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NINE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS ($900,000.00) TRUST DISPUTE SETTLEMENT IN MACOUPIN COUNTY INVOLVING ATTORNEYS FROM BELLEVILLE, ST. CLAIR COUNTY, ILLINOIS AND SPRINGFIELD, SANGAMON COUNTY, ILLINOIS, ISSUES HAVING TO DO WITH BROTHER, WHO WAS A FARMER, UNDULY INFLUENCING AND/OR TAKING ADVANTAGE OF HIS ELDERLY MOTHER WHO HAD MEDICAL ISSUES AND POOR EYESIGHT, TO THE DETRIMENT OF HIS SISTER WHO HAD MOVED FROM THE AREA AVAILABLE TO REPRESENT CLIENTS FROM JASPER COUNTY, NEWTON, WHEELER AND WILLOW HILL, CRAWFORD COUNTY, ROBINSON, OBLONG AND PALESTINE, LAWRENCE COUNTY, LAWRENCEVILLE, SUMNER AND BRIDGEPORT.

NINE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS ($900,000.00) TRUST DISPUTE SETTLEMENT IN MACOUPIN COUNTY INVOLVING ATTORNEYS FROM BELLEVILLE, ST. CLAIR COUNTY, ILLINOIS AND SPRINGFIELD, SANGAMON COUNTY, ILLINOIS, ISSUES HAVING TO DO WITH BROTHER, WHO WAS A FARMER, UNDULY INFLUENCING AND/OR TAKING ADVANTAGE OF …

$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 WILL, TRUST AND ESTATE ISSUES, INCLUDING RELATING TO TRUST COMPANIES MISINTERPRETING DOCUMENTS AND TAKING POSITIONS CONTRARY TO THE …

“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 SISTERS FROM NEW YORK AND SOUTH CAROLINA THAT HAD BEEN PART OF A FAMILY ENGAGED IN FARMING IN …

ILLINOIS ESTATE DISPUTE ATTORNEY, TRUST CONTEST, POWER OF ATTORNEY CONTROVERSIES, SETTING ASIDE WILLS, REMOVAL OF EXECUTORS AND TRUSTEES, AVAILABLE TO REPRESENT CLIENTS FROM LAWRENCE COUNTY, LAWRENCEVILLE, SUMNER AND BRIDGEPORT, ILLINOIS, $600,000.00 SETTLEMENT (IROQUOIS COUNTY), $250,000.00 SETTLEMENT (JERSEY COUNTY), $8,000,000.00 DISTRIBUTION (ST. CLAIR COUNTY), $50,000.00 (CRAWFORD COUNTY), $400,000.00 (RICHLAND COUNTY), $250,000.00 SETTLEMENT (WILLIAMSON COUNTY), $900,000.00 SETTLEMENT (MACOUPIN COUNTY), $500,000.00 (SANGAMON COUNTY), $165,000.00 REAL ESTATE SETTLEMENT (SCHUYLER COUNTY), $3,000,000.00 (MADISON COUNTY), $600,000.00 DISTRIBUTION (MASON COUNTY), $15,000,000.00 TRUST ISSUE (JEFFERSON COUNTY), $8,000,000.00 TRUST ESTATE ISSUE (FAYETTE COUNTY), $500,000.00 TRUST ISSUE (MACON COUNTY), $500,000.00 DISTRIBUTION (WAYNE COUNTY), $300,000.00 DISPUTE (EDWARDS COUNTY), $2,000,000.00 DISPUTE (CLINTON COUNTY, $1,000,000.00 DISPUTE (RANDOLPH COUNTY) $500,000.00 TRUST DISPUTE (JACKSON COUNTY), $200,000.00 TRUST INSTALLMENT (MADISON COUNTY), $200,000.00 RESOLUTION (CLAY COUNTY), $1,000,000.00 CONTROVERSY (EFFINGHAM COUNTY). THE ABOVE ARE REPRESENTATIVE OF SOME OF THE MOST RECENT CONTROVERSIES, DISTRIBUTIONS, SETTLEMENTS AND AMOUNTS CONSIDERED IN REGARD TO CASES THROUGHOUT THE CENTRAL ILLINOIS AND SOUTHERN ILLINOIS REGIONS.

