The Law Office of Jay S. Trost

The Law Office of Jay S. Trost

Attorney provides peace of mind in real estate, business law and estate planning.

Firm Overview

The Law Office of Jay S. Trost has more than 35 years of experience helping people resolve their legal issues in the areas of real estate, business law and estate planning. We are accessible and provide personal attention to our clients.

Our offices are located in Rockford, Illinois and we serve clients throughout the surrounding counties. We can assist you in the following areas of the law:
-Real estate
-Commercial real estate
-Residential real estate
-Buying and selling a home or business
-Joint ventures
-Trusts and estates
-Wills and probate
-Estate planning
-Elder law
-Asset protection
-Corporate law
-Business law
-Powers of attorney
-Asset distribution
-Closely held businesses
-Limited liability companies

Real estate law Illinois:
The Law Office of Jay S. Trost gives legal assistance in both commercial and residential real estate matters. Let us help you build and protect your property and real estate in Illinois. We have the experience and knowledge to skillfully navigate you through both simple transactions and more complex negotiations.

Business lawyer in Winnebago County:
Every business can benefit from trusted legal advice and representation. We can help your business draft contracts, negotiate acquisitions, build the company and form partnerships. Our more than 35 years of experience give us the background we need to help your business succeed.

Main Office

Main Office
1 Court Place, Ste. 103
Rockford IL 61101





Estate Planning

Preserving your family's wealth for future generations

Whether you're planning the parameters of your future medical care or establishing support for loved ones upon your death, The Law Office of Jay S. Trost can help with all aspects of trusts and estates issues, including:
-Estate planning
-Estate tax issues
-Choosing the appropriate executor
-Living wills
-Living trusts
-Wills drafting
-Elder Law

Securing your legacy:
You work hard for your family, so knowing that you have planned for their long-term well-being and financial security can bring you comfort. We thoroughly analyze your estate and strategize the best means of transferring your assets, minimizing taxes, establishing guardianship for your children, caring for your pets, supporting personal philanthropic causes and protecting your loved ones.

Draft your living will and last will and testament:
A will is essential at every stage of your life. Your living will sets the parameters for medical intervention should you become incapacitated. This assures that when you are most vulnerable, your wishes will be honored.

Your last will provides the opportunity to distribute your property, establish care for your children and otherwise express your wishes upon your death. A will is necessary if you intend to leave property to a person or entity other than a blood relative, such as a domestic partner, a friend or a charity. If you die without a will, the court determines how your property is distributed, who cares for your children and even what happens to your pet making decisions that might not reflect your desires.

The Law Office of Jay S. Trost can draft valid wills that ensure your intentions are honored.

Changing your will:
As your life changes, so might your estate plan. You may need to update your will throughout your life. We draft valid codicils that address changes in your financial situation, marital status, number of children, philanthropic interests and general lifestyle decisions.

Appointment of guardianship:
If you have minor children, your will allows you to make decisions about their future care. This is especially crucial if you are a single parent or if both parents die in a common incident. If you do not name a guardian, the court will appoint a guardian for your children and can make decisions adverse to your ultimate parenting goals. You can also make arrangements for your pets' care in your will, including naming a guardian to take responsibility for your pets.

Jay S. Trost

The Law Office of Jay S. Trost


Jay S. Trost has earned a BV Distinguished Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell listing for his professionalism and ethics.

Practice Areas:
-Real estate
-Trusts & estates
-Elder law
-Business law

-South Carolina, 1976
-Illinois and U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 1977

-University of South Carolina, J.D., 1976
-Eastern Illinois University, B.A., 1972

Associations & memberships:
-Winnebago County, Illinois State and American Bar Associations
-South Carolina Bar
-NAELA (National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys)
-BBB (Better Business Bureau)


University of South Carolina
Juris Doctorate, 1976