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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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Our Cedar Rapids attorneys have the skill and experience to put you in the best position to succeed in any case. We pride ourselves on our above and beyond approach to client care while still offering cost effective rates. O'Flaherty law has Cedar Rapids attorneys ready to help you navigate the obstacles of any case.

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Family Law & Divorce

Our Cedar Rapids divorce attorneys work efficiently to win you the results you want in an affordable manner. We keep a close eye on expenditures and communicate realistic expectations regarding the cost of accomplishing your goals before you hire us. Our Divorce Attorneys all have extensive experience which they bring to bear as they collaborate on your case.

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Estate Planning

Our Cedar Rapids estate planning lawyers are here to help ensure your estate is administered to your wishes when you pass. Call us for a free consultation and give you and your loved ones the peace of mind you all deserve.

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Probate & Estate Administration

We understand that the last thing you and your family need at this difficult time is expensive legal fees. Our experienced Cedar Rapids attorneys will handle your probate matter efficiently and effectively. Probate cases often intersect with other areas of law that other probate attorneys are not capable of handling. Our team of Cedar Rapids attorneys collectively have experience in nearly every area of law, and we take a collaborative approach to ensure that the best legal mind is focused on whatever issue may arise in your probate matter.

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Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Our team of Cedar Rapids litigation attorneys has a reputation for taking on cases that other attorneys may find too difficult to handle. We have significant resources and experience that our firm can bring to bear, so that no case will be too complex or to big for us to take to trial and achieve a favorable result. We are also excellent at handling small matters that may be resolved with a demand letter in an efficient and cost-effective manner. We are your shield and your advocate, and we are here to fight for you.

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Business, Corporate & Contract Law

Our Cedar Rapids business, corporate & contract Law attorneys have earned a reputation for going above-and-beyond for our clients. Many of our clients have been so impressed by our service. We know that the last thing you need for your bottom line is expensive legal bills. Our mission is to build a lifelong relationship with our business clients and their families.

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Real Estate Law

Our dedicated Cedar Rapids real estate lawyers and staff will make your real estate deal our highest priority. There are many moving pieces in even the simplest real estate transaction. We take the time necessary to focus on your case, communicating and collaborating with all of the lenders, realtors, and attorneys involved to ensure that any potential obstacles between contract and closing are avoided or overcome.

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Bankruptcy & Debt Resolution

We are your community law firm, not a bankruptcy mill. Our friendly Cedar Rapids bankruptcy lawyers are happy to be your guide and answer any questions you may have from your free initial consultation until you have started your new life with a clean state. We understand that if you are speaking to us about bankruptcy, the last thing you need are expensive legal fees. We are proud of our affordable rates, which allow us to help more people in our community, and build lasting relationships that will persist long after your bankruptcy case is successfully closed.

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Guardianship Law

Our Cedar Rapids guardianship attorneys have the skill, experience, and dedication to educate you on your options and create the best plan for you and your family.We're proud of our affordable rates that allow us to build relationships with more clients. Our Cedar Rapids guardianship attorneys are accessible to our clients and provide prompt communication regarding developments in your case.

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DUI, Criminal & Traffic Defense

Whether you're faced with traffic, criminal, DUI or other related offenses, you need an expert representation on your side. Our Polk County criminal defense attorneys are ready to explore every avenue that is available to you under the law to protect your freedom. We ensure that you don't feel helpless and defenseless against the legal system

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Immigration

There is very little in the realm of immigration law that our experienced Cedar Rapids immigration attorneys have not handled successfully. We realize how important exceptional representation is to you and your family. It is important that you understand exactly what is going on in your case. We work closely with a team of interpreters that will communicate with you in your native language. Our Cedar Rapids immigration attorneys are accessible during evenings and weekends.

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O'Flaherty Law of Cedar Rapids

616 4th Ave. SE, Ste. 108,

Cedar Rapids, IA 52401

(319) 259-6710
cedarrapids.ia@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
Closed

Why ?

Why O'Flaherty Law of Cedar Rapids?

Why ?

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.

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.

Check Out Articles and Videos from our Cedar Rapids Attorneys

In this video, our Cedar Rapids attorney Kevin O'Flaherty discusses current and upcoming Iowa​ child​ support​ laws and changes

Iowa Child Support Law Explained

In this episode, our Cedar Rapids child support attorneys explain child support law in Iowa for 2020. There are a couple of minor changes that have been approved for 2020.  The most notable change began on October 1st, 2019, at the beginning of the fiscal year.  Federal law now requires the Child Support Recovery Unit to deduct an annual fee of $35 from the family’s support payments.  The fee is withheld after the family has received $550 in support payments.  Exceptions and adjustments may be made, depending on the family’s circumstances.  For example, if the payee or any child of the payee has received cash assistance from Iowa or any other state, the fee will be waived.  If you have more than one child support obligation, the fee may be deducted from each case.

In this episode, our Cedar Rapids attorney Kevin O'Flaherty discusses the Written Discovery phase of civil litigation in Iowa.

The Written Discovery Phase of Litigation in Iowa

In this video, our Cedar Rapids appeals attorneys explain how civil cases normally fall into one of three categories: contract law (contracts and agreements between persons or businesses), family law (divorce, child custody, alimony), and tort law (property damage claims, personal injury, liability). Generally, the process of civil litigation is the same for each category, with some slight differences for family and small claims. Also, in 2015 Iowa made some dramatic changes to portions of its civil litigation process. One being its Fast Track litigation process and the other being changes in the general discovery rules for civil cases.

In this article, our Cedar Rapids attorneys explains the Iowa probate process by answering the following questions: What is probate? What is the purpose of probate in Iowa? Are all assets subject to probate in Iowa? Do I need an attorney for a probate case in Iowa? When is probate necessary in Iowa? And the probate process in Iowa

Iowa Probate Process Explained

In this video, our Cedar Rapids probate attorneys explain how probate is the official manner in which an estate is settled under supervision of the court. When a person dies without an established will, an executor is appointed (typically a surviving spouse or adult child of the deceased) to gather and value owned assets, settle remaining debts, and distribute assets to heirs. Probate prevents fraud and theft after a death. Without it, debts could go unpaid and assets could be improperly distributed.

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