• Personal Injury

    Have you or a loved one been injured or killed because of someone else's fault? We have litigated personal injury cases for over 30 years and have the highest rating for legal ability and ethical standards. Contact us now and click here to learn more about our successful personal injury practice.


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    Injury
  • Wrongful Death

    Wrongful death is when a person or company causes the tragic death of a loved one. Our attorneys can help if you have lost someone. Money can never replace what was lost, but it may provide security and help prevent future tragedies caused by dangerous companies and individuals. We have offices in Joplin, St. Louis, and Carthage and can handle cases anywhere, anytime: Springfield, Kansas City, Columbia, Jefferson City, Rolla, etc. Contact us now and click here to learn more about BW's wrongful death practice.


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    Death
  • Medical Malpractice

    We pride ourselves on being strong and successful patient advocates for those who have been injured or killed because of medical error. The prestigious Journal of Patient Safety recently reported that as many as 440,000 people die every year from unnecessary medical mistakes. Although many doctors try their best, they are like everyone else and sometimes make mistakes. When mistakes happen, let BW's expert patient advocates help you. Contact us now and click here to learn more about our substantial medical malpractice experience.


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    Malpractice
  • Automobile & Trucking Accidents

    Roadway crashes seriously injure and kill victims every day. If you or a love one has been involved in a car or truck accident, contact the lawyers at BW today! We have 30+ years of experience to help you get the best result possible.


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    Trucking Accidents
  • Work Place Injuries

    Have you been hurt on the job? If so, you are at the right place because we can help. We are one of the leading workers' compensation law firms in the area. We have seen virtually every type of injury there is in our 30+ years of representing hurt workers. Plus, we have the highest rating for legal ability and ethical standards. We know the law and will work hard to ensure you get the best results possible. Contact us now and click here for more information about work place injuries.


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    Injuries
  • Family Law & Divorce

    When you need assistance in the area of family law and divorce, the first thing you should do is call BW because we can help. We have over 30 years of experience. Our trial attorneys have fought for our clients in almost every courthouse in front of every judge in Southwest Missouri. Contact BW now and click here to learn more about our law firm's family law and divorce practice area.


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    & Divorce
  • Criminal Law

    Buchanan & Williams has a strong and well-deserved reputation of fighting for the rights of our criminal law clients. We have attorneys who are former prosecutors that understand the system and know what needs to be done to make sure our client's rights are protected. We have handled all types of criminal law cases and we can help you. Contact us now and click here to learn more about BW's criminal law practice.


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  • "I want you to open the case, and when you are doing it, talk to the jury as though your client's fate depends on every word you utter. Forget that you have any one to fall back upon, and you will do justice to yourself and your client."- Abraham Lincoln

Maintenance

In Missouri, what used to be called “alimony” is now called “maintenance”. There is a threshold test that you must meet to receive maintenance. That test is:

  • Do you lack sufficient property, including marital property given to you in the dissolution, to provide for your needs?
  • Are you unable to support yourself through a job, or are you the custodian of a child whose condition or circumstances make it appropriate for you not to work?
  • If you pass both of the above tests, then the court considers ten factors in deciding the amount of maintenance.
  • Financial resources of person asking for maintenance.
  • Time needed to “retrain” the person seeking maintenance.
  • Relative earning power of each person.
  • Standard of living during the marriage.
  • Debts and assets each person received in the dissolution.
  • Length of the marriage.
  • Age, physical and emotional condition of each person.
  • The basic living expenses of the person who would pay the maintenance.
  • Conduct of the parties during the marriage.
  • Other relevant factors such as sacrifices one party may have made to send the other spouse to school.

The length of the marriage, the standard of living during the marriage, and the relative earning power of each spouse are often the most important maintenance factors. If the parties had a long marriage, one spouse has a substantial income, the parties enjoyed high standard of living during the marriage, and the other spouse was not employed during the marriage, but stayed at home and maintained the household, the employed spouse will likely be obligated to pay maintenance. The determination of whether maintenance should be paid, and, if so, how much and for how long, involve complex issues. If maintenance is an issue in your divorce, you should contact an experienced family law attorney. If you have children and are considering divorce, you undoubtedly have questions about the process and your rights. Please click the link to the right to learn more about Child Support. If you are considering a divorce, contact us today in St. Louis at 314-878-2537, in Southwest Missouri at 417-623-0900, or toll free at 800-371-8220. You can also email us anytime.