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Large Trucks, Large Injuries | The Importance of Contacting an Attorney

Dec 01

Accidents involving a large truck often include serious injuries. An empty 18-wheel truck weighs 30,000 pounds. If it is carrying cargo, the weight may increase to 80,000 pounds (40 tons). That’s a considerable mass colliding with a 5,000-pound car and the people inside. Trucking accidents are also are more complex to resolve than car accidents because they not only involve the drivers but the trucking and shipping companies as well.

Many trucks are owned and operated by corporations with corporate lawyers. They will do everything they can to protect their assets. This is why you should contact a Missouri truck injury attorney who has the necessary experience to deal with these types of accidents.

The cause of the accident is not always cut and dry. The accident could have been due to poor road conditions, vehicle malfunctions, improper maintenance, driver fatigue, etc. Possible defendants can include the driver, mechanics, trucking company, or truck manufacturer. Your attorney will investigate the accident to find out the cause and who was at fault.

An attorney who specializes in truck accidents is able to effectively navigate the tangle of state and federal regulations. For an example, the Federal Motor Carrier Regulations (FMCSRs) require commercial trucking operations to ensure compliance by passing a roadside inspection. If the truck is hauling potentially dangerous materials, the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMRs) may apply. These are important points to review in trucking accidents, and the attorneys at Grayson & Grayson know how to do just that.

It is also possible that the trucking company may have skirted safety laws. State and federal laws require truckers to have proper training and licensing, set maximum hours that can be driven in a day, and require background checks. At Grayson & Grayson, the attorneys know how to investigate non-compliance and find any existing negligence.

Adding to the complications, many insurance companies with different insurance policies are likely to be involved. The trucking company will insure the truck, the driver will have their own insurance, and in many cases the cargo may also be insured. Many of these insurance companies will give you a low offer, hoping to settle quickly, which is another reason why you need an attorney on your side. If you or a loved one have been injured in a truck accident, contact the qualified Missouri accident attorneys at Grayson and Grayson, LLC at (573) 635-0308 today.

Common Mistakes to Avoid While Estate Planning

Dec 01

Estate planning is not always a simple matter. There are taxes, debts, and assets to consider. Many aspects of estate planning can be complicated and if not done properly can lead to major problems later. This is why it is always best to contact an estate planning lawyer in Missouri to help with your estate planning needs. Below are some common mistakes to avoid when estate planning.

Delaying the Drafting of Legal Paperwork
It is important to draft your estate planning documents as early in life as possible. Too many people keep putting it off since they think this should only be done by elderly individuals. If you have children or other dependents, it is better to have your estate plan figured out sooner rather than later. The estate planning attorneys at Grayson & Grayson can guide you through the process.

Forgetting to Update
Wills and other estate planning documents should be updated over time. These documents are not something to draft and forget about for years. Beneficiaries may need updating, assets or liabilities may change, and the value of things may increase or decrease over time. These are all things to take into consideration, and it is important to review and update your estate planning documents periodically.

Forgetting to Coordinate Your Beneficiaries 
If you have different beneficiaries listed for your life insurance, retirement accounts, and will, then there is going to be trouble. What is listed in your will may be superseded by the beneficiaries listed in your other accounts.

Signing an Estate Plan You do not Completely Understand 
If you sign legal documents, it is crucial that you know what the terms and conditions mean. An estate planning attorney at Grayson & Grayson will be able to help you understand everything involved in the estate plan and answer your questions. If there is anything in the estate plan that needs to be updated or changed, it is best to change it right away.

Mistakes in your estate plan can result in many costly and time consuming problems in the future. Save yourself and your family from the hassle by contacting a Grayson & Grayson attorney. A skilled estate planning lawyer will be able to help you avoid these costly mistakes and make sure everything is done correctly. Contact our office at (573) 635-0308 today to schedule your consultation.

Business Litigation: Why You Need an Attorney

Aug 17
Business Litigation: Why You Need an Attorney

Business Litigation: Why You Need an Attorney

Unlike some types of lawsuits, business litigation is oftentimes complex and extremely detail-oriented, requiring years’ worth of documentation, many phone calls, and meetings. Here are five reasons why hiring a Grayson & Grayson, LLC litigation attorney should be part of your business strategy:

The Cost Savings are Real
With a business litigator as part of your operations, a good amount of legal prevention can be applied from the start regarding decisions, contracts, activities, operations, and communications. This can go a long way in helping you to avoid problems before they occur, especially before these problems become potential lawsuits. The cost paid for prevention is minimal compared to the cost for court litigation.

