James H. Nash
Nash Bean Ford & Brown, LLP

445 US Highway 6 East
Geneseo, IL 61254
TEL: (309) 944-2188

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About Nash Bean Ford & Brown, LLP

Nash Bean Ford & Brown, LLP is a firm focusing on estate planning, probate, trust administration and elder law issues. Based in Geneseo, IL, our mission is to provide residents of Geneseo and surrounding areas with quality estate planning resources, such as assistance with Living Trusts, Wills (simple & complex), Probate, Trust Administration, Powers of Attorney, Living Wills, Irrevocable Trusts, Family Limited Partnerships, and Charitable Giving. When you visit or call our office, we want you to feel comfortable discussing such an important issue concerning both you and your family. We want to arm you with the information you need to make an informed decision about your family's future. Visit our online Estate Planning Information Center to obtain timely, quality information on estate planning and related issues, including complimentary issues of our Special Reports and Estate Planning News articles. Residents of Geneseo and surrounding areas can register to attend our Estate Planning Seminars.

About James H. Nash

Even as a boy, James Nash knew he wanted to be a lawyer. Growing up in Northwestern Illinois, he was encouraged by his parents and had several excellent role models who helped him to follow his goal and make it a reality. As the senior partner at Nash Nash Bean & Ford, he focuses his practice primarily in the area of estate planning, together with wills, trusts, estate administration, business planning and civil litigation. Jim chose to emphasize the estate planning practice because it is one of the areas of law where there can be positive and constructive outcomes in most situations. Jim believes that high-quality estate planning must start with good organization and solid basic documents as the foundation upon which intermediate and advanced techniques can be developed if needed. He wants the process and the plan to be understood by his clients . . . a positive legal experience. The goal of understanding and positive participation by the client is a goal not taken lightly by the firm. Intermediate and advanced estate planning occurs when the client chooses to follow through with a plan to address some of the more difficult challenges for good estate planning. Quality estate planning is of real benefit and value for the individuals, families and small and medium-sized businesses involved in the process. Preserving assets and saving taxes is usually a good experience!


Mr. Nash is a member and Fellow of the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys, the Illinois State Bar Association and the Henry County Bar Association, of which he is a past president. Jim has served as chairman of Law Day and has several times been a presenter for the Peoples’ Law School lectures and activities, sponsored by the Bar Association for the public. He is also the founder of the radio program “Legal Minute,” which he and his partners have produced for several years. He is admitted to practice before all Courts of Illinois and the U.S. Federal District Court, and has been in private practice since 1973. He actively lectures to many groups on estate planning including fellow attorneys.


James Nash received his Juris Doctor from the Valparaiso University School of Law in 1973 where he was selected as Note Editor of the Law Review. He was also selected as a student member to the Faculty Committee and received the Vaughn Advocacy Award his senior year. He received his undergraduate studies in Political Science from Augustana College where he was active in extracurricular activities such as captain of the golf team (which competed in an NCAA championship), toured nationally with the Augustana choir, and has also had several positions of responsibility in the student government.


Jim lives in Geneseo, Illinois with his wife, Judi, who is a teacher and coach in the local schools. Their children have graduated from high school and are finishing college and experiencing their first jobs. He is an active member of the Rotary Club, has participated as a leader and coach in youth football, soccer, basketball, baseball, and golf. He enjoys outdoor activities, music, and his responsibilities in his local church. Jim also enjoys growing and transplanting trees, fishing, and providing encouragement to young people as they set out into the "real" world.

About the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys

The Academy is a national organization dedicated to promoting excellence in estate planning by providing its exclusive membership of attorneys with up-to-date research on estate and tax planning, educational materials, and other important resources to empower them to provide superior estate planning services. The Academy expects members to have at least 36 hours of legal education each year specifically in estate, tax, probate and/or elder law subjects. To ensure this goal is met, the Academy provides over 40 hours of continuing legal education each year. Since 1993, the Academy has also been a highly-regarded and sought-after resource for attorneys and consumers alike, and has been recognized by Consumer Reports, Suze Orman in her book, 9 Steps to Financial Freedom and numerous times by Money Magazine.