Bismarck, Illinois Estate Planning Lawyers

Danville, IL Estate Planning Attorney
(217) 446-4884 15 N Vermilion St
Danville, IL 61832
Estate Planning, Criminal, DUI and Divorce
Danville, IL Estate Planning Attorney
(217) 446-3800 414 W North St
Danville, IL 61832
Estate Planning, Divorce, Family and Personal Injury
Danville, IL Estate Planning Lawyer
(217) 446-9208 711 N Gilbert St
Danville, IL 61832
Estate Planning and Real Estate
William A Peithmann
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Mahomet, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 40 years experience
(217) 586-6102 409 E. Main St., PO Box 80
Mahomet, IL 61853
Estate Planning, Probate, Real Estate and Tax
The University of Denver Sturm College of Law and University of Illinois College of Law
Julie C. King
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Champaign, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 18 years experience
(217) 714-8558 701 Devonshire Dr. Suite D3
Champaign, IL 61820
Estate Planning, Business and Trademarks
University of Illinois College of Law
I’m a solo practice attorney in Champaign, Illinois. It is a general practice, but I focus on wills, trusts, estate planning, powers of attorney, and corporation and partnership formation.

In prior general small firm practice, I performed primary work on successful creditor-side bankruptcy cases involving up to $6,000,000 in secured interests; successfully defended multiple civil cases involving real property, contracts, and torts in Tennessee and Georgia courts against motions for summary judgment; served as counsel for a local bank regarding civil cases; assisted clients with clearing up fraudulently damaged credit reports; assisted clients with charitable estate donations of real property, and...
Forrest J. Heyman
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Champaign, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 6 years experience
(217) 352-1800 306 W. Church St.
Champaign, IL 61820
Estate Planning, Business and Real Estate
University of Illinois College of Law
Forrest Heyman joined the firm as a summer associate in 2011 and became an associate attorney following his admission to the Illinois Bar in 2012. His areas of practice include business planning, corporate transactions, real estate, and estate planning and administration. Forrest is a locally-raised attorney with an international perspective. Hailing from Paxton, Illinois, Forrest attended Butler University from 2005 to 2008, where he earned a bachelor of science in economics, with honors. Following a semester in Hong Kong, Forrest was named Sigma Nu National Man of the Year and joined The Boeing Company in Seattle, Washington, where he...
John Hensley
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Champaign, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 36 years experience
(217) 531-2180 One E. Main Street
Suite 204
Champaign, IL 61820
Estate Planning, DUI, Divorce and Family
Catherine H. Barbercheck
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Champaign, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 39 years experience
(217) 352-3634 1508 W. Park Avenue
P. O. Box 1127
Champaign, IL 61824-1127
Estate Planning, Family, Probate and Real Estate
Lewis University College of Law
Brooke A. Didier Starks
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Champaign, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 15 years experience
(217) 352-1800 306 W. Church St.
Champaign, IL 61820
Estate Planning
University of Illinois College of Law
Brooke A. Didier Starks is an estate planning lawyer concentrating her wills, trusts and probate practice in east-central Illinois. She enjoys counseling a wide variety of clients on all matters related to estate planning and estate administration. Brooke welcomes the opportunity to assist clients who are providing for their children, whether it is counseling them through the decision of whom to appoint as guardian for a minor child, establishing a trust for a special-needs child, or planning for college education. She especially enjoys working with farm families to preserve the family business and pass it on to...
Rebecca E.P. Wade
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Champaign, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 20 years experience
(217) 352-1800 306 W. Church St.
Champaign, IL 61820
Estate Planning
University of Illinois College of Law
Rebecca concentrates her practice in the areas of estate planning, tax planning, estate administration, probate, wills, trusts and trust administration. She counsels clients on a variety of estate planning, estate administration and trust administration issues and has significant experience in drafting both basic and complex estate plans that include wills, revocable trusts (or "living trusts"), irrevocable life insurance trusts, living wills, advanced directives, powers of attorney for health care and powers of attorney for property. In addition to preparing basic estate plans and counseling clients regarding a broad array of issues such as the importance of choosing an appropriate guardian for...
