Will, Trust, Estate Contest & Disputes

The following are representative of some of the contested estates, wills, trusts and guardianship cases that have involved our law firm in recent years throughout Southern Illinois, the Metro East and Missouri areas.

(CONFIDENTIAL) PINCKNEYVILLE (PERRY COUNTY), ILLINOIS As Belleville, Illinois Probate Lawyers, we were involved in the ouster of a trustee in a contested trust litigation in Pinckneyville, Perry County, Illinois regarding a Trust in excess of $1,000,000.00.  Within weeks of the decedent’s death, the trustee had taken in excess of $50,000.00 from the Trust.  After that, the trustee unlawfully took another $75,000.00 from the Trust.  The trustee was luting the Trust and we filed a lawsuit on behalf of a beneficiary.  We took the position this was a rogue trustee who was basically acting in his own self-interests.  This case involved Estate and Trust Litigation Law Firms in the Twentieth Judicial Circuit Court of the State of Illinois.

(CONFIDENTIAL) COLUMBIA (MONROE COUNTY), ILLINOIS As Waterloo, Monroe County, Illinois, Probate Lawyers, we were involved in a contested estate and trust in Monroe County Circuit Court representing beneficiaries in a trust controversy in excess of $1,500,000.00.  The decedent passed away leaving children who were quarreling over real estate.  A resolution was reached whereby a portion of the real estate located near State Route 156 was sold to Waterloo School District Number 5.  There were also issues raised regarding the trustee making premature distributions of trustee’s fees without notice and not pursuant to Court Order.  That case involved various Estate and Trust Litigation Attorneys in Waterloo and Columbia, Illinois.

(CONFIDENTIAL) BELLEVILLE (ST. CLAIR COUNTY), ILLINOIS As Metro-East, Illinois Will/Trust Attorneys, we were hired by Co-Executors and Co-Trustees in regard to an Estate and Trust of a decedent who passed away in St. Clair County, Illinois having assets in excess of $10,000,000.00.  We took the position that under the facts and circumstances of the case, no estate taxes were due.  We published appropriate notice in regard to the estate administration and the trust administration and took the position that any estate contests or trust contests should be barred because none were timely filed under applicable law.  That case involved an Estate and Trust Litigation Law Firm in Belleville, St. Clair County, Illinois.

(CONFIDENTIAL) MT. VERNON (JEFFERSON COUNTY), ILLINOIS As Probate Litigation Attorneys, we became involved in an estate administration which concerned real estate in Belle Rive, Jefferson County, Illinois.  Through a series of real estate transactions, a portion of farmland had not been conveyed as parties had thought and it was part of a contested estate.  A resolution was reached in regard to beneficiaries of the estate agreeing to quit claim their interest in settlement.  That case involved an Estate and Trust Law Firm from Belleville, Illinois and Probate Counsel from Mt. Vernon, Illinois.

(CONFIDENTIAL) BELLEVILLE (ST. CLAIR COUNTY), ILLINOIS As Experienced Will and Trust Counsel in Southern Illinois, we were requested to act as an expert witness by counsel in regard to a will contest litigation involving in excess of $3,000,000.00 in St. Clair County Circuit Court.  In that case there were disputes regarding the construction of language used in the Will, including whether or not the language in a specific bequest preempted language providing for disposition of the rest, residue and remainder of the estate.  After being hired by the attorneys representing the litigants, and after reviewing documentation and researching authorities, we gave an expert opinion and the case was settled.  That case involved Will Contest and Contested Trust Attorneys in Swansea, Illinois and Belleville, Illinois.

(CONFIDENTIAL) BELLEVILLE (ST. CLAIR COUNTY), ILLINOIS As Southern Illinois Probate Lawyers, we represented an out-of-state beneficiary where the decedent passed away a resident of the State of Illinois having in excess of $500,000.00 in assets.  The executor of the estate had favored her own financial interests prior to date of death of the decedent, including in regard to the establishment of a joint tenancy banking account with the decedent, as well as after date of death, by making inappropriate distributions from the estate, to the detriment of other beneficiaries, including our client.  That case involved various Estate and Trust Attorneys in Belleville, Illinois.

