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Lake in the Hills Guardianship Attorneys | Guardianship Dispute Lawyers, Lake in the Hills

Our Lake in the Hills guardianship attorneys will help you achieve your guardianship goals. We have experience in both contested and uncontested guardianship proceedings and offer affordable rates, accessibility and the assurance your matter is in experienced hands and in the best position to succeed.
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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!"

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Our Lake in the Hills Guardianship Attorneys provide excellent service in the following areas of law:

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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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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.

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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!"

About Lake in the Hills Guardianship Attorneys:

  • We are Experienced and Great at What We Do!  At O'Flaherty Law, our Lake in the Hills guardianship attorneys know Guardianship administration can be complicated. Our attorneys have the skill, experience and dedication to educate you on your options and create the most advantageous plan for you and your family.  In 2015 Kevin O'Flaherty was honored to be named one of Suburban Life Magazine's Best Under 40.  In 2016, we received Avvo Clients' Choice Award for Estate Planning. Kevin is a founder and proud member of Main Street Senior Resources. This is a group of professionals who collaborate to provide superior and comprehensive service to seniors.  We look forward to bringing our experience to bear in order to help you and your loved ones.  
  • We are Efficient and Cost-Effective!  We are extremely proud of our affordable rates that allows us to build relationships with more clients.  We invite the comparison to other Lake in the Hills guardianship attorneys and would like to hear about it if you can find a more affordable solution to your family's planning needs. 
  • We Go Above and Beyond For You and Your Family!  Our Lake in the Hills guardianship attorneys always remain accessible to our clients and provide prompt communication regarding all developments in your case.  We consider ourselves educators, allowing you to make informed decisions with an understanding of all of your options.  Many of our clients have been so "amazed" by our above-and-beyond service that they have taken time out of their busy schedules to leave us glowing reviews.
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(847) 231-2102
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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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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
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Sunday
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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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Filing a Petition for Adult Guardianship in Lake in the Hills

Guardianship matters are court cases where an individual is appointed to be responsible for the personal care and management of the finances of a minor, adult or a person who requires special needs and who is mentally incompetent. To initiate an adult guardianship proceeding in Springfield, the person requesting guardianship must file a Petition for Guardianship with the appropriate court. 

A Petition for Guardianship must contain the appropriate information:

  • The relationship of the person filing the petition to the person over whom guardianship is sought.
  • The name, place of residence, and date of birth of the respondent.
  • The reason that guardianship is being sought;
  • The names and addresses of any current guardian or agents appointed in the respondent’s healthcare or financial powers of attorney;
  • The name and addresses of the spouse, adult children, parents, and adult siblings of the respondent.  If none of these are living, then the nearest adult relatives of the respondent should be listed.
  • The name address of the person or institution with which the respondent is currently residing.
  • The approximate value of the respondent’s assets.
  • The expected annual income of the respondent.  
  • The following information for the proposed guardian: name, address, age, occupation, and relationship to the respondent.

If there is a reason that the petitioner cannot obtain a physician’s report prior to filing your petition, they can file the petition without an accompanying medical report and request that the court issue an order requiring a medical examination for the purpose of obtaining a physician’s report.  

Read more from our Lake in the Hills guardianship attorneys on the guardianship process.

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Guardianship For Minor Children in Lake in the Hills

Our Lake in the Hills guardianship attorneys explain the importance estate planning is when you have minor children. They also discuss the relevant plans, approaches and mindset needed to create a detailed and well executed estate plan that eliminates worry in the event of very eventuality.

Whether involved in a contested or uncontested proceeding to be named the guardian of a minor child, we understand that this is one of the highest priorities in your life. Our skill, experience, and communication will give you peace of mind while we put you in the best position to succeed.  We will pursue every avenue and resource available to us to bring your matter to an efficient and cost-effective resolution.

Read the entire article by our Lake in the Hills guardianship attorneys on guardianship for minor children in Lake in the Hills.

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Avoiding Costly Guardianship Proceedings in Lake in the Hills

To be a guardian, a guardianship proceeding must be filed with the appropriate circuit court. Guardianships may be granted by if your loved one is unable to communicate appropriate decisions regarding personal or financial matters. This can be due to a number of factors including: due to 

  • Mental illness
  • Age
  • Mental or physical disability; or 
  • Poor life choices such as "gambling, idleness, debauchery, or excessive use of intoxicants or drugs."  

To be named a guardian, you will be required to obtain an experienced's report certifying that the guardianship is appropriate.  The appropriate forms for Springfield are found on the Cook County Circuit Clerk's website.  The report needs to be reviewed carefully to ensure that the experienced's certifications are accurate, and the correct type of guardianship (limited or total/plenary guardianship) is recommended. 

If no problems or contesting exists, at the conclusion of the guardianship proceeding, the court issues an order appointing you to be your loved one's guardian.  After this happens, our Springfield guardianship attorneys assist you on an ongoing basis to prepare and file annual reports to the court regarding your administration of your loved one's estate. 

If your loved one is still mentally competent, one alternative to guardianship proceedings is having them execute a Healthcare and Financial Powers of Attorney, which explains the wishes of your loved one without the need of a court order. ​

Read an article by our Lake in the Hills guardianship attorneys explaining more about the adult guardianship process.

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