A Strong Legal Ally For Downstate Farmers
I am Barry Hines, an agricultural law and estate planning attorney with more than 40 years of experience. My practice is focused on serving the legal needs of farmers, farm owners and farm families in the Springfield area and throughout downstate Illinois.
Knowing The Lay Of The Land
I began my career in 1972 with the law firm of Barber & Barber. In 2008, I established my own practice, a move that allowed me to provide my clients with more direct attention and personal service. I work closely with my clients to gain an understanding of their legal needs, business goals, families and overall plans for the future. With more than four decades of experience serving area farmers, I understand the nuances of the law and how they apply to agricultural life.
Respected In The Community
I work hard to earn the trust of clients and legal peers alike. From 2014 to 2019, I was recognized as No. 1 in the Top Ten Agricultural 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 Lawyers in Illinois by Leading Lawyers Magazine, and in 2018, No. 2. In 2019 I was
recognized as No. 5 in the Top Ten Down-State Trust, Wills, Estate Planning Lawyers by Leading
Lawyers Magazine. 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.
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A Focus On Farm Business And Life
Farmers and farm families face the same legal needs as people from other walks of life. You want to thrive financially, resolve legal disputes efficiently and provide for the future of your loved ones. I provide my clients with advice and representation focused on solving the legal challenges of farm life. The scope of my practice includes:
- Buying, selling and leasing farmland
- Estate planning and administration
- Succession planning
- Resolving real estate disputes
My legal knowledge, combined with my intimate understanding of farm life, have made me a trusted ally for farmers and farm families throughout the region.