Todd J. Black
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Champaign, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 32 years experience
(217) 352-1800 306 W. Church St.
Champaign, IL 61820
Estate Planning and Business
The John Marshall Law School
As a former senior tax consultant for a former Big Eight accounting firm, and as a business school graduate, Todd Black is uniquely qualified to advise clients on legal matters pertaining to estate planning and administration and corporate/business planning. A practicing attorney in Champaign-Urbana since 1987, Mr. Black joined Meyer Capel in 1993. Mr. Black received a bachelor of science in finance from the University of Illinois in 1983. He attended the University of Illinois on a full athletic scholarship and served as co-captain of the U of I's varsity tennis team. He was the recipient of numerous undergraduate honors, including...
John H. Elder
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Champaign, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 46 years experience
(217) 352-1800 306 W. Church St.
Champaign, IL 61820
Estate Planning and Real Estate
University of Illinois College of Law
Planning and Estate John H. Elder brings a special degree of experience to the clients of Meyer Capel. John works with his clients to deal with the tax issues of estate planning, but has always realized that this is only one component of the planning process. It is very important that an attorney work with the family members to learn about the needs and personalities of the various individuals and to develop a plan that meets the family goals and objectives. Some of the greatest qualities of an estate planning attorney are compassion, trust, and communication skills and it is only...
Ward F. McDonald
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Champaign, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 49 years experience
(217) 352-1800 306 W. Church St.
Champaign, IL 61820
Estate Planning and Real Estate
University of Illinois College of Law
Ward F. McDonald brings a wealth of experience in real estate, banking and commercial law to the clients of Meyer Capel. His background includes 13 years as CEO of Attorneys’ Title Guaranty Fund, Inc., a title insurer with multi-state operations, and 25 years as an attorney in private practice. Over the course of his career, Ward has handled numerous transactions in the $1-100 million range for commercial and residential real estate developments, including sales, acquisitions, refinancing and consolidations. Ward holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Urban Land Economics from the University of Illinois as well as his Juris...
Bruce Baber
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Paris, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 38 years experience
(217) 463-3225 216 E Wood St
Paris, IL 61944
Estate Planning, Agricultural, Criminal and Probate
The University of Chicago Law School
General practice solo law firm, with emphasis on criminal & DUI law, family law, real estate, and wills, estates & trusts.
Marjorie A. Harris
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Champaign, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 35 years experience
(217) 352-1800 306 W. Church St.
Champaign, IL 61820
Estate Planning
University of Michigan Law School
With a focus on estate planning and administration, Marjorie A. Harris works closely with individuals and families who are seeking ways to provide financial security for today and protect their assets for the next generation. In addition to advising clients on trust and estates and tax planning matters, Marjorie's practice also includes the establishment and representation of nonprofit and charitable organizations, and charitable gift planning. A magna cum laude graduate of Brown University, Marjorie earned a Bachelor of Science with a concentration in applied mathematics and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa honorary society. She went on to earn...
Champaign, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 20 years experience
(217) 531-1120 1 E Main St
Champaign, IL 61820
Estate Planning and Real Estate
The University of Texas School of Law
Champaign, IL Estate Planning Attorney
(217) 352-4167 1 E Main St
Champaign, IL 61820
Estate Planning
Champaign, IL Estate Planning Attorney
(217) 356-7233 215 N Neil St
Champaign, IL 61820
Estate Planning, Business and Real Estate
Champaign, IL Estate Planning Lawyer
(217) 352-2724 2511 Waterbury Pl
Champaign, IL 61822
Estate Planning and Real Estate
Urbana, IL Estate Planning Lawyer
(217) 337-5651 2403 Burlison Dr
Urbana, IL 61801
Estate Planning and Real Estate
Watseka, IL Estate Planning Attorney
(815) 432-4921 216 E Walnut St
Watseka, IL 60970
Estate Planning and Municipal
Paris, IL Estate Planning Attorney
117 E Washington St
Paris, IL 61944
Estate Planning and Personal Injury
Champaign, IL Estate Planning Attorney
(217) 356-7266 206 N Randolph St
Champaign, IL 61820
Estate Planning and Real Estate
Josh Rohrscheib
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Decatur, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 11 years experience
(217) 429-4296 Bolen Robinson & Ellis, LLP
202 S. Franklin, 2nd Floor
Decatur, IL 62523
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Business, Elder and Personal Injury
University of Illinois College of Law
I believe the best lawyer for you is almost always the one who will care the most about you and solving your problems. He will take the time to carefully listen to you, understand your situation, and give you the best advice on how to deal with it. He’ll give you the time you need to get to know him so you can ask questions and fairly judge if you want him to help or represent you.
