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Boating Safety Tips for Memorial Day Weekend

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Memorial Day weekend can be one of the busiest weekends at the Lake of the Ozarks. We hope everyone enjoys their Memorial Day events but at the same time, we hope everyone has a safe weekend. If you plan to take your boat out or accompany someone else on their boat this weekend, this blog is for you. Our BWI lawyers at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to give you a few boating safety tips for Memorial Day weekend. For BWI representation you can count on, call Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter, and Welch at 573-346-7231.




Boating Safety Tips for Memorial Day Weekend
Be mindful of crowded areas on the Lake.
Each year thousands of people make their way to the Lake of the Ozarks to experience the natural beauty of the Lake and to enjoy the numerous lakefront bars and restaurants in the area. If you see a crowd of boats on the lake as you are cruising along, be mindful and alert, slow your speed down to the appropriate level. Be courteous to others who might be swimming in the area and just know you…

Checklist for Drafting a Will

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Drafting your will can be one of the most important things you do in life because this document helps ensure that your most precious belongings go to the people you intend them to go to, rather than as controlled by Missouri law through the probate court. While you don't have to have a will, we highly recommend that you do, otherwise, your loved ones could be facing confusion after you pass away. This would already be a time of grief for them, so why not make the transition of your possessions as easy as possible on them and have a will constructed? Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter, and Welch knows how difficult it can be to make ultimately sure you have everything listed in your will that you should have. If you have questions about your will or on how to start one, call our law office in Camdenton at 573-346-7231 today for your free consultation. Keep reading for a checklist for drafting a will.




Checklist for Drafting a Will
When drafting your will, make sure you have the following th…

May is National Water Safety Month!

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May is National Water Safety Month, which is very timely here at the Lake of the Ozarks because the busiest season at the Lake is about to begin. Every year thousands of people come here to experience all the fun in the sun they can on this Nation’s #1 Recreational Lake (Voted by USA Today). Between all of the recreational activities that happen here, including wakeboarding, water skiing, knee boarding, fishing, tubing, and so much more, it’s extremely important that the water safety rule of the Lake are followed “to the t” to try and prevent tragic boating accidents from happening. As experienced BWI lawyers at the Lake of the Ozarks, we have seen many unfortunate boating cases. If you find yourself getting a BWI while on vacation here or as a full-time resident, call Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter, and Welch at 573-346-7231 for your free consultation. We can help. Keep reading for a few water safety tips.




Water Safety Tips to Follow at the Lake of the Ozarks
1. Have enough life jackets …

3 Reasons to Have a Lawyer When Buying Real Estate

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Buying a home or vacation home can be one of the largest purchases you ever make. Doing so can cause you to alter your spending habits greatly and it's important that you go into this transaction with all the facts. Avoid unfortunate consequences and hire a real estate lawyer at the Lake of the Ozarks to help you with this huge transaction. Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter, and Welch is here to explain a few reasons as to why you should have a lawyer when buying real estate.



3 Reasons to Have a Lawyer When Buying Real Estate
Reason #1
Avoid buying a house that isn't everything you dreamed it would be.
There have been too many instances where a buyer has purchased a house and either didn't have it inspected first or had it inspected but had trouble reading the inspection report correctly. You don't want to find yourself living in a home that has mold in the basement or a roof that is near its end. It's vital that these things are clearly inspected first and that you underst…

FAQs on MO Traffic Tickets

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As a frequent Missouri driver, you may find that you have a lot of "unknowns" when it comes to Missouri Traffic Tickets, such as how many points can be put on your license for speeding or how many points it takes before your license can be taken away. These are vital things to know. Our lawyers at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to help clear the air on this subject and answer a few frequently asked questions on MO traffic tickets. If you find yourself needing a lawyer due to an unfortunate driving incident, call Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter, and Welch at 573-346-7231 for your free consultation.




FAQs on MO Traffic Tickets
Q:  If I get a traffic ticket, how many points will go on my record?

A: According to the Missouri Department of Revenue, you can refer to the MO Driver Record Traffic Violation Descriptions and Points Assessed (Form 899) to find the typical point value of most tickets. Click HERE to view that form.


Q: I just got my first MO traffic ticket, should I hire a lawye…

Things You Didn’t Know About DWI/DUI

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According to the CDC, 28 people die every day in the U.S. in motor vehicle accidents involving an alcohol-impaired driver. This is so troubling and further proves that you shouldn’t drink and drive. In addition to possibly hurting or killing people, you also could be damaging your driving record or possibly getting a DUI or DWI in the process. If you find yourself getting a DWI or DUI, call Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter, and Welch. Our DWI attorneys at the Lake of the Ozarks will meet with you for a free consultation. Here are a few things you may not know about driving while intoxicated (DWI) or driving under the influence (DUI).




Things You Didn’t Know About DWI/DUI
You Can Refuse to Take a Breathalyzer Test
Legally, you don’t have to take a breathalyzer test, but we sometimes advise you to take it if asked to. If you don’t, you risk angering the officer involved by being noncompliant and giving the prosecutor something to focus on in the case against you. In some counties in Misssouri, …

3 Legal Contracts Your Lawyer Should Look at First

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It can be very easy to not think you need a lawyer in certain instances, such as renting out your property or buying a home, but unfortunately, many people don’t realize they need a lawyer until it’s too late. Hiring a lawyer at the Lake of the Ozarks to look at certain contracts before signing them can save you a ton of money and stress. Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter & Welch is here to give you a few examples of where you may need a lawyer to check your contract first.




3 Legal Contracts Your Lawyer Should Look at First
Rental Agreements

As a landlord, there are so many reasons you should have a lawyer look at your lease before presenting it to your potential tenant. Here are a few prime examples:

•To make sure your eviction policy is clearly stated.
•To cover any and all legal property damage questions you may have.
•To make sure you are covered in regard to illegal discrimination of tenants.
•To make sure your rent payment process is clearly stated.
•To prevent any potential confusion in…