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Edward James Blake Jr.

Probate Attorney at Belleville, IL

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Licensed for 44 years

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BLAKE BEHME LAW GROUP, P.C. WAS FOUNDED IN 1983 AND PROVIDES A FULL RANGE OF LEGAL SERVICES.

EDWARD J. BLAKE, JR. was born in East St. Louis, Illinois in 1952.  He has been engaged in the private practice of law for more than 40 years.

Education: St. Louis University (B.S.B.A., 1975); Southern Illinois University (M.B.A., 1977); St. Louis University (J.D., 1978); Washington University (LL.M., in Taxation, 1982).
Member: The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis; St. Clair County, Illinois State (Member: Section on Estate Planning, 1987 – 1988; Federal Taxation, 1988 – 1989; Business Advice & Financial Planning, 1995-1996) and American Bar Association. Madison County Bar Association, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, American Agricultural Law Association, Illinois State Trial Lawyers Association, Million Dollar Advocates Forum, American Institute of Family Law Attorneys and Top 100 Family Lawyers in the State of Illinois.    Illinois State Bar Association Section Member:  (1) Trusts & Estates; (2) Family Law; (3) Agricultural Law; and (4) Civil Practice & Procedure.

 

Auto Accident, Bankruptcy, Business, Child Custody, Child Support, Collaborative Divorce, Commercial Real Estate, Consumer Protection, Criminal Defense, DUI and DWI, Debt Settlement, Divorce, Divorce Mediation, Employment, Estate Planning, Wills, Trusts, Breaches of Fiduciary Duty, Family, Foreclosure, Immigration Law, Landlord/Tenant, Legal Malpractice, Litigation, Civil Lawsuits, Military Divorce, Nursing Home, Personal Injury, Probate, Estate Settlement, Real Estate, Securities, Sex Crimes, DCFS, Sexual Harassment, Tax, Internal Revenue Service, Illinois Department of Revenue, Illinois Department of Employment Security, Traffic Tickets, Unemployment, White Collar Crime, Workman’s Compensation, Wrongful Death, Wrongful Termination.

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Licensed for 44 years
State IL
Status Active And Authorized To Practice Law
Acquired 1978
Updated 01/06/2023

