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Top 3 Qualities to Look for in Your Attorney

Your attorney should not speak in legalese.

Finding an attorney who doesn't use complex legal jargon and is a “real person” can be difficult. You should be able to connect with your attorney on a personal level, and they should speak to you in plain language that you can understand.

Your attorney should be accessible.

You deserve a responsive legal team that communicates regularly and promptly returns your calls.  Although legal matters can take time, you should feel confident in the progress of your case.

Your attorney should be realistic about costs and outcomes.

You want a favorable outcome as efficiently as possible. Your attorney should set realistic expectations on costs, concerns about the outcome of your case, and the length of time that you can expect your case to take.

Beyond a Will: Comprehensive Estate Planning

Estate planning is more than just drafting a will. As a Chicago estate planning lawyer, we help you navigate additional aspects that a will might not cover. Health care decisions are crucial; if you're unable to make them yourself, documents like health care power of attorney and living wills specify who can make these decisions on your behalf. It's about ensuring your healthcare wishes are respected when you can't communicate them.

Designating Beneficiaries and Assets

Estate planning in Chicago involves carefully choosing beneficiaries for your possessions and assets. Certain assets, like insurance plans and pensions, pass on to heirs outside of a will. It’s vital to appoint appropriate beneficiaries and contingency beneficiaries. As your estate planning attorney in Chicago, we ensure these designations align with your intentions, providing a seamless transition of your assets.

Selecting the Right Executor

The role of an executor is pivotal in managing your estate. They oversee the probate process, asset protection, debt settlement, and asset distribution. Choosing someone you trust, whether a family member or a neutral third party, is essential. As your Chicago estate planning attorney, we assist you in selecting an executor who aligns with your values and ensures your wishes are fulfilled. Our goal is to provide legal support and advice tailored to your unique situation, helping you make informed decisions.


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O'Flaherty Law of Chicago

155 N Wacker Dr STE 4250 Unit 30

Chicago, IL 60606

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Why O'Flaherty Law of Chicago?

Why O'Flaherty Law of Chicago?

Why O'Flaherty Law of Chicago?

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 experienced at everything.  That is why we have worked hard to assemble a team of attorneys with extensive experience in different areas of experience.  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 Chicago Estate Planning Attorneys provide excellent service in the following areas of law:

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

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The purpose of a 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.

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Meet the Owner

I am personally committed to ensuring that each one of our clients receives the highest level of client service from our team.  Our mission is to provide excellent legal work in a cost-effective manner while maintaining open lines of communication between our clients and their attorneys.  Many of our clients are going through difficult times in their lives when they reach out to us.  They should feel comfortable leaning on the experience and knowledge of our attorneys as their counselors and advocates.  We are here to help!

- Attorney Kevin O'Flaherty, Owner

Check Out Articles and Videos from our Chicago Estate Planning Attorneys

Chicago estate planning attorney, Kevin O'Flaherty outlines the 8 goals of a good estate planning.

The Goals of A Good Estate Plan in Chicago

Our Chicago estate planning attorneys outline the 8 goals of a good estate plan in this article.Four General Goals that Apply to Most People:

1.  Appointment of Fiduciaries and Distribution of Assets When You Pass;

2.  Avoiding probate when you pass;

3.  Guardianship avoidance upon mental incompetence;

4.  End of Life Decision-Making;

​Four Goals that Only Apply in Specific Circumstances

5.  Estate Tax Planning;

6.  Special Needs Planning;

7.  Creditor Protection; and

8.  Medicaid Planning.

Chicago estate planning attorney, Kevin O'Flaherty discusses how to use a Chicago estate plan to appoint fiduciaries to important roles in your life.

Appointment of Fiduciaries & Distribution of Assets in Chicago

These next two articles by our Chicago estate planning attorneys discuss appointing fiduciaries and arrange asset distribution.  Your estate plan's purpose is the appointment of executors or trustees to manage your estate once you pass.  It's purpose also enables individuals you appoint to make healthcare and financial decisions for you in case you become mentally incompetent. The next article on asset distribution discusses how your assets will be distributed after you pass both with and without a will or trust.  

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Avoiding Probate in Chicago

Our Chicago estate planning attorneys discuss revocable living trusts and what ways they are used to avoid probate, which can  be time consuming and costly. Probate is required in Illinois when you pass away and have real estate worth $100,000.00 or more outside of a trust.Avoiding probate will save your estate time and money.  The costs of probate can be between 5% and 10% of the estate value in court and attorneys fees.  Probate also may take a year or more which causes your loved ones to wait to receive your assets, which is what makes revocable living trusts so lucrative.  These trusts act as the primary vehicle of your estate plan.  We will ensure that your estate avoids probate and your estate will pass immediately to your loved ones.

Further Reading from our Chicago Estate Planning Attorneys