For over thirty years, Stephen B. Morris, has represented clients with a variety of legal issues from simple dispute resolutions to appeals before the Appellate and Supreme Court of Illinois.

The practice of law in a small rural community requires  a knowledge and experience in numerous and diverse areas of the law, and with his  thirty years of experience in such areas, he brings decades of experience to address your legal needs.  A listing, although not exhaustive, of such areas is as follows:

Personal Injury

Sometimes an individual is injured and needs the assistance of counsel to work with insurance companies or responsible parties to insure they are compensated for their injuries and made whole to the greatest extent possible.  Such cases can involve numerous insurance companies and issues of subrogation.  Time limits apply and it is imperative that these matters be addressed in a timely fashion.  We work hard to insure our clients are fairly compensated and their claims handled in an expeditious manner.

Criminal Defense

Being charged with a crime exposes you to a host of potential negative consequences, significant financial burdens to loss of your liberty and privileges, including driving privileges.  Certain convictions may affect your ability to hunt or possess a firearm.  Stephen has years of experience with criminal defense, including over a decade as an independent contractor for Hancock County providing such services to indigent clients.  He works hard to secure an outcome which eliminates or minimizes the consequences of any criminal prosecution.  In the course of his career he has handled numerous traffic, misdemeanor and felony cases from traffic and DUI’s to murder.  Oftentimes, without the benefit of counsel, individuals accept a plea only to discover later that such action had consequences never anticipated by the individual at that time.  Experienced counsel can help a client avoid such pitfalls.

Family Law

The areas of family law are often emotionally charged from the joys of adoption, to the emotional strain of divorce.  Compassionate understanding helps clients work through the emotional stress of such situations, and when possible, work toward a mutually agreeable resolution.  When such a resolution is not possible, an experienced attorney will work hard to protect your rights and present your case.  Some examples of family law matters handled by our firm include the following:

  • Adoption
  • Child custody
  • Child support and maintenance
  • Dissolution of marriage
  • Division of property
  • Modifications of custody, support and visitation
  • Abuse and neglect

Real Estate

One of the most significant decisions you may make in life is the purchase or sale of your home, farm or other property.  We work hard to insure that those transactions take place as smoothly and efficiently as possible, while protecting your assets through all stages of the process.  Examples of our services in that area would include the following:

  • Drafting of contracts or purchase agreements
  • Preparation and review of mortgages and promissory notes
  • Loan closings
  • Auctions
  • Residential sales
  • Farm sales
  • Business sales
  • Leases
  • Landlord tenant disputes

Estate Planning and Probate

From advance planning to minimize tax consequences and maximize the transfer of assets to your heirs, to assisting the family after the loss of a loved one, we work closely with you to insure your future needs are addressed or assist your family in a difficult time.  Our services in that regard would include the following:

  • Estate planning
  • Powers of attorney
  • Living wills
  • Trusts
  • Probate
  • Will contests

Civil Litigation

Our office handles civil litigation for plaintiff’s and defendant’s in cases involving all of the aforementioned areas.  While striving to avoid litigation to minimize expense to our clients, when necessary, we are prepared to present an aggressive case to protect and preserve our client rights.