IRS Can Now Issue Summons for Your Information

October 8th, 2015


In the case of U.S. v. Clarke, 134 S. Ct. 2361 (2014), the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a taxpayer can only ask the IRS what the motive was for issuing a summons for the taxpayer’s information.  In order too stop the summons, the taxpayer must present credible evidence that the IRS did not have appropriate reasons for requesting the summons.

The lesson from this case is:  Don’t battle the IRS without professional representation.

If you are facing tax troubles, contact our law office at 816-524-4949 or


Missouri Offers Tax Amnesty Period

September 29th, 2015


Missouri has allowed a tax amnesty for any penalties and interest for taxes accrued before January 1, 2015 as long as the past-due taxes are paid between September 1 and November 30.  The tax amnesty applies to income taxes, use taxes, payroll taxes, sales taxes, and franchise taxes.  The tax amnesty does not apply to any taxes that are subject to civil or criminal investigation.

If you would like to apply for the tax amnesty period or need tax assistance, contact our law office at 816-524-4949 or


Appealing Your Court Decision

September 25th, 2015


In Missouri, you have ten (10) days from when a judgment becomes final in order to file an appeal with an Missouri appellate court. Usually a judgment becomes final within thirty (30) days from when the Judge issues their order. Unfortunately, Missouri appellate courts are not forgiving in this rule. If you are late by one day, the Missouri appellate courts will deny your appeal. If you plan on filing an appeal or need assistance with a court battle, contact our law office at 816-524-4949 or visit our website at


DUI without DUI Test

September 24th, 2015


Missouri courts have ruled that a law enforcement officer can charge a driver with a DUI or a DWI without subjecting the driver to field sobriety tests. A field sobriety test is when the law enforcement officer tests the ability of a person to drive a car without being over the legal limit with alcohol.

If you are facing a DUI or DWI, contact our law office at 816-524-4949 or



Corporations Need Court Representation by Attorneys

September 22nd, 2015

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Corporations Need Court Representation by Attorneys

The Kansas Supreme Court has recognized only four (4) categories of individuals who may appear in court:

  1. Kansas-licensed Attorneys; and
  2. Law School Graduates with a Temporary Permit to Practice Law; and 3. Legal Interns; and 4. Individuals who Represent Themselves.

Both Kansas and Missouri require corporations to be represented by a licensed attorney.

If you have a corporation that has been sued or wants to sue someone, contact our law office at 816-524-4949 or


When a Guardian Ad Litem is Needed

September 18th, 2015

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Missouri law requires that a Guardian Ad Litem be appointed to represent the children in a family law case when there are allegations of child abuse or child neglect. Without an allegation of abuse or neglect, a Guardian Ad Litem is not required. If you have a family law case and need assistance, contact our office by using our website at or calling us at 816-524-4949.


Tips for Starting a New Business

September 17th, 2015

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Here are a few tips you should know when starting a new business:

  1. Make sure you choose the right business structure. An LLC is often not the best structure to choose. If you need help setting up your business and choosing the right structure, be sure to contact our office.
  2. Be aware of the four (4) types of common business taxes: income taxes, self-employment taxes, employment taxes, and excise taxes. You also should be aware of estimated tax payments and the IRS’ EFTPS system.
  3. You will need to obtain an Employer Identification Number (EIN) for your business. This is essentially the Social Security Number for your business.
  4. Choose the correct accounting method. Most businesses fall under the cash accounting method. However, the IRS requires businesses in certain industries to use the accrual method or other accounting methods.
  5. Determine if you are subject to the Affordable Care Act. Usually businesses are exempt from the new Obamacare laws if they have less than fifty (50) employees.

If you are thinking of setting up a new business, feel free to set up a consultation with our office by contacting us at 816-524-4949 or


Getting Interest on Your Child Support

September 16th, 2015

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Kansas requires that back-owed child support must be reduced to a court judgment in order to accrue post-judgment interest. Without being reduced to a judgment, you may not be able to charge interest on child support that is owed to you.

If you are owed child support or are thinking of asking for child support, contact our law office at 816-524-4949 or


No Right to Counsel During a DUI

September 15th, 2015

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A Kansas court has ruled that a person does not have the right to ask for counsel when being tested for a DUI. However, after the DUI test, the court has ruled that a person can ask for legal representation. When a person asks for legal counsel, law enforcement must allow the person to contact an attorney for representation.

If you received a DUI or some other traffic violation, contact our law office at 816-524-4949 or



Asking for Attorney Fees

September 11th, 2015

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Missouri follows the American Rule, which states that each party involved in a lawsuit must pay for their own legal costs unless they are authorized to ask for attorney fees by statute or contract. This rule serves as a reminder when drafting up a contract: Always ask for your attorney fees and court costs to be reimbursed.

If you are involved in a lawsuit and would like some assistance, contact our office at 816-524-4949 or

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