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Why

O'Flaherty Law of Chicago

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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.

More information about our Chicago Trust Attorneys:

Our Chicago trust attorneys will learn about your estate planning goals and educate you on all of your estate planning options. We will ensure you make informed decisions and create the best plan to protect your assets, and your interests. Let us help you take control of your estate plan to ensure that your estate avoids costly probate proceedings.

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Chicago Trust Attorneys

Please contact our friendly Chicago Trust Attorneys at our nearest location to schedule a free consultation. If our office locations are not convenient for you, we are happy to speak with you by phone.

O'Flaherty Law of Chicago

1941 N. Elston Ave., Ste. A

Chicago, Illinois 60642

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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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Further Reading from our Chicago Trust Attorneys

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Trust Reformation in Chicago Estate Plans

In this article, our Chicago will attorneys discusses the process of creating a will that covers the creators wishes when they pass. A will is a legal document that sets forth the wishes of its creator (known as a “testator”) in the event of death. The purpose of a will is to be recognized by a probate court as the governing document for the management of the testator’s estate. In your will you should include the following clauses that accomplish the following: name beneficiaries, name an executor, and name a guardian for minor children. While a will need not be drafted by an attorney to be legally valid, there are many reasons that working with an attorney is advisable: having an attorney draft your will is not expensive, attorneys help avoid ambiguities, attorneys can ensure that your will is valid, attorneys can help you avoid mistakes regarding setting forth your wishes, and attorneys can counsel your options.

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Trust Reformation in Chicago Estate Plans

In this article, our Chicago trust attorneys explain how to modify a Chicago trust. If an estate plan does not consider unforeseen changes or circumstances, there is a potential for litigation by beneficiaries. A trust is a fiduciary arrangement that allows a third party, or trustee, to hold assets on behalf of a beneficiary or beneficiaries. Trusts can be arranged in many ways to specify exactly how and when the assets need to pass to the beneficiaries. Because trusts usually avoid probate, your beneficiaries may gain access to those assets more quickly than they might to assets that are transferred using a will. Assets in a trust may also be able to pass outside of probate, saving time, court fees, and potentially reducing estate taxes, too. A trust reformation is the modification of an irrevocable trust to address unanticipated changes that have occurred since its establishment or to clarify the language of the trust instrument for the benefit of trustees and beneficiaries. While it is possible to reform a trust for various reasons, trustees and beneficiaries do not have the power to change an irrevocable trust simply because they want to. There are several reasons why one would consider a trust reformation.

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Using Trusts To Avoid or Minimize Estate Tax

In this article, our Chicago trust attorneys explain the methods that can be utilized to use trusts to minimize or eliminate Illinois and federal estate taxes. Our Chicago trust lawyers discuss the use of AB Trusts that can essentially double the Illinois estate tax exemption if you the person is married. Using irrevocable life insurance trusts, the death benefit can be removed from your life insurance policies from the value of your estate for estate tax purposes.

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