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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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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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