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Blake Behme Links Raney, P.C.
Richland Executive Plaza II
521 West Main Street, Suite 100
Belleville, IL, 62220
Blake Behme Links Raney, P.C.
201 Hillsboro, Suite 206
Edwardsville, IL, 62025
Blake Behme Links Raney, P.C.
1355 North Bluff Road, Suite B
Collinsville, IL, 62234
Blake Behme Links Raney, P.C.
Blake Behme Links Raney, P.C.
305 West Professional Park Avenue
Effingham, IL, 62401
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Posted by anonymous | June 7, 2013
Outstanding lawyer with a reputable firm, very please
I have a family case and use Mr. Blake for my court hearings. I am very pleased with the firm and the result I received. Without you, I wouldn't have gotten the result I did.
Response from Edward Blake February 11, 2022
It was great of you to take the time to provide us with your generous comments. We attempt to exceed the expectations of our clients. Competency, integrity, trustworthiness and hard work are of paramount importance to us in providing zealous representation of our clients. Whether tax law, family law, estate law, real estate law or estate planning, we have decades of experience, and a proven track record, in obtaining successful results for clients under challenging circumstances. We have a Martindale-Hubbel “AV” rating. We have received have received the Martindale-Hubbell Client Champion Platinum Award, which is the highest combination of peer reviews, which would include other attorneys, as well as client reviews, as identified by Martindale-Hubbell. Since you took the time to share with us your generous comments, we will share with you an excerpt from one of our success stories brochures. $9,000,000 Estate Administration Settlement. 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 corpus 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.
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Posted by Jadon Abshire | January 4, 2022
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| Consulted Attorney
Excellent Attorney
Richard helped me in an urgent matter. His style is quick, thorough and very professional - everything an attorney should be. Would recommend to anyone seeking legal help. Thank you Edward James!
Posted by anonymous | September 10, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Precise with advanced planning to make a positive outcome without you coming out from under the tires
Wish he could run for President! Too many events coming and this 2019 was the beginning. Probate an almost done lock down courthouse 2020. He did what was promised and expected with calm leadership to get it done months later because of Corvid 19 Then one month later roofing extensive damages inside out. Contractor disappears with$6500.00 and more more more. I hired Blake! He does what he is hired to provide. Trustworthy. Dont hesitate to make him your legal representative.I hired him to brush up a legal will and trust.
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Posted by Mike Faust | May 16, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Ed Blake- Class Act
Despite my parents' best efforts, several issues arose with my mother's passing. Life insurance, vehicle ownership, and real estate issues were successfully addressed by Mr. Blake and his team, in a timely fashion, enabling us to avoid probate proceedings. Mr. Blake and his staff were consummate professionals: highly competent, and very personable. They ably represented us at a critical juncture in our lives, and I would wholeheartedly recommend Blake Behme Gilbreth Links, P.C., for first-rate legal representation and services.
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Posted by Jim | February 27, 2019
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Bank executive
I have consulted with Ed Blake on numerous real estate transactions over the years and have always had positive results. His knowledge in this area is excellent. I would not hesitate to work with Ed in the future.
Posted by Kevin | February 22, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent Attorney
I have had many dealings with Attorney Ed Blake over the last 25 years. He has always handled this business in a professional and expeditious manner. He has good overall knowledge of the law. I would recommend Mr. Blake.
Posted by anonymous | February 6, 2019
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| Consulted Attorney
Professional & Experienced Firm
Mr. Blake's firm has been nothing but professional and helpful. Their ability to answer my questions in a professional and timely manner without making me feel as if I was just another client was extremely comforting to me. I would recommend Mr. Blake and his firm to friends and family every time.
Posted by Alan | January 28, 2019
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| Consulted Attorney
Outstanding businessman/attorney
Having known Mr. Blake for many years, it is always a pleasure communicating with him. We are a family business and it is comforting knowing that Mr. Blake takes interest in that. Let me assure you Mr. Blake and staff have an endless amount of knowledge on any subject matter. Having consulted many times on various real estate matters, his willingness to work together is only one of many things that make Mr. Blake top-notch. I would definitely recommend Mr. Blake on any legal matters.
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Posted by Lendell | January 22, 2019
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Land right if way dispute
