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The Advantages of a Revocable Living Trust

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Revocable Living Trust Defined A trust is an agreement that determines how a person's property is to be managed and distributed during his or her lifetime and also upon death.  There are two basic steps in creating a revocable living trust:
An attorney prepares a legal document called a "trust agreement" which is signed by the Grantor and the Trustee (often the same person)The Grantor transfers property to the Trustee to be held for the benefit of the beneficiary or beneficiaries named in the trust document. Once you have created a Trust, if all property is successfully transferred into the name of the Trust, your assets upon your death will be distributed in accordance with the provisions of your Trust, free and clear of probate.

Advantages of a Revocable Living TrustCost - You will avoid probate expenses (i.e. court costs, attorney fee and administrative expenses)Privacy - Your assets and the distributive portion of your trust is kept private and will not become public…

If you are injured - let us stand up for your rights

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Personal Injury Law
Being injured in an automobile collision or a slip and fall accident can quickly result in unpaid medical bills, lost wages, and demands by insurance companies for your personal medical records and medical history. An experienced personal injury attorney can advocate for you and for your rights when you are least able to do so for yourself.



Skilled Personal Injury LawyersHaving a skilled litigator in your corner
At Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter and Welch, P.C., our litigation attorneys assess your individual case, determine what your needs are, and plot a course of action calculated to achieve an outcome in accordance with your wishes. Our experienced litigators are not afraid to stand up for our clients' rights in court. We can also explore mediation and settlement as avenues that can start helping injured victims feel whole again . Contact us to set up a consultation. 
We have evening and weekend appointments available. Our firm is conveniently located by the …

Protect yourself - let us advocate for your constitutional rights

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Criminal Defense If you are facing criminal charges or a criminal investigation, it can feel like the legal system is unfairly punishing you. From criminal investigation, to arrest and trial, you should know that you have rights that are guaranteed by the Constitution. That includes the right to have a criminal defense lawyer advocate on your behalf.



Skilled Camden County Criminal Defense Lawyers
Right next to the Camden County Justice Center, Sheriff's Department and Jail
For effective legal representation from a skilled Camden County criminal defense lawyer, contact us at the law firm of Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter and Welch, P.C., located in Camdenton, Missouri. Our office is on Court Circle, right by the Camden County Justice Center, the sheriff's department, and the jail. We have an open door policy, so we welcome walk-in clients who wish to discuss their legal needs.
With experience as a city prosecutor and former assistant public defender, our lawyers are adept at defend…

Meet our attorneys - Matthew P. Hamner

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Matthew Hamner











Matthew Hamner is a 2001 graduate of the University of Missouri - Columbia School of Law, where he served as Lead Articles Editor for the Missouri Law Review and was a member of the Order of the Barristers and the Order of the Coif. He received his Bachelors of Arts in Speech Communication, cum laude, from the University of Missouri - Columbia in 1998.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Hamner worked as a law clerk for the Honorable William Ray Price, Jr., at the Supreme Court of Missouri. In his spare time, Mr. Hamner enjoys playing music and racing.

Areas of PracticeBusiness & Commercial LawCorporate GovernanceConstruction LawEstate PlanningFamily LawLitigation & AppealsComplex LitigationState Appellate PracticeState Trial PracticePersonal InjuryProbate & Estate AdministrationReal Estate LawState, Local & Municipal Law Litigation Percentage60% of Practice Devoted to Litigation Bar AdmissionsMissouri, 2001Kansas, 2002U.S. District Court Western District o…

4th of July at the Lake of the Ozarks!

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Celebrate the 4th at the Lake of the Ozarks The Lake of the Ozarks is a great place to celebrate the 237th anniversary of the United States of America.  There are many family fun activities going on over the next week and the weather looks like it will cooperate.  We are blessed to live in a such a wonderful community with great boating, fishing, and family fun.


Firework Displays at the Lake If you like fireworks, then the Lake of the Ozarks is the place to be for the holiday weekend.  Here is a list of the firework displays in the area (that we know about!):




Thursday - July 4th
Bear Bottom Resort 573-374-6905 Lodge of Four Seasons 888-265-5500Tan-Tar-A Resort 800-826-8272 Versailles City Park 573-378-4634 Celebration Cruises Call for Reservations: 573-480-3212Tropic Island Cruises Call for Reservations: 573-348-0083Friday - July 5th
Captain Ron’s Bar & Grill 573-374-5852 Saturday -  July 6th
Bear Bottom Resort 573-374-6905 Old Kinderhook 573-317-3595 Seven Springs Winery  573-317-01…