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Will County Estate Planning Attorney | Estate Administration Lawyer, Will County IL

Will County Estate Planning Attorney | Estate Administration Lawyer, Will County IL

Our friendly Will County estate planning attorneys will take the time to learn about your family's individual situation and needs in a free consultation. We are proud of our affordable rates and our depth of experience in revocable living trusts and wills, estate tax planning, special needs planning, asset protection, and powers of attorney.

Our friendly Will County estate planning attorneys will take the time to learn about your family's individual situation and needs in a free consultation. We are proud of our affordable rates and our depth of experience in revocable living trusts and wills, estate tax planning, special needs planning, asset protection, and powers of attorney.

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In this video, our Will County Estate Planning & Administration attorney describes why O'Flaherty Law is the best choice for your estate matter.

  • ​We Go Above-And-Beyond!  Our Will County estate planning & administration attorneys will take the time to understand your family's personal estate planning goals.  Many of our clients have been so pleased with our service that they have taken the time to leave us glowing reviews.  Due to the overwhelmingly positive response from our clients, we received Avvo Client's Choice Award for Estate Planning in 2016.
  • We Are Affordable! Estate planning does not have to be expensive.  We are proud of our affordable rates.  We invite the comparison to other estate planning attorneys and would like to hear about it if you are able to find a more cost-effective solution for your estate planning goals.  
  • We Know Our Stuff!  Our Will County estate planning lawyers have extensive experience in advanced estate planning techniques.  Regardless of the complexity of your estate planning goals, we can help.  In addition to wills and revocable living trusts, we have experience in estate tax avoidancecreditor avoidancespecial needs planning, and medicaid planning.   ​​
  • We are Comprehensive!  At O'Flaherty Law, we are your community law firm.  With multiple attorneys who have various areas of experience, we work as a team to provide comprehensive representation to our clients.  We can be your trusted advisor for the long-term regardless of the legal issues that arise in the course of your life. 

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Hours: 9 am - 5 pm Mon - Fri

Our  Office Locations: 

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Downers Grove

5002 Main St, Ste. 201 Downers Grove, IL 60515

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Naperville

105 Jackson Avenue, Ste. 4b Naperville, IL 60540

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Elmhurst

​110 E. Schiller Street, Ste. 220B ​Elmhurst, IL 60126

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Lake in the Hills

8411 Pyott Road, Ste. 107, ​Lake in the Hills, IL 60156

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Tinley Park

​16557 Oak Park Avenue, Ste. B, Tinley Park, IL 60477

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St. Charles

210 S Fifth St, Ste. 107B, St. Charles, IL 60174

Meet Our Owner

Kevin O'Flaherty oversees all legal matters and is actively involved in making sure every client's case, big or small, is handled with excellence and attention to detail. He is available to contact through phone and email and his rates are available upon request.

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"Kevin and his firm, O'Flaherty Law, are friendly, efficient, knowledgeable and professional. Kevin is a master at bringing people together and sharing ideas."

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"Kevin O'Flaherty and his team at O'Flaherty Law are among the friendliest and easiest to work with attorneys I've dealt with. I would suggest them to any friends or business associates."

Kevin O'Flaherty was instrumental during the purchase process of my new house. I highly recommend him and the entire firm!

An excellent client experience, I recommend O'Flaherty Law to all of my clients that have a need for consultation in family law.

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John Paul Clancy
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"Kevin and his firm, O'Flaherty Law, are friendly, efficient, knowledgeable and professional. Kevin is a master at bringing people together and sharing ideas."
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Kevin Sender
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"Kevin O'Flaherty and his team at O'Flaherty Law are among the friendliest and easiest to work with attorneys I've dealt with. I would suggest them to any friends or business associates."
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"Kevin and his team are my "Go To" resource for clients that need estate planning"
Kevin Koc
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Kevin O'Flaherty was instrumental during the purchase process of my new house. I highly recommend him and the entire firm!
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An excellent client experience, I recommend O'Flaherty Law to all of my clients that have a need for consultation in family law.
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Kevin is an excellent attorney. He helped me incorporate by business and provides legal counsel as need. I highly recommend him.

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Pets Trusts in Illinois

When my wife and I are out of town, we call my friend, Kristin Skelton, owner of Floofins & Co., which provides pet sitting and dog walking services, to make sure that our black lab, Leah, is taken care of while we are gone.  Kristin recently told me that many of her clients had asked her about pet trusts, which are trust funds you can establish to ensure that your pets are taken care of after you pass away.  Being a dog lover myself, I was thrilled to write an article on the subject at Kristin’s suggestion.

Pet trust law, including the validity of such trusts, varies from state to state.  Fortunately, Illinois recently enacted a statute that explicitly provides for the creation of pet trusts.

‍When you create a pet trust, your attorney will draft a trust document naming your pet as the beneficiary of the trust after you pass away and also naming a trustee, who will be responsible at that time for managing the assets of the trust for the benefit of your pet.  You and your attorney can then transfer assets into the trust.

Such assets will remain in your control during your lifetime, but will not be included in your estate at your death.  Instead such assets will be legally held by the trust until they are distributed for the care of your pet according to the terms of the trust.

For more information on trusts in general, please visit our estate planning page, where you can watch a short video of our recent estate planning seminar.