I hired Mr. Blake to handle a somewhat difficult issue about a right of way to some farm land that I own and farm. The right of way was also bing used by a major public utility to access one of their distribution terminals. Mr. Blake dug into the complex issues and worked the with major public utility to gain my access and not interfere with my farm operation or the utilities operations. Mr. Blake handled the whole issue very quickly and at a very reasonable cost. He is first class and very detailed and careful in his work. Very professional and very reasonable!
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Posted by Ted | January 21, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Great real estate attorney
Ed handled the purchase of my home in a very professional and expedited manner. I was kept advised of everything going on with my case. Gave good legal advice to make the transaction go smoothly. Will recommend him to anyone I know. Excellent attorney.
Posted by brian | January 21, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
owner
i hired Edward J Blake Jr to form a limited liability company for me and he and his efficient law office had same established to my specifications and satisfaction within 24 hours!
Posted by Josh | January 20, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great attorney
I hired Ed to help me when my dad passed away. He led me through everything that needed done with his house and all of his bills. Great attorney and would use him again.
Response from Edward Blake February 19, 2019
We appreciate your sentiments. Each client is unique and important to us. We zealously represent the interests of our clients. We keep our clients advised in all matters and our clients have an opportunity to actively participate in their cases. Our clients are welcome to attend any Court proceedings that impact their case and we prepare our clients for trial and review with them common-plated testimony. Our clients are always kept completely advised in regard to the status of matters. Since you took the time to share with us your positive review, we will share with you an excerpt from one of our success stories brochures. $585,000 Recovered in Divorce Case. We represented a wife in a dissolution of marriage proceeding. Her husband was a successful business person in Southern Illinois, including in the agricultural and seed business. Tragic had struck our clients on many occasions before the divorce including losing three children in three separate accidents. Our client was not thinking straight. Her husband’s attorneys were attempting to coerce her into a meager settlement and divorce resolution, not in her best interests, but solely in the best interests of her husband because he had contacts with the right people. Once we agreed to become involved, we immediately disassociated ourselves from the settlement discussions that had transpired. After discovery, and after the intense settlement negotiations, our client received in excess of fifty percent (50%) of the marital estate, including because our client could not count on meaningful job opportunities in the future, and because her husband had a favorable financial future.
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Posted by Terry | January 16, 2019
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Businessman
Edward J. Blake,Jr, is an excellent attorney. He has given me great legal advice and I trust him and his law firm, as being the best in the Metro East Area. I have known Mr. Blake for some time and he is the type of lawyer you wish to have on your side. He is experienced, smart and caring. He puts his clients first!
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Response from Edward Blake February 5, 2019
Thank you. It was wonderful that you took the time to share your positive input with us. It was much appreciated. We offer quality legal services including in the areas of estate planning, tax law, real estate law, estate law and family law and have a proven track record of success. Our practice is primarily focused on the Metro East, and the Southern Illinois, Central Illinois regions. Since you took the time to share with us your positive input, we will share with you one of our success stories. $5,000,000 Missing from Estate. We represented a surviving spouse who had married a wealthy widower. Although a prenuptial agreement was entered into prior to the marriage, the widower made several changes to the estate planning documents benefitting his new wife and her children. There were also transfers of substantial assets from the husband to wife, many occurring within less than a year from the date of death of the widower. When the husband passed away, beneficiaries identified in his estate planning documents claimed there was in excess of over $5,000,000.00 missing in regard to which they were entitled to a substantial share. Issues were raised regarding fraud, undue influence, lack of mental capacity, duress and tortious interference with an expectancy. Our client prevailed and the complaining beneficiaries did not receive a favorable decision from the Court.
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Posted by Peggy | January 15, 2019
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Treats you like family.
Mr. Blake is knowledgeable and easy to work with. He listens, explains and answers every question. His service is phenomenal. He is a pleasure to work with.
Response from Edward Blake January 29, 2019
Thank you for taking the time to extend your generous comments. Knowledge of the law, decades of experience, and a proven track record, by a seasoned law firm providing quality legal services focusing on competency, integrity, trustworthiness and hard work are hallmarks of our practice. We have a Martindale-Hubbel “AV” rating. Since you took the time to share with us your generous comments, we will share with you one of our success stories. Over $200,000 Recovered for Sisters. We represented sisters from South Carolina and New York in regard to a case involving their deceased mother, before she passed away, but at a time when her brother had power of attorney, unknowingly conveyed the family farm to her brother thereby depriving our clients in their share of the family farm upon the death of their mother pursuant to the estate plan of their mother.
