James W. Benckendorf

James W. Benckendorf

Partner
Location:
Peoria, Illinois
Phone:
(309) 265-0812 (Peoria)
(309) 938-4296 (Morton)
Fax:
(309) 673-8759
Email:

Having grown up in Morton Ill., Jim returned to the area after completing his education at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. 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, trusts, and probate, as well as the formation and representation of corporations and LLCs and the drafting of employment, non-compete, and other business-related documents. He also has represented parties in numerous
transfers of a business, 1031 exchanges throughout central Illinois, in both commercial and residential real estate transactions, including 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 Firm

  • 1988

Areas of Practice

  • Real Property - Commercial and Residential
  • Estate Planning and Trusts
  • Corporate, Business, and LLC
  • Estates and Probate

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 1988
  • U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois, 1988
  • U.S. Tax Court, 1988

Education

  • Northern Illinois University College of Law, DeKalb, Illinois
    • J.D. - 1987
  • Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois
    • B.A.
    • 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

  • Wills and Estate Planning, 1991 - Present
  • Residential Real Estate, 1997 - Present
  • Elder Law, 1991 - Present

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Morton Community Foundation, President, 2016 - 2017
  • Morton Community Foundation, Trustee, 2005 - 2011
  • Morton Community Foundation, Trustee, 2015 - 2018
  • Distinguished Service Award recipient - 2014 - Morton Chamber of Commerce
  • Morton Economic Development Council, Founding President, 2009-2011; Board Member, 2008 – 2018
  • Morton Chamber of Commerce, Board Member and Officer, 2006 - 2012
  • Morton United Methodist Church, multiple committees, Current Administrative Board chairman
  • Morton Chamber Leadership Academy Instructor
  • We Care, Inc, Board Member, 1988 - 1996
  • Morton Youth Center, Inc., Board Member
  • Morton Task Force
  • Morton Jaycees, Former President, Vice President & Treasurer, 1987 - 1999
  • Peoria County Bar Association, Member, 1988 - Present
  • United Methodist Foundation, 2018 - Present