Correctly Forming a Business is Important
When a company is starting out, the path it chooses in formation can have a large impact on its success, taxation, reach, and growth. With a skilled business litigator providing guidance from the start, the formation of the business can account for both immediate needs as well as growth possibilities.

You Can Avoid Minefields in the Future
Most people running a new business are very good at their core function and purpose but may not be skilled at anticipating marketing risks and external forces that have an impact on the business. These skills come with time and experience, but many small businesses sometimes can’t afford to make mistakes. A business litigator already knows what to look for in specific industries and regulations, helping companies avoid minefields that can outright kill a good product or service launch.

You will have Access to Quality Advice
Things happen, even with the best of planning. As more than one general noted, planning is great in war until two minutes after the battle has started. Having an experienced business litigation attorney on hand can help deal with unexpected problems and provide guidance on how to avoid negative situations in the future.

You Need Internal Business Protection, Too
Some of the biggest problems for a new business, and even existing ones, can be internal. Disgruntled staff and poor behavior could result in loss of trade secrets, embezzlement, harassment, and more. A business litigation attorney can help develop internal policies as prevention, while providing damage control if problems do occur.

In short, having a Missouri business litigation attorney help you with your business is one way to prevent problems before they start. Call us today to find out how Grayson & Grayson, LLC can support you in creating, growing, or maintaining a successful business.

Administrative Law and how It Affects You

Apr 10
Administrative Law and how It Affects You

Administrative Law and how It Affects You

Congress and state legislatures are responsible for creating administrative law or statutes. More specifically, administrative law is a subset of public law, which is sometimes known as regulatory law. Administrative, or regulatory, law includes both the internal procedures followed by government entities and the external constraints they face.

These agencies are responsible for a wide range of economic tasks, such as telecommunications and the financial market, as well as social issues, such as racial discrimination. Over time, the number of government agencies in the United States and their importance have grown in effort to meet the needs of the people.

Administrative Agencies
Administrative law governs both federal and state agencies. These agencies include the Department of State, the Department of Defense, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and many more. Within those departments are agencies such as the Bureau of Intelligence and Research, the National Security Agency, and Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, respectively. Beyond these administrative agencies are local government entities, such as workers’ compensation boards.

How Administrative Law Works
Workers’ compensation boards have the authority to decide whether injured workers are entitled to compensation for injuries sustained while performing their jobs. Colloquially, this is known as Worker’s Comp.

Administrative law establishes the parameters within which these local boards must work, as well as how each case must be handled and how disagreements must be addressed. Meanwhile, administrative regulations are the rules that enforce administrative law; they define the scope and boundaries of a local government entity’s jurisdiction.

Additionally, government institutions may be given the authority to create, legislate, and enforce policies followed by industries, businesses, and private persons.

As such, these administrative agencies, such as workers’ compensation boards, can implement policies and procedures in accordance with the administrative laws and regulations that govern them. In turn, these agencies affect citizens in impactful ways.

A Lawyer’s Role in the Process
Administrative lawyers monitor, review, and sometimes challenge the execution of some statutory provisions passed by Congress, states, or local legislatures. Administrative lawyers make a concerted attempt to normalize and organize the way government agencies operate as a whole.

If you need legal advice concerning administrative law, call Grayson & Grayson, LLC today to set up an appointment to meet with one our qualified attorneys who can help you make sense of your case.

Be in the Know: What to Do After a Motorcycle Accident

Dec 16
Be in the Know: What to Do After a Motorcycle Accident

Be in the Know: What to Do After a Motorcycle Accident

Traffic safety experts state that motorcycle accidents are often worse than automobile collisions because the motorcyclist has less protection than a car accident victim. Additionally, motorcycles are typically more difficult to control than cars, equipped with fewer safety features, and tend to possess less braking power. All of these factors, along with a motorcycle being more difficult to see, especially in blind spots, can lead to a collision.

Below are steps an individual should take if they ever find themselves in a motorcycle accident.

Gather Pertinent Information
Provided those involved in the accident do not require emergency medical attention, motorcycle accident victims should record contact and insurance information from all other parties.

Collect Evidence
If possible, take photographs of the accident to give to police officers and attorney. Victims should also make careful notes about what happened before, during, and after the accident for future reference. It is also important to collect police reports and medical records.

Seek Medical Attention
Even if the victim feels fine, it is important to receive a medical assessment to make sure they have not sustained any injuries. Not all injuries manifest immediately. A medical examination could also provide important evidence for personal injury litigation.

