The Missouri Veterans Commission (MVC) has already saved Missouri's heroes and their families over $1 million with their free will clinics. This initiative, which started in June 2022, helps Veterans and their spouses plan for the future by providing testamentary documents that typically cost $500 at no charge. MVC, in partnership with Lowe Dreesen Miller, LLC, recently held a free will clinic in St. Robert on May 11, 2023, where they drafted free wills, advanced directives, and powers of attorney for local Veterans and their spouses. MVC's Executive Director, Paul Kirchhoff, expressed pride in the initiative's success, emphasizing their ongoing mission to support Missouri's Veterans.
David Lowe, our managing partner, stated, "It is always a great privilege to partner with the Missouri Veterans Commission to support local Veterans and their spouses. We take great pride in serving our Veterans every day at our law firm, and this event just gives us another way to do that. Our attorneys have more than 60 years of military experience and we are especially committed to serving Veterans in our community and state in any way we can."
MVC's General Counsel, Scotty Allen, who is also a Veteran himself, passionately organizes these events with the help of local law firms like Lowe Dreesen Miller, LLC.
If you missed this opportunity or have friends or family around the state who are interested in future Will Clinics locally or in other Missouri locations, stay tuned for future will clinics by following MVC on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Let's continue supporting our Veterans and keeping their hard-earned money in their pockets!
For more information, you can call Scotty Allen at 573-522-4224 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
When Should I Start My Estate Planning?
It is never too early to start estate planning, but there are certain age restrictions to consider. Generally speaking, a person must be 18 years of age or older to create an estate plan and designate beneficiaries for their assets. This is due to legal restrictions in place for minors that prevent them from entering into such contracts. However, some states may provide exceptions for minors in certain situations, such as if they have received a large inheritance. Additionally, there are some strategies that minors can employ to help manage their assets and plan for the future even before reaching the legal age of majority, such as establishing trusts or guardianship arrangements. Because estate planning is an important step in preparing for the future, it is important to begin the process as soon as possible regardless of age.
Do Not Wait Too Long To Put a Plan in Place
For those in Waynesville, Saint Robert, Rolla, St. James and surrounding areas who are elderly or approaching the end of their lives, estate planning is especially crucial. As a person ages, they may become more vulnerable and thus more likely to be taken advantage of financially. By having an estate plan in place that specifies how assets should be distributed, it can help to protect their interests and ensure that the proper arrangements are in place for the future. Additionally, estate planning allows an individual to make sure that their wishes will be honored after they pass away by specifying how assets should be divided and who should receive them. You can check out this seven step guide to estate planning over at NerdWallet.com.
Estate Planning is For Those You Love
Overall, estate planning is a valuable tool regardless of age or stage in life. It can help ensure that an individual's wishes are respected and their assets are properly managed after they pass away. With the right guidance and assistance, anyone can create a comprehensive estate plan that meets their needs and protects their interests for the rest of their lives.
We Can Help with Estate Planning at Lowe Dreesen Miller
Most importantly, speaking with a qualified estate planning attorney in the Waynesville, Saint Robert, Rolla, St. James or surrounding area is essential for creating a strong and effective estate plan. An experienced attorney like David Lowe can provide invaluable advice and guidance on the best way to create an estate plan, as well as helping to ensure that all legal requirements are met. With David’s help, individuals of any age can create a customized estate plan that meets their individual needs.
It is never too late or too early to start estate planning. With the right guidance and resources, anyone can create an effective plan that protects their assets and ensures their wishes are respected in the future. Even if a person is under 18, there are still strategies that they can employ to help manage their assets and provide for their future. No matter what age or stage of life a person is in, estate planning can be an invaluable tool for ensuring their interests are protected.
Call us today at 573-774-3122 or contact us here to request a free consolation about your estate planning. We trust that we can be of help to you.
Watch as David Lowe of Lowe Dreesen Miller Talks about Estate Planning
The Waynesville-St. Robert Chamber of Commerce is proud to present the next episode of Behind the Community. In this installment Cecilia chats with David M. Lowe, Attorney at Law. He talks about what an important thing it is to have balance. You can listen to the episode by following this link.
What happens if I get pulled over and I’ve been drinking?
Most people know that if they are pulled over in the state of Missouri and have a blood-alcohol content (BAC) level of .08 or higher, you will be charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI).
There are many important factors to keep in mind if you have been pulled over and have been drinking. When you are pulled over by a police officer, the officer will use many different techniques to attempt to determine if you are impaired by alcohol. First, the officer will ask you guilt seeking questions. These questions usually are seeking admissions from you regarding your prior alcohol consumption and will be used by the officer to establish a basis to conduct more tests or to arrest you. You have the right to remain silent and you should not answer these questions. Remember, the Constitution provides citizens many protections including the right to be free from self-incrimination.
