Wills and Trusts
Pamela J. Apke (formerly Thoele) practices mainly in the areas of estate planning, real estate, tax planning, corporate law and planning, and estate administration.
Ms. Apke was sworn in as an attorney at law on November 4, 1999, after passing the Illinois Bar Exam. She attended and received her law degree from Southern Illinois University School of Law in May, 1999. Ms. Apke joined The Law Group as an associate upon her admittance to the bar. She is licensed to practice law by the Illinois Supreme Court, and is also admitted to the United States District Court for the Southern and Central Districts of Illinois.
While in law school, Ms. Apke qualified for the Dean's List for high academic achievement during the Spring of 1998 and 1999. Ms. Apke received academic distinction for her study of agricultural law. She was chosen to participate on the school's National Trial Competition Moot Court Team in both 1998 and 1999. Ms. Apke holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting, which was conferred upon her by Southern Illinois University in May, 1996.
As an estate planner, Ms. Apke provides advice to her clients on the transfer of property at death, ways to avoid probate, and methods of minimizing estate and other tax consequences. Pam has experience planning a wide range of estates,from those requiring simple wills and powers of attorney to those requiring sophisticated estate planning tools. Ms. Apke is uniquely qualified in the process of exchanging real estate to minimize capital gains in accordance with §1031 of the Internal Revenue Code.
Ms. Apke has participated in Estate Planning Seminars as a guest lecturer. Pamela concentrates on the basics of estate planning as well as post-mortem matters, focusing on the transfer of family farming assets. Ms. Apke has lectured for the University of Illinois Extension Service, Illinois Farmer's Union, and the Illinois State Retirement System.
Pamela Apke is a member of the American Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, Fayette County Bar Association and the Effingham County Bar Association.
Ms. Apke is a graduate of Teutopolis High School and currently resides in Dieterich with her husband, Larry, and their three children, Lane, Cecilia Jo and Lance.
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