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Naming Rights on Local Stadium

Carter Law Offices recently helped a local company negotiate the terms of a major sponsorship and naming rights for a local sports team. These negotiations concerned everything from signage to branding to website ownership and involved in depth contract negotiations with a number of other attorneys. The end result was that each party walked away pleased with a mutually beneficial long-term partnership agreement that will have a positive impact on the community as well.

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Landlord and Property Permit Violations Dismissed

When a local municipality decided to pass a new ordinance requiring landlords to apply for landlord permits and individual property registration, an owner of multiple properties was charged with thirty-eight violations after submitting an application in a format the city wouldn’t accept. In addition to this, she was facing denial by the city for any future property permits. Carter Law offices stepped in to help. After reviewing the applicability of the new ordinance and meeting with the City Attorney on multiple occasions, we were able to get ALL of the violations dismissed. The landlord is now in full compliance and will be allowed to continue to get new property permits in the future.

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Liquor License Law Changes

A local restaurant/bar owner was faced with the potential revocation of his liquor license after the City it was located in decided to make major changes to their liquor license ordinances. Carter Law Offices represented the restaurant/bar owner in appealing the revocation by carefully studying the City ordinances and making note of a number of discrepancies. Carter pushed the matter all the way to a Writ application in the Circuit Court before it was fully disposed of due to the City’s refusal to allow certain procedural protections to be used. In the end, the restaurant/bar owner was allowed to keep his license without penalty. Carter Law Offices then aided the owner in changing restaurant/bar policies in order to ensure compliance in the coming years.

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Clarification of Ownership Rights

A local man who had owned his home for several decades was surprised when his next door neighbor notified him that he was moving and that the people who were buying his home had no intention of letting the man continue to walk on their new property in order to get to the side door to his home. Although the man knew his use of the door required him to enter the neighbor’s property, none of the previous owners had ever had a problem with him doing so. Worried that an important entry to his home was about to become un-usable, the man contacted Carter Law Offices. After attempting to resolve the issue amicably, Carter Law Offices was forced to escalate matters by putting a stop to the sale until the matter could be resolved. After many negotiations, a land survey and discussions with the seller, we were able to clarify the ownership rights and resolve the issue entirely to our client’s satisfaction.

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Pool Nightmare Handled

A homeowner paid a $200,000 deposit on a $400,000 pool only to find out that the company handling the install couldn’t follow through on all their promises after the hole was already dug. Carter Law Offices stepped in and was able to help the homeowner get out of the contract and get a large portion of their deposit refunded.

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For Sale By Owner

In the recent real estate market, it’s easy to quickly find a buyer for your home without the use of a real estate agent. However, things can be a little tricky when it comes down to the required paperwork and closing processes. Carter Law Offices has helped homeowners throughout the entire process by guiding them through the needed paperwork, setting up the closing with the title company and setting up the required inspections. We have a step-by-step checklist we can guide you through along the way to make sure your For Sale By Owner experience is a positive one.

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Store Purchaser

When a successful local storeowner wanted to retire after several years in business, Carter Law Offices was able to help guide the buyer through the purchase of the entire business. The store was able to remain open throughout the process and transitioned smoothly into the hands of the new owners.

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Contract Review and Business Law

Carter Law Offices regularly aids large companies in contract review on major transactions. From multi-million-dollar financial transactions to advertising agreements with major media conglomerates, the attorneys at Carter Law Offices are able to counsel and guide business through multi-party agreements with ease. We are experienced in NDA’s, asset-purchase agreements, vendor contracts, advertisement service agreements, and much more.

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Commercial Leases

Carter Law Offices has extensive experience with Commercial Leases. We can help draft, review, and negotiate commercial lease contracts to make sure that the agreement suits our client’s specific needs and anticipates future issues that may arise. We have assisted with commercial leases for all types of businesses, from small shops to large corporate campuses.

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Rental Dispute and Eviction

A local man contacted us when he was served with court paperwork on an eviction proceeding. His basement had flooded, leaving his house uninhabitable, and he had stopped paying rent while attempting to find another place to live. His landlord wanted him to move into another one of their properties, but they didn’t have any available in his children’s school district and the man refused, resulting in their court filing. Carter Law Offices stepped in and reviewed the lease, the communications between the landlord and our client, and the appropriate laws. Not only were we able to get the case dismissed, but the Landlord forgave all past due rents and returned our client’s security deposit in full.

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Early Termination of Lease

A St. Louis man gave notice to his landlord that he intended to move out in sixty days. The landlord accepted the notice and gave the man confirmation of such. When the man moved out sixty days later and set up the final walkthrough with the landlord, the landlord demanded rent for the remaining four months of the lease term. Our client objected to the remaining rent since he had already vacated the property, and moved forward with the move out inspection. The landlord provided a written summary of the inspection saying the property was in good condition, then filed suit against the man for the remaining rent and several thousand dollars for supposed damages to the property. Carter Law Offices filed a counterclaim and affirmative defenses to the claim on the defendant’s behalf.

