Summer is just around the corner, but there is still plenty of work to do at the Piatchek Law Firm. In this edition of our newsletter, we will be providing an introduction to the range of Business Law issues that an experienced attorney can assist with. You will also find a simple explanation of how Probate Law works in Missouri, and learn about some of the many Family Law Services we provide. Read on and you will also get to know more about our featured attorney Kara L. Breshears, and examine a developing class action lawsuit involving Starbucks and angry iced coffee drinkers.
Business Law: Formation, and More
At The Piatchek Law Firm, our business law attorneys are experienced and proficient handling a wide range of business law concerns. Regardless of whether you are just starting your first business, or already a seasoned business owner, you will eventually need an experienced business law attorney to turn to when you have questions about your business.
When you hire the Piatchek Law Firm to help you set up your business, we start by learning about you and about your business objectives as well as your personal goals. Next, we will help you understand the differences between the various Missouri business organizations and business entities, such as sole proprietorship, partnership, limited liability company (LLC), and the various types of Missouri Corporations. Once we have determined the best business form to meet your objectives, we will prepare and file all documents necessary to establish your company in compliance with Missouri business laws.
In addition to business formation, our attorneys are also available to help with other business matters, such as creating and reviewing contracts, estate planning for business owners, providing counsel when buying or selling a business, assistance when dissolving a business, commercial leasing advice, and more.
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Probate: What is it, and how can I avoid it?
Probate law can be very complicated. A good place to start is to understand what probate is, and when it is required. Probate is required when someone passes away, and there is property that is still titled in the name of the deceased person. Essentially, when someone passes away, any property that is still titled in that person’s name becomes “stuck” that way. Probate is the process of getting the property “unstuck” and out of that deceased person’s name, and getting the property to the rightful heirs or beneficiaries.
Our probate attorney can assist you in first determining which assets need to be probated, and which assets may have avoided probate. Once our probate attorneys have helped you to narrow down the exact property that must be probated, there are several different ways that assets can be probated in Missouri, and you will need the expertise and advice of our experienced probate attorneys to guide you through the appropriate method of probate, depending on the size and nature of the assets involved.
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Attorney Spotlight: Meet Kara L. Breshears
Kara L. Breshears has been with The Piatchek Law Firm since 2011. Kara is a native of Southwest Missouri, and earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture Business from Missouri State University. She then earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of Missouri – Kansas City.
Some of her practice areas currently include Uncontested Divorce, Traffic Law, Estate Planning, Real Estate, Contract Law, Business Law, Litigation, and Criminal Law.
Helping the area she grew up in is very important to Kara. She is currently involved in the United Way of the Ozarks and an active member of their Community Investment Council, where she is able to assist with evaluating local non-profits’ proposals for safety and income plans. She also holds membership in the National Association of Professional Women, as well as the Sigma Sigma Sigma Alumnae Group at Missouri State University.
During her free time, she likes to spend time with family and friends, travel to historic baseball parks across the nation, and read.
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Family Law Services
Our compassionate family law attorneys are here to handle many types of litigation that affects families, including divorce, child custody, child support, modification, adoption, and more. Our family law attorneys are experienced working across the full spectrum of cases, simple and complicated; cooperative and contested, and everything in between.
If you and your spouse are in total, 100% agreement on all aspects of your case, including property, finances, children and custody, we can likely handle your cooperative, uncontested divorce case at a reasonable, flat fee as part of our Affordable Legal Services program.
We encourage many of our family law clients to work through their issues cooperatively with the other parties, when it is possible. Of course, this is not always possible, and uncontested divorces are not for everyone. This is why we also handle contested cases– sometimes you have to fight for what is important to you in life, and we can help you fight.
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Is Iced Coffee Fraud?
Have you ever ordered an expensive iced drink and winced when you realized that most of the drink was just… ice? Well, you’re not alone– a class action lawsuit has been filed in Northern Illinois on the basis that Starbuck’s customers who order iced beverages are being under served compared to their fellow hot coffee drinkers. The plaintiff is seeking $5 million and is issuing accusations of fraud and negligent misrepresentation of products.
The suits lead plaintiff, Stacy Pincus, says that Starbuck’s iced beverage drinkers are being deprived of the amount of liquid advertised for their cup, regardless of the size ordered, and that Starbucks is profiting disproportionately from the iced beverages.
A representative of Starbucks called the suit “meritless” and told reporters that if a customer is not satisfied with their beverage preparation, they always have the option of having it remade.