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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 Linn County divorce attorneys work efficiently to win you the results you want in an affordable manner. We keep a close eye on expenditures and communicate realistic expectations regarding the cost of accomplishing your goals before you hire us. Our Divorce Attorneys all have extensive experience which they bring to bear as they collaborate on your case.

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Immigration

There is very little in the realm of immigration law that our experienced Linn County immigration attorneys have not handled successfully. We realize how important exceptional representation is to you and your family. It is important that you understand exactly what is going on in your case. We work closely with a team of interpreters that will communicate with you in your native language. Our Linn County immigration attorneys are accessible during evenings and weekends.

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DUI, Criminal & Traffic Defense

Whether you're faced with traffic, criminal, DUI or other related offenses, you need an expert representation on your side. Our Linn County criminal defense attorneys are ready to explore every avenue that is available to you under the law to protect your freedom. We ensure that you don't feel helpless and defenseless against the legal system

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Guardianship Law

Our Linn County guardianship attorneys have the skill, experience, and dedication to educate you on your options and create the best plan for you and your family. We’re proud of our affordable rates that allow us to build relationships with more clients. Our guardianship attorneys are accessible to our clients and provide prompt communication regarding developments in your case.

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Bankruptcy & Debt Resolution

We are your community law firm, not a bankruptcy mill. Our friendly Linn County bankruptcy lawyers are happy to be your guide and answer any questions you may have from your free initial consultation until you have started your new life with a clean state. We understand that if you are speaking to us about bankruptcy, the last thing you need are expensive legal fees. We are proud of our affordable rates, which allow us to help more people in our community, and build lasting relationships that will persist long after your bankruptcy case is successfully closed.

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Real Estate Law

Our dedicated Linn County real estate lawyers and staff will make your real estate deal our highest priority. There are many moving pieces in even the simplest real estate transaction. We take the time necessary to focus on your case, communicating and collaborating with all of the lenders, realtors, and attorneys involved to ensure that any potential obstacles between contract and closing are avoided or overcome.

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Business, Corporate & Contract Law

Our Linn County business, corporate & contract Law attorneys have earned a reputation for going above-and-beyond for our clients. Many of our clients have been so impressed by our service. We know that the last thing you need for your bottom line is expensive legal bills. Our mission is to build a lifelong relationship with our business clients and their families.

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Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Our team of Linn County litigation attorneys has a reputation for taking on cases that other attorneys may find too difficult to handle. We have significant resources and experience that our firm can bring to bear, so that no case will be too complex or to big for us to take to trial and achieve a favorable result. We are also excellent at handling small matters that may be resolved with a demand letter in an efficient and cost-effective manner. We are your shield and your advocate, and we are here to fight for you.

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Estate Planning

We understand that the last thing you and your family need at this difficult time is expensive legal fees. Our experienced Linn County attorneys will handle your probate matter efficiently and effectively. Probate cases often intersect with other areas of law that other probate attorneys are not capable of handling. Our team of Linn County attorneys collectively have experience in nearly every area of law, and we take a collaborative approach to ensure that the best legal mind is focused on whatever issue may arise in your probate matter.

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Have a plan for you or your loved one's future that you can have confidence in with our skilled and knowledgeable Linn County estate planning attorneys.

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Please contact our friendly Linn County Attorneys at our nearest location to schedule a free consultation.

O'Flaherty Law of Linn County

616 4th Ave. SE, Ste. 108

Cedar Rapids, IA 52401

(319) 259-6710
cedarrapids.ia@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 Linn County?

Why O'Flaherty Law of Linn County?

Why O'Flaherty Law of Linn County?

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.

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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 Linn County Attorneys provide excellent service in the following areas of law:

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

Our Linn County Attorneys are great at what we do! Our excellent Linn County attorneys put client service first, and it shows.  We have been named one of 2016's 10 Best Attorneys for Client Satisfaction by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys.  We have received Avvo's 2016 Clients' Choice Award for both Divorce and Estate Planning.  We have an A+ Rating with the better business bureau, with zero complaints.  Kevin O'Flaherty was the recipient of Suburban Life Magazine's Best Under 40 Award for 2015.  Most importantly, many of our past clients have taken the time to leave us glowing heartfelt testimonials.  We understand that every client that chooses to trust us with their legal work is putting faith in us to go above-and-beyond to accomplish their goals, and we take that honor seriously. 

We Provide Comprehensive Representation!  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 Naperville attorneys work together closely to bring our collective experience to bear on any issue that may arise for our clients.   

We Are Accessible and Put our Clients First!  Have an emergency or questions about your case on the weekend or after hours?  No problem.  Kevin O'Flaherty's cell phone number is (630) 967-4697.  Call him any time day or night and he will make sure that your issue gets resolved.  Unlike many attorneys, we promptly respond to phone calls and e-mails, and make it a priority to get back to our clients immediately.  More importantly, we affirmatively communicate with you about every aspect of your case and work to educate you about the legal process.  Our Naperville attorneys are friendly, conscientious, and here to serve you. 

