Finney Law Office, LLC

1735 South Big Bend Boulevard
St. Louis, Missouri 63117
United States
Phone: (314) 646-0300
Fax: (314) 646-0303

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Holiday Travel Tips

We’ve all experienced the pain of one of those long car rides. The struggle is real. How do you keep your kids entertained? What happens if you get lost? Did I pack enough food? Thankfully you don’t have to worry anymore. We created an all-inclusive travel checklist for you to use this holiday season. Don’t know what the essentials are… that’s ok. Do you have your phone charger? What about some small pillows and blankets? Did you take appropriate safety measures for winter driving?

What do you like to do after traveling the road for hours? A travel game is a great way to help pass the time. From the classics like I Spy to the new game apps, we have the suggestions that your family will love to play plus more.

Before you head out on the long road trip this year, we suggest you check out our holiday travel guide and comment with your suggestions! Happy traveling!

Writing a Scholarship Essay

Finney Scholarship InfographicFinney Law Office is proud to be offering a $1,000 scholarship to a anyone interested in the legal field or a related field; such as government, politics, criminal justice, or finance; and is a high school or college student. Here is a helpful infographic for anyone who will be applying for a scholarship in the near future.

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Parents’ Liability For Actions of Kids

A question we see occasionally that merits some discussion on our blog is parental liability for the actions of their kids. Mainly, we are seeing this in the tween/teen years where young people are still subject to their parents’ rules but also are trying to establish their independence. If a child commits a tortious act or injures another person, are the parents responsible? Where do we draw the line in Missouri? I hope to answer of few of these questions below.Continue Reading

Avoid Dog Bites: How to Listen to a Non-Verbal Dog

Finney Dog NonverbalsDog bites can be painful, traumatic, and can lead to a number of different problems. With the right knowledge, it is sometimes possible to avoid dog bites all together. In order to avoid a dog bite, it’s incredibly important to know what to look for when a dog does not communicate. Click the image to view the whole infographic.

Dog Bites: How to Listen to Your Non-Verbal Dog

Finney11Since the beginning of time we’ve said that dogs are a man’s best friend. Dogs have been used for farming, hunting, protection, and of course their unconditional love and companionship. Even though dogs cannot speak, we understand that our dogs love us by the way they greet us at the door, protect our children, and lay with us at night.

So why can’t other owners see that their dog is dangerous and that it may bite someone?

The truth is, dogs provide us with behavior and nonverbal communication that warn us of their attitudes and future actions. However, we simply ignore it or do not understand it. At Finney Law Office, LLC, we understand that dog bites are becoming an unwanted trend. In 2013, St. Louis alone had over 300 reported dog bites. By learning how to communicate with dogs, we can mend the gap that allows for negative behavior, and most importantly, dog bites.

Dogs use their body language to speak to each other and to other species. The ASPCA has provided information on dog body language that can help eliminate unwanted injuries and dog bites. By recognizing your dog’s posture, body carriage, and facial expressions, you can begin to understand what they are thinking.Continue Reading

Cyberbullying Warning Signs

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Ready, Set, Let’s Drive: How Can Parents Prep Teen Drivers?

Finney12You’ve been denying it since they turned fifteen and took the Missouri instruction permit exam. As your sixteen year old dreamed, you dreaded. They jumped at every chance to take the wheel, even when it was a simple four-minute drive to the grocery store. Meanwhile, you spent hours pouring over parenting blogs and reviewing the devastating teen car accident statistics. You know the dangers like the palm of your hand. Car crashes still are the leading cause of death among Americans ages 15-19.

Despite the apprehension and worry, you can’t sit in the passenger seat forever, and neither can they. You taught them the way of the wheel, and now that they have their Missouri driver’s license, it’s time to put your driving lessons to the test.

The time to pass off the car keys is now, and with them greater opportunity for risks and responsibilities.

By having a driver’s license and driving privileges, a teen unlocks the door to chances unavailable to them beforehand, like having a part-time job or joining more after-school activities.

Before you say, “Ready, set; let’s go,” what are some ways you as a parent can help prepare them for the windy roads ahead? Whether they travel along windy back roads or long stretches of highway, you want them to be ready.

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Is Biking to Work Safe?

Biking to work or other destinations is becoming more popular. And why shouldn’t it? Biking instead of driving saves energy, and it’s great exercise.  But, is biking really safe?  Our infographic discusses the pros and cons of biking and sharing the road with cars. If you’ve been injured in an accident caused by the negligence of another driver, don’t hesitate to contact an experienced accident injury lawyer.

Infographic Biking Pros and Cons

Do You Have Road Rage?

Man Yelling Out of Car WindowDo you honk your horn at drivers often? Have you yelled at other drivers? What about speeding past a slow driver? If so, you may have road rage.

Road rage is typically defined as aggressive driving with a few curse words, honks, or dangerous passing of other drivers. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) objectively defines road rage as a combination of moving traffic offenses that purposefully endanger other persons or property.

So what causes aggressive driving and road rage? It is the small things. You may have had a stressful day at work, your child may be sick, or you may be late for a meeting. When another driver is not following traffic rules (or most importantly, the norms of driving, which may be different than the actual rules) a person will take out their frustration on another driver.Continue Reading

The Great Forest Park Balloon Race

Hot Air Balloons in the SkyIt’s a bird. It’s a plane. No… it’s the Great Forest Park Balloon Race!

St. Louis will host its 42nd Annual Hot Air Balloon Race on the weekend of September 19th.  Over 150,000 spectators will meet in Forest Park to see 70 world-class balloon pilots light up the sky and race.

The celebration will kick off Friday evening at 7:00 p.m. with the Balloon Glow and Glow in the Park Dinner events. During the Balloon Glow the inflated hot air balloons light up Central Field while offering a close-up look at the balloons. Concessions will be available as you walk around, or you can grab something for when you settle in for the fireworks show around 9:15 p.m.Continue Reading