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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.

Legal Services

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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Litigation & Dispute Resolution

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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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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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 Criminal Defense Attorneys

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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.

Please contact our friendly Cedar Rapids Criminal Defense 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.

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Cedar Rapids Criminal 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.

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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 Criminal Defense Attorneys provide excellent service in the following areas of law:

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

We Are Affordable!  We ensure that we do our due diligence by keeping our rates as low as possible by utilizing every means and knowledge of the law at our disposal. The lower our rates, the more we can keep representing clients and show people our excellent service. One way we can do this in some areas is by offering flat fees if it's appropriate for your case. 

We Are Accessible and Provide Above-And-Beyond Client Service! It seems that many other attorneys can be hard to reach and get an update on your case. After hours they are oftentimes unreachable and when they are on the clock, they aren't effectively communicating the progress of the case with the client. We're here to make you rethink that notion. In fact, Kevin O'Flaherty's cell is on at all times of the day to be ready to field your emergency call. We respond to your calls and emails promptly in order to keep you in the loop with your case. We understand how important your case is to you, and it is important to us that you are satisfied by our service.

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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

What to Expect From a Consultation

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 Criminal Defense Attorneys

In this episode, our Cedar Rapids attorney explains restraining orders in Iowa and discuss how to get a protective order or no contact order in Iowa.

Iowa Restraining Orders

In this video, our Cedar Rapids criminal defense attorneys explain how in the state of Iowa, there are several types of protective orders. The determination of which type of protective order you need is dependent on the events prior to the filing of the order, as well as the restrictions you would like to establish moving forward and severity of crimes committed. The aggrieved party can file for a criminal no-contact, civil no-contact, or civil protective order, depending on the circumstances of the case. A protective order by consent can also be established when deemed in best interest of both parties or children, even in cases of domestic abuse or accompanying Dissolution of Marriage Decree.


In this video, our Cedar Rapids attorney explains Aggravated Operating While Intoxicated in Iowa. An aggravated OWI​ involves certain aggravating factors that elevate the charge from a serious misdemeanor to an aggravated misdemeanor​ or felony misdemeanor.

What is an Aggravated OWI in Iowa?

In this article, our Cedar Rapids criminal defense attorneys explain Aggravated Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) in Iowa. Operating While Intoxicated (OWI), is the same as a DUI or DWI in other states, just different terminology. An individual commits the offense of operating while intoxicated if he or she operates a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or other drug or a combination of the two. As in all other states, it is illegal to have a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08% or higher while driving, or having a controlled substance in the blood as tested through blood, urine, or breathalyzer. An aggravated OWI involves certain aggravating factors that elevate the charge from a serious misdemeanor to an aggravated misdemeanor or felony misdemeanor. The first OWI in Iowa is classified as a serious misdemeanor, punishable by a minimum of 48 hours jail time, but not more than one year, and a fine of $1,250. The court may reduce the fine if there was no property or personal injury damage associated with the first OWI offense. The individual’s license may also be revoked for a minimum of 180 days, but no more than one year on the first offense with no aggravating elements.


In this episode, our Cedar Rapids attorney discusses The elements of the crime of burglary; Intent in the crime of burglary; What is an occupied structure?; The degrees of burglary; The crime of attempted burglary; The crime of possession of burglar’s tools

Burglary Laws in Iowa

In this video, our Cedar Rapids criminal defense lawyers the elements of burglary in Iowa. In Iowa, burglary is:

  • Any person, having an intent to commit a felony, assault or theft therein;
  • Who, having no right, license, or privilege to do so,
  • Enters an occupied structure
  • Such occupied structure not being open to the public; OR who remains therein after it is closed to the public or after the person’s right, license or privilege has expired;
  • Or any person having such intent who breaks an occupied structure
  • Commits burglary.  

Also, the Court will consider the intent factor at the time of entering the structure. Many cases hinge on the government being able to prove this intent. If a defendant could prove that they did not break into the home with the intent to commit a felony, the defendant would not be found guilty of burglary. Courts infer intent from the surrounding circumstances.


Further Reading from our Cedar Rapids Criminal Defense Attorneys

Can I Get In Trouble With Immigration For Marijuana? | Illinois Immigration Laws

With Marijuana/Cannabis legalization, a lot of very exciting business and personal opportunities are opening up for the State residents that can get into these new business opportunities. However, a word of caution for immigrant populations: the use and possession of Cannabis is still banned at the federal level. As such, noncitizens should be extra careful when it comes to Cannabis. This article will focus on the following:

  • What are the immigration consequences of using cannabis?
  • What are the immigration consequences of investing in cannabis if I am already a legal permanent resident (LPR)?
  • Can I be deported for using cannabis?
  • Can I get an E-2 or E-5 visa if I want to invest in Cannabis?

April 15, 2021

Applying for a FOID Card in Illinois

In this article we will be discussing Applying for a FOID Card and FAQs we answer the questions of:

  • What is a Firearm Owner’s Identification (FOID) Card?
  • What Are the Application Requirements?
  • What Do I Need to Apply for a FOID Card?
  • What If My Driver’s License or State ID is Expired?
  • Are There Restrictions on Who Can Apply for a FOID Card?
  • Can I be Denied a FOID Card?  
  • What Can I Do if I am Denied a FOID Card?

April 12, 2021

Illinois Criminal Law Update: The Illinois 2021 Criminal Justice Reform Act

This article will discuss some of the significant changes in police reform, that have resulted due to the new Illinois Criminal Justice Reform Act. We will cover the following topics:

  • Changes to the Illinois “Use of Force” Guidelines
  • Complaints Against Officers For Misconduct in Illinois
  • Body Cameras Laws In Illinois
  • New Law Enforcement Training Laws in Illinois

Mark Hitt

April 8, 2021