G. Timothy Leighton
Tim Leighton counsels clients in Central Illinois and metropolitan Washington, DC on trusts, wills, probate, business, charitable and tax matters.
Clients come to Tim to secure peace of mind and to preserve, protect and grow their assets through trust and estate planning. Tim serves families who want to protect their estates and those with dependency and guardianship concerns.
Most of Tim’s business Clients are closely-held enterprises or tax-exempt organizations. They rely on Tim for business formation, transition, transaction, employment, development and succession planning needs.
Clients also rely on the firm for trust administration and probate. As a trusted advisor, Tim serves as trustee of several Client trusts. He implements Client priorities while managing their assets.
Tim is General Counsel of both Community Players Theatre and Normal CornBelters. He also serves as President of Illinois Prairie Community Foundation and Immediate Past President of the Community Cancer Center Foundation. He previously served on the boards of Heartland Community College’s Challenger Learning Center and Illinois Wesleyan University Associates. Tim was President of the Bloomington-Normal chapter of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, Treasurer of McLean County Bar Association and OSF St. Joseph Foundation Council, founding Chair of Easter Seals Bloomington Community Board, and President of Convention II, Inc. – America’s model constitutional convention for high school students. He chairs the Georgetown University Alumni Admissions organization for Southern Illinois.
Tim has helped over fifty not-for-profit organizations secure IRS tax exemption determinations and charitable organization status through the Illinois Attorney General, define business structures, negotiate contracts, and manage other challenges. He enjoys helping Clients with the details of organizational dynamics, transitions, management, compliance, and advising Boards and officers on strategic planning.
In March 2017, Tim was ordained as a Deacon of the Episcopal Church. Rev. Tim Leighton serves as chaplain for first responders, pastoral care giver, and as part of the liturgical worship team at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church.
Tim enjoys teaching and mentoring through hiring student interns and formal education. Tim has taught Business Law, Investments, and Introduction to Risk Management at Illinois Wesleyan University, as well as Probate and Insurance at Illinois State University. He also frequently partners with financial professionals in advising Clients and educating the public and fellow professional advisors at seminars.
Bar Admissions and Associations:
Tim’s Bar Admissions include state and federal courts in Illinois, Maryland, Virginia, and District of Columbia as well as the U.S. Supreme Court. Tim serves on the Illinois State Bar Association’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Section Council and the Planned Giving Committee of the Illinois Bar Foundation. He chaired the Business Advice and Financial Planning Section Councils of both the American and Illinois State Bar Associations.
Tim earned his honors baccalaureate from Georgetown University, financing his education as a consultant in the tax-exempt community. He earned his law degree from George Washington University while working as a Congressional staff member and Association Executive. He also completed a White House internship in the Office of Intergovernmental Relations.
Tim and Debbie Leighton make their home in Bloomington, Illinois. Debbie is a hospice volunteer and serves on the Altar Guild and Outreach Committee at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church. The Leightons have three adult children and a grandchild.