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

O'Flaherty Law of Champaign

2506 Galen Dr., Ste. 108A

Champaign, IL 61821

(217) 803-8679
champaign.il@oflaherty-law.com

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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 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 Go Above-And-Beyond!  At O'Flaherty Law, our policy is simple.  We seek to impress our clients and believe that when we leave you feeling like you received the best representation,  you will tell your friends and family about us. This is how we build our business and start the best relationships with our clients. Our support from them has helped us achieve Avvo's Client's Choice Award for Estate Planning.  We look forward to bringing our service and dedication to excellence to bear for you and your family.
  • We Are Affordable! We pride ourselves on our affordability. We would love to hear if you find a more cost-effective solution to accomplish your estate planning needs.
  • We Know Our Stuff!  Our Illinois estate planning attorneys have the skill and experience to provide you with technical estate planning options.  Whether you just need a simple will, or need help with more complex estate planning goals such as estate tax avoidancecreditor avoidancespecial needs planning, and Medicaid planning, we tailor a solution to fit your particular needs at your price point.
  • We are Comprehensive!  Let us at O'Flaherty Law work as a team and be your community law firm.  We strive to be a resource in our community to ensure the resolution of a wide variety of legal matters. We accomplish this by retaining skillful attorneys who have experience in different areas law. This comprehensive approach ensures your representation isn't disrupted if your case requires knowledge in other areas of law.  We will be your life-long adviser and work through any legal issues that may arise along the way. 

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Please contact our friendly lawyers to Schedule a Consultation.
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O'Flaherty Law of Champaign

2506 Galen Dr., Ste. 108A

Champaign, IL 61821

champaign.il@oflaherty-law.com

What to Expect From a Consultation

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Check Out Articles and Videos from our Champaign 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 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.

In this video, our estate planning attorneys will discuss cryptocurrency and estate planning.

Cryptocurrency and Estate Planning

In this episode, our Champaign estate planning attorneys go over how to add cryptocurrency to your estate plan. One big difference between cryptocurrency and fiat money held in a bank account is that cryptocurrency doesn’t have a beneficiary designation attached to it like nearly all other types of financial accounts. What this means is that if you die without assigning a beneficiary in your estate planning, your cryptocurrency is at risk of dying as well. This is especially true if you failed to write down or give instructions to anyone else on how to access the cryptocurrency. There is no one to call at Bitcoin or Ripple headquarters to reset login credentials. You will need to create a memorandum that contains the information to access the cryptocurrencies. This memorandum can be easily updated without all the hassle of updating a will or trust and it can be included with your other estate planning documents.

In this video, our Champaign estate planning attorneys will answer some frequently asked questions about estate planning from creating a will to the importance and uses of trusts we touch upon the different areas of estate planning.

Estate Planning Frequently Asked Questions

In this video, our Champaign estate planning attorneys explain how there are many different goals that can be accomplished with an estate plan depending on your situation.  The overriding theme is that a good estate plan will ensure that your loved ones are in the best position possible from both a financial and personal perspective if you pass away or become mentally incompetent. Most people understand the importance of estate planning benefits such as naming a guardian for minor children and making sure that your assets are distributed according to your wishes.  Many people do not understand the importance of avoiding probate when you pass away and avoiding a guardianship case if you become mentally incompetent.  

Further Reading from our Champaign 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

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?

Raven Adams

May 5, 2021

Changes to Iowa Will Contest Laws - Iowa Will Contests 2021

This article will cover contesting wills in 2021 as well as the tortious interference with inheritance claim associated with these will contests.

We will address the following:

  • What A Will Contest Is
  • What The Grounds Are For Testing A Will
  • Lack Of Capacity
  • Undue Influence
  • When You Can File A Will Contest
  • What To Expect From A Will Contest Suit
  • Tortious Interference With Inheritance Claims
  • Updates To Bringing Tortious Interference With Inheritance Claims

Eugene Nassif

April 28, 2021