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Two Cordell & Cordell Attorneys Named Mountain States Rising Stars By Super Lawyers

super lawyers 2014Two Cordell & Cordell attorneys were selected to the 2014 Mountain States Rising Stars list for family law attorneys by Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business.

Jonathan Winn (Salt Lake City, Utah) and Brandon Leavitt (Henderson, Nevada) were both selected to this list for the first time.

Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.

Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area.

Lawyers are asked to nominate the best attorneys who are 40 years old or under, or who have been practicing for 10 years or less, and who they have personally observed in action.

Joe Cordell Writes Another Column for Financial Advisor Magazine About Tax Expertise

Financial Advisor magazineCordell & Cordell Principal Partner Joseph Cordell recently contributed another column to Financial Advisor Magazine.

In “Tax Expertise: A Valuable Skill Throughout Divorce,” Mr. Cordell explained that attorneys are not always aware of as many tax subtleties as financial advisors. He described the benefits that financial advisors can bring to the entire divorce process, particularly with regard to explaining statues on taxes.

Mr. Cordell wrote that such financial advisors could catch oversights and be beneficial to both parties in a divorce case.

“Knowing the tax rules can allow you to achieve more subtle gains in settlements. You can often surmount roadblocks in settlement negotiations with imaginative and beneficial solutions using the subtleties of tax law,” said Mr. Cordell. “It may be that one party can walk away with a post-tax sum that was equal to the other party’s, even though it appears the former received nominally more in the pretax settlement.”

Mr. Cordell mentioned that taxes often impact issues related to alimony, child support, dependent exemptions, property division, home sales exclusion, deferred compensation with retirement assets and more.

He described the different roles financial advisors could potentially play in a divorce situation pertaining to one or more of the issues above.

“Advisors could lend their expertise as consultants during the settlement negotiations, as expert witnesses during litigation or as behind-the-scenes advisors helping prepare one party for trial. All of these functions allow them to identify relevant tax issues and design creative solutions that attorneys all too often overlook,” said Mr. Cordell.

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

Supreme Court Ruling Highlights Importance of Family Law Attorneys

supreme court rulingA U.S. Supreme Court ruling highlighted the importance of men choosing a family law attorney who will be resolute on all issues in pursuing and concluding a divorce.

In Hillman v. Maretta, the husband (Warren Hillman) failed to change his life insurance beneficiary after his divorce. Upon his death years later, his ex-wife (Judy Maretta), who was still listed as the named beneficiary from their marriage, ended up receiving the proceeds instead of his widow (Jacqueline Hillman) receiving the benefit.

Mrs. Hillman’s claim was denied because she was not the named beneficiary on her husband’s policy. Mrs. Hillman sued Ms. Maretta for the full amount of death benefits under the policy.

The failure of the husband to seek a qualified men’s divorce attorney to not only obtain the divorce but to also implement the divorce judgment resulted in this unintended consequence.

While the Hillman v. Maretta ruling focuses on the provisions applicable to a federal government employee life insurance program, many states and some private employers have similar provisions in their employee benefits in order to put the burden on the employee to keep their choices up to date and to keep the employer out of disputes as to who receives life insurance benefits.

Cordell & Cordell divorce attorneys routinely advise clients of the need to make such beneficiary changes upon the divorce, in addition to counseling as to other divorce implementation issues, and offer clients assistance in doing so should the client so desire.

The importance of having a qualified, licensed family attorney cannot be emphasized enough. The procedures in family court may seem simple and children-oriented, but they are complicated. The mistakes made from self-representation can have lasting, non-modifiable consequences. Contact us today to ensure you and your family are protected.

Joe Cordell Discusses Men’s Divorce on KDKA Pittsburgh

Cordell & Cordell CEO and Co-founder Joseph CordellCordell & Cordell Principal Partner Joseph Cordell appeared on KDKA radio in Pittsburgh to discuss common men’s divorce issues.

Mr. Cordell detailed specific questions men should ask a lawyer when trying to find the right divorce attorney, in addition to encouraging listeners to visit and its “treasure trove” of divorce resources for men.

Click the audio player below to listen to the full interview.