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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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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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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

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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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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