Frank J. Schmidt

Frank J. Schmidt

Partner
Location:
Saint Louis, Missouri
Phone:
866-282-5555
Fax:
314-880-7755
Email:

Frank Schmidt concentrates his practice in the areas of estate and business succession planning, commercial real estate acquisitions and leases, general corporate and business transactions, and lender representation. The litigation portion of Mr. Schmidt's practice is concentrated mainly in the areas of trust and last will disputes and litigation, commercial litigation, banking litigation, contract disputes and landlord/tenant disputes. Mr. Schmidt's clients consist mainly of privately owned businesses and their principals, as well as banks, trust companies and other financial institutions.
Mr. Schmidt earned his law degree from St. Louis University School of Law in 2000, and is licensed to practice in the States of Missouri and Illinois.
When not practicing law, Mr. Schmidt is frequently asked to speak and co-present business and estate planning seminars with financial planners and insurance brokers.

Areas of Practice

  • Wills
  • Trusts
  • Estate Planning
  • Asset Protection & Planning
  • Business Succession Planning and Transactions
  • Trust & Estate Litigation
  • Real Estate Transactions & Litigation
  • Commercial and Business Litigation
  • Banking Representation and Litigation
  • Creditors' Rights and Foreclosure
  • Guardian/Conservatorships
  • Probate Administration
  • Landlord/Tenant Representation

Bar Admissions

  • Missouri, 2000
  • Illinois, 2001
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Missouri, 2000
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Illinois, 2002
  • U.S. District Court District of Colorado, 2003
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Delaware, 2002
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Missouri, 2009

Education

  • Saint Louis University School of Law, St. Louis, Missouri
    • Juris Doctor - 2000
  • Saint Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri
    • B.A. Psychology and Criminal Justice magna cum laude - 1997

Published Works

  • "Like Kind Exchanges of Real Estate", St. Louis Business Journal, Journal of The Missouri Bar, Published Summer, 2006

Classes/Seminars

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

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Section on Business Law
  • American Bar Association, Section on Taxation
  • American Bar Association, Section on Real Property, Probate, and Trust Law
  • St. Louis County Bar Association
  • Missouri State Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • Estate Planning Council of St. Louis

Pro Bono Activities

  • Friends of Kids with Cancer, Inc., General Counsel & Board Member, 2007 - Present