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Collaborative Family Law Practice
Anne Prenner Schmidt, Esq., Master of Laws

Experienced
Compassionate
Professional

Anne Prenner Schmidt is especially well equipped to help clients through the difficult phases of the dissolution process, to result 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.

Mediator • Collaborative Attorney • Family Lawyer • Employee Benefits Attorney

Mediator • Collaborative Attorney • Family Lawyer • Employee Benefits Attorney

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 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.

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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 results 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.

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.

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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.

FAMILY LAW ATTORNEY, MEDIATOR, AND EMPLOYEE BENEFITS ATTORNEY


QDRO | QILDRO | DRO

The process by which the monies can be assigned, if at all, is contingent on the type of retirement plan and particular regulations of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Department of Labor. Anne is experienced in evaluating and drafting the appropriate order as required by the laws and regulations for a flat fee.

Collaborative Law

Anne is a Fellow of the Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois, an experienced mediator, and a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals. The goal is to create and support a non-adversarial, problem-solving approach that fosters respect and self-determination and results in long-lasting solutions allowing clients to leave the divorce arena prepared to move forward more confidently and optimistically into the next phase of their lives.

Mediation

Anne is a certified mediator who draws on her legal and business expertise to work on personal relationships impacted by conflict.