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Cook County Estate Planning Attorney | Estate Planning Lawyer, Cook County IL

Our Cook County estate planning attorneys will take the time to learn about your family's individual situation and needs. We are proud of our affordable rates and above-and-beyond client service that will help you and your family achieve your estate planning goals to help you minimize estate taxes and help your Cook County estate avoid probate.
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"Kevin was extremely professional, responsive and knowledgeable when I came to him for help. I would definitely recommend O'Flaherty Law!"

How can our Cook County Estate Planning Attorneys help you?

Top 3 Qualities to look for in Your Attorney

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We believe your attorney should not speak in legalese

Finding an attorney who 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.

We believe 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.

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We believe 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, the concerns that the attorney has about the outcome of your case, and the length of time that you should expect your case to take.

Regardless of the nature of your case, we have an experienced attorney who will focus on your individual needs. Our team of attorneys works closely together, bringing each of their different fields of experience to bear in order to optimize our client care.

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Christi M.

Kevin's firm handled setting up my will and trust recently. They took something that seemed intimidating and made it easy to understand. I've also referred a couple clients to Kevin - he's trustworthy, approachable and very fairly priced.


"I've used Kevin and his firm's services since 2011. He gave undivided attention to my cases, advised me on different options and..."

Rachel B.

"Kevin was extremely professional, responsive and knowledgeable when I came to him for help. I would definitely recommend O'Flaherty Law!"

About Cook County Estate Planning Attorneys:

  • ​Our Cook County Attorneys Go The Extra Mile!  Our Cook County estate planning attorneys will take the time to understand your family's personal estate planning goals.  Many of our clients have been so pleased with our service that they have taken the time to leave us glowing reviews, and due to the overwhelmingly positive response from our clients, we received Avvo Client's Choice Award for Estate Planning in 2016.
  • Our Cook County Attorneys Are Affordable! Estate planning does not have to be expensive.  We are proud of our affordable rates. If you find a more affordable rate from other estate planning goals we'd like to hear about it!  
  • Our Cook County Attorneys Know Our Stuff!  Our Cook County estate planning lawyers have extensive experience in advanced estate planning techniques.  Regardless of the complexity of your estate planning goals, we can help.  In addition to wills and revocable living trusts, we have experience in estate tax avoidancecreditor avoidancespecial needs planning, and medicaid planning.   ​​
  • Our Cook County Attorneys are Comprehensive!  At O'Flaherty Law, we are your community law firm.  With multiple attorneys who have various areas of knowledge, we work as a team to provide comprehensive representation to our clients.  We can guide you for the long-term regardless of the legal issues that arise in the course of your life. 
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What to Expect From a Legal Consultation

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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Chicago, Illinois 60642

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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 Cook County Estate Planning Attorneys

Estate Planning Goal: Appointment of Fiduciaries & Distribution of Assets

In these two companion articles, our Cook County estate planning attorneys discuss how to use an estate plan to appoint fiduciaries and arrange for the distribution of assets.   Your estate plan should appoint executors or trustees to administer your estate after you pass and financial and healthcare agents to make the necessary decisions for you should you become mentally incompetent.  Our article on the distribution of assets explains what will happen to your assets if you pass away with or without a will or trust.  

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Estate Planning Goal: Probate Avoidance Upon Death

In this article, our Cook County estate planning attorneys explain how revocable living trusts can be used to avoid costly and time consuming probate estates when you pass. Probate is a court case that is required in Illinois when you pass away owning any real estate outside of a trust or more than $100,000.00 outside of a trust.  It is preferable to avoid probate, because probate can cost between 5% and 10% of the value of the estate in attorneys fees and court costs, because assets passing through a probate estate can take a year or more to reach your loved ones, and because probate cases are stressful for everyone involved.  Fortunately, by using a revocable living trust as the primary vehicle of your estate plan, our Cook County estate planning attorneys can ensure that probate will not be necessary when you pass, and that, instead, your estate will pass immediately to your loved ones without the need to hire an attorney or appear in court. 

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