(CONFIDENTIAL) BELLEVILLE (ST. CLAIR COUNTY), ILLINOIS As Illinois Estate and Trust Litigation Lawyers in Southern Illinois, we were involved representing a party in a will contest having to do with a Power of Attorney breaching fiduciary duties to favor his own self-interests.  Before the decedent passed away, his son obtained Power of Attorney from another lawyer and engaged in a series of transactions to basically deplete the estate of certain real estate and personal property, in excess of $500,000.00, such that when his father passed away there would be less of the estate passing to the decedent’s surviving spouse and other children.  This case involved improper signatures, improper notaries and fraudulent transactions.  This case involved Multiple Law Firms Practicing Estate and Trust Litigation in St. Clair County and Madison County, Illinois.

(CONFIDENTIAL) ESTATE – BELLEVILLE (ST. CLAIR COUNTY), ILLINOIS. As Metro East, Illinois Probate Attorneys, we were involved in a complex contested guardianship proceeding that was followed by a trust contest case.  There were issues relating to undue influence, duress and lack of mental capacity.  Our clients received a settlement in excess of $840,000.00 without going to trial.  That case involved numerous Estate Litigation Law Firms in St. Clair County, Illinois.

(CONFIDENTIAL) – DUQUOIN (PERRY COUNTY), ILLINOIS. As Belleville, Illinois Trust Litigation Attorneys, we were involved in trust litigation that encompassed removal of a trustee and setting aside a trust.  After lawsuits were filed to remove the trustee based on numerous breaches of fiduciary duties and attacking the validity of a trust based on various grounds, a settlement was reached whereby our client received a distribution in excess of  $900,000.00.  Those lawsuits involved lawyers from St. Clair County, Illinois and lawyers from Perry County, Illinois.

(CONFIDENTIAL) TRUST – BELLEVILLE (ST. CLAIR COUNTY), ILLINOIS. We represented an Executor and Trustee in a St. Clair County, Illinois litigation that involved complex contested issues relating to in excess of $8,000,000.00, including transfers prior to the decedent’s death to his wife and stepchildren.  Issues related to removal of the personal representative, including for reasons based on allegations of breaches of fiduciary duty and mismanagement of the Estate and Trust.  That case involved numerous lawyers concentrating in Estate and Trust Litigation in the Twentieth Judicial Circuit, Illinois.

(CONFIDENTIAL) ESTATE – O’FALLON (ST. CLAIR COUNTY), ILLINOIS. As O’Fallon, Illinois Probate Lawyers, we were involved in a case where a widower that had no children made an estate plan regarding $2,500,000.00 in assets, first giving the bulk of his estate to unrelated acquaintances in O’Fallon, Illinois.  He then changed his estate plan to provide for most of his estate to be received by his long-time Tenant Farmer.  After that, he changed his estate plan to be received by his family.  After resolving will contest issues, his assets were distributed to his blood relatives.  That case involved Estate Planning and Trust Litigation Law Firms in Belleville, St. Clair County, Illinois.

(CONFIDENTIAL) ESTATE – FREEBURG (ST. CLAIR COUNTY), ILLINOIS. As Freeburg, Illinois Estate and Trust Attorneys, a beneficiary hired us in regard to a probate administration involving less than $500,000.00 which had been proceeded by separate lawsuits before the decedent passed away concerning other family matters which impacted the estate of the decedent.  Even though our client had been given the decedent’s home in his mother’s estate planning documents, there was a claim by other family members that the home had to be sold to pay liabilities and debts of the decedent.  A resolution was reached whereby our client received the home that had been given to him by his mother in her estate plan.  That matter involved Trust and Will Contest Law Firms in Freeburg, Illinois and Belleville, Illinois.

(CONFIDENTIAL) ESTATE – BELLEVILLE (ST. CLAIR COUNTY), ILLINOIS. As Contested Guardianship Lawyers in Illinois, our firm was hired in a Contested Estate and Trust case where an elderly person had given a Farm worth more than $1,000,000.00 to a Tenant Farmer.  After that, the elderly person was sued for guardianship by his brother to keep the elderly person from disposing of other assets that he accumulated in the course of his lifetime.  After we filed suit, a resolution was reached.  That litigation involved Estate Planning Law Firms in Belleville, Illinois and Freeburg, Illinois.

