Urbana, Illinois Estate Planning Lawyers

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...
Barbara Morton
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Joliet, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 21 years experience
(815) 666-1285 58 N. Chicago Street
Suite 405
Joliet, IL 60432
Estate Planning, Divorce, Family and Real Estate
Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan
Barbara Morton graduated from the University of Colorado with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication in 1992. Ms. Morton followed her BA with an MBA in Finance and Accounting from Regis University in Colorado Springs, Colorado in 1996. Ms. Morton received her law degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan in 1998. She has been licensed to practice law in Illinois since May 1999. Her practice emphasis is in Family law issues, Real Estate, Wills, Powers of Attorney, Traffic and Personal Injury. She has represented clients in litigation matters before Federal and State Courts, arbitration and...
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,...
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....
Trent West
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(217) 563-7777 320 W. Central St.
PO Box 36
Nokomis, IL 62075
Nokomis, IL Estate Planning Lawyer
Estate Planning, Personal Injury, Probate and Traffic Tickets
Thomas M. Cooley Law School
Our firm is rooted in Montgomery County with two offices to better serve the area. I handle many cases in the surrounding counties (Macoupin, Bond, Fayette, Christian, and Shelby County) as well. We have experience handling many areas of law, including personal injury (car wrecks/dog bites/slip or trip & falls/wrongful deaths/malpractice), traffic/DUI/criminal defense cases, bankruptcy, family law (custody/child support/adoption/divorce), estate planning (wills/POAs/trusts), and estate administration (non-probate and probate), and general civil practice.

I grew up Nokomis (Montgomery County), where my parents still reside. My degrees are from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and Thomas M. Cooley Law School....
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.
Adam Gynac
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Joliet, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 11 years experience
(815) 582-3600 58 N. Chicago Street, Suite 305
Joliet, IL 60432
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Divorce, Family and Probate
Northern Illinois University
I'm a trial attorney with extensive courtroom experience. I also teach college classes as an adjunct professor in areas such as criminal law, criminal procedure, business law, business ethics and corrections.

My primary practice focus is family law and domestic relations litigation. My secondary areas of concentration include estate planning and probate.

