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Frank J. Schmidt

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Estate Planning & Probate Attorney in St. Louis, MO

Schmidt Basch, LLC
1034 S Brentwood Blvd, Suite 1555
St. Louis, MO 63117
Phone: 314-470-7335
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2022
Licensed in Missouri Since: 2000
Practice Areas: Estate Planning & Probate, Banking, Business/Corporate, Estate & Trust Litigation, Real Estate: Business
Attorney Profile

Frank J. Schmidt is a partner at Schmidt Basch, LLC, in St. Louis, Missouri. He has more than 20 years of experience assisting clients in Missouri and Illinois for matters that revolve around:

·       Wills and trusts

·       Asset protection and planning

·       Real estate transactions and litigation

·       Business planning and transactions

·       Commercial and business litigation

·       Fiduciary litigation

·       Creditors’ rights and foreclosure

·       Banking representation

·       Probate administration

·       Guardianships and conservatorships

·       Landlord-tenant representation

Mr. Schmidt approaches his clients’ cases in a straightforward and practical manner, offering custom-tailored solutions to help businesses and their principals resolve disputes out of court when possible. 

A 1997 magna cum laude psychology and criminal justice graduate of Saint Louis University, Mr. Schmidt was bestowed with his Juris Doctor in 2000 by the Saint Louis University School of Law. Licensed to practice in Missouri and Illinois courts, he frequently argues cases before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois.

Mr. Schmidt is an Accredited Estate Planner, a designation awarded by the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils to seasoned estate planning professionals meeting several stringent criteria. He belongs to The Missouri Bar, the Illinois State Bar Association, The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, the Estate Planning Council of St. Louis and the Association for Corporate Growth. An “Excellent” rated attorney on Avvo, he is a passionate speaker who has presented at various estate planning conferences.

Practice Areas
  • 20%Estate Planning & Probate
  • 20%Banking
  • 20%Business/Corporate
  • 20%Estate & Trust Litigation
  • 20%Real Estate: Business

Selections

3 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2022

About Frank J. Schmidt

First Admitted: 2000, Missouri

Professional Webpage: https://schmidtbasch.com/attorneys/frank-j-schmidt/

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • “The Probate Process from Start to Finish for Paralegals – Administration of Claims, Handling disclaimer, Estate Cash Management, Insolvency and Partial Distributions”, National Business Institute, Continuing Legal Education Seminar, Clayton, Missouri, October 10, 2018
  • “Estate Planning Basics for New Couples and Young Professionals”, Private Seminar St. Louis, Missouri, January 2006
  • “Like Kind Exchanges of Real Estate”, Published Summer, 2006 St. Louis Business Journal, Journal of The Missouri Bar
  • “Is an LLC Right for You? – Compliance under Federal and State Law", National Business Institute, Continuing Legal Education Seminar Clayton, Missouri, October 2006
  • "Limited Liability Companies" , National Business Institute, Continuing Legal Education Seminar Clayton, Missouri, April 2008
  • "Advanced LLC Issues" , National Business Institute, Continuing Legal Education Seminar Clayton, Missouri, June 2008
  • “Buy-Sell Agreements and Planning with Insurance”, State Farm Regional Advisors Meeting St. Louis, Missouri, May, 2008
  • “Drafting Effective Wills & Trusts – Using Trusts as Estate Planning Tools”, National Business Institute, Continuing Legal Education Seminar Clayton, Missouri, November, 2008
  • “Top Ten Estate Planning Mistakes”, Private Seminar for Merrill Lynch Financial Advisors St. Louis, Missouri, November, 2008
  • “Top Ten Estate Planning Mistakes”, Private Seminar for Waddell & Reed Financial Advisors St. Louis, Missouri, July, 2009
  • “Business Killers – Practical Concerns and Uses of Buy-Sell Agreements”, Private Seminar with PNC Bank, N.A. and Hartford Life Insurance Companies St. Louis, Missouri, March, 2010
  • “Retirement Planning Today – Estate Planning”, Private Seminar for The Private Asset Group St. Louis, Missouri, March, 2010
  • “Estate Planning Overview–  Current Trends and Issues”, The America Group Financial Advisors Regional Education Conference St. Louis, Missouri, March, 2010
  • “Administering the Estate on the Cusp of Exemption" – Trust Administration and Termination Tips for the Borderline Estate”, National Business Institute, Continuing Legal Education Seminar Clayton, Missouri, December, 2010
  • “Estate Planning Basics”, Private Seminar for The Principal Financial Group St. Louis, Missouri, May, 2011 St. Louis, Missouri, August, 2011 St. Louis, Missouri, November, 2011
  • “Asset Protection Planning in Missouri”, Private Seminar for Central Trust & Investment Company St. Louis, Missouri, November, 2011
  • “Business Contracts from A to Z”, National Business Institute, Continuing Legal Education Seminar, St. Louis, Missouri, December, 2011
  • “Family Business Continuity and Estate Planning”, Private Seminar for Frontenac Bank, St. Louis, Missouri, March, 2012
  • “Estate Planning Overview and Basics”, Private Seminar for American Direct Marketing Resources employees, St. Louis, Missouri, June, 2012
  • “The Probate Process from Start to Finish – Understanding the Role of the Personal Representative in Probate”, National Business Institute, Continuing Legal Education Seminar, Clayton, Missouri, August, 2012
  • “Family Business Continuity and Estate Planning”, Private Seminar for Central Trust and Investment Company, St. Louis, Missouri, November, 2012
  • “Estate Planning Basics and Overview”, Lecture for Personal Financial Planning Course, Columbia College, St. Louis, Missouri, February, 2014
  • "Legal Ethics in Estate Administration and Medicaid Recovery", National Business Institute, Continuing Legal Education Seminar, 2015
  • "Drafting Effective Wills and Trusts – Ethical Considerations and Traps", National Business Institute, Continuing Legal Education Seminar, Clayton, Missouri, November, 2017
  • “Estate Planning Overview and Basics”, Private Seminar for Safe Harbor Finance & Insurance, St. Louis, Missouri, February, 2018
  • “Family Business Continuity and Estate Planning Basics”, Private Seminar for Three Doors Real Estate Group, Kirkwood, Missouri, September 19, 2018

Educational Background

  • Saint Louis University St. Louis, Missouri B.A. Psychology and Criminal Justice – 1997. Honors: magna cum laude

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Missouri, 2000
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Missouri, 2009
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Illinois, 2002
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Missouri, 2000
  • Illinois, 2001
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Office Location for Frank J. Schmidt

1034 S Brentwood Blvd
Suite 1555
St. Louis, MO 63117

Phone: 314-470-7335

Last Updated: 6/16/2022

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