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Neil Smith

Neil Smith

The Smith Law Firm, LLC
  • Divorce, Family Law, Appeals & Appellate ...
  • Missouri
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Reviewed by Joseph D. Klenofsky April 23, 2020
Rating: 10 Justia Lawyer Rating - 10 out of 10
I recommend Neil smith as a competent and ethical lawyer. His willingness to help others and his knowledge of the law is unmatched.
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Summary

I graduated from the University of Missouri, Columbia, in 2000, and earned my law degree from Loyola University New Orleans in 2003. During law school, I worked at the Internal Revenue Service on issues relating to small businesses and sole proprietorships, and clerked for two law firms focusing on domestic relations and divorce.

After finishing law school, I worked for a mid-sized law firm representing many of the largest American financial and industrial companies. In 2006 I opened my own practice, The Smith Law Firm, LLC.

Since that time he has represented thousands of individuals in family law cases in class actions. I've tried countless cases to conclusion, won summary judgments, arbitration awards, and favorable settlements for his clients. I've also provided legal analysis to news sources including Missouri Lawyers Weekly, the St. Louis Daily Record, The Countian, Fox 2 (St. Louis), KSDK (St. Louis), NBC KY3 (Springfield, Missouri), and KOLR 10 (Springfield).

Most of my practice is focused on representing clients in divorce, custody, child support, and other family law matters.

During his spare time, I contribute to a variety of non-profit organizations. These include Join Hands ESL, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Habitat for Humanity, SATE, and Missouri Confluence Waterkeeper. I've served as the head coach of the Missouri State University Mock Trial Team, and have sponsored various youth athletic teams and programs.

Practice Areas
  • Divorce
  • Family Law
  • Appeals & Appellate
  • Domestic Violence
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Fees
  • Free Consultation
    Call now for a free consultation. Consultations are available by phone the same day requested.
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    We accept all major credit cards.
  • Contingent Fees
    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
Missouri
The Missouri Bar
ID Number: 56789
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
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.
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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.
Intern
Internal Revenue Service, Office of Chief Counsel
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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.
Education
University of Missouri - Columbia
B.A. (1996) | Political Science, History, Philosophy
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Honors: Honor's College
Activities: Director of Publicity and Promotions for Student Government
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Awards
Academic Excellence
Loyola University New Orleans College of Law
Academic Excellence Award for Highest Grade in Tax Procedure
Professional Associations
The Missouri Bar  # 56789
Member
Current
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Speaking Engagements
Careers in the Legal Profession , Careers and Professions , Springfield, Missouri
Hillcrest High School
Websites & Blogs
Website
The Smith Law Firm, LLC
Legal Answers
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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The Smith Law Firm, LLC
231 South Bemiston Avenue
Suite 800
Clayton, MO 63105
Telephone: (314) 725-4400
Cell: (314) 974-3266
Monday: 7 AM - 9 PM
Tuesday: 7 AM - 9 PM
Wednesday: 7 AM - 9 PM
Thursday: 7 AM - 9 PM
Friday: 7 AM - 9 PM
Saturday: 7 AM - 9 PM
Sunday: 7 AM - 9 PM (Today)
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