Around Our Offices: July 7, 2015

We recently came across an interesting TED Talk in which Tom Brokaw had a conversation with his daughter, Jennifer. During the talk, Tom admitted that “unfortunately, I don’t know a lot about my living will. In fact, I’m not even sure where it is at this point.”
You can click here to watch the video. It’s only about 20 minutes long.
It’s always nice to see that celebrities are real people with real problems, and Tom’s case raises a few important questions.

  • Does your living will still reflect your wishes? There are many reasons why you may want to update your living will and/or healthcare power of attorney: Has your relationship with your family changed? Is your agent still able and willing to act on your behalf? Has your health changed? Have your beliefs changed? Have you moved? Please contact our office IL office at 217-465-1234 or our IN office at 812-134-2777 if you’d like to review your estate plan.
  • Have you discussed your wishes with your family? Tom and his daughter are having this conversation, have you talked about what you want (and don’t want) with those you love?
  • Do you know where your living will is? Unfortunately, we we hear all the time from clients who, like Tom Brokaw, created their documents years ago and have no idea where they are. This is why we offer you DocuBank!

Tom Brokaw admits he doesn’t know where his living will is. This is a common problem, which is why we work with DocuBank. Your DocuBank Emergency Card lets you and your doctor access your living will & other emergency info immediately when needed. It’s like you have your documents right in your pocket! If your membership has lapsed, you can contact them toll-free at 866-362-8226 to reactive it.
We want to make sure that you stay ahead of Tom Brokaw! It’s important that your living will and advance directives reflect your true wishes, and that you know where they are and can access them when they’re needed.
Please give our office a call at 217-465-1234 or 812-234-2777 to review your Health Care Documents. Please don’t want until it’s too late!
Best Regards,
Dave, Rick, Kaye and the FBLO staff

Around the Offices: May 6, 2015

May is not only Older Americans Month, it’s also Elder Law Month. We know that aging means many new and exciting opportunities, but it also brings with it some new concerns. For some, this could mean planning for long-term care. Here are some of the concerns we frequently hear from people considering medicaid. If you have questions for yourself or a loved one, attend one of our seminars, then talk to one of our attorneys.

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Around the Offices: May 1, 2015

Welcome to May, Older Americans Month. But where did the observance come from and what does that mean?
When Older Americans Month was established in 1963, only 17 million living Americans had reached their 65th birthday. About a third of older Americans lived in poverty and there were few programs to meet their needs. Interest in older Americans and their concerns was growing. A meeting in April 1963 between President John F. Kennedy and members of the National Council of Senior Citizens led to designating May as “Senior Citizens Month,” the prelude to “Older Americans Month.”
Historically, Older Americans Month has been a time to acknowledge the contributions of past and current older persons to our country, in particular those who defended our country. Every President since Kennedy has issued a formal proclamation during or before the month of May asking that the entire nation pay tribute in some way to older persons in their communities. Older Americans Month is celebrated across the country through ceremonies, events, fairs, and other such activities.

What will you be doing to pay tribute? Let us know
 so we can join you, and use ‪#‎OAM15‬ on social media to see efforts across the country!


Around the Offices: April 30, 2015


Frisse & Brewster Law Offices attorney L. Kaye DeSelms Dent will be visiting Charleston High School to celebrate Law Day, an event observed on May 1st to encourage students to develop their own informed decisions concerning current events, law and justice. For more information about Law Day, the Public Interest Law Initiative, and to see other Law Day events, read the full article:

Law Day Press Release

Around the Offices: April 30, 2015

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Pictured here are scholarship committee members for the Coles-Cumberland Bar Association Law School Scholarship, which was awarded to James Alexander “Alex” Gano, Charleston, and Mariah Wallace, Charleston. From left are Janett Winter-Black of the Law Offices of Winter-Black & Baker, Mattoon; Mark Ferguson of Ferguson Law Office, Mattoon; R. Sean Hocking of Craig & Craig, LLC Attorneys at Law, Mattoon; John Barger of Craig & Craig, LLC Attorneys at Law, Mattoon; and L. Kaye DeSelms Dent of Frisse & Brewster Law Offices, Paris.

Coles-Cumberland Bar Association awards 2nd annual scholarship

James Alexander “Alex” Gano, Charleston, and Mariah Wallace, Charleston, recently were awarded the Coles-Cumberland Bar Association Law School Scholarship in the amount of $500 each.

