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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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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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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 Are Cost Effective!  We understand that the last thing you and your family need at this difficult time is expensive legal fees.  Our experienced Des Moines attorneys will handle your probate matter efficiently and effectively.  We are proud of our affordable rates! 

We Go Above-And-Beyond For You And Your Family!  At O'Flaherty Law, we have a singular focus on providing experienced legal work and excellent service to our clients.  Many of our clients have taken the time to write us glowing testimonials after being assisted by our Des Moines probate attorneys.  In 2016 we were the recipient of the Avvo Client's Choice Award.  Kevin O'Flaherty was honored to receive the Best Under 40 Award from Suburban Life Magazine in 2015.  We have built a reputation for making every client's experience with our firm a positive one, despite the difficult times that we are helping them navigate. 

We Are Comprehensive!  Probate cases often intersect with other areas of law that other probate attorneys are not capable of handling.  Our team of Des Moines attorneys collectively have experience in nearly every area of law, and we take a collaborative approach to ensure that the best legal mind is focused on whatever issue may arise in your probate matter.  Whether your probate case requires experience in real estate, family law, business law, or litigation, we have the resources to handle the issue in house to make sure you are getting the best representation possible. 


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Des Moines, IA 50312

desmoines@oflaherty-law.com

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Check Out Articles and Videos from our Des Moines Estate Planning Attorneys

In this episode, our Des Moines attorney Kevin O'Flaherty covers recent changes to estate and probate law in 2021.

In this episode, our Des Moines attorney Kevin O'Flaherty covers recent changes to estate and probate law in 2021.

Changes to Iowa Estate and Probate Law 2021

In this video our Des Moines estate attorneys explain the recent changes to Iowa state and probate. The Iowa State Legislature modified a Iowa Law as it relates to the transfer of real estate. A “transfer” under Iowa Law, for the purposes of real estate disclosures, is the transfer or conveyance by sale, exchange, real estate contract, or any other method by which real estate and improvements are purchased, if a property includes at least one but not more than four dwelling units. A written disclosure usually must be given by the transferor to the person interested in being transferred the real property.

The legislature created provisions for the creation of directed trusts. In traditional trusts, the trustee is the only party responsible for managing and diversifying investments. In directed trusts, the trustee is responsible for administrative duties, but another party manages the underlying assets and is responsible for how the investments perform. The new law creates methods for appointing trust directors and protectors through the creating instrument, who have fiduciary powers.


In this article, our Des Moines explain the Iowa probate process by answering the following questions: What is probate? What is the purpose of probate in Iowa? Are all assets subject to probate in Iowa? Do I need an attorney for a probate case in Iowa? When is probate necessary in Iowa? And the probate process in Iowa

Iowa Probate Process Explained

In this video, our Des Moines probate attorneys explain how probate is the official manner in which an estate is settled under supervision of the court. When a person dies without an established will, an executor is appointed (typically a surviving spouse or adult child of the deceased) to gather and value owned assets, settle remaining debts, and distribute assets to heirs. Probate prevents fraud and theft after a death. Without it, debts could go unpaid and assets could be improperly distributed.


In this article, our Des Moines Attorneys list the most important items for creating an Iowa estate plan​, so you can start protecting your assets right away.

Are My Assets Protected?

In this video, our Des Moines estate attorneys explain how creating and executing an estate plan isn’t something many of us think of until we accumulate enough assets and/or have significant responsibility in the form of children or relatives. At some point, many people will ask themselves the question, “What happens to all my stuff if and when I die?” Well, the answer to that question is that it goes through probate, which can be a long and expensive process for your heirs. But having your assets pass outside of probate and go directly to those you designate as beneficiaries can be accomplished through a properly prepared estate plan. Furthermore, with the right Iowa estate planning attorney, the process is simple and takes little time:

  • Designating a healthcare agent and financial agent in an estate plan;
  • Making a list of all the assets you want to be protected under your estate plan;
  • Designating beneficiaries;
  • Decide what vehicle is best for transferring your estate;

Further Reading from our Des Moines Estate Planning Attorneys

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?

Joseph Lyons

July 7, 2021

Changes To Illinois Trust Code | Illinois Trust Law 2021

This article discusses changes to the Illinois Trust Code. We will discuss the following topics:

  • Aspects to Consider When Creating a Trust
  • Illinois Trust Document Updates
  • Additional Exemption Amounts in Illinois Trusts

May 5, 2021

Iowa Wills and Trusts | Recent Updates to Iowa Wills and Trusts 2021

In this article, we discuss important questions surrounding wills and trusts in Iowa. We cover the following:

  • What If I Don’t Have A Will in Iowa?
  • Why Have A Will In Iowa?
  • What Are The Steps To Create A Will In Iowa?
  • Creating A Trust In Iowa
  • How Do You Create A Living Trust?
  • Iowa’s New Directed Trust Statue
  • Investment Trust Director In Iowa
  • Distribution Trust Director In Iowa
  • Trust Protectors In Iowa

Eugene Nassif

April 29, 2021