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Edward J. Blake Jr.

Edward J. Blake Jr.

Edward J. Blake, Jr. - Blake Behme Gilbreth Links, P.C.
  • Probate, Family Law, Real Estate Law...
  • Illinois
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Blake Behme Gilbreth Links, P.C. has offices in Belleville, Collinsville, Edwardsville, Carlyle and Effingham, Illinois. AREAS OF PRACTICE: Probate Law, Family Law, Real Estate Law, Tax Law and Estate Planning, including Business, Child Custody, Child Support, Collaborative Divorce, Commercial Real Estate, Consume Protection, Debt Settlement, Divorce, Divorce Mediation, Estate Planning, Wills, Trusts, Breaches of Fiduciary Duty, Family, Foreclosure, Landlord/Tenant, Legal Malpractice, Litigation, Civil Lawsuits, Military Divorce, Nursing Home, Personal Injury, Probate, Estate Settlement, Real Estate, Securities, DCFS, Tax, Internal Revenue Service, Illinois Department of Revenue, Illinois Department of Employment Security and White Collar Crime.

Practice Areas
  • Probate
  • Family Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • Tax Law
  • Estate Planning
  • Domestic Violence
  • Elder Law
  • Divorce
  • Agricultural Law
  • Foreclosure Defense
  • Arbitration & Mediation
Fees
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    Paypal Accepted (www.blakelawgrouppc.com)
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Illinois
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
  • Spanish: Spoken
Professional Experience
Managing Partner
Blake Behme Gilbreth Links, P.C.
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We represent a broad variety of clients in various legal matters including, but not limited to, wills, trusts and estates, including will and trust litigation, divorce and family cases, including child custody, modification and appeals, real estate issues, boundary disputes, tax cases with the Internal Revenue Service and Illinois Department of Revenue, commercial litigation, civil lawsuits and appeals. Blake Behme Law Group, P.C. offers a full range of legal services, including Family Law, Divorce, Estates and Trusts, Estate Planning, Will and Trust Contests, Real Estate Law, Mortgage Foreclosure Defense, Business Law, Tax Law, Internal Revenue Service, Personal Injury, Taxes, Criminal Defense, Civil Litigation/Lawsuits, General Practice, Auto Accident, Child Custody, Child Support, Collaborative Divorce, Commercial Real Estate, Consumer Protection, Debt Settlement, Divorce, Divorce Mediation, Employment, Breaches Of Fiduciary Duty, Foreclosure, Landlord/Tenant, Legal Malpractice, Litigation, Military Divorce, Nursing Home, Personal Injury, Probate, Estate Settlement, Securities, Sex Crimes, DCFS, Sexual Harassment, Illinois Department Of Revenue, Illinois Department Of Employment Security, White Collar Crime, Workman’s Compensation, Wrongful Death, Wrongful Termination, Divorce, Child Custody, Child Support, Paternity, Legal Separation, Motions to Modify, Contempt, Prenuptial Agreements, Family Law Matters, Adoptions, Grandparent Visitation, Orders of Protection, Domestic Relations Matters, Guardianships, Family Law, Agency Adoptions, Alimony, Annulment, Assisted Reproductive Technology, Child Abduction, Child Abuse and Neglect, Child Advocacy, Child Care Child Custody Mediation, Child Dependency, Child Protection, Child Sexual Abuse, Child Welfare, Civil Unions, Cohabitation Agreements, Collaborative Family Law, Community Property Law. We serve clients throughout the Southern and Central Regions of the State of IL.
Managing Partner
Blake Behme Law Group, P.C.
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We represent a broad variety of clients in various legal matters including, but not limited to, wills, trusts and estates, including will and trust litigation, divorce and family cases, including child custody, modification and appeals, real estate issues, boundary disputes, tax cases with the Internal Revenue Service and Illinois Department of Revenue, commercial litigation, civil lawsuits and appeals. Blake Behme Law Group, P.C. offers a full range of legal services, including Family Law, Divorce, Estates and Trusts, Estate Planning, Will and Trust Contests, Real Estate Law, Mortgage Foreclosure Defense, Business Law, Tax Law, Internal Revenue Service, Personal Injury, Taxes, Criminal Defense, Civil Litigation/Lawsuits, General Practice, Auto Accident, Child Custody, Child Support, Collaborative Divorce, Commercial Real Estate, Consumer Protection, Debt Settlement, Divorce, Divorce Mediation, Employment, Breaches Of Fiduciary Duty, Foreclosure, Landlord/Tenant, Legal Malpractice, Litigation, Military Divorce, Nursing Home, Personal Injury, Probate, Estate Settlement, Securities, Sex Crimes, DCFS, Sexual Harassment, Illinois Department Of Revenue, Illinois Department Of Employment Security, White Collar Crime, Workman’s Compensation, Wrongful Death, Wrongful Termination, Divorce, Child Custody, Child Support, Paternity, Legal Separation, Motions to Modify, Contempt, Prenuptial Agreements, Family Law Matters, Adoptions, Grandparent Visitation, Orders of Protection, Domestic Relations Matters, Guardianships, Family Law, Agency Adoptions, Alimony, Annulment, Assisted Reproductive Technology, Child Abduction, Child Abuse and Neglect, Child Advocacy, Child Care Child Custody Mediation, Child Dependency, Child Protection, Child Sexual Abuse, Child Welfare, Civil Unions, Cohabitation Agreements, Collaborative Family Law, Community Property Law. We serve clients throughout the Southern and Central Regions of the State of IL.