Contact Us Today
If you have been a victim of a motorcycle accident, don’t hesitate to call us. Motorcycle accidents present their own unique set of problems, but you can rest assured that the attorneys at Grayson & Grayson, LLC are competent and able to help you with your personal injury case.

Dog Bites: How to Help Keep Children Safe

Dec 16
Dog Bites: How to Help Keep Children Safe

Dog Bites: How to Help Keep Children Safe

Dogs can be loyal companions for adults and children alike, but if either the dog or young child is unfamiliar with one another, a dog bite may occur. Dogs are not violent by nature, but may attack if they are scared. Children may not know how to act around dogs, and young children are the most commonly attacked. Unfortunately, even small dogs can cause a great deal of harm. In these circumstances, is important to contact a lawyer who specializes in dog bites so you can receive professional help for your situation.

Supervising the Dog and Child

Even the most well trained animal can have a bad day. As such, it is important to make sure to keep a close eye on dogs when they are around small children. Children may not know to be gentle, or able to recognize the signs of a dog becoming agitated. Since dogs do not have coping skills, a dog bite may occur if the dog feels threatened. If a dog bit does occur, make sure to contact a dog bite attorney to discuss possible recourse.

Teaching Children

As a preventative measure, it is important to teach children that not all dogs are friendly. Children should be taught to stay back from a dog unless an adult ensures the dog is safe to pet and the owner has taken proper precautions to avoid any injuries. Pets are still animals and may respond negatively to strangers.

Calling an Attorney

If a dog has bitten your child, the next step is to call an attorney who specializes in dog bite cases. The attorney will be able to get you the help you and your child need. If you need an attorney who specializes in dog bite cases, don’t hesitate to contact us today at 573-635-0308.

Probate: What Is It and How Can It Be Avoided?

Oct 23
Probate: What Is It and How Can It Be Avoided?

Probate: What Is It and How Can It Be Avoided?

Probate is the process in which a court oversees the administration of a deceased person’s estate. Probate can be lengthy and expensive. It can also result in conflict between the deceased’s family members and creditors. The estate planning attorneys at Grayson & Grayson, LLC can help you create an estate plan to prevent the need for probate.

How Can You Avoid Probate?

Unless you already have a plan in place, probate is required to transfer title of your property and other assets. Some legal methods you can use to avoid probate include:

  • Creating a trust
  • Transferring real property via a life estate
  • Designating beneficiaries for non-probate assets
  • Bestowing assets as gifts

It is always best to contact an estate law attorney in regards to estate planning. Our estate planning attorneys in Missouri will be able to advise you on the best method of transferring assets through estate planning to minimize issues in the future.

What Are the Benefits to Avoiding Probate?
By avoiding probate, your estate and heirs will have several benefits. These benefits may include:

  • Control over how assets are managed and distributed
  • Timely transfer of property
  • Decreased expense
  • Increased confidentiality
  • Limitation on creditor claims
  • Tax and financial benefits

How Can an Attorney Help?
Our attorneys can discuss with you the various estate planning tools that are available. They will help you develop an estate plan that is specific to your situation and that will accomplish your goals. If you have questions or need assistance with your estate planning, contact Grayson & Grayson, LLC today at 573-635-0308 to set up an appointment with one of our experienced attorneys.

 

Estate Planning: How Our Attorneys Can Help

May 27
Estate Planning: How Our Attorneys Can Help

Estate Planning: How Our Attorneys Can Help

Have you ever had questions about estate planning, such as, what is estate planning? When do I need to begin the process? What types of documents do I need? Does a will suffice? Or should I set up a trust? If you have wondered about any of these things, then skilled Missouri estate planning attorneys can help.

Estate Planning: What Is It?

Estate planning is essentially a formal title for management of your property after your death. This includes all real estate, personal property, savings, checking, etc. Estate planning clearly delineates a plan of action for how you want family members to handle your affairs after you are gone.

Will or Trust: Which is Better?
One part of estate planning is to decide if you would like to create a will or trust. As its name implies, a will is your last will and testament and is a legal document that instructs how you want your assets distributed after your death. A trust is also a legal document but with the sole purpose of protecting your estate or assets. A trust is typically recommended for people who want to avoid probate or wish to keep their finances private. The main difference between a will and a trust is when it becomes in effect: a will is executed at the time of death while a trust can take immediate effect.

Why You Need an Expert Estate Attorney
-Expertise
Missouri Estate planning can be quite overwhelming with countless options available. One reason you should hire an estate law attorney, is for their expertise. A professional attorney will have the skills and knowledge to effectively guide you through the entire estate planning process, while keeping your best interests front and center. At Grayson and Grayson, LLC, you can rest assured that our attorneys will be able to advise you on the best course of action to meet your needs.

