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DEFAULT SHOULD NOT BE YOUR ‘DEFAULT’ IN FAMILY COURT

April 16th, 2018 2:05 pm

DEFAULT SHOULD NOT BE YOUR ‘DEFAULT’ IN FAMILY COURT By:  Austin E. Williamson and Heather Rooney McBride   We have all heard the saying “sticking your head in the sand”, meaning someone who willfully refuses to acknowledge what is happening around him.  It is true that divorce and custody disputes (even the most amicable) are […]

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Filing a Mechanic’s Lien in the State of Missouri

March 28th, 2018 3:28 pm

Filing a Mechanic’s Lien in the State of Missouri By:  Heather Rooney McBride & Brittany E. O’Brien   Missouri Statute 429.005 et seq. grants general contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, and laborers the ability to assert a mechanic’s lien for labor and materials provided to or incorporated into a property if the lien is properly filed within […]

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RMS WELCOMES PARALEGAL SHAUNA JONES!

March 28th, 2018 3:26 pm

RMS WELCOMES PARALEGAL SHAUNA JONES!  Shauna was born and raised in the Springfield, Missouri area. She graduated from Glendale High School in 2004 and from Everest College in 2006 with an Associates Degree and began working in her first law office that year. Shauna has worked in the legal field for 11 years in many […]

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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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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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