Masah S SamForay
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Homewood, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 12 years experience
(708) 960-4033 1953 Ridge Rd.
Homewood, IL 60432
Estate Planning, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Family
Indiana University School of Law - Bloomington
Masah S. SamForay, has earned national recognition as a force for her clients. Beyond being recognized as a Top 100 Lawyer, Masah SamForay knows the concerns of clients, intimately. She is a divorcee and working mother who understands what it means to fight for her family during a difficult divorce.

Atty. SamForay is a Co-Founder and Past-President of the Black Bar Association of Will County. She is a member of the Black Women Lawyers’ Association of Greater Chicago, Inc. and served on the 2017-2018 Board and as the Co-Chair of the Small and Solo Firm Committee from 2013-2016. She is a...
(312) 702-1293 9 E. Jefferson St.
Joliet, IL 60432
(312) 702-1293 200 E. Randolph Street
Chicago, IL 60601
Dana Zivkovich
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Glenwood, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 11 years experience
(708) 833-7755 8 W. Main St.
Glenwood, IL 60425
Estate Planning, Business, Elder and Probate
Valparaiso University School of Law
I work with senior citizens, their families, and small business owners to get their affairs organized, safeguard their estates, and prepare succession plans. In matters of probate or trust administration, I work with personal representatives to properly manage the administration of the estate and advise them of their legal duties along the way. My experience in these practice areas has been exclusive since I have been private practice. In 2010, I expanded my practice territory to include Lake County, Indiana by obtaining an Indiana law license.
(708) 833-7755 350 S. Northwest Hwy.
Suite 300
Park Ridge, IL 60068
Todd Alan Roseberry
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Bloomington, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 20 years experience
(309) 829-3636 407 W. Front St., Suite No. 2
Bloomington, IL 61701
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Criminal, Divorce and Family
University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign
Todd Roseberry's experience includes a period of employment with the Illinois Department of Public Aid, Springfield, Illinois,as a Public Aid Income Maintenance Specialist. He also served in the Illinois Army National Guard at Camp Lincoln, Springfield, Illinois, from 1985 to 1993 as a medic and medical laboratory technician. Todd is married with three children and lives in Leroy,Illinois. He is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association and the McLean County Bar Association. He is a member of the Greek Orthodox Church of the Three Hierarchs in Champaign, Illinois where he teaches religious education to high school children. His...
Kevin P. O'Flaherty
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Tinley Park, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 10 years experience
(708) 894-3030 16557 Oak Park Avenue, Ste. B
Tinley Park, IL 60477
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Business, Elder and Probate
Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology
At O’Flaherty Law, we are your community law firm. we are committed to providing personalized, efficient, and quality legal service. We pride ourselves on our “above-and-beyond” approach to client care, affordable fees, and communication. Please call us today at (630)324-6666 to schedule a free in-person or phone consultation. We are located in Downers Grove, Illinois. Our attorneys are happy to meet with you at our office or any other location convenient to you in order to work to accomplish your legal goals. Our team has expertise in many areas of law including but not limited...
