Missouri Is Tough on Marijuana Possession

Posted by on May 20, 2013 in Criminal Defense | 0 comments

States vary widely in penalties for marijuana possession and Missouri has some of the toughest laws in the country. Unlike 17 states that have legalized or decriminalized marijuana possession, Missouri still classifies it as a criminal offense. The amount you possess plays a major role in the charge you might face. If you are found with 35 grams or less, you will face a misdemeanor charge carrying up to one year in jail and $1,000 in fines. Possession of over 35 grams – about the weight of a single filtered cigarette – is a felony subject to...

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Clayton Divorce Law firm Haunted By Use of Emails

Posted by on Apr 24, 2013 in Lawsuits, Legal Malpractice | Comments Off

This month saw a well-known Clayton law firm, the Hais Law Firm, embroiled in controversy over the unauthorized use of an opponent’s e-mails in divorce litigation.  The case stems from a custody dispute that was conducted before the Hon. Barbara Wallace in St. Louis County in March 2011.  At that time, the Court was shocked to find out that the Hais Law firm had used unauthorized e-mails that had been hacked by Hais’ client.  Judge Wallace found in her Order that the Haises had knowingly utilized the e-mails and therefore ordered $25,000.00...

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Divorce Clients Need to be Wary of Evergreen Retainer Arrangements

Posted by on Apr 17, 2013 in Homepage Featured, Legal Malpractice | Comments Off

Divorce Clients Need to be Wary of Evergreen Retainer Arrangements

A new development in the representation of divorce clients has been the adoption of evergreen retainer arrangements. Several firms that advertise for domestic litigation, notably Cordell & Cordell, require clients to provide them with unrestricted access to a credit card that automatically renews the retainer to some arranged amount. This is known as an evergreen retainer. The danger in such an arrangement is that it grants a law firm unlimited access to funds and serves as an incentive to generate as many billable hours as possible in...

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St. Louis Attorney Steals from Clients

Posted by on Mar 31, 2013 in Legal Malpractice | Comments Off

Stephen Evans, a lawyer who had his office in South St. Louis, pled guilty to fraud through stealing settlement checks belonging to his clients. To read the full story, click here.

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What Your Divorce Lawyer Should Do for You

Posted by on Mar 18, 2013 in Lawsuits | Comments Off

What Your Divorce Lawyer Should Do for You

In Missouri, as in most other states, the rate of divorce has been dropping steadily, but that is cold comfort if you find yourself going through one.  And if you are, you still have plenty of company:  according to CDC data, there were 2,389 divorces a day in the U.S. in 2010 – a total of 872,000. Some divorces are simple and amicable, and handled without attorneys.  But the vast majority of people who have been married for more than a few years face complicated situations involving alimony, the division of property and custody.  Because it...

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Truck Accidents and the Commercial Driver Shortage

Posted by on Feb 15, 2013 in Homepage Featured, Lawsuits, Personal Injury | Comments Off

Truck Accidents and the Commercial Driver Shortage

A new commercial driver safety report indicates transportation companies are processing more applicants than ever to contend with a driver shortage. In fact, the number of driver verifications tripled in the first half of 2012 over the prior year. The American Trucking Association claims the driver shortage the industry is now experiencing — about 20,000 to 25,000 — could jump to as high as 239,000 in just 10 years. Ironically, the driver shortage may be a result of increased regulation at the federal and state level to address safety issues....

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Facing False Domestic Assault Allegations

Posted by on Dec 15, 2012 in Criminal Defense, Lawsuits | Comments Off

Facing False Domestic Assault Allegations

In a domestic dispute, nothing can be more frightening than facing false domestic assault charges. Domestic abuse claims are taken into consideration during legal separation, divorce and custody proceedings, and they are often used as a strategy for one party to gain the upper hand. Fighting Back Against False Charges One of the biggest criticisms of the legal system that addresses domestic abuse is the frequency in which false allegations of abuse are made to seek an advantage in divorce and custody proceedings. If you find yourself the...

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When To Seek Legal Help in a Workers’ Compensation Case

Posted by on Oct 30, 2012 in Homepage Featured, Workers Compensation | Comments Off

When To Seek Legal Help in a Workers’ Compensation Case

The State of Missouri protects all injured workers. Missouri requires that any employer with five or more employees must carry insurance for workers’ compensation. In addition, construction employers must carry workers’ compensation insurance if they have at least one employee. By law, if an employer fails to carry workers’ comp insurance is guilty of a misdemeanor. An employer can face fines up to $50,000 and will be reported for fraud to the Division of Workers’ Compensation. Missouri employers with five or more employees...

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Missouri Lawyers Weekly Recognizes The Meehan Law Firm’s Legal Malpractice Settlement

Posted by on Sep 24, 2012 in Lawsuits | Comments Off

In their August 20, 2012 issue of Missouri Lawyers Weekly, said state-wide publication recognized the Meehan Law Firm’s successful prosecution of a legal malpractice case against the St. Louis law firm of Sandberg, Phoenix and Von Gontard.  In the first-of-a-kind case, the Meehan Law Firm successfully represented an insurance company, American Alternative Insurance Company, which claimed it had been damaged by the negligent representation of the two Missouri lawyers in connection with the wrongful death lawsuit.  In the underlying lawsuit,...

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What To Do If You Suspect Nursing Home Abuse

Posted by on Sep 16, 2012 in Lawsuits, Personal Injury | Comments Off

What To Do If You Suspect Nursing Home Abuse

There comes a time when an adult parent turns to a nursing home to provide a loving and caring home for an elderly loved one. Unfortunately, some nursing homes have been known to take advantage of their residents’ vulnerable state. Types of Elder Abuse Elder abuse can occur in many forms. While living in a nursing home, senior citizens can be abused physically, sexually, and verbally. Some abuse is obvious, such as hitting a resident. But others are less well known to the public, such as neglect, false imprisonment and financial abuse....

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