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Rent and Possession

Carter Law Offices routinely handles eviction proceedings for landlords who are faced with tenants who fail to pay or otherwise breach their lease. We are able to take the necessary steps to guide landlords through these cases efficiently and effectively.

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When a couple moved out of a rental home they had occupied for years, their old landlord went overboard on repairs and tried to bill the couple for things they shouldn't have been charged for. Carter Law Offices stepped in and fought the matter all the way to trial, resulting in our clients only having to pay for their true portion of the repairs.

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When a client built a home in an existing neighborhood, he found himself party to an ongoing dispute between certain property owners in the neighborhood and his new HOA. Carter Law Offices walked him through the issue and ensured that he did not have any liability for something that had nothing to do with him.

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When a landlord's property was raided by police because of drug activity her tenant was involved in, Carter Law Offices helped walk her through the expedited eviction procedures in place for exactly those types of situations.

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Carter Law Offices oversaw and orchestrated a local company's purchase of a like-kind business that was struggling to stay afloat. The purchase not only benefited the local company, but insured that the customers and employees of the failing business were well taken care of.

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When a commercial property-owner was stuck with a tenant who wouldn't pay and wouldn't leave, we took the matter to trial. Our success in court led to the tenant's immediate eviction and a judgment against him for damages.

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Carter Law Offices successfully assisted a local family that was facing eviction and a $20,000 judgment against them after more than a decade of making payments on a rent-to-own contract on their family home. We were able to help them secure traditional financing so that they could remain in their home, and negotiated a settlement for a small fraction of the $20,000 judgment they were facing.

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An elderly local man sold a home through owner-financing several years ago to a young married couple. After two years of non-payment by the couple, he was feeling trapped and helpless. Carter Law Offices helped him successfully foreclose on the loan and evicted the tenants from the property. The man has since sold the property for fair market value.

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A St. Louis woman opened her first business and entered into a lease to own agreement for important equipment for her store. When the business unfortunately failed a few months later, she was faced with a lawsuit on the debt for the nearly unused equipment. Carter Law Offices was able to step in a negotiate a return of the equipment and a cash settlement for less than one fourth of the original debt.

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One area of focus at Carter Law Offices is DWI defense (DidYouBlow.com). Our team keeps up with cutting edge issues in this area and continuously works to craft creative and new approaches for aiding our clients. Our most recent novel legal argument deals with due process concerns and a blatantly false statement in the statutorily mandated warning all police officers read to DWI arrestees before collecting a blood or breath sample. In pursuing this argument we have successfully negotiated outstanding outcomes for a number of clients.

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A local contractor's failure to pay for supplies resulted in three local landowners finding out that mechanic's liens had been placed on their properties. Our office fought hard through motion practice and was eventually able to settle for less than half of the original claim and have the liens removed from all of their properties.

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When a group of local university students was moving out of their shared housing, they faced a landlord who was attempting to saddle them with thousands of dollars worth of repairs for damages the students didn't cause. When Carter Law Offices showed up for the final walkthrough with camera in hand and a thorough knowledge of the law, the bullying landlord changed his story significantly. The students were able to move out without paying for any additional repairs.

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As general counsel for a multi-million dollar company, Carter Law Offices works consistently across the fifty states to insure compliance with state statutes and regulatory schemes as well as local tax laws.

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When a local man was spotted changing a tire on the side of the road, a law enforcement officer approached him and eventually arrested him for DWI, even though no one ever saw the man driving and his car wasn't running. We successfully won his license case and got the criminal case against him dismissed.

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Carter Law Offices stepped in when the owner of another Missouri law office was facing difficulties. Our office took on more than 200 cases that were in a dire position and was able to successfully close them all out to the clients' satisfaction. In doing so, Carter Law Offices kept countless individuals from going into warrant status or losing their driving privileges.

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Carter Law Offices LLC handles real estate transactions for one of St. Louis' largest family businesses. We routinely oversee and prepare all closing documents and provide counsel throughout all transactions. Such transactions involve employees, management, owners and other stakeholders.

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When a large local insurer sought to acquire the assets of another St. Louis company, Carter Law Offices was able to provide all due diligence and efficiencies in order to ensure that our client was protected from possible liabilities with regard to federal regulators, past customers, state regulators, third party vendors and more. We were able to wrap up a complicated $2,000,000.00 sale in less than four months time including all proper escrows and employee buy outs.

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When a prominent St. Charles County family faced a law suit from one of the country's largest banks; we were able to immediately appeal the matter all the way to Missouri's Supreme Court. The bank claimed that the homeowners had bought the property from an unscrupulous builder who had plotted to avoid taxation or other legal implications. The owners were clueless as to the status of the builder they bought from and had indeed used a title company, but that did nothing to decrease the nightmare of legal allegations that Carter Law Offices was able to dispense with.

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Many of our clients have many employees and with that comes some of the problems that employees have outside of work. Carter Law Offices continuously helps these employers with human resources, garnishments, licensing queries, background checks and more. The level of trust placed in our attorneys is humbling

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