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Top 3 Qualities to Look for in Your Attorney

Your attorney should not speak in legalese.

Finding an attorney that is a “real person” can be difficult.  Many attorneys surround themselves almost exclusively with other attorneys and are accustomed to speaking in ivory tower legalese.  You should be able to connect with your attorney on a personal level, and he or she should speak to you in plain language that you can understand.  You will be working very closely with this person on issues that are very important to you.  It is important that he or she be down-to-Earth and someone that you connect with.

Your attorney should be accessible.

The most common complaint that clients have of their attorneys is that the attorney is unreachable, does not communicate with them regularly, or does not promptly return your calls.  Your attorney should reach out to you about your case regularly and respond within 24 hours to calls and e-mails.  An open line of communication between you and your attorney is essential to building trust.

Your attorney should be realistic with you about costs and outcomes.

Your attorney’s goal should not be to win at all costs.  Rather, it should be to achieve a favorable outcome for you as efficiently as possible.  It is important that your attorney set realistic expectations at the outset as to the costs you should expect, concerns that the attorney has about the outcome of your case, and the length of time that you should expect your case to take.


Regardless of the nature your case, we have an experienced attorney who will focus on your individual needs. Our team of attorneys works closely together, bringing each of their different fields of expertise to bear in order to optimize our client care.

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Our Cedar Rapids attorneys have the skill and experience to put you in the best position to succeed in any case. We pride ourselves on our above and beyond approach to client care while still offering cost effective rates. O'Flaherty law has Cedar Rapids attorneys ready to help you navigate the obstacles of any case.

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Family Law & Divorce

Our Cedar Rapids divorce attorneys work efficiently to win you the results you want in an affordable manner. We keep a close eye on expenditures and communicate realistic expectations regarding the cost of accomplishing your goals before you hire us. Our Divorce Attorneys all have extensive experience which they bring to bear as they collaborate on your case.

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Probate & Estate Administration

We understand that the last thing you and your family need at this difficult time is expensive legal fees. Our experienced Cedar Rapids attorneys will handle your probate matter efficiently and effectively. Probate cases often intersect with other areas of law that other probate attorneys are not capable of handling. Our team of Cedar Rapids attorneys collectively have experience in nearly every area of law, and we take a collaborative approach to ensure that the best legal mind is focused on whatever issue may arise in your probate matter.

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Business, Corporate & Contract Law

Our Cedar Rapids business, corporate & contract Law attorneys have earned a reputation for going above-and-beyond for our clients. Many of our clients have been so impressed by our service. We know that the last thing you need for your bottom line is expensive legal bills. Our mission is to build a lifelong relationship with our business clients and their families.

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Real Estate Law

Our dedicated Cedar Rapids real estate lawyers and staff will make your real estate deal our highest priority. There are many moving pieces in even the simplest real estate transaction. We take the time necessary to focus on your case, communicating and collaborating with all of the lenders, realtors, and attorneys involved to ensure that any potential obstacles between contract and closing are avoided or overcome.

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Bankruptcy & Debt Resolution

We are your community law firm, not a bankruptcy mill. Our friendly Cedar Rapids bankruptcy lawyers are happy to be your guide and answer any questions you may have from your free initial consultation until you have started your new life with a clean state. We understand that if you are speaking to us about bankruptcy, the last thing you need are expensive legal fees. We are proud of our affordable rates, which allow us to help more people in our community, and build lasting relationships that will persist long after your bankruptcy case is successfully closed.

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Guardianship Law

Our Cedar Rapids guardianship attorneys have the skill, experience, and dedication to educate you on your options and create the best plan for you and your family.We're proud of our affordable rates that allow us to build relationships with more clients. Our Cedar Rapids guardianship attorneys are accessible to our clients and provide prompt communication regarding developments in your case.

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DUI, Criminal & Traffic Defense

Whether you're faced with traffic, criminal, DUI or other related offenses, you need an expert representation on your side. Our Polk County criminal defense attorneys are ready to explore every avenue that is available to you under the law to protect your freedom. We ensure that you don't feel helpless and defenseless against the legal system

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Immigration

There is very little in the realm of immigration law that our experienced Cedar Rapids immigration attorneys have not handled successfully. We realize how important exceptional representation is to you and your family. It is important that you understand exactly what is going on in your case. We work closely with a team of interpreters that will communicate with you in your native language. Our Cedar Rapids immigration attorneys are accessible during evenings and weekends.

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Cedar Rapids Civil Litigation Attorneys

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See below for our other locations. If our office locations are not convenient for you, we are happy to speak with you by phone.

