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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 McHenry County attorneys have the experience to provide the results you need at an affordable rate. We are proud of our above-and-beyond service in Divorce & Family Law, Probate & Estate Administration, Estate Planning, Guardianship, DUI & Criminal Law, Business & Corporate Representation and more!

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Family Law & Divorce

Our McHenry County divorce lawyers and family law attorneys have the skill and experience to put you in the best position to succeed in your family law case. With excellent client service and cost-effective rates, we will be your advocate in your divorce, child custody, child support, spousal maintenance, paternity or adoption matter.

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Probate & Estate Administration

Our McHenry County probate attorneys have the skills and experience to put you in the best position to succeed in your contested probate matter and to handle your uncontested probate case in an efficient and cost-effective manner.

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Guardianship Law

Our McHenry County guardianship attorneys have the skill and experience to assist you with your contested guardianship litigation or your uncontested guardianship matter. If one of your loved ones is a disabled adult or if you are seeking to establish guardianship of a minor, put our cost-effective rates and friendly client service to work for you and your family.

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Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Our McHenry County civil litigation attorneys will be your aggressive advocate. We have the skill and experience to put you in the best position to succeed in your litigation case in an efficient and affordable manner.

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DUI, Criminal & Traffic Defense

Our McHenry County criminal defense attorneys have the expertise to put you in the best possible position to succeed in your DUI, criminal or traffic case. We will explore every possible avenue to protect your liberty and defend your case.

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Business, Corporate & Contract Law

Our McHenry County business attorneys and McHenry County corporate lawyers have the experience necessary to be your company's trusted counsel in an effective and affordable manner.

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Immigration

Our McHenry County immigration attorneys will bring our experience, excellent client service, and affordable rates to bear in order to put you in the best position to succeed in your citizenship, green card, asylum, or deportation matter.

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Real Estate Law

Our McHenry County real estate attorneys will take your residential or commercial real estate purchase or sale from contract to closing smoothly and efficiently. With friendly client service and the experience to overcome any obstacles, we will ensure that your contract is fair to you and that your interests are protected.

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Bankruptcy & Debt Resolution

Our McHenry County bankruptcy attorneys will take the time to educate you on all of your options, including Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, Chapter 13 Bankruptcy, and dent negotiation. If bankruptcy is the right option for you, our affordable rates and above-and-beyond client service will give you the peace of mind you deserve.

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McHenry County Estate Planning 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 McHenry County Estate Planning 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
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 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 McHenry County Estate Planning Attorneys provide excellent service in the following areas of law:

Our attorneys work as a team to provide comprehensive has experience in:
  • ​Our McHenry County Attorneys Go The Extra Mile!  Our McHenry County estate planning attorneys will take the time to understand your family's personal estate planning goals.  Many of our clients have been so pleased with our service that they have taken the time to leave us glowing reviews, and due to the overwhelmingly positive response from our clients, we received Avvo Client's Choice Award for Estate Planning in 2016.
  • Our McHenry County Attorneys Are Affordable! Estate planning does not have to be expensive.  We are proud of our affordable rates. If you find a more affordable rate from other estate planning goals we'd like to hear about it!  
  • Our McHenry County Attorneys Know Our Stuff!  Our McHenry County estate planning lawyers have extensive experience in advanced estate planning techniques.  Regardless of the complexity of your estate planning goals, we can help.  In addition to wills and revocable living trusts, we have experience in estate tax avoidancecreditor avoidancespecial needs planning, and medicaid planning.   ​​
  • Our McHenry County Attorneys are Comprehensive!  At O'Flaherty Law, we are your community law firm.  With multiple attorneys who have various areas of experience, we work as a team to provide comprehensive representation to our clients.  We can guide you for the long-term regardless of the legal issues that arise in the course of your life. 

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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 Lake in the Hills

8411 Pyott Rd., Ste. 107

​Lake in the Hills, IL 60156

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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Check Out Articles and Videos from our McHenry County Estate Planning Attorneys

McHenry County estate planning attorney Kevin O'Flaherty explains why estate planning is important if you have minor children.

Why Estate Planning Is Important If You Have Minor Children

In this article, our McHenry County estate planning attorneys explain why estate planning is important if you have minor children.  We explain how an estate plan will ensure that your family has immediate access to your assets when you pass;that your assets are not consumed by probate costs, attorney fees, and estate taxes; and that a person you trust is named as guardian for your children.

Read the full article by our McHenry County estate planning lawyers explaining estate planning with minor children.  

McHenry County estate planning lawyer Kevin O'Flaherty explains the goals that can be accomplished through estate planning.

What Can I Accomplish With An Estate Plan?

In this article, our McHenry County estate planning lawyers explain some common goals that can be accomplished through an estate plan. A good estate plan incorporating a revocable living trust will make sure that your estate avoids probate when you pass, potentially saving your loved ones a significant amount in attorney fees.  A will or trust will also allow you to appoint trustees and executors to ensure that your assets are distributed to the right people when you pass in accordance with your wishes.  Our McHenry County estate planning lawyers will ensure that a guardianship proceeding is not required if you become mentally incompetent.  We can also assist with special needs planning, estate tax avoidance, asset protection, and elder law.  

Read the full article by our McHenry County estate planning lawyers explaining common goals that can be accomplished through a good estate planning.

McHenry County estate planning attorney Kevin O'Flaherty explains how revocable living trusts can be used to avoid probate.

How to Use Revocable Living Trusts to Avoid Probate

In this article, our McHenry County estate planning attorneys explain how we use revocable living trusts to avoid probate as part of a good estate plan. If you pass away owning any real estate outside of a trust or more than $100,000.00 outside of a trust or payable on death accounts, a probate case will likely be required in order for your loved ones to receive your assets.

We want to avoid probate, because the case takes at least a year, during which time your loved ones will not have access to your assets. Your estate will also have to pay attorney fees and court costs, which can consume a significant amount of your estate.

Our McHenry County estate planning attorneys use revocable living trusts to ensure that when you pass, rather than a time-consuming and costly probate estate, your trustee will be able to distribute your assets to your loved ones immediately without the need for an attorney.

Read the full article by our McHenry County estate planning lawyers explaining how we use revocable living trusts to avoid probate.

Further Reading from our McHenry County Estate Planning Attorneys

Changes To Illinois Trust Code | Illinois Trust Law 2021

This article discusses changes to the Illinois Trust Code. We will discuss the following topics:

  • Aspects to Consider When Creating a Trust
  • Illinois Trust Document Updates
  • Additional Exemption Amounts in Illinois Trusts

May 5, 2021

Iowa Wills and Trusts | Recent Updates to Iowa Wills and Trusts 2021

In this article, we discuss important questions surrounding wills and trusts in Iowa. We cover the following:

  • What If I Don’t Have A Will in Iowa?
  • Why Have A Will In Iowa?
  • What Are The Steps To Create A Will In Iowa?
  • Creating A Trust In Iowa
  • How Do You Create A Living Trust?
  • Iowa’s New Directed Trust Statue
  • Investment Trust Director In Iowa
  • Distribution Trust Director In Iowa
  • Trust Protectors In Iowa

Eugene Nassif

April 29, 2021

Between a Will and a Deed, Which Takes Priority in Iowa?

In this article, we will discuss what happens when a will and a deed conflict, which one takes precedent, and answer:

  • How does the deed impact the title of the property?
  • How might a will and deed conflict?
  • What documents override a will?
  • What if there is a question about if joint tenancy exists?

Joseph Lyons

March 31, 2021