Thursday, September 16, 2021

Looking out for your Kids - Estate Planning for Single Parents

With all you do for your child each day, it is not uncommon for a single parent to not really think about estate planning.  It is the last thing you want to think about and perhaps painful when you do. As a single parent, it never escapes your mind that your child depends on you for everything he or she needs.  You will always want the best for your child no matter what.  But parents don’t know where to start when it comes to estate planning and can become overwhelmed before they even get started.  

At Gibbons Law Firm in Lake Ozark, we want you do know that it doesn’t have to be complicated.  We have helped many single parents through the process, and we are here for you too.  So, we thought we would share 3 things to consider in this blog that we hope will make it easier for you to get started.

Guardianship

Deciding who will raise your children if you were to die may be the most difficult part of estate planning for single parents.  It also is extremely important. If your child’s other parent is not able or willing to raise your child, who would make decisions for him or her regarding medical care, education, religion, extracurricular activities, where they live and everything else? Often, a close family member will be chosen, like a parent or sibling of the late parent. But it also may be a close friend or someone who you trust to love your child like their own. It is good to consider things like parenting styles and philosophies, and your vision for your child’s home environment, safety, and future.  If those are congruous with yours it may be easier on your child to adjust to a new home, especially when they are already feeling disruption and loss. Whoever you choose, it is important to speak with them before making your decision, so you know they are willing and able to take on the responsibility of raising your child. 

Life Insurance

You bear the expenses of raising a child every day and you know better than anyone that it is not cheap.  A life insurance policy can make all the difference in your child’s future security and financial stability if you were to pass away before they are of age.  However, it is also important that any money there to provide for your child serves its purpose in going towards your child’s needs.  Gibbons Law Firm would be happy to talk with you about trusts and ways to dictate how and when the money will be available to your child. That way you can allow him or her to reach an age you feel they will be financially mature and self-responsible before having unrestricted access to the money. 

Will

Having a will is probably the most important thing in your estate plan as it can designate everything else. Without a will, the state will determine everything from who your child lives with to what they inherit.  Our attorneys are experienced in estate planning at the Lake of the Ozarks and can help you keep the state from making these critical decisions instead of you.

We know it is an uncomfortable subject, but we also know it is an important conversation to have.  At Gibbons Law Firm, we strive to make the process easy for you and have done so for many of our clients.  Our estate planning attorneys in Lake Ozark are happy to answer your questions and guide you in the right direction to a solid estate plan. Don’t wait to schedule your consultation.  Your first one is FREE, and we look forward to helping you!  If you found this blog helpful, you can catch regular tips and information by following our social media links below. 

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Thursday, September 9, 2021

Your Helpful Legal Guide to Family Law

When it comes to family law, emotions can run high. It may be more difficult to think clearly when you're feeling this emotional so it's important to turn to an experienced family law attorney at the Lake of the Ozarks. If you're experiencing a tough time like this, whether you're going through a brutal divorce, child custody case, adoption, or other family law matter, Gibbons Law Firm is here for you. We can be reached at (573) 348-2211 for your free consultation. Keep reading this week's blog for a few helpful points when it comes to family law.



Your Helpful Legal Guide to Family Law


CHILD CUSTODY: IT'S BEST IF YOU CAN REACH AN AGREEMENT ON YOUR OWN.

Know if you and your spouse can come to an agreeable compromise regarding the division of custody, the court may respect your decision. If you and your spouse cannot come to an agreement, the court will be required to make arrangements on your behalf. This will be done with the child's best interests in mind; your and your spouse's differing opinions may have little weight in the final decision.


CHILD SUPPORT: KNOW YOUR PLAN.

The individuals who are legally recognized to be a child's parent are generally both required to provide financial assistance if possible. If you were never married, you may be required to order a paternity test in order to legally identify the father. Once this has been achieved, you should be able to seek child support.


NO REASON HAS TO BE GIVEN FOR DIVORCE.

Missouri is a no-fault divorce state, which means that couples do not have to have a specific reason for filing for divorce. All that is required is for at least one spouse to testify that the marriage is "irretrievably broken" or that there are "irreconcilable differences" between spouses.


ASK YOUR ATTORNEY ABOUT CHILD SUPPORT IF YOUR SPOUSE REFUSES TO PAY IT.

