While in private law practice Attorney Kerr has also been an adjunct faculty member... more
While in private law practice Attorney Kerr has also been an adjunct faculty member teaching Educational Law at Sangamon State University (now University of Illinois. Springfield, Illinois). He has also taught the law of Business Organization in the Paralegal Program of Robert Morris College, Springfield, Illinois In addition to his experience as a lawyer and educator, Attorney Kerr has experi... view profile
Jim Ackerman has been named by Super Lawyers for his outstanding work for numerous... more
Jim Ackerman has been named by Super Lawyers for his outstanding work for numerous years in a row. Only 5% of Illinois attorneys get the distinction. He serves on the board of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association and the Tort committee of the Illinois State Bar Association. He hosts Lets Talk Law on WMAY (AM 970) every Saturday afternoon. Jim has collected tens of millions in recorvery fo... view profile
Val C. Simhauser is admitted to practice law in the Illinois courts and in the U.S.... more
Val C. Simhauser is admitted to practice law in the Illinois courts and in the U.S. district and bankruptcy courts in the central and southern districts of Illinois. A Springfield native, he grew up around his father’s law practice. After earning a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree, and then his law degree, he joined his father’s firm, Heckenkamp & Simhauser, P.C., in Springfield, in 1980. ... view profile
Helping businesses and families in Springfield and Central Illinois with effective... more
Helping businesses and families in Springfield and Central Illinois with effective recommendations and solutions for their legal needs, providing representation, counsel and successful litigation and transactional experience in family law,personal injury,estate planning, business law, real estate lawand probate and estate administration matters.
Probate is the legal process used to carry out a person's will after their death; a probate attorney advises you on how to perform the steps in the process. In general, once you have identified and collected the dead person's belongings, including their money, property, and other assets, you pay the person's debts and taxes. Once all debts have been paid, you distribute their money and property according to the language of the will. If there is no will, the laws of the state where the dead person lived control how the property is distributed. A probate attorney helps you plan what happens to your property when you die, as they can probate wills and act as your probate court estate representative. A probate attorney also represents family members and beneficiaries wishing to challenge wills.