(CONFIDENTIAL) ESTATE – KINMUNDY (MARION COUNTY), ILLINOIS. As Salem, Illinois Probate Attorneys, we represented a client in a Contested Estate involving in excess of $250,000.00 in Marion County Circuit Court.  Our client’s sister, if not others, exerted undue influence, and received a portion of the mother’s assets prior to her death, to the detriment of our client.  The Court allowed our client to proceed with filing pleadings in regard to a Will Contest, even though our client was not named as a beneficiary in the Will that was being administered.  That case involved Estate and Trust Litigation Lawyers from Centralia, Illinois and Belleville, Illinois.

(CONFIDENTIAL) ESTATE – ALTON (MADISON COUNTY), ILLINOIS. As Madison County, Illinois Probate Lawyers, our law firm was hired by client in Alton, Illinois in regard to an Estate Administration in the Third Judicial Circuit, Madison County, Illinois involving less than $200,000.00.  Once we became involved, we filed pleadings on behalf of our client and replaced the Administrator and a successful resolution was reached that protected and recognized the financial interests of our client in regard to recovery from the Estate.  That case involved Will and Trust Attorneys in Alton, Illinois and Estate and Trust Litigation Attorneys from St. Clair County, Illinois.

(CONFIDENTIAL) ESTATE – MT. VERNON (JEFFERSON COUNTY), ILLINOIS. As Attorneys engaged in Estate and Trust Litigation in Jefferson County, Illinois, a beneficiary hired us from Mt. Vernon, Illinois.  A relative had passed away and there were issues concerning the ownership and value of real estate having a value in excess of $100,000.00.  After we became involved, we were able to obtain the consent of all interested parties, and, upon proper notification, worked a resolution with the real estate being transferred to certain family members.  That case involved Estate and Trust in Mt. Vernon, Illinois and Belleville, Illinois.

(CONFIDENTIAL) ESTATE – BLOOMINGTON (MCLEAN COUNTY), ILLINOIS. As Belleville, Illinois Probate Attorneys, we were contacted by a client in a Contested Trust Litigation in McLean County, Illinois, which involved family members that were engaged in agriculture.  There were issues concerning undue influence, lack of mental capacity, and duress, relating to the execution of estate planning documents, not to mention transfers and establishment of joint tenancies and beneficiary designations, prior to the date of death of the decedent.  We were contacted after the client was not satisfied with the progress of the case that was handled by his attorney.  That case involved Probate Law Firms in Southern Illinois.

(CONFIDENTIAL) ESTATE – BELLEVILLE (ST. CLAIR COUNTY), ILLINOIS. As St. Clair County, Illinois Estate Trust Litigation Attorneys, we were hired by the aunt of a severely disabled adult.  Sufficient assets were not being distributed, from a Trust in excess of $6,000,000.00, to benefit the ward, including for health, education, comfort and enjoyment of life.  This resulted in excessive funds being accumulated in the Trust to the detriment of the ward and for the benefit of certain family members that would inherit upon the ward’s death.  This case involved Estate and Trust Lawyers from Fairview Heights, Illinois, O’Fallon, Illinois and an Estate and Trust Litigation Law Firm from Belleville, Illinois.

(CONFIDENTIAL) ESTATE – BELLEVILLE (ST. CLAIR COUNTY), ILLINOIS. As Belleville, Illinois Probate Attorneys, we were contacted by clients who believed they may be heirs of an Estate that had been substantially administered, with the Claim’s Notice running and with final distribution being planned.  We investigated the matter immediately and took the position that an individual claiming he was the sole heir had actually been adopted and was not an heir.  If our clients had done nothing, the Estate in excess of $500,000.00 would have been improperly distributed.  That case involved Estate and Trust Attorneys in Belleville, Illinois.

