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Lake in the Hills Estate Planning Attorneys | Estate Planning Lawyers, Lake in the Hills IL

Because your estate planning documents are important for your family, they are important to our Lake in the Hills Estate Plannning & Administration attorneys. We take the time to educate your on how trusts, wills, and Powers of Attorney can save your family time and stress in the future. We want to make sure your precious belongings and assets are safe from the probate process and are able to be transferred quickly and easily. There is no better time to start planning for your family's future than now.
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"Kevin was extremely professional, responsive and knowledgeable when I came to him for help. I would definitely recommend O'Flaherty Law!"

How can our Lake in the Hills Estate Planning Attorneys help you?

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.

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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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Christi M.

Kevin's firm handled setting up my will and trust recently. They took something that seemed intimidating and made it easy to understand. I've also referred a couple clients to Kevin - he's trustworthy, approachable and very fairly priced.


"I've used Kevin and his firm's services since 2011. He gave undivided attention to my cases, advised me on different options and..."

Rachel B.

"Kevin was extremely professional, responsive and knowledgeable when I came to him for help. I would definitely recommend O'Flaherty Law!"

About Lake in the Hills Estate Planning Attorneys:

  • We Are Affordable! Here at O'Flaherty Law, our Lake in the Hills Estate Planning & Administration attorneys have a pretty simple philosophy. We provide experienced service at a cost-effective rate, and we leave our clients satisfied with our work and attention that they received. Why would you pay for a basic form without much attorney review. We are able to provide these lower prices and still maintain excellent service and attorney oversight to make sure your estate planning documents read how you want them to.
  • We Go Above-And-Beyond!  When it comes to estate planning, there can be a lot of options out there. Some of them include template forms that may not contain the same goals you wish to achieve. We want to break you from that mold and construct great estate planning documents that cater to your wishes. After forming these trusts, why stop there? We will fund your trust free of charge and cut through any red tape that may be standing in your way from your goals.
  • We Know Our Stuff!  Estate planning attorneys can often get complacent in what they offer to clients. However, unlike other attorneys, we stay in the cutting edge with Estate Tax Avoidance Techniques, Special Needs Trusts, Creditor Protection Strategies, and other focused techniques to fit your situation. We don't just sell the form, we sell the experience and knowledge that leaves our clients feeling like they got their money's worth.
  • We are Comprehensive!  Once your estate planning documents are in order, that is often just the beginning of our trusted relationship with our clients. We provide a multitude of legal services as well. Our team is dedicated to provide you the same excellent service you received in estate planning with many other areas of law. Whatever you need may be, we will be a trusted resource to you.
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What to Expect From a Legal 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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8411 Pyott Rd., Ste. 107

​Lake in the Hills, IL 60156

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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

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Typical Goals Of A Good Estate Plan

There are many benefits that an estate plan can provide to your family. Here are just some listed below:

Probate Becomes Unnecessary : Probate is the court's way of distributing your assets when you pass. This can cost from 5% to 10% of the value of the estate in attorney fees. On top of the attorney fees, there will be court costs as well. Not only can it be expensive, but it can be a lengthy process that won't allow your loved ones to have access to your assets for at least a year. The last thing that your family needs in the grieving period is this stressful distraction. Probate is required if you do not have a proper estate plan when you pass. This estate plan ensures that your wishes are fulfilled and your assets are distributed immediately and without the costs of the probate process.

  • The Right Way to Distribute Assets: Your wishes may be complex, but our Lake in the Hills estate planning lawyers make sure that it is executed correctly. We make sure your assets are to be distributed through a loved one or fiduciary you trust rather than the probate court that does not hold your interests. Even years after you pass, with the right estate plan you may be able to control your asset distribution. For example, if there arises a case where a young adult may need a delayed inheritance, your estate plan may make sure the young adult does not see a dime of it until they are old enough to handle the responsibility. Instead, these assets can be released by your trustee over time as the child ages. If you have a minor child with an ex-spouse, you can make sure your ex-spouse does not receive your assets because she is the guardian of your child. Instead, the assets can be managed by someone you appoint.
  • Naming a Guardian for Minor Children:  Young families have the important task of naming the right person to their raise their children if they become unable to do so. This decision is too important to leave up to chance through probate. Your wishes are essential when it comes to the protection of your children.
  • Avoiding a Guardianship Proceeding Should You Become Mentally IncompetentThough accident, disease, or old age, you may be rendered mentally incompetent. A guardianship proceeding would follow such event which would allow your loved ones to manage your personal and financial affairs. These proceedings can be costly and require attorney fees and court courts that may put an unnecessary burden on your family. These proceedings are not only costly, but they can be lengthy as well. Guardianship proceedings take approximately six months. Your family remains in limbo while you wait for this proceeding and cannot act on your behalf. Establishing a solid financial and healthcare power of attorney means you can appoint your guardian in advance. This in turn lowers the costs, saves your family the stress, and cuts out the waiting period involved.
  • End of Life Instruction: When it comes to estate planning, the theme is saving your family from the emotional burden that is placed on them during a time where you become unable to make important decisions. Our Lake in the Hills attorneys will alleviate this stress by creating a great estate plan that outlines your wishes ahead of time. This process helps get rid of the guilt that can occur and disputes that may arise when a family is left to make these choices without guidance.

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​Is A Trust Appropriate For Me?

While most people have a preconceived notion that Revocable Living Trusts may only benefit and be required for the wealthy, the fact remains that Revocable Living Trusts suit most families. A Revocable Living Trust may be for you if:

  1. You own your home or condo: A trust will ensure that your estate avoids attorney fees and court costs that are associated with a probate case. In addition to saving money, you will save time.  A will won't provide the same peace of mind.
  2. You have more than $100,000.00 in total assets: A trust makes sure that your assets stay out of the probate process; a will does not. 
  3. You are a divorcee with a minor child: A trusts allows you to appoint someone to manage your child's assets in the event your child is too young to receive it. This prevents your ex-spouse from gaining control of these assets as the child's guardian. 
  4. You have young children or young adult children who you do not want to receive a lump sum inheritance at your death:  If you have young adults or young children who do not yet have the fiscal responsibility of handling a lump sum of cash, you can have your trust give instructions on when it is to be distributed. You have the ability to appoint someone you trust to manage these assets for your children's benefit. If you do not have an executed trust, it will be delivered in a lump sum.

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