Paul J. Evans
Paul has been an attorney practicing for over 25 years. Experience includes litigation, and a large amount of transactional work including contracts and employment law issues. Part of his area of specialty is in the area of real estate. He is the author of a chapter for the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education on the conversion of agricultural lands to non-agricultural, developed, usage. A significant portion of his practice is devoted to probate and estate planning issues, especially the planning for individuals with special needs. He has been a speaker for the Illinois State Bar Association on the issue of “conservation easements” and the forms he developed have been disseminated among practicing attorneys.
Evans obtained his Juris Doctorate from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in 1988. Earlier he obtained his Bachelors of Science, at age of 20, from SIU-C. In addition to being a practicing lawyer for over twenty five years, he is also an Arbitrator for the St. Clair County Arbitration program, trained mediator, and an Arbitrator for FINRA, the Financial Regulatory Authority. He also is a licensed financial advisor, possessing both financial and insurance licenses.
Paul is a former Illinois State Representative, serving in the General Assembly from 2011 to 2013 where he focused on financial reform, conservation and the rights of mentally and developmental disabled individuals. He has been married to his wife Sandy for 26 years and lives in O’Fallon with their three children.
Kaitlyn Rausch is an attorney specializing in family law, probate, estate planning, and property matters.
Rausch is a graduate of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville with Bachelor of Science in psychology, and a minor in criminal justice. She obtained her Juris Doctorate with a concentration in civil litigation from St. Louis University School of Law in 2014. She is also a mediator.
Before joining the Evans Law firm, P.C., Kaitlyn worked for Missouri Protection and Advocacy Services, a non-profit agency dedicated to assisting clients with disabilities. She practiced in the areas of guardianship, Social Security, employment, and disability discrimination. Kaitlyn ran the agency’s investigation unit, investigating allegations of abuse and neglect regarding people with disabilities. She has also worked for Sherer Law Offices in Edwardsville, Illinois.
Kaitlyn resides in Collinsville with her fiancé.