Sherman, Illinois Estate Planning Lawyers

Edward J. Blake Jr.
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(855) 886-1529 305 West Professional Park Avenue
Effingham, IL 62401
Free ConsultationEffingham, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 41 years experience
Estate Planning, Elder, Probate and Tax
Saint Louis University School of Law
Blake Behme Gilbreth Links, P.C. has offices in Belleville, Collinsville, Edwardsville, Carlyle and Effingham, Illinois. AREAS OF PRACTICE: Probate Law, Family Law, Real Estate Law, Tax Law and Estate Planning, including Business, Child Custody, Child Support, Collaborative Divorce, Commercial Real Estate, Consume Protection, Debt Settlement, Divorce, Divorce Mediation, Estate Planning, Wills, Trusts, Breaches of Fiduciary Duty, Family, Foreclosure, Landlord/Tenant, Legal Malpractice, Litigation, Civil Lawsuits, Military Divorce, Nursing Home, Personal Injury, Probate, Estate Settlement, Real Estate, Securities, DCFS, Tax, Internal Revenue Service, Illinois Department of Revenue, Illinois Department of Employment Security and White Collar Crime.
Kelly Garrett-Hicks
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Belleville, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 14 years experience
(618) 551-0300 20 East Main Street
Belleville, IL 62220
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Divorce, Family and Probate
Southern Illinois University - Carbondale
Ms. Hicks has been practicing law in St. Clair and Monroe Counties for more than 10 years. She has successfully tried numerous divorce and custody cases. She is also an experienced mediator. Ms. Hicks grew up in a small town in Monroe County and returned to the area to practice law. She resides with her husband and son in Columbia.
Mary Christine Ludwig
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Pontiac, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 14 years experience
(815) 844-7151 P.O. Box 407
109 N. Mill St.
Pontiac, IL 61764
Estate Planning, Agricultural, Business and Probate
Drake University Law School
Mary Ludwig received her J.D. and M.B.A., along with a Certificate in Food and Agricultural Law from Drake University in 2005. Prior to that she received a Bachelors of Science in Agriculture Economics from the University of Illinois. Mary concentrates her practice in agricultural law, estate planning, real estate transactions and probate. Her agricultural law experience includes organization and representation of production agricultural farm operations, agricultural cooperatives, grain elevators, agricultural input suppliers, ethanol and bio-diesel plants, and specialty farm product companies, wind tower and cell tower leases and easements, pipeline, gas, public utility and fiber optic easements,...
Julie C. King
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CHAMPAIGN, 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...
Robert Finegan
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Bloomington, 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.
Amy F. Campbell Spector
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Edwardsville, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 10 years experience
(618) 551-0300 600 Country Club View, Ste. 2
Edwardsville, IL 62025
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Divorce, Family and Probate
Southern Illinois University - Carbondale
Amy F. Spector is a managing partner with Hicks & Spector, L.L.C. She is licensed to practice law in the State of Illinois . Ms. Spector holds a B.S. in Business Administration from The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she majored in Marketing and minored in Psychology. Ms. Spector received her Juris Doctorate Degree from Southern Illinois University School of Law in Carbondale, Illinois, where she was an active member of the Phi Alpha Delta legal fraternity, as well as the student division of the American Bar Association.

After law school, Ms. Spector went on...
Jennifer Bunker Skerston
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Streator, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 10 years experience
(815) 672-8505 7 Dannys Drive, Suite 1
Streator, IL 61364
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Elder, Family and Probate
Michigan State University
Jennifer Bunker Skerston has worked in the Illinois Valley legal community for the past seven years handling many litigation related matters including will contests, property tax appeals, breach of contract, and personal injury claims.

Jennifer Bunker Skerston is actively involved in the Illinois State Bar Association Trusts and Estates Section Council. She is the Editor of the Council’s monthly publication distributed to members throughout Illinois. She also assists the Council in providing continuing legal education to attorneys, determining the need for new legislation, and reviewing and suggesting changes to current legislative proposals affecting wills, trusts and estates....
Hrant Norsigian Jr
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OFallon, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 31 years experience
(618) 628-8500 220 East State Street
Suite 2C
OFallon, IL 62269
Estate Planning, Business, Personal Injury and Probate
Washington University School of Law
Hrant “Hud” Norsigian, Jr. is the founder and owner of Norsigian Law Office located in O’Fallon, Illinois. Mr. Norsigian has over 30 years’ experience as an attorney and is licensed in both Illinois and Missouri.

Mr. Norsigian graduated with honors from Washington University in St. Louis in 1985 receiving his Bachelor of Science degree with a major in mathematics and a minor in economics.

Mr. Norsigian graduated from Washington University School of Law (J.D. 1988), Magna Cum Laude and earned Order of the Coif honors. He was also awarded the American Jurisprudence Award for the...
Emily E. Scott
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Swansea, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 13 years experience
(618) 416-3526 4509 N. Illinois St.
Ste 4
Swansea, IL 62226
Estate Planning, Arbitration & Mediation, Divorce and Probate
Southern Illinois University - Carbondale
Emily is a determined and fierce advocate for her clients. At the same time her welcoming smile and friendly personality will put you at ease when discussing your legal problem. Emily has spent the last 12 years representing clients in real estate, eviction and installment sales contract cases. Whether it is negotiating a settlement or taking a case to court, Emily’s experience allows her to get results for her clients.

