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  • 2016 Super Lawyers® and Rising Stars Lists

    Congratulations to the following attorneys who have been selected to the 2016 Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers® and Rising Stars Lists in their primary practice area.  The announcement will appear in the 2016 Super Lawyers® Magazine for Missouri & Kansas, published November 3. 2016:

    Super Lawyers® List:

  • Tiffany A. McFarland and Robert D. Maher Honored – Best of the Bar 2016

    Congratulations to Tiffany A. McFarland* and Robert D. Maher** on having been selected by their peers to the honor of Best of the Bar for 2016 as published by The Kansas City Business Journal for their work in the following practice areas:

    Tiffany A. McFarland – Family Law

  • MRSB Welcomes Michael J. Kelly

    KANSAS CITY, Missouri, (September 19, 2016) - McDowell Rice Smith & Buchanan PC, announced that Michael J. Kelly has joined the Firm on September 12, 2016 as an Associate.         

  • Five Tips for Starting a Business

    Understanding your tax obligation is one key to business success. When you start a business, you need to know about income taxes, payroll taxes and much more. Here are five IRS tax tips that can help you get your business off to a good start:

    1.       Business Structure. An early choice you need to make is to decide on the type of structure for your business. The most common types are sole proprietor, partnership and corporation. The type of business you choose will determine which tax forms you file.

  • ‘We’re a little bit DIFFERENT’ - McDowell Rice brings libertarian ethos to law practice

    By: Scott Lauck, May 17, 2016 [Money20 – Missouri Lawyers Weekly Reprint]

    McDowell Rice Smith & Buchanan is the formal kind of law firm where the chairman, R. Pete Smith, is listed as “Mr. Smith” on the nameplate on his door. It’s also the kind of place where Smith feels free to play the occasional game of fetch with his dog, Roxie, who is hanging out on a couch in his office.

    “Of course I’m a good lawyer,” Smith jokes. “Do you think I could bring my dog to work if I weren’t a good lawyer?”

  • Pete and LesLee Smith Receive “Justice for the Innocent Award” from The Midwest Innocence Project

    Congratulations to Pete and LesLee Smith on receiving the “Justice for the Innocent Award” at the 2016 Faces of Innocence fundraiser gala benefiting The Midwest Innocence Project (MIP).  Mr. Smith served on MIP’s Board of Directors for years and became President of the Board in 2013, and is currently the 2016 Advisory Board President.  

  • John Gariglietti and KCWJC Honored for Pro Bono Work

    The Kansas City Chapter of Empower Missouri will honor The Kansas City Worker Justice Center (KCWJC) at the 2016 Empower Missouri Award Dinner on May 25, 2016.  KCWJC was chosen because of the pro bono work they have done in Metropolitan Kansas City for more than 10 years assisting the victims of wage theft, helping workers recover lost wages and learn their rights as laborers, and protect themselves from future threats of wage theft.  Due to his continued advocacy for workers’ rights and many hours of pro bono work with KCWJC, John Gariglietti will be among those accepting the award.  Congratulations to Johnny. 

  • Tom Buchanan Participates in Annual Construction Industry Outlook Assembly

    The annual Construction Industry Outlook Assembly hosted by Ingram’s Magazine was held on May 12, 2016 . Tom Buchanan participated in the Assembly along with 40 other experts in the construction industry, including construction companies, contractor associations, builders, architects, engineers,  electricians, and attorneys.  Talking points included: state of the market, construction technology, supply and demand of workforce labor, competition and margins, and financing and bonding.  The full Construction Industry Outlook Report will appear in Ingram’s May publication.

  • Beware: Credit Unions Remain Subject to Hearing for Certain Reaffirmations in Bankruptcy

    When a debtor seeks to reaffirm a debt, and the debtor acts pro se with respect to the reaffirmation, the Bankruptcy Code requires a court hearing to approve, unless real property secures the debt. 11 USC 524(c)(6). The 2005 Bankruptcy amendments included a new section 524(m) inserting a presumption of undue hardship where the debtors’ monthly expense exceeds income as shown by schedules on file. The debtor may rebut that presumption, and if so, the court may approve reaffirmation. But, 11 USC 524(m)(2) excepts Credit Unions from this presumption.

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