Prenuptial Agreements

Have you ever considered a prenuptial agreement or heard the term when you were engaged to someone? If so, this is the blog for you. Our family law attorneys at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to give you a few tips on the pros and cons of prenuptial agreements in this week's blog. If you are ever unsure on whether or not this is the right route for you to take, please give us a call today. Get all the facts upfront so you can be clear on your decision and not jump into something irrational. Gibbons Law Firm can be reached at 573-348-2211. If you'd like to schedule a consultation, please know that your first one is free.


The Pros and Cons of Prenuptial Agreements

THE PROS

SAVES YOU THE TROUBLE.

Clearly, no one ever plans to get divorced, but unfortunately, it does happen. If it does, having a prenuptial agreement set in place can make things run MUCH more smoothly. 

KEEPS YOU FROM BEING TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF.

If you clearly have more assets than your soon-to-be spouse, you may have a slight sense of worry. You never know how a marriage can end and in situations like this, sometimes it may feel best to plan the for worst and hope for the best! Having a prenuptial agreement in place can protect your assets in the event of a divorce.

KEEP FROM BURDENING YOUR SECOND SPOUSE.

Children support obligations and a home with a previous spouse can all affect your second marriage. It's important to protect your assets and help to make sure your financial burdens stay your own if your next marriage does not work out.

DEBT PROTECTION.

When you marry someone, you can be partially responsible for their financial debt. If your marriage ends, you may be stuck with part of this debt load, even if you did not help accrue it. A prenup can help to make sure you are not burdened with debt that is not yours.


THE CONS

AWKWARD TO BRING UP.

Clearly, the subject of "prenups" is not a comfortable topic to discuss, especially with someone you're in love with. You may cause a disconnect with your partner just by bringing it up in the first place. 

YOU MAY DISAGREE ON THE SUBJECT.

If a prenuptial agreement is something you're considering, you need to make sure that both you and your future spouse are both on board. If you come off like you are forcing your fiance into this, that could cause major problems for you in the future and may even put a damper on your marriage. Bottom line, if you're both not comfortable with a prenuptial agreement, then you probably shouldn't do it.


Are You Considering A Prenuptial Agreement?

If so, please give us a call today. Gibbons Law Firm can make sure you know what you're getting into and answer any questions you may have. 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 legal tips, announcements, and current events we may be involved in.


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Lake Ozark, MO 65049
(573) 348-2211

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Thursday, January 28, 2021

Wills VS. Revocable Living Trusts

When it comes to estate planning, everyone should do it, plain and simple. Our attorneys at the Lake of the Ozarks want you to have your say on what happens to your assets when you are no longer able to express your feelings and proper estate planning is the best way to do that. That being said, there are different solutions for different situations when it comes down to it. Keep reading this week's blog to learn what a Will and a Revocable Living Trust are and the difference between the two. We understand that this may sound a bit complex, so if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to give us a call. You can even schedule a consultation with us, your first one is free. Gibbons Law Firm can be reached at 573-348-2211.


Wills VS. Revocable Living Trusts


What Is A Revocable Living Trust?

A revocable living trust is an alternative estate planning tool. 

How Is It Similiar To A Will?

  • With the exception of appointing a guardian for your children, it serves many of the same purposes that a will does - that is, it can be used to identify who should inherit your assets. 
  • Revocable living trusts allow for much greater detail and control in the planning process, however. For example, you can choose at what age your wish your children to inherit your assets (such as 25 instead of the "default" age of 18).
  • A revocable living trust can also be used to appoint a trustee and/or power of attorney to manage your assets, healthcare decisions, and other important responsibilities in the event that you become incapacitated.
How Does It Differ From A Will?

  • A revocable living trust is often more expensive and more time-consuming to prepare than a simple will, but it helps make up for the additional cost by allowing your estate to avoid probate. 
  • Instead of being tied up in probate procedures for months or even years, your assets should be able to be distributed directly to your heirs. 
  • Another advantage of a revocable living trust is that it remains private after your passing - it does not become public record like a will does.

