Wiseman Visits USS Jefferson City

BSE shareholder Erin Wiseman recently visited the USS Jefferson City in her role as JC councilwoman.  A very nice article from the Jefferson City News Tribune concerning this visit may be found at the following Link – JC Councilwoman Visits USS Jefferson City

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Filing for Divorce in Missouri

No matter what the extenuating circumstances are, divorce is difficult for everyone involved. It can be emotionally painful as well as financially devastating. Make sure you have a divorce lawyer who can stand in the gap for you.  Dissolution of Marriage/Divorce in Missouri Divorce is the process of dissolving a marital estate and returning each spouse to their separate legal state. In Missouri, the legal process for ending a marriage …

BSE Team Takes First Place in MADA Golf Tournament

The BSE team of Johnny Richardson, Trip England, Tanner Richardson, and Hank England took first place in Flight B of the 3rd Annual MADA Charitable Foundation Golf Tournament on Monday, October 11th at The Club at Old Hawthorne in Columbia, Missouri.  One hundred percent (100%) of the proceeds of this event will be used by the MADA Foundation for the funding of statewide charitable organizations and events.

Welcome Kinzi Harvis!

Kinzi Harvis is a new associate with Brydon, Swearengen & England.  She is licensed to practice in the state of Missouri and her practice focuses on the areas of Criminal Law and Civil Law, including Family Law. Ms. Harvis holds a Dispute Resolution Law concentration certificate from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law. She previously attended Florida State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and minored …

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Smarr Inducted Into NCSLA Hall of Fame

NCSLA ANNOUNCES HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES The National Conference of State Liquor Administrators (NCSLA) is pleased to announce three inductees to the NCSLA Hall of Fame: Mr. A. Keith Burt of the Oklahoma Alcoholic Beverage Laws Enforcement (ABLE) Commission, Ms. Lynne J. Omlie with the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS), and Mr. Charles E. Smarr of the law firm Brydon, Swearengen & England P.C. in Jefferson City, Missouri. …

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Cox Works with AHC CLE/Portal Training

Jamie Cox is serving a fifth year as a Vice-Chair for the Missouri Bar’s Administrative Law Committee.  In this role, Jamie has recently been working with the Missouri Administrative Hearing Commission to plan a continuing legal education program that will take place on August 30, 2021 at 1:00 p.m.  The presentation will include three segments covering best practices before the AHC, the AHC’s new online portal and e-filing, and disciplinary …

7 Estate Planning Tips from a MO Attorney

The pandemic has a lot of Americans thinking long-term about their health and the possibility of no longer being with loved ones. As a result, there’s been a renewed interest in wills and estate planning. If you haven’t set up a will or an estate plan yet, you’re not alone, over 40% of Baby Boomers haven’t addressed this issue either. For some reason, wills and estate planning seem like an …

Wiseman Participates in Zonta Club Fundraiser

BSE Shareholder Erin Wiseman is participating in the Zonta Club fundraiser for the Second Chance Scholarship fund.  This effort was recently covered by KRCG TV – Zonta Club of Jefferson City typically holds an annual Yellow Rose luncheon to raise money for its Second Chance Scholarship fund. Zonta is an international organization that advocates for women’s rights. The fundraiser this year will be a virtual wine tasting to raise money for scholarships.\

2 Reasons You Should Hire a Traffic Lawyer Before Paying a Traffic Ticket

The kids forgot their school lunches, the dog ran away, and you’re late to a board meeting. To top it off, you got a speeding ticket in a construction zone! Sometimes life doesn’t give you a break. Don’t handle it alone. Let the attorneys at Brydon, Swearengen & England take on the fight for you. Most drivers likely receive at least one traffic ticket in their lifetime. Traffic tickets are …

DWI in Missouri is a criminal offense, so this man is being arrested for the charge.

3 Steps to License Reinstatement after a DWI in Missouri

DWI and DUI A charge of Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) is extremely serious. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), “Every day, almost 30 people in the United States die in drunk-driving crashes – that’s one person every 50 minutes.” In 2018, it was estimated that the total number of deaths from drunk-driving crashes was over 10,500.  Interestingly, history has often shown more DWI charges in Missouri than …

5 Steps to Take If You Are Harmed In An Auto Accident

On average, there are 6 million car accidents in the U.S. every year— amounting to roughly 16,438 per day. Auto accidents occur everywhere and the reasons for having one vary. Speeding, alcohol or drug impairment, inclement weather, and a distracted driver are just a few of the common causes. The majority are actually one-vehicle accidents. Sadly, many auto accidents are fatal. In Missouri alone, there were 876 traffic fatalities in …

