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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.


Regardless of the nature 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 expertise to bear in order to optimize our client care.

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Family Law & Divorce

Our Cook County Attorneys have the skill and experience to accomplish your legal goals at a cost-effective rate. We are proud of our above-and-beyond client service in Divorce & Family Law, Probate & Estate Administration, Guardianship, Civil Litigation, DUI & Criminal Defense, Estate Planning and more!

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Family Law & Divorce

At O'Flaherty Law, you'll find Cook County family attorneys who will go above and beyond to aggressively represent you with their skilled legal work and exceptional client service at rates you can afford. We provide you with the best representation for any family law issues including divorce, maintenance awards, adoption, and child support and custody.

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Our Cook County guardianship attorneys assist you in every detail regarding your guardianship matter. We have experience in both contested and uncontested guardianship proceedings and offer affordable rates, accessibility and peace of mind to ensure your case receives the dedication and attention it deserves.

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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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Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Our Cook County litigation attorneys have a wide range of experience in civil litigation matters. We represent both plaintiffs or defendants in federal or state cases and also handle cases outside of Illinois. From the beginning of a dispute, we prepare long-term efficient strategies while focusing on achieving a favorable resolution for our clients.

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DUI, Criminal & Traffic Defense

Our Cook County criminal defense attorneys will vigorously fight for your rights exploring every avenue giving you the best opportunity to succeed in your DUI, traffic or criminal case. We have the experience to put you in the best possible position at affordable rates.

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Our Cook County Business Attorneys handle everything from contract agreements to corporate formalities. We are proud of our outstanding client service and cost-effective rates.

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At O'Flaherty Law, our Cook County Immigration & Naturalization attorneys will be your advocates and fight for your rights while maintaining accessibility and affordibility. Our Immigration lawyers will use their experience to pursue every avenue under the law to ensure you and your family become naturalized citizens or remain in the country.

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Real Estate Law

Our Cook County real estate attorneys know that buying or selling your home or commercial property is one of the most important things to you, which means it's important to us. Our experienced real estate lawyers will give your case the attention it deserves and ensure your residential or commercial contract gets to closing smoothly and on time.

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Our Cook County bankruptcy attorneys will help give you a clean slate through debt negotiation, Chapter 7, Chapter 11, or Chapter 13 bankruptcy. Allow us to be your advocate and give you peace of mind in a friendly and affordable manner.

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Please contact our friendly Cook County Probate Attorneys at our nearest location to schedule a free consultation.

O'Flaherty Law of Chicago

1941 N. Elston Ave., Ste. A

Chicago, Illinois 60642

(312) 736-1384
chicago@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 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 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 Cook County 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 Cook County probate attorneys are skilled, experienced, and singularly focused on amazing client service. 
  • We Are Cost Effective!  Our Cook County 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 Cook County 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 Chicago

1941 N. Elston Ave., Ste. A

Chicago, Illinois 60642

chicago@oflaherty-law.com

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Check Out Articles and Videos from our Cook County Probate Attorneys

Cook County probate attorney Kevin O'Flaherty explains when probate is necessary in Cook County, Illinois.

Cook County probate attorney Kevin O'Flaherty explains when probate is necessary in Cook County, Illinois.

Learn About When Probate is Necessary

In this article, our Cook County probate lawyers explain when probate is necessary in Cook County, Illinois. Probate is a court case in which the court oversees the distribution of a decedent's assets to his or her heirs and creditors.  In order to administer an estate in Illinois, probate will be necessary if:

  • The decedent owned more than $100,000.00 in assets outside of either a trust or outside of accounts that are payable to a direct beneficiary upon death, OR
  • The decedent owned any real estate outside of a trust that is not deeded with a right to survivorship for the decedent's spouse (even if there is a mortgage) outside of a trust

If probate is necessary, the person responsible for administering the estate, known as the executor, must have letters of office issued by the probate court before he or she can begin collecting the decedent's assets for distribution to creditors and heirs.  The executor will also have to file accountings, notices, and reports with the court regarding the collection and distribution of these assets.

Cook County probate attorney Kevin O'Flaherty explains how to administer an estate in Illinois.

How to Administer an Estate in Cook County

In this article, our Cook County estate attorneys explain how to administer an estate in Cook County, Illinois. If you are the Executor or Trustee of an estate you should have our Cook County probate attorneys handle the legal aspects of estate administration.  However, even when working with a probate attorney, there are still several actions you will need to take on your own.

  1. Open an estate checking account
  2. Keep records of all transactions that deal with the estate
  3. Deposit any cash you receive into a checking account
  4. Gather a complete list of assets owned by the decedent
  5. Manage the estate by disconnecting utilities, filing for a change of address and obtaining insurance to protect assets
  6. Handle financial matters by closing credit card accounts and notifying relevant financial institutions
  7. Pay debts or expenses from estate checking account
  8. Distribute remaining balance of estate to heirs as directed in decedents will
  9. File income tax returns
  10. File estate tax returns

Cook County estate attorney Kevin O'Flaherty explains the Cook County probate process.

How to Open a Probate Estate

In this article, our Cook County probate attorneys explain the probate process. In order to open a probate estate, our Cook County probate attorneys will file several documents with the probate court:

  • Petition for Issuance of Letters of Office and Admission of Will:   This petition requests that a probate case be opened.  If there is a will, the petition requests that the will be admitted to probate.  It also requests that an order be issued by the court naming the petitioner as executor of the estate.  This order is called "Letters of Office," and it gives the executor the power to collect the assets of the estate and distribute them to creditors and heirs or legatees.  
  • Affidavit of Heirship - The Affidavit of Heirship lists the individuals who stand to inherit from the estate.  If there is a will, these individuals are called "legatees."  In the absence of a will, they are called "heirs." 
  • Affidavit as to Copy of Will - This is a sworn statement by the executor that, to the best of the executor's knowledge, the will be submitted to the probate court is accurate and the most recently executed will. 
  • Oath of Office - This is an written oath sworn by the executor to fulfill his or her fiduciary duties associated with the administration with the estate. 
  • Surety Bond or Non-Surety Bond - In order to initiate a probate case, a bond must be obtained by the executor from an insurance company to insure against the executor's mishandling of assets. 
  • Notice to Heirs and Legatees - A notice that the executor must mail to all individuals who stand to inherit from the estate informing them that the probate case has been opened. 
  • Publication Notice - Unknown creditors of the deceased must be informed that the probate case has been opened through publication in a newspaper for three consecutive weeks. 

Upon filing of these documents, a hearing will be held to appoint the executor and admit the will to probate.   

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Further Reading from our Cook County 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