Bloomington, Illinois Real Estate Lawyers

Robert Finegan
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Bloomington, IL Real Estate Law Attorney with 4 years experience
(309) 827-0388 111 W. Front St.
Bloomington, IL 61701
Free ConsultationReal Estate, Bankruptcy, DUI and Traffic Tickets
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.
Phil Finegan
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Bloomington, IL Real Estate Law Lawyer with 6 years experience
(309) 827-0388 111 W. Front St.
Bloomington, IL 61701
Free ConsultationReal Estate, Criminal, DUI and Traffic Tickets
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 before leaving the office to practice with my father Jim Finegan. I specialize in Criminal Defense, including DUIs, felony cases, drug cases, orders of protection and expungements and will use my background as a Prosecutor to help you defend your case.
Joe Pioletti
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Bloomington, IL Real Estate Law Lawyer with 5 years experience
(309) 821-0246 121 North Main Street
Bloomington, IL 61701
Free ConsultationReal Estate, Bankruptcy, Criminal and DUI
Southern Illinois University - Carbondale
A native of central Illinois, Attorney Joe C. Pioletti was born and raised in Eureka, IL. Joe received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Management from Eureka College where he also minored in Spanish. Joe then received his Juris Doctor from Southern Illinois University School of Law. While in law school Joe worked in the Domestic Violence Advocacy Clinic and was a three-time recipient of the Charter Class Campaign for Academic Excellence Scholarship. At Pioletti & Pioletti Joe represents a diverse range of clients in several areas of law including criminal defense, bankruptcy, and civil...
James T. Finegan
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Bloomington, IL Real Estate Law Attorney with 45 years experience
(309) 827-0388 111 W. Front St.
Bloomington, IL 61701
Free ConsultationReal Estate, Bankruptcy, Business and Estate Planning
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.
Don Pioletti
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Bloomington, IL Real Estate Law Attorney with 41 years experience
(309) 821-0246 121 N Main St
Bloomington, IL 61701
Free ConsultationReal Estate, 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.
David Dunn
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Bloomington, IL Real Estate Law Lawyer with 42 years experience
(309) 820-1576 P.O.Box 1445
Bloomington, IL 61702-1445
Real Estate
The John Marshall Law School
David has been a lawyer practicing in Bloomington since 1976, and a father of 6. His practice focus is commercial and residential real estate law. David is a retired Lieutenant Colonel having served in the Illinois Army National Guard for over 23 years, his last position being the State Judge Advocate, Office of the Adjutant General, Springfield,Illinois. He is a licensed title insurance agent and a member of the Board of Directors of Attorneys' Title Guarantee Fund, Inc., 2006-present. David is a graduate of The John Marshall Law School (JD, 1976) and Illinois State University (BS, MS, 1971).
Fred B Moore
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Bloomington, IL Real Estate Law Attorney
(309) 830-3084 2107 Ridge Creek Dr
Bloomington, IL 61705
Real Estate and Estate Planning
University of Illinois College of Law
Bloomington, IL Real Estate Law Lawyer
(309) 827-3602 235 E Front St
Bloomington, IL 61701
Real Estate and Business
Jason Bartell
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Bloomington, IL Real Estate Law Lawyer with 20 years experience
(217) 352-5900 207 W. Jefferson St.
Bloomington, IL 309-807-5275
Real Estate, Agricultural, Business and Construction
Southern Illinois University - Carbondale
El Paso, IL Real Estate Law Lawyer
(309) 527-4300 15 W Front St
El Paso, IL 61738
Real Estate and Estate Planning
Le Roy, IL Real Estate Law Attorney with 42 years experience
(309) 962-2791 112 E Center St
Le Roy, IL 61752
Real Estate, Estate Planning and Municipal
Chad Murray
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Decatur, IL Real Estate Law Lawyer with 8 years experience
(217) 441-2110 363 S. Main Street
Suite 505B
Decatur, IL 62523
Free ConsultationReal Estate, Divorce, Family and Insurance Claims
State University of New York - Buffalo
Based in Decatur, Illinois and serving clients throughout Central Illinois, I am a different kind of lawyer. I love value billing and flat fee arrangements. I embrace technology and use it to make my practice more effective. I worry about my clients, not their fees. I offer a valuable service to my clients, but I don't act like I'm better because of it. My practice focuses on car accidents, divorce, criminal defense, and estate planning. Can't make it to the office? No worries—I make housecalls if you need it.

