Brooke A. Didier Starks is a shareholder attorney with the law firm of Meyer Capel in Champaign, Illinois. She concentrates her practice on all matters related to estate planning and administration, where she focuses her expertise on trusts, wills, tax planning, probate, wealth preservation, farm and business succession to serve her clients throughout the State of Illinois. Clients appreciate Brooke's straight-forward and easygoing style which she was recently able to share on WDWS AM1400. Others have commented that she is "great to work with" and does "the best job helping us think through our will and planning."
Brooke has counseled numerous fiduciaries through administration of estate plans and enjoys working closely with both executors and trustees to efficiently reach satisfactory results for all involved. She enjoys partnering with business owners to develop plans for liability protection and business succession as well as agricultural clients looking to transition wealth to future generations. She takes pride in offering timely, conscientious and responsive legal advice and has collected more than a decade of experience counseling clients through high net worth estate transactions as well as matters of sensitive personal value.
Brooke earned her B.A. from Monmouth College and her J.D. from the University of Illinois. She began her career with Meyer Capel in 2001 and calls the micro-urban Champaign-Urbana area her home. She is a member of the American, Illinois, and Champaign County Bar Associations, and the Eastern Illinois Estate Planning Council. A firm believer in volunteerism, she has served on boards and committees of several organizations, currently chairing the Board of Trustees of the Community Foundation of East Central Illinois, serving on the advisory board of Girls on the Run of Champaign County, volunteering as a youth basketball and softball coach for the Village of Mahomet and serving as a book mentor for Champaign Unit 4 pre-K. She enjoys speaking to civic groups on assorted estate planning and administration matters, and has served on the faculty for the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education.
Away from the practice of law, Brooke enjoys spending time outdoors running, gardening, and playing with her family. She has been profiled by the Illinois Supreme Court's Commission on Professionalism where she discussed the importance of mentors and technology and interviewed by the She Said Project where she talked about her love of family. When she happens to have spare time, she likes to camp, cook and plan her next adventure. She makes her home in rural Champaign County with her husband and two children.