A Lawyer focused on Collaborative Law and Mediation with a specialty in Qualified Domestic Relations Orders (QDRO)
Experienced. Compassionate. Professional.
Anne Prenner Schmidt is especially well-equipped to help clients through difficult phases of divorce and mediating retirement plan settlements including the drafting of the parties’ QDROs. Her representation results in satisfactory long-lasting solutions.
As a member of the Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois and a neutral results-oriented facilitator, Anne helps parties avoid the stress, strain, lasting pain and expense resulting from litigation. Her office specializes in a collaborative, non-adversarial approach to divorce and the resolution of family disputes.
Providing Effective Solutions Which Enable You to Move On to the Next Chapter of Your Life
At the Law Offices of Anne Schmidt, LLC we are experienced providers of alternative dispute resolution techniques. Divorce can be one of the most difficult and emotional periods in a person’s life. Compounding that stress with needless and costly litigation only heightens emotion and can turn divorce and the division of qualified retirement plans into a very ugly process. Our goal is to encourage and promote an alternative path to resolution through mediation and collaborative law, processes which allow for successful resolutions by helping clients preserve important relationships and accomplish their goals, while saving time and financial resources compared to litigation.
A Comprehensive Mediation, Employee Benefits, and QDRO Resource.
Anne Prenner Schmidt: A Collaborative Attorney, Mediator and Master in Employee Benefits
Anne Prenner Schmidt is an accomplished family lawyer and certified mediator. She is a member of the Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois and a neutral, results-oriented facilitator.
She draws on her legal and business experience to help resolve the serious issues brought about by the conflict that ensues during the difficult process of marital dissolution. Additionally, she helps individuals avoid the stress, strain and lasting pain that result from the litigation process.
Anne’s ultimate goal is to develop cooperative agreements between the involved parties regarding parenting and finances, including retirement vehicles and property division. The solutions she offers help preserve her clients’ important relationships and accomplish their goals while saving them time and financial resources that would have been wasted if they had protracted litigation.
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Knowledgeable and Qualified
Anne understands the importance of retirement plans in association with divorce. That is why she helps clients navigate the multifaceted issues involved and obtain the best financial outcome. She also uses her expertise in the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), as well as other laws that affect employee benefit and health and welfare plans, in assisting individuals going through a divorce.
Anne works with clients to design and implement a strategy that best fits their needs. Her previous experience in designing qualified and nonqualified retirement plans at an Am Law 100 firm makes her uniquely competent to handle cases involving complex compensation issues.
She also drafts and reviews qualified domestic relations orders (QDROs) and qualified medical child support orders (QMCSOs) because of her extensive training in ERISA. Anne can also counsel on the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA), and the Affordable Care Act as they relate to family law matters.
Here to Help You Every Step of the Way
Anne currently focuses her practice on collaborative law, mediation, employee benefits, ERISA, and executive compensation. She also works as a Lake County child representative and guardian ad litem. In addition, she is an adjunct professor at the John Marshall Law School, where she teaches legal writing for employee benefits.
Anne’s experience in various areas is reinforced by her Latin Legum Magister (LL.M.) in Employee Benefits, which she obtained while working for the Employee Benefits Security Administration of the US Department of Labor. During her time in the department, Anne focused on fiduciary correction matters and was responsible for auditing Voluntary Fiduciary Correction Program (VFCP) applications.