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The legal team at Dove & Dove represents clients across nine counties throughout Central Illinois and also those visiting the Lake Shelbyville area. We are a general practice law firm offering services both civil and criminal to our clients, while at the same time offering deep experience to cover a broad range of legal needs.
We pride ourselves in having a down-to-earth approach and a reputation that centers upon looking out for who is most important…
Have You Covered.
Many of our clients hire us to represent them in matters regarding common, everyday matters involving wills, trusts, probate, and estates, as well as business-related matters – from small businesses to large corporations, real estate transactions, including rental property, and landlord and tenant disputes.
We’ve also won countless family law-related matters, including divorce, paternity, child visitation, child support, child custody cases, parental responsibility cases, and granting parental visitations. We provide representation for adoptions, guardianships, and termination of parental rites. And further, we work to protect clients through orders of protection and domestic abuse representation.
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History of Service.
With over 100 years of continuous legal service to the community, we’ve established a long, successful history and a reputation for top-notch customer service, quality representation, and standards which will meet and exceed your best interests.
Our attorneys take pride in practicing in the highest traditions of legal excellence, ethical conduct, and successful outcomes: traditions which for over a century have remained the hallmark of Dove & Dove, Attorneys at Law.
Theodore F. Dove
Theodore F. Dove graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University and was admitted to the practice before the Bar of Ohio in 1875.
In 1876 T. F. Dove began the practice of law in Shelbyville, Illinois with William H. Henry, which association continued until 1879. He was one of the directors of the Shelby County State Bank since the establishment of that institution in 1895 and was a leading spirit in its organization.
In 1904 he was joined in the practice by his sons, Franklin R. Dove and T. Clark Dove, with the firm name then becoming Dove & Dove, Attorneys at Law.
Theodore Clark Dove
Theodore C. Dove graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University and received his law degree from Northwestern University in 1904.
He was in practice with his nephew, Robert I. Dove. He served as Assistant Attorney General under Attorney General Kerner and also under Attorney General Cassidy and had charge largely of Inheritance Tax Matters.
His personal interests were in the field of banking and he was a director of the Shelby County State Bank of Shelbyville, IL.
Hon. Franklin Roy Dove
Judge Dove was an active practitioner from his admission to the bar in 1904 until his election as circuit judge in 1921.
He served on the bench of this circuit until his retirement in 1970. During this period he was Chief Judge for more than seven years. He served in the Appellate Court for the Second District of this State by appointment for a period of more than thirty years.
Judge Dove was nominated for a seat on the Illinois Supreme Court. He also served as a delegate to the Illinois Constitutional Convention in 1919.
Robert Ireland Dove
Robert Dove entered into practice with Dove & Dove in 1932. The firm was then comprised of his uncle, T.C. Dove.
He graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1928, and the University of Chicago, School of Law in 1932 with a Bachelor of Laws and the degree of Master of Laws. In 1963 he was appointed Judge of the State of Illinois, Court of Claims, to fill an unexpired term. He was re-appointed to that office May of 1965. Mr. Dove also served as a Justice of the Peace and was City Attorney of the City of Shelbyville for four terms, retiring from that position in 1972.
At his death, the firm was comprised of himself, his son, Franklin E. Dove, and Edward C. Eberspacher III.
Franklin Edward Dove
Franklin E. Dove graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1958. He received his Juris Doctorate in 1964 from Northwestern University in Chicago. He entered into practice with Dove & Dove in 1967 joining his father R. I Dove, after serving as First Assistant State’s Attorney for Macon County, Illinois.
From 1969 to 1970 he served as an elected delegate to the Illinois Constitutional Convention, where he was active on the Education Committee. That convention produced the current 1970 Illinois Constitution.
In 1972 he was an elected delegate to the Democratic National Convention. Mr. Dove served as an Assistant Illinois Attorney General for condemnation and land acquisition from 1985 to 1998 and as attorney for the Shelby County, Illinois Building Commission from 1995 until its dissolution. He served as City Attorney for the City of Shelbyville from 1972 to 1990 and from 1999 to 2003.