And yes, I know my catchphrase/tagline is cheesy—that's what makes it fun.
Mary Christine Ludwig
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Pontiac, IL Real Estate Law Attorney with 13 years experience
(815) 844-7151 P.O. Box 407
109 N. Mill St.
Pontiac, IL 61764
Real Estate, Agricultural, Business and Estate Planning
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,...
Shayla L. Maatuka
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Champaign, IL Real Estate Law Lawyer with 14 years experience
(217) 337-0700 303 South Mattis Avenue
Suite 201
Champaign, IL 61821
Real Estate, Civil Rights and Personal Injury
University of Illinois College of Law
Shayla Louise Maatuka transitioned her private practice into the partnership of Dodd & Maatuka. She currently serves as managing partner for the firm. She combines her expertise as an entrepreneur - successfully establishing four businesses - with the practice of law, concentrating on civil and commercial litigation, personal injury, as well as business litigation. Her passion for the community helps others achieve their goals through entrepreneurship. She currently sits on the boards of Visit Champaign County and Mettler Studios, Inc. and formerly sat on the boards of the East Central Illinois Women Attorneys Association, the Executive Club of...
Zach Anderson
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Decatur, IL Real Estate Law Attorney
(217) 247-4775 202 S Franklin St, 2nd Floor
Decatur, IL 62523
Real Estate, Construction, Personal Injury and Workers' Comp
University of Illinois College of Law
I'm a lawyer in Decatur, Illinois at a full-service law firm. Before attending law school at the University of Illinois, I spent many years in the construction industry. This experience allows me to solve construction and real estate issues for my clients by applying a practical approach that many lawyers cannot. In addition, I'm one of the only lawyers in the Decatur area who assists social security claimants. I also take great pride in assisting injury victims in cases involving car accidents, slip and falls, dog bites, and work-injuries.
William A Peithmann
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Mahomet, IL Real Estate Law Attorney with 40 years experience
(217) 586-6102 409 E. Main St., PO Box 80
Mahomet, IL 61853
Real Estate, Estate Planning, Probate and Tax
The University of Denver Sturm College of Law and University of Illinois College of Law
Thomas Howard
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Peoria, IL Real Estate Law Lawyer with 10 years experience
(309) 699-4691 316 SW Washington St. Suite 1A
Peoria, IL 61602
Real Estate, Agricultural, Business and Cannabis Law
Marquette University Law School
Licensed to practice since 2008, Thomas Howard has represented numerous financial institutions in litigation to enforce their security interests. Over the past decade, he has assisted community banks in complex commercial workouts involving some of the most sophisticated financial products in the banking industry. He has also litigated in contested contract cases on various legal theories.

