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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 Lisle divorce attorneys provide affordable, skilled and client-focused service in the areas of divorce, child custody, child support, maintenance/alimony, and legal separation. We will work as a team to be your aggressive advocates while ensuring that your divorce is handled efficiently and cost effectively while staunchly defending your rights to the fullest extent of the law.

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Guardianship Law

Our Lisle guardianship attorneys offer affordable rates, accessibility, and peace of mind to assist you in every detail regarding your guardianship matter. We have experience in both contested and uncontested guardianship proceedings and ensure your case receives the dedication and attention it deserves.

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Estate Planning

Our Lisle estate planning attorneys provide affordable, comprehensive, and experienced representation. We educate and learn goals of a good estate plan, and which estate planning documents could be appropriate for you. With budget-friendly flat fees that are a fraction of what other attorneys offer along with above-and-beyond client service, our Lisle estate planning attorneys will prepare for you a rock solid estate plan that eliminates the worry that things you want won't happen after you pass.

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We have Lisle litigation attorneys who have a wide range of experience in civil and commercial litigation matters, and we represent both plaintiffs or defendants in federal or state cases and even handle cases outside of Illinois. From the beginning of a dispute, we prepare long-term efficient strategies while focusing on achieving a favorable resolution for our clients.

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DUI, Criminal & Traffic Defense

If you are facing a DUI, Traffic or Criminal charge our Lisle DUI, Traffic & Criminal attorneys will aggressively defend your rights while keeping your interests first. Other attorneys pay more attention to the money of their clients thant the clients themselves. While being more interested in getting paid, they pressure their clients to take plea deals than in vigorously defending their clients. We do things differently at O'flaherty Law, our attorneys truly care about our clients’ well-being. Our DuPage criminal defense attorneys will only educate you on plea deals and advise you to accept them when they are only truly in your best interest. We are serious and aggressive defense attorneys that fight for you and are your trusted advisers, ready to fight for you!

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Business, Corporate & Contract Law

Our Lisle business attorneys have the experience and passion for small business to give you the edge over your competition. Our focus on small business and entrepreneurs allows our Lisle attorneys to advise our business owner clients on both legal and strategic matters. With affordable fees and above-and-beyond client service, we will be your resource for all of your legal needs.

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Our Lisle immigration lawyers will use their experience to be your advocates while maintaining accessibility and affordability. At O'Flaherty Law, we will be your advocates and fight for your rights to ensure you and your family stay together and become naturalized citizens or remain in the country.

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If your debt is piling up and you want a fresh start, our Lisle bankruptcy attorneys are here to help. Call us so we can help you to determine whether bankruptcy is the best option for you. ​With affordable rates and above-and-beyond client service, we will assess your financial situation and educate you regarding your options. Whether we assist you with debt negotiation or a Chapter 7, Chapter 13, or Chapter 11 Bankruptcy, we will ensure that your case is handled smoothly, so that you can focus on beginning your new life with a clean slate.

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Lisle 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 Lisle Probate Attorneys at our nearest location to schedule a free consultation.

O'Flaherty Law of Downers Grove

5002 Main St., Ste. 201

Downers Grove, IL 60515

(630) 324-6666
info@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 Downers Grove?

Why O'Flaherty Law of Downers Grove?

Why O'Flaherty Law of Downers Grove?

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.

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

Our attorneys work as a team to provide comprehensive has experience in:
  • You And Your Family Will Be in Excellent Hands! Our firm has built a reputation for being great at what we do and for providing exceptional service and communication to our clients. Many of our clients have taken the time to leave us positive testimonials.  In 2016 we received the Avvo Client's Choice Award due to the overwhelmingly positive reaction from our clients.  In 2015 Kevin O'Flaherty was honored with Suburban Life Magazine's Best Under 40 Award.  Our Lisle probate attorneys are skilled, experienced, and singularly focused on amazing client service. 
  • We Are Cost Effective!  Our Lisle probate attorneys are cost-effective and efficient, with the goal of handling your loved-one's estate as expeditiously as possible. Choosing the wrong probate attorney can be unnecessarily expensive, but with O'Flaherty, you know you'll be getting the right help for an affordable cost.
  • We Are Comprehensive!  It is common for probate cases to require knowledge in many areas of law, such as real estate, family law, business law, or litigation.  Our team of knowledgeable Lisle attorneys collectively have experience in nearly every area of law.  We work as a team to make sure that you get the benefit of all of our experience.  

