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Five Things to Do Before Meeting With an Attorney

If you have never met with an attorney before, it can be a nerve-racking experience. It can be difficult to know what to do to prepare for your meeting. Here are five things attorneys want their clients to do before their first meeting. Following these first steps can help to make that initial meeting easier. Provide the Attorney with Names…
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Congress Exempts Livestock Farms from Reporting Air Emissions

On March 23, 2018, the president signed into law the “Fair Agricultural Reporting Method Act” that exempts the reporting of “air emissions from animal waste at a farm” under CERCLA. For several years agricultural groups have been asking Congress to enact this exemption to reverse a court decision that required livestock emission reporting. A 2011 court case invalidated a 2008…
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LDPS

What happens if the order of death among family members becomes unexpected? More precisely, what happens if a beneficiary of a nonprobate transfer under a beneficiary deed drafted pursuant to the Nonprobate Transfers Law of Missouri does not survive the owner of the real property? Who receives the real property when the owner dies under those circumstances? Bill and Jane…
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What To Do When The Department Of Labor Is Coming For An Audit

Whenever an employer receives notice that the federal Department of Labor (“DOL”) will be conducting a back wage audit of the employer’s payroll and time records, there are certain steps an employer should do to help lower its liability and ensure compliance with state and federal wage and hour laws. Employers can: Contact an employment attorney experienced in DOL audits…
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When are Prenuptial Agreements Valid?

What is a prenuptial agreement, and what impact does it have? When will a court enforce a prenuptial agreement? Prenuptial agreements (also sometimes called a “prenup” or an antenuptial agreement) are a type of contract entered into between two people before they get married. These agreements often address the treatment of future earnings, maintenance (aka alimony), and how assets are…
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Judge Dismisses Missouri Coalition for the Environment Challenge of Clean Water Commission Statute

On November 1, 2018, the Circuit Court of Cole County entered a judgment dismissing the Missouri Coalition for the Environment’s challenge of a state law describing how members of the Missouri Clean Water Commission are chosen and who they represent. The Missouri Coalition for the Environment filed a lawsuit against the State of Missouri alleging that House Bill 1713 (2016)…
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