Showing posts from March, 2016

How To Choose A Guardian For Your Children

Ask any good parent, and they'll tell you that caring for the children's physical, mental, and emotional well-being is their top priority. If you have children of your own, you probably agree with this statement wholeheartedly. Unfortunately, life is unpredictable; there is no way to guarantee that you will be around to care for your child forever.

Though many children need and seek out advice and assistance from their parents well into adulthood, they become adults under Missouri law when they turn eighteen. Generally, children ages seventeen and under need a legal guardian if their parents are unable, unwilling or unfit to act as a custodial parent.  If you have a child under the age of eighteen, it is important to make preparations so that they will be cared for if something should happen to you.

Whom Should You Designate As A Legal Guardian For Your Children?

If you die or become incapacitated, the individual you designate as your child's legal guardian will step in to fi…

Easter Trivia Quiz

Easter is here, and people all across the country are gearing up for another fun-filled weekend with their family and friends. If you have young children, you are probably especially busy gathering materials to dye Easter eggs and fill Easter baskets. 

The team at Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter, & Welch, P.C. is here to help you get ready for Easter by testing your knowledge on some lesser-known facts about this fun family holiday. Good luck!


1.  Before the Easter Bunny became a bunny, he was something else. What was he?
A.  Hare
B.  Dog
C. Turtle

2.  What is the most popular color for jelly beans in the U.S.?
A.  Yellow
B.  Green
C.  Blue
D.  Red

3.  How is the date for Easter determined every year?
A.  The first full moon in March
B.  The first Sunday after the spring equinox
C.  The first Sunday after the first full moon after the spring equinox
D.  On the spring equinox

4.  Approximately how many chocolate bunnies are produced every year?
A.  30 million
B.  50 million
C.  70 million

Understanding Legal Guardianship

We all need a little help now and then, especially when facing big decisions that may have significant financial or legal implications. Children, people with mental disabilities, and elderly individuals can benefit especially from assistance in these types of situations. The team at the Law Offices of Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter, & Welch, P.C. are here to help you gain a better understanding of legal guardianship and how they may be able to benefit you or someone you know.

Legal Guardianship

Children under the age of eighteen, individuals with intellectual disabilities, and certain elderly individuals who have lost some mental faculties as they aged are all examples of people who need guardians. The guardians assigned to them can fulfill multiple responsibilities, from ensuring that they receive proper food and housing to assisting with (or outright making) important decisions involving healthcare and safety.

Temporary Guardianship

Sometimes, an individual may be in need of assistanc…

4 Situations When You May Need An Attorney

"Do I need an attorney?" This question echos in the minds of everyone who experiences most challenging situations - especially ones with obvious legal ramifications. How do you know when you need to hire an attorney and when to navigate the situation by yourself? The short answer is that hiring an attorney at the Lake of the Ozarks can almost always benefit you in some way, but there are certain situations wherein hiring an attorney is critical. Here are a few examples.

1. When You Have Been Physically Injured
Insurance companies are just that - companies. They are out to make a profit, and unfortunately, that profit often comes at the expense of their customers. Insurance companies will usually find any reason they can to deny your claim. If you have suffered an injury and are facing expensive medical bills and missed time from work, a personal injury lawyer at the Lake of the Ozarks may be able to help relieve some of your financial pressures.

2. When You Have A Lot Of Money …