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Monthly Archives: April 2012

Missouri Divorce

We offer free divorce consultations for divorce proceedings in Saint Louis County, Saint Louis City, Saint Charles, Jefferson County — and all other nearby counties in the Saint Louis region. For a couple to be divorced in Missouri, it must be shown that the marriage is “irretrievably broken.” This point is usually one that goes […]

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Missouri Breach of Contract, Promissory Note

What’s the difference between contracts and promissory notes? A promissory note is a promise to pay a fixed amount of money at a set time. The promissory note is often “for services rendered.” Promissory notes are a product of statute.  In Missouri, the primary statutory section addressing the requirements for promissory notes (and other negotiable […]

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Invasion of Privacy Missouri

Missouri law recognizes a few different claims an individual may pursue in civil court for money damages against another for invasion of privacy. Legally, invasion of privacy is the umbrella term for several privacy sub-claims. Three of the sub-claims are intrusion upon seclusion, publication of private facts, and false light. Invasion of Privacy — Intrusion […]

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Child Visitaiton: Supervised & Unsupervised

Per Missouri statute, a parent not granted custody of a child is entitled to reasonable visitation rights unless the court finds that visitation would endanger the child’s physical health or impair his or her emotional development. The reason for this is that it the policy of Missouri that a child have frequent and meaningful contact […]

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Corporate Bylaws & LLC Operating Agreements: Business Start-ups

Corporate bylaws and LLC operating agreements are the legal core of corporations and limited liability companies, respectively. While Articles of Incorporation and Articles of Organization are the documents filed with the Missouri Secretary of State which give legal life to the business entities, the bylaws and operating agreement structure the business and make substantive determinations […]

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Fiduciary Duty Litigation: Breach & Enforcement in Missouri

A fiduciary duty refers to a special legal relationship which is imposed by the law. Ordinarily, individuals do not owe heightened legal responsibilities to other individuals; the stranger on the street owes no special duty to the other stranger on the street. If, however, those strangers owed each other a fiduciary duty, then there could […]

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Missouri Breach of Contract

Under contract law, a breach occurs when a (1) party is under an absolute duty to perform, this (2) absolute duty of performance has not been discharged, and there is a (3) failure to perform in accordance with the contract’s terms. The non-breaching party, in turn, must be willing and able to perform the terms […]

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Missouri Limited Liability Companies: Formation & Advantages

Limited liability Companies (“LLC”) have far and away become the business entity of choice in Missouri and most other states. LLCs are attractive because of the (1) minimal red tape and procedural hurdles you have to overcome to form the entity, (2) its guarantee of limited liability for members, the (3) freedom to contract and […]

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Defamation: Slander; Injurious Falsehood

Slander is spoken defamation. Slander occurs when one’s spoken word reflect adversely upon another person’s integrity, character, good name or standing in the community. With slander cases, the plaintiff/claimant has to, more than anything, prove that the slanderous statements damaged his/her reputation. There are four (4) core requirements to slander: the (a) statement identifies the […]

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