Practice Areas

We are a “general practice” in that our clients can expect us to be well-versed in most areas of the law. We defend clients accused of crimes in State and Federal Courts. We assist clients with transactional needs (wills, trusts, real estate purchases, and sales). We represent clients who are injured by the actions of others and the families of those who have lost their lives from those actions. We advise and counsel clients who have business concerns and corporate interests. We help those whose loved ones are disabled and are in need of guardianship protection. These and other areas of the law are all within our wheelhouse. Our attorneys and their combined 100+ years of experience are here for you.

Criminal Defense

Our attorneys have a storied history of representing clients in state and federal courts in Illinois and beyond. From traffic infractions white collar issues to violent felonies, the lawyers at Beckett Law Office have the skill to defend those accused of a crime.

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Estate Planning & Probate

One of the most likely areas of the law that requires an attorney’s assistance is the process of planning for the future and working through the process of losing a loved one. The attorneys at Beckett Law Office all have families of their own and appreciate the practical considerations of leaving a legacy and implementing that plan.

On estate planning matters, we always start by meeting with the client (whether in person or virtually) and *listening* to them, letting them tell us who their families are, what is important to them, what assets they have, and how the wish to provide that legacy for the future. We employ different strategies for different situations (a Will might be a solution for one client, while a trust or another estate planning tool may be the best way forward for another), and always with the client’s client’s wishes front and center with a full understanding of the plan. In Estate and Probate matters, our attorneys are well-versed in advising executors, administrators, and guardians of those who have passed or are disabled, to help them fulfill their responsibilities to marshal assets, satisfy debts and provide for beneficiaries.

In matters that involve will contests, claims against estates or even claims against individuals involving an estate, the lawyers of Beckett Law Office have the experience with these proceedings to advise you of your rights and represent you in any judicial proceeding.

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Real Estate

Another high-contact area for lawyers and clients, real estate transactions require the services of an attorney who can manage many moving pieces and have them all synchronized in time for the closing. The attorneys and staff of Beckett Law Office work in tandem to see that this is done, whether the transaction involves a modest residence, an apartment complex, a farm, or a commercial building. Whatever the property, we have the experience to assist our clients through any process they may face.

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Personal Injury

Beckett Law Office has more than 30 years of experience handling personal injury cases in Illinois and beyond. Whether it’s negligence state case or Multi-District Litigation action n Federal Court, We will listen to you and help you understand your legal rights. Our personal injury expertise spans the following areas:

  • General Personal injury (including Wrongful Death, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Nursing Home Litigation, Slip-And-Fall)
  • Medical Device Litigation (including Depuy and Stryker hip recall cases)
  • Pharmaceutical Litigation (including Zantac [Ranitidine] cases)
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Municipal Law

Beckett Law Office represents municipalities and fire protection districts in Champaign, Coles, Douglas, Moultrie, and Piatt Counties in nearly all facets of municipal law. In fact, the firm represents most of the villages and cities in Douglas County. Some of the municipalities and fire protection districts choose to have counsel at every board meeting, while others use the firm on an as-needed basis.

The firm also assists in the appropriations and levying process for the municipalities as desired. Beckett Law Office has been hired as special counsel to represent villages and counties in complex matters or where a conflict of interest may exist with current counsel. The firm has appeared for municipalities at both the trial court and appellate level. Andrew Bequette is the attorney with the firm who primarily handles municipal matters and he has worked on matters as diverse as an ordinance and municipal enforcement, ballot referendums, resolution and ordinance drafting, wind energy regulation, and the siting of large industrial projects.

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Other Practice Areas

  • Family Law
  • Business and Commercial Transactions
  • Arbitration
  • Small Claims and Landlord-Tenant
  • Civil and Criminal Appeals (State and Federal Courts)”