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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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Count on our Des Moines attorneys who have expertise in all areas of law so you can feel confident that your case is being handled effectively and efficiently.

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At O'Flaherty law, we know your citizen status is important to you. That is why our Des Moines attorneys will help you navigate immigration forms with ease and skill.

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Trust our Des Moines family and divorce attorneys to put you in the best position possible for your family related cases with our skilled and knowledgable lawyers.

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Get the help you need with you or your loved ones estate planning goals with our experienced and skilled Des Moines lawyers who will set you on the right track for success.

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Our Des Moines probate and estate attorneys have the expertise to resolve your legal issues effectively and efficiently so you can focus on what matters.

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Trust our Des Moines guardianship attorneys to help you navigate the complexities of guardianship cases and put your case as a high priority so you can focus on what really matters.

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Resolve any civil dispute you may be involved in with the help of our experienced Des Moines attorneys who will guide you towards success in your case.

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O'Flaherty Law of Des Moines

2716 Grand Ave., Ste. 2

Des Moines, IA 50312

(515) 207-2006
desmoines@oflaherty-law.com

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Open
Monday
9:00am - 7:00pm
Tuesday
9:00am - 7:00pm
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Thursday
9:00am - 7:00pm
Friday
9:00am - 7:00pm
By Appointment
Saturday
11:00am - 3:00pm
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11:00am - 2:00pm

Why O'Flaherty Law of Des Moines?

Why O'Flaherty Law of Des Moines?

Why O'Flaherty Law of Des Moines?

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.

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We Give You Counsel, Not Info-Tapes!  We are your community law firm, not a bankruptcy mill.  Many bankruptcy attorneys will not meet their clients for the first time until near the end of the case, at the first meeting of creditors.  Our friendly Des Moines bankruptcy lawyers are happy to be your guide and answer any questions you may have from your free initial consultation until you have started your new life with a clean state. 

We Are Affordable!  We understand that if you are speaking to us about bankruptcy, the last thing you need are expensive legal fees.  We are proud of our affordable rates, which allow us to help more people in our community, and build lasting relationships that will persist long after your bankruptcy case is successfully closed. 

We Have a Wide Network of Resources to Help Get You Back on Your Feet!  Due to our deep involvement in the local community, we can help you get back on your feet in many more ways than simply performing legal work.  Our network of professionals can help you start your new life through credit counseling, financial advice, banking, leases, and vehicle purchases.  We are your resource hub and your advocate!


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In this video, attorney Kevin O'Flaherty describes ways you can receive legal services from the comfort of home.

Please contact our friendly lawyers to Schedule a Consultation.
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O'Flaherty Law of Des Moines

2716 Grand Ave., Ste. 2

Des Moines, IA 50312

desmoines@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 Des Moines Bankruptcy Attorneys

In this episode, our Des Moines attorney covers Iowa Chapter 7 Bankruptcy including What is the process for filing Chapter 7 Bankruptcy?, Exempt Income and Property from Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, First Meeting of Creditors, and Are There Debts That Cannot Be Discharged?

Bankruptcy for Individual Debtors Iowa Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

In this video, our Des Moines chapter 7 bankruptcy attorneys explain how Chapter 7 bankruptcy is a filing which allows some individual persons to wipe out many debts. It is designed to eliminate most debts, while selling some assets to compensate creditors. Many assets are exempt under Iowa and federal law. A trustee will be appointed by the court to collect the debtor’s non-exempt assets and to sell them to the creditors to repay debts.


In this episode, our Des Moines attorney gives an overview of what bankruptcy​ can do for you and what it can’t and how the automatic stay​ affects creditors ability to collect on certain types of debt.

What Bankruptcy Can and Cannot Help You With In Illinois and Iowa

In this video, our Des Moines chapter 7 bankruptcy attorneys explain how bankruptcy means for you and how it depends on what type of debt you’re struggling with, how much you have and what you're willing to lose. You’ll have to determine what type of bankruptcy is best for your situation—this is a good conversation to have with a bankruptcy attorney—with the two main options being Chapter 7 and Chapter 13. Once you file for bankruptcy the automatic stay kicks in and most creditors will be prohibited from continuing to harass you for payment.


In this episode, our Des Moines attorney will explain involuntary bankruptcy, discuss how the involuntary bankruptcy process works, the petitioning process, and the limitations on involuntary bankruptcy.

Involuntary Bankruptcy Explained

In this video, our Des Moines chapter 7 bankruptcy attorneys explain how involuntary bankruptcy is a legal process by which creditors can “force” an individual or business to enter into bankruptcy. The creditor must petition the courts to initiate the bankruptcy proceedings and the indebted party can file an objection to force a case. Having this option gives creditors some degree of protection against individuals or businesses who may otherwise take advantage of the business.

It’s rare that a business will petition for involuntary bankruptcy against an individual because the effort of getting enough money from one person versus the assets of a business is low, but it does still happen. The creditor may feel they won’t get any money out of the indebted party unless forcing them to enter into bankruptcy proceedings, and so the creditor must seek legal grounds in order to collect on the debt. Involuntary bankruptcy can’t be brought forward against an individual or business for any amount of money, the indebted party must have a significant amount of unmet debt. The amount of debt warranting a petition of involuntary bankruptcy is dependent on whether the debtor is an individual or business.


Further Reading from our Des Moines Bankruptcy Attorneys

Iowa Bankruptcy Law Updates 2021 | Recent Changes to Iowa Bankruptcy Law

As of December 2020, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 (the “Act”) was enacted, which temporarily modified several sections of the Bankruptcy Code. In this article we discuss these recent changes to bankruptcy law including:  

  • Changes to Obtaining Credit 2021
  • Changes to the Deadline for Performance of Obligations 2021
  • Changes to Non-Residential Leases 2021
  • Changes to Utility Service 2021
  • Changes to Discriminatory Treatment Protections 2021
  • Changes to Property of the Estate 2021
  • Changes to Bankruptcy Preferences 2021

May 3, 2021

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and The Second Draw

In this article we will be reviewing the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and The Second Draw, and we answer the questions of:

  • What is the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)?
  • What Are the Eligible Expenses That the PPP Funds Can Be Applied to?
  • What Businesses Are Able to Apply for a PPP Loan?
  • What Provisions Has Congress Enacted for Very Small and Minority Businesses?
  • What if I received a PPP Loan from the Original Program, Can I Apply Again?
  • How Much Is a Business Able to Receive from a PPP Loan?
  • Are the Expenses Paid With PPP Funds Tax Deductible?
  • How Can My Business Apply For a PPP Loan?
  • How Soon Can Funds Be Received from an Approved PPP Loan?
  • What Are The Repayment Terms on The PPP Loans?

April 6, 2021

The CARES Act And Student Loan Relief

This article will discuss the CARES Act's current state and how it impacts student loan debt, and the potential for loan forgiveness. We will answer the following questions:

 

  • What is the CARES Act?
  • Which student loans are affected by the CARES Act?
  • What if the Department of Education does not own my loans?
  • What about income-based repayment plans and Public Service Loan Forgiveness?
  • Will the Biden administration push for student loan forgiveness?

Kevin O'Flaherty

March 31, 2021