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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 friendly Lake in the Hills attorneys have the experience to put you in the best position to succeed. We take a team approach, providing excellent client service at an affordable price in Divorce & Family Law, Estate Planning, Probate & Estate Administration, Guardianship, DUI and Criminal Defense, Business and Corporate Law, and more.

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Family Law & Divorce

Our experienced Lake in the Hills divorce & family law attorneys and staff will be your aggressive advocates while working to keep your case efficient and affordable. We were named one of the 10 Best Attorneys for Client Satisfaction for 2016 by the American Institute of Family Law attorneys, and were also a recipient of the Avvo Client's Choice Award in 2016 for Divorce. We are accessible, client focused, and excellent at what we do, exercising every option under the law to protect your rights and achieve the most favorable possible outcome to your case.

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Guardianship Law

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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Estate Planning

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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Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Our experienced Lake in the Hills ​Litigation attorneys will be your advocate! We will aggressively protect your rights and fight on your behalf to achieve an efficient and cost-effective favorable outcome to your matter. Our knowledgable litigators have extensive experience in state and federal disputes involving commercial litigation, fraud, defamation, negligence, breach of contract, disputes between business partners, employment disputes, landlord/tenant disputes and evictions, construction law, and homeowners association disputes. Our goal is to settle your matter favorably as quickly and affordably as possible, so that you can move on with your life. Call us at (847)231-2102 or e-mail us at lakeinthehills@oflaherty-law.com​ to schedule a free consultation.

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DUI, Criminal & Traffic Defense

Few things are more important than your choice of attorney for defense of DUI, traffic, and criminal matters. Our Lake in the Hills DUI attorneys and Lake In The Hills criminal attorneys will fight to defend you, making sure that every legal option Is explored to provide you with the best available outcome under the law. Our Lake In The Hills DUI attorneys and Lake In The Hills criminal defense attorneys care and are accessible day and night. We will be there by your side to be your shield.

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Business, Corporate & Contract Law

Being a business owner himself, Kevin O'Flaherty understands the mindset of entrepreneurs and the hardships that come with owning a business. Kevin is an active member of the local business community, involved in several chambers of commerce and the Rotary club. Additionally, Kevin host a podcast for business owners where he discusses business strategies for successful entrepreneurs called SeizeYourBusiness.com. Kevin will take the time to personally council you on the complex matters that come with the business incorporation, contracts, asset purchase agreements, exit strategies, employees, and commercial disputes. He will provide you with the resources you need to accomplish your legal and non-legal business goals. Call us at (847) 231-2102 or e-mail us at lakeinthehills@oflaherty-law.com​ to schedule a free consultation.

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Immigration

Our Lake in the Hills Immigration & Naturalization attorneys understand that our country was built on immigrants. Keeping your family together in a land of opportunity is important to us. We are always happy to explain your legal options in your native language. We have experience with immigration law, visas, naturalization, green cards and asylum and take pride in our excellent service at cost-effective rates. We work hard to explore various options to give you the best chance of gaining citizenship or staying in the United States.

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Real Estate Law

​Our dedicated Lake in the Hills residential & commercial real estate attorneys and staff understand the importance of your home purchase or sale. That is why we are committed to giving you the attention that you deserve; communicating with you, your realtor, and your lender at every stage of the transaction. We want your transaction to go as smoothly as possible, we will get the job done.

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Bankruptcy & Debt Resolution

O'Flaherty Law provides affordable rate for bankruptcy, but in no way are we a bankruptcy mill. Our Lake in the Hills bankruptcy & debt resolution attorneys take personalized care of your bankruptcy case and take time to go through the different opportunities you have. We also can answer any questions you have throughout this intimidating process. It is important you focus on your new start while we deal with the hard work of the bankruptcy. ​

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Lake in the Hills Probate Attorneys

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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 Lake in the Hills Probate Attorneys at our nearest location to schedule a free consultation.