Board Member
Brehm Preparatory School
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Welcome to Brehm School – a small, fully accredited, not-for-profit coeducational boarding school for students with learning disabilities or differences, and employing a staff of 150. Brehm limits its focus to just 90 students in order to provide the attention and service our students deserve. Since 1982, in partnership with families just like yours, Brehm has been successfully teaching students with language-based and complex learning disabilities to “learn how to learn.” Our “family style” 24/7 school is uniquely designed to foster independence and responsibility. Where other schools have failed students, Brehm delivers success. Brehm students go on to college, find fulfilling careers, and become successful entrepreneurs.
Managing Partner
Blake Law Group, P.C.
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We represent a broad variety of clients in various legal matters including, but not limited to Fiduciary litigation, estate planning, elderly law, real estate tax cases, guardianship disputes, medicaid planning, disposition of assets, offers in compromise, short sales and mortgage foreclosure defense litigation. Blake Law Group, P.C. offers a full range of legal services, including Family Law, Divorce, Estates and Trusts, Estate Planning, Will and Trust Contests, Real Estate Law, Mortgage Foreclosure Defense, Business Law, Tax Law, Internal Revenue Service, Personal Injury, Taxes, Criminal Defense, Civil Litigation/Lawsuits, General Practice, Auto Accident, Bankruptcy, Child Custody, Child Support, Collaborative Divorce, Commercial Real Estate, Consumer Protection, Debt Settlement, Divorce, Divorce Mediation, Employment, Breaches Of Fiduciary Duty, Foreclosure, Landlord/Tenant, Legal Malpractice, Litigation, Military Divorce, Nursing Home, Personal Injury, Probate, Estate Settlement, Securities, Sex Crimes, DCFS, Sexual Harassment, Illinois Department Of Revenue, Illinois Department Of Employment Security, Unemployment, White Collar Crime, Workman’s Compensation, Wrongful Death Wrongful Termination, Administrative Law, Adoptions, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Annulment, Appellate Practice, Arbitration, Automobile Accidents, Banking Law, Breach of Contract, Business Formation, Business Law, Business Litigation, Child Custody, Child Support, Civil Litigation, Commercial Law, Commercial Real Estate, Condominium Law, Construction Law, Consumer Fraud, Consumer Law, Contracts, Corporate Law, Divorce, Dog Bites, Elder Law, ERISA, Estate Litigation, Estate Planning, Family Law, Fathers Rights, Zoning, Planning and Land Use, Foreclosures, General Practice, Guardianship and Conservatorship, Homeowners Association Law, Income Tax, Inheritance, Insurance, Internet Law, Legal Malpractice. We serve clients throughout the Southern and Central Regions of the State of IL.
Managing Partner
Blake & Allen, P.C.
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Contested and uncontested divorce, dissolution of marriage proceedings, child support litigation, child custody battles, modification of decrees, removal of a child to a different area, state or country, parental rights, grandparents rights, stepparent’s rights and other matters. Wills, trusts, estates, estate litigation, guardianship of estate and person of a minor, guardianship of estate and person of an elderly person, elderly abuse, breach of fiduciary duties, objection to accountings, removal of executors, will contest, trust disputes, contested and uncontested adoption proceedings, estate litigation, probate lawsuits, representation of executors, trustees, beneficiaries, and heirs, missing property, unaccounted for assets and other matters. Real estate, adverse possession, prescriptive easements, boundary line disputes, disputes with homeowners, adjoining owners, homeowners associations, real estate property tax, persons and businesses who have lost property to a real estate tax buyer, bad investment advice, timeshare scams, timeshare fraud, recission of contracts, bond for deed contracts, representation of sellers, representation of buyers, defective construction, lawsuits against inspectors, lender liability, banks handling where matters inappropriately, mechanic’s liens, and other matters. Internal Revenue Service and Illinois Department of Revenue, tax liens, tax fraud, civil and criminal, Illinois Department of Revenue, Illinois Department of Employment Security, sales and use tax issues, sales tax audits, offers in compromise, doubt as collectability, doubt as to liability, U.S. Tax Court, Tax Appeals Office, special agents, revenue officers, negotiations, Form 433-A and Form 433-B, Form 656 (Offer in Compromise) and other matters.
