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Brooke Didier Starks is an estate planning attorney with more than 20 years of experience helping midwest families with wills and trusts, wealth preservation, farm and business succession planning, and probate and estate administration.
An Illinois native, Brooke grew up in a small town of 3,500 people before attending Monmouth College (in a slightly larger town) and law school at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana which felt like a city compared to where she grew up. With roots in the rural Midwest, Brooke understands the planning challenges facing families, and she especially enjoys working with clients in the agricultural sector, although she welcomes the opportunity to meet a broad and diverse array of clientele.
Brooke’s candid, down-to-earth style allows her to meet clients where they are, get them unstuck, and help them move toward creating the legacies they want to leave for their families and communities. Her life experiences and her decades of experience in estate planning helped Brooke form the philosophy on which her company is built: Explain. Equip. Empower. Most people know that they need to do some estate planning, but have something that’s holding them back. Brooke erases any expectations that clients should have it all figured out and instead opts to explain the possibilities, equip them to make informed decisions, and empower them to put into action the plans they have developed.
Brooke is married to Lee, a retired law enforcement officer, and is the number one fan of her son, Mikane and daughter, Reese. She’s also a volunteer, an advocate, and a friend. She’s a servant leader and a do-er and when she sees something that needs done, she does it. That spirit inspired her to co-found the women’s community 5 Things, an organization that caters to the way working women network differently and provides them with the opportunity to do it in a high-capacity, laid-back atmosphere.
When not working or being active in her community, Brooke enjoys jogging, traveling, hiking, growing things, theme parties, hanging out with her family (often on the bleachers of a school sporting event), reading lots of books and watching ridiculous movies.
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