(331) 254-3033 210 S 5th St
Ste. 107B
St. Charles, IL 60174
(847) 231-2102 8411 Pyott Road
Ste. 107
Lake in the Hills, IL 60156
(630) 324-6666 5002 Main Street, Ste. 201
Downers Grove, IL 60515
(331) 330-7466 105 Jackson Avenue
Ste. 4b
Naperville, IL 60540
(331) 253-4060 110 E. Schiller Street, Ste. 220B
Elmhurst, IL 60126
Robert Finegan
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Bloomington, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 4 years experience
(309) 827-0388 111 W. Front St.
Bloomington, IL 61701
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Bankruptcy, DUI and Real Estate
Northern Illinois University
After attending the University of Illinois for Undergraduate school I attended Northern Illinois University School of Law. I was a Prosecutor for the McLean County State's Attorney's office for a year and a half, before leaving the office to practice with my father Jim Finegan. I will be working closely with my father on bankruptcy, real estate and other civil cases in the Bloomington, Illinois area.
George L. Schoenbeck
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Orland Park, IL Estate Planning Lawyer
(708) 448-8141 9501 W. 144th Place
Suite 205
Orland Park, IL 60462
Estate Planning
Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology
George Schoenbeck represents clients in estate planning, estate administration, business succession planning, business general counsel matters and commercial transactions. He enjoys assisting his clients in navigating through the various obstacles they face in their estate and business matters. George Schoenbeck received his juris doctor from the Chicago-Kent College of Law and was conferred a Bachelors of Science in Accountancy with highest honors from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Mr. Schoenbeck has written articles published in the Illinois Bar Journal and various Section Council Newsletters of the Illinois State Bar Association on the topics of estate planning, estate administration,...
Mr. Dion U. Davi
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Joliet, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 15 years experience
(815) 582-4901 58 N. Chicago Street
7th Floor
Joliet, IL 60432
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Divorce, Family and Real Estate
The John Marshall Law School
Attorney Dion U. Davi has extensive experience in family, real estate and estate planning throughout Illinois. DuPage family law attorney Dion U. Davi is a skilled negotiator who seeks to resolve legal disputes with a favorable settlement whenever possible. When needed, however, he has the skills and experience to effectively and zealously advocate for his clients in court.
(630) 580-6373 1776A S. Naperville Road
Suite 105
Wheaton, IL 60189
(603) 657-5052 28371 Davis Parkway
Suite 103
Warrenville, IL 60555
(312) 985-5676 321 N. Clark Street
Suite 900
Chicago, IL 60654
Don Pioletti
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Bloomington, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 41 years experience
(309) 821-0246 121 N Main St
Bloomington, IL 61701
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Criminal, DUI and Divorce
George Mason University School of Law
Don B. Pioletti, Jr. has practiced law for over 35 years. He graduated from the George Mason University Law School in Virginia in 1976. He then served as an Assistant Illinois Attorney General and later as an Assistant State's Attorney. He now practices at Pioletti & Pioletti in Eureka, IL doing general practice law.
(309) 467-3213 107 E Eureka Ave #1
Eureka, IL 61530
John L. GreenLeaf Jr.
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Decatur, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 40 years experience
(217) 422-2771 2456 North Main Street
Corner of Melrose and North Main
Decatur, IL 62526
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Bankruptcy, Business and Probate
The John Marshall Law School and University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign
John L. GreenLeaf, Jr. has been in practice over 37 years representing consumers and businesses in Central Illinois. The firm concentrates in all forms of Bankruptcy, Business formation, and the preparation of Wills, Trusts and Estate Planning and administration of Probate Estates and Guardianships.
Judy A. Goldstein
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Mokena, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 32 years experience
(708) 479-0800 19235 Wolf Rd
Mokena, IL 60448
Estate Planning, Arbitration & Mediation, Criminal and Elder
DePaul College of Law, University of Illinois College of Law and University of Illinois College of Law
Sarah A Nolan
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Orland Park, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 9 years experience
(708) 226-9904 15255 S. 94th Ave
Suite 201
Orland Park, IL 60462
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Divorce and Family
DePaul College of Law
Sarah A. Nolan joined Anderson & Associates, P.C. in 2010 when was hired on as an associate attorney and now a partner of the firm. Sarah works primarily out of the firms Orland Park & Schaumburg offices, where she practices a variety of areas of law, including Family Law, Divorce, Estate Planning, Bankruptcy, Creditor Negotiations, and Litigation. Ms. Nolan handles cases in Cook County and the surrounding collar counties. Ms. Nolan received her Bachelor of Arts degree, Cum Laude, from the Loyola University of Chicago in 2005. In 2009, Ms. Nolan earned her Juris Doctorate from DePaul University -...