Attorney
Edward J. Blake, Jr, P.C.
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We represent a broad variety of clients in various legal matters including, but not limited to representing nursing homes, pharmacists and pharmacies in regard to the Illinois Department of Public Aid, Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) cases, litigation involving power of attorneys, divorce, property settlement and dissolution cases, real estate litigation, faulty home construction, lawsuits involving covenants, real estate disputes and homeowners, representation of clients regarding formation of entities, including corporations, partnerships and limited liability companies, shareholder disputes and litigation, complaints for accountings, local counsel for out of town law firms. Disputes among shareholders, lawsuits involving partners, formation of various entities, including Subchapter S, Subchapter C, joint ventures, limited liability companies, sole proprietorships, trustees, corporate officers, shareholders, directors, breach of fiduciary duties, accountings, exclusion of minority shareholders, liability of majority, out-of-state businesses, collection matters, lawsuits involving more than $50,000, lawsuits involving less than $50,000, alternative resolution disputes, mediation, small claims representation of businesses, and individuals, defending improper lawsuits, Motions to Dismiss, change of judge, Motion for Substitution of counsel and related matters. United State Air Force, United States Marines, United States Coast Guard, United States, Army, family law, real estate law, tax law, estate law, and other matters, including in regard to Soldier’s and Sailor’s Civil Relief Act, dividing military pensions and benefits and other matters.
Assistant States Attorney
St. Clair County
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Representation in the prosecution of misdemeanor cases including traffic and DUIs.
Attorney
Pope & Driemeyer
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Estate Planning, Commercial Litigation, Representation of Banks and Businesses, Estate Settlements, Tax Returns, Research of Various Issues Involving Litigation Cases. Trial work included representing estates and trusts, representing financial institutions and corporations doing business in the metro East and also involved work on the Paul Powell estate in Vienna, Illinois. We represented many taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service and the Illinois Department of Revenue. We represented pharmacists that were charged with fraud, we represented car dealerships, physicians, dentists, chiropractors and law firms in regard to business transactions and other matters. We researched issues involving utilities. We handled estate administration cases and we assisted clients in establishing wills and trusts for estate planning and succession purposes.
Board Member
Belleville Public School District #118 School Board
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School Board Member for Belleville Public School District #118 consisting of eight (8) grade schools and two (2) junior high schools. Attended school board meetings, was appointed to various committees, reviewed and approved contracts, discussed issues in regard to teachers, personnel, students, disciplinary matters and lawsuits.
Law Clerk
Listeman, Bandy & Hamilton
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Research and investigation regarding personal injury and death cases, meetings with witnesses, preparation of memorandums. Some of this work included meeting with witnesses, taking statements, taking photographs of accident scenes, researching authorities and preparing memorandum relating to the development of lawsuits.
Law Clerk
Kassly Bone Becker & Carlson
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Research as law clerk in regard to various issues including commercial litigation, personal injuries and death cases, municipal law and drafting of ordinances, research various issues of the law, criminal and civil. Some of this work involved assisting and drafting of ordinances for the City of Fairview Heights, handling estate and trust issues, representing contractors in regard to lawsuits involving contracts and faulty construction, drafting estate planning documents including wills and trusts, assisting in the development of personal injury and wrongful death cases including preparation of exhibits for trial.
Law Clerk
Cadagin, Cain & Tognarelli
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Research various issues in law, including commercial litigation, personal injury and death cases. Some of this work had to do with research projects concerning workman's compensation cases, personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits. There were issues involving estates and trusts and real estate disputes.
