Agricultural Law

Experienced Agricultural Law Guidance in Illinois

Illinois real estate matters are often complicated. When those real estate issues involve agricultural property, it can be even more complex. Whether you are considering purchasing or selling land, need guidance regarding a partition action, have a lease question, or have other agricultural concerns, an experienced attorney can assist you in making informed legal decisions.

I - Barry Hines, Attorney at Law - have helped Springfield area farmers and investors for more than 35 years. I am also a member of the Agricultural Law Section Council of the Illinois State Bar Association. I have been rated AV* by Martindale-Hubbell. I understand the struggles you are facing, and I have the experience needed to resolve your concerns. Call 217-953-4051 or contact me online to schedule an appointment.

Representing Farmers, Land Owners and Investors

Whether you own farm land as an investment or as your livelihood, it is important to make smart legal decisions. For more than three decades, I have helped clients accomplish their goals such as:

  • Buying and selling farms and tracts of land
  • Partition lawsuits
  • Quiet title actions and deed concerns
  • Auction sale of farms
  • Farm leases
  • Creating or enforcing easements
  • Resolving zoning issues
  • Litigation to resolve real estate disputes
  • Estate tax planning for farmers
  • Eminent domain issues
  • 1031 property exchanges
  • Coal, oil, mineral and wind power
  • Hunting leases
  • Settling Decedents' Estates

Whether you are farming the land as an owner/operator, as lessee, or you are involved in agriculture as an investment or a family heritage, I can provide the experienced legal representation you need. Whether you are dealing with tenants, arguing with government entities, or struggling with general agricultural law issues, I will help you avoid potential problems and reach a positive solution. My experience has been both in and out of the courtroom. I have handled easement disputes, partitions, quiet title actions, condemnation cases and lease disputes.

Court cases in Illinois over the past ten years include very few published opinions involving farm leases. One of the cases I tried was Daugherty v. Burns, 331 Ill.App.3d 526 (4 th Dist. 2002) in the trial court. The Appellate Court affirmed in the Fourth District that by custom the farm year runs from March 1 st to February 28 th for the purpose of giving timely notice to terminate an oral farm lease.

Call 217-953-4051 or contact me online to schedule an appointment. As your lawyer, I will protect your interests and guide you to informed legal decisions.