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Joni Beth Bailey

Wills and living wills Attorney at Murphysboro, IL

5.0   6 reviews
  • Licensed for 39 years
    State IL
    Acquired 1984
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found

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

About Joni

Learn Joni’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Wills and living wills
    Counseling clients and preparing documents to provide for disposition of assets after death.

    39 years

  2. Estate planning
    Counseling individuals and families when they need help making decisions about their wills, trusts, powers of attorney, and other planning documents to carry out their wishes in the event of disability or death.

    19 years

  3. Probate
    Assisting families with legal proceedings after the death of an individual.

    39 years

  4. Trusts
    Counseling clients, preparing trust documents, and assisting with funding and administering revocable or irrevocable trusts. Decanting trust assets from old trusts to preserve assets for individuals receiving public benefits.

    19 years

  5. Guardianship
    Assisting families of disabled children or adults with petition for guardianship or defense of guardianship actions.

    39 years

Whether making plans for your estate, protecting the interests of a disabled family member, or organizing a new business or not-for-profit organization, you want an attorney with experience and integrity who will listen to you and respond to your needs with Compassion, Dedication, and Respect.

I am dedicated to providing services that meet your needs and your budget. There is no “one size fits all” legal solution to personal legal issues. Big law firms and self-help resources do not meet the needs of every individual.


Joni Beth Bailey Attorney
1008 Walnut St. Po Box 248
Murphysboro, IL, 62966-0248


5.0 / 5.0
  6 customer reviews
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Posted by Vicki | June 17, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very helpful
Joni Bailey was very responsive, our first meet was by telephone, she listened to me and pointed me into the direction I needed to go. When I didn’t quite understand something she explained in a very clear and easy to understand way. I would highly recommend her.
Posted by Todd | September 12, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Could'nt be happier
Called her office for simple question, She got back to me promptly. I got my answer and many more. No need to hire at this time, But will if needed in the future.
Posted by Jose | May 6, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Review of Joni Beth Bailey
Joni was thorough, patient, and surprisingly transparent. I felt comfortable asking her questions, and felt confident in her answers. During my visit with Joni, she was experiencing an unprecedented situation (i.e. she had to adjust her operations to fit in with guidelines surrounding COVID-19); she handled the situation professionally, while at the same time not coming across as a hard to understand lawyer. I appreciate Joni and I recommend her for those who need an attorney with knowledge, experience, and an overall upfront personality.
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Posted by Donna | December 5, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional and Caring
I was recommended to Ms Bailey by another lawyer that knew she handled Social Security disability cases. Ms Bailey and her staff were kind and compassionate to me during this very difficult time in my life. She was quick to respond to all my calls and questions and kept me informed of all the steps/processes during my filing. She has extensive knowledge of Social Security disability and I received a favorable decision. I highly recommend Ms Bailey to anyone in need of representation!
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Posted by Cindy | April 4, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Review of Ms Bailey
When my husband's physician advised him it might be time to apply for Social Security Disability we had no idea who to turn to. My daughter found Ms Bailey on the internet and I asked a relative who lived in Murphysboro if she knew of Ms Bailey. She highly recommended her as someone who might be able to help us. When I called to make an appointment they were very accomodating as to when we might be able to come. I was very impressed with the staff as they answered our questions. They put us at ease and made this difficult time easier. Ms Bailey was very professional. My husband is a very proud man and she made him comfortable with having made this decision to apply for disability. She and her staff were very prompt in returning our phone calls and in answering questions that we had. I highly recommend Ms Bailey should you ever have need of an attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | August 12, 2010
great lawyer she gets the job done!
Bailey and her staff where very helpful in my ssi case. Always keeping me informed about everything about my case. She is highly recommend and have told others of bailey. Wish i known about her sooner. Thank you bailey for all you and you staff did for me.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.4 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Lead Attorney
  • Law Office of Joni Beth Bailey
  • 1984 - 2020


  • Southern Illinois University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1984
  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1981


  • Kiwanis Club of Murphysboro, Illinois
  • President
  • 2004 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1988 - Present
  • Jackson County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1984 - Present
  • Jackson Growth Alliance
  • Board Member
  • 2019 - 2020
  • American Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 2018 - 2019
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2016 - 2018
  • Jackson County Historic Preservation Commission
  • Board Member
  • 2016 - 2017
  • Southern Illinois Regional Social Services
  • Board Member
  • 2008 - 2010
  • National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives
  • Member
  • 2001 - 2020
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • America's Most Honored Professionals
  • American Registry
  • 2020
  • Notable
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • America's Most Honored Professionals
  • American Registry
  • 2018
  • America's Most Honored Professionals
  • American Registry
  • 2017
  • America's Most Honored Professionals
  • American Registry
  • 2016
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2010
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2009
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Speaking Engagements

  • AAJ 2018 Annual Convention
  • Ethics & Treating Physician Opinions
  • 2018
  • 7th Circuit Social Security Disability Law Conference
  • Anatomy of a Hearing: Cross Examining Medical Experts
  • 2016
  • Spring 2012 NOSSCR Conference
  • Exit Stage Left - Law Firm Succession Planning
  • 2012
  • Fall 2010 NOSSCR Conference
  • Using Jobs Software Tools in Social Security Disability Claims
  • 2010
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Attorney endorsements

Received (2)
Given (2)
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Estate planning Attorney | May 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"She is as excellent fellow attorney. She is always prepared and conducts herself in an honest and trustworthy manner. I have had clients that have used her services in the past and they all speak very highly of her. Don’t hesitate...just give her a call!"
Estate planning Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Bailey is an absolute professional. I am an attorney also licensed in Illinois and had the pleasure of working with Ms. Bailey on many cases. Ms. Bailey approaches each case and client with compassion, integrity, and knowledge. Ms. Bailey has the client's best interests in the forefront of her mind during each step of a case. I would strongly recommend any individual seeking legal advice or representation to consult Ms. Bailey."
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Murphysboro Wills and living wills Lawyer Joni Beth Bailey
Joni Beth Bailey
Wills and living wills Attorney
Murphysboro, IL
Licensed for 39 years
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