O'Flaherty Law of Lake in the Hills

8411 Pyott Rd., Ste. 107

​Lake in the Hills, IL 60156

(847) 231-2102
lakeinthehills@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 Lake in the Hills?

Why O'Flaherty Law of Lake in the Hills?

Why O'Flaherty Law of Lake in the Hills?

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

Our attorneys work as a team to provide comprehensive has experience in:
  • ​We Are Affordable!  We take pride in our affordable rates. We understand that at such a difficult time the last thing you and your family needs are expensive legal fees. Our experienced Lake in the Hills attorneys will effectively and efficiently handle your probate matters.
  • We Go Above-And-Beyond For You And Your Family! Our firm has a built a strong reputation for providing exceptional service to our clients.  Many of our clients have been gracious enough to  have taken the time to write us glowing testimonials after being assisted by our Lake in the Hills probate attorneys.  We are the 2016 recipients of the Avvo Client's Choice Award.  Also, Kevin O'Flaherty was honored to receive the Best Under 40 Award from Suburban Life Magazine in 2015.  Our mission is to make every client's experience with our firm a positive one.
  • We Are Comprehensive!  Our attorneys have a wide range of knowledge spanning practically every area of law. This means if your probate case intersects with other areas of law, we are able to assist you going forward with it.  We work collectively to make sure that you get satisfactory results in whatever area of law your case may be.

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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 Lake in the Hills

8411 Pyott Rd., Ste. 107

​Lake in the Hills, IL 60156

lakeinthehills@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 Lake in the Hills Probate Attorneys

In this Learn About Law episode, we discuss common probate questions that arise during the process.

In this Learn About Law episode, we discuss common probate questions that arise during the process.

What Is Probate?

A probate proceeding occurs at the time of one’s passing. A probate procedure is done to give an executor the power to collect the remaining assets of the deceased. The executors job is to sort out the assets to both the heirs and the creditors of the deceased.  The executor is given a set of deadlines and is instructed to give notice to heirs as well as creditors in regards the estate matters. In the event that there is a dispute between the heirs and the creditors the court supervises the distribution. 

Read more the full article by our Lake in the Hills probate attorneys.

Lake in the Hills Probate & Guardianship attorney, Kevin O'Flaherty, discusses when probate is necessary.

Do I Have To File A Probate Case If My Loved One Passes Away?

​Probate is necessary in three different situations. The first is if the deceased (also known as the decedent) owned real estate outside of a trust. The second being the decedent owning more than $100,00.00 in assets of any kind outside of any accounts or trust that are to be directly paid to the beneficiaries named. The last situation is if the heirs and creditors cannot come up with an agreement outside of court.

If any of these situations are true, then the family members of the decedent would then have to start a probate case to be given the authority to distribute the assets. The family members would then need to be named the executor and then receive Letters of Office. Financial institutions such as banks will first need to see the Letters of Office, an order given by the court to give the executor the power to manage the estate, before allowing the executor to have any access to the assets of the deceased. 

In this Learn About Law podcast & videoblog, Lake in the Hills Probate & Guardianship attorney Kevin O'Flaherty of O'Flaherty Law discusses the Probate process.

How Is The Estate Administered If Probate Is Not Necessary?

A Small Estate Affidavit is put in place of probate if the decedent owned less than $100,000.00 of assets outside of a trust or if the decedent did not own real estate outside of a trust. These Affidavits count as the written testimony of the administrator. In the event that the decedent did have a trust in place, the administrator will testify as to the name of the trust and state that he or she Is acting as the trustee. Along with this the administrator list of the assets of the estate and explain how they will be distributed to the creditors and heirs.

Once the affidavit has been completed by the administrator of the estate, he or she will only need to sign it before a notary. Having a completed Small Estate Affidavit, a copy of the decedent’s trust or will and death certificate is enough to give the estate administrator the authority to distribute and collect the assets of the decedent without needing probate.  

Read more about when probate is necessary from our Lake in the Hills probate attorneys  

Further Reading from our Lake in the Hills 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