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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 County attorneys have the skill and experience to put you in the best position to succeed. With cost-effective rates and excellent client service and communication, we take a team approach to provide experience in Divorce & Family Law, Estate Planning, Probate, Guardianship, Civil Litigation, DUI & Criminal Law, Corporate & Contract Law and more.

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Family Law & Divorce

Our Rock Island County family law attorneys have the experience and skill to protect your rights in your 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.

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Probate & Estate Administration

Probate matters can often be difficult and involve many elements. Our Rock Island County probate attorneys will ensure your matter is handled quickly, efficiently and affordably and we're familiar with all types of probate matters including probate litigation, will contests, trust contests, estate administration and all other areas of Rock Island County probate law.

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Guardianship Law

Our Rock Island guardianship attorneys will help you achieve your adult guardianship, guardianship of minor children or guardianship litigation goals. We have experience in both contested and uncontested guardianship proceedings and offer affordable rates, accessibility and the assurance your matter is in experienced hands and in the best position to succeed while defending the rights of your family.

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Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Our Rock Island County attorneys have the extensive skill and expertise in federal disputes involving 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

Our Rock Island County criminal defense attorneys fight for your rights and your freedom by exploring every avenue that will give your case the best opportunity to succeed in your traffic, DUI, or criminal legal matter. We know 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 attorneys 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 knowledgeable and experienced Rock Island County real estate attorneys know how important your real estate matter is. Whether you're buying or selling a home or business location or have or need a mechanics lien matter, we can help. At O'Flaherty Law, our real estate lawyers give you and your matter the attention it deserves. We communicate with you, your realtor, and your lender at every stage of the transaction and ensure your real estate matter goes as smoothly as possible and take care of all of your residential, commercial or business needs.

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Rock Island 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 Rock Island County Estate Planning Attorneys at our nearest location to schedule a free consultation.

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.

Rock Island County Estate Planning Lawyers
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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 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:
  • We Go Above-And-Beyond!  At O'Flaherty Law, our policy is  simple.   We seek to impress our clients and believe that when we leave you feeling like you received the best representation,  you will tell your friends and family about us. This is how we build our business and start the best relationships with our clients. Our support from them has helped us achieve Avvo's Client's Choice Award for Estate Planning in 2016.  We look forward to you giving us a chance to impress you with our  expert service and dedication.
  • We Are Affordable! We pride ourselves on our affordability. We would love to hear if you find lower rates and find a affordable solution to accomplish your estate planning needs.
  • We Know Our Stuff!  Our Rock Island County estate planning attorneys have the skill and experience to provide you with technical estate planning options.  We help with advanced and complex estate plans such as estate tax avoidancecreditor avoidance,special needs planning, and medicaid planning.
  • We are Comprehensive!  Let us at O'Flaherty Law work as a team and be your community law firm.  We strive to be a source in our community to ensure the resolution of a wide variety of legal matters. We accomplish this by retaining skillful attorneys who specialize in different areas law. This comprehensive approach ensures your representation isn't disrupted if your case intersects with different areas of law.  We will be your life-long adviser and work through any legal issues that may arise throughout 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 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 County Estate Planning Attorneys

Rock Island County estate planning attorney, Kevin O'Flaherty outlines the 8 goals of a good estate planning.

Rock Island County estate planning attorney, Kevin O'Flaherty outlines the 8 goals of a good estate planning.

The Goals of A Good Estate Plan in Rock Island County

Our Rock Island County estate planning attorneys outline the 8 goals of a good estate plan in this article.Four General Goals that Apply to Most People:

1.  Appointment of Fiduciaries and Distribution of Assets When You Pass;

2.  Avoiding probate when you pass;

3.  Guardianship avoidance upon mental incompetence;

4.  End of Life Decision-Making;

​Four Goals that Only Apply in Specific Circumstances

5.  Estate Tax Planning;

6.  Special Needs Planning;

7.  Creditor Protection; and

8.  Medicaid Planning.

Read the article by our Rock Island County estate planning attorneys about the 8 Goals of a Good Estate Plan

Rock Island County estate planning attorney, Kevin O'Flaherty discusses how to use a Rock Island County estate plan to appoint fiduciaries to important roles in your life.

Appointment of Fiduciaries & Distribution of Assets in Rock Island County

These next two articles by our Rock Island County attorneys discuss appointing fiduciaries and arrange asset distribution.  Your estate plan's purpose is the appointment of executors or trustees to manage your estate once you pass.  It's purpose also enables individuals you appoint to make healthcare and financial decisions for you in case you become mentally incompetent. The next article on asset distribution discusses how your assets will be distributed after you pass both with and without a will or trust.  

Read an article by our Rock Island County estate planning attorneys about how to use your estate plan to appoint fiduciaries. 

Read an article by our Rock Island County estate planning lawyers about how to use your estate plan to arrange for the distribution of assets for your Rock Island County estate plan. 

https://youtu.be/pEU3aUCkoKk

Avoiding Probate in Rock Island County

Our Rock Island County estate planning attorneys discuss revocable living trusts and what ways they are used to avoid probate, which can  be time consuming and costly. Probate is required in Illinois when you pass away and have real estate worth $100,000.00 or more outside of a trust.Avoiding probate will save your estate time and money.  The costs of probate can be between 5% and 10% of the estate value in court and attorneys fees.  Probate also may take a year or more which causes your loved ones to wait to receive your assets, which is what makes revocable living trusts so lucrative.  These trusts act as the primary vehicle of your estate plan.  We will ensure that your estate avoids probate and your estate will pass immediately to your loved ones.

Read the full article by our Rock Island County estate planning attorneys on how to use revocable living trusts to avoid probate. 

Further Reading from our Rock Island County Estate Planning 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

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