Within each of our practice areas, there is one constant. We are solutions-oriented lawyers. Our underlying goal in every matter is to put our clients in the best possible position. You can trust that we will take every measure within the law to help you move forward on favorable terms.

Criminal Defense

Our law firm represents clients facing all types of felony and misdemeanor charges, including:
  • DUI
  • Drug charges
  • Domestic violence
  • Theft, fraud, shoplifting and other property crimes
  • Sex crimes
  • Expungement
  • Traffic Offenses
  • Ordinance Violations

A criminal accusation can be a life-changing event. It can lead not only to serious penalties, such as probation, fines and even incarceration, but other consequences as well. For example, a conviction can make it harder to get a job or to keep the job you have. In addition, a criminal conviction can do real damage to your reputation. For these and other reasons, it is vital to hire a skilled defense lawyer as soon as you are able. At Alcorn Nelson LLC, we are serious about protecting your rights.

Whatever the situation, you can rely on us to prepare your case with the intention of taking it to trial. We review every piece of evidence, looking closely to see if any evidence was acquired through illegal means. If there are grounds to suppress any of the evidence in your case, we will file all appropriate pretrial motions to have this evidence suppressed. While working on the case, presenting pretrial motions and preparing for trial, we negotiate from a position of strength potential plea bargains. This gives you as many options as possible

Our methods have led to successful outcomes for our clients time and time again, either in the form of acquittal at trial, a dismissal of the charges, or a reduction of the charges. With our firm on your side, you can have confidence we will do everything possible to seek a favorable outcome.

Employment Law

Every employer, regardless of its size or position in the industry, needs to work with legal counsel that instinctively understands its legal and business goals. Conversely, any employee contemplating legal action against a current or former employer needs a lawyer who is ready to take effective action. At Alcorn Nelson LLC, our Galesburg law firm has a versatile, comprehensive employment practice.

Attorney Daniel Alcorn leads our firm's work in this area, representing employers and employees alike. We understand employment matters from both perspectives. This allows us to anticipate and overcome potential obstacles, whether we are representing employers or an employee.

Representing Employers

We represent employers in both litigation and in an advisory capacity. Our work in this area involves appearing before administrative and regulatory bodies such as the EEOC, Illinois Department of Human Rights, Illinois Human Rights Commission, Illinois Department of Employment Security, Illinois Department of Labor and other agencies. We also represent employers in investigations before OSHA, the Illinois Department of Labor, U.S. Department of Labor and other agencies.

Whenever possible, we are proactive in our representation, helping our employer clients minimize liability and risk. To this end, we also advise employers on how best to comply with various state and federal employment-related regulations. When necessary, we prepare training seminars, employment manuals and other documents to achieve these goals. Dan prepares policies and contracts for employers as well.

Representing Employees

Our employment law lawyer serves employees who have been wronged by their current or former employer in some capacity. For example, we represent employees in employment discrimination and wage and hour cases before both administrative bodies and in court.

Our law firm also serves people who have been denied unemployment benefits. Whatever your case involves, you can rely on Alcorn Nelson LLC to provide tough, strategic representation geared toward accomplishing your specific goals.

Family Law

We assist clients with the full scope of family law matters, including:

  • Divorce
  • Parenting Time and Parental Responsibilities (formerly custody)
  • Child support
  • Maintenance (also known as alimony)
  • Property division
  • Mediation
  • Paternity
  • Enforcement of divorce orders
  • Guardianship
  • Adoption

Divorce, child custody and other family law issues are emotional matters. Reaching agreement with a spouse on important decisions can be challenging and stressful. A number of family law attorneys tout their tenacious approach to standing tall for your rights and battling for the upper hand in family law disputes. While that may sound impressive, the biggest winners in these situations are the lawyers themselves, who rack up attorney's fees while the two parties extend the process by trying to tear each other apart.

At Alcorn Nelson LLC, we believe a solutions-first attitude can be employed in family law matters while maintaining the ability to protect your personal rights and put you in the best possible position to enjoy your post-divorce life.

This approach reduces stress for the opposing parties as well as their children, increases long-term satisfaction with agreements such as parenting plans, and typically leaves everyone involved in a better financial position.

Real Estate

In our real estate practice, we take on all types of matters, including:

  • Title searches
  • Preparing deeds, purchase contracts, leases, mortgages, contracts for deeds and other real estate documents
  • Referrals

Any person or business considering the purchase or sale of real estate needs to enlist the services of knowledgeable legal counsel as soon as possible. By working with a skilled real estate attorney, you can ensure that your transaction is conducted smoothly. At Alcorn Nelson LLC, our Galesburg-based law firm represents buyers and sellers of commercial and residential real estate across West Central Illinois in a broad range of real estate transactions. In every matter, we are committed to minimizing potential surprises and delivering attentive client service at each point in the process.

