August 2018 Archives

What to know about filing taxes after divorce

If you are a recently divorced Missouri resident, your life may be undergoing considerable change. You may, for example, be adjusting to living in a new place, or you may find yourself grappling with having your children in your home only part of the time, as opposed to all the time. Divorce brings with it inevitable change, and while this holds true with regard to family relationships, it also holds true when it comes time to file your taxes.

Bicycle accidents and brain injury: by the numbers

If you, like so many others across Missouri, rely on your bicycle as a form of transportation or recreation, you may exercise care every time you ride, making sure to obey traffic laws and wear a helmet on every trip. Motorists who share the roadway with you may not always be so careful, however, and when bikes and cars collide, bicyclists frequently find themselves on the losing end. At Kelly, Symonds & Reed, LLC, we understand that bike accidents often lead to brain injury, and we have helped many people who either suffered injury, or had a loved one suffer injury, due to someone else’s negligence.

How can you reinstate driving privileges in Missouri?

If you are a Missouri resident who has lost his or her license because of driving under the influence conviction or another reason, you must take certain steps in order to get your driving privileges back and resume life as you know it. Not having a license can present clear obstacles with regard to finding and maintaining employment, so many offenders who lose their licenses wish to get them back as soon as possible.

Is drug court an option for you?

If you are a Missouri resident and you are currently facing drug-related criminal charges, you may find yourself stressing about the possibility that you may have to spend time behind bars. Chances are, you want to do everything in your power to avoid this fate, and depending on certain circumstances, you may have an alternative option available to you. Drug courts are becoming increasingly popular across the state and nation, both because they help ease the strain on overcrowded prisons and because they help drug addicts combat what is often the root of their troubles: drug addiction.

Falls the leading cause of fatal injury among older adults

As a Missouri senior, you may find that your level of mobility suffers as you age, and that you are not as steady on your feet as you once might have been. Nowadays, falls are the top cause of injuries and fatal injuries in older Americans, with one in four American seniors now suffering a serious fall every year. At Kelly, Symonds & Reed, LLC, we recognize that when seniors fall, serious repercussions can result, and we have helped many older Americans who fell because of another’s carelessness pursue solutions to meet their needs.

What happens to home equity when you divorce?

If you and your spouse share a Missouri home and the two of you are planning to divorce, you may have valid concerns about what will happen to any equity you have managed to build in your home over time. In most cases, you have three main options once you reach this point in your life, and it is up to you and your soon-to-be-former partner to determine which one might best fit your needs.

Did your arresting officer establish probable cause?

You likely never imagined that your trip home from a night out on the town with friends would end with you sitting behind bars in a Missouri county jail cell. In fact, when the police officer pulled you over, you assumed you had perhaps exceeded the posted speed limit by a few miles and would simply receive a warning or, worst case, a traffic ticket, then go on your way.  

Bed sore risks for nursing home residents

Leaving an elder loved one in the care of someone else is never easy, and you may know this all too well if you have ever had to place a parent or other family member in a Missouri nursing home or continuing care facility. Unfortunately, nursing home neglect is alive and well in America, and when nursing home residents do not get the level of care they deserve, serious consequences can result. Bed sores are one common consequence associated with nursing home neglect. At Kelly, Symonds & Reed, LLC, we recognize that bed sores can lead to potentially life-threatening complications, and we have helped many clients whose loved ones developed bed sores because of insufficient care pursue appropriate recourse.

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