Does It Matter Who Files for Divorce First in Missouri?

Does It Matter Who Files for Divorce First in Missouri?

Filing for divorce can be confusing. Along with all the emotions that come with this step, being the first to file for divorce could have some benefits and offer you some control over the process. Whatever your circumstances, we are here to help make this process smoother and less stressful for everyone. Who Files for


Harvis Completes Leadership JC

BSE Associate Kinzi Harvis completed a very successful year as a part of the Leadership Jefferson City Class of 2022. The experience created long-lasting community bonds and friendships while gaining a new appreciation for many of Jefferson City’s businesses, organizations, and management. The 2022 class battled with their year-end project, The Battle of the Brews,


Small Estate Affidavits in Missouri

You may have heard of the small estate procedure or affidavit. A small estate affidavit is a written statement to authorize someone to claim a deceased person’s assets outside the formal probate process.  Small estate affidavits can save time and money. Keep reading to learn more about how small estate affidavits work in Missouri. How


What Is the Best Way To Distribute Inheritance in MO?

Without expertise in estate planning, it can be difficult to know and understand the best way to distribute an inheritance in Missouri. In this blog, we want to better educate you about Missouri inheritance laws, tax filings, passing with or without a will, and how to get more estate planning information. Spouses & Children Inheritance


Licenses for Centene Stadium

BSE’s  Alcohol Law Practice Group is in the process of completing the liquor licensing for the new Centene Stadium in St. Louis.  Centene Stadium is a $457.8 million 22,500-seat soccer-specific stadium and the future home of St. Louis City SC, the city’s expansion Major League Soccer (MLS) franchise. The stadium is being built next to Union Station


What Is the Purpose of an Estate Plan?

According to a recent report by CNBC, only 33% of Americans have formulated estate plans. Why? The majority of respondents said they just haven’t gotten around to it.  Estate planning isn’t only for the rich. An estate plan ensures your assets, no matter what size, are preserved and distributed appropriately after your death. Through estate planning,


What are the adoption requirements in Missouri?

The emotions surrounding adoption are constantly fluctuating. As a couple longing to build your family through adoption, you feel excitement one minute and fear the next. Before you begin the process, you need to know some basic requirements like age, living situation, marital status, etc.  Which Adoption Scenario Is Right For You? There are two


Is Missouri a 50-50 state when it comes to divorce

Is Missouri a 50-50 State When it Comes to Divorce?

No matter how cordial, divorce is fraught with negotiation and stress. If a husband and wife cannot reach an amicable property settlement, the courts determine property and debt distribution. Nine states split marital property 50-50 during a divorce. Missouri is an equitable distribution state and not a 50-50 state. What Is The Difference In Distribution?


Wiseman Named in Best of the Best 2022

Congratulations to BSE Shareholder Erin Wiseman for being voted #1 Attorney and #1 Family Law Attorney in the Jefferson City News Tribune Best of the Best 2022 Readers’ Choice Awards!


How Do I Legally Adopt a Child?

How Do I Legally Adopt a Child?

If you and your spouse have considered adoption, it’s important to work with a knowledgeable adoption lawyer. The process requires a serious investment in time, emotions, and possibly money. But adoption is a wonderful way to create or add to your family.  What Is Adoption?  Adoption legally transfers parental rights from a child’s birth parents