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Firm History

richardThe Hart family has provided Southern Illinois residents with legal representation since 1887, when William H. Hart founded the firm. Mr. Hart built the firm’s current building, directly across from the Franklin County Courthouse in 1906, where it remains to this day.

William H. Hart practiced law in the firm with his brother, Marion M. Hart, and his son, William W. Hart. William continued the practice of law his father and uncle started with his own son, William W. Hart, Jr. Marion Hart’s son, Richard O. Hart, began practicing with the firm in 1954 and practiced law for 60 years until his recent retirement. Richard’s son, Murphy Hart, has been carrying on the family legacy since 1983 and continues to enjoy serving the community while practicing law.

Over the 130 years the firm has been in existence, other attorneys have come and gone while serving the firm and our community in an exemplary manner. Their contributions have not gone unnoticed as they have helped the Hart family to forge a great tradition of providing legal services to Southern Illinois residents. The Hart family has taken a great deal of pride in serving the people of Southern Illinois, and they look forward to that tradition continuing well into the future.

Testimonials

"Murphy Hart is an attorney who makes you feel confident: He has law experience to go along with his knowledge of real estate — and there is a lot to know because laws are always changing. Buying a house is a serious thing, and most people know nothing about it. It's good to know that Hart Cantrell is not only a title company: It's a title company and a law firm. Murphy is so accommodating and has a nice way with people, plus he comes from a long line of attorneys. I really appreciate his flexibility and his ability to talk to people." - Lynette Ing, Real Estate Agent

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“After a suffering a serious injury at work, I hired Jonathan and he did a great job making sure my benefits were paid throughout a lengthy recovery process. Although my health never recovered enough to go back to my old job, Jonathan was able to obtain a substantial settlement to help my family be set up for the future. I would recommend Jonathan to anyone who has been injured at work.” - Brett M.

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“After getting nowhere with the insurance company, I hired Jonathan to help me with my worker’s compensation claim. I was impressed at how fast he was able to get my case settled, and I am very happy with my settlement. If I ever need an attorney in the future, Jonathan will be the first person I call.” - Adam R.

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“My son suffered a serious injury, and I had no idea what our rights were and whether I could get my son any help. To my pleasant surprise, Jonathan was able to help us secure a significant settlement that has my son’s future looking much brighter.” - Jonathan H.

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“My family went through a very difficult and lengthy lawsuit involving disputed inheritances, finances, and real estate rights. Jonathan took our case to the appellate court, where he was successful, and he helped us resolve the entire case after years of legal battles. Jonathan did an outstanding job on behalf of my family, and I would recommend him to anyone looking for a good attorney.” - Joyce W.

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“I had to go onto Social Security Disability as a result of my work injury. Jonathan was able to get me a good settlement for my worker’s compensation claim while making sure my social security benefits were not affected. I am very happy that I made the right choice by hiring Jonathan.” - Michael S.

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“My wife and I hired Hart Cantrell to revise our Wills and update our estate planning. The attorney did a great job explaining our options, and we ultimately chose them to prepare our new Wills and Power of Attorney documents. We are very happy we chose Hart Cantrell.” – Ronald B.

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