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$9,000,000.00 ESTATE ADMINISTRATION SETTLEMENT, AVAILABLE TO REPRESENT CLIENTS FROM CARBONDALE, JACKSON COUNTY, MARION, WILLIAMSON COUNTY, HARRISBURG, SALINE COUNTY, ILLINOIS, WE REPRESENTED A SURVIVING SPOUSE WHO WAS SCHEDULED TO RECEIVE BASICALLY AN INCOME INTEREST FROM HER PREDECEASED HUSBAND’S FORTUNE WHILE THE HUSBAND’S SUBSTANTIAL CORPORUS WAS TO BE GIVEN TO HIS DISTANT RELATIVES. AFTER CONTESTED PROCEEDINGS INVOLVING NUMEROUS PARTIES AND LAW FIRMS IN ILLINOIS AND MISSOURI THE SURVIVING SPOUSE ENDED UP WITH AN ESTATE IN EXCESS OF $9,000,000.00 WHICH SHE WAS THEN ABLE TO LEAVE AS SHE WISHED, TO HER SIDE OF THE FAMILY AND FRIENDS, INCLUDING ON A TAX-FREE BASIS SINCE SHE PASSED AWAY IN 2010, AT TIME WHEN THERE WAS NO ESTATE TAX. IF THE SURVIVING SPOUSE HAD NOT CONTESTED MATTERS TIMELY, AND IF APPROPRIATE AND AGGRESSIVE ACTION HAD NOT BEEN TAKEN IMMEDIATELY, SHE WOULD HAVE HAD RELATIVELY LITTLE TO LEAVE TO HER SIDE OF THE FAMILY AND FRIENDS UPON HER DEATH, METRO EAST, BELLEVILLE, ST. CLAIR COUNTY, ILLINOIS LAW FIRM HANDLING ESTATE LAW, FAMILY LAW, REAL ESTATE LAW AND TAX LAW CASES.

$9,000,000.00 ESTATE ADMINISTRATION SETTLEMENT, AVAILABLE TO REPRESENT CLIENTS FROM CARBONDALE, JACKSON COUNTY, MARION, WILLIAMSON COUNTY, HARRISBURG, SALINE COUNTY, ILLINOIS, WE REPRESENTED A SURVIVING SPOUSE WHO WAS SCHEDULED TO RECEIVE BASICALLY AN INCOME INTEREST FROM HER PREDECEASED HUSBAND’S FORTUNE WHILE THE …

I NEED TO TALK TO A PROBATE ATTORNEY! METRO EAST, BELLEVILLE, ST. CLAIR COUNTY, ILLINOIS LAWYER HANDLING PROBATE, ESTATE ADMINISTRATION, ESTATE CLAIMS, TRUST DISPUTES, WILL CONTESTS, VIOLATIONS OF POWER OF ATTORNEYS, AVAILABLE TO REPRESENT CLIENTS FROM MONTICELLO, PIATT COUNTY, TUSCOLA, DOUGLAS COUNTY, PARIS, EDGAR COUNTY, ILLINOIS

I NEED TO TALK TO A PROBATE ATTORNEY! METRO EAST, BELLEVILLE, ST. CLAIR COUNTY, ILLINOIS LAWYER HANDLING PROBATE, ESTATE ADMINISTRATION, ESTATE CLAIMS, TRUST DISPUTES, WILL CONTESTS, VIOLATIONS OF POWER OF ATTORNEYS, AVAILABLE TO REPRESENT CLIENTS FROM MONTICELLO, PIATT COUNTY, TUSCOLA, …

