|Advisory Board Member|
|County: Rock Island|
| Litigator: Yes|
| Practice Description: |
Mr. Koenig has more than 30 years of experience in trusts, wills, estate planning, tax, real estate, and general business issues. He is unique in that he is both an experienced litigator and a transactional lawyer. He provides complete estate planning services including tax planning, preparation of trust agreements, wills and powers of attorney, and estate administration. He has extensive experience with contested estate matters. He also handles mechanic's lien and construction litigation.
He often utilizes living trusts as a preferred method to avoid probate and streamline the process of administration following a death. His trial experience includes real estate, estate, probate, and tax litigation. His clients have achieved positive results in the trial and appellate courts. He has extensive experience dealing with tax audits and tax dispute issues for personal and small or closely-held businesses. As a result of his vast trial and transactional experience, he is often called upon with business formation, entity, and incorporation issues. While he enjoys helping clients out of problems, he receives just as much satisfaction from his work helping clients avoid legal problems through proper planning and structuring of entities or assets.
Notable Cases and Results:
Estate of Muppavarapu, 359 III App 3d 925 (Third District 2005), reversing trial court's finding on a breach of trust issue.
Melton v. Melton, 324 F 2d 941 (7th Circuit 2003), affirming application of federal preemption in a dispute over employer-provided life insurance benefits.
Metrobank v. Gottman, (Third District 2000), unpublished decision reversing trial court on admission of testimony of drafter in trust interpretation.
Piano v. Piano, (Third District 1999), unpublished decision affirming absolute right of partition by co-tenant of real estate.
U.S. District Court
Central District of Illinois, 1975
Northern District of Illinois, 1985
7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, 1992
8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, 2003
U.S. Tax Court, 1994
Hourly Rate: $200-$250/hour
Retainer: Varies by case.
Year of Birth: 1949
Law School: Southwestern University School of Law, Los Angeles, California, J.D., 1975
Undergraduate School: Southern Illinois University, B.A., 1972
Farmers, business owners, professionals, and other persons with estate planning and administration needs.
Practiced law in western Illinois since 1975.
Bar/Professional Association Involvement:
Rotary Club, First Congregational United Church of Christ, Moline
Published Legal Writing:
"Survey of Illinois Law - Real Estate Finance," 12 Southern Illinois University Law Journal 1157, 1988
Articles in the ISBA Trust and Estate newsletter
Continuing education seminars involving recent case updates and on estate planning for retirement benefits
From his law offices in Rock Island, Illinois, estate and trust attorney Philip E. Koenig counsels individuals and businesses from the Quad Cities area of Illinois and Iowa. Mr. Koenig has a wide-ranging practice which makes him most valuable to his clients and often to peers who either lack his experience or limit their own practice and thus need his insight. His clients often have legal issues that transcend or involve many of these areas of law, each of which Mr. Koenig has experience and deep knowledge of:
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