-Compliance
Another reason why you should hire a professional estate law attorney is to ensure that your estate plan is compliant with current state law. Laws concerning wills and trusts vary from state to state and can change over time. As such, your estate planning documents may need to be revised to remain compliant.

Don’t Wait to Start Planning
If you need help with estate planning, whether you are at the beginning of the process or need to update your documents, do not hesitate to contact Grayson and Grayson, LLC at 573-635-0308 to set up your consultation today. You can be confident in our attorneys’ abilities to create a unique plan that meets your needs.

Commonly Asked Questions About Wrongful Death Claims

Dec 16

When a person passes away as a result of another’s misconduct or negligence, this heartbreaking situation may give rise to a wrongful death claim. Wrongful death situations often raise questions for family members who wonder what options are available. A Missouri wrongful death attorney can help answer any of these questions and provide assistance with pursuing a claim.

1. What is required to pursue a wrongful death claim?
In general, to pursue a wrongful death claim, there must be evidence to show that a person’s death was caused by the negligence of another individual. This is not always easy to show and may require the assistance of expert witnesses to prove the cause of death was in fact due to negligence rather than another cause.

Wrongful death claims should be supported by documents and other records that can prove the necessary legal elements. Obtaining the right documents and making sure you have all of the correct information can be difficult, especially at a trying time after a loved one’s death. This is where a Missouri wrongful death attorney can help. An attorney can determine what evidence is needed to prove your case, and can help you obtain all such evidence.

2. Who can pursue a wrongful death claim?
Generally, surviving family members can pursue wrongful death claims. Whether this is applicable or not depends on the surviving person’s relationship with the deceased individual. In some situations, the surviving person may also have a claim for certain damages as well. To determine whether you qualify as a person who can pursue a wrongful death claim as well as additional damages, contact a Missouri wrongful death lawyer.

3. How much money should you request in your claim?

The amount that should be claimed varies in each case and depends upon a variety of factors. To be certain you claim an amount that is appropriate under the circumstances, you should consult with a skilled professional who knows the applicable laws and has experience handling cases like yours. A skilled attorney will be able to help you determine the right amount for your specific circumstance.

4. What if I cannot afford an attorney?
In many wrongful death cases, the attorney will work on a contingent fee basis. This means that no upfront payment is required. Instead, the attorney receives a certain percentage from any settlement funds that are recovered when the case is finished. This gives the attorney an incentive to maximize the amount you receive as compensation under the claim.

If you have additional questions about wrongful death, would like more information, or would like to pursue a claim, our attorneys can help you. Contact Grayson & Grayson today to get the help you need.

4 Things You Should Know About Dog Bites

Oct 13

No one wants to be bitten by a dog. However, this type of situation happens more often than you may think. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an average of 4.7 people are bitten by a dog every year. When a dog bites someone, a Missouri injury lawyer can assist the injured party in taking legal action to compensate for their injuries.

1. Each State has their own Laws for Dog Bites

Each state has common laws or statutory rules for dog bites. Keep in mind that states with dog bite statutes trump common law rules. A skilled attorney will know the specific laws for your state, which is why you should contact an attorney in the state of Missouri if you or a loved one have been bitten.

2. Owners are Responsible for their Dog’s Attacks on People

Under Missouri law, a dog’s owner may be held responsible for a dog who bites without provocation. Dog owners are required to control their dog, and are therefore responsible for the injuries and damages caused by the animal.

3.You Must Prove that an Owner’s Dog is Responsible for your Injury

If you or a loved one have been attacked by a dog, you need proof in order to make a successful claim. There are different ways to prove someone’s pet has attacked you. A police report, hospital records, and witnesses can all provide valuable proof that a person’s pet is responsible for your injuries. A knowledgeable Missouri dog bite attorney will be able to determine what types of information is needed in your specific case and can help you attain it.

4. Some Insurance Policies have Clauses for Dog Bites

Some homeowner insurance policies have clauses for dog attacks occurring on the premises, or they may have other coverage applicable to dog bites. Rental or business insurance policies may also provide coverage for dog bites. If you are a victim of a dog bite, an insurance claim may help reimburse you for your injuries. Remember, the laws for dog bites can be complicated. An attorney can help determine if you should make an insurance claim, and can help ensure you receive compensation from any applicable insurance policies.

Injuries can be devastating and costly. If you or a loved one have suffered from a dog bite, it is important to get legal help. Contact a Missouri injury attorney at Grayson & Grayson to find out how they can help.