Emily has an Urban and Regional Planning degree from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and a law degree from Southern Illinois University. While in law school, she worked for...
Neal J. Wallace
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Edwardsville, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 24 years experience
(618) 692-9967 216 E Park Street
Edwardsville, IL 62025
Estate Planning, Business, Construction and Elder
University of Dayton School of Law
Accomplished attorney with background in the areas of real estate, business law, consumer law, wills, trusts, & estate planning, employment law, and dispute resolution. Extensive experience drafting and negotiating contracts and legal documents, particularly in the corporate and real estate areas. Able to identify core issues and obtain solid results. Approved Mediator for the Greater Gateway Association of Realtors Arbitration panelist in the Madison County Mandatory Arbitration program
Brian D. Pondenis
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Charleston, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 13 years experience
(217) 345-3929 604 Jackson Avenue
Charleston, IL 61920
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Bankruptcy, Family and Probate
University of Illinois College of Law
Brian is proud to continue the tradition of personal services performed by Brainard Law Offices LLC, the oldest law firm in Charleston. We have the advantage of years of experience, both from debtor, creditor, and trustee perspectives, which enables our firm to provide superior bankruptcy services for our clients. We believe each client deserves individual attention.
William Wombacher
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Peoria, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 40 years experience
(888) 541-2088 416 Main St, Suite 700
Peoria, IL 61602
Estate Planning, Elder, Probate and Social Security Disability
University of Iowa
Bill was born and raised in Peoria, IL. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a B.A. degree in Government. He received his law degree (JD) at the University of Iowa graduating with honors. He has been practicing law in Central Illinois since his graduation and admission into the Illinois Bar. Legal ability and ethical standards ratings are published each year by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory.Bill has the highest possible rating of AV. The legal ability rating is "A" which means he is rated as very high to preeminent. The "V" rating means that he embraces faithful adherence...
Mr. Jacob J. Frost
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Spring Valley, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 13 years experience
(815) 323-4851 102 E. Saint Paul Street
Spring Valley, IL 61362
Estate Planning, Business, Collections and Education
University of Illinois College of Law
Jacob J. Frost practices in the areas of estate/trust administration, residential and commercial real estate purchases and sales, business organizations, governmental law, and wills and trusts. Attorney Frost has served and represented clients in the Illinois Valley area for several years. Frost earned his law degree from the University of Illinois College of Law, with high honors in Legal Research and Writing. He received his Associate of Arts degree, summa cum laude, from Illinois Valley Community College and his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He was admitted to both Phi Beta Kappa...
Andrew O. Mays
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Quincy, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 10 years experience
(217) 318-3521 529 Hampshire Street, Suite 621
Quincy, IL 62301
Free ConsultationEstate Planning and Probate
Marquette University Law School
I am a thrid generation attorney originally from Quincy. I focus my practice on estate planning and estate administration because its a topic that is so important to every family. Whether it's a young family like mine where primary concern is ensuring children are taken care of in the event something happens to the parents, a family with adult children who need a little protection from themselves (or an ex-spouse), or a multi-million dollar estate with complex tax planning issues; everyone needs an estate plan. I try to make the process as easy as possible for you so that a...
James T. Finegan
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Bloomington, 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.
Meagan K. Box
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Peoria, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 13 years experience
(309) 222-2433 809 W Detweiller Dr
#800
Peoria, IL 61615
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Criminal and DUI
Southern Illinois University School of Law
Stan Weller
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Belleville, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 21 years experience
(618) 277-3476 1 S. Church St.
Suite 202
Belleville, IL 62220
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Divorce, Family and Probate
Southern Illinois University - Carbondale
Stan R. Weller is a practicing attorney in the Southern Illinois/Metro East St. Louis area. He established the Weller Law Firm in 2006 after a number of years in private firms, as well as a period with the Illinois Attorney General’s office working in the Sexually Violent Persons Unit. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1992 and his Juris Doctorate degree from the Southern Illinois University of Carbondale in 1998. He is a certified mediator, arbitrator, and former guardian ad litem, but concentrates his practice in the areas of family law and...
Michelle R. Eggert
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Peoria, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 25 years experience
(309) 671-3550 411 Hamilton Blvd
Suite 1400
Peoria, IL 61602
Estate Planning, Divorce and Family
University of Michigan Law School and DePaul College of Law
Tyler Scott Phillips
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Quincy, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 7 years experience
(217) 214-2757 811 Maine Street
Quincy, IL 62301
Estate Planning, Criminal, Family and Real Estate
Saint Louis University School of Law
Tyler Phillips began his legal career as solo practitioner following graduation from the St. Louis University School of Law in 2012. Thereafter, Tyler joined a law firm in Quincy, Illinois and engaged in a diverse area of practice including divorce, domestic relations, real estate, estate planning, criminal defense, and civil litigation, in both Illinois and Missouri. Tyler joined the firm of Hauk and Owens in 2016 where he continues to practice in both Illinois and Missouri. Tyler was born and raised in Quincy, Illinois, where he graduated from Quincy Notre Dame before traveling to St. Louis for his undergraduate...
Steve Giacoletto
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Collinsville, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 29 years experience
(888) 346-8841 30 Summer Tree Lane
Collinsville, IL 62234
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, DUI, Personal Injury and Workers' Comp
Saint Louis University School of Law
Author: The Illinois Guide Book to Auto Accidents The Illinois Guide Book to Semi Truck Accidents Avvo Rating: 10.0 Superb American Association of Justice/American Trial Lawyers Association Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
Joe Pappas
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Charleston, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 3 years experience
622 Jackson Avenue
Charleston, IL 61920
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Bankruptcy, Business and Probate
Southern Illinois University - Carbondale
I am a personable and caring attorney who aims to serve those in need.

