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Drive Safely on Halloween 2019!

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Halloween 2019 is less than a month away! Can you believe it? Our lawyers at the Lake of the Ozarks hope you all have a Happy, but Safe Halloween this year. Car accidents do happen and believe it or not, they can happen on Halloween too. Our personal injury lawyers at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to give you a few safe driving tips for Halloween 2019. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, please call Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter, and Welch for your free consultation today. We can be reached at (573) 346-7231.



Drive Safely on Halloween 2019!
Never drive intoxicated. 
With this holiday right around the corner, you've probably seen festive events being advertised in light of the holiday. Many of these events will have alcohol available and no one is saying to not partake, but do so responsibly. If you know you are going to be drinking then plan ahead and designate a sober driver. There are likely kids walking in the streets, house to house, trick or treating - D…

3 Questions To Ask Your Real Estate Lawyer When Selling Your Home

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Have you ever considered how valuable an experienced real estate lawyer in Camden County can be to you? Having a Lake of the Ozarks attorney who can walk you through the ins and outs of real estate law can prevent you from making a huge mistake and could end up saving you a TON of money in certain circumstances. In this week's blog, our real estate attorneys at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to give you 3 questions you should ask your real estate lawyer when selling your home. If you are in need of an experienced real estate lawyer at the Lake of the Ozarks, call Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter, and Welch today at (573) 346-7231 for your free consultation. We are located near the Camden County Courthouse at 109 East Highway 54, Suite 103 in Camdenton, MO. If you are unable to call one day but decide you still need legal help and you are in the neighborhood, stop by. We have an open-door policy and we welcome walk-in clients.

3 Questions To Ask Your Real Estate Lawyer When Selling Yo…

The Dos and Don'ts of Creating a Good Parenting Plan

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There is no reason to make divorce harder than it has to be, by making poor decisions based on emotion and not what's best for your children. Our Lake of the Ozarks divorce attorneys are here to give you the dos and don'ts of creating a good parenting plan. Parenting plans are important because they can show the court your plan for co-parenting your children once divorced. No matter what, the court rules in the best interest of the children, so your plan needs to be just that - in the best interest of YOUR children. For an experienced divorce attorney in Camden County, call Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter, and Welch at (573) 346-7231 for your free consultation today.


The Dos and Don'ts of Creating a Good Parenting Plan
The Dos

Do be civil while making a plan with your ex.
You never know how a divorce is going to happen but don't let yourself get lost in it emotionally. Do your best to remain calm and only think of your child when making this parenting plan. Put aside your f…

Estate Planning FAQs

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When some people hear the words, "estate planning", they may think they have all the time in the world to do that and they just put the process off. What's sad about that is that no one ever knows what day is going to be their last on Earth and that's really something that is just out of your control. But, there ARE things that you can control NOW, such as making sure your loved ones don't have to go through a lot of trouble getting your estate together, planning your funeral, and tracking things down that they desperately need upon your passing during a time where they are already grieving. You do that by having a strong estate plan in place that covers these sorts of things so your loved ones are saved from having to go through these hassles when they are already trying to just get through mourning you.


We get it, this sounds really sad, but you have the power to get things in order now and the sooner you do that the sooner you don't have to think about the…

Things That Can Be Challenged in a Traffic Law Case

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Have you ever got a traffic ticket at the Lake of the Ozarks? Did you know that there are actually a few things that can be challenged in the case of a traffic ticket that could result in it being wiped from your record? Our traffic lawyers at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to give you a few tips when disputing a traffic ticket in Missouri. If you have got a traffic ticket and are in need of an experienced traffic lawyer in Camden County, call Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter, and Welch at (573) 346-7231.

Things That Can Be Challenged in a Traffic Law Case
You can challenge the law enforcement officer's personal judgment.
There are cases where you can challenge that the officer made a personal judgment when he gave you the ticket versus going on pure facts. An experienced traffic lawyer in Missouri can go over possible defenses with you so you can see what all your options are.

You can challenge the evidence presented.
The officer will likely have evidence against you to present but yo…

FAQs About Getting Your Name Legally Changed in MO

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Our lawyers at the Lake of the Ozarks occasionally get asked to help with a legal name change. This comes up from time to time, so Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter, and Welch is here to answer a few frequently asked questions regarding getting your name legally changed in the state of Missouri. If you are in the process of trying to get your name legally changed, give our Camdenton law firm a call. We can answer any questions you may have and our consultations are free. Just call us at 573-346-7231.
FAQs About Getting Your Name Legally Changed in MO
Q: How does one go about legally changing their name in the state of Missouri?

A: You have to file a petition. According to the Missouri Courts:
"Persons 18 and older seeking to change their name may do so by filing a Petition for Change of Name. The petition must state important facts required by law in order for a name change to be granted. Generally, the petition must describe who you are, where you live, why you are seeking the change a…

Post-Divorce: How Your Children May Be Impacted

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If you are going through a divorce, have you ever asked yourself:
How will this affect my kids? Will it affect them long term into their adult lives? In what ways will my kids' lives be affected?
Our divorce lawyers at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to give you a few examples of how kids can be impacted after a divorce. If you are searching for an experienced Lake of the Ozarks divorce attorney who can walk you through this process and answer any questions you may have, call Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter and Welch today for your free consultation at (573) 346-7231.


