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   3Michael Glenn BartonSpringfield(217) 793-9300mbarton@bellatti-barton.commbarton@bellatti-barton.comBellatti Barton Cochran & White LLCwww.bellatti-barton.comwww.bellatti-barton.comBartonMike.jpgAgriculture LawClosely & Privately Held Business LawReal Estate Law: CommercialTax Law: IndividualTrust, Will & Estate Planning Law
Michael Glenn
Bellatti Barton Cochran & White LLC
944 Clock Tower Dr Ste A
Springfield IL 62704-6022
Ph.(217) 793-9300 Fx.(217) 793-9301Leading Lawyers Magazine story about this lawyer
Recommended by peers in:
Agriculture Law
Closely & Privately Held Business Law
Real Estate Law: Commercial
Tax Law: Individual
Trust, Will & Estate Planning Law
Advisory Board Member
County:  Sangamon
Practice Description:  
Michael Glenn Barton's practice is devoted to helping families find ways to transfer property to the next generation. Catering primarily to family farms, he is skilled at negotiating the competing interests of both heirs to land and successors to farm operations, and his sensitivity to his clients' needs and to their family dynamics has enabled him to provide wise counsel to heirs faced with the challenge of maintaining or selling a business in the future.

He has deep experience in family farm transitions, having set up complicated financial structures and long-term plans for large families that are sometimes spread across several states. He is adept at creating the needed legal conditions for families seeking to:
  • maintain a single business operation held by multiple heirs
  • divide a large farm into several separate operations run by different individual heirs
  • properly handle other estate transition issues
  • manage tax requirements in the year-to-year operations of family farms
  • manage estate tax issues
  • acquire and legally manage new agricultural land and other real estate
  • acquire and legally manage new business operations
  • sell family lands or real estate
  • sell or merge business operations
His expertise on these matters is highly respected in the legal and farming communities, and he is often invited to speak on agricultural law by local and professional organizations. Additionally, fellow attorneys frequently honor him by seeking his advice on how best to serve clients with agricultural concerns.

Mr. Barton grew up on a grain and livestock farm and has had a lifelong passion for agriculture and the courageous people who lead this vital sector of the economy. In the planning of estates, he strives to create an atmosphere where all parties feel they can express their opinions honestly and civilly to forward both personal and family goals.

Bar Admissions:  
Illinois, 1983

Year of Birth:  1955

Law School:  University of Illinois, J.D., 1983

Law School Honors/Involvement:  With honors; Phi Alpha Delta

Graduate School: University of Illinois, M.S., agricultural economics, 1978

Undergraduate School:  University of Illinois, B.S., agricultural economics, 1977

Undergraduate School Honors/Involvement:  With highest honors

Bar/Professional Association Involvement:  
Sangamon County Bar Associations
Illinois State Bar Associations
Sangamon Valley Estate Planning Council
  Director, 1989-1990
American Agricultural Law Association

Awards; Honors; Distinctions:
  • Illinois Leading Lawyers, Law Bulletin Publishing Company, 2004-present
  • Top 10 Illinois Agricultural Lawyers, Leading Lawyers Magazine, 2012-present

Legal Lectures:  
Mr. Barton lectures frequently on agricultural law to various local and professional organizations.

Firm Description:  
Bellatti, Barton & Cochran, LLC is a specialized law firm, which counsels with families and owners of family business, with a special emphasis on farmland owners and farm operators. The primary areas of concentration for the firm are in estate planning, income tax planning, business planning, environmental law, farm real estate, probate and trust administration. With over 50 years of legal practice, the members of the firm are experienced and qualified to assist families in achieving their business and estate planning goals and objectives.

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