September 2018 Archives

What are the dangers of night driving?

Missouri residents know that as we enter fall and winter, driving during dark hours will likely become inevitable for many people. Whether it affects your morning commute, evening commute, or both, you may be facing unique hurdles that aren't present when you drive during the day.

The high cost of a drunk driving conviction

While it is no secret that a Missouri drunk driving conviction is a serious offense, many state residents do not fully understand the true, comprehensive costs associated with this type of crime. At Kelly, Symonds & Reed, LLC, we have a firm understanding of just how much a driving under the influence conviction can cost you in the long run, and we have helped many clients facing similar circumstances defend themselves against such charges.

Recognizing signs of nursing home abuse

As someone who has a parent or other elder loved one living in a Missouri nursing home or similar type of continuing care facility, you probably want to believe that your family member is receiving the highest quality of care and attention while there. Unfortunately, however, this is not the case at many American nursing homes, with many facility residents nationwide experiencing emotional, physical or financial abuse at the hands of those entrusted to care for them. At Kelly, Symonds & Reed, LLC, we know all too well just how common abuse and neglect are at today’s nursing homes, and we have helped many people who feared their loved ones were suffering seek answers.

Is your spouse keeping financial secrets?

If you say that, on occasion, you haven't been completely honest with your spouse about money, you likely wouldn't be the only person in Missouri to admit such indiscretion. Perhaps you spent a bit more than you and your spouse had agreed upon and you were worried that he or she would be angry with you if you told the truth. While dishonesty is never advisable in a marriage, it is not uncommon for spouses to tell each other half-truths or small fabrications when they are trying to avoid an argument.  

Nationally, 2 percent of road deaths occur in construction zones

Missouri’s roadways are constantly undergoing maintenance and expansion, and while, in time, these efforts may improve conditions for state residents, they can also pose a serious threat for the motoring public. At Kelly, Symonds & Reed, LLC, we recognize just how frequently road construction is a factor in auto accidents and associated injuries and fatalities, and we have helped many clients injured in construction-related auto accidents pursue solutions that fit their needs.

Can a cheating spouse affect your divorce case?

No one wants to learn that the person considered the love of his or her life has committed adultery. Unfortunately, you found yourself in this situation. Now, you face a great deal of confusion and emotional turmoil, and you will likely need to decide how you want to approach your future, especially if you are considering divorce.

What types of matters can you address in a parenting plan?

Navigating your way through a Missouri divorce takes strength and patience, and rarely does the process prove easy. While learning to live without someone who used to sleep by your side involves some readjusting of your life and priorities, so, too, does learning to live with your children in your own home only part of the time. It is virtually inevitable that you and your former spouse will butt heads from time to time when it comes to co-parenting your shared children. However, you may be able to set guidelines that help you both adjust to your new living arrangements by creating what is known as a parenting plan.

How understaffed nursing homes endanger residents

Entrusting someone else with providing care for an elder loved one is always difficult, but it can prove far easier if you have confidence in the quality of care your loved one is receiving at his or her new Missouri residence. Unfortunately, however, understaffing issues plague many American nursing homes and continuing care facilities, and when such residences have inadequate staff, facility residents typically suffer the consequences. At Kelly, Symonds & Reed, LLC, we have seen firsthand the link between nursing home understaffing and insufficient care, and we have helped many residents and family members of residents who suffered injury at nursing homes pursue appropriate recourse.

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