Harness Law Office, L.L.C.

Serving my client's legal needs for 29 years in Eastern Missouri with an emphasis in debt resolution (bankruptcy), Wills, Health Care Directives, Durable Power of Attorney, Trust, Beneficiary Deeds, estate planning, real estate transactions & traffic law.

Representing clients for over 26 years in Bankruptcy, Non-Contested Divorce, Estate Planning, Wills, Trusts, Beneficiary Deeds, and other legal matters. We also have night and weekend appointments available.

Operating as usual


[02/16/21]   The office will be closed February 16th due to road conditions. Stay safe everyone!

[02/15/21]   The office will be closed today. Be safe and stay home if possible.

[02/09/21]   The office will be opening at 10:00 am today. Please drive safe!


The office is closed December 24th and 25th so we may celebrate Christmas with our families. We will re-open on December 28th at 9:00 a.m.

forbes.com 12/23/2020

Bankruptcy Judge Wipes Out Over $430,000 In Student Loans For Borrower With String Of Bad Luck

Discharging Student Loan debt is not all that common and normally can only be done in extraordinary circumstances. However it does happen as the case below demonstrates. There is pending before Congress a new Bankruptcy Reform Act that would eliminate the section that prevents the discharge of most student loans, lets see if it passes. If you would like to have a free consultation about how a bankruptcy could potentially give you a fresh financial start, please give my office a call. 636-931-8900.


forbes.com In a rare ruling, a bankruptcy court has allowed a borrower to discharge over $430,000 in student loans.



Federal Proceedings in the Eastern District of Missouri (St. Louis to Cape Girardeau) will be getting even further behind. No criminal or civil jury trials to be set prior to March 15, 2021 and any currently set prior to that date are continued.



We may be closed for a while.


Recent victory in the Court of Appeals!

courts.mo.gov 04/17/2020

Order dated April 17, 2020, re: Response to the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Pandemic

Update on Missouri Court system. This is through mid-May. Contact your attorney to learn the status of your case.



Chapter 13 Debt Relief

This video will provide you with some basic information about a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy. If you have any further questions, please call me at 636-931-8900. This information is for persons who reside in Missouri. If you do not live in Missouri, please contact an attorney in your state who practices Chapter 13 bankruptcy law.


Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

This video provides basic information about a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy. If you would like more information, I do not charge for a consulation. Please call my office at 636-931-8900. The information contained herein is for residents of the State of Missouri. If you reside in another state, please contact a licensed bankruptcy attorney in your state.


This is part of the continuing series about Estate Planning documents. This video will cover a Durable Power of Attorney. If you have further questions, please contact me at 636-931-8900. The information contained in this video applies to residents of the State of Missouri. If you are not a resident of the State of Missouri, please contact a licensed attorney in your state.


Heatlh Care Directive

This video will cover the basic Health Care Directive, sometimes called a Living Will. If you have questions, please contact your attorney or call my office at 636-931-8900.


Many people have been calling and asking about Estate Planning. The following video is the first of a series that will explain some basic information about Estate Planning documents. This video covers Wills.

[03/31/20]   The office is still open. We are asking that client's call prior to coming to the office to ensure that we observe proper social spacing for the consideration of all. Thank you, have a great day.

mymoinfo.com 03/23/2020

My Mo Info | My Mo Info

Listen in to KJFF AM 1400 this morning for Legally Speaking. On line at www.mymoinfo.com.

mymoinfo.com My Mo Info

[03/17/20]   In accordance with the Order of the Missouri Supreme Court and the 23rd Judicial Circuit, the Herculaneum Municipal Court docket of April 1, 2020 is continued to April 15, 2020. Further information can be obtained by contacting the Court clerk at 636-479-4318.


Missouri Judiciary Responses to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

You can use this link to find how your local courts are responding to the current situation. Please contact your attorney for specifics in your legal matter.



[03/06/20]   Helping clients with a fresh financial start! I’ll be back at the office at 1:30’today.

