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St. Louis Law Blog

The 3 main driving distractions

When you look at specific examples of how people get distracted behind the wheel, they are nearly endless. One driver is distracted by a phone call while another is reading a text message. Still another driver is distracted by their children in the back seat, and the driver behind them is generally lost in thought, thinking about work or daily...

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How employers can sidestep a ban on non-compete agreements

Employers have long used their contracts with workers as a way to mitigate the risk of hiring a new employee. Non-compete agreements have been popular contract inclusions for years. They allow businesses to prevent a current employee from directly competing with the organization shortly after leaving their position. Non-compete agreements...

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3 mistakes to avoid during a real estate closing

Closing should be the last step in a real estate transaction. You sign the paperwork and get the keys to your new property. You officially become the owner of that property. However, especially for those who are going through this for the first time, mistakes could be made – and they could be very costly. They could even cause the deal to fall...

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3 facts about wills

The first thing most people draft as they make their estate plan is a will. A will is a legal document that, simply put, organizes how an estate should be managed after the person who drafted the will passes away. Typically, a will instructs that assets go to beneficiaries.  If you have never made a will before, then it can help to learn a few...

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Don’t get a DUI on St. Patrick’s Day

Friends will soon gather at their favorite pubs and bars to toast St. Patrick's Day with green beer, kegs and eggs. Traditionally, Saint Patrick's Day is a “drinking holiday.” This means that law enforcement officers will be looking for motorists who could be inebriated and endangering other drivers. According to a study conducted by The National...

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How construction companies can effectively collect on unpaid invoices

Construction work can be very lucrative. Unfortunately, actually securing full payment can sometimes be a challenge for those in the construction sector. Unpaid invoices can impact a company's operations by straining its budget, and many companies occasionally encounter clients who don't pay in full. Property owners often negotiate arrangements...

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Why would you need a trust?

A trust is a legal arrangement that creates a relationship in which a trustor gives a trustee the right to hold and maintain assets until instructed for the benefit of a beneficiary. Many people make trusts alongside their will because a trust can avoid probate, estate taxes and disputes. There are many kinds of trusts with unique legal wording....

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