Gano currently attends law school at the University of Colorado-Boulder and upon graduation from Eastern Illinois University this May, Wallace will attend law school at the University of Iowa.

“Mr. Gano and Ms. Wallace were chosen from several qualified applicants based on their academic record, connection with Coles and Cumberland counties and financial need,” said Mark Ferguson, association member and chairman of the scholarship committee. “We are very encouraged to assist these two young professionals as they begin their law careers.”

The Coles-Cumberland Bar Association Law School Scholarship Program is open to law students who have a close connection to Coles County and/or Cumberland County communities. Applicants are evaluated for their academic and extracurricular achievements, for their background and financial need, and for their connection to communities throughout Coles and/or Cumberland counties.

The Coles-Cumberland Bar Association comprises a group of lawyers who have an office or home in Coles or Cumberland counties. The purposes of the Coles-Cumberland Bar Association are to establish closer relationship and cooperation with the Illinois State Bar Association, and through it, the American Bar Association; to exert an influence for good on the life of the community; to promote the efficient administration of justice and the constant improvement of the law; to elevate the standards of integrity, honor and courtesy in the legal profession; and to cultivate a spirit of brotherhood and good fellowship among its members; to foster good will and a cooperation between the Bar and Judiciary to disseminate information and exchange of ideas relative to legal practice, procedure and ethics.

Both Coles and Cumberland counties are located in the Fifth Judicial Circuit and the Fourth Appellate District of the State of Illinois court system. The Fifth Judicial Circuit spans Clark, Coles, Cumberland, Edgar and Vermilion counties, with a tribunal in each.

The Fourth District Appellate Court covers the Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, and Eleventh Judicial Circuits of the State of Illinois, and is based in Springfield.

Around the Office: March 31, 2015

Attorneys Dave Frisse and Kaye DeSelms Dent are honored to be speaking at the NBI Seminar, Trusts 101, on May 21, 2015 in Champaign, IL. This event is for professionals, and offers continuing education credit for those in the following fields:

  • Attorneys
  • Accountants and CPAs
  • Trust Officers
  • Financial Planners
  • Tax Preparers
  • Paralegals

If you are interested in enrolling or would like to know more about the seminar, visit Trusts 101 Seminar

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Around the Office: March 18, 2015

Frisse & Brewster Law Offices is accepting resumes for secretarial and paraprofessional positions.   Paraprofessional position would involve all aspects of estate administration, including trust and probate settlement in Illinois.  Experience and knowledge with financial data, legal documents, asset transfers, Excel spreadsheets, internet and business office computer applications is important.  There will be significant responsibility and expectation of ability to confidently meet with clients and other professionals.  Position will be based in Paris, Illinois but some off-site work at our other facilities in Effingham, Illinois or Terre Haute, Indiana  is feasible.  Must be willing to work independently as well as in a team.  Send resume and letter via email (not US mail or in person) to


Around the Office: March 12, 2015

Attorney Rick Brewster had the opportunity to talk about Elder Law issues at a recent Dine With A Doc event. If you’d like to know more about the services we offer, find an upcoming workshop that suits your schedule. And, if you are a member of a group you think would benefit from our attorneys’ expertise, contact us to discuss a guest speaking opportunity!

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Tools You Can Use: February 13, 2015

If you own a business, you have undoubtedly poured your blood, sweat, and tears into it over the years. What happens to your business after you move on, either to another project, into retirement, or as a result of death or disability, is often something that weighs heavily on owners. Most clients tell us that success means leaving a business:

1. On the date they choose (Setting the Target Departure Date)
2. For the cash they want or need (Determining the Amount Needed from the Sale of the Business)
3. To the successor they choose (Choosing Your Successor)

These three articles discuss these goals. If you would like to talk to one of our attorneys about your specific business and goals, call today to get the conversation started!

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Around the Web: September 22, 2014

When a beloved celebrity dies, we are often privy to some or all of their estate plan. As Dan Caplinger observes in this article, Robin Williams and Joan Rivers are two instances in which trusts were used to successfully carry out their creator’s last wishes. Mr. Caplinger’s article on Daily Finance talks about why trusts aren’t just for those we see on the red carpet. If you have questions about whether a trust is the right estate planning option for you, get in touch with one of our offices!

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