Areas of Practice

Our areas of practice cover a wide range – from estate planning for individuals to working with government entities.  We are able to look at the tiny details, as well as the big picture to benefit and protect our clients. Our depth of practice areas means our clients have access to responsive, cost-effective, and specialized representation.

For many years Johnson & Taylor has been engaged with clients throughout the region – maintaining an outstanding reputation for professional excellence in each of our areas of practice.

Estate Planning & Probate Administration

  • Wills and trusts
  • Powers of Attorney for property and health care
  • Charitable planning
  • Small estate affidavits
  • Business and farm succession planning
  • Probate administration

Agricultural Law

  • Farm leases (Cash rent, crop share, and variable cash rent)
  • Land trusts
  • Farm land sales/purchases
  • Drainage law/tile easements
  • Wind tower and cell tower leases/easements
  • Pipeline, gas, public utility and fiber optic easements
  • Farm auctions
  • Partition of farm ground
  • 1031 Exchanges
  • Organization and structure (LLCs, S/C corporations, partnerships)


  • Preparation of income tax returns
  • Gift and estate tax returns
  • Response to IRS and IL Dept. of Revenue letters

Real Estate

  • Sale/purchase of residential, commercial, agricultural property
  • Leases



(Fire Districts, Park Districts, Drainage Districts and Villages)
  • Annual Trustee’s Reports
  • Ordinances and compliance
  • Estimate of Revenues
  • Prevailing Wage Act
  • Annual financial reports
  • Annual meetings
  • Preparation of agenda and minutes
  • FOIA compliance
  • Sexual harassment compliance
  • Appropriation Ordinance
  • Levy Ordinance
  • Truth in Taxation certification

“As a trustee for the Cabery Area Fire Protection District I have witnessed first-hand their knowledge with the ins and outs of maintaining the financial and legal aspects of a Fire District. I know that help is always just a phone call away.”  – Patrick Koerner


Charitable Organizations

  • Organization and structure
  • IRS 990s and Illinois AG-990
  • Secretary of State’s Annual Reports
  • Response to IRS and Illinois Attorney General letters