201503.04
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Select the Right Contractor

Legal disputes with contractors occur often and in some instances can involve your most expensive asset…your home.  Liens and encumbrances involving contractors can be avoided if you choose contractors wisely.  The choice of a reputable contractor is especially important for those on limited budgets, seniors and single parents and can be the difference between bliss…

201502.17
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“Gray Divorce” in Missouri

Seniors are not immune to the collapsing state of marriage in America.  According to the National Center for Family & Marriage Research at Bowling Green State University, the divorce rate for couples over 50 doubled from 1990-2009.  While some experts think that the trend is because of our growing cultural acceptance of divorce, still others…

201502.09
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Senior Debt Collection Tips

Let’s start with two wonderful quotes:  “A bulldog can whip a skunk, but sometimes it’s not worth it.” – J. Nowell or “Creditors have better memories than debtors.” – Ben Franklin.  When clients hire me to collect a debt, these humorous quotes often come to mind, but for most business owners and senior adults who…

201502.06
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7 Tips for Renting Vehicles

In 2012, it was estimated 1.857 million cars were rented from 18,293 locations.  When renting a vehicle it is important that you fully understand the fees, insurance coverage and liability, as well as the terms and conditions.  The following tips are designed to help you save time and money. Do your homework.By booking online, you…

201502.03
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Bankruptcy – A Frank Discussion

Few people who have successfully declared bankruptcy will tell you the process is an effortless discharge of debts followed thereafter by a fresh and new life.  To some, bankruptcy is an embarrassing admission of fault, defeat, or insufficiency.  Still others consider it a terrible chapter of their life and one of the top five life-altering…

201502.03
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Traffic Tickets – Hire Legal Counsel

Many individuals are offended after receiving a traffic ticket and desire to remove it from their record at all costs.  Our firm represented traffic clients in over 30 Missouri jurisdictions last year and we monitor traffic offenses carefully and encourage clients to seek a disposition with counsel and without points whenever possible.  This article examines…

201501.27
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15 Commonly Used DWI Defenses

1. ILLEGAL STOP – a Missouri DWI Enforcement officer cannot stop a car without having a reasonable and articulate basis to believe that a law has been violated or he can articulate unusual operation of the motor vehicle. Therefore, if the Missouri DWI enforcement officer stops the car because he saw the driver walk out…

201501.26
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When Should You Change Your Last Will and Testament?

Just over 2.5 million Americans died in 2010 according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention with the average life expectancy being 78.7 years.  It is with great sadness that I inform you that your death will occur with or without your consent.  As a result, it is imperative that you create an estate…

201501.22
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Is the Term “Abuse” Overused?

As a family law attorney with years of trial experience, I am  confronted with situations where actual abuse against, men, women and children occurs.  But I’m also confronted with legal cases where the term abuse is thrown about without regard to its effect on others.  To that end, this article explores the possibility that the…

201501.20
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Insurance Company Denials or Vexatious Refusal to Pay

Insurance companies often deny claims by their insureds even though the claims are legitimate.  Call it good business or merely hardball adjusting, insurance companies would rather keep your money than pay it back out.  Denied insurance claims can be frustrating and confusing for any claimant without legal representation.  But when claims are denied, Missouri law…