Category Archives: Legal Topics

Revised handbook serves as journalist guide to the law and courts

In today’s fast-paced world, reporters are responsible for covering crimes, changing laws, Supreme Court hand downs and other legal decisions faster than ever. To assist journalists and help them even better cover the court system and law-related matters, The Missouri Press-Bar Commission has updated its popular resource – The News Reporter’s Handbook on Law and

Are you being scammed?

State bar resources can help protect Missourians from fraud and the unauthorized practice of law In today’s digital landscape, it’s easier than ever to be duped by individuals claiming they are lawyers. Just type “fake lawyer” into an online search engine, and you’ll find dozens of news stories where victims, thinking they were working with

Understanding Missouri’s new expungement law

by Thomas D. Carver, Carver, Cantin & Mynarich Missouri’s new expungement law went into effect Jan. 1, 2018, and it substantially expands the list of crimes eligible for expungement. However, many crimes will remain ineligible. Broadly speaking, class A felonies, dangerous felonies as defined in §556.061 RSMo, any offense requiring registration as a sex offender,

Lawsuit: I choose you!

by Kevin Peek Nearly two decades ago, I dreamed of living in the world of Pokemon. Just like in the wildly popular show and Game Boy game, I would have received my Pokemon license at the age of 10 and began my journey to become a Pokemon master. Of course, now that I’m older, the

Missouri Judicial Performance Review findings available to the public at

Missouri Judicial Performance Review findings available to the public at Citizens urged to learn more about their judges before they vote Nov. 8 JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Judicial Performance Review Committee today provided Missouri voters with their performance findings for 49 nonpartisan judges who will be up for retention in the Nov.

Estate planning during and after divorce

At a minimum, we recommend that our clients review their existing estate planning documents every few years and also when big life changes are happening. Going through a divorce is one of those times. Here are some things to think about when you are considering divorce or separation, and after your divorce is final: If

Planning for the end

“I’m not afraid to die, I just don’t want to be there when it happens.” Perhaps this line from Woody Allen’s 1975 play, “Death,” rings true for you: it can be much easier to accept dying as an inevitable occurrence than something that is truly experienced. While there may be uncertainty surrounding if and how

Free materials, clinics to help Missourians create advance directives

The Missouri Bar and volunteer lawyers partner to assist Missourians for National Healthcare Decisions Day April 16 Missourians can easily set up their own durable power of attorney for health care thanks to free materials provided by The Missouri Bar or by attending one of two dozen free clinics throughout the state where volunteer lawyers

Safe and secure

Safe and secure Encryption, pass codes and other considerations for Missourians in the wake of Apple’s legal battle by Greg Mitchell A pivotal data privacy battle is underway. Apple’s decision to oppose a court order to “unlock” San Bernardino killer Syed Farook’s iPhone continues to make headlines and spur discussions. It could also have a

How Lloyd Gaines helped future generations attend law school

In 1935, Lloyd Gaines graduated from Lincoln University in Jefferson City. Wanting to become a lawyer, he applied to the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law. Although Gaines was qualified to go to law school, the University of Missouri would not allow him to attend because he was African-American. Since there were no law schools

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