OVER $425,000.00 RECOVERED FROM PHONY HEIR AND DISQUALIFIED ADMINISTRATOR, AVAILABLE TO REPRESENT CLIENTS FROM EFFINGHAM, EFFINGHAM COUNTY, NEWTON, JASPER COUNTY, FLORA, CLAY 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.
Dispute involving $480,000 of farmland. We prepared an estate plan for an elderly farming couple who wished to favor a child who had remained at and worked for the farm while the other children moved and/or had different careers. From a financial standpoint, some of the other children were not in agreement with the testamentary wishes of the parents. The parents were of sound and disposing mind and memory and knew what they were doing. We explained to all that even though the parents wished to favor a certain child that was their decision.