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December 8, 2023 -- The Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) President has appointed Attorney Tim Leighton as Vice Chair of ISBA’s Elder Law Section Council. This Elder Law Section informs and advises the members of the bar whose practice involves representing older persons in areas such as estate planning, public benefits, nursing home residents' rights, elder abuse, age discrimination, real estate issues, senior housing and guardianship; reviews and makes recommendations regarding proposed legislation that may affect older persons; promotes the legal rights of older persons to enjoy their communities, families and lives to the fullest extent possible; informs older persons of these rights; and provides a forum for the exchange of views and information in furtherance of these goals. Leighton previously served as Section Council Secretary and is expected to become Section Council Chair in June 2024. Leighton earlier had chaired ISBA’s Section Council on Business Advice and Financial Planning.
November 28, 2023 -- The Virginia Mountain/Valley Lawyers' Alliance (VMVLA) during its annual meeting in Winchester, Virginia has elected Attorney Tim Leighton as its President, following his terms as President-Elect and Secretary.
VMVLA is a specialty Bar Association whose nearly 2,000 members serve rural areas of Southern Virginia from Roanoke to West Virginia’s border. Within the local context of the Shenandoah Valley served by VMVLA, there lies the state’s strongest farm region; agriculturally rich, but an underserved Legal Desert where there are too few lawyers to serve the needs of the population. Despite covering more than 50% of the Commonwealth’s land area, there are more Virginia-licensed attorneys with addresses of record in Washington DC than in the VMVLA Region.
Globalization has also increased the demand for knowledge about legal issues well beyond traditional academic borders; VMVLA fills this void, because Bar Associations in the USA require annual training for lawyers and judges updating their knowledge, applying criteria set forth by the Bar. VMVLA CLE offerings include Science and Technology, Access to Justice, and diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). VMVLA’s dynamic Law Day CLE on May 1-3, 2024 in Loudoun County will feature: Artificial Intelligence in contracts, Tax Law, Constitutional Law Scholars and discussion of pathbreaking DEI developments for daily legal practice. The October 2024 annual meeting will be held in Natural Bridge, Virginia.
May 11, 2023 -- Attorney Tim Leighton has been recognized as a Virginia Access to Justice Commission 2023 Pro Bono Service Honor Roll Member in appreciation for his pro bono service contributions during 2021 and 2022. Attorney Leighton is honored to serve Clients in Virginia while continuing to serve Clients in Central Illinois.
May 1, 2023 -- LLG personnel will continue to work remotely for the time being. While we plan to continue conducting most appointments by Zoom, Skype or phone, we will meet with Clients in person at their request. Estate planning documents must be executed in person. Our business hours will generally be Monday-Friday, 8:30am-12pm and 1pm-4:30pm.
October 28, 2022 -- Attorney Tim Leighton has been chosen as President-Elect of the Virginia Mountain/Valley Lawyers' Alliance (VMVLA). He has been serving as Secretary of the VMVLA for the past year.
The VMVLA focuses on meeting the needs of attorneys whose practices are not centered on the major urban areas of the state, mostly by offering free and low cost Continuing Legal Education (CLE) programs for those attorneys. They have recently become an officially recognized bar association under the Virginia State Bar's Conference of Local and Specialty Bar Associations.
July 12, 2022 -- We are now offering a new estate planning arrangement for parents with minor children. The basic plan includes a Last Will and Testament with guardianship provisions and basic testamentary trust provisions for one or more minor children, Property Power of Attorney, Healthcare Power of Attorney, and Living Will. Click here for more information.
November 2, 2021 -- On October 25, 2021, Prairie State Legal Services selected Attorney Tim Leighton as the 2021 Outstanding Pro Bono Community Honoree for Prairie State's Bloomington office. Leighton Legal Group, LLC is grateful for the continuing opportunity to help low-income, elderly and vulnerable people in our community with ready access to legal services with personalized estate planning.
"Though we only had a 1/2 hr. consultation, it is obvious that attorney Leighton is VERY knowledgeable, and easy to talk to. Highly recommend!!!"
