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Cook County Estate Tax Attorneys

Our Cook County estate tax attorneys offer solutions for your estate planning, with advising on how to avoid estate taxes to lessen burdens in this hard time.
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We believe your attorney should not speak in legalese

Finding an attorney who 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.

We believe 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.

We believe 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, the 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 of 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 experience to bear in order to optimize our client care.

More information about our Cook County Estate Tax Attorneys

Our Cook County estate tax attorneys have the skill and experience you need to guide you and educate you about the estate planning process to minimize or eliminate estate tax.  You will be pleasantly surprised by our cost-effective rates and above-and-beyond service.

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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.

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1941 N. Elston Ave., Ste. A

Chicago, Illinois 60642

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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
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Sunday
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I am personally committed to ensuring that each one of our clients receives the highest level of client service from our team.  Our mission is to provide excellent legal work in a cost-effective manner while maintaining open lines of communication between our clients and their attorneys.  Many of our clients are going through difficult times in their lives when they reach out to us.  They should feel comfortable leaning on the experience and knowledge of our attorneys as their counselors and advocates.  We are here to help!

- Attorney Kevin O'Flaherty, Owner

Further Reading from our Cook County Estate Tax Attorneys

What Are the Different Types of Taxes That Must Be Paid When A Cook County Resident Dies?

In this article, our Cook County estate tax attorneys explain the various taxes that executors, administers and trustees must pay on behalf of a deceased individual's estate. We explain the difference between estate tax, estate income tax, and the decedent's final year of income tax, as well as the different taxing bodies to whom these taxes must be paid. Probate can be avoided by executed a revocable living trust and transferring your real estate and savings accounts into it during your lifetime. A revocable living trust is a legal entity that can own property. It typically provides that the creator of the trust has complete control over the property owned by the trust during his or her lifetime, and describes how the trust assets will be distributed after the creator’s death. So, we can avoid probate by taking the following steps:

  1. Create and execute a revocable living trust;
  2. Deed any real estate owned by the client into the trust;
  3. Transfer any savings accounts that are not qualified retirement accounts into the trust; and
  4. Ensure that proper beneficiaries and successor beneficiaries are named on qualified retirement accounts and life insurance policies.

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