What Is A Will?

A will is an estate planning tool that allows you to identify who should inherit your property after you pass away.

How Does It Differ From A Revocable Living Trust?

  • It is relatively inexpensive to prepare, but it does not prevent your estate from being passed through probate after your death, which can be an expensive as well as time-consuming process. At the time of your death, your will becomes public record.
  • One of the most important uses of a will is to appoint a guardian for your children under the age of 18 in the event that something unexpected should happen to you. A will is the only estate planning tool that can be used for this purpose. Minors cannot legally own property, so if you wish to leave property to children under the age of 18, you will have to appoint someone else to manage the property until your children's 18th birthdays.


What Are Your Estate Planning Needs?

After hearing the differences between Wills and Revocable Living Trusts, which, if not both, do you think is more appropriate for your specific situation? Not sure? That's where we come in. Call our estate planning attorneys in Lake Ozark today. We can be reached at the phone number listed below. We are also constantly trying to stay in touch with our clients via social media. Be sure to follow us on our platforms listed below.



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Lake Ozark, MO 65049
(573) 348-2211

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Thursday, January 21, 2021

Key People To Keep In Mind During a Divorce With Children

Many factors go into divorce, especially when children are involved. It can be a complex process and even overwhelming at times. However, having all the facts upfront and understanding each step of this process can actually help. That being said, our divorce lawyers at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to give you information on a few KEY people to keep in mind anytime you are going through a divorce with children, in this week's blog. Every divorce is different and these people may not always be necessary, but either way, it can still help to keep them top of mind and at least be aware of their purpose.


Key People To Keep In Mind During a Divorce With Children

Who's Handling Your Legal Issues?

As a parent, you KNOW how busy life can be. Working full-time to support your child keeps you busy. If you stay at home to care for your young child while your co-parent works, that is a full-time job too. Either way, you likely have a BUSY life, and scheduling legal visits can be challenging and sometimes delay your case. Remember, Gibbons Law Firm is here to help.

Who, Outside Of You and Your Co-Parent, Is Looking Out For What's Best For Your Child?

Guardian ad Litem (GAL) - This is someone the court may appoint to gather information in regard to what is in the best interest of the child or children. This may require SEVERAL visits with the child. Any time you schedule a visit with a child, as a parent you likely know, that can be challenging to coordinate. They may have extra-curricular activities, visits with your ex, or other conflicts that may make scheduling the GAL visit tough and tiresome. However, in some cases, it has to be done.

Who's Looking Out For Your Child's Emotional Well-Being? 

In some case cases, a counselor may be appointed to work with you (the parents) and the child. They may want to work with you on co-parenting with your ex and give you tips and guidelines on how to coordinate with your ex in the best interest of your child. 


Did You Learn Something New Today?

Again, there is SO much that can go into a divorce with children. If you start to get overwhelmed, remember, when you hire an experienced Mid-MO divorce attorney, they can guide you and keep you focussed on the task at hand. Your emotions can get the best of you at times like this, so it's important that you have someone on your side that's helped many clients in the past get through their divorces in the most efficient way possible. If you have any questions about this process or would like to schedule a free consultation, 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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Thursday, January 14, 2021

Key Points To Consider When Searching For a Personal Injury Lawyer

  • Have you been in a car accident that was caused by someone else's negligent driving?
  • Have you ever felt sexually harassed at work?
  • Have you ever been injured on the job?
  • Were you ever involved in a boating accident?

These are all valid questions when it comes to the world of personal injury law. If you answered yes to any one of them, it may be time for you to find yourself an experienced personal injury lawyer at the Lake of the Ozarks. If that's the case, there are few things you should keep in mind as you search for the right attorney. Keep reading this week's blog for a few key points to consider when searching for a personal injury lawyer in Mid-Missouri.


