Brooke A. Didier Starks is an estate planning lawyer concentrating her wills, trusts and probate practice in east-central Illinois. She enjoys counseling a wide variety of clients on all matters related to estate planning and estate administration. Brooke welcomes the opportunity to assist clients who are providing for their children, whether it is counseling them through the decision of whom to appoint as guardian for a minor child, establishing a trust for a special-needs child, or planning for college education. She especially enjoys working with farm families to preserve the family business and pass it on to future generations while minimizing the tax effects.
Brooke has accumulated vast experience administering estates of all types following the death of a loved one and takes pride in offering careful, conscientious and timely legal advice in what can otherwise be a very difficult transition for family members. Brooke has directed numerous probate proceedings and trust administrations and enjoys working closely with both executors and trustees to efficiently reach a satisfactory result for both the fiduciary and the beneficiaries.
Because there is much more to estate planning than the preparation of a last will and testament, Brooke is available to offer her advice on several additional matters including: wealth preservation, estate, inheritance and gift taxes, powers of attorney, living wills and other advance directives, life insurance matters, and gifts to minors. She is also happy to advise on the use of irrevocable trusts, charitable giving, business succession, asset protection planning, the transfer of wealth to a non-citizen spouse, and elder law issues.
Brooke has served clients throughout Champaign County as well as the surrounding area including the following counties: DeWitt, Douglas, Effingham, Iroquois, Jasper, Kankakee, Macoupin, Moultrie, McLean, Piatt, and Vermilion.