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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.


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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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Navigate your bankruptcy with our experienced and dedicated Des Moines bankruptcy attorneys. No need to cut corners with our cost effective Des Moines lawyers.

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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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O'Flaherty Law of Des Moines

2716 Grand Ave., Ste. 2

Des Moines, IA 50312

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

Hours of Operation

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

Our Des Moines Business Attorney provide excellent service in the following areas of law:

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

We Understand Business Owners’ Needs! Kevin O’Flaherty who personally works with our business & corporate clients, has a passion for business and understands the mindset of entrepreneurs in a way that most attorneys do not.  In addition to owning O’Flaherty Law, Kevin has started multiple other enterprises.  He founded and hosts the SeizeYourBusiness.com podcast & videoblog, in which he interviews successful business owners and entrepreneurs regarding business issues and strategies.  Kevin hosts regular Small Business Workshops and Seminars, as well as multiple Business Think Tank groups, where entrepreneurs come together to share ideas and work through problems.  Kevin also founded the Business Lounge of Des Moines, a club for entrepreneurs and professionals to work together to enhance their business opportunities.  As a business owner, you don’t just need an attorney.  You need an attorney who understands the unique mindset of an entrepreneur. 

Our Clients Love Us!  Our Des Moines business, corporate & contract Law attorneys have earned a reputation for going above-and-beyond for our clients.  Many of our clients have been so impressed by our service, that they have taken time out of their busy schedules to write us glowing reviews, which you can read here.  In 2016, we received the Avvo Clients’ Choice Award.  In 2015, Suburban Life Magazine named Kevin O’Flaherty as one of its Best Under 40.  We have an A+ Rating with the Better Business Bureau, and have never received a complaint.  We have received these accolades because we work every day to put our clients first.  Kevin is accessible after hours and on weekends via his cell phone: (630)967-4697.  We promptly return calls and e-mails, and affirmatively communicate with you and educate you at every stage of your matter.   

We Are Budget-Friendly!  We know that the last thing you need for your bottom line is expensive legal bills.  Our mission is to build a lifelong relationship with our business clients and their families.  This is why we have intentionally set our rates below market.  We offer cost-effective flat fees for most projects.  If a flat fee is not available, we will make sure that you know what to expect at the outset of your project, and that you are never surprised by a legal bill.  If you can find a more affordable option for your business & corporate needs, we would like to hear about it!

We are Comprehensive!  The fact that you are a business owner will impact your personal legal needs, such as estate planning, real estate, and protecting assets from creditors. Because our team of Des Moines attorneys has experience in nearly every area of law, once you establish trust with O’Flaherty Law of Des Moines, you will never have to look elsewhere for an attorney, regardless of your needs. Unlike firms with a more limited scope, we have the ability to incorporate your business planning into your personal legal needs. Should your business need assistance with collections or other dispute resolution, with bankruptcy, or with any other area of law, we can help! ​d

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O'Flaherty Law of Des Moines

2716 Grand Ave., Ste. 2

Des Moines, IA 50312

desmoines@oflaherty-law.com

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Check Out Articles and Videos from our Des Moines Business Attorney

In this episode, our Des Moines attorney Kevin O'Flaherty discusses the general rules of how to qualify an out of state (foreign) limited liability company to do business within the state of Iowa.

Doing Business In Iowa

In this video, our Des Moines business attorneys discuss important aspects of foreign businesses. In Iowa, if your LLC is formed in another state, it is considered a foreign LLC. This means that it has been created under the laws of another state. In contrast, a business formed in Iowa is considered a domestic business in Iowa.  To register a business in the state of Iowa, you need to file an application for a certificate of authority with the Iowa Secretary of State. A copy of this document can be found on the Iowa Secretary of State’s website and it can be filled out through an online portal. The penalties for not registering your foreign LLC in Iowa can be very harsh. If your LLC does business in Iowa without authority, it can’t bring a lawsuit in the state. Additionally, you could face a civil penalty of up to $1,000 and can face being barred from continuing to conduct business in Iowa by the attorney general.


In this episode, our Des Moines attorney Kevin O'Flaherty covers the major document needed with the state to maintain your business.

Annual Filing Requirements for LLCs in Iowa

In this video, our Des Moines business attorneys explain how If you have a limited liability company (LLC) in Iowa, you will need to draft and file a number of documents with the state to maintain your business. Iowa requires LLC’s to file biennial reports with the Secretary of State. While you can still print out the report, fill it out and then mail it into the Secretary of State, the Iowa Secretary of State now has an online portal that allows you to fill in and submit all of the information online. In Iowa, most LLC’s are considered pass through tax entities for purposes of income taxes. In other words, the responsibility of paying income taxes passes through the LLC to the individual LLC members. If your LLC has employees you will need to pay employer taxes. Taxes will need to be paid both federally and in Iowa.  If your LLC sells any goods to customers in Iowa, you have to collect and pay sales tax. To do this, you must register with the Department of Revenue and submit tax payments periodically.


In this episode of learn about law, our Des Moines attorney goes over sole proprietorships in Iowa.

Iowa Business Structures: Solo Proprietorships

In this video, our Des Moines attorneys explain how in Iowa, sole proprietorships are more or less the “basis” format for a business. Sole proprietorships aren’t a legal business entity. It is considered one and the same from the person operating the entity. Because there is no difference between the individual and the business, sole proprietors do not need to file business tax returns. The business’s profits or loses will be on their personal tax returns. As for liability, because there is no difference between you and the business, you are liable for anything the business is, whether it be a contract you make on behalf of the business or any litigation against the business.  


Further Reading from our Des Moines Business Attorney

Can I Collect Unemployment in Iowa?

In this article we will discuss unemployment in Iowa, including:

  • Am I Eligible for Iowa Unemployment Benefits?
  • “Good Cause” for Quitting
  • When Can I Collect Unemployment in Iowa?
  • How to Collect Unemployment in Iowa

April 28, 2021

Illinois Discrimination Law – Title VII and Changes to Employee Discrimination Law

With the issuance of the decision in the case of Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia that held that queer and transgender employees are covered under anti-discrimination statutes on the basis of sex, many employers with deeply held religious beliefs or actual religious entities may be left wondering: can the government force someone to violate a deeply held religious belief? This article will discuss the following information:

  1. What are the rights of employers with closely held religious beliefs?  
  1. Can a company that is not owned by a single family or individual have closely held religious beliefs?
  1. Can I deny employment/tenancy against queer and transgender individuals because my religious beliefs do not allow me to provide for it?

April 7, 2021

Changes to Illinois Employment Law 2021

We discuss the following changes to Illinois employment law, as of March 2021:

  • Changes to Illinois Sexual Harassment and Discrimination Laws
  • Illinois Increase in Minimum Wage
  • Chicago Fair Workweek Ordinance
  • Am I Allowed Time Off Because of Covid-19?

March 30, 2021