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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 Downers Grove

5002 Main St., Ste. 201

Downers Grove, IL 60515

info@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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Learn About When Probate is Necessary

Probate is a court case in which the court oversees the distribution of a decedent's assets to his or her heirs and creditors.  In order to administer an estate in Illinois, probate will be necessary if:

‍(1) The decedent owned any real estate outside of a trust that is not deeded with a right to survivorship for the decedent's spouse (even if there is a mortgage) outside of a trust; OR 

(2) The decedent owned more than $100,000.00 in assets outside of either a trust or outside of accounts that are payable to a direct beneficiary upon death.

If probate is necessary, the person responsible for administering the estate, known as the executor, must have letters of office issued by the probate court before he or she can begin collecting the decedent's assets for distribution to creditors and heirs.  The executor will also have to file accountings, notices, and reports with the court regarding the collection and distribution of these assets.

In this Learn About Law video, Lisle probate lawyer Kevin O'Flaherty explains the probate process in Illinois.

How To Administer An Estate In Ten Steps

If you are the Executor or Trustee of an estate you should have our Lisle probate attorneys handle the legal aspects of estate administration.  However, even when working with a probate attorney, there are still several actions you will need to take on your own.  For a more detailed description of each of these actions, please read our Learn About Law article on the probate process here:

  • Open an estate checking account
  • Keep good records of transactions dealing with the estate
  • Deposit cash you receive into your estate checking account
  • Gather a thorough list of assets owned by the decedent
  • Manage the estate by disconnecting utilities and filing a change of address
  • Managing finances and close credit card accounts
  • Pay any debts from estate checking account
  • Once all creditors have been paid, distribute remaining balance to the heirs of the estate as directed by decedents will or trust.
  • File income and estate tax returns

Let us help you through the process, which can be overwhelming. We want to make the process as easy as possible for you in your time of need.

Lisle probate attorney Kevin O'Flaherty explains the top 5 reasons to hire an attorney to assist with your probate case.

What You Need to Know About Opening a Probate Estate

In order to open a probate estate, our Lisle probate attorneys will file several documents with the probate court:

  • Petition for Issuance of Letters of Office and Admission of Will:   This petition requests that a probate case be opened.  If there is a will, the petition requests that the will be admitted to probate.  It also requests that an order be issued by the court naming the petitioner as executor of the estate.  This order is called "Letters of Office," and it gives the executor the power to collect the assets of the estate and distribute them to creditors and heirs or legatees.  
  • Affidavit of Heirship - The Affidavit of Heirship lists the individuals who stand to inherit from the estate.  If there is a will, these individuals are called "legatees."  In the absence of a will, they are called "heirs." 
  • Affidavit as to Copy of Will - This is a sworn statement by the executor that, to the best of the executor's knowledge, the will be submitted to the probate court is accurate and the most recently executed will. 
  • Oath of Office - This is an written oath sworn by the executor to fulfill his or her fiduciary duties associated with the administration with the estate. 
  • Surety Bond or Non-Surety Bond - In order to initiate a probate case, a bond must be obtained by the executor from an insurance company to insure against the executor's mishandling of assets. 
  • Notice to Heirs and Legatees - A notice that the executor must mail to all individuals who stand to inherit from the estate informing them that the probate case has been opened. 
  • Publication Notice - Unknown creditors of the deceased must be informed that the probate case has been opened through publication in a newspaper for three consecutive weeks. 

Upon filing of these documents, a hearing will be held to appoint the executor and admit the will to probate.   

Read more about how to open a probate case.

Further Reading from our Lisle 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