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Great Estate Planner Its been a good experience. Very knowledgeable. They answered all our questions and made sure we understood and they made sure they understood what we wanted also.
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Estate Planning and Estate Administration Knowledgeable Estate Planning Lawyer in Springfield Among the most important gifts you can offer your family is clear and concise direction regarding your last wishes for the division of your assets, your medical care wishes and the guardianship of your children. Estate planning now can save your family great confusion and heartache in the future and give you the peace of mind you need in knowing that your family will be cared for throughout any contingency. At The Law Office of Samuel L. Collins, PC, I work diligently to offer the guidance families in the Springfield, Illinois, area need when traversing the estate planning or estate administration processes. Always working to protect your family's best interests, I strive to address your unique concerns in a timely and detailed manner. Assisting Clients of All Ages Whether you are young parents interested in protecting your children's future or have reached advanced age and wish to protect your family's assets, I have the experience and knowledge to help. My background in estate planning and estate administration allows me to offer comprehensive guidance during the completion of all necessary documents, including: * Wills * Revocable and irrevocable trusts * Powers of attorney * Health care powers of attorney * Guardianships of disabled adults and minors * Living wills or advanced health care directives * Estate gift tax analysis * Higher asset estate planning Using a hands on approach, I work diligently to understand your specific estate planning concerns before offering the informative advice you need to complete the most effective estate plan possible. Caring Estate Administration Assistance Losing a loved one is never easy. After a loss of a family member, the last thing you likely want to address are the legal proceedings stemming from their passing. I work diligently to shoulder your legal burdens in an effort to help you focus on your grief rather than your legal concerns. My comprehensive estate administration services are designed to address the various issues involved in the process, including: * Filing the will * Completing affidavits of heirship and order admitting will to probate * Publishing all necessary notices * Counseling the executor of the will * Filing necessary paperwork * Attending necessary hearings From the start of your proceedings, I work to guide your family through the process as swiftly and painlessly as possible in order to help you move forward with your lives. Contact my office to schedule your free consultation today. The Law Office of Samuel L. Collins 920 South Spring, Suite 1700 Springfield, IL 62706
Attorney David Koonce is a rare fine in today's legal community. He came to my home numerous times to assist me in planning my estate and worked incredibly hard to make me feel comfortable with my estate planning. I highly recommend Mr. Koonce you will find him to be a hard worker and devoted to his client.
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I have wanted to be a lawyer all of my life. The allure was that the practice of law combined several occupations, all of which appealed to me, both as a child and as an adult. Counselor, quasi-minister, skilled technician who could improve some aspect of anothers life, gunslinger defending others in some fashion. Originally I was a trial lawyer ( I suppose that gunslinger image stuck with me for quite awhile). Over time I came to conclude that a counseling practice better suited my personality, once I had grown up. Regardless of area of practice, however, my image of a lawyer always embodied the concept of a trusted family advisor, the person to whom a family could resort when they needed sage advice on any number of issues that from time to time confront a family. As I shifted the focus of my practice from that of litigation to counseling, I gravitated to the practice of estate planning and administration. I liked that image of trusted family advisor and concluded that estate planning law would best enable me to help people in an area of substantial personal need, protecting their children and loved ones in trying circumstances and preserving family wealth (be it large or small in amount) for their benefit. As I learned the technical requirements of this area of law, I also learned the business of estate planning. Unfortunately, I didnt like the business model I found because it seemed to negate the very aspects of the practice that drew me to it. Far too many estate planning attorneys treated their practices as document mills; fitting people into preconceived forms that, through the magic of computerization, could be pumped out quickly , with little thought at great profit to the attorney. I decided, however, that an estate planning practice could fulfill my desired goals and still be a business that would support my family. The key to success is staying true to the goal. So, if you seek a trusted advisor, well skilled in his craft, who can provide you with peace of mind know that your advisor will be there: to listen to your particular family situation, hear your concerns understand your desires for your family members over time; to develop a plan to best protect your assets, income and loved ones from the particular challenges confronting you and your family; As part of the estate planning process, often it happens that an agreement between those about to be married is often required in order to protect each partner's assets and income in the event of death, disability or divorce. This is particularly the case when divorcees seek to marry again. In such circumstances it is not unusual to draft a prenuptial agreement to establish each persons rights and obligations in such circumstances and then incorporate the terms of such agreement in appropriate estate planning documents. Unfortunately, not every marriage results in lives lived happily ever after. In such circumstances my office can provide representation to, as amicably as possible, resolve the issues that commonly arise in divorce. In those rare circumstances where an agreement cannot be reached I can provide skilled representation in Family Court to assure a fair result, including the most important aspect of many such engagements, assuring the role of each parent in the raising of children, post divorce.
M Karl Hawkins has served as my attorney for over nine years. He and his staff have provided excellent service on a variety of legal matters. He prepared estate plans for myself and my parents. He superbly navigated the complex all the details for me when my parents died. He has also handled minor traffic violations for me. When I was in a fairly serious auto accident, Karl doggedly negotiated an excellent settlement for me. I found him and his staff to be very professional; answering all my questions in a timely fashion and willingly go the extra mile at all times.
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Our law firm has over 25 years of experience handling civil litigation and real estate matters. We provide cost effective legal solutions for individuals and small businesses. Each prospective client receives a written assessment of their matter and litigation budget prior to representation which provides a road map for the resolution of your matter. Each client has 24 hour access to their electronic client file, including document, calendar, status notes, etc. I have extensive trial and appellate experience with over 250 civil and criminal trials in the Circuit Courts of St. Louis City, St. Louis County, St. Charles County, Jefferson County, Washington County, Ste. Genevieve County, Scott County, New Madrid County, Cole County, Calhoun County, Miller County, and Jasper County, 30 appellate cases in the Missouri Court of Appeals for the Eastern District of Missouri, and multiple appearances before the Missouri Supreme Court. I am licensed to practice law in the State of Missouri, and am admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.