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Our firm has been helping our clients in Central and Southern Illinois to resolve legal issues related to wills, estates, trusts, and other family legal matters for more than thirty years.  Legal cases are often emotionally stressful and complex, and we take on the burdens of fighting hard so you don’t have to.  We research case law and work in courtrooms every day.  This experience gives us the expertise and edge to help you resolve your case with the best interests in mind.  Call us today and schedule an appointment to discuss your situation and to move towards resolving your case as equitably and efficiently as possible.

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Blake Behme Links Raney, P.C. are experienced Central and Southern Illinois attorneys who practice a full range of family legal services related to wills, estates, and trusts contests.

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$5,000,000.00+ EXTRAORDINARY RESULT! BELLEVILLE, ST. CLAIR COUNTY, ILLINOIS, WILL, GUARDIANSHIP, TRUST, GUARDIANSHIP LAW FIRM, OVER FORTY (40) YEARS OF EXPERIENCE HANDLING SERIOUS WILL, TRUST AND ESTATE ISSUES, INCLUDING RELATING TO TRUST COMPANIES MISINTERPRETING DOCUMENTS AND TAKING POSITIONS CONTRARY TO THE INTERESTS OF CLIENTS OR FAMILY MEMBERS. WE WERE HIRED BY FAMILY MEMBERS IN REGARD TO A TRUST THAT EXISTED FOR APPROXIMATELY THIRTY (30) YEARS. AFTER THE LAST TO DIE OF THE SETTLORS, WHO WERE HUSBAND AND WIFE, THE CORPORATE FIDUCIARY DID NOT WISH TO RELEASE FUNDS TO THE ADULT BENEFICIARIES. THE CORPORATE FIDUCIARY TOOK THE POSITION THAT THE SETTLOR, THE SURVIVING WIFE BEFORE SHE DIED, DID NOT PROPERLY EXECUTE A SPECIAL POWER OF APPOINTMENT BEFORE SHE PASSED AWAY. IF THE TRUST COMPANY WAS RIGHT, THEY WISHED TO CONTINUE TO ADMINISTER THE TRUST FOR THE REMAINING LIFETIMES OF THE SURVIVING CHILDREN OF THE PREDECEASED SETTLORS, WHICH WOULD HAVE MEANT IN EXCESS OF $5,000,000.00 WOULD HAVE REMAINED IN TRUST FOR AN ESTIMATED ANOTHER TWENTY (20) YEARS OR MORE, WITH THE CORPORATE FIDUCIARY CONTINUING TO RECEIVE FEES IN EXCESS OF $100,000.00 EACH YEAR, FOR APPROXIMATELY ANOTHER $2,000,000.00+ OVER THE COURSE OF ANOTHER TWENTY (20) YEARS OR MORE OF EXISTENCE OF THE TRUST. A RESOLUTION WAS REACHED WITH AN ESTATE ADMINISTRATION PROCEEDING IN ST. CLAIR COUNTY, ILLINOIS WHEREBY THE CORPORATE FIDUCIARY AGREED WITH THE POSITION AND/OR REQUESTS OF OUR CLIENTS AND AN ORDER WAS ENTERED IN FAVOR OF OUR CLIENTS WHICH ALLOW FOR THE ESTATE ADMINISTRATION TO PROCEED TO CONCLUSION WHICH ALLOWED FOR THE TRUST ADMINISTRATION TO PROCEED TO CONCLUSION WITH EACH OF THE CHILDREN TO RECEIVE IN EXCESS OF $1,400,000.00 EACH INCOME TAX FREE INCLUDING BECAUSE OF A STEP UP IN TAX BASIS AS OF THE DATE OF DEATH OF THE LAST TO DIE OF THE SETTLORS OF THE TRUST. AVAILABLE TO REPRESENT CLIENTS FROM BROWN COUNTY, MOUNT STERLING, MOUND STATION AND RIPLEY, CASS COUNTY, BEARDSTOWN, VIRGINIA AND ASHLAND, MACON COUNTY, DECATUR, MACON AND MAROA, ILLINOIS.

