Showing posts from February, 2018

5 Factors to Consider Before Adopting a Child

Adoption can provide families who don't have the ability to expand on their own with the option to grow. Those who choose to adopt are also giving children who may desperately need it, a good home.  Adoption can be such a wonderful thing, but are you absolutely ready for it? It's important to know what you are in store for before deciding to adopt. Our adoption lawyers at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to give you a few factors to consider before adopting a child. If you ever need legal assistance with the adoption process, call Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter, and Welch at 573-346-7231 for a free consultation.

5 Factors to Consider When Adopting a Child
1. Do you fully understand the adoption process?

The adoption process can be quite long and require a lot of work. It is not uncommon for it to take years to complete. It is important to understand this and be prepared for it going in.

2. Does your family support your decision to adopt?

If they don't, this process can be quite di…

5 FAQs about Wills

Having a will that indicates who you want your assets to go to when you pass away is extremely important. If you don't do this, your wishes may not be fulfilled. While most people probably recognize the importance of having a will, there are still different aspects that can be difficult to understand with this process. Our estate planning lawyers at the Lake of the Ozarks understand and are here to answer a few frequently asked questions about wills.

5 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Wills
FAQ # 1: Do I have to have a certain amount of assets in order to have a will?

Answer: No, it doesn't matter how much money you plan to leave behind when you pass away, but it's important to realize the tax implications that could come into play here. If you don't understand exactly how your assets could be taxed, we urge you to reach out to an estate planning attorney that can explain.

FAQ # 2: What would happen if I died without a will?

Answer: Your assets would be divided by th…

The 22nd Annual Winterfest Event

Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter, and Welch would like you to know that the 22nd Annual Winterfest Event is coming up soon! This event is presented by the Daybreak Rotary and our lawyers at the Lake of the Ozarks are big supporters of that organization. Keep reading to learn about this fantastic event.

The 22nd Annual Winterfest Event

WHEN: This event will take place Saturday, February 24 at 5:30 p.m.

WHERE: This event will be held at:

Tan-Tar-A Resort
494 Tan-Tar-A Drive
Osage Beach, MO 65065

COST TO ATTEND THIS EVENT: Tickets are $60 each (To purchase a ticket, contact Anna Diebold at 573-302-2441 or any member of the Daybreak Rotary.)


This year's theme is "Back to the Beach." All of the proceeds will go back to the Daybreak Rotary and toward helping those in our community who need it. This will be a fun event for anyone who prefers to "party with a purpose." Event festivi…

The Do's and Don'ts of Starting Your Own Business

Congratulations on deciding to start your own business! You are beginning a brand new venture and there can be a lot of rewards that come along with it. You should be aware of the do's and don'ts of starting a business to avoid legal hurdles down the road. Our experienced law office in Camdenton is here to give you some key do's and don'ts when staring your own business.

Do's and Don'ts of Starting Your Own Business
Do's of Starting Your Own Business

1. Do seek advice outside of your business.

There is nothing wrong with seeking help from others when you need it. Whether it be a law firm or a group of your professional peers. If you need assistance on how to get more sales or what the latest trends are in your industry, reach outside of your business to the appropriate groups for insight.

2. Do know what your services are worth.

Don't sell yourself short. When you are starting out, it may be difficult to properly price your services. Do your research and look…