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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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Estate Planning

Our Cedar Rapids estate planning lawyers are here to help ensure your estate is administered to your wishes when you pass. Call us for a free consultation and give you and your loved ones the peace of mind you all deserve.

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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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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 Real Estate 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 Real Estate 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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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.

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We Get the Job Done!  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.  Our mission is to make your life easy.  Our real estate attorneys will ensure that your real estate transaction closes smoothly and on time. 

We Go Above And Beyond For Our Clients!  Our friendly Cedar Rapids real estate attorneys are accessible day and night.  We promptly return all of your calls and e-mails and will immediately affirmatively inform you, your realtor, and your lender of any developments in your transaction.  Many of the clients that we have "wowed" with our above-and-beyond service have taken time out of their busy schedules to leave us glowing reviews, which you can read here.   We are also the proud recipient of the Avvo Client's Choice Award for 2016.  We have built a reputation upon amazing client service, and we look forward to building a long-term relationship with you!

Establish a Lifelong Relationship!  The purchase or sale of your home may be the first of many legal needs that will occur over the course of your lifetime.  If you need help with estate planning, business representation, probate, bankruptcy, or nearly any other area of law, our experienced team of Polk County attorneys are here to help.  Let us earn your trust and begin a lifelong relationship with your first real estate transaction, and you will never have to turn elsewhere for your family's legal needs. ​


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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 Real Estate Attorneys

In this episode, our Cedar Rapids attorney discusses the Iowa foreclosure process.

In this episode, our Cedar Rapids attorney discusses the Iowa foreclosure process.

Iowa Foreclosure Explained

In this video, our Cedar Rapids real estate attorneys explain how it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the foreclosure process in Iowa before making any important decisions. Federal law requires that a borrower be delinquent on their loan for at least 120 days before the foreclosure process is initiated. For example, if a borrower were to miss two mortgage payments, but then pay the costs of those two months, plus any other late fees, and continue to be up to date on their payments, the borrower would avoid foreclosure.


In this episode, our Cedar Rapids attorney discusses what happens when there are damages to your rented property and your landlord is not compliant in fixing them.

How Do I Get My Landlord To Fix My Residence in Iowa

In this video, our Cedar Rapids Real Estate attorneys describe what a tenant can do if your landlord doesn’t make necessary repairs to your resident. While withholding rent is a potential remedy, it is not recommended. Failing to pay rent because your landlord doesn’t make repairs to your residence is dangerous and risky. The landlord may evict you, leaving you homeless. While you can take the case to court, you do not know whether a judge will agree that the problem with the residence was so bad that you had the right to withhold rent. However, it is illegal for a landlord to refuse to make necessary repairs or to shut off utilities because a tenant is simply behind on rent. Under the Iowa Landlord Tenant act, tenants can do a number of different things when repairs are necessary to keep the property safe and in habitable condition. Some remedies may not be an option for tenants who cannot afford to do repairs or aren’t able to find other housing options. Some steps a tenant may take when a landlord fails to make repairs include: 


Making repairs yourself then deducting the cost from rent

Ending the lease and moving out

Call the housing inspector to make a complaint.


In this article, our Cedar Rapids attorneys will discuss the basics of an Iowa real estate contract, cover some specific line items and what they mean, and review some of the more important stipulations of an Iowa real estate contract.

Iowa Real Estate Contracts Explained

In this video, our Cedar Rapids contract attorneys will talk about seven clauses of particular importance when reviewing the contract.

  1. Description and Purchase Price: These items may be self-explanatory, but it’s important to note under “description” anything other than the address of the house. Also, you’ll want to make sure what is legally described in the title document matches up with the contract. Under purchase price, you will have the agreed-upon purchase price (this may be different from the original after negotiations) and the aIowa Real Estate Contracts Explainedmount of earnest money that will be deposited upon agreement of the contract.
  1. Real Estate Taxes and Special Assessment: Normally, the sellers must pay the real estate taxes attributed to the property for the year it was sold in, prorated to the date of the closing. So if you sell your house in April, you’ll be paying less in real estate taxes then if you sold your house in August. However, be sure to check the contract as sometimes there is the option for the seller to pay no taxes on the house during the transaction and instead transfer that burden to the buyer.
  1. Time is of the Essence and Fixtures Clause: It’s important to note if “Time is of the Essence” is indicated on a contract because if certain deadlines are not met on the buyers or sellers end it could be considered a breach of contract and a reason for either party to back out without repercussions. The Fixtures clause indicates anything other than the walls, doors, winders, floor, etc that are not part of the overall structure, that would be included in the sale of the house. This may include items like window treatments, a pool table, a piece of furniture, etc.
  1. Condition of the Property: This clause may include a number of sub-clauses, all centered around the condition of the property. The primary “condition of property” clause explains that—unless specified otherwise—the property will be kept in its current state until possession by the buyers and that all items will be in good working condition at the time of possession.
  1. Remedies of the Parties: This clause usually contains stipulations explaining what happens in the case that the buyers or sellers fail to perform their contractual obligations in a timely manner and to what degree the opposite party can respond.
  1. Residential Property Discloser Statement: Iowa law requires the sellers to fill out a form disclosing the conditions of the various parts and systems of the house, such as HVAC, plumbing, previous water damage, etc to their best of their knowledge. This protects the buyers from coming into a house and suddenly finding something that the sellers most likely knew about, but didn’t disclose, and it wasn’t found on the inspection report.
  1. Optional Provisions: Most real estate contracts in Iowa contain a number of optional provisions, which only apply if initialed by both parties. These include items such as purchase contingent on the sale of another property, buying the property “as is,” the seller’s right to continue to show the property while under contract, etc.

Further Reading from our Cedar Rapids Real Estate Attorneys

What Is Title Insurance And Why Do I Need It? | Iowa Real Estate Law

In this article, we explain the basics about title insurance, including:

  • What is Title and Title Insurance?
  • What types of things does Title Insurance cover?
  • What is a Lender’s Policy
  • What is an Owner’s Policy
  • How do I get Title Insurance and how much does it cost?

July 9, 2021

What To Expect When Selling A Home In Illinois

This article discusses what to expect when selling residential real estate in Illinois. We will cover the following topics:

  • Selecting a lawyer
  • Listing your home
  • Receiving and accepting an offer
  • Home inspection and negotiations
  • Clearing title
  • Documents at closing
  • Surviving the transaction

April 27, 2021

Evictions in Iowa – 3-Day Notice

In this article we discuss all there is to know about the 3-day notice in Iowa and how to respond, including:

  • 3-Day Notice
  • Eviction Process in Iowa
  • General Defenses to Eviction in Iowa
  • Defenses to Failure to Pay Rent in Iowa

April 21, 2021