$5,000,000.00+ EXTRAORDINARY RESULT! BELLEVILLE, ST. CLAIR COUNTY, ILLINOIS, WILL, GUARDIANSHIP, TRUST, GUARDIANSHIP LAW FIRM, OVER FORTY (40) YEARS OF EXPERIENCE HANDLING SERIOUS...

“ARTICLE OF EDWARD J. BLAKE, JR., BELLEVILLE, ST. CLAIR COUNTY, ILLINOIS WILL CONTEST, TRUST DISPUTE, ESTATE SETTLEMENT ATTORNEYS”. WE WERE RETAINED BY SISTERS FROM NEW YORK AND SOUTH CAROLINA THAT HAD BEEN PART OF A FAMILY ENGAGED IN FARMING IN THE JERSEYVILLE, JERSEY COUNTY, ILLINOIS AREA. THEY ALSO HAD A BROTHER WHO WAS ACTIVELY FARMING THE FAMILY FARM. OUR CLIENTS’ FATHER PREDECEASED THEIR MOTHER. OUR CLIENTS THOUGHT THAT WHEN THEIR MOTHER DIED THAT OUR CLIENTS WOULD SHARE EQUALLY, ONE-THIRD (1/3) TO EACH OF OUR CLIENTS AND ONE-THIRD (1/3) TO THEIR BROTHER IN REGARD TO THE FAMILY FARM. IT WAS NOT UNTIL THEIR MOTHER PASSED AWAY THAT OUR CLIENTS DISCOVERED WHAT HAD OCCURRED BEFORE THEIR MOTHER PASSED AWAY. PRIOR TO THE DEATH OF THEIR MOTHER, THEIR BROTHER WAS INVOLVED IN ACTIVITY THAT RESULTED IN THE FAMILY FARM, WORTH MORE THAN $1,000,000.00, BEING TRANSFERRED TO THEIR BROTHER, WITHOUT THE KNOWLEDGE OF OUR CLIENTS, BEFORE THEIR MOTHER PASSED AWAY. THERE WERE ISSUES RAISED REGARDING DURESS, UNDUE INFLUENCE, LACK OF MENTAL CAPACITY AND TORTIOUS INTERFERENCE WITH AN INHERITANCE EXPECTANCY. AFTER A LAWSUIT WAS FILED AGAINST THE BROTHER IN JERSEY COUNTY A SETTLEMENT WAS REACHED WHEREBY THE BROTHER AGREED TO PAY HIS SISTERS THE FAIR MARKET VALUE OF THE SHARES OF THE FARM THAT THEY WOULD HAVE RECEIVED IF THE FAMILY FARM WAS STILL IN THEIR MOTHER’S NAME WHEN SHE PASSED AWAY. EDWARD J. BLAKE, JR., IS A MEMBER OF THE AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION (ABA) AND IS A MEMBER OF THE ILLINOIS STATE BAR ASSOCIATION (ISBA). MR. BLAKE AND HIS LAW FIRM HAVE MORE THAN FORTY (40) YEARS HANDLING ISSUES INVOLVING WILLS AND CODICILS, CONTROVERSIES INVOLVING TRUSTS AND AMENDMENTS, ESTATE CLAIMS AND PROBATE CONTROVERSIES, MEDIATED SETTLEMENTS, DISPUTES AMONG FAMILY MEMBERS AND OTHERS, CONTROVERSIES INVOLVING MULTI-GENERATIONAL ISSUES WITH RESPECT TO FARM FAMILIES AND AGRICULTURAL DISPUTES. AVAILABLE TO REPRESENT CLIENTS FROM BROWN COUNTY, MOUNT STERLING, MOUND STATION AND RIPLEY, CASS COUNTY, BEARDSTOWN, VIRGINIA AND ASHLAND, MACON COUNTY, DECATUR, MACON AND MAROA, ILLINOIS.

“ARTICLE OF EDWARD J. BLAKE, JR., BELLEVILLE, ST. CLAIR COUNTY, ILLINOIS WILL CONTEST, TRUST DISPUTE, ESTATE SETTLEMENT ATTORNEYS”. WE WERE RETAINED BY...