(CONFIDENTIAL) ESTATE – HILLSBORO (MONTGOMERY COUNTY), ILLINOIS. As Belleville, Illinois probate attorneys, we were involved in the (Confidential) Estate in Montgomery County, Illinois.  In that case, there were brothers engaged in farming operations and an action was brought by their out-of-state sister to set aside transfers and objecting to activities of the brothers prior to the death of their father. Fayette County, Will Contest Attorneys were involved in that case.  There was in excess of $1,000,000.00 involved in that probate proceeding in the Fourth Judicial Circuit, Illinois and our client received a substantial settlement.

(CONFIDENTIAL) ESTATE – BELLEVILLE (ST. CLAIR COUNTY), ILLINOIS. As Metro East, Illinois will/trust contest attorneys, we were involved in the (Confidential) Estate.  In that matter, there were issues in regard to the decedent’s estate plan and his out-of-state relatives and the surviving spouse of the decedent. St. Clair County Attorneys, Illinois estate attorneys and St. Louis, Missouri will/trust contest attorneys were also involved in that proceeding.  There was in excess of $30,000,000.00 at stake and the surviving spouse received a substantial settlement in the Twentieth Judicial Circuit Court, Illinois proceeding.

(CONFIDENTIAL) ESTATE – BREESE (CLINTON COUNTY), ILLINOIS. As Illinois estate lawyers, we were hired by family members in regard to the (Confidential) Estate in Clinton County, Illinois. That case involved shareholders of closely held corporations and buy-out disputes and related issues concerning shareholders who were descendants of the decedent.  A Clinton County, Illinois estate planning attorney was involved in that proceeding.  Our client received a substantial settlement in the Fourth Judicial Circuit, Illinois proceeding.

(CONFIDENTIAL) – MT. VERNON (JEFFERSON COUNTY), ILLINOIS.  As Illinois trust contest attorneys, we were involved in a Jefferson County, Illinois, case which involved contested trust and estate issues in regard to the Estate.  This case also involved Mt. Vernon, Illinois estate administration attorneys, Centralia, Illinois trust contest lawyers, and a Marion, Illinois, trust administration lawyer. There was a resolution in that Second Judicial Circuit, Illinois proceeding.  That involved in excess of $10,000,000.00.

(CONFIDENTIAL) – METROPOLIS (MASSAC COUNTY), ILLINOIS.  As St. Clair County, Illinois estate attorneys, we were involved in the (Confidential) Estate in Massac County, Illinois. Issues included disputes among the natural children and the second wife of the decedent, including with respect to real estate and powers of attorney.  A Massac County, Illinois estate administration attorney was involved in that proceeding.  In that First Judicial Circuit, Illinois proceeding, we represented the executor of the estate.

(CONFIDENTIAL) ESTATE – OFALLON (ST. CLAIR COUNTY), ILLINOIS. As Belleville, Illinois probate attorneys handling cases in OFallon, Illinois, we were involved in the (Confidential) Estate. In that case, there were issues concerning the estate plan of the decedent and disputes between family members regarding money and other assets.  A Fairview Heights, Illinois will contest attorney was involved in that proceeding.  There was more than $1,000,000.00 in a dispute in the Twentieth Judicial Circuit, Illinois proceeding.

(CONFIDENTIAL) ESTATE – VIENNA (JOHNSON COUNTY), ILLINOIS.  As Metro East, Illinois trust and estate attorneys, we were involved in the (Confidential) Estate in Johnson County, Illinois.  In that matter there were issues concerns transfers, powers of attorney and joint tenancy assets.  A Johnson County, Illinois estate attorney in Vienna, Illinois was involved in that proceeding.  There was a settlement reached in that First Judicial Circuit, Illinois proceeding.

(CONFIDENTIAL) ESTATE – OFALLON (ST. CLAIR COUNTY), ILLINOIS.  As Belleville, Illinois probate attorneys,we were involved in the (Confidential) Estate in St. Clair County, Illinois.  In that case, there were issues concerning real estate and various wills and trusts.  We handled matters with the Internal Revenue Service and the Illinois Department of Revenue in that proceeding.  There was in excess of $2,000,000.00 involved in that proceeding and estate settlement occurred through the Twentieth Judicial Circuit, Illinois.

