Reasons to stop putting off estate planning

Few people really want to do estate planning.  Many people occasionally give it a little thought but ultimately put it off until a later date.  While some do finally get to it, many do not.  If you do not do estate planning, how is your estate managed and distributed?...

Child Abuse Allegations and the CANRB

There are few allegations that can be made against an individual that have as significant and devastating effect on an individual as an allegation of child abuse.  The allegation alone can pave the way for job loss, family drama and severe social backlash.  It is the...

Subdivision restrictions, trustees and lot owners

There are numerous private subdivisions in Jefferson County and the State of Missouri.  The developer of a private subdivision often creates and files an Indenture subjecting the lots within the subdivision to various easements, assessments and restrictions.  In many,...

The trial – by Attorney Stephen Vighi

Since I began practicing law in Jefferson County in 2000, I have had the privilege of representing many people through the trial process. A couple of weekends ago I was preparing for a trial that started on a Tuesday.  I spent the majority of the weekend going over...

Jury duty…why is it always me?

While some of us relish the opportunity to do our civic duty, many see jury duty as an obligation they would rather avoid. We have friends that tell stories of being on a jury for weeks or others that have been called dozens of times but never selected. There are many...

The Myth of the “Uncontested Divorce”

As an attorney whose practice is focused in family law, I receive many phone calls from prospective clients seeking representation for an “uncontested divorce”. Sometimes this means that they are looking for one attorney to represent both spouses and draft settlement...

Automobile Insurance – what you need to know before buying

Most of us never give much thought to our automobile insurance.  We are entertained by the humorous and silly commercials from the insurance companies.  At no time has a talking camel made me want to look into purchasing automobile insurance from a certain company. We...