Missouri Legal Articles
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Some of you may be at a point in your life when you are considering bankruptcy. If so, you may be wondering why a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy may be better for you. Some of the advantages to filing a Chapter 7 bankruptcy are as follows:
Car accidents that cause neck and back injuries happen every day. When you're the person in the wrong place at the wronge time, it can be a troublesome experience.
Slipping, tripping, and falling can lead to severe back injuries. This is especially true in the elderly, or people with preexisting conditions.
One of the first things that many clients ask is “will my case go to trial?” This question comes from every type of case. It’s understandable that you’ll want to get an idea of what you’re getting into before talking to a lawyer, and rest assured, most personal injury cases will settle outside of court.
Police activity has been in the spotlight in St. Louis, and Nationwide since the Ferguson, Missouri riots began this past August. As riots escalated, numerous arrests were made because reporters or witnesses took out their phones to capture footage of police officers assigned to the scene. Leaving many to ask the question: Is it legal to film police officers?
Researchers from Canada have identified a new health risk to worry about during pregnancy: car accident injuries.
When people imagine car accidents, they think of the physical pain that the victim suffers, or the trauma of the accident itself. What people don’t realize is that car accidents can cost a lot of money.
Mary Jo was injured in a crash, but the insurance company for the at-fault driver initially offered to cover less than half of her medical expenses due to her pre-existing conditions. The insurance company for the at-fault driver saw our client’s medical history as an opportunity to save themselves a few dollars. Luckily, she didn't fall for their tricks.
More than half of annual construction worker deaths are caused by falling, being struck by an object, electrocution, or being caught in or in between objects. While falls are by far the most deadly injury in construction work (34.6%), electrocution deaths and injuries are not a statistic to be ignored.
Summer travel is one of our country's favorite activities. With nearly 60% of Americans planning to travel more than 100 miles from home, it's no surprise that once in a while, we'll get a call. Accidents happen. Even on vacation.
Drafting settlement and separation agreements is an important part of any family law practice because only fifteen-percent of divorce cases eventually go to trial.
Adoptions and Surrogacy Agreements raise substantial ethical considerations. Particularly in the case of Surrogacy Agreements, the parties are essentially contracting with one another for the use of another woman’s uterus.
Discouraging Adoption Fraud and Misrepresentation / Duty to Report Abuse and Guarding of Confidentiality
Especially in the case of adoption, the Code specifically requires an attorney to actively discourage adoption fraud or misrepresentation and prohibits the attorney from engaging in such conduct.
Social networking sites vary on their ease of use in terms of acquiring discovery. It is important to know the varying nuances if social network evidence is important to your divorce or family law matter.
If your workers' compensation case is in dispute, your case may need to resolved through a workers' compensation trial.
No one sets sail on a vacation cruise expecting to sustain a serious injury or illness. But passengers who do require medical treatment expect that the care they receive will be delivered according to the recognized standard of care. When they are harmed by medical negligence, they may have available the legal right to hold those responsible accountable.
Part of handling stress deals with the selection of the cases a lawyer takes. Lawyers should be cautious of taking cases from extremely difficult and unreasonable clients. These kinds of clients can raise stress and make the practice of law unenjoyable. Where it can be done ethically, in some cases, an attorney may wish to disengage or withdraw from cases where the client is completely unreasonable. These clients can also tend to seek conflict versus trying to quell the fires.
it is vital that any attorney drafting a prenuptial agreement know about unlawful provisions. Otherwise, a client may later be unhappy if provisions of a premarital agreement, or an entire premarital agreement, is later deemed to be invalid because of the inclusion of unlawful provisions. In addition to the information provided in this article regarding unlawful provisions, any attorney should be careful that they are complying with the laws in their specific jurisdiction.
Family Limited Partnerships can present unique challenges in divorce litigation relative to the division of property and debt. It is vital to understand the key components, their structure and various valuation methods in order to effectively represent a client where a Family Limited Partnership is part of divorce proceedings.
Knowing the rules of evidence in your particular state is vital to getting social media admitted into evidence. Cross-examination is often a time where you get much of the information admitted. This is accomplished through showing them the information on their page to verify that the data contained on their page is authentic.
Obviously in litigation, you cannot just lean over the poker table and take a look at their hand, but how do you let someone know that you need to see what they have? You are required to give the party notice that you need to look.
With electronic discovery, remember that you are still bound by the Rules of Professional Conduct in your state. However, some have proposed the EDRM Model Code of Conduct to deal specifically with e-discovery. The Model Code of Conduct (MCoC) sets forth aspirational guidelines intended to serve as a basis for ethical decision making by all participants in the electronic discovery process.
The disclosure of student records can be important an issue in litigation, including cases involving students and educational matters, child custody and support cases and other areas of civil litigation.
In 2010, Steve Nash, a basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers, filed for dissolution of his marriage to Alejandra Nash. Nash v. Nash, 307 P.3d 40 (Az. Ct. App. 2013). The parties were able to the resolve custody and parenting time with their two young children through a joint agreement, but the matter went to trial on the issue of child support. On the day the trial court issued its decree, Mrs. Nash “tweeted” several disparaging remarks pertaining to Mr. Nash.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Injured employees, including those with hearing loss, are entitled to benefits under workers' compensation.
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.
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.
Tips for adult children who suffer grief and anguish after the divorce of their parents.
Divorce an affect men in a unique manner. Here are some of the challenges for men who are facing divorce.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By definition, personal injury law involves any injury that is the direct result of another person’s failure to exhibit reasonable care.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.