Jeffrey R. Schmitt
Attorney at Law
Attorney Jeff Schmitt recently spoke with the Ladue News about disputes between neighbors
His comments appear in the article “Legal Corner: Keep It Neighborly.”
Schmitt shared that the most frequent issues he sees involve property boundaries.
“People should know that this is not a typical business transaction where you only deal with somebody one time,” Schmitt says. “You could be living next to them for a long time. You don’t want to burn bridges, or things could get very uncomfortable.”
Though many conflicts can be solved without legal counsel, Schmitt says there are times when it’s appropriate, like with forming a draft of rights for things like driveway easements. For instance, he explains if a driveway is built a few inches onto someone else’s property, it’s a good idea for homeowners to form a written agreement with their neighbor detailing rights and obligations.
“That way, when either one of those parties goes to sell their house, it doesn’t affect the sale,” Schmitt says. “It also gives the new owner peace of mind.”
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05/4/15 11:43 AM
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Attorney Jeff Schmitt on Neighbor Disputes
Sophya Q. Raza
Attorney at Law
Family law attorney Sophy Qureshi Raza discusses when it is necessary to remain firm and when it is important to be flexible when co-parenting in “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff,” a recent article in the Ladue News.
According to Raza, the parenting plan that “both parents receive after a custody decision … becomes the final word in any custody-related disagreements.”
“The best parenting plan is the one you throw in a drawer and never look at again,” Raza says. “But there are definitely those scenarios where that’s not going to work…so they have to go by the letter of the parenting plan.”
Details specified in a parenting plan, Raza says, include pick-up and drop-off times; child-support amounts; holiday details; who pays for the children’s insurance, and how uninsured medical expenses are paid; which parent receives the tax exemption and more. Parenting plans should be customized to fit the needs of the children and co-parents, Raza says, adding it is important for any parents in that situation to know their attorney can help customize the plan around those topics they feel most strongly about.
Raza suggests even asking older children about their preferences before deciding on a parenting plan: You don’t want to be firm about Wednesday nights spent at your house only to find out the child would prefer to sleep in the same bed every weeknight.
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01/9/15 5:12 PM
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Transactional Department Continues Growth With Addition of New Attorney
Christopher K. Gaffney
Attorney at Law
St. Louis, MO – October 7, 2014 – Danna McKitrick, P.C. announced that Attorney Christopher K. Gaffney has joined the firm as an associate. Gaffney represents business clients in matters related to business transactions, business formation, financial transactions, and general corporate law. He also represents business owners and other individuals with estate planning matters.
He has experience assisting clients in bankruptcy proceedings, with financial reviews for business or personal transactions, and in family law matters. During law school, Gaffney completed several internships, including one with the SLU Law Economic Development Clinic, where he assisted nonprofit organizations with incorporation, compliancy, tax-exempt status, and review of loan programs to limit liability. Continue reading »
10/7/14 6:05 PM
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Family law attorney Sophy Qureshi Raza had the opportunity to discuss important considerations before entering a second marriage in a recent article in the Ladue News.
“The main reason people want to do a prenup is to protect their assets in the event of a divorce – and also to protect their wealth for their children in the event of their death,” explains family law attorney Sophy Raza of Danna McKitrick.
Before or soon after the marriage, it is important for each spouse to “think logically” about marriage, and that may mean a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement. According to Raza,
“You would never go into a business relationship without signing something….With marriage, you are entering a financial relationship – you also are entering a relationship with a lot of other things, but it is also a financial relationship. (With prenuptial agreements,) you know everyone’s expectations ahead of time. It decreases arguments over finances….”
“Both parties should be represented by an attorney and know what they’re signing.”
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09/26/14 3:57 PM
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Sophy Raza in Ladue News: Things to Consider Before Entering a Second Marriage
Sophya Q. Raza
Attorney at Law
The law firm of Danna McKitrick, P.C. is pleased to announce that principal and family law practice leader Sophya Qureshi Raza was recently selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2015 in the category of Collaborative Law: Family Law.
Raza concentrates her practice in all family law matters including pre- and post-nuptial agreements, dissolution of marriage, valuation and division of assets, paternity cases, child support and spousal support orders, modifications of prior judgments, and child custody disputes. Continue reading »
08/19/14 12:38 PM
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