After being licensed to practice for ten years, Mr. Howard joined Hall Rustom and Fritz in June of 2018 to expand his legal offerings to business clients to include a higher level of service through his knowledge of technology. To assist downstate...
Harold N. Adams
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Champaign, IL Real Estate Law Lawyer with 22 years experience
(217) 352-1800 306 W. Church St.
Champaign, IL 61820
Real Estate and Business
University of Illinois College of Law
For most people, the purchase of a home is the largest single investment they will ever make, and naturally, they're nervous about it. They want someone trustworthy to lean on, someone knowledgeable to handle the paperwork, someone well-versed in legal matters to represent them at the closing. They want someone like Harold Adams. With his dual background in finance and law, Harold brings a unique combination of skills to the table. In addition to a solid foundation in residential and commercial real estate transactions, Harold is well-grounded in general business matters, including the foundation of new corporations and partnerships and the...
Brigette M. Lobacz
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Pekin, IL Real Estate Law Attorney with 9 years experience
(309) 347-4141 410 Broadway
Pekin, IL 61554
Real Estate, Estate Planning, Landlord Tenant and Probate
Southern Illinois University - Carbondale
Jeffrey M. Davis
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Champaign, IL Real Estate Law Attorney with 22 years experience
(217) 352-1800 306 W. Church St.
Champaign, IL 61820
Real Estate and Business
University of Illinois College of Law
EXPERIENCE Mr. Davis’ experience ranges from helping clients with all issues surrounding their start-up venture to assisting clients with the purchase or sale of multi-million dollar businesses. Mr. Davis concentrates his legal practice in the following areas: •representing corporations, limited liability companies and partnerships in connection with the legal matters these entities may face, including initial incorporation/organization, corporate governance issues, drafting and review of contracts and leases, licensing issues, securities issuances and debt financing transactions •representing clients with the sale or purchase of a business, including due diligence matters and the negotiation and documentation of the transaction •representing clients, both lenders and borrowers, in debt...
Forrest J. Heyman
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Champaign, IL Real Estate Law Attorney with 6 years experience
(217) 352-1800 306 W. Church St.
Champaign, IL 61820
Real Estate, Business and Estate Planning
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...
David B. Sholem
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Champaign, IL Real Estate Law Lawyer with 40 years experience
(217) 352-1800 306 W. Church St.
Champaign, IL 61820
Real Estate and Business
Case Western Reserve University
David B. Sholem joined Meyer Capel in 1978 and was named as a shareholder of the firm in 1982. He graduated from Brown University with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Mr. Sholem attended the University of Illinois College of Law and Case Western Reserve University’s School of Law where he obtained his Juris Doctor degree in 1978. He was admitted to the Illinois State Bar in 1978. Mr. Sholem’s professional affiliations include Champaign County (Illinois) Bar Association (former President), Illinois State Bar Association (Real Estate Section) and American Bar Association. David Sholem has represented a number of real estate developers and...
Matt C. Deering
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Champaign, IL Real Estate Law Lawyer with 22 years experience
(217) 352-1800 306 W. Church St.
Champaign, IL 61820
Real Estate, Business, Communications and IP
Large corporations and small companies alike need sound legal advice from attorneys who understand the demands and dynamics of the business environment. Clients of Meyer Capel will find these skills in Matt C. Deering. A native of Champaign-Urbana and a graduate of Champaign Central High School, Mr. Deering holds a bachelor of arts in economics from the University of Kentucky and a juris doctorate from Ohio Northern University. He joined the firm in 1994 as a law clerk and became a full-time associate in 1996 and a shareholder on January 1, 2003. In addition to handling general corporate and business law concerns,...
Francis J. Jahn
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Champaign, IL Real Estate Law Lawyer with 51 years experience
(217) 352-1800 306 W. Church St.
Champaign, IL 61820
Real Estate and Business
University of Illinois College of Law
Since joining the firm in 1970, Francis J. (Jerry) Jahn has been responsible for building and expanding the business practice of Meyer Capel. He served as President of the firm from January 1999 until December 2010. A 1967 graduate of the University of Illinois College of Law, Jerry was winner of the Frederick M. Green Moot Court Competition and the Horner Cup and Waterman Prize for Excellence in Moot Court Competition as a law student. He was also recipient of the Harno Scholarship. Jerry is a member of the Illinois State and Champaign County Bar Associations. He served on CCBA's board of...
Valerie M Moehle
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Pekin, IL Real Estate Law Lawyer with 33 years experience
(309) 347-4141 410 Broadway
Pekin, IL 61554
Real Estate, Estate Planning, Foreclosure Defense and Landlord Tenant
Northern Illinois University
John H. Elder
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Champaign, IL Real Estate Law Attorney with 46 years experience
(217) 352-1800 306 W. Church St.
Champaign, IL 61820
Real Estate and Estate Planning
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...
Catherine H. Barbercheck
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Champaign, IL Real Estate Law Lawyer with 40 years experience
(217) 352-3634 1508 W. Park Avenue
P. O. Box 1127
Champaign, IL 61824-1127
Real Estate, Estate Planning, Family and Probate
