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How a DWI Can Have an Impact on Your Life for Many Years to Come

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Receiving a DWI or driving while intoxicated is way more than just one bad night. An offense like this can affect your life for many years to come. Take it from our DWI lawyers at the Lake of the Ozarks, driving while intoxicated, even if you miraculously don't hurt anyone or yourself while doing so, can have major impacts of your life. Our DWI lawyers in Camden County are here to give you a few examples of the specific effects a DWI can have on your future years. If you have received a DWI, we can't stress enough how vital it is that you seek an experienced Lake of the Ozarks DWI lawyer as soon as possible. Call Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter, and Welch today for your free consultation. We can be reached at (573) 346-7231.


Having a DWI On Your Record May...
Lower your chances of being approved to rent an apartment.
If you decide to try and rent an apartment one day, having a DWI on your record could really hurt your chances of being approved for renting it. Most likely, the land…

Why Have a Mediator in a Divorce?

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Divorces can be so dramatic and affect way more people than just the couple getting divorced. Think about the:
Children involvedThe surrounding families on both sidesCo-workers who are witnessing the sadness you may display at workFriends who are trying to comfort you as much as possible ...etc. It can be much bigger than what some people may realize. That being said, our divorce lawyers at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to explain a few reasons why having a mediator in your divorce may make things run much more smoothly. If you have questions about this process, please do not hesitate to call our Lake of the Ozarks divorce attorneys at (573) 346-7231 for your free consultation today. 


Mediation involves bringing in a third party to help the couple getting divorced air out their issues and negotiate easier.

A mediator can help you negotiate issues surrounding:

Dividing Marital Property
Emotions can run high during a divorce and you may not always be thinking clearly, which is part of t…

How To Know If a Prenuptial Agreement is Right For You

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Whether you are on your second marriage or this is your first marriage and you merely have done really well for yourself and have heard others talk about "prenups" or prenuptial agreements and wondered more about them yourself - this is the blog for you. It's important to realize that prenuptial agreements are not for everyone and just because they have worked for some couples doesn't mean they are the best thing for you and vice versa. Whichever you decide, our Lake of the Ozarks attorneys are here to shed some light on prenuptial agreements and give you information on how to know if a prenuptial agreement is right for you. If getting a prenuptial agreement is something you and your soon-to-be spouse are considering, call our lawyers at the Lake of the Ozarks today for your free consultation. Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter, and Welch are here for you and we can be reached at (573) 346-7231.


How To Know If a Prenuptial Agreement is Right For You
It is important to reali…

Estate Planning Tips for DIFFERENT Aspects of Your Life

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Let's face it. No one likes thinking about what's going to happen when they pass away and our estate planning lawyers at the Lake of the Ozarks realize that. However, thinking about this now and getting your estate plan in order, can really make things easier on your loved ones at a time where they are mourning. Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter, and Welch specializes in assisting clients with their estate plans. Our Lake of the Ozarks estate planning attorneys can be there for you every step of the way when it comes to aligning your estate plan so it works for you and your family. In the meantime, keep reading because we have estate planning tips for you for different aspects of your life below.


Estate Planning Tips for DIFFERENT Aspects of Your Life
PETS
Our pets are family and we understand that some clients would like to enter them into their estate plans, but you need to realize that you can't legally leave money or assets behind to a pet because they don't have the leg…

Questions Your Child May Ask About Your Divorce

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Going through a divorce can be one of the toughest things a person can go through in their lives. That being said, as an adult, you may have had some choice in the matter, but your children did not have that luxury and it can be only natural for them to have questions. Our divorce lawyers at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to give you a few examples of questions your child may ask about your divorce. If you are considering divorce, we urge you to contact an experienced divorce attorney in Camden County as soon as possible. Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter, and Welch specializes in family law and we are available for free consultations regarding divorce. Feel free to give us a call today at (573) 346-7231 with any questions you may have.


Keep reading for a few questions your child may ask about your divorce and for some guidance on how you may wish to respond.

Can the whole family still live under one roof?

Be understanding of the fact that your child is probably really scared and has no id…

Reasons You Could Need a Fathers’ Rights Lawyer

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There are many areas of law and there are different points in life where you may need a lawyer. One situation could be when you are fighting for the paternal rights of your child. That could be one of the many reasons why you could need a fathers' rights lawyer at the Lake of the Ozarks. Our Camden County law firm specializes in paternity matters. To see everything we specialize in, please visit our website at www.PMCWLaw.com. If you are in need of an attorney at the Lake of the Ozarks, call Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter, and Welch at (573) 346-7231 for your free consultation today. In the meantime, keep reading for a few other reasons you could need a fathers' rights attorney at the Lake of the Ozarks.


To terminate the parental rights of the other parent.
For example, if the mother of a child has abused or neglected or abandoned the child or is currently incarcerated then the father may have grounds to terminate her parental rights. You should get the advice of an experienced L…

Physical Custody VS. Legal Custody - What's The Difference?

