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James Merle Lestikow

Practice areas:

Estate Planning, Business, Commercial

About Me

Please contact me directly if you are in need of estate planning (trusts, wills, strategies for taxable estates or wealth preservation), asset protection, estate administration, business advice and commercial real estate transactions, including tax deferring like-kind exchanges. I am an elected Fellow of the American College of Trust & Estate Counsel (ACTEC), and invite you to review my resume on Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP's web site, accessible through the link provided, for more information.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1973

  1. Estate Planning: 60%
  2. Commercial: 20%
  3. Business: 20%

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Contact Info

HINSHAW & CULBERTSON LLP

400 South Ninth Street Suite 200
Springfield, IL, 62701

Resume

License

StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law197308/17/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Awards

Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Top 50 Downstate Leading Consumer LawyersLeading Lawyers Network Magazine2008
Top 100 Leading Consumer Lawyers in IllinoisLeading Lawyers Network Magazine2008
Recognized in the area of Trusts and EstatesBest Lawyers in America2008
Super Lawyer in the area of Estate Planning & ProbateIllinois Super Lawyers2008
Recognized in the area of Trusts and EstatesBest Lawyers in America2007
Super Lawyer in the area of Estate Planning & ProbateIllinois Super Lawyers2007
Super Lawyer in the area of Estate Planning/TrustsIllinois Super Lawyers2006
Recognized in the area of Trusts and EstatesBest Lawyers in America2006
Super Lawyer in the area of Estate Planning/TrustsIllinois Super Lawyers2005
AV RatedMartindale-HubbellN/A

Associations

Association NamePosition NameDuration
American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, Asset Protection Committee.Member2006 - Present
American College of Trust and Estate CounselFellow2001 - Present
Illinois Bar Foundation, Budget and Finance CommitteeChairN/A
Illinois Bar FoundationTreasurerN/A
Illinois Bar Foundation, Planned Giving CommitteeChairN/A
Illinois Bar FoundationCharter FellowN/A
Illinois Bar FoundationGold FellowN/A
American Bar Association, Probate, Trust and Real Estate SectionMemberN/A
Illinois State Bar Association, Business Advice and Financial Planning SectionFormer ChairN/A
Illinois State Bar Association, Trusts and Estates SectionFormer ChairN/A
Illinois Bar FoundationExecutive CommitteeN/A

Education

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Illinois College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1973
Northern Illinois UniversityN/ABS - Bachelor of Science1970

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Illinois State Medical Society Seminars,Asset Protection and Family Wealth Management for Physicians2006
IICLE, Advanced Asset Protection Planning for 2006 seminarProtecting Family Assets2006
IICLE, 48th Annual Estate Planning Short CoursePlanning and Drafting for Illiquid Assets2005
IICLEPost-Mortem Planning with Disclaimers2004
IICLEEstate Planning for Agribusinessmen and Farmers2001