[03/01/20]   The office will be closed on Monday March 2, 2020. The office will re-open on March 3, 2020 at 1:30 p.m.

[02/27/20]   Now Hiring. Secretary/Receptionist. Must know Microsoft office products. Good interpersonal and telephone skills. Email resume and contact information to [email protected]

[02/11/20]   Good Morning! I am in St Louis for court and Bethany is out today. The office will open at 2 pm today.

[01/25/20]   Good Morning! It is Saturday and the office is open! Jackie Gonz is here seeing clients about domestic matters. If you have a questions or need to consult with a domestic attorney stop by until 11:30 a.m. at 703 N Truman Blvd, Crystal City, Missouri! Divorce, Child Custody, Paternity, Family Law needs!

[01/17/20]   Due to inclement weather the office is closed. We will reopen on Monday at 9:00 a.m.

[12/27/19]   Helping clients with a fresh financial start for the New Year! Call my office at 636-931-8900 if you would like to talk about solutions to debt problems!

[12/16/19]   Due to weather conditions the office will be closing today at noon. Please be safe out on the roads. We will reopen tomorrow morning at 8:30 a.m.

[12/05/19]   Herculaneum Municipal Court

“Amnesty Docket”

Saturday, December 7, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. until noon
Herculaneum Municipal courtroom located at 1 Parkwood Court, Herculaneum, Missouri

During the Amnesty Docket, if the Defendant appears for the Amnesty Docket the warrant from the Herculaneum Municipal Court will be recalled by the Court. During the Amnesty Docket the status of the Defendant’s case will be reviewed; the Defendant may enter a plea of guilty or not guilty; make a payment on any fine or court cost due; make future payment arrangements for any fine or court costs; and/or have a new court date assigned. Defendant’s do not have to make a payment in order to appear and have the warrant withdrawn.

For more information please contact the Herculaneum Court Clerk at 636-479-4318

[10/08/19]   Fresh financial starts! More clients moving forward without burdensome credit cards and medical bills!

[09/13/19]   Helping client for the past few hours. Now they have a fresh financial start!

[08/27/19]   Helping more clients with a fresh financial start! Goodbye credit card debt!

[08/12/19]   Legally Speaking on KJFF am 1400 this morning at 8:35 am!

[08/09/19]   Spending the day here. Will help 6 more clients get a fresh financial start!

[07/08/19]   We have lost phone and internet service at the office. AT&T will have a technician here tomorrow. We apologize for any inconvenience.

[07/08/19]   We are experiencing difficulties with our regular telephone lines. Please call 636-931-5585 if you need assistance.

Our Story

Representing clients for over 26 years in Bankruptcy, Divorce, Paternity, Child Custody, Estate Planning, Wills, Trusts, Beneficiary Deeds, and other legal matters. We also have night and weekend appointments available to better serve our clients.

On April 1, 2018 Jackie Gonz became “Of Counsel” with the Harness Law Office and will be assisting client’s in domestic litigation matters. She has over 25 year of experience and was recently named one of the top 100 civil litigators! Her experience and willingness to put up one hell of a fight for her client’s provides hope to those who need is most!

Sometimes, life takes a turn for the worse. You may need a bankruptcy to get your fresh financial start. You may need to go through a divorce to get a fresh personal start. Let Harness Law Office assist you with that start to a brighter and happier future!

Videos (show all)

Chapter 13 Debt Relief
Chapter 7 Bankruptcy



703 N Truman Blvd
Crystal City, MO

General information

Scott Harness - Attorney licensed in Missouri and the 8th Circuit Federal Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. Graduate of the University of Missouri Columbia. Municipal Judge for Herculaneum Missouri since 2004. Practice emphasis in bankruptcy, domestic litigation, estate planning, real estate, traffic matters and minor criminal and civil litigation.

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 16:00
Thursday 09:00 - 16:00
Friday 09:00 - 16:00