Once the police officer establishes reasonable suspicion that you have been operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, the officer will likely have you perform one or more field sobriety tests, such as standing on one foot or walking a straight line, stopping, and walking back. You may have medical conditions that impair your ability to perform these tests even under ideal conditions. The side of the road often has trash, rocks, potholes and other debris that can hamper anyone’s ability to perform these tests. You may decline to perform these tests explaining you believe these tests are subjective.
If you do perform these tests and perform poorly, you may be placed under arrest for suspicion of committing DWI and be asked to submit to a breathalyzer test. Prior to doing so, you have a 20 minute time period to contact an attorney. If you refuse to submit to the breathalyzer test, your driving privileges may be revoked for one year unless you petition the court within 30 days from the date of your alleged refusal and successfully challenge the alleged refusal and arrest.
If you submit to the breathalyzer test and your blood alcohol content (BAC) level is .08 or higher, you will be charged with DWI and your driving privileges will be suspended unless you request an administrative hearing within 15 days of your arrest. If you are under 21, you may be charged with DWI if your BAC is .02 or higher. You may also be charged if the officer believes there is enough evidence to prove your driving was impaired by alcohol even if your BAC level is not more than .08. You may also be charged with DWI if you operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of a controlled substance or drugs regardless of your BAC level.
The severity of your punishment will depend on many factors, such as prior DWI history, but a first offense under Missouri law has a maximum punishment of up to six months in jail, a fine of up to $1000, suspension of your driving privileges for 90 days if you provide a breath sample, and revocation of your driving privileges for one year if you refuse to take the breathalyzer test.
A second offense under Missouri law has a maximum punishment of up to one year in jail, a fine of up to $2,000, revocation of your driving privileges up to one year if convicted (or five years if convicted of the second offense within five years of the previous offense), and installation of an ignition interlock device (which prevents the car from starting unless the driver’s BAC is below a certain limit). A third offense under Missouri law has a minimum of 30 days in jail, a range of punishment from two to four years in prison, a fine of up to $10,000, and denial of your driving privileges for 10 years along with other adverse consequences.
Being charged with DWI is a serious offense that has long-term consequences. An arrest for DWI or any criminal offense is a stressful time in a person’s life. Selecting the right defense attorney could determine the long-term damage to your reputation and whether you are sentenced to severe punishments, such as jail time, substantial fines, and a criminal record. At the time of your arrest, you have the right to an attorney. You should take advantage of this right and contact the office of Lowe Dreesen Miller Attorneys at Law who will help you understand your rights and the legal consequences of these offenses. The attorneys at the law firm of David M. Lowe have the knowledge and extensive trial experience to get you the results you deserve. You may contact them for your free initial consultation at 573-774-3122.
In recent years there were over 148,000 auto accidents per year in our state as reported by the State of Missouri Highway Patrol. You can see all the statisics by clicking here. Almost 54,000 of these included injuries. No, we are not trying to alarm you. Compared to the number of folks on the road and the number of trips people make, this is a relatively low number. In fact, a Fox Business News story claimed that for all the driving an average driver does, they would only be involved in 3 or 4 accidents in their lifetime (and not likely fatal) Read the article here.
However, we do want you to be prepared should you or someone you love be involved in an auto accident.
Here are some tips on what to do if you are involved in an auto accident and how to protect your right to a claim:
1. Stay as calm as possible and be safe. Do not exit the vehicle if you are in a congested area until you are sure traffic has stopped around you. Exit the side of the vehicle away from traffic. If you need to remain in the vehicle, keep your seat belt fastened at all times until help comes and insures your safe exit from the vehicle.
2. Call for Help. Call 911 for any injuries you suspect. If someone seems injured but claims to be fine, insist on calling for an ambulance unless they say they will refuse treatment.
Call Police even if an ambulance is not needed. A police report carries significant weight when it comes to insurance companies and legal cases. Oftentimes, the party responsible will try to keep police out of the situation. Do not listen to them; call the authorities. The police report will help you collect important details from the other people involved. Your copy of the police report will include names and contact information for those involved, the witnesses at the site, and more.