Please contact our friendly Cedar Rapids Civil Litigation Attorneys at our nearest location to schedule a free consultation.

O'Flaherty Law of Cedar Rapids

616 4th Ave. SE, Ste. 108

Cedar Rapids, IA 52401

(319) 259-6710
cedarrapids.ia@oflaherty-law.com

Hours of Operation

Open
Monday
9:00am - 7:00pm
Tuesday
9:00am - 7:00pm
Wednesday
9:00am - 7:00pm
Thursday
9:00am - 7:00pm
Friday
9:00am - 7:00pm
By Appointment
Saturday
11:00am - 3:00pm
Sunday
11:00am - 2:00pm

Why O'Flaherty Law of Cedar Rapids?

Why O'Flaherty Law of Cedar Rapids?

Why O'Flaherty Law of Cedar Rapids?

Top 3 Qualities to Look for in Your Attorney

Cost-Effective

When we started our firm in the midst of the recession, we learned to survive in a lean environment and pass the savings on to our clients.  As the economy has improved, we have not changed our philosophy.  We are hungry to grow our client base, and so we have intentionally set our rates below what the market will bear.  Our mission is to make each client walk away feeling that they got more value than they paid for.  This is easier to do when we make our prices affordable.

Cedar Rapids Civil Litigation Attorneys
Cedar Rapids Civil Litigation Lawyers

Client-Focused

The secret to our success as a firm is incredibly simple: we build a personal relationship with each of our clients and treat them with the respect that they deserve.  We pride ourselves on our open lines of communication, frequent check-ins with our clients, and our accessibility.  We are here to help you in any way we can, often leveraging our network of resources to assist you with non-legal issues that you may be having.  We are your one-stop problem-solver and trusted adviser.  All attorneys say that they provide excellent client service, but, unlike other attorneys, we practice what we preach.  We make sure every client walks away happy . . . period.

Comprehensive

We are your community law firm.  Our business is built on long-term relationships with our clients.  Our clients have the luxury of building trust over time with one team of attorneys, rather than having to find a new attorney for each different type of matter that arises over the course of their lives.  No one attorney can be an expert at everything.  That is why we have worked hard to assemble a team of attorneys with extensive experience in different areas of expertise.  Our attorneys work together closely to bring our collective experience to bear on any issue that may arise for our clients.

Cedar Rapids Civil Litigation Lawyers
Civil Litigation Lawyers Cedar Rapids

Great at What We Do

Since our business comes entirely from referrals and community involvement, our reputation for quality legal work is our greatest asset . . . and it is extremely important to us.  Each of our attorneys is truly experienced in his or her practice areas, with the highest personal standards of excellence.  We are proud of our reputation in the community, and we did not achieve it by accident.  Our reputation for excellence comes from hard work, continuing education, and an above-and-beyond approach to our clients’ cases.

Our Cedar Rapids Civil Litigation Attorneys provide excellent service in the following areas of law:

Our attorneys work as a team to provide comprehensive has experience in:

We Are Cost-Conscious And Cost-Effective!  We understand that the last thing you want to be spending your hard-earned money on is an attorney.  When handling your case, we always have an eye toward the cost-benefit analysis of your options.  We will set realistic expectations regarding the costs associated with your case at the outset, and will not surprise you with fees you were not expecting.  We pride ourselves in achieving optimal solutions for our clients in the most affordable manner possible. 

We Put Your Interests First!  Our goal is not to make money for our firm off of your case, but rather to bring your case to a speedy and favorable conclusion, so that you walk away raving about the value that you received from our Cedar Rapids litigation attorneys.  95% of cases settle before trial, so we are always working with an eye toward achieving a favorable settlement for our clients as early in the case as possible.  We have found that if a case settles earlier in the process, each side spends less in attorney fees and the settlement is more beneficial to all parties involved.  However, we will not hesitate to aggressively defend your rights at trial if necessary.  We are the tool in your hands.  Our job is to advise you and protect you, but you remain ultimately in control of all major decisions in your case. 

We Are Your Aggressive Advocate! Our team of Cedar Rapids litigation attorneys has a reputation for taking on cases that other attorneys may find too difficult to handle. We have significant resources and experience that our firm can bring to bear, so that no case will be too complex or to big for us to take to trial and achieve a favorable result. We are also excellent at handling small matters that may be resolved with a demand letter in an efficient and cost-effective manner.  We are your shield and your advocate, and we are here to fight for you.

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Please contact our friendly lawyers to Schedule a Consultation.
See below for our other locations. If our office locations are not convenient for you, we are happy to speak with you by phone.

