Rights of Adoptees to Original Birth Certificate

There are few things that I do in my practice that make me feel better than helping a family become whole through an adoption.  Adoption though has a lot of long term consequences.  What happens later in life when an adoptee has health issues that they are trying to...

Know the Power of Your Tower – Get a Tower Appraisal!

As tower companies become more and more aggressive in pursuing tower lease extensions or the buyout of these leases, landowners often find themselves in a rush to make a decision on an offer. However, as many of these tower leases have a substantial number of years...

Missouri Sunshine Law – A Practical Guide for Requesting Records

There are many instances in which a citizen may wish to obtain records from a government entity. Those may include seeking minutes from a council meeting, contracts between the government body and an independent contractor, or simply requesting more information on a...

Brewery Law

The number of breweries and brewpubs operating in the United States continues to increase.  According to the Brewers Association, it is believed that there are close to 4,000 breweries and brewpubs currently operating in the United States.  The popularity of craft...

When Children Need Attorneys

Almost fifty years ago, on May 15, 1967, the Supreme Court decided that children accused of crimes were entitled to the same constitutional rights as adults, ensuring that every child in the criminal justice system should be afforded the rights of due process,...

“Forever Family”

For many reasons, my wife and I were hesitant about “going public” with our story about the adoption of our two boys through the Jefferson County foster care system.  However, our positive experience with the system and the individuals involved and the need for...

Patricia Riehl for Judge

Judges play an essential role in our community and government. They are asked to interpret agreements, interpret the law, determine conflicting interests in property, discern whose testimony is the most credible, determine whether a person charged with a crime should...

Should a Decedent’s Will be Filed in Probate?

Often, following the death of a parent or spouse, surviving family members find the Decedent’s Will, Trust and other Estate Planning documents.  Occasionally they conclude that due to various circumstances there appears to be no assets, there appears to be no dispute...

Piecing the puzzle together – Why I practice law

Why I like to practice law. As a child I enjoyed working on puzzles.  Every Christmas my parents would get a new puzzle that we would complete as a family.  As I got older the puzzles became more challenging and I became aware that it became more important to work...