(CONFIDENTIAL) ESTATE – COULTERVILLE (RANDOLPH COUNTY), ILLINOIS. As St. Clair County, Illinois estate attorneys, we were involved in the (Confidential) Estate in Randolph County, Illinois. Issues in that case included conflicts or potential conflicts of interest, claims of creditors in regard to the estate, and the personal representative and other matters. A Randolph County, Illinois, estate administration attorney was involved in that proceeding.  There was in excess of $1,000,000.00 of farmland at stake and estate administration was handled through the Twentieth Judicial Circuit, Illinois.

(CONFIDENTIAL) ESTATE – ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI.     As Metro East, Illinois probate attorneys, we were involved in the (Confidential)  Estate in St. Louis, Missouri.  That case involved various issues with respect to the development of commercial property in the St. Louis area and other matters.  A Missouri estate administration law firm in St. Louis, Missouri was involved in that proceeding. There was more than $200,000.00 in assets involved in the estate administration proceeding in the Twenty-Second Judicial Circuit, St. Louis, Missouri.

(CONFIDENTIAL) ESTATE – COLUMBIA (MONROE COUNTY), ILLINOIS. As Illinois estate administration lawyers handling cases in Columbia, Illinois, we were involved on behalf of Edward Jones Trust Company in regard to the (Confidential) Estate in Monroe County, Illinois. Issues included the interpretation of the terms of a trust and other matters.  A Monroe County, Illinois, attorney, in Columbia, Illinois, was involved in that proceeding.  There was more than $1,000,000.00 involved in that the Twentieth Judicial Circuit, Illinois proceeding in Waterloo, Illinois.

(CONFIDENTIAL) ESTATE – BELLEVILLE (ST. CLAIR COUNTY), ILLINOIS.   As Belleville, Illinois probate attorneys we were involved in the handling of the (Confidential) Estate, which involved in excess of $12,000,000.  We represented AG Edwards Trust Company of St. Louis, Missouri, as Executor of the Estate.  The case included a life estate for a close friend of the decedent. Administration from the estate was handled through the Twentieth Judicial Circuit, Belleville, Illinois.

(CONFIDENTIAL) – BELLEVILLE (ST. CLAIR COUNTY), ILLINOIS.  As Belleville, Illinois probate attorneys, we were involved in the (Confidential) Estate in St. Clair County, Illinois.  That case involved the interests of family and non-family members.  There were disputes regarding estate assets and claims of creditors.  Estate administration occurred through the Twentieth Judicial Circuit, Belleville, Illinois.

(CONFIDENTIAL) ESTATE – WHITEHALL (GREENE COUNTY), ILLINOIS.  As Belleville probate and Illinois will/trust contest attorneys, we were involved in the (Confidential) Estate in Greene County, Illinois. That case included matters involving admission of a copy of a Will to probate.  A Carrolton, Illinois probate attorney and  a Jacksonville, Illinois will contest attorney were involved in that proceeding.

(CONFIDENTIAL) ESTATE – JERSEYVILLE (JERSEY COUNTY), ILLINOIS.  As St. Clair County, Illinois estate attorneys, we were hired for representation in the (Confidential) Estate in Jersey County, Illinois. Issues in that proceeding included wills with trust provisions relating to farmland, transfers of real estate prior to date of death and other matters. A Jerseyville probate attorney in Jersey County, Illinois was involved in that proceeding.Farmland worth more than $1,000,000.00 was involved in the Seventh Judicial Circuit, Illinois proceeding.

(CONFIDENTIAL) ESTATE – HIGHLAND (MADISON COUNTY), ILLINOIS.  As Metro East probate lawyers, we were involved in the (Confidential) Estate in Madison County, Illinois. That case involved five (5) siblings who never married and had no children, and who left the bulk of their estates to their surviving siblings with disputes involving St. Josephs Hospital in Highland, Illinois and St. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Highland, Illinois.  A  Edwardsville, Illinois estate lawyers and Granite City, Illinois estate attorneys were involved in that proceeding.There was more than $2,000,000.00 in farmland in bank accounts involved in the Third Judicial Circuit, Edwardsville, Illinois proceeding.

