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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 Rock Island attorneys have the skill and experience to put you in the best position to succeed. Our Rock Island attorneys take a team approach to provide experience in Divorce & Family Law, Estate Planning, Probate, Guardianship, Civil Litigation, DUI & Criminal Law, Corporate & Contract Law. With cost-effective rates and excellent client service and communication, we will be your advocate and legal shield to bring your legal matter to a favorable conclusion.

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Family Law & Divorce

Our Rock Island family law attorneys have the experience and skill to protect your rights in your Rock Island divorce, child support, child custody or paternity case. With affordable rates, a team approach, and above-and beyond client service, we will be your advocate and your shield. We handle all times of divorce & family law matters to ensure your matter comes to a favorable resolution. Contact us today.

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Probate & Estate Administration

Probate matters in Rock Island can be difficult and often involve many different elements. Our experienced Rock Island probate attorneys will ensure your matter is handled quickly, efficiently and affordably. Our probate attorneys are familiar with all types of probate matters including probate litigation. Ensure you have a team on your side that will give your matter the attention it deserves.

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Guardianship Law

Our Rock Island guardianship attorneys are here to assist you with your adult guardianship, guardianship of minor children and your Rock Island guardianship litigation matters. We have experience in contested and uncontested guardianship proceedings and offer affordable rates, accessibility and the assurance your matter is in placed in the best position to succeed.

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Estate Planning

Our Rock Island estate planning and administration attorneys are here to help you and your family develop an estate plan tailored to your needs and every contingency. Our experienced estate administration lawyers will personalize and implement your estate planning tailored to your needs and 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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Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Our experienced Rock Island litigation attorneys will aggressively protect your rights. We work hard to achieve an efficient and cost-effective favorable outcome to your matter. Our Rock Island dispute resolution attorneys have extensive the skill and expertise in federal disputes involving Rock Island commercial litigation, fraud, defamation, negligence, breach of contract, disputes between business partners, employment disputes, landlord/tenant disputes and evictions, construction law, and homeowners association disputes.

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DUI, Criminal & Traffic Defense

At O'flaherty Law, our Rock Island criminal defense attorneys are here to vigorously fight for your rights, using every recourse available to give you giving you the best opportunity to succeed in your traffic, DUI, or Rock Island criminal legal matter. Our Rock Island criminal lawyers know that your matter is important to you, so let us be your legal shield to ensure your rights and freedoms are upheld with excellent defense strategies by our dedicated and experienced DUI, traffic and criminal attorneys.

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Business, Corporate & Contract Law

Our team of experienced Rock Island business litigation attorneys will ensure your company and your rights are protected. Our Rock Island business lawyers have the experience to represent you whether you require assistance with incorporation, contracts, exit strategies, asset purchase agreements, commercial disputes or employees you will be given the best advice and resources to accomplish your legal and non-legal business needs.

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Real Estate Law

Our experienced & dedicated Rock Island real estate attorneys understand the importance of your home purchase, construction, or real estate litigation matter. This is why we are committed to giving your Rock Island real estate matter the attention that it and you deserve. We will ensure that your transaction to goes as smoothly as possible and closes on time. We Rock Island real estate lawyers hand general contractor agreements, mechanics liens and all other areas of real estate law.

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O'Flaherty Law of Davenport

201 W. 2nd St., Ste. 400A

Davenport, IA 52801

(563) 503-6910
davenport@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 Davenport?

Why O'Flaherty Law of Davenport?

Why O'Flaherty Law of Davenport?

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 Rock Island Bankruptcy Attorneys provide excellent service in the following areas of law:

Our attorneys work as a team to provide comprehensive has experience in:
  • We Give You Counsel From Expert Attorneys, Not Info-Tapes!  Our Rockford bankruptcy attorneys will work with you from beginning to end.  We understand that you don't fit in a mold, don't rely on info-tapes, and will be your trusted advocates.  Our goal is to develop relationships with our clients that last long after your bankruptcy case has ended.
  • We Are Cost-Effective!  We understand that considering bankruptcy means you are in a position where you're already surrounded by debt and financially strained.  We are proud to offer affordable rates that allow our clients to have peace of mind while having their financial matters met. ​
  • We Have a Wide Network of Resources to Help!  Once we assist you in getting a fresh new start, you may need help from other professionals.  We are proud to offer a a large network of resources of bankers, loan officers, financial advisors and local professionals to creative a comprehensive solution that suits your needs.