We Are Efficient and Affordable!  We know that the last thing most people can afford is expensive legal fees. Our Naperville attorneys would rather develop long-term relationships with our clients and have them rave about us and the value they received to their friends and family than charge what the market will bear. We have intentionally made our fees affordable, not because we have to, but because we can and we want to help as many people as possible in order to build a reputation for efficiency, effectiveness and value.

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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 Linn County

616 4th Ave. SE, Ste. 108

Cedar Rapids, IA 52401

cedarrapids.ia@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 Linn County Attorneys

In this article, our Linn County divorce attorneys will answer the question “how long does it take to get divorced in Iowa?”, including: “how long does it take to go through a divorce in Iowa?”, and “do I have to go to Court to get divorced?”.

In this article, our Linn County divorce attorneys will answer the question “how long does it take to get divorced in Iowa?”, including: “how long does it take to go through a divorce in Iowa?”, and “do I have to go to Court to get divorced?”.

How Long Does it Take to get a Divorce in Iowa.

In this video, our Linn County divorce attorneys explain the length of a divorce will always vary from case to case.  Once papers have been filed for a “Petition for Dissolution of Marriage,” there is a mandatory 90 day waiting period after the “petitioner” serves the Petition to the “respondent” before the parties can be legally divorced.  The spouse seeking the divorce is referred to as the “petitioner,” and the spouse receiving the “Petition for Dissolution of Marriage” is referred to as the “respondent.”

If both parties can reach an agreement about the “division of assets” and any other issues that may arise between the spouses, you may not have to appear in Court to receive your final “Decree of Dissolution.”  However, if the parties are in agreement but there are children between the spouses, a brief Court appearance is likely necessary so that a judge can explain the responsibilities of each party and ensure that matters of custody, visitation and support are dictated in the “Decree of Dissolution.”

The state of Iowa also requires spouses with children to take a parenting class entitled “Children in the Middle” before issuing a final Decree.  If there is not an agreement between the spouses, it can take over a year to finalize the divorce, depending on the number and complexity of issues the spouses are arranging.


In this video, our Linn County attorney will review the Iowa appeals process. We will discuss what types of court orders can be appealed, how the Iowa appeal process works, deadlines for filing an appeal and any associated paperwork, what happens after the appeal is filed, what actions the appeals court can take after hearing a case, and what happens if you lose an appeal.

The Iowa Appeals Process Explained

In this video, our Linn County civil litigation attorneys explain the basics of the appeals process in Iowa. In Iowa, all cases are initially heard by the district trial courts. During these hearings, both sides will present evidence and written and oral arguments. Depending on the specifics of the case (criminal vs divorce vs child custody) a jury may be present or it will be a bench trial, meaning the judge makes all the decisions a jury would.

At the conclusion of the trial court hearing and after final judgment has been rendered, or after a certain order or motion has been entered by the trial court judge, the parties can seek to appeal to the Iowa appellate court to have the judges order reversed. In Iowa, all appeals go straight to the Iowa Supreme Court which then decides which cases it will hear and which cases it will transfer jurisdiction to the Iowa Court of Appeals. 


In this episode, our Linn County attorney discusses the Iowa foreclosure process.

Iowa Foreclosure Explained

In this video, our Linn County real estate attorneys explain how it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the foreclosure process in Iowa before making any important decisions. Federal law requires that a borrower be delinquent on their loan for at least 120 days before the foreclosure process is initiated. For example, if a borrower were to miss two mortgage payments, but then pay the costs of those two months, plus any other late fees, and continue to be up to date on their payments, the borrower would avoid foreclosure.

Further Reading from our Linn County Attorneys

Recent Changes to Indiana Divorce Laws 2021

As of August, 2021, a review of the Indiana 2021 legislative session doesn’t show any major changes to Indiana divorce law.  This article will help you learn about some changes to related laws that have occurred in the past two years, however, and about how to get divorced in Indiana in 2021.

Renee Babcoke

September 16, 2021

Five Rules to Know When Parental Rights are Terminated in Indiana

Termination of parental rights in Indiana can happen in two main ways.  Parental rights may be relinquished by the parent(s) when they consent to adoption of a child or they can be voluntarily or involuntarily terminated when the Indiana Department of Child Services (“DCS”) institutes a Termination of Parental Rights action.

Renee Babcoke

September 10, 2021

Legal Separation Vs. Divorce In Wisconsin: Which One Is Right For Me?

Oftentimes an individual who is considering getting a divorce in Wisconsin also looks at legal separation as possibility. Furthermore, there appears to be some confusion as to what being legally separated really is. Most people don’t even realize that it is a legal process and just move out of the martial home, considering themselves to be “separated,” which is also known as a “de facto separation.”

Heather Jones

September 9, 2021