(CONFIDENTIAL) CASE – BELLEVILLE (ST. CLAIR COUNTY), ILLINOIS. As Belleville, Illinois estate and trust lawyers, we were involved in the (Confidential) case in St. Clair County, Illinois. That matter involved disputes among siblings, some of whom were basically disinherited to the benefit of others.  That case included a Columbia, Illinois probate attorney and St. Clair County lawyers estate attorneys of Belleville, Illinois. There was more than $1,000,000.00 in estate and trust assets in that Twentieth Judicial Circuit Court, Illinois proceeding in Belleville, Illinois.

(CONFIDENTIAL) ESTATE – ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI. As St. Clair County estate settlement lawyers, we were involved in the settlement of the (Confidential) Estate in St. Louis, Missouri. That case involved issues among family members and the handling of property and family interests.A Belleville, Illinois probate law firm was involved in that case.

(CONFIDENTIAL) CASE – WATERLOO (MONROE COUNTY), ILLINOIS. As St. Clair County, Illinois will/trust contest attorneys, we were involved in the (Confidential) Estate in Monroe County, Illinois. This case had to do with the disinheritance of certain family members by the decedent.  A St. Louis, Missouri probate law firm was involved in that proceeding.There was trust litigation in the Twentieth Judicial Circuit, Illinois in Waterloo.

(CONFIDENTIAL) ESTATE – GRANITE CITY (MADISON COUNTY), ILLINOIS. As Belleville, Illinois estate lawyers, we were involved in the (Confidential) case in Madison County, Illinois. Issues included the sale of a dental practice. Granite City probate attorneys were involved in that proceeding. Estate Administration occurred through the Third Judicial Circuit, Edwardsville, Illinois proceeding.

(CONFIDENTIAL) ESTATE – NASHVILLE (WASHINGTON COUNTY), ILLINOIS. As attorneys handling probate cases in Washington County, Illinois, we were involved in issues concerning the (Confidential) Estate in Washington County, Illinois. In that matter, there were disputes regarding estate planning documents and transfers of real estate.  A Marion County, Illinois will/trust  law firm in Centralia, Illinois and Jefferson County, Illinois probate law firm in Mt. Vernon, Illinois were involved in that matter.There was substantial value regarding farmland involved in the Twentieth Judicial Circuit Court, Illinois proceeding in Nashville, Illinois.

(CONFIDENTIAL) ESTATE – SALEM (MARION COUNTY), ILLINOIS. As Metro East, Illinois will/trust attorneys, we were involved in the (Confidential) Estate in Marion County, Illinois. There was an issue regarding influence of an individual attempting to take over representation from a corporate fiduciary.  A St. Clair County, Illinois probate law firm in OFallon, Illinois, was involved in that proceeding.  Administration occurred in Fourth Judicial Circuit Court, Salem, Illinois.

(CONFIDENTIAL) CASE – BELLEVILLE (ST. CLAIR COUNTY), ILLINOIS. As Metro East, Illinois estate attorneys handling contested guardianship cases, we were involved in the (Confidential) casein Belleville, Illinois. Issues included matters involving an alleged disabled adult and various disputes.  An estate law firm in Swansea, Illinois, will/trust attorneys in Chicago, Illinois and a probate attorney in Swansea, Illinois were involved in that proceeding.There was more than $8,000,000.00 involved in that Twentieth Judicial Circuit, Illinois proceeding in Belleville, Illinois.

(CONFIDENTIAL) CASE – BELLEVILLE (ST. CLAIR COUNTY), ILLINOIS. As Belleville, Illinois guardianship attorneys, we were involved in the (Confidential) case in Belleville, Illinois. Issues included matters concerning administration of the trust and matters related thereto of an alleged disabled adult.   Regions Bank was involved in that matter.There was more than $8,000,000.00 involved in that Twentieth Judicial Circuit, Illinois proceeding in Belleville, Illinois.

