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July 14, 2014 By Stange Law Firm, PC
Parties often question the necessity of a deposition in a contested family law case. Versus allowing their attorney to take a necessary deposition, parties often dismiss the idea as a cost savings move or in the blind hope that their case will settle. This is a common mistake for parties who will undergo a trial or contested hearing in their family law matter.
July 6, 2014 By Stange Law Firm, PC
Parties going through a divorce often have the viewpoint that it is helpful to be aggressive, confrontational and hostile in their family law case. By being a bully, or acting angry, they wrongly conclude that this will lend to a positive result in their family law case.
June 17, 2014 By Stange Law Firm, PC
More and more couples are racking up excessive amounts of debt. To make matters worse, some debt, especially credit card debt, is hidden from the other spouse. Some blame this phenomenon on the fact that more marriages consist of two-income couples. Each spouse may find it difficult to relinquish control of his or her own money. But when divorce is on the horizon, how is this debt ultimately divided?
June 9, 2014 By Stange Law Firm, PC
A growing number of people are divorcing late in life. No matter what the reason it is imperative to protect your financial security throughout and after the divorce process. You have accumulated a lot of things during the marriage—now is the time to retain as many as possible. There are savings and investment accounts, real estate and other personal and in some cases business assets to consider. An estate plan must be updated, health and other insurance replaced and the list goes on.
June 6, 2014 By Stange Law Firm, PC
The “best interests” of the child is the family law gold standard used to determine child custody, adoption, guardianship, and visitation rights among other issues. This also is the benchmark for modifying custody and support issues post-divorce. True, it is a subjective, discretionary test that evaluates factors that affect the welfare and interests of the child, but its importance is paramount as a tool for determining child custody in Missouri.
May 31, 2014 By Stange Law Firm, PC
Chronic illness is the leading cause of death and disability in the United States. Experts say it also increases the risk of divorce from the 40-50% norm to as much as 75%. Given the relationship between chronic diseases and conditions—such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, stroke, immune conditions, arthritis, etc.—and divorce, it becomes prudent to plan what steps to take if one should become seriously ill. This is especially true for older married couples.
May 29, 2014 By Stange Law Firm, PC
This is for the single mothers out there who never thought they could make it through their divorce and did. Divorce is draining, both emotionally and physically. You know you’ve made the right decision because it was more painful to be in a dysfunctional marriage.
May 16, 2014 By Law Office of James M. Hoffmann
Injured employees, including those with hearing loss, are entitled to benefits under workers' compensation.
May 9, 2014 By Stange Law Firm, PC
Divorce is never easy and if you think you will never have to deal with your ex after the divorce; think again if you share children. When divorced couples share children, there is no end to their relationship. This can make moving on rather difficult because not only do you have to deal with the ex, you now have to often deal with all the aspects of him or her that you tried to divorce.
May 1, 2014 By Stange Law Firm, PC
For a lot of men, a wife’s request for a divorce drops like a bomb. It is usually the first sign of trouble in the marriage for many men, usually hitting them out of the blue. The fact of the matter is that these men don’t recognize the signs. Say for example, a wife continuously snipes at everything her husband does, but he never stops to ask why she is always angry.
April 22, 2014 By Stange Law Firm, PC
Tips for adult children who suffer grief and anguish after the divorce of their parents.
April 15, 2014 By Stange Law Firm, PC
Divorce an affect men in a unique manner. Here are some of the challenges for men who are facing divorce.
April 2, 2014 By Stange Law Firm, PC
The decision on when to settle a family law case is a difficult one. This article suggests that the time in most circumstances to settle is when a settlement offer is within the margin of error.
March 27, 2014 By Stange Law Firm, PC
This article talks about an important U.S. Supreme Court decision issued in the case of U.S. v. Castleman, 12-1371. This was a unanimous opinion dealing with the ability of an individual convicted of domestic violence to possess a firearm.
March 14, 2014 By Stange Law Firm, PC
The vast majority of clients who have a family law matter would like to reach a reasonable settlement. The question is how do they get there when a case cannot settle from the very beginning. This article addresses how preparation is the best way to achieve settlement in a case that does not initially settle.
March 11, 2014 By Stange Law Firm, PC
Parties to a divorce almost universally want to settle their case in a general sense. However, even when both want to settle, parties often have a difficult time coming to a concrete settlement once they get into specific terms. This article addresses the problems many parties face in trying to settle a divorce.