Edward Christian Eberspacher III
E. C. Eberspacher entered into the practice with Dove & Dove in 1974 with Franklin E. Dove and Robert I. Dove.
He graduated from the University of Illinois in 1971 and the University of Illinois School of Law in 1974. Mr. Eberspacher was admitted to the bar of the U.S. Supreme Court in 1981. In 1976 he was elected State’s Attorney for Shelby County and served until 1980 at which time he became a partner of Dove & Dove. In addition to his general practice, he served as special Prosecutor for Fayette County, Special State’s Attorney for Shelby County and Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Illinois. In 1985 he was appointed as one of three at-large Circuit Judges for the nine-county Fourth Judicial Circuit Court of Illinois and was elected to that office in 1986.
In 1992 he returned to the general practice of law as a partner with Dove & Dove Attorneys. He was joined in the practice by his daughter, Elizabeth Nohren, in 2004.
What Our Clients Say:
I cannot thank you enough for what you have done for my family. You are amazing, and I would never want anyone else to help me or my family.
Dove & Dove was there for me every time I had any questions or concerns. The attorneys had my best interest in mind. Everyone at Dove and Dove was extremely professional and helpful.
I live in SW Kansas and I contacted Dove and Dove to represent me in my custody battle in the state of Illinois! I have been very pleased with the way they have represented me in this matter. I have no complaints on the quality of work or loyalty the attorney and staff showed me and my family through his very tough time! I would recommend Dove and Dove to anybody that is dealing with a family matter in the state of Illinois!
I highly recommend the team at Dove and Dove for any business or personal legal needs.
Dove & Dove is an excellent law firm with a wealth of experience and resources. The firm represented me and advocated for my child in an immensely difficult, nearly impossible case, and won! They truly listened, not only as legal professionals, but also as a person and as a parent. They were patient and understanding with me through the hardest moments of my life. They fought hard and I highly recommend the firm!
As a retired judge who had hundreds of attorneys argue cases in front of me, I would have to say that Ms. Nohren was always one of the most prepared, most passionate, and the most productive attorney for her clients. It was an honor to have her in my courtroom.
Dove and Dove, The words that I would use to sum up my multiple experiences would be; Professional, Attentive Listening, and Experienced. I have entrusted them to help protect my family through Estate services and was very happy with the Will/Trust that they created for my family.
I have also used them for real-estate transactions where they went above and beyond with their service to make sure that I understood every detail of the transaction. I have used Dove and Dove multiple times and will continue to use them in the future when the need arises.
The Village has relied on Dove & Dove as our legal counsel since 2013, they work well with the board, attend all meetings, and prepare all documents we need in a timely manner.
Thanks for the assistance in selling our house. We especially appreciate the accessibility to both the attorneys and your staff when we had questions regarding the closing. I would certainly recommend Dove & Dove Attorneys to others.
The staff at Dove and Dove took care of us through a difficult time. While emotions, change and uncertainty were overwhelming there was feeling of reassurance as they confidently led me step by step keeping my family’s best interests at the forefront.
My representation by Dove and Dove was above reproach. Their partners are the best attorneys I’ve even had the pleasure of working with. Their knowledge of both civil and criminal law is unlimited. The entire firm is friendly and accessible. I would recommend Dove and Dove to anyone needing legal counsel.
Choosing to work with Dove & Dove to navigate my divorce was a great decision. The attorneys had the strong, confident backbone that I needed through that difficult time in my life. I have recommended Dove & Dove to others and will continue to do so.
Liz was the most prepared mediator I’ve ever used even though I was unable to give her my materials until late the day before the scheduled mediation. She had obviously thoroughly reviewed the materials provided and even performed independent legal research in anticipation of the legal issues to be addressed at the mediation. My client was informed in great detail of all the weaknesses in his case, including the assumptions that were being made to support his position and claimed damages. Upon an oral agreement being reached, Liz thoroughly reviewed and edited multiple drafts of the mediated settlement agreement even though everyone was obviously ready to go home. I will certainly use Liz in the future whenever I need a good mediator in Illinois.
I have used the services of Dove and Dove multiple times. They are very knowledgeable, and I trust them when it comes to making the right decisions that are right for me and my family.
The lawyers at Dove and Dove were excellent at handling my divorce. I was going through a really tough time in my life, and they took the time to explain the process to me and calm my fears. Every question I had was answered in a timely manner. The lawyers are well educated and compassionate. I would strongly recommend them to anyone.