Attorney Profile

Providing Exceptional Representation Based on Mutual Trust and Respect

I began practicing law here in Springfield, Illinois, in 1972, with Barber & Barber, which eventually became Barber, Segatto, Hoffee and Hines. In 2008, I opened by own practice, so I could provide more attention to my clients and work directly with them to find personalized solutions to their problems.

In 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019, I was recognized as No. 1 in the Top Ten Agricultural Leading Lawyers in Illinois by Leading Lawyers Magazine. In 2015 and 2019, I was recognized as No. 1 in the Top Ten Down-State Real Estate-Related Leading Lawyers in Illinois, and in 2018, No. 2. Additionally, I have been included as one of the Top 100 Leading Down-State Business Lawyers in Illinois and one of the Top 100 Leading Down-State Consumer Lawyers in Illinois, all by Leading Lawyer Magazine.

In 2012, 2015 and 2018, I was appointed a member of the Board of Directors of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation.

"I have authored legal publications including Sales, Exchanges, Auctions of Farm Real Estate (1983), Overview of Probate (1984), Understanding and Planning for IRC 2057: It's Not Just for Farms (2001), Election Law: Media and Broadcasting (2002) and "Land Trusts, Succession Planning, & Other Estate Planning Issues Involving Farmland" all for the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education; Section 1031 Real Estate Exchanges (2005) for Lorman Education Services; Hot Topics in Agricultural Law (2008): Cash, Variable Cash, Production & Share Leases: Issues & Forms, Donald L. Uchtmann & Barry O. Hines, "Illinois Boundary Law"(2016) and "Private Raile Crossings" (2019) for the Illinois State Bar Association; and taped for the ISBA Quick Take Video Series a segment on Illinois Boundary Law (2017) and Farm Leases (2019) and for the National Business Institute, "Planning for a Full or Partial Outright Sale or Gift of Farmland" (2013), "Agricultural Use Valuation,"(2013) and "Probate Litigation" (2015). I am a member of the Illinois State Bar Association Ag Law Section Council and Chair of its Continuing Legal Education Committee."

I have served farmers and their families for the last 40 years. I know the problems you face as you work to grow your business and see that it gets passed on to your heirs. I will help you with both of these issues by crafting solutions that best fir your needs.

I am experienced in contesting matters involving estates and real property issues, which was affirmed on appeal finding the Illinois farm year for oral leases to run March 1 to February 28. I handled the trial of Daugherty v. Burns, 331 Ill. App. 32562. Earlier in my career, I handled First Amendment matters. During my career, I have successfully argued several cases before the Illinois Supreme Court and the Fourth District Appellate Court of Illinois.

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Call me, Barry Hines, Attorney at Law, at 888-341-5178 or contact me online to schedule an appointment.