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Things You Can Do to Make the Divorce Easier on Your Kids

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Divorce can be so tough for everyone involved but the children may not really have a say. It may not have been their decision for their parents to get divorced, but it is still happening anyway. In their minds, they may be thinking, this isn't fair, what did I do to deserve this? These are valid viewpoints for children to have. Our divorce lawyers at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to give you a few things you can do to make your divorce easier on your kids. If you are going through a difficult divorce and need objective guidance you can count on during this emotional time, call Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter, and Welch a call for your free consultation today at 573-346-7231.


Things You Can Do to Make the Divorce Easier on Your Kids
Answer their questions honestly and appropriately when informing them of the upcoming divorce.
The news of your divorce may be one of the hardest things your kids hear in their lives. Don't make it harder by lying about the reality of it, but keep ans…

Estate Planning Tips for New Parents

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While being a new parent can be very demanding, estate planning may not be a high priority. However, it is an important task and shouldn't be ignored. On the off chance you and your spouse die without writing a will and appointing a guardian before your child turns 18, he or she could be appointed a caregiver you don't approve of. Typically, the court will appoint a family member, but you may not want that particular family member being responsible for your child. Our estate planning attorneys at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to give new parents a few estate planning tips. If you find yourself needing help from an experienced Camden County lawyer for this important task, call Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter, and Welch today at 573-346-7231 to schedule your free consultation today.


Estate Planning Tips for New Parents
Choosing the Right Beneficiaries
It's important to keep your beneficiaries updated at all times. For example, if you were married once before and made that spous…

Factors That Can Determine Child Support

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Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter, and Welch specializes in helping single parents get the money they are owed by the former spouse, in other words, child support. If you aren't getting your child support payments on time or you aren't receiving the full sum of money or if you have stopped receiving payments altogether, call our child support lawyers at the Lake of the Ozarks today at 573-346-7231 for your free consultation. Keep reading for the factors that can determine child support.


Factors That Can Determine Child Support
Income of the Custodial Parent
The custodial parent is that parent that takes care of the child most of the time and has custody of the child a majority of the time. For example, if the mother stopped working to stay at home with the child, then the financial need could be substantial.

Child's Needs
The child's needs must be taken into consideration when determining how much child support is reasonable. Needs can include but are not limited to:

daycareed…

What You Need to Adopt a Child

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Adoption is the route some couples choose to grow their families, whether it be because they cannot have children or they simply chose to adopt for a number of other reasons. Our adoption lawyers at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to tell you what you need to adopt a child. Adoption can be a lengthy process, if you require legal help, give Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter, and Welch a call today for your free consultation at 573-346-7231.


What You Need to Adopt a Child
According to the Missouri Department of Social Services:

To be an adoptive parent you must:

Be at least 21 years of ageComplete a child abuse/neglect check and criminal record check including fingerprintsBe in good health, both physically and mentallyHave a stable incomeBe willing to participate in and complete a free training and assessment processBe part of a professional team willing to voice perspectives and concernsBe willing to partner with the child's family
Your home assessment, adoption expenses, and training ma…

Pumkin Chunkin Palooza Will Be Here Soon!

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A GREAT fall event at the Lake of the Ozarks is coming up soon - Pumkin Chunkin Palooza! This event is presented by the Power of Four, which is comprised of the Laurie/Sunrise Beach Rotary, Camdenton Rotary, Lake Ozark Daybreak Rotary and the Lake Ozarks Rotary Club. Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter, and Welch is in the Lake Ozark Day Break Rotary and we are big supporters of this event. Keep reading for important details regarding this AWESOME event. Our attorneys at the Lake of the Ozarks would like to wish everyone a fun, but safe time at this event!


Pumkin Chunkin Palooza
Source: http://pumkinchunkinpalooza.com/

When: Saturday, September 29th, 2018 from 10 am to 5 pm

Where: Ozarks Amphitheater; 2629 North Business Route 5, Camdenton MO 65020

What: Enjoy this fun family friendly fall event and get your "Fall Fix!" From pumpkins galore to face painting to AMAZING live music, this is an event you won't want to miss! Keep reading to learn more about these incredible festive a…

Why a Real Estate Lawyer May Come in Handy

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Buying a home, whether it be your first home or a vacation home can be a BIG purchase and shouldn't be approached lightly. It is a legal transaction and having a real estate lawyer at the Lake of the Ozarks on your side can really come in handy for a few different reasons. If you find yourself in the middle of a real estate transaction and come across an issue that requires an experienced real estate lawyer, call Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter, and Welch at 573-346-7231 today for your free consultation so we can discuss solutions for your real estate issue. Keep reading for a few reasons why a real estate lawyer may come in handy.


Why a Real Estate Lawyer May Come in Handy
Understand Your Contracts
Anytime you are buying real estate there are contracts that need to be reviewed. If there are special conditions with your real estate transaction, such as contingencies involving:

InspectionsFinancing ApprovalSale of Your Current HomeAppraisal ValueSeller Providing Tax Information in a Tim…

The 33rd Annual Fall Harbor Hop is Coming Up!

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One of the best boating events at the Lake of the Ozarks is coming up soon! If you haven't heard of the Fall Harbor Hop yet, today is YOUR day! Our Camden County law firm is here to give you the need-to-know details about the 33rd Annual Fall Harbor Hop at the Lake of the Ozarks. We urge you to boat safely! If you find yourself in need of a BWI lawyer at the Lake of the Ozarks, call Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter, and Welch at 573-346-7231 as soon as possible for your free consultation today.


The 33rd Annual Fall Harbor Hop
Source: https://www.funlake.com/fall-harbor-hop

What: 33rd Annual Fall Harbor Hop
When: Oct 13, 2018
Where: Multiple Waterfront Locations
Lake Wide
Lake Ozark MO 65049
Phone: 800-FUN LAKE
Email: info@funlake.com
Website:http://www.funlake.com/harborhop
Hours of Operation: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm

Here is how it works:

Anyone can enter to win at this fun event. Over 40 locations are participating on the water so you will have plenty of options to get your poker hand collected. Y…