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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 Kane County attorneys have the skill and experience to put you in the best position to succeed. We provide cost-effective and above-and-beyond service in Divorce & Family Law, Estate Planning, Probate & Estate Administration, Guardianship, Civil Litigation, DUI & Criminal Defense, Corporate & Contract Law and more!

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Family Law & Divorce

Our Kane County divorce attorneys have the knowledge you need to protect your rights. Our Kane County family law lawyers provide cost-effective rates, over-the-top client service, and an experienced team. From child support to paternity law, our attorneys at O'Flaherty law are here for you.

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Our Kane County probate lawyers have the experience to be your counsel in both contested and non-contested probate matters. We our proud of our cost-effective rates and above-and-beyond client service.

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Our Kane County guardianship attorneys have the expertise to assist you with contested guardianships, uncontested guardianships, and guardianship litigation effectively and affordably.

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Our Kane County litigation attorneys have the skill and experience you need to put you in the best position to favorably resolve your civil dispute. Our Kane County civil litigation lawyers are proud of hour responsiveness and accessibility as well as our cost-effective rates.

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Our Kane County criminal defense attorneys have the skill and experience to put you in the best position to succed in your criminal, DUI or traffic matter. We our proud of our communication, accessibility, and cost-effective service.

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Our Kane County business attorneys have the experience to assist you with incorporation, contract negotiation, asset purchase agreements, stock purchase agreements, commercial leases, mergers and acquisitions, and employee and independent contractor issues. Our Kane County corporate lawyers are proud of our personalized service and cost-effective rates.

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Our Kane County real estate attorneys have the skill and attentive client service to take your real estate purchase from contract to close smoothly.

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Our Kane County bankruptcy lawyers are friendly, experienced, and affordable. Call today to schedule a free consultation.

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Kane County Estate Planning Attorneys

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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 Kane County Estate Planning Attorneys at our nearest location to schedule a free consultation.

O'Flaherty Law of Saint Charles

210 S. 5th St., Ste. 107B

St. Charles, IL 60174

(331) 254-3033
saintcharles@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 Saint Charles?

Why O'Flaherty Law of Saint Charles?

Why O'Flaherty Law of Saint Charles?

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 Kane County Estate Planning Attorneys provide excellent service in the following areas of law:

Our attorneys work as a team to provide comprehensive has experience in:
  • ​Our Kane County Attorneys Go The Extra Mile!  Our Kane County estate planning attorneys will take the time to understand your family's personal estate planning goals.  Many of our clients have been so pleased with our service that they have taken the time to leave us glowing reviews, and due to the overwhelmingly positive response from our clients, we received Avvo Client's Choice Award for Estate Planning in 2016.
  • Our Kane County Attorneys Are Affordable! Estate planning does not have to be expensive.  We are proud of our affordable rates. If you find a more affordable rate from other estate planning goals we'd like to hear about it!  
  • Our Kane County Attorneys Know Our Stuff!  Our Kane County estate planning lawyers have extensive experience in advanced estate planning techniques.  Regardless of the complexity of your estate planning goals, we can help.  In addition to wills and revocable living trusts, we have knowledge in estate tax avoidancecreditor avoidancespecial needs planning, and medicaid planning.   ​​
  • Our Kane County Attorneys are Comprehensive!  At O'Flaherty Law, we are your community law firm.  With multiple attorneys who have various areas of experience, we work as a team to provide comprehensive representation to our clients.  We can guide you for the long-term regardless of the legal issues that arise in the course of 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.

O'Flaherty Law of Saint Charles

210 S. 5th St., Ste. 107B

St. Charles, IL 60174

saintcharles@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 Kane County Estate Planning Attorneys

Kane County estate planning attorney Kevin O'Flaherty explains when probate is required in Kane County, Illinois.

What is Probate and When is it Necessary in Kane County?

In this article, our Kane County probate lawyers explain when probate is required in Illinois. Probate is a court case in which the court oversees the distribution of a deceased person's assets to heirs and creditors. Probate is generally required if the deceased person owned any real estate outside of a trust or more than $100,000.00 in other assets outside of trusts or retirement accounts. In the article below, we will explain why we want to avoid probate and how good estate planning can accomplish this goal.

Read the full article by our Kane County estate planning lawyer explaining when probate is required in Illinois.

Kane County estate planning attorney Kevin O'Flaherty explains how we use revocable living trusts to ensure that our clients' estates avoid probate.

How to Use Revocable Living Trusts to Avoid Probate

In this article, our Kane County estate planning lawyers explain the use of revocable living trusts to avoid probate. We want to avoid probate because it is a court case that takes at least a year. This means that your loved ones will not have access to your assets until the case is resolved, that a significant amount of assets will be consumed in attorney fees and court costs, and that your loved ones will have to deal with the stress of an ongoing legal matter. By using revocable living trusts as the primary vehicle of your estate plan, we can ensure that probate won't be necessary.  Instead, your estate can be distributed immediately and without an attorney through the use of a Small Estate Affidavit.

Read the full article by our Kane County estate planning attorneys explaining the use of revocable living trusts to avoid probate.

Kane County estate planning lawyer Kevin O'Flaherty explains why it is important to have an estate plan if you have minor children.

Reasons to Have an Estate Plan if you Have Minor Children

In this article, our Kane County estate planning attorneys explain some of the most important reasons to have an estate plan if you have a minor children. These include naming a guardian for your children through a will, ensuring that your family has immediate access to your assets rather than waiting out a probate estate, and ensuring that your assets pass to your family rather than being consumed by court costs and attorney fees in probate.

Read the full article by our Kane county estate planning lawyers explaining why it is important ot have an estate plan if you have minor children.

Further Reading from our Kane County Estate Planning Attorneys

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

Between a Will and a Deed, Which Takes Priority in Iowa?

In this article, we will discuss what happens when a will and a deed conflict, which one takes precedent, and answer:

  • How does the deed impact the title of the property?
  • How might a will and deed conflict?
  • What documents override a will?
  • What if there is a question about if joint tenancy exists?

Joseph Lyons

March 31, 2021