"We worked with Tim Leighton's firm on advise and getting our estate planning in order. Tim and Emily not only patiently answered our many questions but also accommodated our request updating the paperwork to best suit our needs. Sincere efforts were made to get us comfortable by constantly encouraging us to ask questions with "no questions are dumb questions" policy! The turnaround time for setting up meetings, document preparations and getting responses to emails was very quick. I would highly recommend their services! Thank you very much!"Estate Planning Client
"Mr. Layton and his staff are great to work with. They are professional and really take an interest to meet your individual needs. I would highly recommend them to anyone for estate planning, Trusts, and all power of attorney documents."Trust & Estate Planning Client
"Tim and team are top notch! Great at what they do and incredible supporters of the Bloomington/Normal community...highly recommend!"Not-For-Profit Organization Client
“As a first-time executor of an estate, I sought advice from the Leighton Legal Group. Attorney Tim Leighton and Paralegal Emily Kaloupek filed my father's will in court and prepared a small estate affidavit for me. When I reached a bureaucratic stalemate while processing a beneficiary claim to an annuity inheritance, I again asked for their assistance. They gave me contact information for the individual in charge of the company's annuities department who then facilitated processing of my claim. In all my communications with the Leighton legal team, whether in person, or via teleconference, telephone, or email, they were professional, cordial, and patient with my many questions. They significantly eased the emotional stress of settling my dad's estate, and I am grateful for their wise counsel and compassion throughout the process. I have complete confidence in their abilities and wholeheartedly recommend their service.”Estate Administration Client
“My husband and I went to Tim Leighton for estate planning purposes 13 years ago and again most recently. Tim and Emily helped us when we were in a crunch with regards to time. They were patient, knowledgeable and very accommodating. Turn around time in getting our documents edited was impressive. It has been a pleasure to work with Tim & Emily. They made the experience of dealing with estate planning most people dread very manageable! Highly recommend!”Trust & Estate Planning Client
“Attorney Leighton did a great job helping Mom with her will and power of attorney He was so patient and kind making her feel quite comfortable It was a wonderful experience Emily was so very helpful and efficient I would recommend this firm to everyone.”Daughter of Estate Planning Client
“Thank you for all your help with our estate documents, and especially helping my mom. She confessed she felt nervous and how surprised she was that you made it a pleasurable experience and a few good laughs in the process. Thank you for helping all of us. You were so nice, accommodating, efficient, and truly did make it a nice experience.”Estate Planning Client
“A very pleasant experience. Emily was on the ball and Tim did a great job explaining the process. Thank you for the great service!!!!”Estate Planning Client
“Tim helped us accomplish our goals. I liked his knowledge and personality. My family was impressed as well.”Estate Planning Client
“Friendly, knowledgeable and efficient.”Estate Planning Client
“Tim and Emily were polite, easy to deal with and responsive. Would recommend.”Estate Planning Client
“You all are so friendly and encouraging. I truly appreciated how you'd check in with me occasionally to prevent me from slacking. 🙂 Emily is amazing!”Estate Planning Client
“Professional. Very communicative. Accommodating. Mindful of Covid protocols. Very happy with their services.”Estate Planning Client
“They prepare a will and powers of attorney documents for my husband and myself. They also gave us some information so we could make some other decisions and contact individuals, which we hadn't thought about. Ease of communication and efficiency. Emily was extremely helpful and knowledgeable. We were very pleased.”Estate Planning Client
"We came to the firm to get a family will and trust. They were knowledgeable and very patiently answered all our questions."Trust & Estate Planning Client
"We were responding to suggested revisions in several legal documents concerning our children. The firm brought to our attention suggested revisions to our estate plan, listened to our concerns, and addressed the issues to our satisfaction in a timely manner. We appreciated their professionalism and guidance. Well done."Estate Planning Client
"Leighton Legal Group really knows what they are doing and have pleasant personalities. They really talked to you so you understood everything and were so nice."Estate Planning Client
"Professional, but casual. Friendly and accommodating."Trust & Estate Planning and Not-For-Profit Organization Client
“Prompt, courteous, thorough.”Estate Planning Client
"We liked the willingness to explain the process in legal terms as well as in a way that is easily accessible to those without experience with the legal system. They were prompt in all correspondence. They were thorough, well organized, friendly and professional. We couldn’t have been happier with the services we received from Leighton Legal Group. We are pleased to have found such a knowledgeable and friendly advisor in our own neighborhood. Going forward, Leighton Legal Group will be our first choice for advice or reference in all legal matters."Trust & Estate Planning Client
"Mr. Leighton appeared very knowledgeable and was extremely helpful in explaining the many details. We liked their patience! This was an eye opening experience for us. We had to have many uncomfortable conversations with people and that took quite a bit of time. The law firm was very supportive and understanding. Thank you for your excellent services! We will definitely recommend you to others we know who may need similar services!"Trust & Estate Planning Client
"They were thorough and detailed. The communication style and follow through was fantastic."Estate Planning Client
"Tim helped me update my will. He came across as trustworthy and genuinely caring."Estate Planning Client
“The consult that Tim gave me on my mother’s affairs sealed the deal. He was helpful, considerate & informative on what actions I needed to do. The will and POA was explained and feel much better knowing my children will have things lined out for them.”Estate Administration & Estate Planning Client
“I needed to update my will and power of attorney after a recent divorce. They listened to my needs and wishes, made appropriate suggestions and followed through in a timely manner. Excellent communication!”Estate Planning Client
"5Khaos prides itself on bringing Central Illinois a local fundraising mud run through its 100% volunteer board. While the mud, obstacles, and generous supporters provide proceeds to local tax exempt organizations, we couldn’t do it without the guidance of Leighton Legal Group. 5Khaos creates obstacles while the expertise of Leighton Legal Group provides a map through the legal terrain. We truly value their guidance and professionalism."President of 5Khaos, Inc.
"My wife and I recently worked with you to complete a Will, a Trust, and a Living Will. I wanted to let you know how much it meant to us to have this complete. It gives us great peace of mind to know that the government doesn’t get to decide what happens to our children if something were to happen to myself, my wife or both of us. This has been some of the best money we have ever spent."Trust & Estate Planning Client
"Tim Leighton is my business attorney who represented me buying in and selling out my business... He's a great guy, family man, and good steward in our community. I would highly recommend Leighton Legal Group."Business Client
"Mr. Leighton promised my family peace of mind when he helped our parents with their plans. After they died, we found out he was right. His explanations were clear and his charges reasonable."Son of Estate Planning Client
"I would like to take the opportunity to thank you for the outstanding job you've done through the years as the attorney for me and Cornerstone Card Processing, Inc. Your advice and professional guidance as my partners and I grew the business was outstanding."Cornerstone Card Processing, Inc.
"I was pleased with your handling of my mother's affairs. Wishing the best to you and your family."Son of Estate Planning Client