$25,000,000.00 WILL AND TRUST CONTEST LAW FIRM, HANDLING WILL AND TRUST CONTESTS IN BELLEVILLE, ST. CLAIR COUNTY, EDWARDSVILLE, MADISON COUNTY, SPRINGFIELD, SANGAMON COUNTY, EFFINGHAM, EFFINGHAM COUNTY, CHESTER, RANDOLPH COUNTY AND MARION, WILLIAMSON COUNTY, ILLINOIS. WE WERE INVOLVED IN PROVIDING REPRESENTATION WITH RESPECT TO A SURVIVING SPOUSE, A WIDOW, WHOSE PREDECEASING HUSBAND ATTEMPTED TO ONLY PROVIDE AN INCOME INTEREST TO HER AND LEAVE THE BULK OF HIS ESTATE AND TRUST TO DISTANT RELATIVES IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA INSTEAD OF HIS SURVIVING SPOUSE WHO WOULD NOT BE IN A POSITION TO GIVE OR APPOINT PROPERTY TO FAMILY MEMBERS OR OTHERS AS SHE DESIRED. THE COUPLE, WHO HAD BEEN MARRIED FOR MORE THAT SIX (6) DECADES BEFORE THE HUSBAND PASSED AWAY HAD A SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS ENTERPRISE IN THE EAST ST. LOUIS, ILLINOIS AREA DATING BACK TO THE 1950S. AFTER LITIGATION ENSUED, A MEDIATED SETTLEMENT WAS REACHED WHEREBY THE SURVIVING SPOUSE, THEN IN HER EIGHTIES, RECEIVED IN EXCESS OF $15,000,000.00 WHICH SHE THEN CONTROLLED IN REGARD TO HOW SHE WISHED TO BEQUEATH AND/OR TRANSFER HER PROPERTY UPON HER DEATH TO HER RELATIVES OR OTHERS.
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