No Fault Divorce

There is a common misconception that Missouri is a “no fault” divorce state. In Missouri, a court must find that there is no reasonable likelihood that a marriage can be preserved and that it is irretrievably broken. In order for a marriage to be irretrievably broken, the spouse filing for divorce (sometimes called a “petitioner”)… read more

Missouri Supreme Court Decision Impacts Landlords

Just last week, the Supreme Court of Missouri in Brainchild Holdings, LLC v. Cameron held that a tenant has a right to a jury trial in rent and possession cases. Prior to that decision, rent and possession cases were handled in a streamlined manner with only a bench trial before an associate circuit court judge…. read more

Do I Need to Worry About Estate Taxes?

There has been a lot of talk in the news lately regarding the Federal Estate Tax, and more specifically, the potential abolishment of it.  But, do you need to worry about the Federal Estate Tax? As the tax law currently stands, the Federal Estate Tax is levied on individual decedent’s estates that are in excess… read more

Is 50/50 Custody the Law?

It’s been over a year since House Bill 1550 impacting custody became the law in Missouri.  Yet there continues to be a lot of confusion surrounding exactly what the new law means. The most common misconception is that both parents are now entitled to equal parenting time. It’s important to distinguish between joint custody and… read more

What Happened to Obama’s Overtime Rules Anyway?

If you’re a corporate client of MTSE, you might remember getting a complimentary letter from us in the summer of 2016 detailing the Obama administration’s impending dramatic changes to the Fair Labor Standard Act’s (FLSA) white-collar overtime exemption. That rule was supposed to take effect on December 1, 2016.  Then you may remember a communication… read more

The Path of the Dissolution Process

  A decision has been made—one which has thrown you on the path of divorce—placing you in unfamiliar circumstances and causing you to be unsure of not only the future, but the process itself.  To help, here are some common steps you may experience along the way: 1. The Petition and Summons The Petition, filed… read more

Why Incorporating Your Small Business is a Good Idea

If you own your own business or have thought about starting one, you are in good company. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, there are 28.8 million small businesses in the United States. Small businesses (less than 500 employees) employ 56.8 million Americans and account for a whopping 99.7% of all U.S. businesses. The success… read more

Who Will Care For My Children?

If you have young children, the thought of who will take care of your children if you are unable to has undoubtedly crossed your mind.  While you may not like to think about it, it is important to consider who you prefer to have care for your children and make your wishes known in a… read more