“ARTICLE OF EDWARD J. BLAKE, JR., BELLEVILLE, ST. CLAIR COUNTY, ILLINOIS WILL CONTEST, TRUST DISPUTE, ESTATE SETTLEMENT ATTORNEYS”. WE WERE RETAINED BY SISTERS FROM NEW YORK AND SOUTH CAROLINA THAT HAD BEEN PART OF A FAMILY ENGAGED IN FARMING IN THE JERSEYVILLE, JERSEY COUNTY, ILLINOIS AREA. THEY ALSO HAD A BROTHER WHO WAS ACTIVELY FARMING THE FAMILY FARM. OUR CLIENTS’ FATHER PREDECEASED THEIR MOTHER. OUR CLIENTS THOUGHT THAT WHEN THEIR MOTHER DIED THAT OUR CLIENTS WOULD SHARE EQUALLY, ONE-THIRD (1/3) TO EACH OF OUR CLIENTS AND ONE-THIRD (1/3) TO THEIR BROTHER IN REGARD TO THE FAMILY FARM. IT WAS NOT UNTIL THEIR MOTHER PASSED AWAY THAT OUR CLIENTS DISCOVERED WHAT HAD OCCURRED BEFORE THEIR MOTHER PASSED AWAY. PRIOR TO THE DEATH OF THEIR MOTHER, THEIR BROTHER WAS INVOLVED IN ACTIVITY THAT RESULTED IN THE FAMILY FARM, WORTH MORE THAN $1,000,000.00, BEING TRANSFERRED TO THEIR BROTHER, WITHOUT THE KNOWLEDGE OF OUR CLIENTS, BEFORE THEIR MOTHER PASSED AWAY. THERE WERE ISSUES RAISED REGARDING DURESS, UNDUE INFLUENCE, LACK OF MENTAL CAPACITY AND TORTIOUS INTERFERENCE WITH AN INHERITANCE EXPECTANCY. AFTER A LAWSUIT WAS FILED AGAINST THE BROTHER IN JERSEY COUNTY A SETTLEMENT WAS REACHED WHEREBY THE BROTHER AGREED TO PAY HIS SISTERS THE FAIR MARKET VALUE OF THE SHARES OF THE FARM THAT THEY WOULD HAVE RECEIVED IF THE FAMILY FARM WAS STILL IN THEIR MOTHER’S NAME WHEN SHE PASSED AWAY. EDWARD J. BLAKE, JR., IS A MEMBER OF THE AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION (ABA) AND IS A MEMBER OF THE ILLINOIS STATE BAR ASSOCIATION (ISBA). MR. BLAKE AND HIS LAW FIRM HAVE MORE THAN FORTY (40) YEARS HANDLING ISSUES INVOLVING WILLS AND CODICILS, CONTROVERSIES INVOLVING TRUSTS AND AMENDMENTS, ESTATE CLAIMS AND PROBATE CONTROVERSIES, MEDIATED SETTLEMENTS, DISPUTES AMONG FAMILY MEMBERS AND OTHERS, CONTROVERSIES INVOLVING MULTI-GENERATIONAL ISSUES WITH RESPECT TO FARM FAMILIES AND AGRICULTURAL DISPUTES. AVAILABLE TO REPRESENT CLIENTS FROM SCHUYLER COUNTY, RUSHVILLE, BROWNING AND FREDERICK, MASON COUNTY, HAVANA, MANITO AND MASON CITY, LOGAN COUNTY, ATLANTA, LINCOLN AND MOUNT PULASKI, ILLINOIS.

“ARTICLE OF EDWARD J. BLAKE, JR., BELLEVILLE, ST. CLAIR COUNTY, ILLINOIS WILL CONTEST, TRUST DISPUTE, ESTATE SETTLEMENT ATTORNEYS”. WE WERE RETAINED BY SISTERS FROM NEW YORK AND SOUTH CAROLINA THAT HAD BEEN PART OF A FAMILY ENGAGED IN FARMING IN…

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BELLEVILLE, ST. CLAIR COUNTY, ILLINOIS LAW FIRM AVAILABLE TO REPRESENT CLIENTS THROUGHOUT CENTRAL ILLINOIS IN REGARD TO WILL AND TRUST CONTESTS, FAMILY LAW, REAL ESTATE LAW, TAX LAW, ELDER LAW AND BUSINESS LAW, INCLUDING AVAILABLE TO REPRESENT CLIENTS FROM SANGAMON COUNTY, CHAMPAIGN COUNTY, MORGAN COUNTY, GREENE COUNTY, SCOTT COUNTY, BROWN COUNTY, MONTGOMERY COUNTY, ADAMS COUNTY, EFFINGHAM COUNTY, INCLUDING EFFINGHAM, HILLSBORO, SPRINGFIELD, PITTSFIELD, CARLINVILLE, PETERSBURG, CHATHAM, JACKSONVILLE, TAYLORVILLE, LINCOLN, EDWARDSVILLE, ALTON, JERSEYVILLE, BEARDSTOWN, DECATUR, METRO EAST, BELLEVILLE, ST. CLAIR COUNTY, ILLINOIS LAW FIRM AVAILABLE TO REPRESENT CLIENTS IN REGARD TO ELDER LAW, WILL AND TRUST CONTESTS, FAMILY LAW, TAX LAW, BUSINESS LAW AND REAL ESTATE LAW, AVAILABLE TO REPRESENT CLIENTS FROM TAYLORVILLE, CHRISTIAN COUNTY, SULLIVAN, MOULTRIE COUNTY, SHELBYVILLE, SHELBY COUNTY, ILLINOIS.