Our lawyers are assisted by Marcy Scott Alcorn, our real estate paralegal. Prior to joining our firm, Marcy worked for more than 12 years as a closer, construction escrow specialist, title examiner and title searcher for one of the largest real estate insurers in the United States. With this experience, we are ready and able to effectively manage your transaction.

As part of our real estate practice, we also represent clients on either side of real estate disputes, including breach of contract and landlord-tenant disputes. With decades of litigation experience, our lawyers are well-situated to help you arrive at an equitable solution.

Business law

We assist clients with the full scope of business law, including:

  • Creating and Advising Business Associations such as Corporations, Partnerships, and Limited Liability Companies
  • Dissolving Corporations, Partnerships, and Limited Liability Companies
  • Preparing Bylaws, Resolutions, Operating Agreements, Shareholder Agreements
  • Filing Trademarks
  • Preparing Business Contracts
  • Commercial Law and Collections
  • Representing Businesses in Borrowing Transactions

Anyone who has started or desires to start a business knows that there are many legal questions that come up both during the start-up phase and as your business grows.  Every business transaction brings with it the opportunity for financial success and the risk of loss or harm. Here at Alcorn Nelson LLC, our experience and knowledge can help you as an individual wanting to start a business, or help you as an existing business to realize that success in all of your business law needs.

Our attorneys have vast experience in the realm of business law.   Whether it’s helping a new business through the process of incorporation, helping a business deal with payments that never arrived or helping a business to grow through the filing of a trademark or contract review, our lawyers are well equipped to deal with the many ways the law may impact your business.

Our business attorneys assist clients daily with forming, managing, merging and acquiring corporate entities; drafting, reviewing, and enforcing contracts of sale, management, or other effect; preparing commercial loan documentation and defending the client’s reading of it, often in collection actions, loan workouts, or priority disputes; providing advice regarding real estate development and transactions, whether commercial, residential, or industrial - including leases and investments; assisting farmers and other agribusiness entities with their formation, operation, and transactions; determining tax consequences and liability of business decisions; and filing for bankruptcy as a debtor or seeking collection of debt as a creditor.

Bankruptcy law

Each year since the bankruptcy laws were re-written in 2005, the bankruptcy process has become much more complicated. It takes an experienced bankruptcy attorney to successfully navigate you through the system. That’s why you need Pamela S. Wilcox who has a proven record of always doing what’s best for each client. She and Kim, her paralegal, are there to protect your rights.

Nobody wants to be in a difficult financial situation. Nobody intends for it to happen. Fortunately, there's help right around the corner with Pamela S. Wilcox in Galesburg. Contact us today and schedule your FREE consultation to get on the road to recovery. Very few lawyers in Central Illinois return all phone calls within 24 hours. Even fewer have over 25 years of experience in helping people with financial problems. Your financial situation might seem like the end of the work, but it’s about to get better.

    Bankruptcy Options

    Chapter 7 is designed for people having financial difficulty paying their monthly bills. As soon as the bankruptcy is filed, you immediately receive relief from collection actions of creditors: they cannot call, write, sue, or take any steps that could be considered an attempt to collect the debt. When the Chapter 7 case is over, you receive a discharge. The discharge continues the protection from creditors taking any steps to try to collect your unsecured debts.

    People who file Chapter 7 can usually qualify if their average household gross monthly income for the last six months is below the state's Median Income.  There is an Illinois exemption law which determines assets you can keep when you file bankruptcy.  Most Chapter 7 debtors can usually exempt, or keep, most or all of their assets under Illinois law.

    Chapter 13 gives you a chance to catch up overdue mortgage or car payments, pay past due taxes and domestic support obligations. It also comes in handy when you have the ability to repay some or all of your debts over time, are not eligible for Chapter 7, or need to protect your assets.
     
    A Chapter 13 plan is usually for five years, and how the plan works depends on your specific financial needs. After finishing the plan payments, most, and often all, of your unsecured debts are discharged.

    The Process

    When you work with Pam to evaluate your situation, she will review your financial documents, including six months of pay stubs, four years of income tax returns, a completed questionnaire, six months of bank statements, and your bills.

    Accurate advice cannot be provided until a case evaluation is completed, which is why a thorough evaluation is critical. Once the best bankruptcy option is determined and Pam Wilcox is on your side, your future will seem much brighter.

    The Means Test

    When the bankruptcy laws were rewritten in 2005, a “means test” review was added as the first step to determine whether you are eligible to file a Chapter 7 or must file a Chapter 13. The means test generally compares your household income to the State of Illinois’ current median income for a household of your size. If your household income is lower than the median you are not barred from filing a Chapter 7 based on the means test. If it is higher, further testing must be done to determine whether you may file a Chapter 7 or must file a Chapter 13 and make a plan payment on your debts