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The National Trial Lawyers Announces Gary McDonald as One of Its Top 100 Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers in Arkansas

For Immediate Release

The National Trial Lawyers is pleased to announce that Gary McDonald of The McDonald Law Firm in El Dorado has been selected for inclusion into its Top 100 Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers in Arkansas, an honor given to only a select group of lawyers for their superior skills and qualifications in the field.

Membership in this exclusive organization is by invitation only and is limited to the top 100 attorneys in each state or region who have demonstrated excellence and have achieved outstanding results in their careers in either civil plaintiff or criminal defense law.

The National Trial Lawyers is a professional organization comprised of the premier trial lawyers from across the country who have demonstrated exceptional qualifications in their area of the law, specifically criminal defense or civil plaintiff law.

The National Trial Lawyers provides accreditation to these distinguished attorneys, and also provides essential legal news, information, and continuing education to trial lawyers across the United States.

With the selection of Gary McDonald by The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100, Mr. McDonald has shown that he exemplifies superior qualifications, leadership skills, and trial results as a trial lawyer. The selection process for this elite honor is based on a multi-phase process which includes peer nominations combined with third party research.

As The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 is an essential source of networking and information for trial attorneys throughout the nation, the final result of the selection process is a credible and comprehensive list of the most outstanding trial lawyers chosen to represent their state or region.

Happy Holidays!

With 2018 is coming to a close and 2019 just around the corner, it’s time to prepare for the new year if you haven’s already done so.

So, let me ask you a question, Have you prepared legally or financially for Life, Last Illness or Death?

Planning for Life, Last Illness & Death are important concerns for most people.

If you have questions, we may be able to help.

Mr. McDonald regularly prepares Last Wills and Testaments, Powers of Attorney, Health Care Planning Documents, Living Wills, Estate Planning and Guardianship documents.

Mr. McDonald’s goal is to provide the highest quality of legal services in a timely manner. He welcomes the opportunity to discuss how his office may be of service.

Please call (870) 862-1498 to arrange your Initial Consultation.

Offices Located in Simmons First Bank Plaza

100 West Grove Suite 308 El Dorado AR

PHONE (870) 862-1498 FAX (870) 862-4071

Veterans Day Weekend 2018

As most of us are aware, this is Veterans Day weekend.

On Veterans Day we honor all of those who are serving and have served in our armed forces. 

Our Veterans and their families have made tremendous sacrifices in the service of their and our country. Many of them have gave their lives so that we may enjoy the freedoms we have in the US today. We owe them ur deep appreciation and respect. Let’s not forget them.

Do something this weekend to show your appreciation!

Tax Time is Approaching

Are your financial & personal documents  in order for the end of the year and tax time??

October is here and for you that pay estimated income taxes quarterly, its time to send it those checks for Federal and State income taxes.

Although, this years taxes are not due in the middle of April of next year, many of us may need to get prepared.mcdonald law firm

For businesses, end of year purchases, and prepaying some expenses and bills can get a few dollars in extra deductions for this year. Your Accountant or Tax Preparer may can offer some advice in activities to lower your tax burden for this year and to prepare for next year.

If you haven’t been making deposits made to your IRA or other retirement vehicles,  now can be a good time to look into setting these up or funding them..

Now is also a good time to go over your personal and business documents such as insurance, wills & testaments, powers of attorney, and health care paperwork to prepare for end of life events to make sure your survivors are properly taken care of.

More on personal & business documents…

Misdemeanor or Felony

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Built on years of experience, Attorney Gary McDonald has a tradition of personal service and a well-deserved reputation for zealous representation of our clients.

Unfortunately, sometimes our actions bring us into conflict with the laws and regulations of the land.

Some conflicts are more serious than others which lead some to be classified as either a misdemeanor or felony.

For the layman, the difference between some of our laws and regulations can be quite confusing, especially as breaking them can result in a variety of fines and imprisonment.

As a rule of thumb, in Arkansas, misdemeanors can incur punishment of fines and/or county or local jail time.

On the other hand, as a rule of thumb, a felony can incur punishment of fines and/or state prison terms.

If you find yourself with problems because of a conflict with the law of the land, whether it be accidental or an unwise decision on your part, you may want to consider consulting an attorney to help navigate the pitfalls you may encounter.