OVER $425,000.00 RECOVERED FROM PHONY HEIR AND DISQUALIFIED ADMINISTRATOR, AVAILABLE TO REPRESENT CLIENTS FROM PETERSBURG, MENARD COUNTY, LINCOLN, LOGAN COUNTY, CLINTON, DE WITT COUNTY, ILLINOIS. WE WERE HIRED BY CLIENTS FRM THE CENTRALIA AND SALEM AREAS OF MARION COUNTY IN REGARD TO A DISPUTED ESTATE. THERE WAS A PERSON, WHO HAD RETAINED COUNSEL, THAT WAS CLAIMING THAT HE WAS THE ONLY HEIR THAT SHOULD RECEIVE ANYTHING FROM AN ESTATE IN EXCESS OF $400,000.00. NOT ONLY THAT, THE SAME PERSON WAS SERVING AS ADMINISTRATOR AND NEITHER HE NOT HIS ATTORNEY ADVISED THE COURT THAT BECAUSE OF AN ADOPTION DECADES AGO HE WAS NO LONGER AN HEIR, WAS NOT ENTITLED TO SERVE AS ADMINISTRATOR AND WAS NOT ENTITLED TO ANY PROCEEDS FROM THE ESTATE. AFTER COURT PROCEEDINGS AND VARIOUS PLEADINGS WERE FILED HE WAS REMOVED FRM OFFICE AND HIS ATTORNEY DISCHARGED. IF OUR CLIENTS HAD NOT HIRED COUNSEL THEY WOULD HAVE BEEN NONE THE WISER AND WOULD HAVE LOST EVERYTHING AND NO ONE WOULD HAVE KNOWN WHAT OCCURRED, EXCEPT POSSIBLY THE PERSON WAS ADMINISTERING THE ESTATE THAT TURNED OUT NOT TO BE AN HEIR AND/OR HIS ATTORNEY. WITH THE TAX-FREE RECOVERIES RECEIVED BY OUT CLIENTS, THEY WERE ABLE TO PAY OFF DEBTS, TAKE CARE OF EDUCATION EXPENSES FOR THEIR CHILDREN AND HAD SAVINGS FOR THEIR RETIREMENT, METRO EAST, BELLEVILLE, ST. CLAIR COUNTY, ILLINOIS LAW FIRM HANDLING ESTATE LAW, FAMILY LAW, REAL ESTATE LAW AND TAX LAW CASES.

OVER $425,000.00 RECOVERED FROM PHONY HEIR AND DISQUALIFIED ADMINISTRATOR, AVAILABLE TO REPRESENT CLIENTS FROM PETERSBURG, MENARD COUNTY, LINCOLN, LOGAN COUNTY, CLINTON, DE WITT COUNTY, ILLINOIS. WE WERE HIRED BY CLIENTS FRM THE CENTRALIA AND SALEM AREAS OF MARION COUNTY IN …

(Confidential) trust and estate – Jacksonville (Morgan County), Illinois. As Illinois trust and estate attorneys we were involved in A “confidential“ trust administration and estate administration in Morgan County, Illinois. In those matters, heirs to the decedent were sisters and estate and trust administration involved tax-basis issues and the sale of valuable farmland by auction. Shelby County estate and trust counsel was involved in that case. There was an excess of $500,000.00 involved in that probate proceeding in Morgan County, Seventh Judicial Circuit, Illinois.

(Confidential) trust and estate – Jacksonville (Morgan County), Illinois. As Illinois trust and estate attorneys we were involved in A “confidential“ trust administration and estate administration in Morgan County, Illinois. In those matters, heirs to the decedent were sisters and …

ILLINOIS ESTATE DISPUTE ATTORNEY, TRUST CONTEST, POWER OF ATTORNEY CONTROVERSIES, SETTING ASIDE WILLS, REMOVAL OF EXECUTORS AND TRUSTEES, AVAILABLE TO REPRESENT CLIENTS FROM MADISON COUNTY, GRANITE CITY, COLLINSVILLE AND HIGHLAND, 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 MADISON COUNTY, GRANITE CITY, COLLINSVILLE AND HIGHLAND, ILLINOIS, $600,000.00 SETTLEMENT (IROQUOIS COUNTY), $250,000.00 SETTLEMENT (JERSEY COUNTY), $8,000,000.00 …

