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Cordell & Cordell Attorneys Wish You a Happy Father’s Day

Recently, a handful of different Cordell & Cordell attorneys and partners created “Happy Father’s Day” videos on their personal smartphones to create a larger themed video wishing clients, past clients and all dads a great Father’s Day in 2014.

Attorneys turned in videos from Cordell & Cordell offices in cities all across the country. Enjoy this video, and listen to the attorneys’ many well wishes during this Father’s Day week.

 

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.

Five Cordell & Cordell Attorneys Recognized By San Antonio Scene Magazine

san antonio scene magazine best lawyersFive Cordell & Cordell attorneys based in San Antonio, Texas were named in San Antonio Scene Magazine’s Best Lawyers 2014 list.

Attorneys Amanda L. Clepper, Maribel Cruz, Ashley Duffy, Lauren Koporec and Rachel Sadovsky were all recognized in the best lawyers list.

San Antonio Scene Magazine has been conducting this Best Lawyers list for ten years. The list get recognition by both attorneys and magazine readers in the San Antonio area.

This year’s vote for the best lawyers placed more emphasis on where voters work, their area of practice and how long they have been practicing.

Read more about San Antonio Scene Magazine’s Best Lawyers 2014 list here.

Attorney Jennifer Paine Contributes to AP article, Discusses Divorce Parties

associated pressCordell & Cordell’s Ann Arbor-based attorney Jennifer Paine contributed to an Associated Press story about divorce parties.

The article, titled “Today’s divorces can mean cake and eating it, too,” explains the rise of parties and festivities that celebrate divorce. While most recently published in The Denver Post, the story is owned by AP and will be featured in multiple publications across the country.

In the article, Paine explained how divorce celebrations and cakes can represent a fresh start on life.

“For divorce, that means the final date of divorce, when all of the hard work and emotions are over,” she said. “It used to mean going out with buddies. Then there was the era of sending a divorce card, then the trip to Las Vegas, and now parties.”

Find the complete article online.