Having to appear in court before a judge is a serious matter. Don’t do it alone. If you have been arrested, consider securing the services of a attorney before you do so.

Gary McDonald is an experienced attorney serving El Dorado, Arkansas and the surrounding areas. 

He is no stranger to the courtroom, having successfully tried cases in the District, Circuit, Appeals and Supreme Courts of Arkansas as well as the U.S. District Courts of Arkansas and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eight Circuit.

Gary McDonald, Attorney at Law, El Dorado Arkansas  (870) 862-1498

End of Life Asset Protection

Do you need End of Life Asset Protection?

Do I need a will?Do you have dependent you want to care for after you die?

Who do you want in control of your assets when you die?

The State of Arkansas already has in place laws and directives to to address what happens to your assets and possessions when you die. 

If you don’t want the state to address what happens at this time you may want to create a will and/or other documents to address your personal situation.

More Information on Wills & End of Life documents here >>>>

Happy Independence Day

Happy Independence Day

As we celebrate this  4th of July, 2018, lets not forget our veterans who have been instrumental in keeping our nation the United States of America free.Independence day picture

This holiday is celebrated in many ways when family and friends get together to enjoy the holiday. Let’s remember to keep our elders and veterans involved in our celebration. After all, we wouldn’t be here and have the freedom to enjoy this holiday if it were not for them.

To many of our elders and veterans are alone and forgotten. Do something for a veteran or an elder this week, even if it is only saying “hello, how are you?” or “thank you for your service” to one. Don’t know one? Or where to find one? Try your local nursing home. Just visit the community area there and visit with some of the residents. You both will receive a blessing from your visit.

Happy Memorial Day Weekend

Happy Memorial Day weekend everyone!

 
To many, this weekend is the official start of the summer. School is out, or almost out for the kids and many families are traveling or getting together to celebrate the holiday weekend.
 
Lets not forget the older generation and our veterans at this time of the year. Many have little or no family left and holidays do not bring the joy that they did in the past. A kind word or phone call to the ones we know can bring a little cheer into their lives.
 
After all, if it were not for the older generations, we would not be here. Also, if it were not for the veterans we would not have the safety and liberties we enjoy here in the US.
 
May all have a safe and blessed weekend.

Changing Times & Laws

Reflections on Changing Times & Laws

Spending time involved in the court systems brings to ones attention on how much the law has changed thru out history.

Looking back into past history, we see that time moves forward, nations emerge and other ones vanish, our customs change, but it seems that man does not.

The first documented murder happened when Cain killed Abel in the Bible and crime has not stopped since. Laws were instituted by man in order to protect society and the court systems have evolved to uphold the laws.

In the past, stealing a man transportation (his horse) was a hanging offense for the offender and oftentimes a death sentence for the owner of the horse, especially if he was left stranded in the wilderness of the wild west without any food or water.

In todays world, stealing a mans transportation (his motor vehicle) is often done for a thrill by some and a business by others. It’s no longer a hanging offense and most of our society does not seem to be too concerned with the offense…. possibly the owner of the vehicle is… especially if its not insured. The thief might be, if he or she it caught.

In the past, murder was also a hanging offense and justice was often swift. Justice might have been in the form of a legal execution by hanging by the neck until dead or sometimes by vigilante justice. Or many times by family members that believed in an “eye for an eye”, especially when a marshal, sheriff or lawman might be many days travel away. Most of us “oldtimers” are familiar with the “Hatfield & McCoy Feud” which is an example of family members dispensing what they consider “justice”.

Over time, reasons for crimes such as killing and stealing have changed. They still happen, but in many different circumstances. Just watch the news and you will see what I mean. We now classify crimes into different categories with punishment to suit. In past history, murder and many other crimes was a hanging offense or death sentence. In todays society, maybe not!

In todays society, justice is usually not quite as swift, as the court systems at times move slowly. Moving slowly with some calm deliberation about dispensing justice is one way of trying protect the accused rights. Usually, opinions vary on whether justice is dispensed fairly by the parties involved, depending on which side of the law they are on at the time.

As we look at crimes and conditions in other countries and also the crime in our own country, I think most will agree that we need laws designed to protect the innocent and society as a whole.