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

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?

Wrongful Death - Law Stl

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?

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

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

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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Breaking News: Order from the Supreme Court of Missouri

Breaking News: Order from the Supreme Court of Missouri

The Supreme Court of Missouri released a court order this afternoon that states that all courts will remain open during this pandemic, but will be suspending all in-person proceedings in all appellate and circuit courts – including all associate, family, juvenile, municipal, and probate divisions from Tuesday, March 17, 2020, through Friday, April 3, 2020, with several exceptions.  ...

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The Lifelong Costs of a Spinal Cord Injury

The Lifelong Costs of a Spinal Cord Injury

While any serious injury can cause unwanted complications, the fact is that some injuries can be more devastating than others. Spinal cord injuries (SCIs) belong to this latter category, as they often have the potential to leave victims with lifelong complications that can have a profound impact on their quality of life and ability to engage in the activities that they once enjoyed. ...

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Who Can Be Held Liable for Accidents Caused By Ridesharing Drivers?

Who Can Be Held Liable for Accidents Caused By Ridesharing Drivers?

Uber and Lyft provide a convenient form of transportation for many St. Louisans. However, these drivers are not professionals, and they do not have any special training or licenses. This means that many people suffer injuries when their rideshare driver causes a crash. Rideshare drivers can also collide with other vehicles, and you can sustain injuries if you are driving your own car and get hit by an Uber or Lyft. Because the driver is technically working when the crash occurred, who can you hold liable for your medical bills and other losses? The answer depends on the circumstances, and you...

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