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What Should You Do if You Get Into an Automobile Accident?

You are driving to work, listening to the morning show on your favorite radio station, thinking about what is ahead of you in the workday. Suddenly, the cars in front of you come screeching to a halt. You slam on your brakes, barely avoiding crashing into the back of the car that has stopped in front of you. Unfortunately, the car behind you was not so quick and BANG, they rear end you. What should you do now? First steps after an auto accident First, make sure everyone is okay. Second, assess whether your car can be moved. Third, get the authorities involved. Fourth, exchange...

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What Will the Courts Look Like As We Begin to Reopen?

St. Louis City and St. Louis County have both announced plans to ease restrictions on their stay at home order beginning on May 18. Some non-essential businesses will begin to reopen, while others are choosing to remain closed. But what about the courts?   What Has the Court Ordered? On May 4, the Court ordered a new Operational Directive for “Easing Covid-19 Restrictions on In-Person Proceedings,” which supersedes their order from April 17. Currently, all courts will remain mostly closed to the public except for essential matters. However, on May 16, the Courts will begin opening in phases, beginning at Operating Phase Zero. Phase...

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Are Stay At Home Orders Legal?

The County Executive extended his order for everyone to stay home. The Mayor says don’t go to work. All the county parks remain closed. There are protests all over the country. What about my rights? Is any of this legal? Turns out, yes. What About My Constitutional Rights? It’s true that we are guaranteed more than a few liberties by the Constitutional Amendments. The First Amendment says no laws can prohibit our right to “peaceably assemble.” The Fourteenth Amendment says the State cannot create laws that “abridge the privileges or immunities of the citizens of the United States.”  Those clauses guarantee us...

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Know Your Rights- Price Gouging

We’ve all seen the stories on the news: toilet paper and cleaning supplies are hard to find. Prices for these essential items are skyrocketing online. What can you do if you find a seller who charges a premium for these in demand items? Most states have laws against price gouging that come into effect under certain emergencies, such as a global pandemic. Both Missouri and Illinois are included in those states. In Missouri, the Attorney General is given the power to restrict certain unfair practices in the sale of products. The Attorney General, in turn, has created Title 15 of the Code...

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How to Make Sure Your Will and Trust Are in Order During this Uncertain Time

Like you, we at Bruntrager & Billings, P.C. are concerned about Coronavirus and the interruption to our lives it has created.   We are concerned for our families, our neighbors and our friends, which includes you.  We are still working very hard from home to meet our clients’ needs. Taking advantage of the many people at home watching TV, there are many ads from car dealers insinuating that now is the time to buy a car.  Instead, it might be smarter to create or update your Will. This is protection for your family and much of it can be done through virtual...

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Who Can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Missouri?

When another person causes you injury, you have the right to hold them liable for your financial losses and pain and suffering by filing a personal injury claim. However, when such injuries are fatal, the deceased victim can no longer bring a legal claim. For this reason, the law allows certain people dealing with the loss to file a wrongful death.   Even though you feel the loss of a close loved one does not mean you have the right to file a claim and recover damages. Each state has different laws regarding wrongful death claims, including who qualifies to file, and...

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What Happens if You’re Injured While Riding in a Lyft or Uber?

It is highly convenient to be able to summon a ride in minutes from your phone. When you do so, you expect to arrive safely to your destination - and not arrive at the emergency room with injuries instead. However, Uber and Lyft drivers can be involved in accidents like anyone else, and passengers can sustain serious injuries as a result....

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Familes First Coronavirus Response Act

On March 19, 2020, President Trump signed into law the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) sponsored by members of Congress, which includes both the “Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act” and the “Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act.” This affects both employers and employees alike as we deal with the spread of COVID-19. ...

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STL COVID-19 Update

As the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19 moves through the country, many communities throughout the country are facing significant disruptions to normal life in an effort to control the pandemic. St. Louis and the surrounding areas are starting to see some of these issues arise locally, including the shuttering of schools, restaurants, and other places where people congregate....

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