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Breaking Down Attorney-Client Privilege: What it Means and How it Can Affect Your Case

Breaking Down Attorney-Client Privilege: What it Means and How it Can Affect Your Case

Lawyers provide legal advice regarding legal matters. Clients want assurances that what they discuss with the lawyer will remain private. The attorney-client privilege protects these clients from having their information used against them if they discuss their situation openly.   Privileged Information: What Is It?   Privacy and confidentiality are legal rights. During discovery or a court hearing or trial, the court cannot force a person to disclose privileged information. With very limited exceptions, what you tell your lawyers in St. Louis is protected by the attorney-client privilege. The attorney-client privilege protects any information you share with lawyers in St. Louis. You cannot compel your...

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How to Handle a Denied Car Accident Claim

How to Handle a Denied Car Accident Claim

You’ve been injured by another driver’s negligence, and the situation is difficult enough. If the at-fault driver’s insurance provider, however, proceeds to deny your claim, the matter is that much more dire. While it is unfortunate that the insurance company is putting you through this additional anxiety on top of everything else, it is important to understand that the law – and not the insurance company itself – will ultimately decide how your car accident claim will be resolved (if the insurance company refuses to engage in fair negotiations). If you find yourself in the difficult position of having your...

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What Do Personal Injury Lawyers Actually Do?

What Do Personal Injury Lawyers Actually Do?

If you have recently been hurt in a preventable accident, you may be wondering whether you need an attorney – especially if the other party or their insurance company has made a settlement offer. In most cases, it is highly advisable to retain an attorney, as it can even the playing field between you and an insurance company that handles injury claims every day. Below we discuss some of the things that personal injury lawyers do when representing injured victims. To discuss your case with a personal injury attorney in St. Louis, call our office today. Evaluate your claim The first step...

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Can You Ever Recover Compensation for a Single Vehicle Accident?

Can You Ever Recover Compensation for a Single Vehicle Accident?

When you think of recovering compensation for your physical, financial, and emotional losses (or legal damages) in a car accident claim, your mind likely got to two-car accidents in which the other driver is at fault. This scenario, however, doesn’t cover all such claims. Sometimes, single car accidents are caused by the negligence of other entities, and this fact shouldn’t be overlooked. If a single car accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence causes you to be injured, look to the professional legal guidance of an experienced St. Louis car accident lawyer today.  Road Defects Sometimes, defects in the road itself...

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Plea Bargain FAQs

Plea Bargain FAQs

When facing criminal charges, it is important to our clients that they have options. If it is in our clients best interest to go to a trial, then a competent trial attorney should take the case to a trial. But in some cases, a plea bargain may also be an option.  Some basic questions about plea bargains include: What Is a Plea Bargain? The Legal Information Institute (LII) defines plea bargains as “agreements between defendants and prosecutors in which defendants agree to plead guilty to some or all of the charges against them in exchange for concessions from the prosecutors.” Why Would a...

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

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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Know Your Rights- Price Gouging

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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Who Can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Missouri?

Using a Living Trust to Avoid Probate

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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