Civil Rights Lawsuit Filed in Niangua Police Shooting

Published in Firm News,Personal Injury,Plaintiff on May 21, 2024

Melinda Austin, the mother of Niangua Resident Dylan Austin, filed a multi-million dollar seven count federal civil rights lawsuit against Niangua Police Department officer Dwayne McAtee.   McAtee pursed Dylan Austin into his Webster County home on March 13, 2024 without a warrant and shot him in the bedroom in front of his mother. Melinda Austin alleges that McAtee waged… READ MORE

Missouri’s Lemon Law

Published in Commercial Law on June 6, 2023

The excitement of buying a new car can quickly sour if you discover that the car has significant mechanical problems. Repeated trips to the dealer or to the mechanic can leave a new car owner wondering what to do. Thankfully, Missouri (and many other states) has passed legislation to protect consumers who get stuck with defective vehicles. This law, commonly… READ MORE

Gift Card Scam – Here’s How to Avoid It

Published in Class Actions on August 31, 2018

Sales of gift cards are predicted to hit $160 billion dollars this year. So, you would think stores would work hard to make sure shoppers keep buying them.  But one of the biggest retailers in the world has run into a problem with the cards it sells in its own name.  Walmart was just hit with a class action lawsuit… READ MORE

The Landlord’s Dilemma: What is the Best Way to Remove a Tenant That Fails to Pay Rent?

Published in Real Estate on August 3, 2018

As any landlord knows, getting tenants to pay rent and/or move out can be a challenge. When tenants fail to pay rent or move out the landlord is left wondering what to do. When considering what steps are necessary to obtain possession of the property, landlords must know their options with how to proceed in the most effective and cost-efficient… READ MORE

What To Do After a Car Accident

Published in Personal Injury on July 18, 2018

According to the Association for Safe International Road Travel, over 37,000 people die in auto accidents every year. An additional 2.35 million people are injured or disabled. Given the frequency of auto accidents and the tragic consequences they cause, it is crucial that you know what to do when you are involved in a wreck so that you can recover… READ MORE

How to Lose a Medical Malpractice Case

Published in Medical Malpractice on May 2, 2018

There are two primary issues that doctors, hospitals, nurses, and other medical professionals frequently use to avoid compensating patients who are injured while receiving medical treatment—standard of care and informed consent. For more information, contact a Springfield medical malpractice lawyer. What do you have to prove to win a medical malpractice case? Before we discuss how to lose a case,… READ MORE

Do I Need a Trust?

Published in Estate Planning on April 17, 2018

Clients who are looking to do estate planning commonly ask questions like – “Do I have enough assets to need a trust?” and “Are we too young to need a trust?”  This brief article is intended to address these common questions.   The answer to these questions, as you might expect, will differ from state to state. In Missouri, you generally… READ MORE

How Much is my Personal Injury Case Worth?

Published in Personal Injury on February 16, 2018

One of the most common questions I hear from my personal injury clients is “How much is my case worth?” Unfortunately, a lawsuit or insurance claim is not as easy to put a price tag on as some of the treasures you might see on The Antique Roadshow! If you have been injured in an accident, contact a Springfield personal… READ MORE

Never Perform Field Sobriety Tests!

Published in DWI-Crim on January 23, 2018

First things first—NEVER DRINK AND DRIVE. Choosing to drive after you’ve consumed too many alcoholic beverages can have catastrophic, life-changing effects on your life and on the lives of others. However, no one is perfect and you may have a lapse in judgment that results in your getting stopped by law enforcement for driving while intoxicated. If you ever find… READ MORE

When A Co-Owner of Real Estate No Longer Wants Joint Ownership

Published in Real Estate on January 11, 2018

Many people end up in co-ownership or joint ownership situations where they are not satisfied. Oftentimes, this happens in the context of receiving an inheritance, either by a beneficiary deed (a deed which avoids probate and becomes effective at death) or other deed, or a distribution from an estate or trust.  Sometimes, it may be in the context of co-habitants… READ MORE