Post-Divorce: How Your Children May Be Impacted 
Emotional Impacts
Your child may have different emotional responses to your divorce depending on what age they are. For example, if they are younger they may have this sensation that they may have caused this divorce and start to blame themselves. If they are a teenager, they may start to rebel or act out. The best thing you can do is just be there for them.

Confusion Abou…

The Pumkin Chunkin Palooza is Coming Up

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A fantastic community event is coming up very soon and our attorneys in Camdenton are excited to tell you about it! Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter, and Welch love this community. If you are in need of an experienced Camden County attorney, give our Camdenton law firm a call at (573) 346-7231. In the meantime, keep reading to learn all about the Pumkin Chunkin Palooza coming up!


The Pumkin Chunkin Palooza at the Lake of the Ozarks
Source: https://www.funlake.com/pumkin-chunkin-palooza

Date: September 28, 2019

Location: Ozarks Amphitheater
2629 MO Hwy 5
Camdenton Missouri 65020

Event Times: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Event Activities:
Missouri Craft BeersMissouri Wine TastingsFood VendorsLargest Pumpkin ContestPumkin Decorating ContestFamily Events:
Face PaintingPetting ZooKids ActivitiesClimbing WallCarnival Rides Source:
http://pumkinchunkinpalooza.com/

Presented by the:
Laurie Sunrise - Beach Rotary

Admission Prices:
Adults (13 and older) – $8Children 5 to 12 – $5Children Under 5 – FreeFamily Pass (max …

Divorce 101: The Wrong Moves to Avoid

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While every divorce is different and comes with its own set of emotions but no matter what type of divorce you are going through there are certain things you just shouldn't do, the wrong moves to avoid in order to make your divorce run as smoothly as it possibly can. If you would like legal advice regarding your divorce, call the experienced Lake of the Ozarks divorce attorneys at Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter, and Welch. We can be reached at (573) 346-7231 for your free consultation.


Wrong Move #1: Liquidating major assets that are supposed to be shared

Marital assets (assets acquired during a marriage) are generally considered to belong to both spouses equally. In the event of a divorce, the court will work with the couple to ensure that all assets are shared equitably between the spouses. Though it may be tempting to try to hide or liquidate certain assets so that you do not have to share them with your spouse, this is never a good idea. You can be held in contempt of court for yo…

5 Tips for Splitting Up Property in a Divorce

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Divorce isn't something people like to think about or expect may happen to them. It's not always a "walk in the park" either. It may be the hardest thing you ever do in life our divorce attorneys at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to help you in any way we can. Keep reading for a few tips for splitting up property in a divorce. If you are going through a divorce near the Lake of the Ozarks area, call Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter, and Welch today at 573-346-7231 for your free consultation.

5 Tips for Splitting Up Property in a Divorce
1. Know what the "marital property" is.
Marital property or essentially shared property can be the assets or debt accrued together during the marriage. Having this in mind can help you split up your property during the divorce and get through it smoothly as possible.

2. Get organized and make a list of your assets.
Organization is key. Get together and make a list of all your assets. You can also each try making your own separate…

Tips for Naming a Guardian for Your Children

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One of the last things you want to talk about any day of the week is having someone else raise your kids because an unexpected tragedy has struck and you are no longer able to take care of your children. But, isn't it better to have a say in who raises your kids when you can't than the alternative? The Lake of the Ozarks estate planning attorneys at Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter, and Welch are here to give you a few tips for naming a guardian of your children. If you need any assistance with this or creating your estate plan altogether, you should contact an experienced attorney at the Lake of Ozarks as soon as possible. Call (573) 346-7231 for your free consultation today.


Tips for Naming a Guardian for Your Children
Talk to your kids about this and be honest.
The guardian is the person that you name in your will to care for your children in the event you untimely pass away before they are of age. You can control the tempo of this conversation but the point here is to know who y…

How Do I Know If a Will or Living Trust is Right For Me?

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By this point in your life, you have probably been told at one point or another that having a will drawn up for yourself and your family is a very smart move. But, do you know what a will really is? On that note, what about a living trust? Both can be smart choices depending on your situation. Our estate planning attorneys at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to give you the differences between a will and a living trust so you can make a better decision for yourself and your family. For a free consultation with our Camden County estate planning attorneys, call Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter, and Welch today for your free consultation. Our Camdenton Law Office can be reached at (573) 346-7231.


A Will
If you have a will in place, you will be able to use the document to assign an individual to take over your role as guardian in the event of your passing.Wills allow you to designate beneficiaries for your property.If you are leaving property to a minor using a will, you should designate an adul…