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Drive Safely on Halloween 2019!

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Halloween 2019 is less than a month away! Can you believe it? Our lawyers at the Lake of the Ozarks hope you all have a Happy, but Safe Halloween this year. Car accidents do happen and believe it or not, they can happen on Halloween too. Our personal injury lawyers at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to give you a few safe driving tips for Halloween 2019. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, please call Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter, and Welch for your free consultation today. We can be reached at (573) 346-7231.



Drive Safely on Halloween 2019!
Never drive intoxicated. 
With this holiday right around the corner, you've probably seen festive events being advertised in light of the holiday. Many of these events will have alcohol available and no one is saying to not partake, but do so responsibly. If you know you are going to be drinking then plan ahead and designate a sober driver. There are likely kids walking in the streets, house to house, trick or treating - D…

3 Questions To Ask Your Real Estate Lawyer When Selling Your Home

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Have you ever considered how valuable an experienced real estate lawyer in Camden County can be to you? Having a Lake of the Ozarks attorney who can walk you through the ins and outs of real estate law can prevent you from making a huge mistake and could end up saving you a TON of money in certain circumstances. In this week's blog, our real estate attorneys at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to give you 3 questions you should ask your real estate lawyer when selling your home. If you are in need of an experienced real estate lawyer at the Lake of the Ozarks, call Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter, and Welch today at (573) 346-7231 for your free consultation. We are located near the Camden County Courthouse at 109 East Highway 54, Suite 103 in Camdenton, MO. If you are unable to call one day but decide you still need legal help and you are in the neighborhood, stop by. We have an open-door policy and we welcome walk-in clients.

3 Questions To Ask Your Real Estate Lawyer When Selling Yo…

The Dos and Don'ts of Creating a Good Parenting Plan

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There is no reason to make divorce harder than it has to be, by making poor decisions based on emotion and not what's best for your children. Our Lake of the Ozarks divorce attorneys are here to give you the dos and don'ts of creating a good parenting plan. Parenting plans are important because they can show the court your plan for co-parenting your children once divorced. No matter what, the court rules in the best interest of the children, so your plan needs to be just that - in the best interest of YOUR children. For an experienced divorce attorney in Camden County, call Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter, and Welch at (573) 346-7231 for your free consultation today.


The Dos and Don'ts of Creating a Good Parenting Plan
The Dos

Do be civil while making a plan with your ex.
You never know how a divorce is going to happen but don't let yourself get lost in it emotionally. Do your best to remain calm and only think of your child when making this parenting plan. Put aside your f…

Estate Planning FAQs

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When some people hear the words, "estate planning", they may think they have all the time in the world to do that and they just put the process off. What's sad about that is that no one ever knows what day is going to be their last on Earth and that's really something that is just out of your control. But, there ARE things that you can control NOW, such as making sure your loved ones don't have to go through a lot of trouble getting your estate together, planning your funeral, and tracking things down that they desperately need upon your passing during a time where they are already grieving. You do that by having a strong estate plan in place that covers these sorts of things so your loved ones are saved from having to go through these hassles when they are already trying to just get through mourning you.


We get it, this sounds really sad, but you have the power to get things in order now and the sooner you do that the sooner you don't have to think about the…

Things That Can Be Challenged in a Traffic Law Case

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Have you ever got a traffic ticket at the Lake of the Ozarks? Did you know that there are actually a few things that can be challenged in the case of a traffic ticket that could result in it being wiped from your record? Our traffic lawyers at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to give you a few tips when disputing a traffic ticket in Missouri. If you have got a traffic ticket and are in need of an experienced traffic lawyer in Camden County, call Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter, and Welch at (573) 346-7231.

Things That Can Be Challenged in a Traffic Law Case
You can challenge the law enforcement officer's personal judgment.
There are cases where you can challenge that the officer made a personal judgment when he gave you the ticket versus going on pure facts. An experienced traffic lawyer in Missouri can go over possible defenses with you so you can see what all your options are.

You can challenge the evidence presented.
The officer will likely have evidence against you to present but yo…

FAQs About Getting Your Name Legally Changed in MO

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Our lawyers at the Lake of the Ozarks occasionally get asked to help with a legal name change. This comes up from time to time, so Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter, and Welch is here to answer a few frequently asked questions regarding getting your name legally changed in the state of Missouri. If you are in the process of trying to get your name legally changed, give our Camdenton law firm a call. We can answer any questions you may have and our consultations are free. Just call us at 573-346-7231.
FAQs About Getting Your Name Legally Changed in MO
Q: How does one go about legally changing their name in the state of Missouri?

A: You have to file a petition. According to the Missouri Courts:
"Persons 18 and older seeking to change their name may do so by filing a Petition for Change of Name. The petition must state important facts required by law in order for a name change to be granted. Generally, the petition must describe who you are, where you live, why you are seeking the change a…

Post-Divorce: How Your Children May Be Impacted

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If you are going through a divorce, have you ever asked yourself:
How will this affect my kids? Will it affect them long term into their adult lives? In what ways will my kids' lives be affected?
Our divorce lawyers at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to give you a few examples of how kids can be impacted after a divorce. If you are searching for an experienced Lake of the Ozarks divorce attorney who can walk you through this process and answer any questions you may have, call Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter and Welch today for your free consultation at (573) 346-7231.


Post-Divorce: How Your Children May Be Impacted 
Emotional Impacts
Your child may have different emotional responses to your divorce depending on what age they are. For example, if they are younger they may have this sensation that they may have caused this divorce and start to blame themselves. If they are a teenager, they may start to rebel or act out. The best thing you can do is just be there for them.

Confusion Abou…