Income and the Form 14

In the state of Missouri, child support is determined using what is commonly referred to as the “Form 14”. The Form 14 was designed by the Missouri legislatures to calculate child support using a complicated formula that takes into account income, insurance and...

Can I Change The Locks?

One of the most common questions that I am asked while meeting with a landlord who is having to deal with the eviction of a tenant for the first time is whether the landlord can change the locks.  Although there may be several reasons why a landlord may want to get...

Is Your Estate Plan Up To Date?

It is important to review your estate plan as life circumstances change.  Changes such as moving out of state, purchasing real estate not in your state of residence changes in your family structure, changes substantially effecting the health or financial condition of...

Rights of Adoptees to Original Birth Certificate

There are few things that I do in my practice that make me feel better than helping a family become whole through an adoption.  Adoption though has a lot of long term consequences.  What happens later in life when an adoptee has health issues that they are trying to...

Know the Power of Your Tower – Get a Tower Appraisal!

As tower companies become more and more aggressive in pursuing tower lease extensions or the buyout of these leases, landowners often find themselves in a rush to make a decision on an offer. However, as many of these tower leases have a substantial number of years...

Missouri Sunshine Law – A Practical Guide for Requesting Records

There are many instances in which a citizen may wish to obtain records from a government entity. Those may include seeking minutes from a council meeting, contracts between the government body and an independent contractor, or simply requesting more information on a...

Brewery Law

The number of breweries and brewpubs operating in the United States continues to increase.  According to the Brewers Association, it is believed that there are close to 4,000 breweries and brewpubs currently operating in the United States.  The popularity of craft...

When Children Need Attorneys

Almost fifty years ago, on May 15, 1967, the Supreme Court decided that children accused of crimes were entitled to the same constitutional rights as adults, ensuring that every child in the criminal justice system should be afforded the rights of due process,...

“Forever Family”

For many reasons, my wife and I were hesitant about “going public” with our story about the adoption of our two boys through the Jefferson County foster care system.  However, our positive experience with the system and the individuals involved and the need for...