Designed for attorneys and other professionals involved in estate administration, this legal instruction can serve as an introduction or a basic refresher. Get a complete picture of the key tasks and procedures required and advised for administering the estate: from the first notices to discharge of the fiduciary. Order today!
WILLIAM L. BERRY is the principal member of William Berry & Associates, LLC, with the principal office in Collinsville, Illinois. The practice of his current firm encompasses litigation, including workers' compensation, automobile liability, product liability, and insurance coverage issues; as well as a wide range of general practice issues, including probate planning and estate administration. Mr. Berry started his practice as an associate with the firm of Oehmke, Dunham, Boman & Leskera, having clerked with that firm commencing in 1972. He joined the successor firm of Dunham, Boman & Leskera, as a partner, in 1982. Mr. Berry remained associated with that firm until July 1, 2008, at which time the principal practice of that firm was terminated. He has been recognized as a member of the Leading Lawyers Network for his expertise in product liability, automobile litigation and personal injury litigation. Mr. Berry has been a frequent lecturer for National Business Institute since 1992, writing and lecturing on probate practice and estate administration, as well as litigation issues. He also has lectured for the ICLE, most recently on insurance coverage issues. In October 2011, Mr. Berry was appointed the chairman of the Illinois Racing Board. He earned his undergraduate degree from Millkin University and his Juris Doctorate degree from Washington University Law School.
BRANDON R. CLARK is an attorney with Brown, Hay & Stephens, where he practices in the areas of business law and estate planning, probate and trust. Mr. Clark is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association. He received his B.A. degree, summa cum laude, from Hillsdale College and his J.D. degree, magna cum laude, from St. Louis University School of Law.
JOSEPH E. CORDELL is a dually-licensed attorney-CPA, and the principal partner and co-founder of Cordell Planning Partners, the nation’s largest domestic litigation firm. Mr. Cordell has spent his entire career working to protect the assets of his clients during divorce, which was a natural segue to the creation of ElderCare Law Partners. Mr. Cordell earned his B.S. degree in accountancy from Oklahoma State University and his J.D. degree from the University of Texas School of Law. He also received his LL.M. degree from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. He is a graduate of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, holds a Missouri CPA license, and is the past president of the American Academy of Attorney-CPAs.
KELLY L. GARRETT-HICKS is an attorney with Hicks & Spector LLC, where she has represented family law clients for more than 10 years. She has extensive trial experience and works diligently on behalf of her clients. Ms. Garrett-Hicks is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, The Missouri Bar, St. Clair County Bar Association and the Monroe County Bar Association. She received her B.A. degree from Saint Louis University and her J.D. degree from Southern Illinois University School of Law.
JOSHUA HUTKINS is a member of the business practice group and wealth planning team at Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard P.C., where he focuses in the areas of wealth and estate planning, estate and probate administration, as well as succession planning for business owners. Mr. Hutkins has developed considerable experience drafting a variety of trusts and estate plans for a multitude of clients. In addition to estate planning, he has extensive experience with complex and unique estate and trust administrations, guardianships and conservatorships, as well as prenuptial and postnuptial agreements. He is a member of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis and is licensed to practice in Missouri and Illinois. Mr. Hutkins received his B.A. degree from Lindenwood University and his J.D. degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law.
JIM R. KALISH is a sole practitioner in Belleville, Illinois, with more than 40 years of experience in estate planning, estate and gift tax, income tax, and administration of trusts and estates. He has represented buyers or sellers in real estate transactions and clients in the creation and maintenance of small corporations and limited liability companies. Mr. Kalish is a past member of the Federal Taxation Section Council of the Illinois State Bar Association. He earned his B.S. degree from the University of Illinois and his J.D. degree from St. Louis University School of Law.