METRO EAST, BELLEVILLE, ST. CLAIR COUNTY, ILLINOIS TRUSTED LAW FIRM FOR GENERATIONS, TESTIMONIALS FROM CLIENTS (1) “BLAKE LAW GROUP, P.C. HAS PROVIDED SOUND LEGAL COUNSEL TO OUR FAMILY FOR OVER TWENTY YEARS. WE HAVE FOUND THEM TO BE HONEST, RESPONSIVE TO OUR NEEDS AND WELL ORGANIZED. THEY ARE ABLE TO COMMUNICATE COMPLEX LEGAL CONCEPTS IN A MANNER UNDERSTANDABLE TO THE LAYMAN AS CLIENT.” – M.A.C (2) “BLAKE LAW GROUP, P.C. HAS BEEN GREAT IN HELPING ANYONE THAT I HAVE REFERRED TO THEM. FROM DIVORCES, GUARDIANSHIPS, ESTATES, WILLS AND TRUSTS, TO HANDLING PROBLEMS WITH THE INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE, ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF EMPLOYMENT SECURITY, I WOULD RECOMMEND BLAKE LAW GROUP, P.C. TO ANYONE WHO WANTS THE BEST RESULTS POSSIBLE.” – J.D., AVAILABLE TO REPRESENT CLIENTS FROM MOULTRIE COUNTY, SULLIVAN, LOVINGTON AND BETHANY, CALHOUN COUNTY, BRUSSELS, HAMBURG AND HARDIN, GREENE COUNTY, CARROLLTON, WHITE HALL AND GREENFIELD, ILLINOIS.

METRO EAST, BELLEVILLE, ST. CLAIR COUNTY, ILLINOIS TRUSTED LAW FIRM FOR GENERATIONS, TESTIMONIALS FROM CLIENTS (1) “BLAKE LAW GROUP, P.C. HAS PROVIDED SOUND LEGAL COUNSEL TO OUR FAMILY FOR OVER TWENTY YEARS. WE HAVE FOUND THEM TO BE HONEST, RESPONSIVE …

“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 MACOUPIN COUNTY, CARLINVILLE, GILLESPIE AND STAUNTON, JERSEY COUNTY, GRAFTON, JERSEYVILLE AND BRIGHTON, MADISON COUNTY, GRANITE CITY, COLLINSVILLE AND HIGHLAND, 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 …

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METRO EAST, BELLEVILLE, ST. CLAIR COUNTY, ILLINOIS LAW FIRM AVAILABLE TO REPRESENT CLIENTS FROM THE HAVANA, ILLINOIS, AREA, ESTATE DISPUTES LAWYER, WILL CONTEST AND TRUST DISPUTE LAWYER AVAILABLE TO REPRESENT CLIENTS IN MASON COUNTY, ILLINOIS, EXPERIENCED ESTATE LITIGATION ATTORNEYS, METRO EAST, ILLINOIS ESTATE AND TRUST LAW FIRM PROVIDING REPRESENTATION IN REGARD TO DISPUTES INVOLVING GUARDIANSHIP CASES, CONSERVATORSHIP FILINGS, TRUSTEE MATTERS AND EXECUTOR DISPUTES.

METRO EAST, BELLEVILLE, ST. CLAIR COUNTY, ILLINOIS LAW FIRM AVAILABLE TO REPRESENT CLIENTS FROM THE HAVANA, ILLINOIS, AREA, ESTATE DISPUTES LAWYER, WILL CONTEST AND TRUST DISPUTE LAWYER AVAILABLE TO REPRESENT CLIENTS IN MASON COUNTY, ILLINOIS, EXPERIENCED ESTATE LITIGATION ATTORNEYS, METRO …

SIMPLE ESTATE PLANNING, WILLS, POWER OF ATTORNEYS AND TRUST TO AVOID PROBATE, BELLEVILLE, ST. CLAIR COUNTY, ILLINOIS LAW FIRM EXPERIENCED IN DRAFTING WILLS, POWER OF ATTORNEYS AND TRUSTS FOR INDIVIDUALS, JACKSONVILLE, MORGAN COUNTY, SPRINGFIELD, SANGAMON COUNTY, DECATUR, MACON COUNTY, METRO EAST, BELLEVILLE, ST. CLAIR COUNTY, ILLINOIS LAWYERS.

SIMPLE ESTATE PLANNING, WILLS, POWER OF ATTORNEYS AND TRUST TO AVOID PROBATE, BELLEVILLE, ST. CLAIR COUNTY, ILLINOIS LAW FIRM EXPERIENCED IN DRAFTING WILLS, POWER OF ATTORNEYS AND TRUSTS FOR INDIVIDUALS, JACKSONVILLE, MORGAN COUNTY, SPRINGFIELD, SANGAMON COUNTY, DECATUR, MACON COUNTY, METRO …