Wiseman Featured in News Tribune

BSE shareholder Erin Wiseman was featured in the March 1, 2021 issue of the Jefferson City News Tribune.  The article was titled – Erin Wiseman’s ‘infatuation with the courtroom’ plays role in service to Jefferson City (“Erin Wiseman has always had an infatuation with the courtroom. As a child, when her father was the county clerk in Shelby County, he would take her to the courtroom, where every once in a …

How To File A Restraining Order in Missouri

Physical and emotional abuse has long-lasting, life-changing effects. When conflicts escalate between parties, sometimes it’s necessary to get a restraining order. The process can be problematic due to the need for legal documentation and filing procedures. Having an experienced attorney is critical. Filing a restraining order can impact a child custody case, a divorce case, a paternity proceeding, or other types of court actions. The experienced family law and divorce …

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England, Smarr and Cooper Named to Best Lawyers

William R. (Trip) England III, Dean L. Cooper and Charles E. Smarr of Brydon, Swearengen & England P.C. have been selected for inclusion in the 2021 edition of Best Lawyers in America®. Mr. Smarr is listed in food and beverage law; Mr. Cooper in energy law; and, Mr. England in energy and communications law. Best Lawyers is the oldest peer review publication in the legal profession. Its lists of outstanding …

Wiseman Featured in News Tribune Article

BSE Shareholder and Jefferson City Ward 3 Councilwoman Erin Wiseman was featured in the August 26, 2020 Jefferson City News Tribune article entitled Elected Women Reflect on the Importance of Women’s Equality.  The article interviewed local  women elected officials as they reflected on the 100 year anniversary of women obtaining the right to vote in America. Ms. Wiseman indicates in the article that “the desire to run for elected office …

Work Underway at BSE – Use Side Entrance

A new roof is on the way at BSE.  Unfortunately, this means that for approximately the next two weeks visitors will need to enter and exit through the side entrance.  Please call 573.635.7166, to arrange for entry.

BSE Mask Requirements – Options for Payment

In accordance with CDC guidelines, BRYDON, SWEARENGEN & ENGLAND P.C. is scheduling meetings by video and telephone conference and will do so for the immediate future.  If you must meet with one of our attorneys in-person, then masks are required to be worn at all times. If you need to speak to one of our attorneys or staff, then please call our office at 573-635-7166 and we will schedule a telephone or video conference …

Richard Lemonds v. Bening Automotive Group, LLC Class Action Settlement Information

The following linked documents reflect the Order Granting Preliminary Approval of Settlement and Settlement Agreement and Release in the class action matter currently pending in arbitration, Richard Lemonds v. Bening Automotive Group, LLC, claim number 213764: Order Granting Preliminary Approval of Settlement Settlement Agreement and Release

Local Cities Make Business Insider List

Business Insider ranks the 30 best cities to live in after the corona virus pandemic. It is a fine list for Central Missouri – Jefferson City is #2 and Columbia is #10.   See the link.  

BSE Adds On-Line Payment Option

BSE has added an on-line payment option to its web site.  There is a “Make Payment” button in the upper right hand corner of each page of the site that allows for on-line payment of our invoices.  Payments may be made by MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Discover or electronic check.  

Scott Hamblin at 2020 City’s Best Event

Scott Hamblin will be present at the City’s Best Event on March 2, 2020, at Capital Bluffs Event Center, as presented by the Jefferson City Magazine.  Look for Scott and a little BSE swag.

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Hamblin Named One of City’s Best

Congratulations to BSE Shareholder Scott Hamblin for being named one of the City’s Best Lawyers by Jefferson City Magazine.  

Wiseman Honored By International Jaycees

The United States Junior Chamber International (JCI) Senate bestowed upon Shareholder Erin Wiseman the honor of Senator. A JCI Senatorship is the highest honor which can be bestowed upon a current or past member by Junior Chamber International for outstanding service to the organization. It provides a unique means for recognizing a member’s outstanding achievements. The local Jefferson City Jaycees nominated Erin for the honor and she received it at …

BSE Sponsors Capital City Hoops Showcase

BSE was once again a  proud sponsor of the Capital City Hoops Showcase.  The Joe Machens Great Eight Classic and the Jefferson Bank Holiday Hoops Classic included out-of-state teams from Ohio, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Tennessee; teams from St. Joseph and Eureka; as well as local teams from Blair Oaks, Jefferson City, Helias Catholic, Tolton Catholic, and Columbia Hickman.