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Posted by Larry | January 15, 2019
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REAL ESTATE BROKERAGE
I have been in the real estate business since 1973 and hold a broker license in Illinois, Kentucky and Missouri. During this time I have worked with many attorneys over the years and met Ed Blake in the late 1980s at a farm loan closing, when he represented me. Since meeting with Mr. Blake decades ago, I have hired him as the attorney for me and my realty company, Midwest Real Estate, in regard to a variety of matters. Mr. Blake has acted as attorney for me in regard to assisting my realty firm in regard to division of assets, including real estate, in a divorce. My realty firm has also hired Mr. Blake as our attorney to assist us in regard to a situation involving real estate where a person passed away without leaving a will. I also hired Mr. Blake to assist my realty firm in regard to an estate administration. As far as I am concerned, Ed Blake's expertise in the law and his understanding of human nature makes Ed a valuable asset to my business. Ed Blake has also represented me in regard to my estate plan. Both myself and my realty firm, Midwest Real Estate, intend to continue to use him and his law firm as our attorneys.
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Response from Edward Blake January 29, 2019
Thank you. It was wonderful that you took the time to share your positive input with us. It was much appreciated. We offer quality legal services including in the areas of estate planning, tax law, real estate law, estate law and family law and have a proven track record of success. Our practice is primarily focused on the Metro East, and the Southern Illinois, Central Illinois regions. Since you took the time to share with us your positive input, we will share with you one of our success stories. $5,000,000 Missing from Estate. We represented a surviving spouse who had married a wealthy widower. Although a prenuptial agreement was entered into prior to the marriage, the widower made several changes to the estate planning documents benefitting his new wife and her children. There were also transfers of substantial assets from the husband to wife, many occurring within less than a year from the date of death of the widower. When the husband passed away, beneficiaries identified in his estate planning documents claimed there was in excess of over $5,000,000.00 missing in regard to which they were entitled to a substantial share. Issues were raised regarding fraud, undue influence, lack of mental capacity, duress and tortious interference with an expectancy. Our client prevailed and the complaining beneficiaries did not receive a favorable decision from the Court.
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Posted by Michael | January 14, 2019
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| Consulted Attorney
Highly Recommended
Ed Blake and his team have an immense knowledge of estate and family law matters. It’s clear to me that Ed works hard to ensure his clients are treated fairly throughout the legal process and to achieve positive results. He has been very helpful in assisting with matters that I brought to him.
Response from Edward Blake February 19, 2019
Thank you. It was wonderful that you took the time to share your positive input with us. It was much appreciated. We offer quality legal services including in the areas of estate planning, tax law, real estate law, estate law and family law and have a proven track record of success. Our practice is primarily focused on the Metro East, and the Southern Illinois, Central Illinois regions. We have a Martindale-Hubbel “AV” rating. Since you took the time to share with us your positive input, we will share with you an excerpt from one of our success stories brochures. $5,000,000 Missing from Estate. We represented a surviving spouse who had married a wealthy widower. Although a prenuptial agreement was entered into prior to the marriage, the widower made several changes to the estate planning documents benefitting his new wife and her children. There were also transfers of substantial assets from the husband to wife, many occurring within less than a year from the date of death of the widower. When the husband passed away, beneficiaries identified in his estate planning documents claimed there was in excess of over $5,000,000.00 missing in regard to which they were entitled to a substantial share. Issues were raised regarding fraud, undue influence, lack of mental capacity, duress and tortious interference with an expectancy. Our client prevailed and the complaining beneficiaries did not receive a favorable decision from the Court.
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Posted by Ali | January 9, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Great Experience
Mr. Blake consistently delivers results and is always available for consultation. His vast knowledge of the law has helped us out in numerous occasions.
Response from Edward Blake February 5, 2019
Thank you for taking the time to extend your generous comments. Knowledge of the law, decades of experience, and a proven track record, by a seasoned law firm providing quality legal services focusing on competency, integrity, trustworthiness and hard work are hallmarks of our practice. Since you took the time to share with us your generous comments, we will share with you one of our success stories. Over $200,000 Recovered for Sisters. We represented sisters from South Carolina and New York in regard to a case involving their deceased mother, before she passed away, but at a time when her brother had power of attorney, unknowingly conveyed the family farm to her brother thereby depriving our clients in their share of the family farm upon the death of their mother pursuant to the estate plan of their mother.