ILLINOIS ESTATE DISPUTE ATTORNEY, TRUST CONTEST, POWER OF ATTORNEY CONTROVERSIES, SETTING ASIDE WILLS, REMOVAL OF EXECUTORS AND TRUSTEES, AVAILABLE TO REPRESENT CLIENTS FROM LAWRENCE COUNTY, LAWRENCEVILLE, SUMNER AND BRIDGEPORT, ILLINOIS, $600,000.00 SETTLEMENT (IROQUOIS COUNTY), $250,000.00 SETTLEMENT (JERSEY COUNTY), $8,000,000.00 DISTRIBUTION …

ILLINOIS ATTORNEYS HANDLING REAL ESTATE DISPUTES. WE PROVIDED REPRESENTATION IN REGARD TO FARMERS CONCERNING TERMINATION OF A FARM TENANT IN REGARD TO WHICH A LAWSUIT HAD BEEN FILED, REPRESENTING CLIENTS IN REGARD TO REAL ESTATE CASES IN ALTON, MADISON COUNTY, CHESTER, RANDOLPH COUNTY, MT. VERNON, JEFFERSON COUNTY, BELLEVILLE, ST. CLAIR COUNTY, ILLINOIS AND OTHER COUNTIES THROUGHOUT THE CENTRAL ILLINOIS AND SOUTHERN ILLINOIS REGIONS.

ILLINOIS ATTORNEYS HANDLING REAL ESTATE DISPUTES. WE PROVIDED REPRESENTATION IN REGARD TO FARMERS CONCERNING TERMINATION OF A FARM TENANT IN REGARD TO WHICH A LAWSUIT HAD BEEN FILED, REPRESENTING CLIENTS IN REGARD TO REAL ESTATE CASES IN ALTON, MADISON COUNTY, …

$5,000,000.00+ DISTRIBUTION TO TRUST BENEFICIARIES. WE FILED A CASE IN ST. CLAIR COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT INVOLVING A NATIONWIDE TRUST COMPANY THAT WAS TAKING A POSITION CONTRARY TO THE INTERESTS OF OUR CLIENTS AND OBTAINED A FAVORABLE RULING FROM THE COURT AFTER WHICH THE TRUST COMPANY PROCEEDED TO MAKE DISTRIBUTIONS TO OUR CLIENTS. TRUST CONTESTS. WILL DISPUTES. ESTATE AND BREACH OF FIDUCIARY LAW FIRM REPRESENTING CLIENTS FROM THE CARBONDALE, JACKSON COUNTY, EFFINGHAM, EFFINGHAM COUNTY, MT. VERNON, JEFFERSON COUNTY AND BELLEVILLE, ST. CLAIR COUNTY AREAS AND OTHER COUNTIES THROUGHOUT THE SOUTHERN ILLINOIS AND CENTRAL ILLINOIS REGIONS.

$5,000,000.00+ DISTRIBUTION TO TRUST BENEFICIARIES. WE FILED A CASE IN ST. CLAIR COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT INVOLVING A NATIONWIDE TRUST COMPANY THAT WAS TAKING A POSITION CONTRARY TO THE INTERESTS OF OUR CLIENTS AND OBTAINED A FAVORABLE RULING FROM THE COURT …

BELLEVILLE TRUST LITIGATION ATTORNEYS, WILL CONTESTS AND WILL DISPUTES, CONTESTED ESTATES, TRUST DISPUTES, SMALL ESTATE AFFIDAVITS, BELLEVILLE, ST. CLAIR COUNTY, ILLINOIS WILL AND TRUST CONTEST LAW FIRM, AVAILABLE TO REPRESENT CLIENTS FROM PIATT COUNTY, MONTICELLO, BEMENT AND CERRO GORDO, MENARD COUNTY, ATHENS, PETERSBURG AND GREENVIEW, ADAMS COUNTY, QUINCY AND CAMP POINT, ILLINOIS.

