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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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Family Law & Divorce

Our Illinois attorneys have the skill and experience to put you in the best position to succeed. With cost-effective rates and excellent client service and communication, we take a team approach to Divorce & Family Law, Estate Planning, Probate, Guardianship, Civil Litigation, DUI & Criminal Law, Corporate & Contract Law and more.

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Family Law & Divorce

Our Illinois family law attorneys have the experience and skill to protect your rights in your divorce, child support, child custody or paternity case. With affordable rates, a team approach, and above-and beyond client service, we will be your advocate and your shield.

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Guardianship Law

Our Illinois guardianship attorneys have experience in both contested and uncontested guardianship proceedings. We offer affordable rates, accessibility and peace of mind in our years of experience to ensure that you receive the best representation possible for your guardianship case.

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Estate Planning

Our Illinois estate planning attorneys will work relentlessly to help you with your estate planning and probate needs. We will implement your estate planning based on your needs and preferences, ensuring that your loved ones are taken care of after you pass. Our experienced attorneys will learn about your goals and educate you on the estate planning documents we can use to accomplish them including revocable living trusts, wills, powers of attorney, and living wills. Our Illinois estate planning lawyers also have knowledge in estate tax planning, special needing planning, asset protection, elder law and medicaid planning.

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At O'Flaherty Law, our Illinois litigation attorneys have a wide range of experience in civil and commercial litigation matters. We have represented both plaintiffs and defendants in state and federal court and regularly handle cases both inside and outside of Illinois. From the beginning of a dispute, we prepare long-term strategies while focusing on achieving a favorable resolution for our clients and their cases as quickly as possible.

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Our Illinois DUI criminal defense lawyers will vigorously fight for your rights, exploring every avenue to give you the best opportunity to succeed in your DUI or criminal matter. With experience, skill, and open lines of communication, we will be your shield.

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Our Illinois business attorneys have what it takes to help your business succeed. The cost-effective fees and a committed, experienced team of corporate representation lawyers make us an excellent and efficient choice for your business.

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Our Illinois immigration attorneys will fight for your right to stay in the United States for your family, for your job, and for your life. With affordable rates and excellent communication, we have the skill and experience to explore every option in order to obtain your green card, achieve citizenship, or assert asylum.

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Our Illinois real estate attorneys will give your residential or commercial real estate matter the above-and-beyond attention it deserves. We have experience in all areas of residential, commercial, real estate transactions including sales, purchases, leases, and landlord-tenant disputes, evictions, and other real estate litigation.

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Our Illinois bankruptcy attorneys will help you start fresh through debt negotiation, Chapter 7, Chapter 11 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy. Our Illinois debt resolution attorneys make the process efficient and expedient so you can move forward in your life.

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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.

Please contact our friendly Illinois Probate Attorneys at our nearest location to schedule a free consultation.

O'Flaherty Law of Naperville

1515 Legacy Cir., Ste. 1

Naperville, IL 60563

(331) 330-7466
info@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 Naperville?

Why O'Flaherty Law of Naperville?

Why O'Flaherty Law of Naperville?

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 Illinois Probate Attorneys provide excellent service in the following areas of law:

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

Our Illinois Probate Attorneys Are Cost-Effective!  

We are proud to offer superior representation, communication and customer service.  Let us be your trusted advocates to guide you through your estate planning needs.​

Our Illinois Probate Lawyers Know Their Stuff! 

Our Illinois probate lawyers' dedication to client service have earned us a reputation for excellence:

  • We are the recipients of the Avvo Client’s Choice Award.
  • Kevin O’Flaherty was honored in 2015 by being named one of Suburban Life Magazine's Best Under 40.
  • We are honored to have received glowing testimonials from many of our satisfied clients.
  • We have achieved an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau and have never had a BBB Complaint.

Our Illinois Estate Attorneys Provide Comprehensive Service!

