O'Fallon, Missouri

Woodlawn Law Offices

Woodlawn Law Center

Woodlawn Law Offices

423 Woodlawn Ave
O Fallon, MO 63366
(636) 240-6667
Woodlawn Law Offices, Law Firms, Services, O Fallon, Missouri

For more than 25 years, Attorney David Schmidt of Woodlawn Law Offices has been providing legal representation to the residents and businesses of the O'Fallon, MO area. Attorney Schmidt practices several types of law to best meet the needs of the community; these areas include estate planning and probate law, family law, small business and corporate law, social security, disability, and workers' comp law, and traffic law. At Woodlawn Law Offices, you will find the trusted legal counsel you need to keep your rights protected.

Attorney Schmidt has represented a wide array of cases during his quarter-century of practice. He has practiced throughout the state in a variety of venues, including the Missouri Supreme Court, the Missouri Court of Appeals, and the United States District Court. His clients range from couples and families to small businesses and realtors. 

Woodlawn Law Offices routinely handles cases that pertain to:

  • Car Accidents
  • Corporate Bylaws
  • Child Support, Custody, & Visitation
  • Disability Claims
  • Divorces
  • DWI & DWS
  • Living Trust Cases
  • Misdemeanors
  • Real Estate Sales & Contracts

If you're dealing with any of these issues, there's no need to hesitate before contacting a lawyer at Woodlawn Law Offices. Attorney Schmidt understands that asking for legal help may feel uncomfortable, and he aims to put every prospective client at ease. He encourages you to call and ask questions about the firm and their provided services so you can make an informed decision about your legal counsel and representation.

Call Woodlawn Law Offices at (636) 240-6667 to speak with Attorney Schmidt or arrange for a consultation today. You can also visit the firm's website to learn more about the legal practice and their their services. 

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4 Reasons Your Small Business Needs a Lawyer, O'Fallon, Missouri
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Wills vs. Trusts, O'Fallon, Missouri
https://www.forbes.com/sites/bobcarlson/2019/08/28/wills-vs-trusts-which-is-best-for-you/#2dcff9c67abd This is a great article from Forbes and explains the type of estate plans avai...read more
Security Deposits: What Every Renter Should Know, O'Fallon, Missouri
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FAQ About Social Security Disability Benefits for Those With Autism, O'Fallon, Missouri
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A great article in Forbes Magazine about estate planning and what to do after you sign your last will and testament. Call me when you are ready to put an estate plan in place. https...read more
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As a friend, you want to keep those close to you safe when you go out drinking, and that might include preventing them from driving. Driving after consuming even minimal amounts of a...read more
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The Social Security Administration (SSA) offers various benefits for disabled parties and senior citizens who have earned enough work credits over the course of their career.&nb...read more
The Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) system provides critical financial support and health care services to workers incapacitated by accidental injuries and severe illness...read more
This is a good article about why everyone needs an estate plan. Call me today and let's get your estate plan going. David Schmidt, Attorney at Law, 423 Woodlawn Avenue, O'Fallon, MO ...read more
Estate planning allows you to determine what happens to your assets when you pass on. Whether it’s the house you worked hard to buy or a family heirloom that has more sentimental tha...read more
Probate laws are in place in order to authenticate the terms of a deceased person's will and oversee the efficient administration and distribution of their assets. The process, howev...read more
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Estate planning is an important step in preparing for your future. One of the most valuable tools to use when putting your affairs in order is a living trust. This will keep you...read more
This article from Forbes provides some great information about preparing for death as an older married couple.  Contact David Schmidt at the Woodlawn Law Offices, 636-240-6667, ...read more
Employees should be able to rely on workers’ comp benefits if they get hurt on the job. In reality, though, many claimants find it challenging to secure the funds they...read more
This is an article from CNBC about the upcoming transfer of wealth from baby boomers to millenials. The article talks about preparing a trust to help with this transfer. If you are ...read more
Social Security disability benefits essentially provide a safety net for Americans who are unable to earn a living wage. However, this government program may not necessarily cov...read more
A “durable” power of attorney is probably the most important power of attorney for individuals, especially the elderly and those with life threatening diseases, such as early onset A...read more
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Walking down the aisle again is always a joyful experience and reason for celebration. But with another marriage comes some special considerations for estate planning. To help y...read more
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Estate planning allows you to determine what will happen to your assets after you pass on. This isn’t just a process reserved for the wealthy. If you have any assets, from a 401K pla...read more
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Social Security Disability (SSD) is a federally funded program that provides benefits to individuals whose medical condition prevents them from working. If you have a disability and&...read more
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If either you or your future spouse is on a second or third marriage, it’s crucial to engage in estate planning. This is especially important if there are children are involved....read more
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Just a reminder. Now is an excellent time to consider business succession planning and planning your own personal estate. We always get caught up in the day to day details of running...read more
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If you get hurt on the job, do you know if workers' comp covers your disability? Under Missouri law, an employer in the construction industry with at least one employee, and emp...read more
Regardless of your age or some assets you possess, estate planning is crucial. This is why the Woodlawn Law Offices of O’Fallon, MO, urge their clients to create a com...read more
If you are disabled and are unable to work, you may be eligible for Social Security disability benefits. Applying for these benefits is an arduous process, though, especially without...read more
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Remember that a will does not keep your estate out of probate. Other common techniques to keep your estate out of probate are: 1. Joint tenancies. 2. TOD or POD des...read more
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Your case in court Court appearance Mr. Schmidt will advise you when a court appearance is necessary, and he will be in court at time your appearance will not be necessary.  Our...read more
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Keep us in mind when you have a legal question or when you need legal advice for estate planning, probate, elder law, real estate, personal injury, workers' compensation, or employme...read more
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With the new year upon us, and with it being time to prepare your tax return, it is alos time to think about your Estate Plan. I prepare Last Will and Testaments, Powers of Attorney,...read more
Happy New Year everyone! The office is closing for today and will reopen Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017. Thank you to all who have supported this office over the year and I look forward...read more
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Below is a photograph of Bill Gates from 1994. Yes, we have made great advancements in computer technology even since that time.I have practiced law since 1989 and have had the pleas...read more
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