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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Divorce for Missouri on
Q: From Missouri…Does my ex have to split a mortgage company refund check made out to him only? More info below…

My ex & I are recently divorced. We sold our home, it was financed in his name only but titled in both. Do we split a refund check from the mortgage company made out to him only? I certainly hope so because my income was used the whole time to make the mortgage payment. Please advise, I... Read more »

Jennifer Sheila Kornblum
Jennifer Sheila Kornblum answered on Sep 24, 2021

There is no general rule in real estate pertaining to this situation. This issue should have been addressed in your asset split in the divorce. Your family law attorney should be able to answer this question, or the answer should be in your marital settlement agreement.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Missouri on
Q: I have military orders to move w/in 20 days. With joint custody. Can I take our children?

Moving to WA on 3yr orders. I allowed to bring my children. I have primary custody. NC has weekend visitation.

Spencer Williams
Spencer Williams answered on Sep 24, 2021

You should closely review and comply with the terms of your Judgment or Order that established your custody. Missouri has a relocation requirements and notice in every custody judgment and parenting plan. I suggest you review and strictly comply with the relocation notice requirements.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Missouri on
Q: We have 3 kids, 10, 7, 4 years old, we are married, I haven't worked for 5 years to stay with kids.

We didn't really lived together for the last 5 years, he would visit, because he has a business abroad, and he would come and go every month or two weeks. Now we moved all together to Missouri, but he hasn't given me any money since May 2021, and I have been using my personal savings for... Read more »

Spencer Williams
Spencer Williams answered on Sep 24, 2021

If you have been in Missouri for at least 90 days, you can file a Petition for Dissolution or Legal Separation with the court and after your spouse is served with the Petition and accompanying documents then request temporary (also called Pendente Lite or PDL) Orders be entered regarding custody,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Missouri on
Q: We’re in Missouri on a farm. We want to put up a permanent property line fence on our south border to hold livestock.

Our neighbor refuses to pay half, says he does not have the money and doesn’t need a permanent fence since his stock is trained to electric fence. Said he will just go back 10 foot and install his electric fence. Is that a way to avoid paying his half of costs ?

Jennifer Sheila Kornblum
Jennifer Sheila Kornblum answered on Sep 24, 2021

There is no legal requirement that neighbors who share a property line share the cost of installing a fence.

1 Answer | Asked in Probate for Missouri on
Q: Do I have to be there to sign for the sale of the house that was willed to me and my brother my sister
Lloyd M. Nolan
Lloyd M. Nolan answered on Sep 24, 2021

That question cannot be adequately answered without more information, such as: Is this actually "willed" to you and your brother and sister, OR is has it actually passed to you immediately by virtue of a non-probate transfer device, such as a Beneficiary Deed. Is there actually an open... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Missouri on
Q: Why can't I pay my ticket online?

I got a ticket for expired tags on 8/21/21. The highway patrolman said I could pay the ticket online. It's been way past the 10 day waiting period and the ticket is supposed to viewable online to pay, however when I enter my ticket number I keep getting the message that my ticket is with the... Read more »

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Sep 22, 2021

They may be wanting a fix it on this ticket. You may need to go to court to pay the fine.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Missouri on
Q: Can a neighbor sue the HOA for them putting a lien on the property over tree trimming in this case?

My HOA president is verbally saying that townhouse owners are responsible for tree trimming. The "community handbook" I was provided when I purchased the townhome 3 months ago very clearly says the HOA is responsible if the tree is 5' away from the unit. The covenants are vague and... Read more »

Ronald J. Eisenberg
Ronald J. Eisenberg answered on Sep 21, 2021

Anyone can sue for anything. The neighbor could sue for slander of title regarding the lien. There is no guaranty that the neighbor will win, however, and I have a hunch that the HOA's declaration has a one-sided attorneys' fee provision. That means if the HOA wins in litigation it can... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law for Missouri on
Q: Do I need a translator to transclude a contract

If bifurcation is a breach of contract

Ronald J. Eisenberg
Ronald J. Eisenberg answered on Sep 20, 2021

Your post is not well written. I think you need some help.

2 Answers | Asked in Employment Law and Civil Rights for Missouri on
Q: Can I be audio recorded without consent in a 2 party consent state?

I deliver in Illinois, a 2 party consent state. I wasn't made aware that the video camera in my vehicle records audio until I found out last week. I also deliver in Missouri. Would it be worth it to sue my employer since I signed no agreement and wasn't verbally notified my audio was... Read more »

Ronald J. Eisenberg
Ronald J. Eisenberg answered on Sep 19, 2021

Whether it is worth suing will depend upon the following:

1. What is your goal?

2. How much will it cost to sue?

3. What are your chances of prevailing?

4. What damages would you be awarded if you win,

5. Does the IL statute have a provision entitling you to...
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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Real Estate Law for Missouri on
Q: the neighbors tree is encroaching into our parking area. It’s a huge sycamore tree. Are they liable if it falls on car?

the sycamore is huge. We have only been in the condo for two years. They were going to cut it but decided to have us pay for it.

Ronald J. Eisenberg
Ronald J. Eisenberg answered on Sep 18, 2021

They are liable if the tree falls, you sue, and you prove negligence. For example, is the tree dying or is it just large?

