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Everyone has heard the old adage, If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. That tried-and-true advice is still what local lawyers recommend when it comes to investing your money—and avoiding financial scams, namely Ponzi schemes.
Story: Elderly solicitor Mr. Kipps has rented a theater to read a biographical story about his encounter with a deadly specter decades before. His delivery, though, leaves much to be desired, something a young actor at the theater repeatedly observes in rather brusque fashion.
Clayton Mayor Harold Sanger cut the ribbon at the debut of Clayton Early Childhood Center’s new classroom and indoor play space. Board president Cason Coplin, board secretary Natalie Cox and executive director Gina Siebe also joined the ceremony. The Center’s capital campaign project, recent trivia nights and private donors funded the project. Pictured: Gine Siebe, Natalie Cox, Clayton Mayor Harold Sanger, Cason Coplin
You wouldn’t work with a mechanic who couldn’t change your brake pads, but it may be less obvious whether a lawyer is effectively doing his or her job. How do you know when it is time to hire a new attorney?
The Coca-Cola formula. The Nike swoosh. The NBC chimes. Intellectual property (IP) is all around us. And the law can protect it through patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, trade dress and right to publicity. But as the nation moves toward an information economy—where information is an intangible asset—the ever-expanding IP field is becoming more vulnerable. “Because of the Internet, it is so easy to obtain other’s IP,” notes Emmett McAuliffe of Riezman Berger.
Atticus Finch, Perry Mason and Daniel Kaffee may have inspired many a young man and woman to become a lawyer. But these local attorneys give us the verdict on what it was like to take the leap into the legal field and attend law school—minus the script.
Imagine experiencing an accident that leaves you unable to communicate last wishes for your health, your possessions or even your children. While there are a multitude of documents available to curtail the problems, many fail to consider completing them until later in life—when it may be too late. The reality is people of all ages need to have at least one of the following papers on hand: a last will, a living will or a living trust, according to local attorneys. But how do you know which is best for you?
Petting a stingray. Watching a Broadway show. Taking a simulated flight. These are just a few of the unique experiences retirees take part in as they volunteer at local institutions.
Originally an English major at Saint Louis University with a penchant for 19th century literature, Susan Hais remembers being drawn toward the field of law because she wanted to make a difference. “There was a book called The Women’s Room about women doing things and getting involved in fields they weren’t into at the time,” Hais says. “That’s when I decided I wanted to go to law school.”
Elizabeth ‘Bunny’ Wight Herring, who swung from a trapeze to celebrate her 80th birthday, has never been particularly interested in contemplating what she can’t—or shouldn’t—do.
“We serve some of the most frail and fragile people in the whole world,” says Sue Hockensmith, co-founder of Pony Bird Inc., a care provider for non-ambulatory individuals with profound mental and physical disabilities.
The work-life balance: Every professional knows the phrase, and every employee tries to find that harmonious level of give and take to somehow manage it all. For parents, this may be an even bigger challenge. But at the law firm of Carmody MacDonald, the support is there for employees to thrive in the courtroom, as well as at home.
Imagine this life if you will: You are a senior in high school. You can throw a fastball 90-plus miles per hour. You are a starter on a very good basketball team. And you also happen to be one of the better quarterbacks in the Midwest.
Story: Roz is struggling to make ends meet as the proprietor of a daycare facility. Her only employee, Joy, has taken early education classes and badly wants to work with children, but instead is stifled handling secretarial chores. It doesn’t help that she is Roz’s niece and has a troubled love life that she just as soon her aunt wouldn’t divulge to her mother
There’s something about a courtroom drama that piques our interest—but with shows and movies about lawyers hitting the air waves every week, we wondered what the professionals watch. Here, we’ve asked area attorneys for their all-time favorites. (And we’re adding them to our list!)
CITY ACADEMY received a $1 million gift from the Crawford Taylor Foundation for endowment. The gift supports the school’s efforts to offer an expanded Early Childhood Program. With the help of this grant, plans to expand to a total of 175 students by 2014 are in place. Pictured: D’Niya Ammons, Chantell Johnson and Chontell Johnson of City Academy's new Early Childhood Program.
In today’s high-tech world, there are even more ways for kids to communicate—and harass—their classmates. Not only at school, but via text message or on social media, there's evidence that students are increasingly bullied by their peers. This physical, verbal and electronic harassment has led to troubling consequences—victims can wrestle with depression, fear and anxiety, even to the point of committing suicide. And communities are left asking: Who is liable?
When facing an impending divorce, it can feel like you are drowning in a tumultuous sea surrounded by major decisions about the most important aspects of your life. The family law firm of Green Cordonnier & House aims to be a life jacket for you during that time, helping you protect what matters the most, says partner Margo Green. “It’s very important that the attorney you choose to guide you though that process understands the traumatic nature of the situation. You may not be able to see clearly at that moment, but with so many years of experience, we are confident that we can guide you in the right direction.”
An elderly couple transferring wealth, an entrepreneur seeking business investment advice and a three-generation family preserving a legacy—they all turned to the Commerce Family Office.
Some of life’s biggest moments—marriage, the birth of a child and retirement—are a time to celebrate. But local legal professionals say families should also remember that life-changing events mean changes in your life insurance coverage.
While those lavish business trips on your tax return are of concern to the Internal Revenue Service, failing to report income or avoiding filing taxes altogether are the biggest offenses that can land you in hot water.
As a University of Missouri student, Amy Lorenz-Moser witnessed a devastating domestic violence episode where a man came in and “clobbered” a woman who worked at the school cafeteria. From that moment, Lorenz-Moser knew she wanted to become a personal injury lawyer. “I thought that it was an area where I could make a difference.”
In today’s economy, the success of a business is far from guaranteed. We honor local companies and institutions who are celebrating milestone anniversaries in 2012.