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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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Health Care Directives and Do Not Resuscitate Orders: Do You Know the Difference?

January 25th, 2017 9:36 am

Health Care Directives and Do Not Resuscitate Orders:  Do You Know the Difference? By:  Nicole D. Lindsey and Heather Rooney McBride   Health care directives and Do No Resuscitate (“DNR”) Orders are two (2) types of declarations that allow you to inform your family members and medical professionals about the kind of care you want […]

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ALTERNATIVE PROBATE PROCEDURES IN MISSOURI

January 25th, 2017 9:35 am

ALTERNATIVE PROBATE PROCEDURES IN MISSOURI BY:  Brittany E. O’Brien and Heather Rooney McBride   When a person dies, sometimes probate cannot be avoided if it becomes necessary to settle a decedent’s affairs under court supervision. Pursuant to Missouri law, a probate case can incur significant costs of administration and can progress at a slow and […]

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When Do I Need to Hire an Attorney to Modify My Custody Agreement?

January 25th, 2017 9:33 am

When Do I Need to Hire an Attorney to Modify My Custody Agreement?             By:  Brittany E. O’Brien and Heather Rooney McBride   Missouri law tells us that in order to change a custody determination, there must be a substantial and continuing change in circumstances such that modification is necessary to serve the best interest of […]

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The Bazell Effect

October 7th, 2016 10:07 am

The Bazell Effect Felony Stealing – Section 570.030.1 By:  Benjamin A. McBride and Heather Rooney McBride   On August 23, 2016, the Supreme Court of Missouri handed down its opinion in State v. Bazell, SC95318 (Mo. banc Aug. 23, 2016) making the crime of felony stealing obsolete (for now, anyway).   Section 570.030, RSMo., was […]

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Heather Rooney McBride will present on Tuesday, September 13th

September 9th, 2016 12:46 pm

Heather Rooney McBride will present on Tuesday, September 13th in Springfield on different types of trusts, trust funding, and ethical considerations in an estate planning and/or trust administration practice.  Join her and other area attorneys for the Trusts from A to Z seminar.  Register to attend at http://www.nbi-sems.com/Details.aspx/R-73053ER%7C?ctname=SPKEM.

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HOW TO ESTABLISH A SOLID FOUNDATION FOR TERMINATING “AT-WILL” EMPLOYEES (2 of 2)

September 7th, 2016 11:06 am

HOW TO ESTABLISH A SOLID FOUNDATION FOR TERMINATING “AT-WILL” EMPLOYEES (2 of 2):   The Dreaded Termination Conversation By:  Nicole D. Lindsey and Heather Rooney McBride Once all the documentation is in place and human resources has been consulted, it is time to pull the trigger and convene the termination conversation.  Human resources or the […]

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What is Maintenance, and How is it Determined?

September 7th, 2016 11:04 am

What is Maintenance, and How is it Determined? By Brittany O’Brien and Heather Rooney McBride   Maintenance is what the State of Missouri calls alimony or spousal support; it is money that is paid by one former spouse to the other so that he or she can afford living expenses. In order to get maintenance, […]

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