If the court has ordered your spouse to pay child support, you can seek legal recourse through your attorney for missed payments. Do not retaliate directly by attempting to withhold visitation rights, as this type of action may be subject to legal consequences of its own.


YOU DON'T HAVE TO HAVE A DIVORCE ATTORNEY, IT'S JUST STRONGLY ENCOURAGED.

When it comes to whether or not you will work with an attorney, you always have the right to make your own choice. However, we encourage you to consult with a family attorney in Camden County MO before moving forward with your divorce. Your attorney will be able to advise you on the best way to proceed in order to protect both your and your children's interests.



Our Family Law Attorneys Are Here For You!

Who's ready to get the legal help you deserve for your family law matters? That's where we come in. Gibbons Law Firm is here for you. We can answer all your questions in a consultation and we don't charge you ANYTHING for your first one. Give us a call today at the phone number listed below. You can also stay up to date on our latest announcements and legal tips by following us on our social media channels listed below.



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Friday, September 3, 2021

What Does Divorce Demand Financially?

Divorce is such a hard time one everyone. Do you feel like your marriage is over? Are you putting off getting divorced because you're worried you can't afford it? We suggest knowing the facts before jumping into a hasty decision. Our divorce lawyers at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to give you a few different types of fees to think about when considering divorce, in this week's blog. If you have any questions, please call Gibbons Law Firm today at (573) 348-2211.



What Does Divorce Demand Financially?


Will there be litigation?

This factor will likely have the strongest influence on the overall cost of your divorce. If you and your spouse can agree on how you want to handle things, you will be able to sign agreements outside of the courtroom, which will likely save you thousands of dollars. If you cannot agree on things and instead decide to take various issues to court, you will be faced with expensive litigation fees.


Do you have children?

If you and your spouse share children, your divorce will almost inevitably become more challenging (and, consequently, more expensive) as you determine how to divide custody. Custody battles are often the most highly contested aspect of any divorce, and when spouses cannot agree on an issue, the overall cost inevitably goes up. 


Do you feel it will take a long time for you and your spouse to reach an agreement?

It probably goes without saying, but the attorney(s) you choose to represent you in the divorce process will significantly impact the overall cost. Some attorneys are much more expensive than others, and some are guided by significantly less integrity. When selecting which Lake of the Ozarks divorce attorney you would like to represent you, it is important to choose a trustworthy individual you can rely on to keep your best interests at heart. The longer your divorce takes, the more legal fees there will likely be.


Do you have many assets between the two of you?

The more property and assets you and your spouse accumulated during your marriage, the more work will be involved in dividing them between you. If you only shared the marital residence, dividing the property shouldn't be too challenging. However, if you own multiple properties, share lucrative investments, and have both your names on extensive retirement accounts, the process may become much more involved.



We're Here For You During This Tough Time!

Are you ready to move on with your life? If you're ready to start this transition, we urge you to seek the advice of an experienced divorce attorney. Divorce is not a decision that should be made lightly. To get a better idea of what you'd be getting into, call Gibbons Law Firm today at the phone number listed below. Be sure to follow us on our social media channels below to stay up to date on our latest announcements.



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Thursday, August 26, 2021

3 Tips To Keep In Mind When Starting Your Dream Business

Why spend time making someone else's dream come true when you could become a business owner and make your own dreams come true? Stop working the 9-5 job and take that BIG step and start your own business. Our business lawyers at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to give you a few tips to keep in mind when starting your dream business, in this week's blog. Call Gibbons Law Firm today at (573) 348-2211 for your free consultation.



3 Tips To Keep In Mind When Starting Your Dream Business


1. You can't keep enough records!

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.

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.


2. Make sure employees understand confidentiality!

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.


3. Update your contracts when necessary!

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.



Ready To Start Your Dream Business?

Getting it started right and hiring an experienced business attorney at the Lake of the Ozarks can only benefit you! For more legal tips for business owners, call Gibbons Law Firm 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 legal tips.


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Friday, August 20, 2021

5 Items You NEED For Your Estate Plan

Estate Planning is rarely anyone's favorite topic of conversation. Who likes talking about what will happen when they die? It sounds morbid, but at the same time, it's truly important that you get these important matters taken care of now, while you still have a say. Ensure your assets go to who YOU want them to. Our estate planning lawyers at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to tell you about 5 items you should have ready when it comes to your estate plan. If you have any questions, please call Gibbons Law Firm today at (573) 348-2211.



