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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 Sangamon County attorneys offer cost-effective rates, amazing client service, and a wide range of expertise, and we always put our clients first. We provide comprehensive representation that you can rely on in the areas of Sangamon County Divorce & Family Law, Estate Planning, Probate & Estate Administration, Civil Litigation, Guardianship, Corporate & Contract Law, DUI & Criminal Law and all other Springfield legal matters.

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Family Law & Divorce

Our skilled Sangamon County divorce attorneys provide exceptional legal work, aggressive representation and above-and-beyond client service at affordable rates. Our Springfield family law attorneys will provide you with experienced and affordable representation for any family law matter including divorce, maintenance awards, adoption, child custody and support.

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Guardianship Law

Our Sangamon County guardianship attorneys will help you achieve your guardianship 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.

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Estate Planning

Our Sangamon County estate planning attorneys will help you with all of your estate and probate needs. We will personalize and implement your estate planning tailored to your needs. Our expert Sangamon County 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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Our experienced Sangamon County litigation attorneys aggressively protect your rights. They work hard to achieve an efficient and cost-effective favorable outcome to your matter. Our Sangamon County dispute resolution attorneys have extensive the 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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At O'Flaherty Law, our Sangamon County criminal defense attorneys will vigorously fight for your rights exploring every avenue giving you 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 Sangamon County 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. Our team of experienced Sangamon County business litigation attorneys will ensure your company and your rights are protected.

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Our Sangamon County immigration attorneys know that remaining in the United States is very important for you and your family which means it is important to us. We will be your advocate and assist you to reach your immigration goals. We are knowledgeable, cost-effective and will defend your right to remain in the country.

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Our Sangamon County bankruptcy attorneys will help give you a clean slate through debt negotiation, Chapter 7, Chapter 11 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy. Few things are more stressful than having debt pile up around you. Let us be your advocate and allow us to give you peace of mind.

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​Our experienced Sangamon County real estate attorneys know how important your real estate matter is. Whether you're buying or selling a home, business location; or have or need a mechanics lien matter taken care of we can help. At O'Flaherty Law, we have the experience to 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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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 Sangamon County Probate Attorneys at our nearest location to schedule a free consultation.

O'Flaherty Law of Springfield

901 S. 2nd St., Ste. 102

Springfield, IL 62704

(217) 280-8275
springfield@oflaherty-law.com

Hours of Operation

Monday
9:00am - 6:00pm
Tuesday
9:00am - 6:00pm
Wednesday
9:00am - 6:00pm
Thursday
9:00am - 6:00pm
Friday
9:00am - 6:00pm
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
11:00am - 2:00pm

Why O'Flaherty Law of Springfield?

Why O'Flaherty Law of Springfield?

Why O'Flaherty Law of Springfield?

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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Sangamon County Probate Lawyers

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

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

We Are Cost-Effective!  We are proud to offer superior representation, communication and customer service.  Let us be your trusted advocates to guide you through your estate planning needs.​We Know Our Stuff! Our Sangamon County probate lawyer’s dedication and hard work have earned a reputation for excellent service.

  • We are the recipients of the Avvo Client’s Choice Award in 2016.
  • Kevin O’Flaherty was honored in 2015 by being named one ofSuburban Life Magazine's Best Under 40.
  • We are honored to have received glowing testimonials from many of our satisfied clients.
  • We have achieved an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau and have never had a BBB Complaint.

We Are Comprehensive! Probate cases can often require expertise from other areas of including as business, real estate and family law.  Our Sangamon County probate & estate administration attorneys have experience in nearly every area of law and will work together to ensure all areas of your case are given the attention they need.  No matter what your situation, you will have dedicated and attentive representation for your matter.

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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 Springfield

901 S. 2nd St., Ste. 102

Springfield, IL 62704

springfield@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 Sangamon County Probate Attorneys

In this video, Sangamon County probate attorney Kevin O'Flaherty explains when a probate matter is required in Sangamon County

In this video, Sangamon County probate attorney Kevin O'Flaherty explains when a probate matter is required in Sangamon County

When Does an Estate Enter Probate in Sangamon County?

In this article, we explain when a probate matter must be entered to administer the estate of a decedent and how probate matters can be avoided.

Probate matters are a type of legal matter that administer a deceased individual’s (“decedent”) estate. A common misunderstanding about probate is that it is only required when the decedent has a will at the time of their death. Though, whether or not a probate matter is required depends on the type(s) of assets the decedent left behind.

Read more from our Sangamon County probate attorneys on the requirements that makes an estate enter probate in Sangamon County.

In this video, Sangamon County probate attorney Kevin O'Flaherty discusses the probate process in Sangamon County.

The Sangamon County Probate Process

Sangamon County probate matters are court cases that probate courts ensure proper payments are made to heirs and creditors after someone passes away. If a probate matter is required, an attorney must take the proper steps to administer the estate. If there was a will left in place the probate process is slightly different than a probate matter without one.

To open a probate estate, the executor's attorney must file several documents to the probate court:

  • Petition to Adit Will to Probate and for Letters of Office 
  • Affidavit of Heirship 
  • Affidavit as to Copy of Will
  • Oath of Office
  • Surety Bond or Non-Surety Bond
  • Notice to Heirs and Legatees   
  • Publication Notice

Read more about the Sangamon County probate process from our Sangamon County probate attorneys.

In this video, Sangamon County probate attorney Kevin O'Flaherty discuss the methods that can be used to avoid probate in Sangamon County

Avoiding Probate in Sangamon County

Probate is bad for three reasons:

  1. Your loved ones cannot access to your assets for nearly a year until the probate case is completed;
  2. An estate will be significantly reduced by attorney fees and court costs. Your estate will typically spend 5% to 10% of the value of the estate on attorney fees alone; and 
  3. The administration of your estate will be significantly more difficult for your executor. He or she will spend a lot of time dealing with an attorney, preparing reports, and gathering information.

A common misconception is that a will allows your estate to avoid probate. Wills can ensure assets are distributed appropriately in a probate case, but an estate must enter probate with or without a will. A better option for individuals who own real estate or have a savings account is to use a revocable living trust either in place of or in conjunction with a will.

Probate can be avoided by utilizing a revocable living trust and transferring your real estate and savings accounts into it during your lifetime. A revocable living trust can own property and provides the creator complete control over the property owned by the trust during his or her lifetime, and specifies how the trust assets will be disbursed after the creator’s death.

Read more about avoiding probate in Sangamon County by our Springfield probate attorneys.

Further Reading from our Sangamon County Probate Attorneys

What Happens to an Indiana Estate if There is No Will? | Indiana Intestacy Laws

This article covers what a will is, what makes a will valid in the state of Indiana, what happens when one dies with no will in Indiana, and covers some Indiana intestacy laws most Indiana probate lawyers would want their clients to know.  It also provides a few definitions of words that are used in probate settings, like living will, decedent, and estate administration.

Renee Babcoke

September 25, 2021

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

How to Avoid Inheritance Tax in Iowa

If you have been gifted some property or money in Iowa, you will likely want to maximize your profitability on it. In this article, we answer the question: How do I avoid inheritance tax? We explain:

  • What is an inheritance tax?
  • Who Does the Inheritance Tax Apply To?

May 5, 2021