menu MENU

Archive for September, 2016

A Judge’s Wife on the Jury Does not Ruin the Trial

September 29th, 2016

jury

In a recent Missouri case, the judge who was handling the trial had his wife on the jury.  When the attorneys did not remove the judge’s wife from the jury, the judge’s wife was allowed to remain acting as a juror.  Missouri law states that a judge is not required to remove their spouse from a jury in their own court.

If you have been charged with a crime, contact our law office at 816-524-4949 or visit our website at www.Hoorfarlaw.com.

Getting a Valid Parenting Plan

September 26th, 2016

parenting-plan

A parenting plan is a plan that two parents must follow when they have a custody agreement for their child.  The plan sets forth the dates and times that each parent gets to spend with their child.  Missouri law requires that a parenting plan address which parent gets the child for holidays and school holidays.

If you need a parenting plan or would like to try and redo your parenting plan, contact our law office at 816-524-4949 or visit our website at www.Hoorfarlaw.com.

Bartending Trouble But No Party Foul

September 23rd, 2016

bartending

A person who holds a liquor license who serves liquor to a minor and the minor then causes an accident can be held liable for the damage that the minor caused.  However, a person at a party who is hosting a party and provides liquor to a minor who causes an accident cannot be held liable for the damage that the minor caused.

If you have been charged with a crime or have been in an accident, contact our law office at 816-524-4949 or visit our website at www.Hoorfarlaw.com.

Bankruptcy Can Stop a Divorce

September 22nd, 2016

divorce-decree

When a person files for bankruptcy, an automatic stay is created at the time the bankruptcy is filed.  The automatic stay prevents some legal proceedings from continuing, including divorces.  In order for the divorce to continue after the bankruptcy has been filed, one of the spouses must ask permission from the bankruptcy court to continue the divorce.

If you are facing a divorce and would like some help, contact our law office at 816-524-4949 or visit our website at www.Hoorfarlaw.com.

Paying Taxes on the Sale of Your Home

September 21st, 2016

home-for-sale-2

Normally, taxpayers do not have to pay any income tax on $250,000 ($500,000 if married filing jointly) in profit from selling your home.  However, if you did not own the home for at least two (2) years of the previous (5) years from selling the home, you may have to pay income taxes on the profits of selling your home without any exclusion.

If you are having tax issues and would like some assistance, contact our law office at 816-524-4949 or visit our website at www.Hoorfarlaw.com.

No More Debt Collection Phone Calls

September 19th, 2016

debt-collection

In August 2016, the FCC issued rules restricting companies to three calls per month in order to collect a debt on federal student loans, mortgages, and taxes.  Remember, the IRS will never call you.  Instead, the IRS will send you letters before attempting to collect a tax debt.

If you are in debt trouble and need assistance, contact our law office at 816-524-4949 or visit our website at www.Hoorfarlaw.com.

The IRS May Have Lost Your Identity

September 13th, 2016

lost

Last month it was discovered that the IRS realized that illegal immigrants stole more than 1 million Social Security Numbers from Americans.  To make matters worse, the IRS knew about the problem five (5) years ago but never told anyone about the problem, including the people whose identities were stolen.

If you are having tax troubles, contact our law office at 816-524-4949 or visit our website at www.Hoorfarlaw.com.

Trespassing on Your Own Property

September 12th, 2016

trespassing-3

A Missouri court recently ruled that a man trespassed on his own land when his wife filed a protection order against the man in order to keep him away from her.  Upon returning to his property, the man was arrested for trespassing.

If you have been charged with a crime and need legal representation, contact our law office at 816-524-4949 or visit our website at www.Hoorfarlaw.com.

Misapplication of Mortgage Payments in a Chapter 13 is a Discharge Violation Injunction

September 9th, 2016

payments

In a Chapter 13 bankruptcy, the bankrupt debtor makes monthly payments to the Chapter 13 Trustee in order to, usually, save their home from foreclosure.  If the mortgage company does not apply the monthly payments correctly, the mortgage company has violated the discharge injunction put in place by the bankruptcy.  When the mortgage company misapplies payments while in bankruptcy, the mortgage company can be sued by the bankrupt debtor for compensatory damages, punitive damages, and attorney fees.

If you want to discuss bankruptcy or believe you have a mortgage issue, feel free to contact our law office at 816-524-4949 or visit our website at www.Hoorfarlaw.com.

Abating Child Support

September 8th, 2016

child-support-4

Missouri courts allow a parent to abate (reduce) child support when the parent is denied visitation without good cause.

If you have been denied visitation of your child and would like to speak to an attorney, contact our law office at 816-524-4949 or visit our website at www.Hoorfarlaw.com.