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   3Robert A. Stuart Jr.Springfield(217) 544-8491rstuart@bhslaw.comrstuart@bhslaw.comBrown Hay & Stephens LLPwww.bhslaw.comwww.bhslaw.comstuartrobert.jpgAssociation & Non-Profit LawTrust, Will & Estate Planning Law
Robert A. Stuart
Brown Hay & Stephens LLP
205 S 5th St Ste 700
Springfield IL 62701-1261
Ph.(217) 544-8491 Fx.(217) 241-1333Leading Lawyers Magazine story about this lawyer
Recommended by peers in:
Association & Non-Profit Law
Trust, Will & Estate Planning Law
Advisory Board Member
County:  Sangamon
Litigator:  Yes

Practice Description:  
Mr. Stuart focuses his practice on estate and business planning, together with their implementation. He analyzes business and personal issues and develops and drafts appropriate solutions and documents. His practice takes him into the courts on guardianships, estates and trusts. His practice causes him to deal with the Internal Revenue Service and takes him into the circuit and appellate courts. His years of service to his community locally, nationally and internationally have given him a broad background on charities and not for profit associations

For five generations, members of the Stuart family have been practicing in Springfield and before the Illinois courts. Mr. Stuart's great-great-grandfather founded Brown, Hay & Stephens, the oldest firm in Illinois which at one time included a young Abraham Lincoln and was known as Stuart and Lincoln.

Bar Admissions:  
Supreme Court of Illinois, 1973
US District Court-Central District of Illinois, 1974
Supreme Court of United States, 1980
US Tax Court, 1981

Hourly Rate:  $151-$200/hour

Retainer:  Varies upon case

Year of Birth:  1948

Law School:  University of Illinois College of Law, J.D., 1973

Undergraduate School:  Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine

Representative Clients:  
US Bank Trust Department; Town & Country Bank; BankOne Trust Department; Marine Bank Trust Department; AE Defraitis Charitable Trust; National Recreation Foundation

Employment History:  
Brown, Hay & Stephens, associate, 1973-1978
Brown, Hay & Stephens, partner, 1979-present

Bar/Professional Association Involvement:  
American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
  Fellow, elected 1998-
American Bar Foundation
  Fellow, elected 2002
Illinois State Bar Association
  Past chairman, Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Section Council
  Past chairman, Legislative Subcommittee, 1986-1987
Sangamon County Bar Association
  Member and past chairman, Memorials Committee
American Bar Association
Chicago Bar Association
Metropolitan St Louis Bar Association

Community Involvement:  
First Presbyterian Church
National Recreation Foundation
  Executive Committee
  General counsel
Abraham Lincoln Association
  Bylaws chair,1998
  Nominating Committee chair, 1999
Illinois State Museum Society
  Trustee, 1995
Memorial Medical Center Foundation
  Board, 200
  Bylaws chairman, 2002
Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce
  Chair, board, 2003
  Liaison to Economic Development Council, 2000
American Cancer Society-Central Illinois
  Executive advisor, Distinquished Gifts, 2001
Boy Scouts of America
  Past president, Abraham Lincoln Council
Silver Beaver Award, 1993
  Distinguished Eagle Award 2002
United Way of Central Illinois
  Past member, board, 1994 -1999
  Executive Committee
  Fund development past chair, United Way Campaign, 1996
  Past chair, board, United Way Foundation of Central Illinois
Rose Croix Chapter, Valley of Springfield, A.A.S.R.
  Past most wise master, 1991-1993
  Valley general counsel, 1989-2000
Illinois Scottish Rite general counsel, 1989-2001
  Recipient, 33rd Degree A.A.S.R., 1990
Rotary Club of Springfield
  Member and past president
Rotary International
  Past district governor, District 646
  Recipient, TRF citation for Meritorious Service
Sangamon Valley Estate Planning Councill
  Member and past director

Published Legal Writing:  
N.B.I. - Basic Probate in Illinois, 1988;2002;
N.B.I. - Basic Drafting of Wills & Trusts in Illinois, 1988;
N.B.I. - Estate Planning, 1991;
N.B.I. - Estate Planning & Probate in Illinois, 1987, 1992, 1993, 1996,2000;
P.S.I. - Illinois Practical Probate, 1987;
I.I.C.L.E. - Basic Estate Administration, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1995,1997,1999

Firm Description:  
Brown Hay & Stephens is the oldest law firm in the Illinois, with its founding in 1828 by Stuart's great-great grandfather, John Todd Stuart. From 1837 to 1841, the partnership included a young Abraham Lincoln and was known as Stuart and Lincoln. The firm has 17 partners and 27 lawyers. This firm offers a complete range of legal services to a solid mix of corporate and business entitites, public institutions, not for profits and individuals.

Practice Group Description:  
The firm has always had a strong presence within the estate planning and administration fields and equally strong representation of business and individual interests. A strong estates, business and real estate committee exists.

Married with one child

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