BELLEVILLE TRUST LITIGATION ATTORNEYS, WILL CONTESTS AND WILL DISPUTES, CONTESTED ESTATES, TRUST DISPUTES, SMALL ESTATE AFFIDAVITS, BELLEVILLE, ST. CLAIR COUNTY, ILLINOIS WILL AND TRUST CONTEST LAW FIRM, AVAILABLE TO REPRESENT CLIENTS FROM PIATT COUNTY, MONTICELLO, BEMENT AND CERRO GORDO, MENARD …

ESTATE PLANNING LAW FIRM PROVIDING LEGAL SERVICES FOR CLIENTS IN THE WOOD RIVER, MADISON COUNTY, ILLINOIS AREA, METRO EAST, BELLEVILLE, ST. CLAIR COUNTY, ILLINOIS LAW FIRM WITH FORTY (40) YEARS PLUS EXPERIENCE, AVAILABLE TO REPRESENT CLIENTS FROM CUMBERLAND COUNTY, NEOGA, GREENUP AND TOLEDO, SHELBY COUNTY, SHELBYVILLE, WINDSOR AND MOWEAQUA, MONTGOMERY COUNTY, COFFEEN, HILLSBORO AND LITCHFIELD, ILLINOIS.

ESTATE PLANNING LAW FIRM PROVIDING LEGAL SERVICES FOR CLIENTS IN THE WOOD RIVER, MADISON COUNTY, ILLINOIS AREA, METRO EAST, BELLEVILLE, ST. CLAIR COUNTY, ILLINOIS LAW FIRM WITH FORTY (40) YEARS PLUS EXPERIENCE, AVAILABLE TO REPRESENT CLIENTS FROM CUMBERLAND COUNTY, NEOGA, …

METRO EAST, BELLEVILLE, ST. CLAIR COUNTY, ILLINOIS ELDER LAW, LAW FIRM DEALING WITH ISSUES INVOLVING THE ELDERLY, GUIDANCE, ADVICE AND RECOMMENDATION AND ELDER LAW PLANNING, TRUSTED ELDER LAW ATTORNEYS WITH A PROVEN TRACK RECORD EARNED BY DECADES OF EXCELLENT LEGAL SERVICES, METRO EAST, BELLEVILLE, ST. CLAIR COUNTY, ILLINOIS ELDER LAW FIRM INCLUDING DEALING WITH ISSUES RELATING TO SENILITY, ALZHEIMER’S AND DEMENTIA, AVAILABLE TO REPRESENT CLIENTS FROM ALBION, EDWARDS COUNTY, MOUNT CARMEL, WABASH COUNTY, OLNEY, RICHLAND COUNTY, ILLINOIS.

METRO EAST, BELLEVILLE, ST. CLAIR COUNTY, ILLINOIS ELDER LAW, LAW FIRM DEALING WITH ISSUES INVOLVING THE ELDERLY, GUIDANCE, ADVICE AND RECOMMENDATION AND ELDER LAW PLANNING, TRUSTED ELDER LAW ATTORNEYS WITH A PROVEN TRACK RECORD EARNED BY DECADES OF EXCELLENT LEGAL …

CLIENTS SEEKING OUT-OF-TOWN OR OUT OF THE AREA REPRESENTATION, INCLUDING TO AVOID CONFLICTS OF INTEREST OR THE APPEARANCE OF CONFLICT OF INTEREST IN REGARD TO WILL AND TRUST CONTESTS AND TAX LAW, METRO EAST, BELLEVILLE, ST. CLAIR COUNTY, ILLINOIS FAMILY LAW AND REAL ESTATE LAW FIRM, AVAILABLE TO REPRESENT CLIENTS FROM CAIRO, ALEXANDER COUNTY, MOUNDS, PULASKI COUNTY, METROPOLIS, MASSAC COUNTY, ILLINOIS.

CLIENTS SEEKING OUT-OF-TOWN OR OUT OF THE AREA REPRESENTATION, INCLUDING TO AVOID CONFLICTS OF INTEREST OR THE APPEARANCE OF CONFLICT OF INTEREST IN REGARD TO WILL AND TRUST CONTESTS AND TAX LAW, METRO EAST, BELLEVILLE, ST. CLAIR COUNTY, ILLINOIS FAMILY …