5 Items You NEED For Your Estate Plan


1. BRING YOUR LIFE INSURANCE DOCUMENTS.

Any life insurance information is helpful as you are planning your estate. Bring your policies along with you so that we can accurately assign someone to take ownership.


2. BRING A LIST OF BENEFICIARIES YOU PLAN TO LEAVE YOUR ASSETS TO.

As you decide who to leave your estate with, gather their updated address and other contact information. This can make the transfer of your assets much easier after you pass. The exact name and address of the individuals or institutions that you plan to name in your will are necessary.


3. BRING A LIST OF GUARDIANS YOU ARE CONSIDERING.

If you have children who are under the age of 18, it is important to have specific individuals named to take over the guardianship of your children. You may also want to have an alternative guardian in mind as well. When children are involved, it’s best to have someone named as the guardian to avoid a child going into government care.


4. BRING BANK STATEMENTS.

Gather the financial statements from your investments and bank accounts to your meeting when planning your estate. These documents will help show where your financial assets are located. You can also start thinking about who you intend to take over ownership of these financial accounts in the time leading up to your meeting.


5. BRING A LIST OF THE VALUABLE ASSETS YOU PLAN TO PASS DOWN.

Similar to your financial statements, assets and liability information should be brought to the meeting as well. The list will be helpful when dividing up assets and liabilities to pass on to the person of your choosing.



Let's Get Your Estate Plan Taken Care of Together!

If you've been dreading the conversation about what happens to your assets when you pass away but know that it needs to be taken care of before it's too late, give us a call. Our attorneys at Gibbons Law Firm can make the process of creating your estate plan easy and stress-free for you. Give us a call today at the phone number listed below to set up your free consultation. 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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Thursday, August 12, 2021

3 Tips On How To Divide Marital Property

You don't expect to have to divide your assets eventually with the person you chose to marry. Divorce isn't something you see coming. It's tough and can catch you by surprise. That being said, you CAN get through it. Our divorce lawyers at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to give you 3 tips on how to divide marital property, in this week's blog. If you have questions regarding divorce, please call Gibbons Law Firm today for your free consultation. Call (573) 348-2211.



3 Tips On How To Divide Marital Property


1. DO YOUR BEST TO COME TO AN AGREEMENT ON YOUR OWN.

If you and your spouse are not able to come to an agreement, the only alternative is to allow the Court to decide. The Court will divide your marital assets in an equitable (but not necessarily equal) manner. When determining how to divide the assets, the Court will consider a variety of different factors including both spouses' current income, both spouses' earning potential, and how each spouse handled their finances during the marriage. Based on these (and other) factors, the Court will determine an arrangement that will meet each spouse's needs in a way that is fair and equitable.


2. BE MINDFUL AND TREAT THIS LIKE A BUSINESS MEETING.

Your emotions are clearly running high. So take your emotions out of the equation and treat this like a business meeting. Be professional and fair. Generally, couples who are facing divorce have two primary options for dividing their property. They can either reach an agreement on their own, or they can let the Court decide. If you can reach a decision on your own, then this process can become much easier and shorter.


3. CREATE A PLAN THAT MEETS BOTH YOUR NEEDS.

If you and your spouse are able to be amicable and cooperative, designating your own plan for dividing assets may be an ideal solution. This is generally the most desirable option since it allows both you and your spouse to have complete control over the division of your property. You can work together to devise an agreement that will accommodate both of your needs.



Need Expert Legal Guidance To Get Through Your Divorce?


Divorce is an emotional time. As human beings, we don't always think clearly when our emotions are running high. You can really benefit from some expert advice from someone who can be legal guide throughout this tough time. That's us. Gibbons Law Firm has the expertise to get you through this. Give us a call at the phone number listed below for your free consultation today.


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Thursday, August 5, 2021

Divorce: What You Should Absolutely NOT Do

Is there really a RIGHT way to go about a divorce? No matter what divorce is emotionally painful, there's no doubting that. HOWEVER, there are a TON of wrong ways to go about the divorce process. Our divorce lawyers at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to give you a few pointers on how NOT to handle your divorce, in this week's blog. If you're struggling to get through your divorce and need the advice from an experienced divorce attorney in Lake Ozark, call Gibbons Law Firm today. We can be reached at 573-348-2211.



