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Thinking About Estate Planning?

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Conducting family estate planning can be a difficult and emotional job.  Providing for the disposition of your assets however, is extremely important.  Having a Will that is complete and up to date along with other estate planning documents, will give you and your family peace of mind. 

 Here is a partial list of topics you should consider when preparing to do estate planning:


Designating a Personal Representative or Trustee: This is the person (or persons) that you designate and trust to manage your affairs and wishes upon your passing.  They will ensure your financial requirements, wishes and desires are adhered to according to your Will or Trust.  Choices often include your spouse or surviving children.  A good strategy is to pick a primary choice and one or two alternates, and to check with them to make sure they are willing to serve.

Powers of Attorney:
There are 3 typical types of documents appointing a power of attorney as part of your estate planning: 

Living Will - this doc…

Questions and Answers with Attorney Matt Hamner

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The Law Offices of Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter & Welch, P.C. have the best attorneys in the Lake of the Ozarks area and a top notch support team to help you with most legal issues.  We want to feature the outstanding members of our firm via a series of Blogs where we ask some questions and get some insight on why they went into Law, learn about them as individuals, and feature what they do when they are not at work helping others.  We hope you enjoy this series, and we will feature a different team member every other week.

Q & A with Attorney Matt Hamner
Q)Why did you become a Lawyer?

A)  I read the book To Kill A Mockingbird in Seventh Grade and thought Atticus Finch was the coolest and said “What a great way to make a living.”

Q)Where did you go to school? (Undergrad/Law School)

A) I received both my undergraduate and Law degrees from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Q)Who is your family?

A)  I have been married to my incredibly beautiful wife Sherrie for almost nine years. …

2 worthy events happening at the Lake of the Ozarks - Polar Plunge and Daybreak Rotary Winterfest

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The Law Offices of Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter, & Welch P.C. support many community events in the Lake of the Ozarks area.  We wanted to share some details on two upcoming events that we think are particularly worthy...The Polar Plunge and the Daybreak Rotary Winterfest.

2014 Polar Plunge at the Lake of the Ozarks - February 22nd Info for Blog gathered from - http://somo.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1085756



This "unbearable" event is a unique opportunity to show your bravery as you support local Special Olympics athletes by walking, running or crawling into the frigid winter waters. Proceeds benefit Special Olympics Missouri’s year-round program of sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

Event Location: Public Beach No. 2
Event Schedule: Registration - 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Parade of Costumes line up for judging - 1:50 pm
Parade of Costumes- 2:00 pm
Announcements & P…

Questions and Answers with Attorney Deirdre O'Donnell

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The Law Offices of Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter & Welch, P.C. have the best attorneys in the Lake of the Ozarks area and a top notch support team to help you with most legal issues.  We want to feature the outstanding members of our firm via a series of Blogs where we ask some questions and get some insight on why they went into Law, learn about them as individuals, and feature what they do when they are not at work helping others.  We hope you enjoy this series, and we will feature a different team member every other week.

Q & A with Attorney Deirdre O'Donnell

Q)Why did you become a Lawyer?

A)  I had my first inkling of wanting to become a lawyer when I was working in St. Louis as a social worker. I was serving adults with disabilities who lived in a group home setting, and some of them were getting into trouble with the law. That got me thinking a lot about the importance of strong legal advocacy for people who could not advocate effectively for themselves. From that p…