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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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Our Davenport attorneys have the experience, knowledge, and resources to ensure a successful resolution to your legal matter. Contact us today and take the first step to resolve your family law, business law, real estate, civil litigation, guardianship, estate planning, and probate matters.

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Family Law & Divorce

Our Davenport divorce and family law attorneys will be on your side as trusted advocates and help bring your divorce or legal separation to an amicable conclusion. Our experienced and affordable family law specialists also assist our clients in child custody and support, adoptions, family mediation, collaborative and cooperative divorce, and spousal maintenance cases.

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Our Davenport estate planning attorneys are here to help you create a personalized estate plan that will help you reduce or eliminate estate taxes, avoid probate, and ensure the needs of your family are met in the event you pass away. We specialize in wills, trusts, special needs trusts, and guardianship designation, helping you secure your legacy to your loved ones.

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Guardianship Law

Our Davenport Guardianship Attorneys are here to help your family with your guardianship needs. We specialize in Davenport adult Guardianship, guardianship of minor children, contested guardianship and guardianship litigation in Davenport, Scott County, and throughout Iowa. We're here to be on your side and reach a favorable conclusion to your Davenport guardianship matter.

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Our Davenport probate attorneys protect you and your rights during probate litigation, will contests, and trust litigation in Iowa. We give you peace of mind knowing your estate administration case is in proper hands.

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Our Davenport civil litigation have the experience and legal tools necessary to defend you in your civil defense case. We have experience in all civil case types, including mechanics liens, contract disputes, and commercial and business litigation.

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Our Davenport DUI, Traffic & Criminal attorneys understand that your rights and your freedoms are important to you, which means it's import ant to us. Contact us today to allow us to help you during your Davenport DUI or Davenport traffic matter. We ensure your matter is handled with care allowing you to achieve the best possible outcome.

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Our Davenport business attorneys can help you with all of your business needs. We help your business through every step of its creation, entity formation, corporate and employee contracts and help ensure the contracts and agreements you need protect you from all eventualities.

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Our Davenport immigration attorneys have the skill and experience to use ever available avenue to keep you in the country with your family, for your job and your life. We know that staying in the country is one of the most important things to you, which means it's important for us. We will fight to help you receive your asylum, your green card and your citizenship.

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Our Davenport real estate attorneys have extensive experience in all types of real estate matters in Davenport including real estate contracts, real estate disputes, contract creation and mechanics liens. Use our experience to help you complete your real estate matter efficiently and affordably.

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See below for our other locations. If our office locations are not convenient for you, we are happy to speak with you by phone.

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O'Flaherty Law of Davenport

201 W. 2nd St., Ste. 400A

Davenport, IA 52801

(563) 503-6910
davenport@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 Davenport?

Why O'Flaherty Law of Davenport?

Why O'Flaherty Law of Davenport?

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 Davenport Bankruptcy Attorneys provide excellent service in the following areas of law:

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  • We Give You Counsel From Expert Attorneys, Not Info-Tapes!  Our Lincoln Park bankruptcy attorneys will work with you from beginning to end.  We understand that you don't fit in a mold, don't rely on info-tapes and will be your trusted advocates.  Our goal is to develop relationships with our clients that last long after your bankruptcy case has ended.
  • We Are Cost-Effective!  We understand that considering bankruptcy  means you are in a position where you're already surrounded by debt and financially strained.  We are proud to offer affordable rates that allow our clients to have peace of mind while having their financial matters met. ​
  • We Have a Wide Network of Resources to Help!  Once we assist you in getting a fresh new start, you may need help from other professionals.  We are proud to offer a a large network of resources of bankers, loan officers, financial advisors and local professionals to creative a comprehensive solution that suits your needs.

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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.

O'Flaherty Law of Davenport

201 W. 2nd St., Ste. 400A

Davenport, IA 52801

davenport@oflaherty-law.com

What to Expect From a Consultation

The purpose of a free 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. Although most consultations are complimentary, some may carry a charge depending on the type of matter and meeting location.

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Check Out Articles and Videos from our Davenport Bankruptcy Attorneys

Davenport bankruptcy attorney, Kevin O'Flaherty, explains everything you need to know about the Chapter 7 Bankruptcy process.

