|Advisory Board Member|
| Litigator: Yes|
| Practice Description: |
Mr. Hines began the practice of law in 1972 with the firm Barber & Barber (later Barber, Segatto, Hoffee and Hines) of Springfield, Illinois. Today, he is a sole practitioner concentrating his practice in the areas of wills, trusts, estate planning and administration, agricultural law and real estate, and commercial real estate transactions, particularly those involved in the transition of rural land to urban or commercial environments.
Mr. Hines has experience in deferred like-kind exchanges under Section 1031 of the Internal Revenue code, as well as 2032A planning and special use elections under the code. His practice includes tax planning to preserve and shelter wealth from estate taxes through lifetime plans and the use of trusts. He is also thoroughly experienced in all aspects of administering estates and trusts, both court-supervised and independent administration, and the purchase, sale and leasing of agricultural lands and the mineral interests underlying the land.
Mr. Hines also litigates in the area of chancery litigation, including partition, trust termination, quiet title, boundary disputes, will contests and contested estates.
His professional standard is to provide exceptional representation based on mutual trust and respect.
Mr. Hines grew up in the agricultural business environment. His grandfather George Schmidt was an owner of Great Northern Equipment Co., Springfield, Illinois, a manufacturer of anhydrous ammonia applicators and the first person to inject anhydrous ammonia north of the Mason Dixon Line.
U.S. Tax Court, 1971
Retainer: Varies by case.
Date of Birth: 1947
Law School: University of Illinois College of Law, J.D.
Undergraduate School: University of Illinois, B.S., accountancy
Bar/Professional Association Involvement:
Illinois State Bar Association
Agricultural Law Section Council
Sangamon County Bar Association
Sangamon Valley Estate Planning Council
Awards; Honors; Distinctions:
In 2015, Mr. Hines was re-appointed to a second three-year term as a member of the board of directors of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation.
Published Legal Writing:
"Succession Planning for the Family Farm," IICLE, 2016
"Harvesting the Law: Legal Issues for the Modern Farm," IICLE, 2016
"Hot Topics in Agricultural Law: Illinois Boundary Law," Illinois State Bar Association LawEd series, 2016
"Probate Litigation," Probate Boot Camp, National Business Institute, 2015
"Land Trusts, Succession Planning, & Other Estate Planning Issues Involving Farmland," Representing Farm Owners, IICLE, 2013
"Planning for a Full or Partial Outright Sale or Gift of Farmland," National Business Institute, 2013
"Agricultural Use Valuation," National Business Institute, 2013
"Hot Topics in Agricultural Law: Cash, Variable Cash, Production & Share Leases: Issues & Forms," Donald L. Uchtmann & Barry O. Hines, Illinois State Bar Association Law Ed Series, 2008
"Section 1031 Real Estate Exchanges," Lorman Education Services, 2005
"Election Law: Media and Broadcasting," 2002
"Understanding and Planning for IRC 2057: It's Not Just for Farms," 2001
"Overview of Probate," 1984
"Sales, Exchanges, Auctions of Farm Real Estate" 1983
Mr. Hines lectures frequently for continuing legal education seminars on agricultural law, real estate law and estate law.
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