3. Do not move the vehicles unless it is a minor fender bender with no injuries. Progressive insurance company states the following on their website: “If you’re involved in a minor fender bender, such as another car rear-ending you or a car changing lanes into you, it’s probably best to move your cars out of traffic after verifying no one is hurt.” In fact, several states have signs along major highways that advise you to move your car off the road after a minor accident. However, they go on to say, “If someone is hurt in an accident, or if a vehicle can’t be driven afterward, leave your vehicles where they are — even if they’re blocking traffic. Call for help as soon as possible.” Read more from Progressive about moving vehicles in an accident.
4. Do not admit any fault in the accident. You can explain what happened to the police officer making the official report. Be honest, but you do not need to admit responsibility. There may have been things you missed when the accident happened which could result in your not being at fault even if you assume you could be.
5. Take photos. Most all of us have smart phones with cameras. Use it to safely take photos of the accident scene. Take photos of the vehicles involved. Take photos of the surrounding area (intersections, traffic lights, road signage etc.). Anything that can later help explain what happened should be photographed.
6. Talk to witnesses. Get contact information of witnesses. This should be included in the police report, but hearing their version of what they saw will help you, should you need confirmation of your story.
7. Get repair estimates for any property damage. Insurance companies will likely get an independent estimate, but get two or three from businesses you trust. That way you can be sure you are getting the repairs necessary to get your car back into the shape it was in before the accident.
8. Keep medical bills, treatment records, and doctor’s notes. These are the best evidences of the injuries you have sustained and how long it will take for you to get back onto your feet and working again. Be sure to follow the doctor’s orders to a ‘T’. If a claims attorney finds an angle to say you have exaggerated your condition, they won’t hesitate to use it and deny your claim.
If you are injured in a car accident due to someone else’s negligence, you have the right to be compensated for your injury, property damage, and lost wages. The attorneys at the law office of Lowe Dreesen Miller have been successfully protecting the rights of the injured for more than three decades and are ready to negotiate your car accident case.
We encourage you to print or share this article and discuss with those you love, especially new and younger drivers.
You can download our free resource below, which can be printed and placed in your vehicle glovebox with your registration and insurance information. We hope you never need it; but if you do, we believe it will be very helpful.
Download this PDF and print front and back on the same page, tri-fold, and place in glovebox for a quick easy to read guide in case you or those you love are involved in an accident.
The Waynesville-St. Robert Chamber of Commerce 2017 Citizen of the Year is David Lowe. David was nominated by the Rotary Club of Pulaski County. (Bio can be found here.)
The Chamber had 155 in attendance at the Community Leadership Awards Banquet held at the ARK Community & Sports Center.
The 2017 Chamber Organization of the Year, the Sustainable Ozarks Partnership; through their efforts our region has seen many successes in 2017. Some of those successes include, Increased Basic Combat Training mission load at Fort Leonard Wood, Planned Military Construction Funding for a replacement hospital on Fort Leonard Wood, Strengthened partnerships within our communities, our state and Fort Leonard Wood, Enhanced focus on commercial air transportation access to the region, Sustained rigor and high performance in our public school districts, A comprehensive analysis of the economic impacts of personnel reductions at Fort Leonard Wood and the identification of mitigation strategies to offset those impacts. The highlight of the year came when the Department of the Army formally recognized the significance of the Sustainable Ozarks Partnerships local, regional and state support for Fort Leonard Wood by presenting the FLW-SOP partnership initiative with the 2017 Army Community Partnership Award. This award officially acknowledged their commitment to national defense through their partnerships with the Army aimed at lowering operational costs, improving mission training and readiness, expanding capabilities and creating efficiencies.
The 2017 Volunteer of the Year, Sean Wilson, was recognized for his dedication and passion to the youth in Pulaski County by presenting the CHOICES program to area eighth graders as well as teaching other youth within the school districts professional development skills. Sean has brought his knowledge of leadership development to the current Leadership Pulaski County class and the Alumni Association. He is the chairperson for the Governmental and Military Affairs Committee, where his passion for our Armed Forces and those who have served has played a role in helping to coordinate the Veterans’ Day Ceremony and Parade. Last but not least, Sean was an instrumental part in creating the ‘Speak Your Peace’ Civility Project which focuses on three main topics to educate people on how to “Be Informed, Be Empowered, and Be the Difference,” while using Social Media.
At any Chamber function you’re sure to see the bright blue jackets worn by the members of the Chamber’s Ambassador Club. They are the Chamber’s army of volunteers, and it is a special privilege to honor them for their dedicated service. The 2017 Ambassadors of the Year is Laura Schoephorster. The Ambassador of the Year is determined by attendance at Chamber functions throughout the year. Laura attended 67 out of 102 Chamber events during 2017, earning 169 points.
You can read more from an article published in the Waynesville Daily Guide, found here.
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