Lewis University College of Law
Jenny H. Park
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Champaign, IL Real Estate Law Attorney with 17 years experience
(217) 352-1800 306 W. Church St.
Champaign, IL 61820
Real Estate and Landlord Tenant
Indiana University Maurer School of Law
Jenny Park always knew what she wanted from a career. She wanted to help people. But it was not until a few years after earning her undergraduate degree that she decided the field of law would offer her the best opportunities to do just that. When Jenny first entered the University of Illinois as an undergrad, it was with the intention of becoming a medical doctor. In 1993, she graduated from the U of I with a Bachelor of Science in biology. Then, she took some time off from school to reassess her career goals. While working as a paralegal during...
Ward F. McDonald
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Champaign, IL Real Estate Law Attorney with 49 years experience
(217) 352-1800 306 W. Church St.
Champaign, IL 61820
Real Estate and Estate Planning
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 Bramfeld
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Champaign, IL Real Estate Law Lawyer with 41 years experience
(217) 239-1920 915 W. Springfield
Champaign, IL 61820
Real Estate, Collections, Consumer and Personal Injury
University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign
Randall H. Green
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Champaign, IL Real Estate Law Attorney with 12 years experience
(217) 352-1800 306 W. Church St.
Champaign, IL 61820
Real Estate, Business and Tax
Marquette University
Randy Green is a shareholder in Meyer Capel’s Business and Real Estate Practice Groups. His unique experience allows him to serve not only as legal counsel, but as a trusted business advisor to his clients. Experience Mr. Green has represented both public and private companies ranging from top U.S. financial institutions to single-member LLCs in a variety of transactions such as mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, private equity investments, financing, entity formation, franchising, and leasing. He has also helped organizational and individual clients sell, purchase and lease various types of real estate across the U.S. Before he began his legal career, Mr....
Mr. Jeffrey Hays
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Champaign, IL Real Estate Law Lawyer with 25 years experience
411 W. University
Champaign, IL 61820
Real Estate, Business and Immigration
University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign
Patrick T. Fitzgerald
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Champaign, IL Real Estate Law Attorney with 29 years experience
(217) 352-1800 306 W. Church St.
Champaign, IL 61820
Real Estate
University of Illinois College of Law
Patrick Fitzgerald begin his legal career with Meyer Capel in 1987 as a law clerk. Now, as a shareholder with the firm, he concentrates in real estate. Mr. Fitzgerald is a 1989 graduate of the University of Illinois College of Law where he earned a spot on the Dean's List. In 1986, he received a bachelor of arts in economics, also from the University of Illinois. Mr. Fitzgerald is a member of the Champaign County Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, and American Bar Association. Further, he is actively involved with the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce as well as the Champaign...
Jeffery J Hawkins
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Decatur, IL Real Estate Law Lawyer
(217) 423-3411 234 S Franklin Street
Decatur, IL 62523
Real Estate
Peoria, IL Real Estate Law Attorney
(800) 986-6080 456 Fulton St
#425
Peoria, IL 61602
Real Estate, Administrative, Estate Planning and Family
The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law and University of Illinois College of Law
Peoria, IL Real Estate Law Attorney
(309) 497-3234 401 Main Street
Peoria, IL 61602
Real Estate and Business
University of Illinois College of Law
Peoria, IL Real Estate Law Lawyer
(309) 691-7263 9121 N Industrial Rd
Peoria, IL 61615
Real Estate, Estate Planning, Insurance Defense and Workers' Comp
Peoria, IL Real Estate Law Attorney
(309) 497-3235 401 Main Street
Peoria, IL 61602
Real Estate, Bankruptcy, Business and Collections
Boston University School of Law
Peoria, IL Real Estate Law Attorney
(309) 676-7633 414 Hamilton Blvd
Peoria, IL 61602
Real Estate, Business, Estate Planning and Tax
Peoria, IL Real Estate Law Attorney
(309) 672-1483 211 Fulton St
Peoria, IL 61602
Real Estate, Bankruptcy and Business
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Real estate refers to land, as well as anything permanently attached to the land, such as buildings and other structures, and covers more than just the drafting of contracts for the purchase and sale of property. Both federal and state laws regulate real estate transactions. The Federal Fair Housing Act, for example, prohibits discrimination in real estate transactions on account of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. Many states have enacted similar legislation that prohibits discrimination on the basis of certain characteristics.

Attorneys in this field may handle leasing issues, landlord-tenant disputes, eviction proceedings and homeowner association (HOA) problems. Other matters within this practice area include title disputes, mortgages, covenants, easements, and equitable servitudes. Many real estate issues can affect both commercial and individual renters and landlords. Real estate lawyers who represent commercial interests may also focus on land use, zoning, environmental law, or eminent domain issues.

Some states provide a certification for lawyers who have demonstrated experience and competency in the practice of real estate law. These attorneys must meet certain educational, experience, and examination requirements to receive the certification as a specialist.


Deed: The legal document that transfers the ownership of real property from one party to another.

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