Edward J. Blake Jr.

Edward J. Blake Jr.

Edward J. Blake Jr.
Edward J. Blake, Jr. - Blake Behme Gilbreth Links, P.C.
Experience: 43 years
Probate, Family Law, Real Estate Law and 8 others
Member, Super Lawyer and 9 others
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Awards 11
Experience 43y
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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.

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice

Illinois

Since 1978

Professional Experience

2017 - Current

Blake Behme Gilbreth Links, P.C.

Managing Partner

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.

2014 - 2017

Blake Behme Law Group, P.C.

Managing Partner

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.

2011 - 2016

Brehm Preparatory School

Board Member

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.

2011 - 2014

Blake Law Group, P.C.

Managing Partner

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.

2004 - 2011

Blake & Allen, P.C.

Managing Partner

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.

1983 - 2004

Edward J. Blake, Jr, P.C.

Attorney

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.

1981 - 1981

St. Clair County

Assistant States Attorney

Representation in the prosecution of misdemeanor cases including traffic and DUIs.

1978 - 1981

Pope & Driemeyer

Attorney

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.

1979 - 1980

Belleville Public School District #118 School Board

Board Member

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.

1977 - 1978

Listeman, Bandy & Hamilton

Law Clerk

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.

1976 - 1976

Kassly Bone Becker & Carlson

Law Clerk

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.

1976 - 1976

Cadagin, Cain & Tognarelli

Law Clerk

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.

1970 - 1974

Baltimore Orioles

Third Round Draft Choice

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

1982

Washington University in St. Louis

LL.M. (1982) | Taxation

Taxation

1979

Saint Louis University School of Law

J.D. (1978)

1977

Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville

MBA (1977)

1975

Saint Louis University

B.S. (1975)

Awards

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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

Contacts

Blake Behme Gilbreth Links, P.C. 521 West Main Street Suite 100 Belleville IL 62220 Toll-Free: (855) 886-1529 Telephone: (618) 233-7900 Fax: (618) 233-9490
Carlyle, Illinois Office 553 9th Street Carlyle IL 62231 Toll-Free: (855) 886-1529 Telephone: (618) 594-4300 Fax: (618) 233-9490
Collinsville, Illinois Office 1355 North Bluff Road, Suite B Collinsville IL 62234 Toll-Free: (855) 886-1529 Telephone: (618) 346-9900 Fax: (618) 233-9490
Edwardsville, Illinois Office 32 Country Club View Drive Edwardsville IL 62025 Toll-Free: (855) 886-1529 Telephone: (618) 692-7200 Fax: (618) 233-9490
Effingham, Illinois Office 305 West Professional Park Avenue Effingham IL 62401 Toll-Free: (855) 886-1529 Fax: (618) 233-9490
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Experience: 43 years
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Practice Areas

Probate

Probate Administration, Probate Litigation, Will Contests

Family Law

Adoption, Child Custody, Child Support, Father's Rights, Guardianship & Conservatorship, Paternity, Prenups & Marital Agreements, Restraining Orders, Same Sex Family Law

Real Estate Law

Commercial Real Estate, Condominiums, Easements, Eminent Domain, Homeowners Association, Land Use & Zoning, Mortgages, Neighbor Disputes, Residential Real Estate, Water Law

Tax Law

Business Taxes, Criminal Tax Litigation, Estate Tax Planning, Income Taxes, International Taxes, Payroll Taxes, Property Taxes, Sales Taxes, Tax Appeals, Tax Audits, Tax Planning

Estate Planning

Guardianship & Conservatorship Estate Administration, Health Care Directives, Trusts, Wills

Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence Restraining Orders, Victims Rights , Victims Rights

Divorce

Collaborative Law, Contested Divorce, Military Divorce, Property Division, Same Sex Divorce, Spousal Support & Alimony, Uncontested Divorce

Arbitration & Mediation

Business Arbitration, Consumer Arbitration, Family Arbitration

Languages

English: Spoken, Written
Spanish: Spoken

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