3James M. LestikowSpringfield(217) firstname.lastname@example.org@hinshawlaw.comHinshaw & Culbertson LLPwww.hinshawlaw.comwww.hinshawlaw.comlestikowjames.jpgClosely & Privately Held Business LawTrust, Will & Estate Planning LawAsset ProtectionCorporate & Business LawReal Estate Law|
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|Closely & Privately Held Business Law|| Asset Protection|
|Trust, Will & Estate Planning Law|| Corporate & Business Law|
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| County: Sangamon|
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Mr. Lestikow is a partner in the Springfield office. He focuses his practice on estate planning, including drafting wills, trusts, family limited partnerships or other devices to carry out client goals in a tax advantaged manner. Litigation of estate and trust administration disputes, for plaintiffs and defendants, has been a growing area of his practice. He represents businesses, many family-owned, including creation of the entity, advice on day-to-day issues including employment discrimination, credit, contracts and management activities, participates in transactions such as asset sales, mergers, acquisitions, loans and dissolutions. He advises on succession plans for closely- and family-held businesses. Litigation of contentious business split-ups and deadlocks has been an increasing area of activity for Mr. Lestikow. He handles real estate matters including loans, tax-free exchanges, purchases, sales, leasing and zoning and has testified as an expert witness on fees of executors and in attorney malpractice cases.
Mr. Lestikow has been elected as a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. He has participated as a faculty member and author on several Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education Programs, including serving as general editor of Estate Planning for Illinois Lawyers: The Basics and Beyond (2001). He gave a presentation on estate planning for agri-businessmen and farmers in 2001. He participated in planning the 45th annual IICLE estate planning short course and was on its faculty on the topic of "EGTRRA 2001 in a Nutshell."
United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois
United States Supreme Court
Date of Birth: 1948
Law School: University of Illinois College of Law, J.D.
Undergraduate School: Northern Illinois University, B.S.
Bar/Professional Association Involvement:
American Bar Association
Probate, Trust and Real Estate Section
Illinois State Bar Association
Past chairman, member, Trusts and Estates Section Council
Former chairman, Business Advice and Financial Planning Section Council
Central Illinois Family Business Forum
Initial member, Advisory Board
Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce
Board of Directors
Sangamon Valley Estate Planning Council
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