Scott E. Garwood

Attorney in Decatur, IL


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About Scott

Scott E. Garwood joined Samuels Miller in 2002 upon graduation from law school. He became a partner in 2008.

Mr. Garwood was raised in Stonington, Illinois. While growing up, he worked for his family's corn and soybean seed production company beginning at age 11. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor's Degree in Agriculture (high honors, 1999) and Juris Doctor (cum laude, 2002).

Mr. Garwood concentrates his practice primarily in the areas of business and commercial law, probate and wills, trusts and estate planning. He represents buyers and sellers in asset purchase, stock purchase and merger transactions in the banking, retail, trucking, manufacturing, processing, and service industries. He assists clients with organizing and maintaining corporations, partnerships and limited liability companies. He has also assisted banks and other corporate clients with the election to be taxed as a partnership under Subchapter S of the Internal Revenue Code. Mr. Garwood counsels executors, administrators and trustees in the administration of estates and trusts throughout Illinois and has prepared and filed United States and Illinois Estate, Gift and Generation Skipping Transfer Tax Returns. He also works with citizen and non-citizen clients to develop and implement estate plans including drafting simple and complex wills, trust agreements, family limited partnerships and charitable foundations. Mr. Garwood also advises municipal clients on a variety of issues and has successfully obtained property tax exemptions for not-for-profit clients. He has represented buyers and sellers of residential, commercial and agricultural real estate, including transactions involving tax free Section 1031 exchanges.

Mr. Garwood is a member of the Illinois and Decatur and Macon County Bar Associations. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Heritage Behavioral Health Center, Inc. (Past Chairperson) and Webster-Cantrell Hall (Treasurer). He is an active member of the Central Illinois Estate Planning Council (Past President).

Mr. Garwood was a speaker at the October 2011 Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education's "Illinois Estate Administration 101? course and has spoken to the Decatur SCORE Chapter 296 and Millikin University's First Step FastTrac course on business formation.

Mr. Garwood lives in Decatur with wife Amber, a Registered Nurse, and sons Owen, Alex and Gavin.

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Areas of Law

  • Agri-Business
  • Banking and Finance
  • Corporate and Commercial
  • Probate, Estate and Trust Administration
  • Municipal and Governmental Law
  • Real Estate
  • Wills, Trusts and Powers of Attorney


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Admission Details

Admitted in 2002, Illinois

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Law School Attended

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Class of 2002

University Attended

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Class of 1999

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Scott E. Garwood
 225 North Water Street, Suite 301,
Decatur, IL 62523


Samuels, Miller, Schroeder, Jackson & Sly, LLP (Decatur, Illinois)

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