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RMS WELCOMES NEW ASSOCIATE ATTORNEY MALLORY N. MCDONALD!

January 22nd, 2018 3:54 pm

RMS WELCOMES NEW ASSOCIATE ATTORNEY MALLORY N. MCDONALD Mallory N. McDonald joined Rooney McBride & Smith, LLC in 2017 and will be focusing her practice in the areas of general civil, estate planning, and domestic matters.  Mallory obtained her J.D. from the University of Missouri—Kansas City School of Law in 2016, where she served as […]

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RMS WELCOMES OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR RITA JENSEN!

January 3rd, 2018 11:00 am

RMS WELCOMES OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR RITA JENSEN! Prior to joining Rooney McBride & Smith, LLC, Rita was the Controller of The Kitchen Inc., a non-profit organization helping the homeless in the Springfield community.  Prior to that, Rita worked for RGG Law as Office and Financial Administrator for over 17 years.  Rita will assist RMS in the […]

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WHAT ROLE DOES A CHILD PLAY IN COURT?

January 3rd, 2018 10:57 am

WHAT ROLE DOES A CHILD PLAY IN COURT?   By:  Austin E. Williamson and Heather Rooney McBride What role does a child play in Court?  The short answer is, hopefully, a limited one; however, one of the unfortunate truths is that domestic matters typically do not happen in a vacuum.  Divorce or custody matters often […]

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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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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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