If you are considering a pet trust, you should keep the following information in mind:

  • Trustee:  It is advisable for the trustee to be someone other than the caretaker of the pet.  You should also name at least one successor trustee in case the original trustee should be unwilling or unable to perform his or her duties.  The Illinois statute provides that no portion of the trust assets can be used for the trustee’s own purposes, unless specifically provided for in the trust document.  Your trust document  can provide for compensation to your pet’s caretaker or to the trustee, should you so choose.
  • Beneficiary:  You may identify each beneficiary pet by simply stating your pet’s name.  However, you can also reference your pet’s microchip, if you have had one inserted.  In addition, you may include any descendants of your pet as beneficiaries.
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When my wife and I are out of town, we call my friend, Kristin Skelton, owner of Floofins & Co., which provides pet sitting and dog walking services, to make sure that our black lab, Leah, is taken care of while we are gone.  Kristin recently told me that many of her clients had asked her about pet trusts, which are trust funds you can establish to ensure that your pets are taken care of after you pass away.  Being a dog lover myself, I was thrilled to write an article on the subject at Kristin’s suggestion.

Pet trust law, including the validity of such trusts, varies from state to state.  Fortunately, Illinois recently enacted a statute that explicitly provides for the creation of pet trusts.

‍When you create a pet trust, your attorney will draft a trust document naming your pet as the beneficiary of the trust after you pass away and also naming a trustee, who will be responsible at that time for managing the assets of the trust for the benefit of your pet.  You and your attorney can then transfer assets into the trust.

Such assets will remain in your control during your lifetime, but will not be included in your estate at your death.  Instead such assets will be legally held by the trust until they are distributed for the care of your pet according to the terms of the trust.

For more information on trusts in general, please visit our estate planning page, where you can watch a short video of our recent estate planning seminar.

If you are considering a pet trust, you should keep the following information in mind:

  • Trustee:  It is advisable for the trustee to be someone other than the caretaker of the pet.  You should also name at least one successor trustee in case the original trustee should be unwilling or unable to perform his or her duties.  The Illinois statute provides that no portion of the trust assets can be used for the trustee’s own purposes, unless specifically provided for in the trust document.  Your trust document  can provide for compensation to your pet’s caretaker or to the trustee, should you so choose.
  • Beneficiary:  You may identify each beneficiary pet by simply stating your pet’s name.  However, you can also reference your pet’s microchip, if you have had one inserted.  In addition, you may include any descendants of your pet as beneficiaries.
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The 8 Goals Of A Good Estate Plan

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Will County estate planning attorney, Kevin O'Flaherty, discusses the 8 goals of a good estate plan.

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In this article, our Will County estate planning attorneys outline the 8 goals of a good estate plan.

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 an article by our Will County estate planning attorneys about the 8 Goals of a Good Estate Plan

Estate Planning Goal: Appointment of Fiduciaries & Distribution of Assets

In these two companion articles, our Will County attorneys discuss how to use an estate plan to appoint fiduciaries and arrange for the distribution of assets.   Your estate plan should appoint executors or trustees to administer your estate after you pass and financial and healthcare agents to make financial and health care decisions for you should you become mentally incompetent.  Our article on the distribution of assets explains what will happen to your assets if you pass away intestate (without a will or a trust), with a will, or with a trust.  

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

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

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

In these two companion articles, our Will County attorneys discuss how to use an estate plan to appoint fiduciaries and arrange for the distribution of assets.   Your estate plan should appoint executors or trustees to administer your estate after you pass and financial and healthcare agents to make financial and health care decisions for you should you become mentally incompetent.  Our article on the distribution of assets explains what will happen to your assets if you pass away intestate (without a will or a trust), with a will, or with a trust.  

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

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

Estate Planning Goal: Probate Avoidance Upon Death

Will County estate planning attorney, Kevin O'Flaherty, discusses how to use revocable living trusts to avoid probate when you pass.

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In this article, our Will County estate planning attorneys explain how revocable living trusts can be used to avoid costly and time consuming probate estates when you pass.  Probate is a court case that is required in Illinois when you pass away owning any real estate outside of a trust or more than $100,000.00 outside of a trust.  It is preferable to avoid probate, because probate can cost between 5% and 10% of the value of the estate in attorneys fees and court costs, because assets passing through a probate estate can take a year or more to reach your loved ones, and because probate cases are stressful for everyone involved.  Fortunately, by using a revocable living trust as the primary vehicle of your estate plan, our Will County estate planning attorneys can ensure that probate will not be necessary when you pass, and that, instead, your estate will pass immediately to your loved ones without the need to hire an attorney or appear in court. 

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

Estate Planning Goal: Avoiding Guardianship Proceedings Upon Mental Incompetence

Will County estate planning attorney, Kevin O'Flaherty, discusses how to use powers of attorney to prevent guardianship proceedings if you become mentally incompetent.

In this article by our Will County estate planning lawyers, we discuss how to use financial powers of attorney and healthcare powers of attorney to avoid guardianship proceedings if you become mentally incompetent.  If you become mentally incompetent through accident, injury, or old age without proper powers of attorney in place ahead of time, a guardianship proceeding will be necessary in order for your loved ones to manage your affairs on your behalf.  We want to avoid guardianship proceedings because they are costly, time-consuming, and stressful for your loved ones.  Our Will County attorneys will prepare powers of attorney for you so that your loved ones can manage your affairs without a guardianship proceeding should you become mentally incompetent.  

Read the full article by our Will County estate planning attorneys regarding how to use powers of attorney to avoid guardianship proceedings. 

Estate Planning Goal: End of Life Instruction

Will County estate planning lawyer, Kevin O'Flaherty, explains how to use living wills for end-of-life instruction.  

In this article, our Will County estate planning attorneys discuss how living wills can be used to state your end-of-life wishes.  If you are in an irreversible coma, a living will in your medical file will instruct your doctor to terminate life support, potentially relieving the emotional burden that this decision may create on your loved ones. 

Read the full article by our Will County estate planning attorneys about Living Wills. 

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