My office is located in Coles County, but happy and able to serve those as far north as Champaign-Urbana, or as far south as Effingham.
Timothy Ryan Connor
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Greenville, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 11 years experience
(618) 664-9202 200 South Third Street
Post Office Box 352
Greenville, IL 62246
Estate Planning, Business, Family and Municipal
New England Law | Boston
Stephany L. Impson
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Neponset, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 46 years experience
(630) 606-8914 8067 200 East Street
Neponset, IL 61345
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Divorce, Family and Real Estate
University of Illinois College of Law
Stephany L. Impson received her law degree from the University of Illinois. In addition, she has an MBA with emphases in Marketing and Finance from Northwestern University, is a certified Illinois Administrative Adjudicator, and has certification as a Family Law Mediator.

For over three decades, Stephany worked in the title insurance industry. For much of that time, she was a national underwriting counsel. In that capacity, she underwrote and closed transactions for commercial and industrial properties located in the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Canada. In the four years...
Don Pioletti
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Bloomington, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 43 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.
Stephen C. Jones
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Alton, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 20 years experience
(618) 208-1469 307 Henry Street, Suite 411
Alton, IL 62002
Free ConsultationEstate Planning
Saint Louis University School of Law
Stephen Jones has spent much of his career in the litigation arena, seeking compensation for victims of medical and financial injuries. Many of his cases involved helping individuals and families in crisis situations, particularly those suffering from Mesothelioma and other lung diseases resulting from exposure to asbestos, and seniors who had been victimized by financial injury and lost their life savings. This, together with watching his grandmother struggle with congestive heart failure, inspired Stephen to found Stephen Jones & Associates. The firm is dedicated to helping families plan for the future, protect themselves against the high cost...
John Hensley
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Champaign, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 38 years experience
(217) 531-2180 One E. Main Street
Suite 204
Champaign, IL 61820
Estate Planning, DUI, Divorce and Family
Daniel B. Stoerzbach
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Galesburg, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 36 years experience
(309) 343-5010 2101 Windish Drive
Galesburg, IL 61401
Estate Planning, Business, Elder and Nursing Home
University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign
Ward F. McDonald
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Champaign, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 51 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...
John Wozniak
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Urbana, 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
William A Peithmann
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Mahomet, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 42 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
Rebecca E.P. Wade
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Champaign, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 22 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...
Joshua Phillip Rinker
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Bloomington, IL Estate Planning Lawyer
(309) 827-0388 111 W. Front St.
Bloomington, IL 61701
Estate Planning, Criminal, DUI and Divorce
Forrest J. Heyman
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Champaign, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 8 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...
Susan Dawson-Tibbits
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Peoria, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 41 years experience
(309) 693-4477 7800 N. Sommer Street
Suite 412C
Peoria, IL 61615
Estate Planning, Elder and Family
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
Todd J. Black
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Champaign, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 34 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 48 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...
Michael J. Diaz
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Greenville, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 38 years experience
(618) 664-1872 102 E. Main St.
Greenville, IL 62246
Estate Planning, Business, Divorce and Probate
Brooke A. Didier Starks
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Champaign, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 17 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...
Megan M. Gilbreth
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(618) 233-7900 521West Main Street
Suite 100
Belleville, IL 62220
Free ConsultationBelleville, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 7 years experience
Estate Planning, Divorce, Probate and Tax
MEGAN M. GILBRETH, born in Belleville, Illinois.

License: Illinois 2012
Education: Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (B.S. in Social Work, Summa Cum Laude, 2007); St. Louis University School of Law (J.D., 2010)

Areas of Practice: Ms. Gilbreth practices in the following areas of law: Family Law, Divorce, Guardianships, Estates and Trusts, Litigation, as well as General Practice.

Illinois State Bar Association Section Member: Family Law
Jerold Horn
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Peoria, IL Estate Planning Lawyer
(309) 676-2778 401 Main Street
Suite 1650
Peoria, IL 61602
Estate Planning, Business, Real Estate and Tax
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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.

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