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Monthly Archives: January 2012

Missouri Contract Attorney/Lawyer

Contracts are private agreements entered into by two or more parties with the intention of creating legally binding obligations. Although contracts can be made orally, certain contracts must be in writing if they are to be honored or interpreted by a court (e.g., contracts for the sale of land). Breach of contract occurs when a […]

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Interference with Credit Expectancy

Interference with Business Contracts/Expectancy is a well-established tort in Missouri (and most other states). It has, however, developed through case law and can now be applied in several different contexts. A more common strand of tortious interference is tortious interference with credit expectancy. In order for a plaintiff to succeed on such a claim, the […]

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Business/Corporate Buy-Sell Agreements & Departing Business Owners

Buy-Sell Agreements are in place to address what happens to a departing business owner’s shares/interest in a business. Can the departing owner take them with him and still collect profits? Do they automatically revert back to the business or other owners?  What happens if the departing business owner is forced out? Does it matter if […]

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Probation Violation/Revocation Hearings

When you are placed on probation in Missouri, the Court — usually with the assistance of the prosecuting attorney — will craft terms of probation to which you are required to adhere. The terms of probation can vary: anything from court fines, court costs, or even the attendance of classes may be ordered. In Saint […]

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Letters of Conservatorship

Broadly speaking, a conservatorship is an arrangement where one person/entity is controlled by another person/entity. In a sense, then, a conservatorship is very similar to a trust arrangement in that one person/owns property that is being handled by another. In Missouri, a conservatorship usually refers to property which is legally owned by a minor but […]

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How much do attorneys cost/charge?

The most common question I receive is ” how much do you charge?” My response is always the same. Initial consultations are free and will come at no cost. Assuming that you retain me as your attorney, fees will be handled on either a contingency, flat fee, or hourly basis. A contingency fee comes at […]

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Living Will — Advanced Medical Directives

A living will is a document which memorializes an adult’s wishes pertaining to the right to withhold or withdrawal death-prolonging procedures. The difference between a living will and a testamentary (“normal”) will in Missouri is that a living will states what you would like done with respect to health care while you are alive, while […]

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Ex Parte Orders of Protection, Full Orders of Protection

Not to be confused with a temporary restraining order, an ex parte order of protection is a sort of emergency court order which prevents another person from abusing, harassing, or stalking you. The ex parte itself is not subject to much judicial scrutiny. Indeed, the usual procedure is that the Judge or clerk will grant […]

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Civil Litigation Attorney/Lawyer

Litigation is essentially what happens when people, estates, or businesses disagree about fault or damages. Instead of continuing to bicker and disagree, the Court makes the decision for you. The court is in place to sort through the problem and enter a finding as to who is at fault and what the appropriate redress should […]

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How to change your name in Missouri

In Missouri, a person may change his/her name by filing a petition in the appropriate circuit court. Once filed, the court will inquire to see if the petitioner is a child or an adult (i.e., over 18). An adult petitioner must be shown that the name change is not detrimental to the interests of anyone […]

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