Probate cases can often require knowledge from other areas of including as business, real estate and family law.  Our Illinois attorneys have experience in nearly every area of law and will work together with a team approach to ensure that all areas of your case are given the attention they need.  No matter what your situation, you will have dedicated and attentive representation for your matter.

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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.
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 Naperville

1515 Legacy Cir., Ste. 1

Naperville, IL 60563

info@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 Illinois Probate Attorneys

For this video, Illinois probate lawyer Kevin O'Flaherty describes when probate is necessary in Illinois.

For this video, Illinois probate lawyer Kevin O'Flaherty describes when probate is necessary in Illinois.

When Is Probate Necessary in Illinois?

Our Illinois probate attorneys explain when probate is necessary in Illinois in the following blog article.

If an individual passes away while owning any real estate in his or her own name (rather than through a trust) or more than $100,000.00 of non-real estate assets outside of a trust or payable on death account, a probate case will be required in order to grant the executor or administrator of the estate the power to collect the deceased individual's assets and distribute them to creditors and heirs.

If probate is not necessary, a Small Estate Affidavit can be used to administer the estate without the necessity of a court proceeding.

Read more about the probate process from our Illinois probate attorneys.

In this video, Illinois probate lawyer Kevin O'Flaherty explains the difference between supervised administration and independent administration of probate estates.

What is the Difference between Independent Administration and Supervised Administration of an Illinois probate estate?

In this companion article, our Illinois probate attorneys discuss the differences between supervised administration and independent administration of an estate currently in probate. Independent administration is typically quicker and more affordable, while supervised administration may be slower and costlier.  

Read an article from our Illinois probate attorneys about the difference between independent administration and supervised administration of probate estates.

For this video, Illinois estate administration lawyer Kevin O'Flaherty discusses what happens when minor children inherit property in Illinois.

What Happens When Minors Inherit Property in Illinois?

In this article, our Illinois estate administration lawyers explain what happens when minors inherit property in Illinois.

There are many different outcomes to a minor inheriting property in Illinois the result may be drastically different depending on the following situations:

  • The decedent dies interstate (without a will in trust);
  • The decedent dies with a will but not a trust; or
  • The decedent has a revocable living trust in place at the time of death.

If the decedent dies intestate (meaning without a will or a trust), the probate court will appoint an adult to be the guardian of the minor’s estate.  The guardian of the minor’s estate will be responsible for managing the inherited assets until the minor turns 18.  In the absence of a will or trust naming someone other than the child’s guardian of the person (the person responsible for raising the child) as the guardian of the estate, the guardian of the person will also be named a guardian of the estate.

If the decedent has a will, but not a trust, the will may name a guardian of the person separate from the guardian of the estate.  The will may alternatively name a custodian for the assets under the Uniform Transfers to Minors Act.  Custodians require less court oversight in managing the assets than guardians of the estate.

If the decedent has a trust, the decedent may name a trustee to manage the assets through a separate trust account without court oversight and according to the instructions of the trust.

Read the full article by our Illinois probate lawyers about minors inheriting property in Illinois.  

Further Reading from our Illinois Probate 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

How to Avoid Inheritance Tax in Iowa

If you have been gifted some property or money in Iowa, you will likely want to maximize your profitability on it. In this article, we answer the question: How do I avoid inheritance tax? We explain:

  • What is an inheritance tax?
  • Who Does the Inheritance Tax Apply To?

May 5, 2021

Changes to Iowa Will Contest Laws - Iowa Will Contests 2021

This article will cover contesting wills in 2021 as well as the tortious interference with inheritance claim associated with these will contests.

We will address the following:

  • What A Will Contest Is
  • What The Grounds Are For Testing A Will
  • Lack Of Capacity
  • Undue Influence
  • When You Can File A Will Contest
  • What To Expect From A Will Contest Suit
  • Tortious Interference With Inheritance Claims
  • Updates To Bringing Tortious Interference With Inheritance Claims

Eugene Nassif

April 28, 2021