501 N Taylor ave
St Louis MO 63108
I began I private practice directly out of law school. Even though I had a high A in Family Law at Washington University, it was not my first choice as a practice area. Nevertheless, working for the benefit of children was my driving force. When I came across a man whose wife had taken his children and disappeared for almost ten years, only to emerge because his wife had been receiving government assistance, and the government wanted its money back. I was able to secure him custody rights to his children and to wipe out the government debt.
It was the first time that I felt that I had accomplished something as an attorney. It is that feeling that continues to drive me.
Alan W. Cohen
In the past 25 years of practice, I have researched and written extensively in the areas of paternity and child support, while also practicing in divorce and modifications, leaning toward custody issues rather than to complex property issues. I have written seven books on child support, marriage, child custody and paternity, all geared to educate the public on the evils of the Child Support System.
Apart from my experience, I pride myself on giving my clients a bang for their buck. Other firms see the client only as a means to a profit. Some firms accept only those clients who they could bill excessive fees. Some firms would take on new clients without the knowledge that they would be sloughed off an inexperienced associate rather than the experienced partner they thought they had hired because they could not pay large fees.
Other firms seek a single gender in their advertising. Others, especially those that advertise on radio, television or pay for heavy Internet, only to assign the case to inexperienced attorneys without guidance who tend to give dangerous advice that might lead to extremely negative advice.
Other firms have retainer agreements that require a certain sum be available to bill, otherwise they would quit the case. Other firms drag clients into cases they cannot afford and leave them in the dust when the money runs out.
My philosophy is to tell the client up front what the cost of the case might be, letting the client decide at the beginning whether he or she is willing to make the investment in his or her case. While there is no way to project and outcome, it is possible to provide the possible negative impact on their lives if they choose to, or not to, pursue litigation.
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