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In any case, involving children, the court is looking to rule in the best interest of the child. The way the court rules may not always be what both parents are expecting. However, our child custody attorneys at the Lake of the Ozarks want you to feel more informed on this subject. The Lake of the Ozarks divorce lawyers at Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter, and Welch are here to explain the differences between Physical and Legal custody and different custody options the court may order for your child. If you are going through a tough divorce with children and have questions, please call our divorce lawyers at the Lake of the Ozarks for your free consultation today. We can be reached at (573) 346-7231.


What are some of the different ways the court may rule in a child custody case?

The court will try to find the custody arrangement that will best provide for the children's needs. The court may choose between various different custody agreements, such as 1) Joint physical and joint legal c…

Your Guide to Child Adoption in Missouri

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Adoption can be one of the most life-changing choices a person can make. Many people may say they want to adopt without knowing the full scope of everything that is involved. Ouradoption lawyers at the Lake of the Ozarks want you to be prepared, so you are not caught off guard when choosing to make the life-changing decision of adopting a child and growing your family this way. If you are looking into the adoption process and would like an experienced adoption attorney at the Lake of the Ozarks to help guide you through this process, call Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter, and Welch for your free consultation today at (573) 346-7231. Keep reading for guidance on the adoption process from our Lake of the Ozarks adoption attorneys.


The Time Commitment Involved When Choosing to Adopt a Child
Choosing to adopt a child is no short term commitment, it's for life. That child is legally your responsibility until they turn 18, and even after they are still a huge part of your life and this decis…

Tips for Re-Entering a Parent into a Child’s Life

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A divorce is one of the hardest things a child may go through in their young lives. Not all divorces end amicably and the children can be completely innocent in all of this. Sometimes divorces may end where a parent has to go away temporarily, whether that means they are incarcerated or they just move away to a different location for an extended period of time or maybe they are overseas and part of the military. No matter where the parent goes if they plan to re-enter the child's life, the process should not be taken lightly and our divorce attorneys at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to give you a few tips for re-entering a parent into a child's life. If you find yourself going through a tough divorce at the Lake of the Ozarks where children are involved, Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter, and Welch is here for you. Call our Lake of the Ozarks divorce attorneys today at (573) 346-7231 for your free consultation.


Tips for Re-Entering a Parent into a Child’s Life
Don't show anger…

The Who, What, and Why Behind Restraining Orders

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Orders of protection or restraining orders, as they are more commonly known are not necessary for everyone, but they can pose as a solution for certain people. Our divorce attorneys at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to give you The Who, What, and Why Behind Restraining Orders, meaning who typically files for restraining orders, what kind of situation they typically could be in, and why they would be doing so. As experienced divorce lawyers at the Lake of the Ozarks, we can tell you that all divorces do not end amicably and sometimes one spouse may choose to file for a restraining order from the other. If you are going through a tough divorce and need a reliable guide through this emotional time, Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter, and Welch are here for you. Call today for your free consultation at (573) 346-7231.


The Who, What, and Why Behind Restraining Orders
WHO
There are many people who may choose to file restraining orders and you don't have to be married to do so. For example, if…

3 Custody Agreement Violation Examples

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Custody agreements are put in place for a reason and it is for the best interest of the child. When those agreements get violated, the best interest of the child can be in jeopardy. Our child custody lawyers at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to give you a few examples of how child custody agreements can sometimes be violated. Divorce lawyers in Camden County know that this process can already be hard enough on the child, so why make matters worse? If you find your child custody agreement has been violated, call Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter, and Welch for your free consultation at 573-346-7231.


3 Custody Agreement Violation Examples
1. A parent refuses visitation that has already been agreed upon.
In some cases, a parent may not be awarded actual custody of a child but may be allowed to spend time with the child under a visitation agreement. If a parent fails to obey this order and denies the other parent rightful visitation privileges either by refusing outright or by repeatedly sched…

Different Punishments for Different Drug-Related Crimes

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A criminal record can affect you for the rest of your life. If you are facing charges for some sort of drug-related crime, it is important that you seek an experienced criminal defense attorney at the Lake of the Ozarks immediately. Our Camden County attorneys can walk you through your options and prepare a defense that can meet your specific needs. To get a free consultation with the Lake of the Ozarks criminal defense attorneys at Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter, and Welch call 573-346-7231. Keep reading to learn what the different punishments for different drug-related crimes can be.


Source: https://statelaws.findlaw.com/missouri-law/missouri-drug-laws.html

Crime: Possession of Drugs Other Than Marijuana

Punishment: Possession of any other type of drug besides marijuana (regardless of amount) is a class C felony, punishable by up to 7 years in prison, $10,000 fine.

Crime: Possession of Marijuana

Punishment: 

Possession of 10 grams or less: Misdemeanor with no jail time and a $500 fine.Seco…