1515 E. Woodfield Road
Suite 640
Schaumburg, ID 60173
20 N. Clark St.
Suite 2720
Chicago, IL 60602
400 S. County Farm Road
Suite 320
Wheaton, IL 60187
James T. Finegan
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Bloomington, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 44 years experience
(309) 827-0388 111 W. Front St.
Bloomington, IL 61701
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Bankruptcy, Business and Real Estate
Northwestern University School of Law
Jim Finegan attended the University of Illinois for undergraduate school and Northwestern University for Law School. He moved to Bloomington, Illinois after graduating law school and he has over 40 years experience. He specializes in bankruptcy, real estate, and civil litigation.
(309) 827-0388 111 W. Front St.
Bloomington, IL 61701
Mr. Thomas Eric Ost
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Tinley Park, IL Estate Planning Attorney
(708) 359-1751 7734 Brookside Glen Drive
Tinley Park, IL 60487
Estate Planning, Business, Criminal and Domestic Violence
Illinois Institute of Technology
I am Thomas Eric Ost. As a former Assistant Public Defender in DuPage County, I handled hundreds of criminal, mental health, and juvenile cases. Those cases ranged from DUIs, Domestic Batteries, and Retail Thefts to Aggravated Batteries and Murder. The police and the prosecutors seem to do their best to dehumanize defendants to everyone including to the defendants themselves. Yet in 23 years of practice, I’ve learned that most people with legal problems are not bad people. They are people who are caught up in a problem a lot bigger than they...
David B. Sosin
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Orland Park, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 46 years experience
(708) 448-8141 9501 W. 144th Place
Suite 205
Orland Park, IL 60462
Estate Planning, Business, Municipal and Real Estate
Northwestern University
Mr. Sosin is a Partner in the firm Sosin, Arnold & Schoenbeck Ltd. A 1972 graduate of the Northwestern University School of Law, he has a bachelor's degree in finance from the University of Illinois. David Sosin has served as Village Attorney for the Village of Crestwood, Illinois for over a decade, and practices in all areas of auto dealership representation, real estate law, and zoning law. He is licensed to practice law in the states of Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin.

David Sosin was elected to the Illinois State Bar Association's College of Laureates in 2011, joining a select group of...
Jennifer K. Kearney
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Lockport, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 13 years experience
(815) 838-1000 200 W. 11th Street
Suite 2SW
Lockport, IL 60441
Estate Planning, Business, Criminal and DUI
The John Marshall Law School
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Estate planning arranges for the transfer of an individual's estate at the time of death. An estate consists of all property owned at death before it is distributed by will, trust, or intestacy laws. An estate may contain both real property and personal property. Estate planning allows an individual to decide exactly who will benefit from his or her estate, and to what extent. It can also reduce the taxes imposed on the transfer of assets at death.

An experienced estate planning lawyer can help minimize the amount of the estate surrendered to taxes as well as ensure that the management and distribution of the estate is carried out according to your plans. Particularly when your plans are complex and/or you have substantial property or assets, it is important to have an attorney who can ensure that your plan functions the way you intend. Depending on the complexity of your individual situation, your estate planning team may include attorneys, financial planners, bankers and insurance professionals. Some states certify attorneys as estate planning specialists, which means they have met certain requirements for experience, education, and testing in that field.


Fiduciary: A person or institution who manages money or property for another and who must exercise a standard care imposed by law, i.e., personal representative or executor of an estate, a trustee, etc.

Personal representative: The person who administers an estate. If named in a will, that person's title is an executor. If there is no valid will, that person's title is an administrator.