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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 Davenport

201 W. 2nd St., Ste. 400A

Davenport, IA 52801

davenport@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 Rock Island Bankruptcy Attorneys

In this video, Rockford bankruptcy attorney Kevin O'Flaherty explains everything you need to know about the Chapter 7 Bankruptcy process.

In this video, Rockford bankruptcy attorney Kevin O'Flaherty explains everything you need to know about the Chapter 7 Bankruptcy process.

Preparing For Bankruptcy

Our Rockford bankruptcy attorneys help you better understand the steps required to prepare your bankruptcy petition in this companion article.  

Before filing, you are required to complete an online credit counseling course. These are usually relatively short and inexpensive.  Our Rockford bankruptcy and debt resolution attorneys will work with you to help you with information regarding your assets, liabilities, income and expenses. After a meeting with the creditors, your case will be heard in the appropriate court where your bankruptcy will then be discharged.

Read the full article by our Rockford bankruptcy attorneys to learn how to prepare for bankruptcy.  

In this video, Rockford bankruptcy attorney Kevin O'Flaherty of O'Flaherty Law talks about some of the advantages of both Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy and how they can apply to your specific needs.

What Can You Keep After a Bankruptcy in Rockford?

Our Rockford debt resolution law team wants you to better understand how to hold on to your most precious assets (car, home, etc.) during bankruptcy.

If your vehicle or home is held as collateral, you will most likely have the option to sign a reaffirmation agreement.  This reaffirms the loan without discharging it in the bankruptcy process.  The debt secured by your vehicle or home will not be taken out in the bankruptcy and you will be able to keep your most valuable assets when you are done if this is the case. If you do file for the bankruptcy, the trustee will seek collection of your assets to fulfill your debts. The Bankruptcy Code states that a portion of equity in particular types of property can be exempt from collection. These exceptions on the property you decide to keep in order to avoid the trustee collecting them on your behalf. For example:

  • You are allowed to keep $2,400.00 of equity in your vehicles ($4,800.00 for a married couple filing jointly)
  • You are allowed to keep $15,000.00 of equity in your primary residence ($30,000.00 for a married couple filing jointly); 
  • There is a $4,000.00 wildcard exemption that you can apply to any property of your choice ($8,000.00 for a married couple). 

Read an article from our Rockford bankruptcy attorneys about keeping your property in bankruptcy.

In this video, Rockford bankruptcy lawyer Kevin O'Flaherty explains the Chapter 13 bankruptcy process, including: Credit Counseling, filing your bankruptcy petition and schedules, filing your Chapter 13 repayment plan, the confirmation hearing, and discharge of debt.

Rockford Chapter 13 Bankruptcies Explained

Our Rockford Chapter 13 bankruptcy attorneys want to be informed about your debt resolution options. In the following Learn About Law article, we take a closer look at the Chapter 13 bankruptcy process in Illinois and help you know whether or not a Chapter 13 filing can work for your specific matter.

Read the full article by our Rockford bankruptcy attorneys explaining the Chapter 13 bankruptcy process.

Further Reading from our Rock Island Bankruptcy Attorneys

Should I File Chapter 13 Bankruptcy or Chapter 7 Bankruptcy in Wisconsin?

This article discusses whether it is better to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in Wisconsin or Chapter 13 bankruptcy in Wisconsin.

Madison Clark

June 28, 2021

How to Prepare to File for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy in Wisconsin

In this article we discuss that process.  

  • What is Chapter 7 Bankruptcy?
  • Do I Qualify to Apply for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy in Wisconsin?
  • Wisconsin Bankruptcy Exemptions
  • Do I Need an Attorney to File for Bankruptcy in Wisconsin?
  • What Documents Do I Need to File?
  • Are There Other Requirements to File Chapter 7 Bankruptcy in Wisconsin?
  • How Much Does It Cost to File Chapter 7 Bankruptcy in Wisconsin?
  • What Happens Post-File?

Raven Adams

June 25, 2021

Iowa Bankruptcy Law Updates 2021 | Recent Changes to Iowa Bankruptcy Law

As of December 2020, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 (the “Act”) was enacted, which temporarily modified several sections of the Bankruptcy Code. In this article we discuss these recent changes to bankruptcy law including:  

  • Changes to Obtaining Credit 2021
  • Changes to the Deadline for Performance of Obligations 2021
  • Changes to Non-Residential Leases 2021
  • Changes to Utility Service 2021
  • Changes to Discriminatory Treatment Protections 2021
  • Changes to Property of the Estate 2021
  • Changes to Bankruptcy Preferences 2021

May 3, 2021