Third Round Draft Choice
Baltimore Orioles
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Third round draft choice in June, 1970 draft (no. 72 overall), pitcher with Aberdeen Pheasants in Aberdeen, SD Northern League, Miami Orioles in Miami FL, Florida State League, Asheville Orioles in Asheville, NC Southern League, Allstate pitcher in the State of IL, Topps Chewing Gum District Choice
Education
Washington University in St. Louis
LL.M. (1982) | Taxation
Taxation
Saint Louis University School of Law
J.D. (1978)
Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville
MBA (1977)
Saint Louis University
B.S. (1975)
Awards
Member
Best Attorneys of America
Super Lawyer
Super Lawyers
Million Dollar Advocate
Million Dollar Advocate Forum
Senior Counsel
The College of Master Advocates and Barristers
Top 100 Family Lawyer in Illinois
American Society of Legal Advocates
Top One Percent Attorney
National Association for Distinguished Counsel
Elder Law Attorney
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
10.0 Superb Rating
Avvo
Nation's Premier Top 10 Ranking
National Academy of Family Law Attorneys
Leading Lawyer
Leading Lawyers Network
AV Preeminent Rated Attorney
Martindale-Hubbell
Professional Associations
American Agricultural Law Association
Member
Current
American Bar Association
Member
Current
American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
Member
Current
Madison County Bar Association
Member
Current
St. Clair County Bar Association
Member
Current
Illinois State Bar
Member
- Current
Publications
Articles & Publications
Change of Name After Divorce
Divorcesource.com
Complexities of Any Estate and/or Trust Administration During the Pendency of a Dissolution of Marriage Proceeding
Divorcesource.com
Dividing Ongoing Business Operations In Dissolution of Marriage Proceedings
Divorcesource.com
Dividing the Wedding Gifts in a Dissolution of Marriage
Divorcesource.com
Divorce and Bankruptcy
Divorcesource.com
Estate Planning While a Divorce Case is Pending
Divorcesource.com
How to Find the Best Attorney to Provide Representation in a Divorce Proceeding
Divorcesource.com
How to Handle Internal Revenue Service Audits, Income Tax Adjustments After a Judgment of Dissolution of Marriage
Divorcesource.com
How to Handle Stock Options in the Context of Divorce Proceedings
Divorcesource.com
How to Handle Undisclosed Assets After a Judgment of Dissolution of Marriage has Already Been Entered?
Divorcesource.com
How to Handle Unpaid Child Support When the Responsible Person Dies
Divorcesource.com
Marital Versus Non-Marital Property in St. Clair and Madison County Illinois Divorce Cases
Divorcesource.com
Multiple Marriages and Divorces Between the Same Parties
Divorcesource.com
Orders of Protection and Divorce
Divorcesource.com
Orders of Protection in Family Law Cases
Divorcesource.com
Potential Issues in Regard to Marriage, Followed by Adoption, and Then Divorce
Divorcesource.com
Should Parties Make Wills or Change Their Wills or Other Estate Planning Documents During the Pendency of a Divorce Proceeding?
Divorcesource.com
Stock Options Considered Additional Income for Redetermination of Child Support After Dissolution of Marriage
Divorcesource.com
Substitution of a Judge in Divorce Proceedings
Divorcesource.com
Tips in Regard to Having Valid Prenuptial Agreements, and Subsequent Modifications of Prenuptial Agreements
Divorcesource.com
Title Reports and Title Insurance in Divorce Cases
Divorcesource.com
Transferring Non-Marital Home to Both Parties as Joint Tenants or Should Estate Planning Documents be Utilized
Divorcesource.com
Ways to Challenge Prenuptial Agreements in Divorce Cases
Divorcesource.com
What Happens if Death Occurs with Respect to Either Party During the Course of a Dissolution of Marriage Proceeding?
Divorcesource.com
What is Discovery in a Divorce Case?
Divorcesource.com
What Should You do if the Premarital Agreement is Unenforceable or Invalid Prior to Dissolution of Marriage?
Divorcesource.com
When is the Divorce Final?
Divorcesource.com
Will and Trust Contest Cases Within Divorce Proceedings
Divorcesource.com
Maryville homeowners sue after finding significant termite damage
Madison St. Clair Record
Cahokia property owner sued over fatal fire
Madison St. Clair Record
Care 2 Day medical clinic closed without co-owner's approval, suit claims
Madison St. Clair Record
Regions Bank sues over undelivered RV
Madison St. Clair Record
Elderly woman claims daughter converted funds to pay lawyer and converted deed to house
Madison St. Clair Record
78-year-old claims he was duped by Internet start-up
Madison St. Clair Record
Mortuary partner claims majority holder embezzled
Madison St. Clair Record
Regions Bank as guardian sues St. Louis RV dealer
Madison St. Clair Record
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Blake Behme Gilbreth Links, P.C.
521 West Main Street
Suite 100
Belleville, IL 62220
USA
Toll-Free: (855) 886-1529
Telephone: (618) 233-7900
Fax: (618) 233-9490
Carlyle, Illinois Office
553 9th Street
Carlyle, IL 62231
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Telephone: (618) 594-4300
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Collinsville, Illinois Office
1355 North Bluff Road, Suite B
Collinsville, IL 62234
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Telephone: (618) 346-9900
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Edwardsville, Illinois Office
32 Country Club View Drive
Edwardsville, IL 62025
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Telephone: (618) 692-7200
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Effingham, Illinois Office
305 West Professional Park Avenue
Effingham, IL 62401
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