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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.…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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