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How to Keep Your Divorce From Becoming Even Worse

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Divorce is hard enough. Don't make it worse by making the mistakes that couples before you have made way too often. If you are in need of a divorce attorney at the Lake of the Ozarks that can be your objective guide during this emotional time, call Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter, and Welch at 573-346-7231 today for your free consultation. In an effort to make things a little easier for you, we have compiled a list of things you can try to do to keep your divorce from becoming even worse.

How to Keep Your Divorce From Becoming Even Worse
Be honest about your finances.

The hard, honest truth is that finances are a huge part of a divorce. Things run more smoothly when both parties are honest about their:

Monthly incomesMonthly expendituresSpending habitsDebt
Define your own priorities and avoid letting the advice from loved ones distract you.

Although your loved ones may be well-intentioned, divorce is emotional enough without getting distracted from what you really want and need. For exa…

How to Avoid Road Rage

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Today, the number of traffic-related offenses caused by some sort of road rage are concerning. 66 percent of traffic fatalities are caused by aggressive drivers, according to Safe Motorist. If you are the victim of a horrific car accident and are in need of a skilled personal injury attorney at the Lake of the Ozarks, call Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter, and Welch at 573-346-7231 for your free consultation today. Combat these awful statistics and keep reading for a few tips on how to avoid road rage. Whether you are typically the aggressive driver or someone who is on the receiving end, these tips may be helpful to you.


How to Avoid Road Rage
Tip #1: ALWAYS check your blind spots when changing lanes.

Do not anger someone else by being careless and switching lanes without looking to see if someone else is there first. Check first, then use your signal to considerately switch lanes the right way. This action alone will help prevent someone else from turning into a road-raged driver.

Tip #2:…

The Top Mistakes People Make in a DWI Case

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Driving while intoxicated is a serious offense. If you are convicted with a DWI, you could be facing jail time, fines, license suspension and/or driving school. You are also endangering the lives of not only yourself but others on the road by driving while intoxicated. If you are facing a DWI charge, call our DWI lawyers at the Lake of the Ozarks at 573-346-7231 for a free consultation. The DWI lawyers at Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter, and Welch can walk you through what you should and should not do in the event of getting charged with a DWI. Keep reading for the top mistakes people make in a DWI case.


The Top Mistakes People Make in a DWI Case
Lying to the Police Officer
This, unfortunately, happens way more times than it should. If you are pulled over for suspected drinking while driving and are asked a question you don't feel comfortable answering, you do have the right to remain silent. It can be better to not say anything at all versus lying to an officer.

Illegally Driving
If y…

Don't Forget to List These Items in Your Will

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Have you recently had a child or got married? Serious life changes should trigger you to draft a will if you haven't already. Your belongings probably mean a lot to you and they should go to who you want versus being handled in probate. When drafting a will, it's vital that you don't accidentally leave an item out, which is why the help of an experienced estate planning lawyer at the Lake of the Ozarks can come in handy. Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter, and Welch are here to list a few examples of items not to forget when drafting your will.


Don't Forget to List These Items in Your WillGuardian
Appointing a guardian is essential is you have minor children. The guardian is the person who takes care of your children if you pass away before they are of age.

Property
Property can mean a number of things. When you hear "real property," that refers to real estate including land, a home or building. Transferring ownership of this type of property can be much more compli…

Aquapalooza 2018: Boat Safely!

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Aquapalooza at the Lake of the Ozarks is one of the biggest events in the area. So many people come from all over to enjoy this fun event. They may come via land or by boat. With this being such a big event that attracts so many boaters, it's important to realize that boating safely is crucial because tragic boat accidents can happen otherwise. Our BWI lawyers at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to give you information on Aquapaloza 2018 and a few boating safety tips to keep in mind while traveling there.


Aquapalooza 2018 Source: https://www.funlake.com/aquapalooza-2

When: Jul 21, 2018

Where: Dog Days Bar & Grill
1232 Jeffries Rd.
Osage Beach MO 65065

Phone: 573-348-1958

Aquapalooza 2018 is happening July 21st and it's a huge boating event for lake residents and visitors alike. The Lake of the Ozarks Marine Dealers invite ALL BOATERS to join them for a day of fun and sun on the water! Enjoy INCREDIBLE live music and the fun festivities all day long! All of this will take pl…

Juvenile Law Lawyers at the Lake of the Ozarks

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Juvenile law can be a sensitive subject for some people because it involves the crimes of children. No one likes thinking about a child going to jail or committing a crime, but the harsh reality is that it does happen. If you know of a child who is in need of a juvenile law lawyer at the Lake of the Ozarks, call Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter, and Welch at 573-346-7231. Keep reading to learn examples of crimes juveniles commit and about representation for juveniles at the Lake of the Ozarks.




According to the Missouri Juvenile Office Handbook
"Once the juvenile officer has classified the type of case which has been referred, the juvenile’s age must be determined to make sure that the juvenile court is still able to exercise jurisdiction. For purposes of abuse/neglect, the juvenile court may exercise jurisdiction until the child reaches his 18th birthday.  Section 211.031.1(1), RSMo. For purposes of status offenses, the juvenile court may exercise jurisdiction until the juvenile reac…

Driving Safety Tips for July 4th Weekend

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Independence Day is right around the corner and July 4th weekend at the Lake can be really busy, but fun! From fantastic fireworks displays to delicious food that will make you want to keep coming back for more - the Lake area has so much to offer on this great holiday weekend. It's important to keep in mind that thousands of people can come to the Lake from all over and driving safely is a must! It takes all of us driving cautiously to make for a great, but safe weekend and our law firm at the Lake of the Ozarks is here to give you a few driving safety tips for July 4th weekend at the Lake of the Ozarks. If you are the victim or a car accident in need of a Camden County personal injury attorney you can count on, call Phillps, McElyea, Carpenter, and Welch today for your free consultation. We can be reached at (573) 346-7231.




Driving Safety Tips for July 4th Weekend
Pay attention more, speed less.

There are so many things people do while driving that can distract from the road, such …

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…