* 2018 SuperLawyers Top 2.5% Rising Star
* 2018 National Advocates Top 40 Under 40 Attorneys in Illinois in Matrimonial and Family Law
* 2018 Recognized as one of the "Ten Best" Family Law Attorneys in Illinois by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys (AIOFLA)
Masah S SamForay
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Joliet, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 13 years experience
(312) 702-1293 9 E. Jefferson St.
Joliet, 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...
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
James R. Enlow
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Springfield, 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
Judy A. Goldstein
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Mokena, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 33 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
Rhonda K Jenkins
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Springfield, 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.
Kevin Linder
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Springfield, 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+...
Jackson E Donley
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Springfield, 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
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
Christopher Everett Sherer
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Springfield, 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
Samantha L Sweeney
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Manteno, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 9 years experience
(815) 468-0291 33 N. Main St.
Ste. 2
Manteno, IL 60950
Estate Planning, Divorce, Family and Real Estate
Valparaiso University School of Law
Kelly Karczmar
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Crete, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 14 years experience
(708) 927-1234 575 W. Exchange St.
Suite 102
Crete, IL 60417
Estate Planning, Elder, Probate and Real Estate
The John Marshall Law School
Attorney Kelly Karczmar graduated from the University of Chicago with honors in 1994. She graduated from the John Marshall Law School in 2005, where she served in the Fair Housing Legal Clinic. Ms. Karczmar served for six years as a Human Resources Director in a Fortune 100 company. She was responsible for union negotiations, employee relations and legal compliance. Ms. Karczmar is an attorney admitted to practice in the state bar of Illinois, as well as the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. She has practiced law since 2005. She is a member of...
David V. White
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Springfield, 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.
Susan Dawson-Tibbits
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Peoria, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 40 years experience
(309) 693-4477 7800 N. Sommer Street
Suite 412C
Peoria, IL 61615
Estate Planning, Elder and Family
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
Trisha M. Rachoy
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Frankfort, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 15 years experience
(815) 534-2003 21200 S. LaGrange Rd
Ste 146
Frankfort, IL 60423
Estate Planning, Business, Probate and Real Estate
Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology
Trisha focuses her private practice on individual and small business transactional and compliance matters. She handles all areas of real estate law, estate planning and probate matters, and business transactions and compliance. She believes in actively listening and communicating with her clients in order to help them accomplish their goals. Before starting her own practice, Trisha worked in both a large law firm and as general counsel for a small business. While working for one of the largest labor and employment law firms in the country, Trisha gained experience counseling employers on benefit law compliance and transactions....
Brigette M. Lobacz
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Pekin, 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
Paul V Martin
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Ottawa, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 46 years experience
(815) 434-2000 511 E. Etna Rd
Ottawa, IL 61350
Estate Planning, Elder, Insurance Claims and Insurance Defense
The John Marshall Law School
Paul is an experienced civil litigation attorney. With a strong background in the insurance defense field for 30+ years, he is a knowledgeable and experienced trial and defense attorney. As well as being a litigator in trial courts, Paul has also argued cases before the Third District Appellate Court and the Supreme Court of Illinois.
He is currently a member of the LaSalle County, Illinois State Bar Assocation and the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel. Paul served on the Illinois Supreme Court Committee on Professional Responsibility from 2006 to 2015; and served as a special assistant Attorney General from...
Fred B Moore
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Bloomington, 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
J. Steven Ayres
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Robinson, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 13 years experience
(618) 544-8661 P.O. Box 250
216 S. Cross Street
Robinson, IL 62454
Estate Planning, Appeals, Business and Collections
University of Illinois College of Law
Dennis R. Atteberry
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Taylorville, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 18 years experience
(217) 824-3131 220 West Main Cross Street
Taylorville, IL 62568
Estate Planning, Criminal, Personal Injury and Workers' Comp
Thomas Planera
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Matteson, IL Estate Planning Lawyer
(708) 283-8500 4440 Lincoln Hwy
Matteson, IL 60443
Estate Planning, Business and Real Estate
Valerie M Moehle
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Pekin, 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
Nick Bathas
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Mokena, IL Estate Planning Attorney
(708) 479-8468 11210 Front Street
Mokena, IL 60448
Estate Planning, Appeals, Elder and Tax
Loyola University of Chicago School of Law
James B. Spina
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Crete, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 40 years experience
(708) 647-1900 27612 Soouth State Line Road
Crete, IL 60430
Free ConsultationEstate Planning and Real Estate
Illinois Institute of Technology
Practicing law since 1979, James B. Spina is well-experienced in real estate transactions, property transfers, wills, trusts, powers of attorney and estate planning. His fees are very reasonable, affordable for just about anyone.
Darrell Dies
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Eureka, IL Estate Planning Lawyer
(309) 282-9112 1201 South Main Street
Eureka, IL 61530
Estate Planning
Darrell Dies
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Eureka, IL Estate Planning Attorney
(309) 282-9112 201 West Center Street
Eureka, IL 61530
Estate Planning
Peoria, IL Estate Planning Attorney
(800) 986-6080 456 Fulton St
#425
Peoria, IL 61602
Estate Planning, Administrative, Family and Real Estate
The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law and University of Illinois College of Law
Peoria, IL Estate Planning Lawyer
(800) 986-6080 456 Fulton St
#425
Peoria, IL 61602
Estate Planning, Criminal, Medical Malpractice and Probate
Drake University
Peoria, IL Estate Planning Attorney
(309) 497-3223 401 Main Street
Peoria, IL 61602
Estate Planning, Business, Employment and Tax
Southern Illinois University School of Law
Springfield, 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
Crest Hill, IL Estate Planning Lawyer with 21 years experience
(213) 622-5124 2405 Ingalls Ave Apt 213
Crest Hill, IL 60403
Estate Planning and Business
DePaul Univ COL
Peoria, IL Estate Planning Attorney with 17 years experience
(888) 357-4339 333 Main Street
Peoria, IL 61602
Estate Planning, Criminal and Family
Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology
Springfield, 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
Bradley, IL Estate Planning Lawyer
(815) 935-2100 236 N Industrial Dr
Bradley, IL 60915
Estate Planning, Business, Collections and Divorce
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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.