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James W. Benckendorf 
Peoria, Illinois
phone (309) 265-0812 (Peoria)
(309) 938-4296 (Morton)
fax (309) 673-8759
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Having grown up in Morton Illinois, Jim returned to the area after completing his education at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois.  He joined his father and brother in the practice of law at Benckendorf & Benckendorf, P.C. in 1988.

Jim's practice involves complex estate and tax planning and trusts, trusts, elder law, and probate, the formation and representation of corporations and LLCs, drafting employment, non-compete and other documents as well as representing parties in the transfer of a business.  He has also represented parties in numerous 1031 exchanges throughout Central Illinois as well as representation in both commercial and residential real estate transactions.  This work includes representing parties before units of local government for rezoning, variances and similar changes.

Jim is married to Jayne, with whom he has two sons.  He is an active member of the Morton United Methodist Church, and his hobbies include home remodeling and hunting with his boys.

Year Joined Organization:
Areas of Practice:
40% Real Property
40% Trusts and Estates
20% Corporate, Business and LLC
Bar Admissions:
Illinois, 1988
U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois, 1988
U.S. Tax Court, 1988
Northern Illinois University College of Law, DeKalb, Illinois, 1987

Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois
Major:  History

Representative Clients:
Morton United Methodist Church
Craig Miller Financial Services, Inc.
Heart Technologies, Inc.
Wm. Aupperle & Sons, Inc.
Morton Community Bank
Classes/Seminars Taught:
Wills and Estate Planning, 1991 - Present

Residential Real Estate, 1997 - Present

Elder Law, 1991 - Present

Professional Associations and Memberships:
Morton Chamber of Commerce
Board Member, 2006

Morton Community Foundation
Trustee, 2005 - present

Morton United Methodist Church
Building Committee Vice Chairman, 1999 - present

Morton Task Force, 1999

Morton Youth Center, Inc.
Board Member, 1999

Peoria County Bar Association
Member, 1988 - present

We Care, Inc.
Board Member. 1988 - 1996

Morton Jaycees, 1987 - 1999
Former President, Vice President and Treasurer

Morton Economic Development Council
Founding President, 2009 - 2011; Board Member, 2008 - present

Forms and Information
  • Awarded The 2007 Peoria Journal Star Reader's Choice Award For Attorneys
  • Morton Chamber Of Commerce 2012 Member
Our Locations:

101 N.E. Randolph Avenue
Peoria, IL 61606
Phone: 309.265.0812
Fax: 309.673.8759
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100 N. Main Street
Morton, IL 61550
Phone: 309.938.4296
Fax: 309.266.8759
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