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Rent and Possession vs. Unlawful Detainer: What’s the Difference?

November 7th, 2017 6:02 pm

Rent and Possession vs. Unlawful Detainer:  What’s the Difference? By:  Brittany E. O’Brien and Heather Rooney McBride   In Missouri, there are two different methods a property owner can utilize to evict a tenant from his or her property; namely, filing a rent and possession action or an unlawful detainer action.  In determining which is […]

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RMS WELCOMES LEGAL ASSISTANT LINDA HALFPAPP

September 21st, 2017 12:58 pm

RMS WELCOMES LEGAL ASSISTANT LINDA HALFPAPP!  Prior to joining Rooney McBride & Smith, LLC, Linda served as a paralegal for an estate planning law firm in Springfield, Missouri where she assisted attorneys in the administration and management of estates and trusts, both in and outside of probate.  Prior to that, Linda worked for many years […]

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RMS WELCOMES PARALEGAL LORI QUINDT

September 18th, 2017 12:36 pm

RMS WELCOMES PARALEGAL LORI QUINDT:  Prior to joining Rooney McBride & Smith, LLC, Lori served as a paralegal for an attorney in Bartlesville, Oklahoma for 4 years where she worked in the areas of domestic, probate, estate planning, litigation and real estate law, and prior to that, Lori served as a paralegal for a solo […]

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The Purpose and Role of a Guardian Ad Litem

August 23rd, 2017 8:44 am

The Purpose and Role of a Guardian Ad Litem By:  Austin E. Williamson and Heather Rooney McBride When parents go through a divorce or a custody battle, so do the kids.  In litigation, sometimes the parties are so absorbed in their own emotional hurts and needs that focus on their children is blurred; other times, […]

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Child Custody: Basics and Updates

August 7th, 2017 10:33 am

Child Custody: Basics and Updates By:  Austin E. Williamson and Heather Rooney McBride   It is not surprising that one of the most highly contested issues in a divorce proceeding pertains to children and which party will ultimately be awarded “custody.”  It is equally unsurprising that based upon Missouri’s somewhat complicated custody system, there is […]

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Stop, Collaborate, and Listen: Is a Collaborative Divorce for Me?

July 26th, 2017 2:13 pm

Stop, Collaborate, and Listen:  Is a Collaborative Divorce for Me? By:  Austin E. Williamson and Heather Rooney McBride “There is more than one way to skin a cat”.  The divorce process epitomizes this saying as there are many paths to finality, some harder than others.  Setting aside the whirlwind of anger, hurt feelings and uncertainty […]

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What Is a Gun Trust, and Do I Need One?

June 6th, 2017 2:02 pm

What Is a Gun Trust, and Do I Need One? By:  Brittany E. O’Brien and Heather Rooney McBride   The National Firearms Act (“NFA”)[1] and its revision, Title II of the Gun Control Act of 1968[2], created regulations of the sale, use, possession, and transfer of Title II firearms (machine guns, short-barreled shotguns and rifles, […]

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FIVE PITFALLS TO DELAYING DIVORCE

June 6th, 2017 2:00 pm

FIVE PITFALLS TO DELAYING DIVORCE By:  Austin E. Williamson and Heather Rooney McBride Getting a divorce or a legal separation is a big deal.  It is a process that needs to be entered into after careful thought and consideration; however, too often couples will find themselves living in a relationship “limbo” where they remain married, […]

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What is a Spendthrift Trust?

June 6th, 2017 1:49 pm

What is a Spendthrift Trust? By:  Brittany E. O’Brien & Heather Rooney McBride   A spendthrift trust is a trust that is created for the benefit of a person who has no ability to make decisions as to how the trust funds may be spent or distributed.  Instead, an independent trustee (individual or corporate) makes […]

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