Urbana, Illinois Estate Planning Lawyers

John Wozniak
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Urbana, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 22 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
Urbana, IL Estate Planning Lawyer
(217) 337-5651 2403 Burlison Dr
Urbana, IL 61801
Estate Planning and Real Estate
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...
Todd J. Black
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Champaign, 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 Hensley
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Champaign, 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
Rebecca E.P. Wade
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Champaign, 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...
Catherine H. Barbercheck
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Champaign, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 40 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
Marjorie A. Harris
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Champaign, 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, 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...
John H. Elder
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Champaign, 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...
Ward F. McDonald
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Champaign, 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...
Forrest J. Heyman
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Champaign, 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...
William A Peithmann
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Mahomet, 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
Champaign, 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
Champaign, IL Estate Planning Attorney
(217) 356-7266 206 N Randolph St
Champaign, IL 61820
Estate Planning and Real Estate
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 Attorney
(217) 352-4167 1 E Main St
Champaign, IL 61820
Estate Planning
Champaign, IL Estate Planning Lawyer
(217) 352-2724 2511 Waterbury Pl
Champaign, IL 61822
Estate Planning and Real Estate
Todd Alan Roseberry
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Bloomington, 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...
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.
John L. GreenLeaf Jr.
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Decatur, 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.
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.
Brian D. Pondenis
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Charleston, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 12 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.
Don Pioletti
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Bloomington, 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.
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.
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
Bruce Baber
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Paris, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 39 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.
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
Charleston, IL Estate Planning Lawyer
(217) 345-2510 611 6th St
Charleston, IL 61920
Estate Planning, Municipal and Real Estate
Mattoon, IL Estate Planning Attorney
(217) 235-5651 1500 Broadway Ave
Mattoon, IL 61938
Estate Planning, Business, Criminal and Divorce
Charleston, IL Estate Planning Attorney
(217) 639-7800 6009 Park Drive
Charleston, IL 61920
Estate Planning, Probate and Real Estate
University of Tennessee College of Law
Charleston, IL Estate Planning Lawyer
(217) 345-4200 1550 Douglas St
Charleston, IL 61920
Estate Planning, Elder and Real Estate
Monticello, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 42 years experience
316 S Charter St
PO Box 80
Monticello, IL 61856
Estate Planning, Administrative and Real Estate
Arthur, IL Estate Planning Attorney
225 S Vine St
Arthur, IL 61911
Estate Planning, Municipal and Real Estate
Danville, IL Estate Planning Lawyer
(217) 446-9208 711 N Gilbert St
Danville, IL 61832
Estate Planning and Real Estate
Le Roy, 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
Paris, IL Estate Planning Attorney
117 E Washington St
Paris, IL 61944
Estate Planning and Personal Injury
Dion U. Davi
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Joliet, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 16 years experience
(815) 582-4901 58 N. Chicago Street
Suite 102
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.
Drew R. Quitschau
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Peoria, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 16 years experience
456 Fulton St. Suite 203
Peoria, IL 61602
Estate Planning, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Probate
University of Arkansas School of Law
Drew Quitschau is an accomplished, results-driven attorney with 15 years of legal experience in a multitude of practice areas. He is dedicated to providing exceptional legal services to clients by developing creative strategies to accomplish their objectives. Drew primarily concentrates in the areas of real estate transactions, business law, family law, collections, probate, and estate planning.

Drew Quitschau received his B.A. from Gustavus Adolphus College, his J.D. from the University of Arkansas, and he is currently pursuing an M.B.A. from Illinois State University. While in law school, Drew was the Articles Editor of the Arkansas Law Review, an Arkansas Bar...
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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.


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