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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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O'Flaherty Law of Champaign

10 E. Main St., Ste. 101A

Champaign, IL 61820

(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 Probate Attorneys provide excellent service in the following areas of law:

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

You And Your Family Will Be in Excellent Hands! Our firm has built a reputation for being great at what we do and for providing exceptional service and communication to our clients. Many of our clients have taken the time to leave us positive testimonials.  In 2016 we received the Avvo Client's Choice Award due to the overwhelmingly positive reaction from our clients.  In 2015 Kevin O'Flaherty was honored with Suburban Life Magazine's Best Under 40 Award.  Our Champaign probate attorneys are skilled, experienced, and singularly focused on amazing client service. 

We Are Cost Effective!  Our Champaign probate attorneys are cost-effective and efficient, with the goal of handling your loved-one's estate as expeditiously as possible. Choosing the wrong probate attorney can be unnecessarily expensive, but with O'Flaherty, you know you'll be getting the right help for an affordable cost.

We Are Comprehensive!  It is common for probate cases to require experience in many areas of law, such as real estate, family law, business law, or litigation.  Our team of experienced Champaign attorneys collectively have experience in nearly every area of law.  We work as a team to make sure that you get the benefit of all of our knowledge.  


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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 Probate Attorneys

In this episode of Learn About Law, our Champaign probate attorney Kevin O'Flaherty will give an introduction to Illinois probate, including: what probate is, probate Basics, and alternatives to probate in Illinois.

In this episode of Learn About Law, our Champaign probate attorney Kevin O'Flaherty will give an introduction to Illinois probate, including: what probate is, probate Basics, and alternatives to probate in Illinois.

What is Probate?

In this video our Champaign probate  attorneys describe probate as a court case in which the court oversees the executor or administrator as they distribute the assets of a deceased individual to creditors and beneficiaries.  The probate process occurs after a person has died and is handled by an executor of the deceased person.  The executor is usually the person that the deceased named in his or her will to be responsible for managing his or her estate.  In the absence of a will, the person with this responsibility is referred to as the administrator.  The overall goal of probate is to clarify who gets certain assets of a deceased person and to ensure that debt is paid off.


In this episode we discuss recent and upcoming changes​ to Illinois​ probate​ and #estate​ laws. 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.

Illinois Probate & Estate Law 2020

In this video our Champaign attorneys explain that 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.  If the deceased (known from here on as the decedent) had a valid will and named someone to manage his or her estate, the court will appoint this person as executor of the estate, as long as he or she is fit to take on the role.  If the decedent did not have a will, the court will appoint an administrator to fulfill the responsibilities of an executor until the case comes to an end.  The purpose of probate is to account for the decedent’s entire estate and allocate said estate in accordance with the wishes of the deceased, once any and all debts of the decedent are paid.

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 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.

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Family Settlement Agreements for Illinois Probate Litigation

In this video, our Champaign probate litigation attorneys explain family settlement agreements for Illinois probate litigation and trust disputes.  A family settlement agreement can be used to resolve ambiguities within a trust or will in order to avoid tension between family members and costly litigation A family settlement agreement is an agreement between beneficiaries of a trust or will that have a genuine dispute over a provision of the trust or will.  The agreement can be used to adjust or clarify a provision of the trust or will.  The agreement must be signed by all interested in parties, but it does not have to be filed in court.


Further Reading from our Champaign Probate 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