Key Points To Consider When Searching For a Personal Injury Lawyer

If you're looking for a personal injury attorney, be thinking about:

WHAT MAKES THE ATTORNEY YOU CHOOSE DIFFERENT FROM THE REST.

Don't be afraid to cut to the chase and ask how the lawyer you are interested in is different from others. Any experienced lawyer will have no issues answering this question - after all, they know best how they are unique!

HOW BUSY THE ATTORNEY YOU'RE INTERESTED IN IS.

When searching for the right lawyer, it can be helpful to get an idea of their current client load. Ensure they have enough time and resources to dedicate to helping with your case.

HOW EXPERIENCED THEY ARE.

Gibbons Law Firm has been involved in many personal injury cases. The ins and outs of this type of trial can be complex to navigate on your own. There are various types of personal injury lawsuits and it's important to find the right attorney for you.

WHAT THEY CHARGE FOR THEIR SERVICES.

Before hiring a lawyer, it's important to know about the cost structure. Inquire about the pricing when you are searching for the right lawyer for you. Gibbons Law Firm generally represents such clients on a contingency fee basis and receives compensation only when the case is resolved.

WHAT'S EXPECTED OF YOU.

Different lawyers have various policies on client involvement in the case. Since it is your case, it's important that your side is heard. Share your information with your lawyer and ask what else they may need from you to get a better idea of your involvement.


Are You Looking For An Experienced Personal Injury Attorney In Your Area?

If so, search no further! Gibbons Law Firm has you covered. We have successfully tried hundreds of cases. If one of the situations we described earlier in this blog sounds like something you're dealing with or similar to what you're dealing with, please give us a call 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 legal tips.


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Lake Ozark, MO 65049
(573) 348-2211

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Thursday, January 7, 2021

Why People May Get Divorced This Time of Year

Have you ever wondered why divorce rates increase this time of year?  Unfortunately, divorce is very common around this time due to many reasons. Our law firm in Lake Ozark is here to give you a few common reasons why people may get divorced this time of year in this week's blog. If you are struggling with your marriage and considering divorce, please give us a call today to get the answers to your very important questions from an experienced local divorce attorney at the Lake of the Ozarks. Gibbons Law Firm can be reached at 573-348-2211.


Why People May Get Divorced This Time of Year


THEY TRIED TO MAKE IT WORK TO GET THROUGH THE HOLIDAY SEASON.

If you and your spouse are trying to make it work, you may have decided to continue to work on your marriage and stay together through the holiday season. This may be an attempt to rekindle your relationship during the holidays - which are typically a time of joy and celebration.


ISSUES CAME TO LIGHT.

The holidays are a time of year when a couple is forced to plan and work together. From shopping for gifts to planning time with your families, it can be stressful on any relationship. If you have flaws in your marriage, this time of year may bring those to the surface.


PROCRASTINATION.

Many couples decide to put off divorce until after the holidays. This may make it a little easier to get through the holiday season with fewer questions about their relationship from friends and family. It can also be tough on children to have a divorce right before the holidays and many parents may think it is better for their family if they wait to announce their divorce until the holiday festivities have concluded.


NEW YEAR, NEW OUTLOOK.

The new year is typically a time for setting goals and reflecting upon the past year. While many couples probably don't set a resolution to get divorced, they may set new goals for their personal or professional life. If they look back upon the past year and aren't happy, they may believe their partner is one of the reasons they aren't where they would like to be and divorce may seem like the solution for their unhappiness.



No matter what time of year it is, divorce can be emotionally taxing on anyone. So, if you start to feel overwhelmed, know that you are not alone in that feeling. That being said, it can only help you to sit down with an experienced divorce lawyer in the Lake of the Ozarks are and at the very least get the chance to ask all of the questions you've been wondering about. This is a safe space and there is zero judgment here. Our purpose is to get you through this by providing expert legal counseling and advice that you need in such a situation. Learn more and give us a call 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.


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2820 Bagnell Dam Blvd, Suite B4
Lake Ozark, MO 65049
(573) 348-2211

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