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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.


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Our Peoria attorneys have the knowledge, skill and experience to put you in the best position to succeed. We offer cost-effective rates and excellent client service and communication while taking a team approach that provide s you with experienced legal representation in Divorce & Family Law, Estate Planning, Probate, Guardianship, Civil Litigation, DUI & Criminal Law, Corporate & Contract Law and more.

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Our Peoria family law attorneys can assist you in all types of family law matters, including child support, child custody, adoptions, or spousal maintenance. We have the skill and experience to protect your rights, and with affordable rates, a team approach, and above-and beyond client service, our Peoria family lawyers will be your advocate and your shield.

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Our Peoria estate planning attorneys are here to help you with all of your estate and probate needs. We personalize and implement each estate planning case so that it is tailored to your specific needs. Our expert Peoria estate administration attorneys will draft and review all of your estate planning documents including revocable living trusts, wills and assist in estate tax planning, special needing planning, asset protection, and powers of attorneys.

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Peoria Guardianship 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 Peoria Guardianship Attorneys at our nearest location to schedule a free consultation.

O'Flaherty Law of Peoria

4600 N. Brandywine Dr., Ste. 200A

Peoria, IL 61614

(309) 512-0066
peoria@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 Peoria?

Why O'Flaherty Law of Peoria?

Why O'Flaherty Law of Peoria?

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 Peoria Guardianship Attorneys provide excellent service in the following areas of law:

Our attorneys work as a team to provide comprehensive has experience in:
  • We are Experienced and Great at What We Do!  At O'Flaherty Law, our Peoria 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 Peoria 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 Peoria 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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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 Peoria

4600 N. Brandywine Dr., Ste. 200A

Peoria, IL 61614

peoria@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 Peoria Guardianship Attorneys

In this video, Peoria Guardianship attorney Kevin O'Flaherty explains the process for filing for guardianship in Peoria.

Filing a Petition for Adult Guardianship in Peoria

Our Peoria guardianship attorneys are here to help you understand how to pursue a Peoria adult guardianship petition. In the following article, we take an in-depth look at this process in the hopes that you feel more prepared to tackle your individual guardianship matter.

Guardianship matters are court cases where an individual is appointed to be responsible for the personal care and management of the finances of an minor, adult or a person who requires special needs and who is mentally incompetent. To initiate an adult guardianship proceeding in Peoria, 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 Peoria guardianship attorneys on the Peoria guardianship process.

In this video, Peoria guardianship attorney Kevin O'Flaherty discusses the importance of creating an estate plan if you have minor children

Guardianship For Minor Children in Peoria

Our Peoria guardianship attorneys explain the importance estate planning is when you have minor children in the following video. We also discuss the relevant plans, approaches and mindset needed to create a detailed and well-executed estate plan that eliminates worry.

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 Peoria guardianship attorneys on guardianship for minor children in Peoria.

In this video, Peoria guardianship attorney Kevin O'Flaherty discusses how to prevent potentially costly guardianship proceedings in Peoria.

Avoiding Costly Guardianship Proceedings in Peoria

Our Peoria guardianship attorneys want to help you avoid costly guardianship proceedings and have developed the following article to help you save money in your guardianship matter.

To be a guardian, a guardianship proceeding must be filed with the appropriate circuit court. Guardianship may be granted 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:

  • 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 expert's report certifying that the guardianship is appropriate. The report needs to be reviewed carefully to ensure that the expert's certifications are accurate, and the correct type of guardianship (limited or total/plenary guardianship) is recommended. 

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

Further Reading from our Peoria Guardianship Attorneys

Serving As A Guardian For An Adult With Disabilities: Part Two

This article discusses the Basics of Guardianship for Incapacitated Adults. We will discuss the following topics:

  • Court preparation
  • Procedures in court

May 5, 2021

Recent Changes to Illinois Guardianship Law 2021

This article discusses recent changes to Illinois Guardianship Law, including the following topics:

  • Adult Protective Services Act
  • Testamentary Capacity for Persons with Disabilities
  • Temporary Guardians
  • Disposition of Remains Act
  • “Persons with Disabilities”

April 2, 2021

Iowa Guardianship Laws - Do I Need Guardianship of a Child To Enroll Them in School?

In this article, we discuss the importance of Iowa guardianship laws, particularly in consideration of enrolling children in school. There are certain laws around what a guardian can and cannot do, and in this article, we discuss a few of these questions, including:

  • Is guardianship a good idea? 
  • Are there any concerns I should have with getting a guardianship? 
  • Can an Iowa school force me to become a guardian prior to enrolling a child in school? 
  • Where can I enroll the child that I am a guardian of in school? 
  • Are there any other legal protections for children living with substitute parents? 
  • Are there any alternatives to gaining a guardianship? 

Eugene Nassif

April 2, 2021