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Monthly Archives: August 2011

Free Criminal Defense Consultation

Unlike a civil law matter, a criminal case implicates the State. In other words, it is not another private citizen which is filing a lawsuit for money damages or equitable relief against you, it is the State of Missouri or one of its cities/municipalities bringing criminal charges. If convicted, criminal charges will usually be on […]

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Probate Attorney: St. Louis

Probate refers to the type of courts which primarily handle the estates of those that have died (“decedents”). The probate courts are designed to as “efficiently” (some clients would say I use that term loosely) to handle claims against a decedent’s estate by creditors and then transition assets out of the decedent’s estate to his/her […]

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Delaware Corporations & Missouri Corporations

One of my professors in law school once made the following analogy: prostitutes are to Las Vegas as Corporations are to Delaware. In excess of 50% of publicly traded corporations are incorporated (See: Articles of Incorporation, Corporate Bylaws) in Delaware. Why is this? Simply tax reasons? Or is it the legal structure surrounding the corporate […]

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Child Custody & Support in Saint Louis, Missouri

Child Custody and Child Support are issues inherent in a Divorce when there are minor children. As always, the best interests of the child will always be the guiding criterion in determining custody if the parties cannot agree on an arrangement. Flowing from custody is child support; the former greatly influences the latter. It is […]

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St. Louis DWI Attorney

A DWI conviction has both civil and criminal aspects. See: DWI License Suspension; See also: Multiple DWI/DUI Convictions. Obviously, the more charges the pile up, the more adverse the consequences become. Further, inherent in a DWI are difficult legal questions that often implicate distinctly “gray” areas (See: DWI: The Breathalyzer). In such situations, you should […]

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Transfers & Gifts to Minors

Many different laws and legal devices are in place to help facilitate transfers of property to a minor (i.e., those under 18 years of age). When a transferor — who usually is a family member — wants to transfer and give property to a minor, there are a number of different things that can be […]

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Foreign Corporations

Because corporations are registered on a state-by-state basis, the rights of a corporation are derived from the powers granted to it by the law of the state in which the corporation was created. In Missouri, when a foreign corporation (i.e., from any other state) seeks to transact business in Missouri, it must first do some […]

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Property Easements

An easement is an interest in land, but not an interest in the title to land. More specifically, the interest in land the easement grants is the right of one or more persons to use another’s real estate for either a general or a particular purpose. The easiest example would be a common driveway where […]

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Lease-Purchase Contracts

A lease-purchase agreement — also colloquially referred to as a “rent-to-own” contract — is where a tenant enters into an agreement with the landlord for a set term. Generally, the lease contract states that so long as the normal payments are made, a percentage of those payments will act as a credit toward the purchase […]

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Eminent Domain Litigation

Eminent domain refers to the state and federal government’s ability to seize a private citizen’s property without his or her consent for public use/benefit. The Federal Government’s eminent domain authority flows from the 5th Amendment’s “Takings Clause,” which provides in pertinent part that “nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.” […]

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