Mitchell Law Office, P.C.

Serving families, farmers, oil producers, and business interests throughout Southern Illinois, A. Ben Mitchell enjoys a recognized reputation in the legal community.

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Firm Overview

With 65 years of support staff experience and 43 years of personal legal representation, Mitchell Law Office, P.C. is able to efficiently diagnose a situation, provide constructive recommendations, and proceed in a plan of action as may be approved by the client.

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This website serves as a one-stop resource for your family and business planning and litigation needs. Mr. Mitchell's attorney profile offers an in-depth look at his background, his credentials, and his recognition in the legal community. The Representative Clients page lists Illinois businesses who have continuously utilized the services of Mitchell Law Office, P.C. For more about the law firm's philosophy and practice, please visit the Firm Overview page.
Each page about the law firm's area of practice shows extensive information on each aspect of the law. The firm believes that there is no perfect case, and litigation is won or lost through diligent preparation-both of the facts and the law.
-Oil and gas law
-Small business law
-Litigation
-Estate planning/administration
Main Office

Main Office
112 North Tenth Street, P.O. BOX 1088
Mount Vernon  IL  62864

Phone
  • 618-242-0705
Fax
  • 618-242-4820
Estate Planning
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

Wills:
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:
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:
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.
Business
Helping your business expand
The Mitchell Law Office, P.C. emphasizes the need for experienced advice on structuring a business entity. That experience is provided through over 40 years of assistance in most aspects of business development, including-
-Business formation
-Incorporation
-Limited liability companies
-Corporate law
-Contracts
-Closely-held business
-Sale of entities
-Business estate planning

Hiring the Mitchell Law Office, P.C. in Mount Vernon for your business litigation needs means that you retain experienced legal counsel with a vested interest in keeping small business alive. Since commencing practice in 1966, Ben Mitchell has seen clients' businesses grow and prosper.
Litigation
A practical approach to resolution
Litigation is an expensive and time-consuming process. It is not a desired solution to a business problem. If a lawyer has a reputation of not actively preparing for or even engaging in litigation, a desired resolution cannot be achieved. While a necessary evil, litigation creates finality.

A compromise or settlement is defined as something no one enjoys, but all accept as a workable alternative.
A lawyer must have a reputation and be ready to fully and diligently pursue all matters necessary to further the interests of the client.

Serving the following counties in Southern Illinois
-Jefferson
-Franklin
-Williamson
-Johnson
-Alexander
-Pulaski
-Massac
-Pope
-Hardin
-Union
-Jackson
-Gallatin
-White
-Hamilton
-Perry
-Randolph
-Monroe
-St. Clair
-Washington
-Clinton
-Marion
-Wayne
-Edwards
-Wabash
-Lawrence
-Richland
-Clay
Probate
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.

A. Ben Mitchell

A. Ben Mitchell has been practicing law in Southern Illinois for more than 40 years. His many achievements highlight his record of success: Mr. Mitchell received an AV-Rating from Martindale-Hubbell's Peer Review Ratings, garnering the respect of attorneys he has worked with and against, judges, and other legal professionals. As such, Mr. Mitchell is also listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, an honor bestowed on only five percent of lawyers in America.

Furthermore, Mr. Mitchell has been chosen as one of the attorneys listed in the Leading Lawyers Network, a group of recommended lawyers in Illinois by a statewide survey. Click here to access A. Ben Mitchell's profile on the Leading Lawyers Network. Crain's Chicago Business Top Lawyers also lists Mr. Mitchell as a preeminent attorney in Illinois.

Practice areas:
-Commercial law
-Commercial litigation
-Corporate law
-Oil and gas law
-Real estate
-Trust law
-Wills
-Estate planning
-Trust administration
-Probate

Admitted:
-1966, Illinois
-U.S. District Court, Central and Southern Districts of Illinois
-U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit

Education:
-University of Illinois, J.D., 1966
-University of Tulsa, B.S. in Business Administration, 1963

Author:
-"Plugging Responsibilities: The Deep Pocket Theory," 9th Eastern Mineral Law Institute, 1989
-"Responsibilities Attendant to Well Abandonment," Eastern Mineral Law Special Institute, 1991
-"Well Plugging Abandonment & Restoration," IOGA, 1996
-"Well Plugging Responsibilities," Interstate Oil & Gas Compact Commission, 2002
-Co-author, "Release, Abandonment, and Plugging," IICLE Mineral Law, 1994

Member:
-Jefferson County Bar Association
-President, 1970-1971
-Central Federal District of Illinois
-Southern Federal District of Illinois
-Illinois State Bar Association
-Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee Member, 1968-1971
-Agricultural Law Committee Member, 1983-1991
-Oil and Gas Securities Sub-Committee, Securities
Advisory, 1987-1993
-American Bar Association
-Energy and Mineral Law Foundation
-Illinois Oil and Gas Association (Director, 2000-2003)
-Jefferson County Development Corporation, Financial Partner
Education
  • University of Illinois
    Juris Doctorate , 1966
  • University of Illinois
    Juris Doctorate , 1966
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