Rehagen to Join Leadership JC Class of 2020

BSE Attorney Stephen A. Rehagen was informed this week that he has been selected to be a part of the Jefferson City Chamber of Commerce Leadership Jefferson City Class of 2020.  Leadership Jefferson City is designed to identify and motivate emerging leaders, and to develop their potential for community leadership roles by exposing them to the opportunities, realities, and challenges of the community. The topics of the eleven sessions included …

Cooper Participates in Westminster Bar Association Event

BSE Shareholder Dean Cooper recently participated in a Westminster Bar Association event at Westminster College  in conjunction with a setting of a panel of the Missouri Court of Appeals – Western District.  Cooper is pictured and quoted in the following article – Westminster Bar Association Helps Pre-Law Students Witness Law in Action .

Wiseman Hosts Zonta Second Chance Scholarship Winners

Erin Wiseman and her dogs, Diesel and Felix, host Zonta Second Chance Scholarship Winners at her home along with other Zonta Club members to congratulate each of the recipients on receiving their scholarship. Zonta is a women’s organization that raises money each year at their annual Yellow Rose Luncheon to advance the education of women. This year’s luncheon will be held on May 12, 2020 at the Capitol Plaza.

Jesse Craig Joins BSE

Jesse W. Craig has joined BSE as an Associate.  Mr. Craig is a 2019 graduate of the University of Missouri School of Law. While there he focused on representing indigent and under-served members of the community by working with the Missouri State Public Defender, as well as participating in such programs as the University of Missouri School of Law Veterans Clinic and the Midwest Innocence Project. Mr. Craig, a native …

Epple Competes in Vintage Car Rally

BSE Paralegal Lorene Epple (in yellow jacket), took on a new adventure and competed as driver in a family 1964 Ford Falcon in the 2019 Coker Tire Challenge (along with her Navigator, Mallory).  The Coker Challenge is a precise timed car Rally over 3 days.  This was Lorene’s first vintage car rally of which she came in at 7th place and scored two Aces (perfect scores) over the 3 days.

Wiseman for Zonta 100

BSE shareholder Erin Wiseman was recently featured in the Jefferson City News Tribune in regard to her admiration for Missouri Supreme Court Judge Mary Rhodes Russell,as a part of the recognition of the 100-year anniversary of Zonta International, a nonprofit organization that fights for women’s equality while providing a plethora of services to communities in dozens of countries.

Wiseman and Rehagen Attend SCG Legal Meeting

BSE shareholder Erin Wiseman and Stephen Rehagen recently attended the SCG Legal Annual Meeting in Washington D.C. at the Watergate Hotel on September 5 & 6. They attended various discussions throughout the course of the conference with a Capstone Session with Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein discussing 45 A Forty-Five Year Watergate Retrospective.

Happy Labor Day!

We hope everyone is having a wonderful Labor Day.  The lovely flowers below are outside the BSE offices and are provided and maintained by River City Florist.

Piccadilly in White 2019

Wiseman and Hernandez Support Piccadilly in White 2019

BSE’s Erin Wiseman and Jennifer Hernandez participated in Piccadilly in White Aug. 3, 2019, when High Street was turned into a summer party location.  The Piccadilly is hosted by Downtown Jefferson City to raise funds for beautification of the downtown area.

2019 Jefferson City Jaycees Fair

Wiseman and Hamblin Sponsor Jefferson City Jaycees Fair

BSE shareholders Erin Wiseman and Scott Hamblin are sponsors of the 2019 Jefferson City Jaycees Fair that will take place July 29 – August 3 at the Jefferson City Jaycees Fairgrounds, 1445 Fairgrounds Road, Jefferson City, MO.

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Happy 4th of July Weekend

Today will be the last day you can get a ride on the scrambler along with a consultation. 🙂  BSE will be closed July 4 and 5 for Independence Day weekend.  Have a happy and safe 4th.    

Jennifer Hernandez

Jennifer Hernandez Joins BSE

Jennifer Hernandez has joined BSE as an associate attorney as of June 17, 2019. Jennifer was previously a Staff counsel with the Missouri Public Service Commission for approximately six and a half years, where she worked on a variety of matters to include those associated with the electric, water and sewer industries. Jennifer was most recently with the Office of the Missouri Attorney General, where she was a part of …

Tornado Damage

Tornado Recap

A random assortment of pictures from the 500 and 600 blocks of East Capital Avenue in Jefferson City, on May 23, 2019 (the day after the tornado). Our office is in the 300 block and, amazingly, completely unscathed.  Much work has bene done since these pictures were taken.  Unfortunately, much work also remains to be done.