Practice Areas

Appeals

Our American justice system is one of the best in the world.  However, sometimes a trial goes wrong, sometimes mistakes are made, and sometimes  judgment is entered wrongly.  When that happens, a client may have no choice but to file an appeal.  A case does not always end at trial.

Zane G. Williams has developed a practice focused, in part, on appeals.  He has handled numerous cases in the Missouri Court of Appeals and in the Missouri Supreme Court.  He also has experience with filing for extraordinary writs, a process that lets you seek an appellate court ruling before a case goes to trial.

We believe that to be a good appellate lawyer, you have to try cases, and we put that belief into practice.  All of our attorneys are trial lawyers, and if a case is decided wrongly, we have the experience and skills to seek appellate review.

If you are looking for an appellate lawyer at Lake of the Ozarks, please contact us to see if we can help.

Aviation Law & Pilot’s Rights

Both Greg and Zane are licensed private pilots with instrument ratings.  Their passion for aviation , combined with their experience in the legal profession, makes them uniquely qualified to help clients involved in the aviation industry.

They have represented fixed base operators, airframe and powerplant mechanics, and charter operators in a variety of legal cases.  They have also represented and defended certified flight instructors and airman certificate holders in disciplinary and enforcement actions filed by the Federal Aviation Administration.  Their experience and skills are rare in out-state Missouri.

If you have an aviation law problem, talk to an aviation lawyer.  Contact us today.

Business & Commercial Litigation

Business owners commonly find themselves faced with legal difficulties. Whether you’re involved in a breach of contract, an argument between business partners, or a commercial lease dispute, the attorneys of the Williams Law Firm have the experience and skills necessary to help you. We pride ourselves on being ready, willing, and able to provide any assistance that our business clients require.

We also offer business planning services. Investing a small amount in legal advice early on can result in significant savings during the life of your business. In some cases, it may be the difference between a successful business and a failed venture. If you need help forming a company, obtaining funding, or restructuring an existing business, give us a call to see how we can help you.

Condominium Law

The Lake of the Ozarks is a prime location for vacation condominiums. A condo can be a great way to experience the Lake life, and many are built and sold every year.

However, condominiums come with many legal issues. What rights does the owner’s association have to make changes to a condominium unit?  What responsibilities does a builder or developer have after the project is finished? Who pays for repairs if my unit is damaged in a flood or a fire?

Our attorneys have handled many cases involving condominiums at the Lake of the Ozarks. We have helped developers plat, build, and legally create condominiums from the ground up, and we have represented owners’ associations in all areas, from collecting overdue assessments from their members to dealing with insurance claims following the total loss of a building to fire.

If you have a condominium problem, please contact us today to see if we can help you.

Criminal Defense (DWI, DUI & BWI)

Have you recently found yourself entangled in the criminal justice system? You need a tough criminal defense lawyer to defend you in court. Each year during the tourist season, the Lake of the Ozarks area is subject to increased law enforcement efforts and patrols, including DWI and BWI checkpoints. Our attorneys are experienced in providing a specialized defense to those charges.

We also work with people facing all types of criminal charges, from minor misdemeanors to the most serious of felonies.

If you have been charged with drunk driving or another offense, you likely have questions: How and when do I get my license back? How will this affect my insurance premiums? What will happen in court? What are the potential consequences? We are experienced in answering all of these questions and can provide effective assistance to you.

If you have been charged with a crime, please contact us immediately to protect your rights and increase your chances of having your driver’s license restored.

Estate Planning

Estate planning is necessary to make sure that your loved ones are cared for if an unfortunate accident happens. It’s also necessary to avoid paying any more in taxes than you should. The attorneys at the Williams Law Firm can help you avoid the hassles of probate and excessive taxes. We are experienced in drafting all types of wills and trusts, as well as powers of attorney and healthcare directives. We evaluate each client’s individual needs to create an estate plan that disposes of their property properly and effectively. Call us today to find out what we can do for you.

