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Archive for July, 2016

Don’t Take My Kids

July 28th, 2016

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Everyone’s main priority, including the State’s, is always to make sure that children are in a safe environment. In Missouri, courts are allowed to assume authority over a child if there is evidence of neglect concerning the child’s needs and support. A court recently determined that the mere use of methamphetamine, dishonesty surrounding that drug use, and inability to get help was enough to establish mother’s neglect of child. There is no additional need to establish that the person was an unfit parent. If you are having problems with child care, contact our office at 816-524-4949 or check out our website at

Prosecutor under Fire in Orlando

July 27th, 2016


This story is seen countless times in the celebrity world – in the heat of the moment, a post or tweet is made that immediately creates backlash. Most recently, Assistant State’s Attorney Kenneth Lewis of the Orange-Osceola State Attorney’s Office felt societal pressures after stating on Facebook that the City of Orlando should be leveled and that its nightclubs are “utter cesspools of debauchery.” While he was originally only suspended for a violation of the office’s social media policy, Lewis has since been fired from his job. If you are experiencing illegal issues at work, contact our office at 816-524-4949 or check out our website at

Bankruptcy by the Numbers

July 26th, 2016


Comparing last year to this year, the ABA reports that the number of people who have filed for bankruptcy has fallen eight percent (8%).  Approximately 523,000 Chapter 7 bankruptcies were filed, 302,000 Chapter 13 bankruptcies were filed, and 7,000 Chapter 11 bankruptcies were filed.

If you or your business are having financial trouble, contact our law office at 816-524-4949 or visit

Follow Your Family Plan

July 25th, 2016

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It was recently found that a violation of a custody, visitation, or support order can be cause to incur a penalty. Since this type of violation can be refuted by a good cause defense, the fine is not pre-set. The amount of the fine will be determined after any defense is heard. If you have violated a family law order, contact our office at 816-524-4949 or check out our website at

The Terrible Roommate

July 21st, 2016

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When choosing a roommate, everyone has their own set of guidelines. Maybe you want to live with a clean person or maybe you want someone who will help pay the bills and not be heard. After a recent case in Missouri, though, you no longer have to worry about being charged for your roommate’s illegal activity. The court found that when a premise is jointly occupied, any contraband found in closed containers and near personal belongings of someone else, along with other signs of innocence such as the amount of cash you have on hand, will not support the determination that you are in possession of the contraband. If you have been charged with possession of contraband or paraphernalia, contact our office at 816-524-4949 or check out our website at

Workplace Harassment

July 20th, 2016


Regardless of how close you are with your colleagues, it’s always important to keep a check on your workplace conduct. In Missouri, a person may be denied benefits upon termination for misconduct connected with work in which there was a knowing disregard for the standards of conduct. The courts recently found, however, that vulgar statements and physical slaps to the backside of a co-worker would not constitute violence in the workplace and was not considered a knowing disregard because it was not in violation of an express work rule. If you’ve had troubles at work, contact our office at 816-524-4949 or check out our website at

Your Shopping Habit is NOT Tax Deductible

July 19th, 2016


While it may seem that the clothes you have to wear to work every day should be allowed as an unreimbursed employee business expense, more than likely the IRS is going to tell you no. There are strict guidelines that the IRS has in place when it comes to deducting work attire for tax purposes. First, the clothing must be required or an essential part of your employment. Next, the clothing must not be suitable for general or day-to-day personal wear. Lastly, the clothing can’t actually be worn for personal use. So unless you happen to be employed as a flight attendant or a clown, your daily outfits are going to continue coming right out of your own pocket. If you have tax trouble, contact our office at 816-524-4949 or check out our website at

Questioning a Breathalyzer

July 18th, 2016

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There are very few ways to challenge a breathalyzer test once you have been found to be above the legal limit. However, a recent case has determined that the breath test device must use calibration solutions from a specified supplier, not a manufacturer. If you have been charged with a DWI or DUI, contact our office at 816-524-4949 or check out our website at

No Immunity for Contractor

July 15th, 2016


If you work in a potentially dangerous environment, it’s probably not uncommon to think about what happens if your injured or even worse, killed on the job. A recent Missouri case looked at the ability for an employee to get worker’s compensation from a third-party contractor. In this case, an employee fell off a platform to her demise after attempting to use a malfunctioning piece of equipment. Since the defendant in question was in charge of safety inspections and was a third-party to the decedent’s employee, the defendant was unable to be shielded by worker’s compensation laws. If you have been in an accident at work, contact our office at 816-524-4949 or check out our website at

Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes

July 14th, 2016

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The IRS will be implementing new plans for processing tax returns for the 2017 filing season. The Protecting Americans from Tax Hike Act will no longer allow the IRS to issue credit or refunds to early filing tax payers if they claim either the Earned Income Tax Credit or the Additional Child Tax Credit. The additional time is to help in the prevention of lost revenue from fraud and identity theft.  If you are having tax trouble, contact our office at 816-524-4949 or check out our website at