March 7, 2014 By Stange Law Firm, PC
Choosing an attorney can be a stressful and difficult decision. How can you be sure attorney is the right one for your needs? In terms of case itself, how much is the case going to cost? What is fair and reasonable to expect? The issue of cost is one of the most common questions people on the cusp of a divorce ask.
February 28, 2014 By Stange Law Firm, PC
If you are like most out there, you have neither planned, wanted or prepared for a divorce. Lack of information about the divorce process, combined with the emotional angst your are experiencing, could cause you to make improper decisions that can have negative repercussions for years to come.
January 31, 2014 By Law Office of James M. Hoffmann
In a perfect world, all workman’s compensation claims would be honored without scrutiny. Employees would be honest about the cause and extent of their injuries, and employers would willingly pay for all of the medical care necessary for their injured worker to recover. Despite its being a no-fault insurance, many claims are denied by employers and/or their insurance carriers.
January 28, 2014 By Zevan and Davidson Law Firm, LLC
The birth of baby is usually a joyous occasion for expectant parents and their families. Since pregnancy and childbirth are a normal physiological process, the woman usually goes through the 9 month pregnancy expecting everything to be perfect at the end.
January 17, 2014 By The Hoffmann Law Firm, LLC
By definition, personal injury law involves any injury that is the direct result of another person’s failure to exhibit reasonable care.
December 6, 2013 By The Hoffmann Law Firm, LLC
It is common practice for an injured party to file a claim with the trucking company when involved in a collision with a commercial vehicle. The driver of the truck was most likely working at the time, and his employer, the trucking company, is responsible for ensuring that he followed the laws and drove safely.
November 27, 2013 By The Hoffmann Law Firm, LLC
Law of negligence determines who is responsible for a car accident. Sometimes it is clear, sometimes it is shared and in some instances it can be complicated if one of the drivers is utilizing a company owned vehicle.
November 26, 2013 By Zevan and Davidson Law Firm, LLC
Driving a motorcycle can be dangerous and requires safe driving habits. Equally important is knowing how to drive a motorcycle safely when carrying a passenger.
November 26, 2013 By Law Office of James M. Hoffmann
Obtaining compensation seems pretty straight forward in many personal injury cases. In others, you may wonder if you should even bother filing a lawsuit. Not matter what the cause of your injury, an attorney can help you determine what your legal options are for seeking compensation.
November 22, 2013 By Law Office of James M. Hoffmann
When a devastating accident occurs you can be sure that trucking companies will have lawyers on their side fighting for them. It is important that you gain more than equal footing by having an experienced truck accident attorney working to protect your best interests as well.
November 22, 2013 By The Hoffmann Law Firm, LLC
Being involved in a Miss and Run accident does not mean that obtaining compensation is impossible. There are some important steps you should take to protect your claim, including contacting a car accident lawyer who has a proven track record of getting results.
November 15, 2013 By The Hoffmann Law Firm, LLC
The majority of car accidents are the result of a driver being careless or reckless. Yet in some instances human error may have been caused by a roadway or intersection that was designed poorly. In such situations the only course of action may be to sue the government entity that is responsible for the roadway.
November 15, 2013 By Zevan and Davidson Law Firm, LLC
No reasonable person ever wants to find themselves in a hospital emergency room. If you find yourself there, chances are you have been seriously injured or are gravely ill and in a lot of pain. An emergency room tends to be overloaded with patients and understaffed. This type of stressful atmosphere can often time lead to mistakes.
November 14, 2013 By Markell & Associates, Inc.
Service of process must be done accurately and according to the rules of each jurisdiction. Generally, three methods of process are permitted: personal service, substituted service, and service by publication. Personal service, or hand delivery, is always preferred as it is seen to be most accurate. Substituted service is allowed when the defendant is unable to be contacted in-person. Service by publication is only used as a last resort, as it is quite unreliable.
November 1, 2013 By Zevan and Davidson Law Firm, LLC
A gall bladder attack can come on without any warning. Pains on your right side radiate to your back. The pain becomes more than you can bear, so you go to the nearest emergency room and seek medical help. A few quick tests are performed and it is determined that your gall bladder is the offending organ and it needs to be removed. The surgeon assures you that this is a common procedure and you will be just fine afterwards.
October 31, 2013 By Law Office of James M. Hoffmann
An occupational disease is one that has been contracted as a direct result of a persons employment.
