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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 experienced and affordable Wheaton attorneys have the skill and expertise to assist you with your Wheaton divorce & family law, probate, guardianship, litigation, estate planning, and business representation matters. We pride ourselves on our above-and-beyond client service and cost-effective rates.

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Family Law & Divorce

Our Wheaton 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 trusted advocate and your shield.

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Guardianship Law

Our Wheaton guardianship attorneys have extensive experience in both contested and uncontested guardianship proceedings. We will ensure that you receive the best representation possible for your guardianship case at an affordable rate.

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Probate & Estate Administration

If you are the executor or administrator of a loved one's estate, our Wheaton probate attorneys will guide you through every step of your probate, trust administration, and estate administration needs. We will be your advocate and handle your legal matters with skill and efficiency.

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Litigation & Dispute Resolution

At O'Flaherty Law, our Wheaton litigation attorneys have a wide range of experience in civil and commercial litigation matters. We have represented both plaintiffs and defendants in both state and federal court and regularly handle cases focusing on achieving a favorable resolution for our clients and their cases as quickly as possible.

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DUI, Criminal & Traffic Defense

Our Wheaton criminal defense attorneys understand that your rights and your freedoms are important to you, which means it's import ant to us. Contact us today to allow us to help you during your Wheaton matter, whether a DUI, traffic ticket/violation, or other criminal issue. We assure you that your matter will be handled with care, allowing you to achieve the best possible outcome.

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Our Wheaton business attorneys have what it takes to help your business succeed. Our cost-effective representation fees and experienced team of corporate representation attorneys make us an excellent and efficient choice for your business.

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Our Wheaton immigration and naturalization attorneys will fight for your right to stay in the country for your family, for your job, and for your life. With affordable rates and excellent communication, we have the skill and experience to help you obtain your green card, achieve citizenship, or assert asylum.

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Our Wheaton bankruptcy attorneys will help you start fresh through debt negotiation, Chapter 7, Chapter 11 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy. We make the process efficient and expedient so you can move forward in your life.

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Wheaton 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 Wheaton Estate Planning Attorneys at our nearest location to schedule a free consultation.

O'Flaherty Law of Wheaton

1275 E. Butterfield Rd, Ste 109A

Wheaton, IL 60189

(630) 384-0100
wheaton@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 Wheaton?

Why O'Flaherty Law of Wheaton?

Why O'Flaherty Law of Wheaton?

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 Wheaton 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 of Wheaton, 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.  We look forward to bringing our service and dedication to excellence to bear for you and your family.
  • We Are Affordable! We pride ourselves on our affordability. We would love to hear if you find a more cost-effective solution to accomplish your estate planning needs.
  • We Know Our Stuff!  Our Wheaton estate planning attorneys have the skill and experience to provide you with technical estate planning options.  Whether you just need a simple will, or need help with more complex estate planning goals such as estate tax avoidancecreditor avoidancespecial needs planning, and Medicaid planning, we tailor a solution to fit your particular needs at your price point.
  • We are Comprehensive!  Let us at O'Flaherty Law work as a team and be your community law firm.  We strive to be a resource in our community to ensure the resolution of a wide variety of legal matters. We accomplish this by retaining skillful attorneys who have experience in different areas law. This comprehensive approach ensures your representation isn't disrupted if your case requires knowledge in other areas of law.  We will be your life-long adviser and work through any legal issues that may arise along the way. 

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In this video, attorney Kevin O'Flaherty describes ways you can receive legal services from the comfort of home.

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 Wheaton

1275 E. Butterfield Rd, Ste 109A

Wheaton, IL 60189

wheaton@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 Wheaton Estate Planning Attorneys

In this Learn About Law video, Wheaton estate planning attorney Kevin O'Flaherty outlines the 8 goals of a good estate plan.

In this Learn About Law video, Wheaton estate planning attorney Kevin O'Flaherty outlines the 8 goals of a good estate plan.

The 8 Goals of A Good Estate Plan

In this article, our Wheaton estate planning attorneys discuss some of the most common things that our clients try to accomplish with their estate plans, including:

Our Wheaton estate planning lawyers go into detail regarding common considerations that surround each of these estate planning goals and the tools that we use to accomplish them such as revocable living trusts, wills, powers of attorney, living wills, grantor retained annuity trusts, special needs trusts, irrevocable life insurance trusts, and life estate deeds.

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

In this video, Wheaton estate planning attorney Kevin O'Flaherty discusses how to use an estate plan to appoint fiduciaries to important roles in your life.

Wheaton Estate Planning Goal #1: Appointment of Fiduciaries & Distribution of Assets

In this article, our Wheaton estate planning attorneys discuss appointing fiduciaries and arranging for the distribution of your assets after you pass. 

One purpose of an estate plan is to select people you trust to be executors or trustees to manage your estate once you pass and guardians of your person and of your estate to manage your healthcare and your finances if you become mentally incompetent.  Often the most important part of an estate plan is to name guardians for your minor children to act in the event that you are no longer able to care for them.

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

In the following video, Wheaton estate planning attorney Kevin O'Flaherty explains how to ensure that your estate avoids probate upon your death.

Wheaton Estate Planning Goal #2: Probate Avoidance Upon Death

Our Wheaton estate planning attorneys discuss revocable living trusts and how they are used to avoid probate, which can be time-consuming and costly, in the following companion article.

Probate is required in Illinois when you pass away while owning any real estate or non-real estate assets of at least $100,000.00 outside of a trust. Probate also may take a year or more which causes your loved ones to wait to receive your assets. Avoiding probate will save your loved ones time and money.  The costs of probate can be between 5% and 10% of the estate value in court and attorneys fees. This is why trusts act as the primary vehicle of your estate plan if you own your home.  We will ensure that your avoids probate and your estate will pass immediately to your loved ones without the need to hire an attorney or deal with a court case.

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

Further Reading from our Wheaton 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