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Water Quality Trading Recently Introduced Legislation and MDNR Workgroup

Recently introduced legislation seeks to establish a voluntary water quality trading program in Missouri. Representative Bart Korman introduced House Bill 2490, which proposes developing a market-based approach to complying with federal water quality regulations. The trading program would allow point and non-point sources, including agricultural operations, to meet regulatory requirements by exchanging credits among themselves. For more information on H.B.…
By |July 27, 2020|News|

What should I bring?

I assist individuals and couples with estate planning. In that context, an individual will call to schedule an initial meeting with me. During that call, the individual will often ask the following question: What should I bring? In other words, what information do I as an attorney expect the prospective client to bring for our first meeting together? Having done…
By |July 27, 2020|News|

The Things Your Mother Told You Not to Talk About at the Dinner Table

While secrets, drugs, politics, sex and the bathroom are still topics of conversation banned from polite conversation at many family dinner tables, employers should not be taking the same approach to communications in the workplace. With the new federal Defend Trade Secrets Act, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s changes to post-accident drug testing rules, the United States Supreme Court’s…
By |July 27, 2020|News|

Failing to Respond to a Lawsuit Filed Against You May Be Costly

When a civil lawsuit is filed, the Missouri Rules of Civil Procedure require that the defendant file an answer within 30 days after service or if the lawsuit is filed in associate circuit court, that the defendant appear on the return date indicated in the court summons. Failure to respond to the lawsuit will result in a default judgment being entered…
By |July 27, 2020|News|

Short-Term Probate

Probate. This singular word stirs negative thoughts in the minds of many individuals. For many, the possibility of probate is something to be avoided like a natural disaster or a physical illness. When a person dies, sometimes probate cannot be avoided. It becomes necessary to settle a decedent’s affairs under court supervision. For this article, probate means a judicial procedure…
By |July 27, 2020|News|

Missouri’s Motor Vehicle Financial Responsibility Law and the Duty to Defend

The State of Missouri requires all drivers to carry certain minimum coverage under the Motor Vehicle Financial Responsibility Law (MVFRL) as prescribed in RSMo. § 303.190. That section provides that all motor vehicle liability policies must carry at least twenty-five thousand dollars of liability coverage for bodily injury or death of a person in any one accident, fifty thousand dollars…
By |July 27, 2020|News|

Art Auction in the Explorer’s Lounge on Deck 6

My wife and I recently returned from an Alaskan cruise tour. It was a “bucket list” trip. In addition, we celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary on a ship that included about 2,200 happy people. One of the many scheduled on-board activities was an art auction. I went to the afternoon event as a complete novice straining to remember the primary…
By |July 27, 2020|News|

What’s in a Word? Missouri’s New Standard for Proving Employment Discrimination

New legislation will impact the workplace relationship between Missouri employers and employees. On June 30, 2017, Governor Greitens signed into law Senate Bill 43, which will change several aspects of the Missouri Human Rights Act (MHRA) – including raising the standard for proving employment discrimination. The MHRA makes it unlawful for employers with six or more employees to discriminate against…
By |July 27, 2020|News|

So, You’ve Been Ordered to Pay or Receive Child Support?

Many people either pay or receive child support. In a perfect world, the party who is ordered to pay child support would pay the exact full amount on time each month. However, that is sometimes not the case, so it is important to know your options and/or the consequences of your actions in the following scenarios regarding payment and receipt…
By |July 27, 2020|News|

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