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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…

It's National Make a Will Month!

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Did you know that August is National Make a Will Month? In the spirit of this month, our Camden County attorneys are here to give you a few reasons why it's so important you have a will. If you don't already have a will and would like an experienced attorney to draft one for you, call Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter, and Welch at 573-346-7231.


Who Has a Will?
Ages                 % of people with a Will or Living Trust

18-36                22%
37-52                36%
53-71                60%
72 and older     81%

Source: Central Trust Company

According to the data listed above, you can see that a trend has come about. The older the person, the more likely they are to have a will. However, the reality is that no one ever knows when they will pass away, you could be 20, you could be 82. The point is to prepare no matter what, so you can ensure your assets are passed to whom you want them to be passed to.


Why Is It Important to Have a Will?
Ensure Your Children Are Taken Care Of By So…

5 Things to Avoid if Children are Involved in a Divorce

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Divorce can be hard on everyone involved, especially the children. Parents should remember the children did not chose nor had a part in deciding. There are certain actions you can avoid taking when children are involved in a divorce to make things as easy as possible. If you are in need of an experienced divorce lawyer at the Lake of the Ozarks, call Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter and Welch at 573-346-7231 for your free consultation.


5 Things to Avoid if Children are Involved in a Divorce
Misunderstanding child support

This is money that is strictly meant for your child's essential needs. An agreement needs to set from the beginning and followed by both parties. Amounts should be paid on time and properly, as in no partial payments. When determining the amount, be fair.

Publically advertising that you are getting a divorce

Your divorce doesn't need to be talked about with everyone you know. Keep in mind that word could get to your kid's school and the other children could inte…

Prepare for the Unexpected: 5 Tips for Making Your Will

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Prepare for the unexpected! Have you ever heard that expression, "prepare for the worst and hope for the best?" Those are words to live by when it comes to making your will. A will can protect your assets when you no longer can speak about them. This important document can help ensure that your wishes are met and that your precious belongings go to the loved ones you wish them to go to. Our attorneys at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to give you a few tips for making your will. If you need assistance with this important process, call Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter, and Welch at 573-346-7231 today.


5 Tips for Making Your Will
Choose your attorney wisely.

Making your will is a vital process and an attorney who has years of experience can help guide you through. He or she can help you avoid making costly mistakes and protect you from potential consequences of not having a good will.

Pick your beneficiaries and keep them up to date.

You must keep your beneficiaries up to date. For …

The Standard Punishments for Drug Crimes

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We are all too familiar with drug crimes at the Lake of the Ozarks area, unfortunately. It's one of the top crime areas here and we have represented people who have been charged with possession, manufacturing and the sale of drugs such as methamphetamines, cocaine, marijuana, controlled prescription drugs, and drug paraphernalia. The punishments can vary depending on what drug was involved and what crime you were committing. Our criminal defense attorneys at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to give you a few examples of the standard punishments for drug crimes in Missouri. If you find yourself in this sort of unfortunate situation and need an experienced criminal defense attorney, call Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter, and Welch at 573-346-7231 for your free consultation.


Punishments for Heroin Crimes in Missouri
Source: https://statelaws.findlaw.com/missouri-law/missouri-heroin-laws.html

Trafficking, selling, or possessing heroin is illegal throughout the United States. Heroin crimes …

The Lake of the Ozarks Shootout 2018: Boat Safely!

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The Lake of the Ozarks Shootout is one of the largest annual events in the area. It is a blast! It's an unsanctioned boat race with over 100 racers and 100,000 spectators. Some of these spectators will be coming to see the action by land but many of them come by boat. Our BWI attorneys at the Lake of the Ozarks can not stress enough how important it is to boat safely, especially on days with events as big as this. If you find yourself get charged with boating while intoxicated, call Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter, and Welch at 573-346-7231. Keep reading for more event details and some boating safety tips.


The Lake of the Ozarks Shootout 2018
Source: https://www.funlake.com/lake-of-the-ozarks-shootout

When: Saturday, August 25th - Sunday, August 26th

Where: Captain Ron's (82 Aloha Lane, Sunrise Beach, MO 65049 33MM - 34.5MM)

Event Details: Powerboat racers from all over the country will be racing along with some Pontoon captains. This is a race you won't want to miss and you …