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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 DadsDivorce.com and its “treasure trove” of divorce resources for men.

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

Joseph Cordell On Hiring The Best Divorce Lawyer

Joseph CordellChoosing the wrong divorce lawyer is one of “The 10 Stupidest Mistakes Men Make When Facing Divorce,” according to Cordell & Cordell co-founder Joseph Cordell’s newest book.

The Huffington Post asked Cordell to write about the decision-making process guys should go through when deciding the best divorce lawyer to hire for their case.

A lot of guys facing divorce have preconceived notions of the type of attorney they think will be ideal for their case, Cordell wrote on HuffingtonPost.com. Should you go with the pit bull attorney or Mr. Nice Guy? The man or the woman?

“At Cordell & Cordell, one characteristic that I find stands out with our divorce lawyers is the versatility they can provide in their representation of clients in adapting strategies and comprehensive roadmaps tailored to the client’s needs and stated goals,” Cordell wrote. “We promise our clients intelligently aggressive representation and take it to heart what that promise means.”

To learn which situation calls for which type of attorney and the 5 questions guys must ask when choosing a divorce lawyer, continue reading “Hiring The Right Divorce Lawyer.”