O'Flaherty Law of Cedar Rapids

616 4th Ave. SE, Ste. 108

Cedar Rapids, IA 52401

cedarrapids.ia@oflaherty-law.com

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The purpose of a free consultation is to determine whether our firm is a good fit for your legal needs. Although we often discuss expected results and costs, our attorneys do not give legal advice unless and until you choose to retain us. Although most consultations are complimentary, some may carry a charge depending on the type of matter and meeting location.

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Check Out Articles and Videos from our Cedar Rapids Civil Litigation Attorneys

In this video, our Cedar Rapids attorney will review the Iowa appeals process. We will discuss what types of court orders can be appealed, how the Iowa appeal process works, deadlines for filing an appeal and any associated paperwork, what happens after the appeal is filed, what actions the appeals court can take after hearing a case, and what happens if you lose an appeal.

The Iowa Appeals Process Explained

In this video, our Cedar Rapids civil litigation attorneys explain the basics of the appeals process in Iowa. In Iowa, all cases are initially heard by the district trial courts. During these hearings, both sides will present evidence and written and oral arguments. Depending on the specifics of the case (criminal vs divorce vs child custody) a jury may be present or it will be a bench trial, meaning the judge makes all the decisions a jury would.

At the conclusion of the trial court hearing and after final judgment has been rendered, or after a certain order or motion has been entered by the trial court judge, the parties can seek to appeal to the Iowa appellate court to have the judges order reversed. In Iowa, all appeals go straight to the Iowa Supreme Court which then decides which cases it will hear and which cases it will transfer jurisdiction to the Iowa Court of Appeals.


In this episode, our Cedar Rapids attorney Kevin O'Flaherty explains motions for summary judgements in Iowa.

Iowa Motions For Summary and Judgement Explained

In this video, our Cedar Rapids civil litigation attorneys discuss how in a civil litigation trial, there are always two sides trying to build a case to support or refute a particular claim and to convince the judge or jury their argument holds more weight. Within those arguments we have the two elements that make up most arguments in a civil case. 1) questions about the law itself and whether it applies to the case or should be changed and 2) arguments over the facts of the case, basically what actually happened. Attorney’s on both sides will do their best to create an argument that puts their client in the best light according to the laws and the facts. Normally, as the trial concludes and it comes times for a decision and charges to be laid out, it is the jury deliberating on the facts and the judge interpreting the law.


In this episode, our Cedar Rapids attorney Kevin O'Flaherty discusses the written discovery phase of civil litigation in Iowa.

The Written Discovery Phase of Litigation in Iowa

In this video, our Cedar Rapids civil litigation attorneys explain how in Iowa, the discovery phase can’t commence until both parties meet for a “discovery planning meeting.” The law requires that certain information under the initial disclosure be collected for the case immediately after the discovery conference, prior to the beginning of the discovery process. ivil cases normally fall into one of three categories: contract law (contracts and agreements between persons or businesses), family law (divorce, child custody, alimony), and tort law (property damage claims, personal injury, liability). Generally, the process of civil litigation is the same for each category, with some slight differences for family and small claims.


Further Reading from our Cedar Rapids Civil Litigation Attorneys

Illinois Car Seat Laws

In this article, we discuss the various stages of the graduated child safety restraint system including:

  • Car Seat Requirements by Age
  • Car Seat Violations and Fines
  • Illinois Car Safety Tips
  • Assistance with Car Seats in Illinois  

May 3, 2021

Recent Changes to Orders of Protection and Domestic Violence Statutes | Illinois Domestic Abuse Law

In this article we will be discussing Orders of Protection in Illinois and the Changes to the Domestic Violence Statue. We will answer the questions of:

  • What Is an Order of Protection?
  • What is a Restraining Order?
  • What is the Difference Between an Order of Protection and a No Stalking/No Contact Order?
  • What is Required to Establish a Claim for an Order of Protection?
  • How Does One File for an Order of Protection?
  • Do I Need to Bring Anything with Me When I File My Petition For An Order of Protection?
  • How Long Does an Emergency Order of Protection Remain in Effect?
  • What if I am a Victim of Domestic Assault which Resulted in an Arrest?
  • How Long Does an Order of Protection Stay in Effect?
  • What Are the Effects of Having an Order of Protection Entered Against an Abuser?
  • Updates to Domestic Violence Statutes in 2021?

April 29, 2021

Can I Collect Unemployment in Iowa?

In this article we will discuss unemployment in Iowa, including:

  • Am I Eligible for Iowa Unemployment Benefits?
  • “Good Cause” for Quitting
  • When Can I Collect Unemployment in Iowa?
  • How to Collect Unemployment in Iowa

April 28, 2021