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John L. GreenLeaf Jr.
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Macon County, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 41 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.
McLean County, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 43 years experience
(309) 962-2791 112 E Center St
Le Roy, IL 61752
Estate Planning, Municipal and Real Estate
Todd Alan Roseberry
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McLean County, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 21 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...
Robert Finegan
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McLean County, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 5 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.
James T. Finegan
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McLean County, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 46 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.
Christopher Everett Sherer
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Sangamon County, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 19 years experience
(217) 525-1571 One West Old State Capitol Plaza
Suite 600 ~ Myers Building
Springfield, IL 62701
Estate Planning, Administrative, Appeals and Family
University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law
James R. Enlow
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Sangamon County, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 31 years experience
(217) 522-9010 1231 S 8th St
Springfield, IL 62703
Estate Planning, Criminal, Employment and Probate
Southern Illinois University - Carbondale
Rhonda K Jenkins
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Sangamon County, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 23 years experience
(217) 544-2500 421 South Grand Ave West
Quantum Centre, Suite 1A
Springfield, IL 62704
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Divorce, Family and Probate
Southern Illinois University - Carbondale
Experienced trial lawyer. Practicing in Sangamon County and Central Illinois.
Julie C. King
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Champaign County, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 19 years experience
(217) 239-3519 301 N. Neil, Suite 400
CHAMPAIGN, IL 61820
Estate Planning, Business, IP and Trademarks
University of Illinois College of Law
I’m a solo practice attorney in Champaign, Illinois. I focus exclusively on estate planning (wills, trusts, powers of attorney), business formation and transactions, and intellectual property (trademark, copyright, trade secrets, non-disclosure agreements).

I have 20 years of experience in working with clients, from individuals to large businesses, to help them with life stage planning, business planning, intellectual property protection, dispute resolution, and other legal matters. My “proactive planning” approach to my practice means that I works with clients to carefully develop plans of action to help achieve their personal and business goals as smoothly as possible and avoid common problems as...
William A Peithmann
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Champaign County, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 41 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
David V. White
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Sangamon County, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 30 years experience
(217) 726-7540 801 South MacArthur Blvd
Springfield, IL 62704
Estate Planning, Appeals, Arbitration & Mediation and Business
University of Kentucky College of Law
Dave White is a partner with Kopec, White & Spooner Attorneys at Law (telephone 217-726-7540) and has over 25 years experience helping small business owners, families and individuals in Springfield, Illinois and throughout Sangamon County and Central Illinois. Kopec, White & Spooner is a full-service law firm providing cost-conscious representation and legal solutions for its clients.
Don Pioletti
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McLean County, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 42 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.
Kevin Linder
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Sangamon County, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 25 years experience
(217) 793-6477 625 S 2nd St
Springfield, IL 62704
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Bankruptcy, Family and Social Security Disability
Aggressive statewide Illinois firm in the areas of Social Security Disability law and ERISA disability benefits. We do practice bankruptcy and Family law in our Central Illinois office, however, we handle Social Security cases state wide and out of our soon to be opened Wheaton office. Our firm is a member of the National Organization of Social Security Disability Claimants and Representatives and listed in the Chicago Bar Association Social Security Panel for referral attorneys. We provide extra-ordinary service as we have several former DDS examiners who develop our cases in preparation for hearings - we have over 110+...
Brigette M. Lobacz
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Tazewell County, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 10 years experience
(309) 347-4141 410 Broadway
Pekin, IL 61554
Estate Planning, Collections, Probate and Real Estate
Southern Illinois University - Carbondale
Jackson E Donley
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Sangamon County, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 38 years experience
(217) 801-5959 975 S. Durkin Drive, Suite 101
Springfield, IL 62704
Estate Planning, Immigration, Probate and Social Security Disability
The John Marshall Law School
Joshua Phillip Rinker
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McLean County, IL Estate Planning Lawyer
(309) 827-0388 111 W. Front St.
Bloomington, IL 61701
Estate Planning, Criminal, DUI and Divorce
Ward F. McDonald
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Champaign County, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 50 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...
Todd J. Black
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Champaign County, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 33 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 County, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 47 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...
John Hensley
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Champaign County, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 37 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 County, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 41 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
Rebecca E.P. Wade
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Champaign County, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 21 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...
Valerie M Moehle
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Tazewell County, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 34 years experience
(309) 347-4141 410 Broadway
Pekin, IL 61554
Estate Planning, Elder, Probate and Real Estate
Northern Illinois University
Marjorie A. Harris
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Champaign County, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 36 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...
Brooke A. Didier Starks
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Champaign County, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 16 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...
Dennis R. Atteberry
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Sangamon County, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 18 years experience
(217) 299-3131 1100 S. 5th Street
Springfield, IL 62703
Estate Planning, Criminal, Personal Injury and Workers' Comp
John Wozniak
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Champaign County, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 23 years experience
(217) 367-1647 108 East Anthony Drive, Suite A
Urbana, IL 61802
Estate Planning, Probate and Real Estate
University of Illinois College of Law
Fred B Moore
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McLean County, IL Estate Planning Attorney
(309) 830-3084 2107 Ridge Creek Dr
Bloomington, IL 61705
Estate Planning and Real Estate
University of Illinois College of Law
Forrest J. Heyman
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Champaign County, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 7 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...
Darrell Dies
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Woodford County, IL Estate Planning Lawyer
(309) 282-9112 1201 South Main Street
Eureka, IL 61530
Estate Planning
Darrell Dies
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Woodford County, IL Estate Planning Attorney
(309) 282-9112 201 West Center Street
Eureka, IL 61530
Estate Planning
Sangamon County, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 36 years experience
(217) 726-9875 415 South 7th Street
Springfield, IL 62701
Estate Planning, Bankruptcy, Criminal and Divorce
University of Missouri - St. Louis
Sangamon County, IL Estate Planning Lawyer
(217) 544-7370 1119 S 6th St
Springfield, IL 62703
Estate Planning and Business
Sangamon County, IL Estate Planning Attorney
1035 S 2nd St
Springfield, IL 62704
Estate Planning
Sangamon County, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 42 years experience
(217) 528-7333 1129 S 7th St
Springfield, IL 62703
Estate Planning, Arbitration & Mediation, Bankruptcy and Elder
Champaign County, IL Estate Planning Attorney
(217) 352-4167 1 E Main St
Champaign, IL 61820
Estate Planning
Sangamon County, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 2 years experience
(217) 525-0413 1300 S 8th St
Springfield, IL 62703
Estate Planning, Business and Tax
Southern Illinois University School of Law
Sangamon County, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 8 years experience
(217) 698-0202 536 N Bruns Ln
Ste 1
Springfield, IL 62702
Estate Planning, Personal Injury and Workers' Comp
Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology
Sangamon County, IL Estate Planning Attorney
(217) 528-2517 325 E Old State Capitol St
Springfield, IL 62701
Estate Planning, Business, Personal Injury and Real Estate
Champaign County, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 21 years experience
(217) 531-1120 1 E Main St
Champaign, IL 61820
Estate Planning and Real Estate
The University of Texas School of Law
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Planning your estate?

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.