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Estate Planning, Wills, and Trusts

The Mitchell Law Office, P.C. of Mount Vernon, Illinois helps individuals and families in all of their estate planning needs, from drafting a will to complex probate litigation.

The law firm's estate planning practice covers many aspects:

  • Estate planning
  • Estate administration
  • Drafting wills and trusts
  • Probate and its avoidance
  • Powers of attorney
  • Trusts
  • Trust administration
  • Complex estate and trust litigation
  • Contested will litigation
  • Fiduciary obligations


The Mitchell Law Office, P.C. drafts both living wills and last wills for clients.  Attorney A. Ben Mitchell's attention to detail ensures that your will expresses your intention and that your last wishes are clearly preserved.  He is experienced in legal challenges to wills, expressing your intentions, and asset transfer documents.


Trusts can be used instead of or in conjunction with a will, and can often decrease the tax burden on the estate and  beneficiaries. Trusts can and often are utilized instead of a will and, when properly documented, can avoid the need for probate—with its attendant costs—and more fully maintain family privacy.  Various types of trusts are utilized depending upon the priorities expressed but a client.

Mr. Mitchell has also represented other lawyers as well as professional fiduciaries, in estate and trust issues.

Estate planning and administration

The rewarding feature of estate planning is to briefly confer with a spouse or family following the death of a loved one and being able to advise that the financial matters were properly planned, and minimal, if any, legal services are then required.


Probate is the legal process by which the title is transferred—either as the deceased directs by will or as the state provides by law.  Where formal administration is required, all steps are taken to enable an efficient and timely process of transfer of assets.  

  • The will is established as a valid legal document
  • Final debts and assets are determined
  • An executor is judicially appointed to collect and manage the assets
  • The formal estate probate process changes ownership of assets

If a decedent's heirs or beneficiaries contest the will, the contest must be initiated within six months of the will's admission to probate.

Trust experience to manage your personal affairs

The law firm serves individuals and families throughout Southern Illinois with all their will, trust, probate, and estate legal concerns.  Contact The Mitchell Law Office, P.C. in Mount Vernon, Illinois for efficient legal representation and trusted experience.