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Posted by Lauren | January 9, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent work on real estate cases
I hired Ed to handle a few legal issues involving rental property in Southern Illinois. He was very knowledgeable on the law and on its application in multi-family rentals. I would recommend him to anyone in need of a lawyer regarding real estates matters.
Response from Edward Blake February 6, 2019
Thank you. It was wonderful that you took the time to share your positive input with us. It was much appreciated. We offer quality legal services including in the areas of estate planning, tax law, real estate law, estate law and family law and have a proven track record of success. Our practice is primarily focused on the Metro East, and the Southern Illinois, Central Illinois regions. Since you took the time to share with us your positive input, we will share with you one of our success stories. $5,000,000 Missing from Estate. We represented a surviving spouse who had married a wealthy widower. Although a prenuptial agreement was entered into prior to the marriage, the widower made several changes to the estate planning documents benefitting his new wife and her children. There were also transfers of substantial assets from the husband to wife, many occurring within less than a year from the date of death of the widower. When the husband passed away, beneficiaries identified in his estate planning documents claimed there was in excess of over $5,000,000.00 missing in regard to which they were entitled to a substantial share. Issues were raised regarding fraud, undue influence, lack of mental capacity, duress and tortious interference with an expectancy. Our client prevailed and the complaining beneficiaries did not receive a favorable decision from the Court.
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Posted by Barbara | January 8, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Help on estate
Mr. Edward Blake helped me through a very difficult time with estate and family issues. He was able to set my mind at ease and make the difficult times more bearable. I have know Mr. Blake Jr. for many years.He gave me excellent advice on all the legal matters and will definitely use him again.
Response from Edward Blake February 19, 2019
Thank you for taking the time to extend your generous comments. Knowledge of the law, decades of experience, and a proven track record, by a seasoned law firm providing quality legal services focusing on competency, integrity, trustworthiness and hard work are hallmarks of our practice. Since you took the time to share with us your generous comments, we will share with you an excerpt from one of our success stories brochures. Over $200,000 Recovered for Sisters. We represented sisters from South Carolina and New York in regard to a case involving their deceased mother, before she passed away, but at a time when her brother had power of attorney, unknowingly conveyed the family farm to her brother thereby depriving our clients in their share of the family farm upon the death of their mother pursuant to the estate plan of their mother.
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Posted by Rod | January 5, 2019
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| Consulted Attorney
Good Attorney!
I've worked with, Ed Blake on a couple of occasions, specifically, easement issues. He was very knowledgeable and rectified these issues in a very timely matter. Mr. Blake and his office assistants were very talented and very helpful. Any kind of a legal issue is never a fun thing to deal with. However, Mr. Blake made the process much easier. I'll continue to do business with Mr. Blake.
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Response from Edward Blake January 30, 2019
Thank you for taking the time to extend your generous comments. Knowledge of the law, decades of experience, and a proven track record, by a seasoned law firm providing quality legal services focusing on competency, integrity, trustworthiness and hard work are hallmarks of our practice. Since you took the time to share with us your generous comments, we will share with you one of our success stories. Over $200,000 Recovered for Sisters. We represented sisters from South Carolina and New York in regard to a case involving their deceased mother, before she passed away, but at a time when her brother had power of attorney, unknowingly conveyed the family farm to her brother thereby depriving our clients in their share of the family farm upon the death of their mother pursuant to the estate plan of their mother.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Blake Behme Gilbreth Links, P.C.
  • 2014 - Present
  • Managing Partner
  • Blake Behme Law Group, P.C.
  • 2011 - 2014
  • Managing Partner
  • Blake & Allen, P.C.
  • 2004 - 2011
  • Attorney
  • Edward J. Blake, Jr. P.C.
  • 1983 - 2004
  • Managing Partner
  • Blake Law Group, P.C.
  • 1983 - 2014
  • Assistant States Attorney
  • St. Clair County Courthouse
  • 1981 - 1981
  • Attorney
  • Pope & Driemeyer n/k/a Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C.
  • 1978 - 1981
  • Law Clerk
  • Listeman, Bandy & Hamilton
  • 1977 - 1978
  • Law Clerk
  • Kassly Bone Becker & Carlson
  • 1976 - 1976
  • Law Clerk
  • Cadagin, Cain & Tognarelli
  • 1976 - 1976
  • Third Round Draft Choice
  • Baltimore Orioles
  • 1970 - 1974
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Education

