Posts

Showing posts from 2018

3 Tips for Handling a Divorce During the Holiday Season

Image
While divorce can be difficult any time of the year, it can be especially hard during the holiday season. This should be a time to make unforgettable memories with your kids and the rest of your family members, but instead, you are dealing with this untimely divorce. During this emotional time, you should have an objective voice on your side to guide you. That's where our divorce lawyers at the Lake of the Ozarks come in. Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter, and Welch is here to help you through this tough time. Call 5733-346-7231 for your free consultation. Keep reading for 3 tips for handling a divorce during the holiday season.


 3 Tips for Handling a Divorce During the Holiday Season
Keep Your Family Close.
One mistake divorcing couples make is isolating themselves from their extended family members. They may fear ridicule or judgment from their parents or other family, and as a result, spend much of the holiday season alone. However, isolation only serves to make a difficult process e…

Drive Safely This Thanksgiving!

Image
Thanksgiving 2018 will be here before you know it! While it can be very fun to have your Thanksgiving locally, many people have to drive at least a couple hours to get to their families for their Thanksgiving celebrations. Our personal injury attorneys at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to tell you to DRIVE SAFELY. Many people will be on the roads and it can only take a few seconds of distraction for something to go wrong. If you are injured in a car accident and need legal assistance getting fair compensation, call Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter, and Welch at 573-346-7231. Keep reading for a few safe driving tips to follow this Thanksgiving.


Drive Safely This Thanksgiving
Have your vehicle checked before you drive it a long distance for Thanksgiving.
Take your vehicle into your local auto shop and have everything checked out. For example, they can check your oil to make sure it is at the proper level, your tires to make sure they have the correct amount of pressure, and your transmissio…

Protect Your Business with Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter and Welch

Image
Small business owners all across the world can probably understand how hard it is to start up a business and keep it successful throughout all of the challenges they face. Whether your challenges are financial or legal related, it is always nice to have a support team that will help you protect your business. Our business attorneys at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to help you protect your business. If you need a Camden County business lawyer you can trust, call Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter, and Welch today at 573-346-7231 for your free consultation. Keep reading for a few mistakes you should avoid making as a business owner.


Mistakes You Should Avoid Making as a Business Owner
Failing to Act Quickly When Someone Files a Sexual Harassment Claim
This can be an awful mistake to make for any business owner. Sexual harassment claims can result in businesses paying thousands of dollars in lawsuits and could even result in your company being shut down. Do everything in your power to avoid s…

Safe Driving Tips for Halloween 2018

Image
Halloween 2018 is almost here! This time of year can be such an exciting time for the kiddos, from trick or treating and wearing his or her favorite Halloween costume to pigging out on Halloween candy and making unforgettable memories with friends and family. Amongst all the excitement, remember to be safe and practice safety with your children. It'd be devastating for Halloween to be ruined by a tragic car accident. On Halloween, children may be walking across the streets frequently while trick or treating from house to house, it can be easy not to pay attention and for tragedy to strike. Our personal injury lawyers at the Lake of the Ozarks have helped several victims who were injured in car accidents. If you find yourself needing a personal injury attorney you can trust, call Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter, and Welch at 573-346-7231 for your free consultation today. We wish everyone a fun, but safe Halloween. Watch out for children who may be trick or treating. Keep reading for a…

Things You Can Do to Make the Divorce Easier on Your Kids

Image
Divorce can be so tough for everyone involved but the children may not really have a say. It may not have been their decision for their parents to get divorced, but it is still happening anyway. In their minds, they may be thinking, this isn't fair, what did I do to deserve this? These are valid viewpoints for children to have. Our divorce lawyers at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to give you a few things you can do to make your divorce easier on your kids. If you are going through a difficult divorce and need objective guidance you can count on during this emotional time, call Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter, and Welch a call for your free consultation today at 573-346-7231.


Things You Can Do to Make the Divorce Easier on Your Kids
Answer their questions honestly and appropriately when informing them of the upcoming divorce.
The news of your divorce may be one of the hardest things your kids hear in their lives. Don't make it harder by lying about the reality of it, but keep ans…

Estate Planning Tips for New Parents

Image
While being a new parent can be very demanding, estate planning may not be a high priority. However, it is an important task and shouldn't be ignored. On the off chance you and your spouse die without writing a will and appointing a guardian before your child turns 18, he or she could be appointed a caregiver you don't approve of. Typically, the court will appoint a family member, but you may not want that particular family member being responsible for your child. Our estate planning attorneys at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to give new parents a few estate planning tips. If you find yourself needing help from an experienced Camden County lawyer for this important task, call Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter, and Welch today at 573-346-7231 to schedule your free consultation today.


Estate Planning Tips for New Parents
Choosing the Right Beneficiaries
It's important to keep your beneficiaries updated at all times. For example, if you were married once before and made that spous…

Factors That Can Determine Child Support

Image
Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter, and Welch specializes in helping single parents get the money they are owed by the former spouse, in other words, child support. If you aren't getting your child support payments on time or you aren't receiving the full sum of money or if you have stopped receiving payments altogether, call our child support lawyers at the Lake of the Ozarks today at 573-346-7231 for your free consultation. Keep reading for the factors that can determine child support.


