Cordell & Cordell Missouri, Wisconsin Attorneys Named Super Lawyers

Super LawyersFour Cordell & Cordell divorce attorneys from Missouri and Wisconsin were recently received recognition from Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters rating service of outstanding lawyers. [Read more…]

Scott Trout Discusses Upcoming Seminar on The Mark Reardon Show

kmoxCordell & Cordell’s Executive/Managing Partner and CEO, Scott Trout, spoke on The Mark Reardon Show on KMOX today regarding the upcoming Men’s Divorce School in St. Louis, Missouri. The Men’s Divorce School Seminar is on May 13, 2014 at the St. Louis Hilton Frontenac.

Mr. Trout also discussed some of the biggest mistakes men make during divorce, such as moving out of the house too early, and the importance of seeking guidance from an attorney in the appropriate area.

Mark Reardon spoke to Mr. Trout about some of his own personal experiences with the divorce process, acknowledging that it can often be more complicated than first realized.

Mr. Trout emphasized the importance of information early on and of keeping the focus on preparing the client appropriately. He mentioned that Cordell & Cordell often challenges older notions of traditional families or family roles.

“You’ll still see some bias,” Mr. Trout said. “It’s typical for a judge to say, ‘Why doesn’t your client go out and get a job?’ when they might not say that same thing to the mother who stays at home. That’s why we try to challenge the old-school notion and overcome what we all originally thought traditional families meant.”

Those who wish to attend the free Men’s Divorce School seminar in St. Louis on May 13 are encouraged to register beforehand. There is a limited number of seats available.

Find the audio from this interview here.

2014 CLE Sells Out With More Than 340 Participants

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More than 340 attorneys attended and participated in Cordell & Cordell’s 14th Annual Domestic Litigation Forum on April 11, 2014. This year’s CLE was the first forum to sell out and was the largest CLE event yet.

With ten separate speakers from offices all across the country presenting topics to the attorney participants, this year’s CLE focused on a number of different key issues.

Cordell & Cordell Principal Partner Joe Cordell moderated the seminar.

Topics included tax issues in divorce cases, litigating family law cases on a budget, military divorce and custody, child support, ethics in family practice and more.

The full list of speakers included:

Scott C. Trout, Executive/Managing Partner and CEO, St. Louis office

Frank Murphy, Senior Partner, St. Louis office

Barbara Johnson-Stern, Partner, Denver office

Jason Bowman, Senior Attorney, Louisville office

Lisa F. Karges, Senior Attorney, Tampa office

Brad K. Cunningham, Litigation Manager, Tulsa office

Erica Gittings, Litigation Manager, Madison and Milwaukee offices

Cherlyn Crosby, Assistant Litigation Manager, St. Charles office

Kelly L. Burris, Team Leader, Austin office

Heather Biagi, Assistant Team Leader, St. Louis office

Joe Cordell Explains On KTRS Why Marriage, Divorce Rates Are Down

Joseph CordellGuys need to recognize that marriage is the most important financial decision they will make in their lives, and the second most important financial decision is deciding to get a divorce, Cordell & Cordell co-founder Joseph Cordell said on “The McGraw Show” on KTRS Radio in St. Louis.

Cordell was invited on the show by host McGraw Milhaven to discuss why both marriage rates and divorce rates are down.

“The economy is certainly affecting the number of people getting divorced,” Cordell said. “Many divorces are entirely discretionary purchases. In other words it’s not that they can’t co-exist but one of the parties sees a better deal coming along. In my experience, it’s typically women in their 30s who are looking to trade up and they are the ones who initiate divorces.”

Listen to the full interview below:

Joe Cordell On Asset Protection In Cohabiting Relationships

st-louis-post-dispatchWith the decline in marriage rates, and subsequently divorce rates, related to economic factors, more couples are cohabiting as they delay marriage.

But since many states do not recognize “common law marriage,” cohabiting partners are left with little protection in the event of a breakup, Cordell & Cordell co-founder Joseph Cordell told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

As Cordell explains, the law treats ex-lovers like business partners dissolving their company: the only thing that matters is what’s on paper.

So if the girlfriend solely owns the house, it does not matter if the boyfriend helped pay the mortgage if there wasn’t a contract listing him as joint owner. He would have no claim to any equity since oral agreements aren’t enforceable in real estate.

Cordell said cohabiting partners could protect themselves through separate contracts, sometimes called “cohabitation agreements.” But this type of asset protection is complicated and requires a family law attorney’s assistance.

Read the full St. Louis Post-Dispatch article on asset protection.