Davenport bankruptcy attorney, Kevin O'Flaherty, explains everything you need to know about the Chapter 7 Bankruptcy process.

Preparing For Bankruptcy

Our Davenport bankruptcy attorneys discuss the steps required to prepare your bankruptcy petition.  Before filing, you are required to complete an online credit counseling course. These are usually relatively short and the expense is nominal.

Our Davenport Bankruptcy and debt resolution attorneys will work with you to help you provide us with information regarding your assets, liabilities, income and expenses. After a meeting with the creditors, your case will be heard in the appropriate court where your bankruptcy will then be discharged.

Read the full article by our Davenport bankruptcy attorneys regarding preparation for bankruptcy.  

In this video, Davenport bankruptcy attorney Kevin O'Flaherty of O'Flaherty Law talks about some of the advantages of both chapter 7 and chapter 13 bankruptcy and how they can apply to your specific needs.

What Can You Keep After a Bankruptcy in Davenport?

Keeping your home or vehicle often depends on how much equity you have in each piece asset.  For example, the equity in a property is determined by the most current resale value minus the principle balance of any loans secured by the property. 

If you do file for the bankruptcy, the trustee will seek collection of your assets to fulfill your debts.  The Bankruptcy Code and laws in Davenport states that a portion of equity in particular types of property can be exempt from collection.  These exceptions on the property you decide to keep in order to avoid the trustee collecting them on your behalf.  For example:

  • You are allowed to keep $2,400.00 of equity in your vehicles ($4,800.00 for a married couple filing jointly)
  • You are allowed to keep $15,000.00 of equity in your primary residence ($30,000.00 for a married couple filing jointly); 
  • There is a $4,000.00 wildcard exemption that you can apply to any property of your choice ($8,000.00 for a married couple). 

Read an article from our Davenport bankruptcy attorneys about keeping your property during Davenport bankruptcy proceedings.

We explain the Chapter 13 bankruptcy process, including: Credit Counseling, filing your bankruptcy petition and schedules, filing your Chapter 13 repayment plan, the confirmation hearing, and discharge of debt.

Lincoln Park Chapter 7 Bankruptcies: What Happens at the First Meeting of Creditors?

Once our Davenport bankruptcy attorneys file your bankruptcy petition, we accompany you to the “First Meeting of Creditors.”  While this seems intimidating, it's misleading considering creditors rarely attend these meetings.  This meeting is between you, your attorney and the bankruptcy trustee assigned to your case. The trustee asks you preliminary questions and may do the following:

  • Confirm your identity through a photo ID and social security card.
  • Swear you in and put you under oath. 
  • Ask if you've reviewed your schedules before they were filed and ask you to confirm that they are true and correct.  
  • Ask if you have reviewed required notices provided by your attorney regarding bankruptcy and your alternatives. 

Once these questions are put on record and established, the trustee asks you questions regarding your schedules and finances. You can read a transcript of the bankruptcy trustee's usual questions here. ​Once the trustee enters a finding stating that you have no non-exempt assets for collection on your behalf they will recommend  your debts be released.  Once this happens, the case will close for a brief period.  During this time creditors have the right to object to the discharge, which seems intimidating but rarely happens.Read more about the First Meeting of Creditors.

Further Reading from our Davenport Bankruptcy Attorneys

What Happens To My Cryptocurrency If I File For Bankruptcy?

Cryptocurrency has gone from a niche product to a large-scale consumer investment. Bitcoin, Etherium, Dogecoin, and other cryptocurrencies are increasingly popular. According to NASDAQ, about 46 million Americans own Bitcoin.  

Matt Hector

October 13, 2021

The Illinois Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Process Explained

In a Chapter 13 bankruptcy, the debtor pays off some or all of their debt through a 3-to-5-year payment plan.  This is different from a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, in which the debtor’s assets are collected and used to pay creditors, while any remaining debt is immediately discharged.

Mark Hitt

October 6, 2021

10 Suggestions from A Lawyer for Your Court Appearance

If you are getting ready for court and are wondering what you need for your court appearance, this article is intended to give you some general suggestions of how to get ready for court and how to behave in court. It’s important that you properly prepare for court because it will potentially have a significant impact on your life.

Heather Jones

September 30, 2021