2 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law for Missouri on
Q: How can I marry my immigrant girlfriend of 2 years whom is in St.louis county jail currently?
Alexander Ivakhnenko
Alexander Ivakhnenko answered on Sep 17, 2021

You need to ask the prison officials on the protocol of marrying its inmate.

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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Missouri on
Q: A purchase agreement contract has been signed by both parties for real estate, can the seller change their minds?

A purchase agreement contract has been signed and turned in to the title company. The buyer had to pay for a land survey. The land turned out to be 28 acres instead of 20 acres. Can the seller change the price already agreed upon for the acreage?

Ronald J. Eisenberg
Ronald J. Eisenberg answered on Sep 16, 2021

This appears to be a large enough issue to warrant hiring an attorney to review the sale contract.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Missouri on
Q: If a man has allegations made against him for child molestation should he get a lawyer right away or wait
Steve D. Hardin
Steve D. Hardin answered on Sep 15, 2021

He should hire an attorney immediately!!!!

He should also make no statements and answer no questions from anyone other than that attorney.

Child molestation can be some of the most serious charged that can be filed... He needs an attorney immediately.

1 Answer | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law, Bankruptcy and Constitutional Law for Missouri on
Q: Format for notifying US AG, US Senate, House Committees on Bankruptcy of challenge to constitutionality of Code ?

Can an Article I judge deprive the US Court of Appeals of subject matter jurisdiction ?

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Sep 14, 2021


1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Employment Law for Missouri on
Q: My friend's work contract does not specified hours worked. What are her rights/expectations from a legal standpoint?

A friend recently (~5-6 months ago) signed on with a small company as a photographer/media organizer in Missouri. After a few months, we noticed that she was very frequently working weekends and seemed to have few days off. We asked her about it, and she expressed frustration with her schedule.... Read more »

Rhiannon Herbert
Rhiannon Herbert answered on Sep 7, 2021

This would depend on what her contract says, but based on your description, it sounds like her contract is silent on her schedule or hours of work. If this is the case, then there isn't much that can be done from a legal standpoint other than to ensure she is being properly paid for the work... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Foreclosure and Civil Litigation for Missouri on
Q: If my Hoa is entitled to 12% per annum interest but is charging me more than that, would I have a case?

I have been in a billing dispute with my hoa. They will not allow access to records or books as afforded in the bylaws. A previous tenant gave me a copy of the cleared check for a debt the hoa claimed had not paid. I requested access to the records they denied. They hired an attorney and racked up... Read more »

Ronald J. Eisenberg
Ronald J. Eisenberg answered on Sep 6, 2021

The association’s declaration and rules & regulations govern.

You would “have a case” if you sue and a case number is assigned. If you don’t pay the disputed charge then I don’t know what damages you’ve suffered. If you do pay the disputed charge and then sue, you’ll...
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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning for Missouri on
Q: Does a 79-year old woman with no assets and only her monthly social security payment need a will or living trust?

My mother-in-law is a widow with four adult children. She lives with my brother-in-law, but my wife and I manage her finances.

Nina Whitehurst
Nina Whitehurst answered on Sep 2, 2021

An individual who knows for a fact that he or she will die owning absolutely nothing does not need a will or a living trust. HOWEVER, elderly people have been known to inherit from others well into their 70s, 80s and 90s and then, suddenly, there are assets. It is sad when they did not have a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Products Liability for Missouri on
Q: fired, bc I refused to sell penicillin to a woman said she wanted it 4 her son that has bronchitis,labeled animal only

as I was unlocking drug for her,woman said it was for her son with chronic bronchitis. I told her everything we sell in store medical wise is for animals only. She wanted a manager. He without questions gave it to her. I was terminated 2 months later (after Christmas rush) he said she complained I... Read more »

Ronald J. Eisenberg
Ronald J. Eisenberg answered on Aug 30, 2021

If you believe you were fired for complaining about an unlawful practice then you may file a charge of discrimination with the EEOC at or with the Missouri Commission of Human Rights at They will investigate. Although they can sue on... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Missouri on
Q: I need assistance with a non-compete clause for an employer. I have several questions about my rights.

I am currently working for a company contracted through a hospital. I applied and was offered a position through the hospital doing something completely different than I am right now. My current employer is telling me I signed a non-compete clause that prevents me from being able to work for the... Read more »

Ronald J. Eisenberg
Ronald J. Eisenberg answered on Aug 27, 2021

This is a Q&A forum. You’ll need to reach out directly to an attorney. You are wise to seek counsel because non-competition agreements can have serious consequences if breached.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Missouri on
Q: what should i do for this speeding citation?

i’m 17, 18 on december 29th. according to the officer, i was going 102 in a 70 zone and was issued a court date for november. this is my first offense. i also use the life360 app which states my top speed was 94mph. what should i do/expect?

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh answered on Aug 27, 2021

Whether you were going 102, 94 or 71, it is still speeding in a 70 zone. Additionally, you do not indicate what you were cited for----was it for speeding or was it for reckless operation, which is a more serious charge. What you should do at a minimum is consult with a traffic ticket lawyer or a... Read more »

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