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Our experienced Downers Grove estate planning and administration attorneys guide you through setting up your affordable will or trust, along with your powers of attorney and healthcare directives. At O'Flaherty Law, we work with trusted accountants and financial advisers to develop an overarching prudent plan to accomplish your family’s financial goals. We help to ensure your assets are distributed according to your wishes, name a guardian for your children, avoiding estate taxes and costly attorney fees and court costs upon your death and guardianship proceedings.
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We believe your attorney should not speak in legalese

Finding an attorney who 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.

We believe 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.

We believe 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, the 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 of 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 experience to bear in order to optimize our client care.

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Downers Grove Estate Planning Attorneys

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O'Flaherty Law of Downers Grove

4949 Forest Ave., Ste. 1B

Downers Grove, IL 60515

(630) 687-6993
info@oflaherty-law.com
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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 Downers Grove?

Why O'Flaherty Law of Downers Grove?

Why O'Flaherty Law of Downers Grove?

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 experienced at everything.  That is why we have worked hard to assemble a team of attorneys with extensive experience in different areas of experience.  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 Downers Grove Estate Planning Attorneys provide excellent service in the following areas of law:

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

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Please contact our office to Schedule a Consultation.
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O'Flaherty Law of Downers Grove

4949 Forest Ave., Ste. 1B

Downers Grove, IL 60515

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What to Expect From a Consultation

The purpose of a 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.

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Meet the Owner

I am personally committed to ensuring that each one of our clients receives the highest level of client service from our team.  Our mission is to provide excellent legal work in a cost-effective manner while maintaining open lines of communication between our clients and their attorneys.  Many of our clients are going through difficult times in their lives when they reach out to us.  They should feel comfortable leaning on the experience and knowledge of our attorneys as their counselors and advocates.  We are here to help!

- Attorney Kevin O'Flaherty, Owner

Check Out Articles and Videos from our Downers Grove Estate Planning Attorneys

In this video episode of Learn About Law, Downers Grove estate planning attorney Kevin O'Flaherty explains common goals that our clients can accomplish with their estate plans.

The 8 Goals Of A Good Downers Grove Estate Plan

In this article, our Downers Grove estate planning lawyers further discuss the 8 things you need in a good Illinois estate plan.

The four goals that apply to nearly every client and the tools that we use to accomplish them are:

1.  Appointment of fiduciaries and distribution of assets;

2.  Probate avoidance upon death;

3.  Guardianship avoidance upon mental incompetency;

4.  End of Life Instruction.

In addition to these four primary goals, clients in special circumstances may also seek to accomplish four particular goals that are specific to their circumstances. These four Focused Goals are:

5.  Estate tax avoidance;

6.  Ensuring that a loved one with special needs is provided for without preventing him or her from receiving social security payments;

7.  Protecting assets from creditors; and8.  Preventing assets from interfering with eligibility for Medicaid and transferring assets to loved ones at death free of Medicaid liens.

Read the entire article by our Downers Grove estate planning lawyers on the 8 goals of a good estate plan.

In this video, Downers Grove estate planning lawyer Kevin O'Flaherty explains some of the benefits of using a revocable living trust in your estate plan.

Should I Have a Revocable Living Trust or a Will?

Our Downers Grove estate Planning attorneys explain why revocable living trusts are the most popular estate planning vehicle.

Revocable living trusts are used to ensure that your estate avoids probate. Probate is a year long court case that may be necessary to distribute your estate if you do not have a trust. If your estate goes through probate, your loved ones will not have access to your assets for at least a year, and will have to pay a significant amount in court costs and attorneys fees. Avoiding probate with a revocable living trust will save your family money, time, and unnecessary stress.

Read the full article by our Downers Grove estate planning lawyers on the benefits of revocable living trusts.

In this video, Downers Grove estate planning attorney Kevin O'Flaherty answers some typical FAQs about Illinois estate plans.

Common Downers Grove Estate Plan Documents and FAQs

In this article, our Downers Grove estate planning team discusses the typical documents of an Illinois estate plan. These are:

1. Revocable Living Trust: Primary estate plan document, which sets forth inheritance wishes, provides for disability, and establishes successor trusts for children.

2. Pour-Over Will: Safety net document, which provides that any assets not transferred to trust during lifetime will be dealt with according to the terms of the trust; also provides for guardianship of minor children.

3. Healthcare Power of Attorney: Designates an individual to make medical decisions on your behalf in the event of incapacity.

4. Financial Power of Attorney: Allows your spouse (and successor agents) to execute financial transactions on your behalf.  

5. Living Will: States your wishes in the event that you are incapacitated and death is imminent except for delaying procedures.

Click each of the links above to more about each of these documents and how our Downers Grove estate planning attorneys can help you draft and enforce them.

Further Reading from our Downers Grove Estate Planning Attorneys