October 23, 2013 By The Hoffmann Law Firm, LLC
Drunk driving is a serious offense that should come with strict consequences. An accident involving a driver who is impaired by alcohol or drugs often results in serious injury or death.
October 22, 2013 By Zevan and Davidson Law Firm, LLC
On August 29, an accident in Topeka caused two cars to break free from the hauler that was transporting them and fall from the overpass.
October 18, 2013 By The Hoffmann Law Firm, LLC
There are many auto accidents in the state of Missouri every year. Because Missouri is located in the middle of the country, truck drivers’ driving routes regularly have them traveling through the state. It makes sense then that because Missouri highways are so highly trafficked, there will be a fair amount of traffic accidents and that many of those accidents will involve semi trucks.
October 16, 2013 By Law Office of James M. Hoffmann
The Missouri workers’ compensation commission has made an unexpected decision by allowing a man to receive workers’ comp benefits. The man and his supervisor had gotten into a physical fight. The case was heard by the Commission in order to determine whether or not what happened constituted a workplace accident.
October 10, 2013 By Zevan and Davidson Law Firm, LLC
A dentist in Tulsa, Oklahoma is the focus of a class action lawsuit filed against him by several patients. The malpractice lawsuit alleges that the patients were exposed to various blood-borne pathogens like hepatitis B and HIV during the course of him treating them.
October 7, 2013 By The Hoffmann Law Firm, LLC
There are a lot of road conditions that can affect the safety of drivers out on the roads. Animals straying onto roads can cause serious accidents and this is a real concern for many Missouri residents.
October 4, 2013 By Law Office of James M. Hoffmann
Having to go to court to prove a workers’ compensation claim is not ideal. Resolving the case through settlement or mediation is often preferred because of the expense and stress of going to court. However, in order to receive the compensation you are entitled to, sometimes taking your case to court is necessary.
September 27, 2013 By Zevan and Davidson Law Firm, LLC
Accidents often happen when we least expect them. When an accident occurs due to the negligence of another driver, you are typically entitled to compensation for any damages or injuries that resulted from the accident. If you are involved in a car accident, seeking the legal advice of an experienced car accident lawyer will benefit you greatly.
September 20, 2013 By Zevan and Davidson Law Firm, LLC
The immunosuppressant drug Rapamune was at the center of a lawsuit which was recently settled for $257.4 million.
September 20, 2013 By The Hoffmann Law Firm, LLC
Car accidents can happen at any moment and have the potential to be fatal.
September 9, 2013 By The Hoffmann Law Firm, LLC
When we think of personal injury lawsuits we think of vehicle accidents, slip and fall injuries, or dog bites, but some kinds of personal injury do not necessitate that the victim is actually physically injured in order to recover compensation.
August 29, 2013 By The Hoffmann Law Firm, LLC
If you are looking to write a demand letter there are some tips you should keep in mind that will help to make your letter as powerful and effective as possible.
August 28, 2013 By Zevan and Davidson Law Firm, LLC
Lead paint lawsuits have become less common than in the past because lead paint is no longer being used. For about 50 years, lead paint has not been manufactured in the United States. However, people are still filing personal injury lawsuits relating to lead paint because lead-based paint still exists in older buildings. Residents or workers in these buildings can still suffer from lead paint injuries.
August 22, 2013 By Law Office of James M. Hoffmann
On August 7, a serious motorcycle accident in Litchfield, Connecticut, resulted in the death of an elderly motorcycle rider. The 63-year-old died at a local hospital after being involved in a traumatic motorcycle accident.
August 19, 2013 By Zevan and Davidson Law Firm, LLC
Across the United States there have been thousands of these robots installed in hospitals and many surgeons have seemed eager to use the devices.
August 12, 2013 By Zevan and Davidson Law Firm, LLC
A South Carolina nursing home employee has been arrested and charged with nursing home abuse. A 101 year old nursing home resident accused the employee of sexually assaulting him and pouring detergent into his eyes.
August 8, 2013 By The Hoffmann Law Firm, LLC
In May, three motorcyclists in the Washington, DC area died within a three day period. Another motorcyclist was seriously injured. The three separate accidents lead to the three fatalities.
In Missouri, employers are required to have workers’ compensation insurance coverage. Employers can obtain this insurance either with a private insurance company, or can self insure. With some exceptions for domestic servants and agricultural workers, every employer who retains more than five employees must have workers’ compensation insurance.