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3 Steps to Take to Expunge a Missouri Criminal Record

According to the American Bar Association, “‘expungement’ is the process by which a record of criminal conviction is destroyed or sealed from state or federal records. An expungement order directs the court to treat the criminal conviction as if it had never occurred, essentially removing it from a defendant’s criminal record as well as, ideally,…

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5 Steps to Take if Injured Due to Neglect

If you wish to file a personal injury claim against someone for a car accident, slipping on their property, or another accident, you need to prove that you were injured due to neglect of another. Here are five steps you need to take if you are injured due to someone’s neglect. Step 1. Seek medical…

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What Is Guardian Ad Litem?

Guardian Ad Litem and Child Abuse A Guardian Ad Litem is a lawyer appointed by the court to represent a child or children. The Guardian Ad Litem does not represent the parents. The court is required to appoint a Guardian Ad Litem in child custody cases where allegations of child abuse have been made. Child…

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Can I Get a No-Fault Divorce?

What is a no-fault divorce? A no-fault divorce occurs when a spouse does not have to explain or prove why he or she wants a divorce. A couple can obtain a no-fault divorce if both parties state under oath that the marriage is irretrievably broken. Alternatively, a spouse can also obtain a no-fault divorce where…

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Divorce: Contributions to Marital Property

What Is Marital Property? In any divorce, the court is required to consider certain factors in dividing the marital property and marital debts of the spouses. Such property is generally considered property acquired during the marriage. One of the factors a divorce court is required to consider in dividing the property is a spouse’s contributions…

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When Can a Child Decide Where to Live?

There is nothing in Missouri law that allows the minor child in a divorce or child custody case to decide where to live.  A child can express his or her wishes as to where he or she wants to live which happens at a divorce or child custody trial. But the children’s wishes are just…

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Do I Need a Divorce Lawyer?

Do I need a divorce lawyer? The answer is yes, you want a divorce lawyer to represent you in a divorce. Why? Divorce law is complicated. Even people who have “easy” divorces benefit from having a divorce lawyer. Divorce can involve houses, land, cars, trucks, boats, houses, land, pensions, and retirement accounts. It’s not enough…

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What is a Criminal Lawyer?

A criminal lawyer focuses on defending those who have been charged with criminal activity. Criminal activity occurs when a law is broken, and the government takes steps toward enforcing those laws. A criminal defense lawyer defends an individual against allegations of criminal conduct. What kinds of cases does a criminal lawyer take on? The types…

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How Much Does a Divorce Lawyer Cost?

The cost of a divorce lawyer varies greatly depending on your unique situation. Divorce can be very complex because of varying emotions and opinions about how things should be accomplished. An experienced divorce lawyer can help you navigate these complexities, and we’ll through how you much you can expect to pay for a good divorce…

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Search Warrant Requirement

Search Warrants Law enforcement can often conduct searches without a search warrant because there are exceptions to the Fourth Amendment’s search warrant requirement, like holes in swiss cheese.  Some of the exceptions to the search warrant requirement include situations where a person consents to a search, or the automobile exception where a motor vehicle is…

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