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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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RMS WELCOMES NEW PARALEGAL, CHERYL STEWART.

July 26th, 2017 2:15 pm

RMS WELCOMES NEW PARALEGAL, CHERYL STEWART.           Rooney McBride & Smith is pleased to announce the addition of our newest Paralegal, Cheryl Stewart.  Cheryl will be assisting the practice of Attorney Scott A. Smith.  Cheryl is a graduate of Drury University, where she obtained her Associate of Science in Paralegal Studies. Cheryl has worked in […]

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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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Missouri Criminal Code Revisions in 2017: Get Informed!

January 25th, 2017 9:40 am

Missouri Criminal Code Revisions in 2017: Get Informed! By:  Benjamin A. McBride & Heather Rooney McBride   Not since 1979 has the Missouri Legislature performed an exhaustive review of the Missouri Criminal Code.  As one can imagine, times have changed, and so has Missouri’s current climate of criminal prosecution, criminal defense, and criminal punishment.   […]

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Employers Beware Punitive Damages in Wrongful Termination Cases

January 25th, 2017 9:36 am

Employers Beware Punitive Damages in Wrongful Termination Cases By:  Nicole D. Lindsey and Heather Rooney McBride A jury in a Greene County Circuit Court case recently awarded $750,000 in punitive damages to a doctor who claimed wrongful termination from a Springfield hospital, despite only finding $1,000 in actual damages.   Doctor claimed she was improperly […]

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