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Father's Imprisonment Does Not Justify Reduction

Child support paid by a father who went to prison soon after his divorce should not be reduced, even though his income plummeted from $3,000 per month to $15 per month and the man had no assets, the Western District ...

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GAL Not Mandated Unless Abuse Alleged In Pleadings

Appointment of a guardian ad litem for children in a divorce case was not required by statute, where the pleadings contained no allegations of abuse or neglect of the children, according to the Missouri Supreme Court. Even though the children’s ...

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Right To Withdraw Funds Creates JTWROS Account

Where a depositor puts money in an account so that either of the named parties can make withdrawals from the account, a statutory joint tenancy is created, and the surviving joint tenant is entitled to the proceeds of the account, ...

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QuickFinder Feature of WordPerfect SixO

The QuickFinder feature of WordPerfect SixO continues to be a most useful tool in my office. This is the feature which allows you to index all of your data and then do an instantaneous search for any term you desire. ...

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Due Diligence Requirement Is Eliminated From Savings Statute

Civil Practice Due Diligence Requirement Is Eliminated From Savings Statute You file a lawsuit for personal injury days before the limitations period expires; however, you fail to obtain service and your suit is dismissed for failure to prosecute. Then you ...

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Waiving Winning Defense Proves All Too Easy For The Unwary

Civil Practice Waiving Winning Defense Proves All Too Easy For The Unwary Entering a “special appearance” to contest personal jurisdiction is not an anachronism; it’s something you had better remember to do when required. And in certain situations it’s not ...

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Courts Act To Clear Backlogs

Emergency measures will be used to clear the 4,000-case backlog on the domestic docket of the Jackson County Circuit Court. In February, eight additional judges will join the three now handling domestic matters, according to Presiding Judge Lee E. Wells. ...

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Circuit Judges Endorse Family Courts

Judges across Missouri have tried the new family court, and they like it. The judges believe their circuits will benefit from the new law, and they are moving rapidly to implement it. “Absolutely, I do think the family court will ...

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4,000 Trucks On One Policy But Only One UM Recovery

Your client gets clobbered on the highway by another vehicle, the truck she is riding in overturns, and she is seriously injured. The other driver was clearly at fault and you can prove substantial damages. Unfortunately, the other driver was ...

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Homeowner's Policy Won't Cover Car Explosion Claim

Where a homeowner tried to start his car by pouring gasoline into the carburetor, he was performing “maintenance,” and injuries caused by the resulting explosion were excluded from the coverage of his homeowner’s insurance policy, the Eastern District of the ...

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A Conversation With The Chief Justice

(Missouri Lawyers Weekly recently had an opportunity to engage in a wide-ranging conversation with Chief Justice Ann Covington of the Missouri Supreme Court. Chief Justice Covington has been on the Missouri Supreme Court slightly less than five years and previously ...

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