About My Firm
Established in 1906, the law firm of Parish & Castleman has been known by several different names throughout its 100-year history. However, my firm’s emphasis on quality legal services and client-centered representation has remained the same. I am attorney Darrel F. Parish, and my team is comprised of individuals who have strong ties to the local community and are involved in local and legal organizations here in central Illinois.
Raised on a farm near Harristown, Illinois, I graduated from the University of Illinois, College of Agriculture in 1972 with a Bachelor of Science degree in agricultural economics. I went on to the college of law in 1975. I have been practicing law for over 40 years with a focus on all matters related to estate planning, estate administration and probate. I also handle real estate and business transactions, litigation and personal injury matters.
Licensed to practice in all Illinois courts, including state courts and federal courts, I can also appear in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit. I am admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court. I have served as chairman of the Agricultural Law Section Council of the Illinois State Bar Association in 2004 and 2005.
I am married to Joanna Parish, a guidance counselor at MacArthur High School.
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Efficient Resolutions For Your Legal Needs
I try to make dealing with complex legal matters as simple and straightforward as possible for my clients. By offering a range of services, I help clients not only with their initial case, but also with any other legal issues that may arise from that case. As an established firm that has roots in the Decatur area, my firm is a trusted ally that clients can rely on for all their legal needs.
I listen to clients and treat them with the respect they deserve. I build strong attorney-client relationships that last beyond the end of each case. My team can help you address numerous legal matters that you may need help with, such as:
- Estate planning — Including wills, trusts, living wills, powers of attorney for health care and property, inheritance concerns
- Probate litigation — Whether or not your loved one had a will, or if there is a dispute about your loved one’s final wishes
- Real estate — Residential, commercial or farmland purchases, leases or sales, agriculture law questions, drainage district concerns
- Business transactions — Contract review, drafting, negotiations, family business succession
- Personal injuries — The compensation you need for car accidents, truck collisions, motorcycle crashes or wrongful death of a loved one