BELLEVILLE, ST. CLAIR COUNTY, ILLINOIS LAW FIRM AVAILABLE TO REPRESENT CLIENTS THROUGHOUT CENTRAL ILLINOIS IN REGARD TO WILL AND TRUST CONTESTS, FAMILY LAW, REAL ESTATE LAW, TAX LAW, ELDER LAW AND BUSINESS LAW, INCLUDING AVAILABLE TO REPRESENT CLIENTS FROM SANGAMON…

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DCFS (DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILY SERVICES) LAW FIRM, EXPERIENCED DCFS REPRESENTATION INCLUDING AT HEARINGS, ISSUES WHERE DCFS TRIES TO SEPARATE FAMILIES, TRIES TO TAKE CHILDREN AWAY FROM THEIR PARENTS, ENGAGES IN ACTS THAT CLIENTS SOMETIMES BELIEVE TO BORDER ON THREATS, HARASSMENT OR BULLYING, THREATS OF CRIMINAL PROSECUTION, CONCERNS ABOUT LOSING A PROFESSIONAL LICENSE, INCLUDING NURSING LICENSE, ISSUES WITH DAYCARE CENTERS, PHYSICIANS OR HOSPITALS MAKING IMPROPER REPORTS, SCHOOL OFFICIALS NOT ACTING PROPERLY, METRO EAST, BELLEVILLE, ST. CLAIR COUNTY, ILLINOIS DCFS ZEALOUS REPRESENTATION, WE WILL NOT LET OUR CLIENTS BE BULLIED OR PUSHED AROUND BY OTHERS, AVAILABLE TO REPRESENT CLIENTS FROM COBDEN, UNION COUNTY, VIENNA, JOHNSON COUNTY, GOLCONDA, POPE COUNTY, ILLINOIS.

DCFS (DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILY SERVICES) LAW FIRM, EXPERIENCED DCFS REPRESENTATION INCLUDING AT HEARINGS, ISSUES WHERE DCFS TRIES TO SEPARATE FAMILIES, TRIES TO TAKE CHILDREN AWAY FROM THEIR PARENTS, ENGAGES IN ACTS THAT CLIENTS SOMETIMES BELIEVE TO BORDER ON…

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“ARTICLE FROM EDWARD J. BLAKE, JR., BELLEVILLE, ST. CLAIR COUNTY, ILLINOIS, FAMILY LAW ATTORNEYS”. WE REPRESENTED THE WIFE OF A SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS PERSON IN THE METRO EAST AREA IN A DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE PROCEEDING. BUSINESS INTERESTS INCLUDED TILLABLE FARMLAND, SEED AND GRAIN OPERATIONS AND A FERTILIZER BUSINESS. THE HUSBAND ATTEMPTED TO HIDE AND/OR MINIMIZE THE VALUE OF CERTAIN ASSETS. WE WISHED FOR HIM TO REMAIN IN BUSINESS. IN ORDER TO RESOLVE A CASH CRUNCH, WE SUCCESSFULLY NEGOTIATED A SERIES OF SECURED PROMISSORY NOTES WHEREBY OUR CLIENT WAS ABLE TO RECEIVE IN EXCESS OF $585,000.00, WITH ANNUAL INTEREST, PAYABLE OVER A PERIOD OF A FEW YEARS, WITHOUT HAVING TO SELL ANY OF THE BUSINESS ASSETS THAT WERE GENERATING SUBSTANTIAL INCOME. EDWARD J. BLAKE, JR., AND HIS LAW FIRM HAVE MORE THAN FORTY (40) YEARS OF EXPERIENCE HANDLING CASES INVOLVING DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE, LEGAL SEPARATION, ORDERS OF PROTECTION, CHILD CUSTODY BATTLES, GRANDPARENT’S RIGHTS, UNPAID CHILD SUPPORT, CHILD SUPPORT APPEALS, ALLOCATION OF PARENTAL RESPONSIBILITY, ADOPTION, SALE OF MARITAL RESIDENCE, HOLIDAY PARENTING TIME SCHEDULES, DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILY SERVICES (DCFS). EDWARD J. BLAKE, JR., IS A MEMBER OF THE AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION (ABA) AND IS A MEMBER OF THE ILLINOIS STATE BAR ASSOCIATION (ISBA). AVAILABLE TO REPRESENT CLIENTS FROM BROWN COUNTY, MOUNT STERLING, MOUND STATION AND RIPLEY, CASS COUNTY, BEARDSTOWN, VIRGINIA AND ASHLAND, MACON COUNTY, DECATUR, MACON AND MAROA ILLINOIS.

“ARTICLE FROM EDWARD J. BLAKE, JR., BELLEVILLE, ST. CLAIR COUNTY, ILLINOIS, FAMILY LAW ATTORNEYS”. WE REPRESENTED THE WIFE OF A SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS PERSON IN THE METRO EAST AREA IN A DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE PROCEEDING. BUSINESS INTERESTS INCLUDED TILLABLE FARMLAND, SEED…

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