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Pursuant to the Missouri Rules of Professional Conduct, contingent fees are limited to certain matters. This includes collection of unpaid child support, collection of unpaid maintenance, etc.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
- The Missouri Bar
- ID Number: 56789
- English: Spoken, Written
- Managing Attorney
- The Smith Law Firm, LLC
- - Current
- Based in Clayton, Missouri, we represent and advise individuals throughout the St. Louis, St. Charles, Franklin County, and Jefferson County metro areas in family law matters. This includes divorce, motions to modify, child custody, child support, maintenance, and paternity cases.
- Associate Attorney
- Kramer & Frank, P.C.
- We represented many of the largest U.S. financial institutions in consumer and commercial collection matters. We represented these companies in every county in three states: Missouri, Illinois, and Kansas.
- Internal Revenue Service, Office of Chief Counsel
- Legal clerkship during law school We researched and investigated matters involving small businesses and sole proprietorships. We provided support to other divisions within the I.R.S.
- University of Missouri - Columbia
- B.A. (1996) | Political Science, History, Philosophy
- Honors: Honor's College
- Activities: Director of Publicity and Promotions for Student Government
- Academic Excellence
- Loyola University New Orleans College of Law
- Academic Excellence Award for Highest Grade in Tax Procedure
- The Missouri Bar  # 56789
- Careers in the Legal Profession , Careers and Professions , Springfield, Missouri
- Hillcrest High School
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8 Questions Answered
- Q. If I have received a summons to appear in court due to child support, if I pay off the amount do I still need to go?
- A: Good question. Is this a situation where the prosecuting attorney filed either a civil contempt action or criminal contempt case? If so, the answer is yes. You still need to appear until you have an order dismissing the case. In the context of a criminal non-support case a prosecutor may still prove that you are guilty of a crime even though no support is due. (Imagine a situation where someone steals a Playstation from Walmart, is charged with stealing, and then returns the Playstation before the first court appearance.) From a practical standpoint some prosecutors will dismiss your case before court, but it's not a guarantee.
- Q. 17 y/o going to college. Her father is paying 0 support. He is not on birth certificate. What should I do?
- A: It depends on whether you want to get him to pay for college and possibly pay for support. Would it cause trauma for your daughter? Does this guy work or have any income? Are you fairly certain your daughter isn't going to drop out within the first semester? Do you make a ton of income and want to avoid contributing to her college? Usually in a situation like this there's a reason why you haven't filed a paternity case yet, or tried to get child support. But getting him to do this is definitely feasible.
- Q. 7 yr old son with my ex husband. How do I respond to a falsely accused interference with custody? My ex will not convers
- A: When you say "custody interference" are you referencing a family access motion? Or a motion to modify and/or motion for contempt? The way in which you respond depends on what he filed. If he is physically and emotionally abusive to the children, then you should think about filing a motion to modify to limit his custody.
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