Factors That Can Determine Child Support
Income of the Custodial Parent
The custodial parent is that parent that takes care of the child most of the time and has custody of the child a majority of the time. For example, if the mother stopped working to stay at home with the child, then the financial need could be substantial.

Child's Needs
The child's needs must be taken into consideration when determining how much child support is reasonable. Needs can include but are not limited to:

daycareed…

What You Need to Adopt a Child

Image
Adoption is the route some couples choose to grow their families, whether it be because they cannot have children or they simply chose to adopt for a number of other reasons. Our adoption lawyers at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to tell you what you need to adopt a child. Adoption can be a lengthy process, if you require legal help, give Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter, and Welch a call today for your free consultation at 573-346-7231.


What You Need to Adopt a Child
According to the Missouri Department of Social Services:

To be an adoptive parent you must:

Be at least 21 years of ageComplete a child abuse/neglect check and criminal record check including fingerprintsBe in good health, both physically and mentallyHave a stable incomeBe willing to participate in and complete a free training and assessment processBe part of a professional team willing to voice perspectives and concernsBe willing to partner with the child's family
Your home assessment, adoption expenses, and training ma…

Pumkin Chunkin Palooza Will Be Here Soon!

Image
A GREAT fall event at the Lake of the Ozarks is coming up soon - Pumkin Chunkin Palooza! This event is presented by the Power of Four, which is comprised of the Laurie/Sunrise Beach Rotary, Camdenton Rotary, Lake Ozark Daybreak Rotary and the Lake Ozarks Rotary Club. Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter, and Welch is in the Lake Ozark Day Break Rotary and we are big supporters of this event. Keep reading for important details regarding this AWESOME event. Our attorneys at the Lake of the Ozarks would like to wish everyone a fun, but safe time at this event!


Pumkin Chunkin Palooza
Source: http://pumkinchunkinpalooza.com/

When: Saturday, September 29th, 2018 from 10 am to 5 pm

Where: Ozarks Amphitheater; 2629 North Business Route 5, Camdenton MO 65020

What: Enjoy this fun family friendly fall event and get your "Fall Fix!" From pumpkins galore to face painting to AMAZING live music, this is an event you won't want to miss! Keep reading to learn more about these incredible festive a…

Why a Real Estate Lawyer May Come in Handy

Image
Buying a home, whether it be your first home or a vacation home can be a BIG purchase and shouldn't be approached lightly. It is a legal transaction and having a real estate lawyer at the Lake of the Ozarks on your side can really come in handy for a few different reasons. If you find yourself in the middle of a real estate transaction and come across an issue that requires an experienced real estate lawyer, call Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter, and Welch at 573-346-7231 today for your free consultation so we can discuss solutions for your real estate issue. Keep reading for a few reasons why a real estate lawyer may come in handy.


Why a Real Estate Lawyer May Come in Handy
Understand Your Contracts
Anytime you are buying real estate there are contracts that need to be reviewed. If there are special conditions with your real estate transaction, such as contingencies involving:

InspectionsFinancing ApprovalSale of Your Current HomeAppraisal ValueSeller Providing Tax Information in a Tim…

The 33rd Annual Fall Harbor Hop is Coming Up!

Image
One of the best boating events at the Lake of the Ozarks is coming up soon! If you haven't heard of the Fall Harbor Hop yet, today is YOUR day! Our Camden County law firm is here to give you the need-to-know details about the 33rd Annual Fall Harbor Hop at the Lake of the Ozarks. We urge you to boat safely! If you find yourself in need of a BWI lawyer at the Lake of the Ozarks, call Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter, and Welch at 573-346-7231 as soon as possible for your free consultation today.


The 33rd Annual Fall Harbor Hop
Source: https://www.funlake.com/fall-harbor-hop

What: 33rd Annual Fall Harbor Hop
When: Oct 13, 2018
Where: Multiple Waterfront Locations
Lake Wide
Lake Ozark MO 65049
Phone: 800-FUN LAKE
Email: info@funlake.com
Website:http://www.funlake.com/harborhop
Hours of Operation: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm

Here is how it works:

Anyone can enter to win at this fun event. Over 40 locations are participating on the water so you will have plenty of options to get your poker hand collected. Y…

It's National Make a Will Month!

Image
Did you know that August is National Make a Will Month? In the spirit of this month, our Camden County attorneys are here to give you a few reasons why it's so important you have a will. If you don't already have a will and would like an experienced attorney to draft one for you, call Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter, and Welch at 573-346-7231.


Who Has a Will?
Ages                 % of people with a Will or Living Trust

18-36                22%
37-52                36%
53-71                60%
72 and older     81%

Source: Central Trust Company

According to the data listed above, you can see that a trend has come about. The older the person, the more likely they are to have a will. However, the reality is that no one ever knows when they will pass away, you could be 20, you could be 82. The point is to prepare no matter what, so you can ensure your assets are passed to whom you want them to be passed to.


Why Is It Important to Have a Will?
Ensure Your Children Are Taken Care Of By So…