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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.


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

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Family Law & Divorce

At O'Flaherty Law, our experienced Winnebago County family law team provides remarkable client service and aggressive representation at affordable prices. We pride ourselves in giving you the best possible representation for all matters concerning family law, including divorce, child custody, child support, visitation rights, maintenance awards, and adoption.

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The main concern in any guardianship case is the happiness and wellbeing of minors who do not have the capability to care for themselves. Our Winnebago County guardianship legal team can help you and your loved ones affordably achieve your family goals in both contested and uncontested guardianships.

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Our Winnebago Estate Planning attorneys are knowledgeable, cost effective, and above all friendly. You have worked hard to generate your assets; make sure they are properly distributed to the ones you love while at the same time avoiding a minimizing estate tax. Call us today so that we can inform you of all of your options and help you implement a plan for the future of your estate.

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Our attorneys in Winnebago County will fight to protect your rights and provide aggressive litigation services for your case involving fraud, defamation, negligence, commercial litigation, breach of contract, disputes between business partners, employment disputes, landlord/tenant disputes and eviction, construction law, homeowners association disputes, and the list goes on. Know that by choosing O’Flaherty law you are getting the most cost-effective service in Winnebago country, and you will always be informed about the status of your case.

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When facing charges such as these you need an aggressive advocate to defend you. That advocate is O’Flaherty Law! If you are facing tough DUI, drug, traffic, or any other criminal charges, it is crucial to pick a legal team with the experience and know-how to put you in the best possible position to have your charges dropped or reduced. At O’Flaherty Law of Winnebago County, we scrutinize every aspect of the law and pursue every option to ensure that you succeed in your criminal defense case.

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At O’Flaherty Law, we understand that you are very busy operating your own business. Let us handle all of your business’ legal needs, so you can focus on your business. We have budget-friendly rates, expertise, and empathy to assist your business. Call us today to schedule a consultation, at no cost to you, to discuss how O’Flaherty Law of Winnebago County can help your corporation or LLC.

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The United States was founded on the hard work and strong values of immigrant communities. At O’Flaherty Law, we take great pride in ensuring that you and your family can become naturalized citizens or remain in the United States. Our Winnebago County immigration and naturalization lawyers will work tirelessly to guarantee that you will maintain your current way of life.

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You are in good hands when you entrust our Winnebago County real estate legal team with your matter. We have friendly, client-focused attorneys available to make sure every aspect of your investment goes smoothly, from the initial contract to the final closing.

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Don’t make filing for bankruptcy any harder than it already is. If you have debt that’s piling up and you don’t know where to turn, call our friendly Winnebago County bankruptcy attorneys to schedule a free consultation. Make sure your rights a preserved as you file for bankruptcy or debt resolution. Our cost-effective services are a smooth and affordable solution to your debt complications.

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O'Flaherty Law of Rockford

6785 Weaver Rd., Unit 2B

Rockford, IL 61114

(815) 883-6310
info@oflaherty-law.com

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Monday
9:00am - 6:00pm
Tuesday
9:00am - 6:00pm
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9:00am - 6:00pm
Thursday
9:00am - 6:00pm
Friday
9:00am - 6:00pm
Saturday
Closed
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Why O'Flaherty Law of Rockford?

Why O'Flaherty Law of Rockford?

Why O'Flaherty Law of Rockford?

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

Our attorneys work as a team to provide comprehensive has experience in:
  • You And Your Family Will Be in Excellent Hands! Our firm has built a reputation for being great at what we do and for providing exceptional service and communication to our clients. Many of our clients have taken the time to leave us positive testimonials.  In 2016 we received the Avvo Client's Choice Award due to the overwhelmingly positive reaction from our clients.  In 2015 Kevin O'Flaherty was honored with Suburban Life Magazine's Best Under 40 Award.  Our Winnebago County probate attorneys are skilled, experienced, and singularly focused on amazing client service. 
  • We Are Cost Effective!  Our Winnebago County probate attorneys are cost-effective and efficient, with the goal of handling your loved-one's estate as expeditiously as possible. Choosing the wrong probate attorney can be unnecessarily expensive, but with O'Flaherty, you know you'll be getting the right help for an affordable cost.
  • We Are Comprehensive!  It is common for probate cases to require expertise in many areas of law, such as real estate, family law, business law, or litigation.  Our team of expert Winnebago County attorneys collectively have experience in nearly every area of law.  We work as a team to make sure that you get the benefit of all of our expertise.  

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O'Flaherty Law of Rockford

6785 Weaver Rd., Unit 2B

Rockford, IL 61114

info@oflaherty-law.com

What to Expect From a Consultation

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. 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 Winnebago County Probate Attorneys

When is Probate Necessary in Winnebago County?

In this article, our Winnebago County probate attorneys 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. Instead, the type(s) of assets the decedent left behind determine whether or not probate is necessary.

Probate is a court case in which the court oversees the distribution of a decedent's assets to his or her heirs and creditors.  In order to administer an estate in Illinois, probate will be necessary if:

‍(1) The decedent owned any real estate outside of a trust that is not deeded with a right to survivorship for the decedent's spouse (even if there is a mortgage) outside of a trust; OR 

(2) The decedent owned more than $100,000.00 in assets outside of either a trust or outside of accounts that are payable to a direct beneficiary upon death.

If probate is necessary, the person responsible for administering the estate, known as the executor, must have letters of office issued by the probate court before he or she can begin collecting the decedent's assets for distribution to creditors and heirs.  The executor will also have to file accountings, notices, and reports with the court regarding the collection and distribution of these assets.

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

In this video, Winnebago County estate administration lawyer Kevin O'Flaherty outlines the probate process in Illinois.

The Probate Process in Winnebago County

Our Winnebago County probate legal team wants you to be informed about your probate case. In this article, we explain how 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 Audit 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 Illinois probate process from our Winnebago County probate attorneys.

In this video, Winnebago County probate attorney Kevin O'Flaherty explains how you can avoid probate proceedings in Illinois using Revocable Living Trusts.

Avoiding Probate in Winnebago County Using Revocable Living Trusts

Our Winnebago County probate lawyers want you to help you avoid probate, if possible.

Probate is difficult 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 Illinois from our Winnebago County probate attorneys.

Further Reading from our Winnebago County Probate Attorneys

10 FAQs About Wisconsin Last Will and Testaments

If you’ve arrived at this article, it’s likely that you are looking for reliable information on creating a Wisconsin last will and testament. Wisconsin wills aren’t that different than a will from any other jurisdiction. However, Wisconsin does use a simplified process to probate estates that are under $50,000 value minus mortgages and encumbrances, what Wisconsin refers to as “small estates.”

Renee Babcoke

October 20, 2021

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?

July 7, 2021