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RMS WELCOMES OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR, KRISTEN SMITH!!

April 1st, 2019 3:56 pm

RMS WELCOMES OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR, KRISTEN SMITH!!  Prior to joining Rooney McBride and Smith, LLC as the Office Administrator, Kristen served as a paralegal for a Springfield criminal defense attorney.  Kristen also has background working as a service writer, teller, office assistant, and in retail.  Kristen attended Missouri State University, where she obtained a Bachelor of […]

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Equitable Distribution in Divorce: No Two Assets are the Same

February 11th, 2019 4:24 pm

By: Mallory N. McDonald and Heather Rooney McBride In a Missouri divorce action, marital assets are divided in what is considered to be a fair and equitable manner.  In re Marriage of Collins,875 S.W.2d 643, 648 (Mo. App. S.D. 1994). When determining a fair and equitable division of marital assets, the Court considers the following […]

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Make an Estate Plan for Your Bitcoins

November 5th, 2018 10:20 am

Make an Estate Plan for Your Bitcoins By: James L. Nelson and Heather Rooney McBride A cryptocurrency is a digital or virtual currency that uses cryptography for security. A cryptocurrency is difficult to counterfeit because of this security feature. A defining feature of a cryptocurrency, and arguably its most endearing allure, is its organic nature; […]

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Unveiling the Mystery of Child Support Calculations in Missouri

November 5th, 2018 10:16 am

Unveiling the Mystery of Child Support Calculations in Missouri By: Mallory N. McDonald and Heather Rooney McBride Whether it is through the Missouri Division of Social Services, or a court proceeding involving a dissolution of marriage, a legal separation, child support or a paternity action, the issue of child support is frequently raised. Often, the […]

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PROTECTING YOUR ELECTRONIC IDENTITY DURING DIVORCE

July 29th, 2018 6:54 pm

PROTECTING YOUR ELECTRONIC IDENTITY DURING DIVORCE By: JAMES NELSON and HEATHER ROONEY MCBRIDE Protecting your digital assets might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you are ending a marriage, but it is an important consideration for divorcing parties. Many online accounts are now linked between spouses’ devices, and sensitive material is […]

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RMS WELCOMES NEW ASSOCIATE ATTORNEY JAMES L. NELSON

June 13th, 2018 4:03 pm

RMS WELCOMES NEW ASSOCIATE ATTORNEY JAMES L. NELSON James L. Nelson joined Rooney McBride & Smith, LLC in 2018 and will be focusing his practice in the areas of civil litigation, estate planning, real estate, business formation and transactions.  During the course of his practice, James has routinely represented clients in disputes involving landlord-tenant, title, […]

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What To Wear In Court

June 13th, 2018 3:58 pm

WHAT TO WEAR IN COURT   By:  Austin E. Williamson and Heather Rooney McBride One shouldn’t “judge a book by its cover”; however, when going to Court, judgments are sometimes made in part based on appearance.  Court is by no means a fashion show, and no one expects you to dress like your attorney, but […]

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Sometimes Even Death Does Not Get Rid of an ‘Ex’

June 8th, 2018 12:21 pm

Sometimes Even Death Does Not Get Rid of an ‘Ex’. By:  James L. Nelson and Heather Rooney McBride The Missouri Court of Appeals recently issued, the facts of which confirm that sometimes your ex will be with you even after you die.  In the Estate of McWilliams v. Mayer, SD35007, involved an ex-wife whose name […]

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SAY ‘NO’ TO HOLOGRAPHIC [HANDWRITTEN] WILLS

May 25th, 2018 11:27 am

SAY ‘NO’ TO HOLOGRAPHIC [HANDWRITTEN] WILLS By: Mallory N. McDonald and Heather Rooney McBride   Did you handwrite the intended disposition of your assets on a piece of notebook paper and title it as your Last Will and Testament? If so, don’t assume that merely writing down your wishes will qualify as a valid Last […]

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