Family Law

Going through a divorce or child custody battle can be a stressful and emotionally difficult experience. You don’t have to do it alone. The attorneys at the Williams Law Firm are experienced in handling all types of family law issues, including adoptions. Whether you need a simple uncontested divorce or a strong advocate to help you keep regular visitation with your children, give us a call today to see how we can help you.

Municipal Law

The Williams Law Firm has proudly served as the official City Attorney and City Prosecutor for Sunrise Beach, Missouri since the 1980’s.

We have experience in drafting and editing municipal ordinances, attending municipal meetings, seeking and obtaining funding and grants at the state and federal level, developing municipal utility systems, and running municipal court dockets.  We are familiar with the issues Missouri municipalities are facing.

We have also represented clients in cases involving other municipalities, including planning and zoning disputes, annexation cases, municipal ordinance violations, water and sewer disputes, and board of adjustment hearings.

If you are in need of advice for a municipality, or if you find yourself in a dispute with one, please contact us to see if we can help you.

Personal Injury

If you’ve been injured in an accident or on the job, and you settle with an insurance company without consulting an attorney, you may receive far less than you deserve. The insurance companies have attorneys working for them – why shouldn’t you? Our attorneys are experienced in handling personal injury and worker’s compensation cases and are available to discuss your options.

We have helped injured people for over 30 years with injuries ranging from sprains and strains to catastrophic and serious injuries. We have also represented families who have lost loved ones in wrongful death suits arising from an accident. We have handled numerous personal injury and wrongful death cases, including jury trials, and have obtained jury verdicts of up to a million dollars for our clients. Of course, past results are no guarantee of future results, and every case is different and must be judged on its own merits.

We represent our personal injury clients on a contingency fee basis. Clients may be responsible for costs and/or expenses of litigation, but there are no attorneys’ fees until we recover damages for you. If you have been injured in an accident or on the job, contact us. We offer free consultations for personal injury clients.

We accept personal injury clients injured in accidents anywhere in the state of Missouri.

If you are injured and can’t travel to us, we will come to you. Saturday appointments are also available. Call us today.

Real Estate Law

The attorneys of the The Williams Law Firm are experienced with all of the issues surrounding residential and commercial real estate in the Lake of the Ozarks area. We handle matters ranging from simple residential real estate transactions to complex commercial real estate developments, including condominiums and land use planning and zoning issues. For over 30 years, we have handled subdivision developments, condominiums, real estate contracts, easements, well agreements, driveway easements, dock disputes, boundary line disputes, tax sale or foreclosure purchases, quiet title suits, title insurance, warranty deeds, quit-claim deeds, and real estate closings.

In the Lake of the Ozarks area, unique real estate issues regularly arise that require experienced advice and counsel. If you are contemplating purchasing real estate in this area, contact us for experienced guidance with Missouri lakefront property issues and all aspects of real estate at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Our attorneys are experienced in handling foreclosures and all related issues. If your home has been foreclosed or a bank is threatening foreclosure, we may be able to help. Contact us for a consultation. There are no hidden charges, and it won’t cost anything to find out what we can do for you.

Since the adoption of planning and zoning in Camden County on June 1, 2004, we have successfully represented both homeowners concerned about the impact of development on their properties and developers seeking to obtain approval for their planned developments from the Planning and Zoning Commission or the Board of Adjustment. We have successfully prevented zoning change requests that would have harmed the value of surrounding properties. We have also assisted developers in designing projects which work with the surrounding neighborhood to enhance values and obtained approval of our client’s projects from the Planning and Zoning Commission, including a Planned Unit Development (PUD) encompassing an 11-story commercial resort, residential condominiums, townhouses, and a dry-stack marina facility.

Workers’ Compensation

Being injured on the job can be a life-changing experience. Injured workers commonly face resistance from their employer or their employer’s insurance company when making a worker’s compensation claim. You may be told that your injury was not work related, or that some of your injury is not covered. You may also be offered far less in compensation than you deserve.

We will work to get you a fair resolution of your worker’s compensation claim. We offer our services for worker’s compensation claims on a contingency fee basis, which means that you don’t owe us anything unless we obtain an award or settlement for you.

If you are injured and can’t travel to us, we will come to you. Saturday appointments are also available. Call us today.