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In 2016, new child custody legislation was passed in Missouri known as HB1550. This new law went a long way toward making shared parenting the norm in Missouri. However, in 2018, new legislation was introduced in Missouri to move the needle even further. This new legislation is known as HB1667 in the Missouri House of Representatives (and SB14 in the Missouri Senate). HB1667 was proposed because many believed that courts were not really implementing the
Many law firms think of availability as having somebody to take calls in the law office Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm. Once 5 pm hits in many law firms, business stops until the next day. The reality is that there are 24-hours in a  day. If your law firm is only taking calls 8-hours a day, what if clients and potential clients have needs the other 16-hours of the day? What…
Most parties want to settle their divorce amicably outside of court without a trial. For various reasons, some parties cannot reach a decision on every aspect of their divorce. Some parties might not even be able to reach an agreement on much of anything. Either way, this can result in a trial taking place. A trial is the only way to resolve a divorce where a complete settlement is not reached. When making think of…
Most parties want to settle their divorce amicably outside of court without a trial. For various reasons, some parties cannot reach a decision on every aspect of their divorce. Some parties might not even be able to reach an agreement on much of anything. Either way, this can result in a trial taking place. A trial is the only way to resolve a divorce where a complete settlement is not reached. When making think of…
Potential clients call and email lawyers and law firms with the hope of getting help with their legal matter. For many potential clients, the need is imminent. They have a pressing legal situation and they want help and reassurance right away. It can be tough for many lawyers. They might have court dates and numerous other obligations on their calendar. Trying to find the time to meet with a potential client can be difficult with…
Divorce rates have been high in United States for years. This is not exactly a new phenomenon in society for decades. There is some recent data showing that millennials are having more of a tendency to stay together than previous generations. Nonetheless, there are still lots of individuals getting divorced. As much as some may want it, divorce is something that is not going to ever go away. For various different reasons, couples decide that…
When you employ law firm employees, the question often arises about what is the kind of raise employees should be given. Oftentimes, the question can arise at the end of the year because many employees expect yearly raises. The question of what is the average raise is problematic. Law employees often have expectations. Many of these expectations are not realistic when looking at national data and the finances of the firm. It is true as
In many divorce matters, parties own a house jointly. When a married couple owns a home together, this is known by tenancy by the entireties. In these instances, the married couple is also on the mortgage together if the home is not paid off. After the conclusion of the divorce, one party often gets the house. The other party then moves elsewhere. A remaining issue when this is the case is that the mortgage…
Little things matter for lawyers in initial consultations. Sometimes, it isn’t just about what a lawyer says or how well they listen. It can be the small things that many do not think about that can make a difference. Below are some little things that can make a big difference when meeting with a potential client for a consultation: 1. What view do you give the potential client? In other words, are the blinds…
During the holiday season, divorce filings can decrease. Many are unwilling to commence divorce proceedings during this time. Many are also giving their marriages one last shot. This line of thinking certainly makes a lot of sense. It is not in spirit of “peace on earth, goodwill to men” to be initiating a divorce during Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza and New Year. However, after the these holidays pass, divorce filings can begin to rise. Many do…