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Top 3 Qualities to Look for in Your Attorney

Your attorney should not speak in legalese.

Finding an attorney who doesn't use complex legal jargon and is a “real person” can be difficult. You should be able to connect with your attorney on a personal level, and they should speak to you in plain language that you can understand.

Your attorney should be accessible.

You deserve a responsive legal team that communicates regularly and promptly returns your calls.  Although legal matters can take time, you should feel confident in the progress of your case.

Your attorney should be realistic about costs and outcomes.

You want a favorable outcome as efficiently as possible. Your attorney should set realistic expectations on costs, concerns about the outcome of your case, and the length of time that you can expect your case to take.

  • We are Experienced and Great at What We Do!  At O'Flaherty Law, our Springfield 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 Springfield 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 Springfield 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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O'Flaherty Law of Springfield

3000 Professional Dr. STE 200 Office L

Springfield, IL 62703

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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
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Closed
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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 experienced at everything.  That is why we have worked hard to assemble a team of attorneys with extensive experience in different areas of experience.  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.

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The purpose of a 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.

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Meet the Owner

I am personally committed to ensuring that each one of our clients receives the highest level of client service from our team.  Our mission is to provide excellent legal work in a cost-effective manner while maintaining open lines of communication between our clients and their attorneys.  Many of our clients are going through difficult times in their lives when they reach out to us.  They should feel comfortable leaning on the experience and knowledge of our attorneys as their counselors and advocates.  We are here to help!

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

Filing a Petition for Adult Guardianship in Springfield

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

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

Guardianship For Minor Children in Springfield

Our Springfield guardianship attorneys explain the importance estate planning is when you have minor children. They also discuss the relevant plans, approaches and mindset needed to create a detailed and well executed estate plan that eliminates worry in the event of very eventuality.

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 Springfield guardianship attorneys on guardianship for minor children in Springfield.

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

Avoiding Costly Guardianship Proceedings in Springfield

To be a guardian, a guardianship proceeding must be filed with the appropriate circuit court. Guardianships may be granted by 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: due to 

  • 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 experienced's report certifying that the guardianship is appropriate.  The appropriate forms for Springfield are found on the Cook County Circuit Clerk's website.  The report needs to be reviewed carefully to ensure that the experienced's certifications are accurate, and the correct type of guardianship (limited or total/plenary guardianship) is recommended. 

If no problems or contesting exists, at the conclusion of the guardianship proceeding, the court issues an order appointing you to be your loved one's guardian.  After this happens, our Springfield guardianship attorneys assist you on an ongoing basis to prepare and file annual reports to the court regarding your administration of your loved one's estate. 

If your loved one is still mentally competent, one alternative to guardianship proceedings is having them execute a Healthcare and Financial Powers of Attorney, which explains the wishes of your loved one without the need of a court order. ​

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

Further Reading from our Springfield Guardianship Attorneys