618-435-8123 | 602 Public Square Benton, IL 62812


Proudly Serving Southern Illinois

Sometimes we all need a little help navigating the choppy waters of life. The passing of a loved one. Starting a business. A serious injury. Even buying a home can be fraught with legal pitfalls.

This is where Hart Cantrell comes in. Our experience and legal expertise will help you reach safer shores.

The Hart family has been serving Southern Illinois since 1887, providing sound legal guidance and services to individuals, families, and businesses.

Our Services include

Business Law

We can guide you through even the most complex business matters; including contracts, contract negotiations, real estate transactions, employment issues, and litigation.

Collections, Creditor Rights and Evictions

We specialize in accounts payable recovery for businesses, collection agencies, banks, landlords, and other creditors.

Estate Planning and Probate

We can help you protect your family and your estate through Wills, Powers of Attorney, and Trusts. We can also assist in navigating through the sometimes complex probate process.

Real Estate

We have the experience and expertise needed in order to guide you successfully through any real estate matter.

  • Closings of sales and purchases
  • Deed and transfer documents
  • Easements
  • Evictions and lease disputes
  • Purchase and sale contracts
  • Title searches and Title Insurance

Personal Injury and Workers’ Compensation

We will advocate for your interests, not the profits of an insurance company. Our fees are based on a percentage of what we recover for you, so there is no fee if we are not successful.

Call us Now for a Free Initial Consultation: 618-435-8123 or use our contact form.

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"I have known Murphy for a number of years. We have utilized him in our business, Jerkins Creative Consulting, and in most of our private work. My wife and I have discussed with him many of the things we experienced in life and experienced with our kids, and we did our trust and our will through his law firm. We have sold and bought property over the years, and Murphy has always done all of our documentation. He is very professional, very communicative and detail-oriented. My wife and I have counted on Murphy and his staff to do a good job for us."
- Floyd Jerkins, Jerkins Creative Consulting


"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


“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.


“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.


“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.


“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.


“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.


“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.


Over the years, Hart has acquired a number of repeat clients and loyal realtors and lenders, such as longtime realtor Christy Powers.

“I have used Murphy for title examination and closings ever since I first started buying and selling homes,” says Powers, an agent at Property With TLC in nearby Herrin. “Murphy is very efficient, quick and trustworthy, and that’s the way we like it! – Christy Powers


Peter J. Birnbaum, president of Attorneys’ Title Guaranty Fund, has known Hart for most of his career. “Murphy’s dad Richard was one of the founders of my company, and Murphy serves on the board of directors,” says Birnbaum. “Murphy is one of the most valued attorney agents of our title insurance underwriter. Over the years, we have worked together on many transactions.
“Murphy is one of the most gifted real estate attorneys I have ever known,” Birnbaum says.– Peter J. Brinbaum

Call us Now for a Free Initial Consultation: 618-435-8123