(CONFIDENTIAL) GUARDIANSHIP CASE – BELLEVILLE (ST. CLAIR COUNTY), ILLINOIS. As Belleville, Illinois guardianship attorneys, we were involved in contested guardianship proceedings involving (Confidential).  In that case, there were issues concerning who would be named as permanent Guardian of the Estate and Person of an alleged disabled adult. Belleville, Illinois, estate attorneys and St. Clair County, Illinois probate attorneys were involved in that proceeding.  There was more than $1,500,000.00 involved in the Twentieth Judicial Circuit, Belleville, Illinois proceeding.

(CONFIDENTIAL) CASE – RED BUD (RANDOLPH COUNTY), ILLINOIS.  As Belleville, Illinois probate attorneys, we were involved in the (Confidential) guardianship proceeding.  In that case, there was litigation in Chester, Illinois, in regard to guardianship and a related divorce proceeding.  A Chester, Illinois probate lawyer and St. Clair County, Illinois, estate attorneys in Belleville, Illinois were involved in those proceedings.  There was in excess of $1,000,000.00 involved in that Twentieth Judicial Circuit, Illinois estate proceeding in Red Bud, Illinois.

(CONFIDENTIAL) ESTATE – JACKSONVILLE (MORGAN COUNTY), ILLINOIS.  As Metro East, Illinois probate attorneys, we were involved the (Confidential) Estate.  There were issues in regard to transfers of real estate relating to the decedent. Greene County, Illinois, probate attorneys in Whitehall, Illinois and Morgan County, Illinois estate attorney in Jacksonville, Illinois were involved in that proceeding.  There was a substantial amount involved in the Seventh Judicial Circuit, Jacksonville, Illinois proceeding.

(CONFIDENTIAL) CASE – BELLEVILLE (ST. CLAIR COUNTY), ILLINOIS.  As St. Clair County, Illinois estate attorneys we were involved in the (Confidential) Estate.  Issues included various changes to estate planning documents of an elderly person prior to her death. St. Clair County, Illinois estate attorneys in Belleville, Illinois and Belleville, Illinois probate attorneys were involved in that proceeding.There was more than $1,000,000.00 involved in that trust and estate administration proceeding in Twentieth Judicial Circuit, Illinois.

(CONFIDENTIAL) ESTATE – BLOOMINGTON (MCLEAN COUNTY), ILLINOIS. As Belleville, Illinois probate attorneys, we were hired to provide representation in regard to the (Confidential) Estate in McLean County, Illinois.  Issues included the decedent borrowing substantial unsecured amounts and competing estate claims in regard to a contracting business of the decedent.  Bloomington, Illinois estate attorney was involved in that proceeding.There was more than $1,000,000.00 involved in that Eleventh Judicial Circuit, Illinois proceeding in Bloomington, Illinois.

(CONFIDENTIAL) ESTATE – BELLEVILLE (ST. CLAIR COUNTY), ILLINOIS. As Metro East, Illinois probate attorneys, we were involved in a complext contested guardianship proceeding that was followed by a trust contest case.  There were issues relating to undue influence, duress and lack of mental capacity.  Our clients received a settlement in excess of $840,000.00 without going to trial.  That case involved numerous estate litigation law firms in St. Clair County, Illinois.

(CONFIDENTIAL) – DUQUOIN (PERRY COUNTY), ILLINOIS. As Belleville, Illinois trust litigation attorneys, we were involved in trust litigation that involved removal of a Trustee and setting aside a trust.  After lawsuits were filed to remove the trustee based on numerous breaches of fiduciary duties and attacking the validity of a trust based on various grounds, a settlement was reached whereby our client received a distribution in excess of  $750,000.00.  Those lawsuits involved lawyers from St. Clair County, Illinois and lawyers from Perry County, Illinois.

(CONFIDENTIAL) TRUST – BELLEVILLE (ST. CLAIR COUNTY), ILLINOIS. We represented an Executor and Trustee in a St. Clair County, Illinois litigation that involved complex contested issues relating to in excess of $8,000,000.00, including transfers prior to the decedent’s death to his wife and stepchildren.  Issues related to removal of the personal representative, including for reasons based on allegations of breaches of fiduciary duty and mismanagement of the Estate and Trust.  That case involved numerous lawyers concentrating in Estate and Trust Litigation in the Twentieth Judicial Circuit, Illinois.

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