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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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Please contact our friendly Champaign County Probate and Estate 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

Monday
9:00am - 6:00pm
Tuesday
9:00am - 6:00pm
Wednesday
9:00am - 6:00pm
Thursday
9:00am - 6:00pm
Friday
9:00am - 6:00pm
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed

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 Probate and Estate 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 Effective!  We understand that the last thing you and your family need at this difficult time is expensive legal fees.  Our experienced Champaign County attorneys will handle your probate matter efficiently and effectively.  We are proud of our affordable rates! 

We Go Above-And-Beyond For You And Your Family!  At O'Flaherty Law, we have a singular focus on providing experienced legal work and excellent service to our clients.  Many of our clients have taken the time to write us glowing testimonials after being assisted by our Elmhurst probate attorneys.  In 2016 we were the recipient of the Avvo Client's Choice Award.  Kevin O'Flaherty was honored to receive the Best Under 40 Award from Suburban Life Magazine in 2015.  We have built a reputation for making every client's experience with our firm a positive one, despite the difficult times that we are helping them navigate. 

We Are Comprehensive! Probate cases often intersect with other areas of law that other probate attorneys are not capable of handling. Our team of Champaign County 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. Whether your probate case requires experience in real estate, family law, business law, or litigation, we have the resources to handle the issue in house to make sure you are getting the best representation possible.

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O'Flaherty Law of Champaign

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Champaign, IL 61820

champaign.il@oflaherty-law.com

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Check Out Articles and Videos from our Champaign County Probate and Estate Attorneys

In this episode our probate and estate administration attorneys discuss recent and upcoming changes​ to Illinois​ probate​ and estate​ laws.

In this episode our probate and estate administration attorneys discuss recent and upcoming changes​ to Illinois​ probate​ and estate​ laws.

Illinois Probate and Estate Law 2020

In this article, we explain Illinois Probate and Estate Law 2020 as well as recent changes to Illinois Estate and Probate Law. Probate is a court case that oversees the process of collecting and disbursing the assets of an individual’s estate once he or she has passed away. Not all estates need to go through probate.  Generally, probate is required if the decedent:

  • Owned assets outside of a trust or “payable on death” account in excess of $100,000; or
  • Owned any real estate that was not held jointly with another person with a right of survivorship.

The probate process varies slightly depending on whether or not the decedent had a will in place at the time of death.  If there is a will in place, the estate is referred to as a testate estate.  If the decedent did not have a will in place, the term intestate estate is applied. The most notable change to probate law is the addition of the Illinois Trust Code (ITC).  The ITC is based off of a unified standard called the Uniform Trust Code (UTC), which has been implemented in 33 states.  Most of the changes outlined in the ITC are optional and can be waived by the creator (known as the settlor) of the trust, but other statutes, such as the information an executor must provide to each beneficiary, must be followed under any circumstances.

In this episode our, Champaign County probate and estate attorneys explain estate accounting in Illinois.

What is an Estate Accounting in Illinois Probate?

Our Champaign County probate and estate attorneys provide a description of how An estateaccounting is a document​ made by an executor​ or administrator of an estate which contains all of a decedent​’s assets​ and instructions for how those assets have been or will be distributed. An executor is typically named in the decedent’s will and approved by the court, as long as the representative is fit to serve as executor. In the absence of a will or nomination of an unfit candidate, the court will assign a representative to act as administrator for the case.

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.


Further Reading from our Champaign County Probate and Estate Attorneys

What Happens to an Indiana Estate if There is No Will? | Indiana Intestacy Laws

This article covers what a will is, what makes a will valid in the state of Indiana, what happens when one dies with no will in Indiana, and covers some Indiana intestacy laws most Indiana probate lawyers would want their clients to know.  It also provides a few definitions of words that are used in probate settings, like living will, decedent, and estate administration.

Renee Babcoke

September 25, 2021

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?

July 7, 2021

How to Avoid Inheritance Tax in Iowa

If you have been gifted some property or money in Iowa, you will likely want to maximize your profitability on it. In this article, we answer the question: How do I avoid inheritance tax? We explain:

  • What is an inheritance tax?
  • Who Does the Inheritance Tax Apply To?

May 5, 2021