  • Washington University in St. Louis School of Law
  • LL.M - Master of Laws
  • 1982
  • Saint Louis University School of Law
  • J.D. - Juris Doctor
  • 1978
  • Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
  • M.B.A. - Master of Business Administration
  • 1977
  • Saint Louis University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1975
  • Saint Louis University
  • BSBA - Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
  • 1975
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Legal Cases

  • IN RE MARRIAGE OF DALL
  • Settlement in Excess of $500,000.00
  • Resulted in a generous settlement with our client but preserved the assets of the husband and his successful businesses.
  • Elderly Blind Widow Almost Loses Farm Worth More Than $100,000.00 Because of a Non-Payment of a $38.00 Real Estate Tax Bill
  • We were able to reach a favorable resolution
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Associations

  • Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
  • Annual Contribution
  • 2019 - Present
  • Brehm Preparatory School
  • Annual Contribution
  • 2019 - Present
  • John Burroughs School
  • Annual Contribution
  • 2019 - Present
  • Refuse to Lose - Mike Kelley Foundation
  • Annual Contribution
  • 2019 - Present
  • This Able Veteran (TAV)
  • Annual Contribution
  • 2019 - Present
  • Immaculate Conception Catholic Grade School`
  • Annual Contribution
  • 2019 - Present
  • Helping Strays of Monroe County
  • Annual Contribution
  • 2019 - Present
  • Fisher House Foundation
  • Annual Contribution
  • 2019 - Present
  • Carlyle Youth Sports
  • Annual Contribution
  • 2019 - Present
  • Boys Football Club of Belleville
  • Annual Contribution
  • 2019 - Present
  • Belleville Area Humane Society
  • Annual Contribution
  • 2019 - Present
  • Southwestern Illinois College
  • Annual Contribution
  • 2019 - Present
  • Granite City High School
  • Annual Contribution
  • 2019 - Present
  • Granite City Park District
  • Annual Contribution
  • 2019 - Present
  • Stray Rescue of St. Louis
  • Annual Contribution
  • 2019 - Present
  • Hospice of Southern Illinois
  • Annual Contribution
  • 2019 - Present
  • Shriners Hospital for Children
  • Annual Contribution
  • 2019 - Present
  • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
  • Annual Contribution
  • 2019 - Present
  • Greater St. Louis Honor Flight
  • Annual Contribution
  • 2019 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Senior Lawyers
  • 2014 - Present
  • American Agricultural Law Association
  • Agricultural Attorney
  • 2014 - Present
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • Family Law Attorney
  • 2014 - Present
  • National Academy of Family Law Attorneys
  • Family Law Attorney
  • 2014 - Present
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Elder Law Attorney
  • 2014 - Present
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • Legal Advocate
  • 2014 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Real Property, Trusts and Estate Law
  • 2014 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Family Law
  • 2014 - Present
  • Madison County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Brehm Preparatory School Board of Trustees
  • Board Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Trusts & Estates
  • 2009 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Family Law
  • 2009 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Agricultural Law
  • 2009 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Civil Practice and Procedure
  • 2009 - Present
  • Gibault Catholic High School
  • Annual Charitable Contribution
  • 2008 - Present
  • Collinsville High School
  • Annual Charitable Contribution
  • 2008 - Present
  • Edwardsville High School
  • Annual Charitable Contribution
  • 2008 - Present
  • Metro East Lutheran High School
  • Annual Charitable Contribution
  • 2008 - Present
  • Edwardsville Chamber of Commerce
  • Annual Charitable Contribution
  • 2008 - Present
  • United Way of Greater St. Louis
  • Annual Charitable Contribution
  • 2008 - Present
  • Boy Scouts of America
  • Annual Charitable Contribution
  • 2008 - Present
  • Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois
  • Annual Charitable Contribution
  • 2008 - Present
  • YMCA
  • Annual Charitable Contribution
  • 2008 - Present
  • Susan G. Komen
  • Annual Charitable Contribution
  • 2008 - Present
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities
  • Annual Charitable Contribution
  • 2008 - Present
  • American Red Cross
  • Annual Charitable Contribution
  • 2008 - Present
  • Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America
  • Annual Charitable Contribution
  • 2008 - Present
  • Althoff Catholic High School
  • Annual Charitable Contribution
  • 2008 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • St. Clair County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1978 - Present
  • Belleville Public School District #118
  • School Board Member
  • 1979 - 1980
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Platinum Client Champion Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Best Attorneys of America
  • Best Attorneys of America
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Senior Counsel
  • College of Master Advocates and Barristers
  • 2015
  • 100 Family Lawyers in the State of Illinois
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2015
  • Top One Percent Attorney
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • 2015
  • Million Dollar Advocate Forum
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • 2015
  • AVVO Superb 10 Rating
  • AVVO
  • 2015
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • AV Preeminent Rated Lawyer
  • Martindale-Hubble
  • 2013
  • Leading Lawyer
  • Illinois Leading Lawyer Network
  • 2013
  • AV Preeminent Rated Lawyer
  • Martindale-Hubble
  • 2012
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Publications

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Speaking Engagements

  • ISBA ICLE Program
  • Taxation in Divorce Cases
  • 1989

Attorney endorsements

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Given (35)
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General practice Attorney | Dec 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Jan 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 11
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 03
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
General practice Attorney | Aug 15
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 15
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 15
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 15
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
General practice Attorney | Jun 24
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known Ed for years and worked with him on many cases, he is an excellent attorney. I endorse this lawyer."
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