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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.


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Our Champaign County attorneys offer cost-effective rates, amazing client service, and a wide range of expertise, and we always put our clients first. We provide comprehensive representation that you can rely on in the areas of Downers Grove Divorce & Family Law, Estate Planning, Probate & Estate Administration, Civil Litigation, Guardianship, Corporate & Contract Law, DUI & Criminal Law and all other legal matters. Trust O'Flaherty attorneys to help you achieve any legal goals on your radar in the most systematic approach possible. Get in contact with one of our Champaign County lawyers today to learn more about how we can help you or your loved ones.

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Our Champaign County guardianship attorneys know just how important family is, that is why at O'Flaherty Law we will put forth our best skills to help your case.

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Champaign County Estate Planning 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 Champaign County Estate Planning Attorneys at our nearest location to schedule a free consultation.

O'Flaherty Law of Champaign

10 E. Main St., Ste. 101A

Champaign, IL 61820

(217) 803-8679
champaign.il@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 Champaign?

Why O'Flaherty Law of Champaign?

Why O'Flaherty Law of Champaign?

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.

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 Champaign County Estate Planning 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 don't base our prices on what the market will bear.  Instead, we base them on how long it typically takes us to meet with a client and prepare documents (which is not terribly long).  If we are not the most cost-effective solution for your estate plan, we would like to hear about it.

We Go Above-And-Beyond!  Many Estate Planning attorneys will prepare cookie-cutter forms, fail to explain them to you properly, and fail to assist you in properly funding the trust.   We take the time to fully educate you about Estate Planning, walk  you through your documents, and work with you free of charge to assist you in transferring your assets into your trust, cut through any red tape, and answer any questions you may have going forward.  

We Know Our Stuff!  Unlike many estate planning attorneys, we are experienced in cutting edge Estate Tax Avoidance Techniques, Special Needs Trusts, Creditor Protection Strategies, and other specialized techniques to fit your situation.  We are not selling forms, but instead providing real customized experience.    

We are Comprehensive! You need an Estate Plan today, but you may need help with a different legal issue tomorrow. Wouldn't it be nice to work with the same trusted adviser for all of your legal solutions? At O'Flaherty Law, our team approach provides you with experienced in nearly every area of law. Regardless of your legal needs, you will get the same trusted quality of service and continuity of care.

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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 Champaign

10 E. Main St., Ste. 101A

Champaign, IL 61820

champaign.il@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 Champaign County Estate Planning Attorneys

In this videoblog post, estate planning attorney Kevin O'Flaherty explains estate taxes in Illinois and when to pay estate tax.

In this videoblog post, estate planning attorney Kevin O'Flaherty explains estate taxes in Illinois and when to pay estate tax.

When to Pay Estate Tax

In this video, our Champaign County estate tax attorneys takes the time to explain when to pay estate taxes on: inheritance taxes, state and federal estate taxes, and inherited retirement accounts. An inheritance tax is an amount of money due from a beneficiary who receives money or property from the estate of a deceased person. Inheritance taxes are due prior to receiving the inheritance check, so the amount received will already be reduced by the taxes owed. Federal tax exemption for a decedent’s estate depends on the exemption amount for the year of death. When it comes to state tax exemption, only a few states collect them, including Illinois. Similar to federal tax exemption, state tax exemption also depends on the exemption amount for the year of death. If an individual inherits a traditional IRA or 401k, he or she will have to include all distributions taken out in his or her ordinary federal income, and possibly state income, of that year. Inherited retirement assets are not taxable until they are distributed.


Trust litigation attorney Kevin O'Flaherty explains "what is a trust?" in this Learn About Law episode.

What is a Trust?

In this video, our Champaign County trust litigation attorneys describe that a trust is both a document and a legal entity that can own property separate from its creator. A trust is created by an individual or entity known as a “grantor” or “settlor". Once the trust is drafted and executed by the grantor, the grantor or third parties can transfer ownership of property to the trust. The trust is therefore a separate legal entity from the grantor that can own property, much like a corporation.

Estate Planning Attorney Kevin O'Flaherty answers "can a revocable living trust avoid estate tax?" in this episode of Learn About Law.

Can a Revocable Living Trust Avoid Estate Tax?

In this video, our Champaign County estate tax attorneys explain how to avoid estate tax in a revocable living trust. Owning property in a revocable living trust removes that property from your estate for the purpose of probate, but it does not remove the property from your estate for the purpose of estate tax. Your estate for the purpose of estate tax includes property owned by a revocable living trusts, retirement accounts, and death benefits of life insurance policies that you own. Revocable Living Trusts can be used to allow married couples to take advantage of one another’s estate tax exemptions, essentially raising the threshold at which the couple has to worry about Illinois estate tax from $4 million to $8 million in assets.


Further Reading from our Champaign County Estate Planning Attorneys

How Does Someone Refuse Inherited Property In Iowa?

This article will discuss: What is disclaimer?, Why might a person make a disclaimer?, When may a person make a disclaimer?, How does a person make a disclaimer?, What happens to the disclaimed interest in property?, Can a person disclaim an interest in jointly held property?, Can a person disclaim a power granted to them?, and Are there times a person is barred from disclaiming an interest?

Joseph Lyons

July 7, 2021

Changes To Illinois Trust Code | Illinois Trust Law 2021

This article discusses changes to the Illinois Trust Code. We will discuss the following topics:

  • Aspects to Consider When Creating a Trust
  • Illinois Trust Document Updates
  • Additional Exemption Amounts in Illinois Trusts

May 5, 2021

Iowa Wills and Trusts | Recent Updates to Iowa Wills and Trusts 2021

In this article, we discuss important questions surrounding wills and trusts in Iowa. We cover the following:

  • What If I Don’t Have A Will in Iowa?
  • Why Have A Will In Iowa?
  • What Are The Steps To Create A Will In Iowa?
  • Creating A Trust In Iowa
  • How Do You Create A Living Trust?
  • Iowa’s New Directed Trust Statue
  • Investment Trust Director In Iowa
  • Distribution Trust Director In Iowa
  • Trust Protectors In Iowa

Eugene Nassif

April 29, 2021