Divorce: What You Should Absolutely NOT Do


DO NOT:


GO INTO DEBT BY SPENDING MONEY WHEN YOU DON'T NEED TO BE.

Divorce can be an expensive time for the parties involved. You are typically going from two incomes down to supporting yourself (and your family) on your own. Any debt that is accrued while you are still married may be brought into the divorce process. Try to avoid racking up unnecessary debt while you are getting divorced.


LIE ABOUT ASSETS YOU HAVE.

Hiding assets is a bad idea. Once the lawyers/court/judge finds out about the asset, it is going to be involved in the division anyway. This can also make you look bad if you try to sneak away with unaccounted for assets. It's best to be upfront and honest during the entire divorce process.


BRING YOUR CHILDREN INTO THE DRAMA.

It's important to remember your divorce is between the two adults, not the kids. Try to limit talking about your split in front of the children, if you have any. This could end up driving a wedge between one parent and the kids. Try to stay as involved as possible in your kids' lives, as well. It can be a tough time for children as their parents split apart and they need as much love and support during this time as possible.


MAKE THINGS HARDER THAN THEY NEED TO BE BY FIGHTING.

While most divorces you hear about end up in a large dispute, it does not have to be that way. Matters can often be handled in a civil manner. This can actually help the process go much smoother and quicker. If both parties can decide on how to split property and time with kids (if there are children from the marriage), it does not have to be a drawn-out process.



You Can Get Through This!


Like we said, divorce is tough on anyone, we get that. That's why you deserve to have an experienced divorce attorney on your side throughout this difficult time. That's where we come in. Gibbons Law Firm can help you through this and make sure you are not being taken advantage of. Give us a call today at the 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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Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Estate Planning: Do You Have Everything YOU Need?

Estate planning can be a difficult process. No one likes thinking about their death and leaving their loved ones. However, estate planning properly can save your loved ones a world of stress during a time where they are already mourning you. Our estate planning lawyers at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to give you some pointers on what to do in this process, in this week's blog. Call today for your free consultation. Gibbons Law Firm can be reached at 573-348-2211.



Estate Planning: Do You Have Everything YOU Need?


MAKE YOUR MEDICAL WISHES KNOWN AHEAD OF TIME

A living will or healthcare directive allows you to dictate in advance what type of medical care you do (or do not) wish to receive if something happens to you. This is becoming an increasingly popular and important document for individuals.


MAKE SURE YOUR POWER OF ATTORNEY IS SET.

This is a document that will give the person that you choose the authority to represent you. They can use this in legal, financial, or personal matters.


AVOID DISPUTES AMONG HEIRS BY HAVING A WILL.

This is generally going to be at the top of the list, no matter your age, position, job, marital status, or how many kids you have. If you have real estate, other property, minor children, or assets, you will need a will. If you think this covers pretty much everyone, you are right.


HAVE YOUR FINANCIAL INFORMATION READY TO GO WHEN YOU MEET YOUR LAWYER.

Any financial statements from your investments and bank accounts should be gathered as you plan your estate. A complete list of your assets is also helpful. Have a good idea of who you'd like to leave each asset with ahead of time. This can help cut down on the time and help get some of the emotional details out of the way.


UPDATE YOUR WILL WHEN NEEDED.

Anytime a major life change takes place, you will likely need to make updates to your estate plan. If your marital status changes - whether getting married or divorced - you should update your plan. The birth of a child is another reason you should update your estate plan. If your assets or income change drastically, it may be time to make changes, as well. The passing of a beneficiary will require a change to your plan to ensure you have all beneficiary information up to date.




Our Estate Planning Lawyers Are At Your Service!

All of us at Gibbons Law Firm are here to help you in this important process. We hope that you found this blog helpful. You're never going to want to sit down and start thinking about what happens when you die, but that doesn't make this process any less important. Make your wishes known before it's too late. We're here to help. Give us a call at the number listed below to schedule your free consultation. Follow us on our social media channels listed below to stay up to date on our latest announcements.


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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.


Remember, your initial consultation with Gibbons Law Firm is always free.



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Lake Ozark, MO 65049


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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.


Remember, your initial consultation with Gibbons Law Firm is always free.



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Gibbons Law Firm
2820 Bagnell Dam Blvd, Suite B4
Lake Ozark, MO 65049


(573) 348-2211

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