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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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Real Estate Law

Our Polk County real estate attorneys will guide you through the leasing process with ease by ensuring any obstacles between contract and closing are overcome.

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Bankruptcy & Debt Resolution

Navigate your bankruptcy with our experienced and dedicated Polk County bankruptcy attorneys. No need to cut corners with our cost effective Polk County lawyers.

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Immigration

At O'Flaherty law, we know your citizen status is important to you. That is why our Polk County attorneys will help you navigate immigration forms with ease and skill.

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Family Law & Divorce

Trust our Polk County family attorneys to resolve your legal needs in various family law areas. We cater to every cases unique needs with our skill and expertise.

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Probate & Estate Administration

Get the help you need with you or your loved ones estate planning goals with our experienced and skilled lawyers who will set you on the right track for success.

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Guardianship Law

Trust our Polk County guardianship attorneys to help you navigate the complexities of guardianship cases and put your case as a high priority so you can focus on what really matters.

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Probate & Estate Administration

Our Polk County probate and estate attorneys have the expertise to resolve your legal issues effectively and efficiently so you can focus on what matters.

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Resolve any civil dispute you may be involved in with the help of our experienced Polk County attorneys who will guide you towards success in your case.

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Our Polk County attorneys will be your aggressive advocates in any criminal defense to but you in the best position possible for success in your case.

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Handle your business needs with ease when collaborating with our experienced Polk County attorneys who will work effectively and efficiently to help you manage contracts and cases.

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Please contact our friendly lawyers to Schedule a Consultation.
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Please contact our friendly Polk County Attorneys at our nearest location to schedule a free consultation.

O'Flaherty Law of Des Moines

2716 Grand Ave., Ste. 2

Des Moines, IA 50312

(515) 207-2006
desmoines.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 Des Moines ?

Why O'Flaherty Law of Des Moines ?

Why O'Flaherty Law of Des Moines ?

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

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

Our Polk County Attorneys are great at what we do! Our excellent Polk 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 Polk County 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 Polk County 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 Polk County 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 Des Moines

2716 Grand Ave., Ste. 2

Des Moines, IA 50312

desmoines.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 Polk County Attorneys

In this episode, Polk County attorney Kevin O'Flaherty explains the adoption process in Iowa

In this episode, Polk County attorney Kevin O'Flaherty explains the adoption process in Iowa

Iowa Adoption Process Explained

In this video, our Polk County attorneys explain adoption in Iowa and the requirements needed for adoption. Adoption in Iowa is governed by Iowa Code Chapter 600. Iowa law requires adopters, married or unmarried, to be over 18 years of age. Most adults are eligible to adopt if they have a current approved home study on file. A home study includes interviews with all members of a potential adopting family, a home visit, fingerprinting, record checks, criminal background checks, and child abuse registry checks.

In this episode of Learn About Law, Polk County attorney Kevin O'Flaherty discusses employee privacy rights when working from home.

Privacy Rights When Working From Home

In this video, our Polk County attorneys explain what rights to privacy you have when working from home. Employee privacy rights at home are limited because they are essentially the same as their privacy rights while in the office. Short of setting up a camera in your home, employers have the right to monitor any use of employer-provider equipment, including emails, files you create, send, and receive, networks and websites you access—every single keystroke.

What little privacy exists is found in using personal email—but not if you access your personal email on company equipment or through a company system. Even before Covid-19 forced many companies to move their employees to remote work en masse, employers were disciplining employees for using social media sites and other programs thought to be "personal."


In this Learn About Law Episode, Polk County Attorney Kevin O'Flaherty covers common questions about living trusts.

Living Trusts in Iowa

In this video, our Polk County attorneys answer frequently asked questions regarding living trusts in Iowa. A trust is where one person, called the trustee, holds the title to property on behalf of someone else, known as the beneficiary. This can be the same person, allowing for a person to maintain control of the property held in the trust.  Living trusts, specifically, are trusts created while the party creating it is still alive, rather than one that is created upon the person’s death under the terms of something like a will. In Iowa, the main advantage of making a living trust is to avoid the potential family conflicts and delays of probate court proceedings following your death. Because Iowa doesn’t follow the Uniform Probate Code, a living trust can be a much easier solution than going through Iowa’s complex probate process.  


Further Reading from our Polk County Attorneys

What Are My Options When My Spouse Refuses to Turn Over Discovery in Illinois?

In this article we will be discussing What Are My Options When My Spouse Refuses to Turn Over Discovery and we will answer the questions of:  

  • What is the Discovery Process?
  • What is the Purpose of Discovery?
  • Can I Take Any Action if My Spouse Refuses to Comply With My Discovery Requests?
  • What is a Motion to Compel?
  • Can I Gather the Information Without Their Consent or Turnover?
  • How Long Does it Take to Have a Subpoena Answered?
  • Are Subpoenas Expensive?
  • Can My Spouse Be Responsible for the Extra Cost Associated with Discovery Due to Their Failure or Refusal to Comply?

Matthew K. Dorich

June 25, 2021

Why You Need a Second Opinion on Your Iowa Family Law Case

This may be a good time to consider getting a second opinion. In this article we discuss why you may need a second opinion on your family law case, including:

  • When Should I Seek a Second Opinion?
  • What Does a Second Opinion Entail?
  • Benefits of Getting a Second Opinion

Raven Adams

June 11, 2021

Who Can Sign the Birth Certificate in Iowa?

In this article we answer the question: Who can sign the birth certificate when a child is born in Iowa? Specifically, we address:

  • Who is Listed on a Birth Certificate in Iowa?
  • How to Establish Paternity in Iowa if Mother Was Unmarried
  • Surrogacy in Iowa & the Birth Certificate

Raven Adams

May 3, 2021