June 2019 Archives

Multi-agency effort leads to Mo. indictment on weapons charges

Possession of firearms or ammunition by a felon is illegal under federal law. A federal grand jury recently indicted a man from southwestern Missouri with a reported history of two prior felony convictions for allegedly possessing ammunition and firearms illegally. The indictment followed a joint effort by local and federal law enforcement agencies. 

Why cellphones and selfies do not mix

If you have ever driven while talking or texting on a cellphone, you may know first-hand the hazards that stem from this dangerous behavior. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately 3,166 people were killed in car accidents involving distracted driving in 2017 and even more were injured. Multiple studies have been conducted evaluating the dangers of distracted driving and the effects of using your cellphone while trying to navigate the roads. In addition to talking or texting on a cellphone while behind the wheel, some drivers have taken distracted driving to a new level. Drivers who take selfies and post them on social media sites endanger their lives and the lives of others.

Marital property may include more than some think

When people file for divorce in Missouri, there are a myriad of issues to negotiate, including division of property. In Missouri, and in many other states in the nation, marital property is divided according to what the court believes to be fair and equitable. While some people may think marital property is simply the family home, cars, furniture and bank account contents, there are several other items that are considered marital property and are eligible for division. It is critical that people understand what constitutes marital property so they can be sure to get everything they are entitled to in the divorce settlement.

You can avoid drunk driving, but what about other drunk drivers?

As a licensed driver in Missouri, you're legally responsible for adhering to traffic laws and safety regulations every time you get behind the wheel. The problem is that you can only control your own choices and driving behavior but are somewhat helpless when it comes to the choices and actions of other drivers. Take drunk driving, for instance. There are many ways you can avoid it when you are the one operating a motor vehicle.

What happens to home equity when you divorce?

When you divorce your spouse in Missouri, you will undoubtedly need to determine which one of you will keep certain assets, and in most cases, the most valuable asset a couple shares is their home. Therefore, one of the more important matters you will need to work through during your divorce is what you plan to do with your family home, and you will typically have several options available to you in doing so.

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