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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.

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Our Des Moines will and trust attorneys will ask you about your estate planning goals and educate you on all of your estate planning options. We will help you make informed decisions and create the best plan to protect your assets and your interests. Let us guide you in creating a solid, well-crafted estate plan to ensure that your assets are protected and your estate avoids costly probate proceedings. Take care of you or your loved ones future and protect what matters most with O'Flaherty and get the peace of mind you deserve,


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Des Moines Will & Trust Attorneys

Please contact our friendly Des Moines Will & 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 Des Moines

2716 Grand Ave., Ste. 2

Des Moines, IA 50312

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desmoines@oflaherty-law.com

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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Required Parties In Will and Trust Disputes

In this video, our Des Moines trust attorneys explain how a trust is where one person, called the trustee, holds the title to property on behalf of someone else, known as the beneficiary. This can be the same person, allowing for a person to maintain control of the property held in the trust.  Living trusts, specifically, are trusts created while the party creating it is still alive, rather than one that is created upon the person’s death under the terms of something like a well. The beneficiaries named in the living trust will receive the trust property upon your death. In Iowa, the main advantage of making a living trust is to avoid the potential family conflicts and delays of probate court proceedings following your death. Because Iowa doesn’t follow the Uniform Probate Code, a living trust can be a much easier solution than going through Iowa’s complex probate process.


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Required Parties In Will and Trust Disputes

In this video, our Des Moines trust attorneys explain who is necessary for a will or trust dispute to move forward. A good probate attorney and a responsible trustee or fiduciary should know all the necessary parties that need to be involved in a trust or will dispute. A “necessary” party is defined by the following criteria:

  • A party whose rights or interests will be affected by a court order involving the will or trust;
  • A party whose power through litigation and actions under the will or trust will be affected by a court order involving the will or trust;
  • A person who if not joined would likely result in a biased court order; or
  • A person with a material connection to the will or trust dispute.

An “indispensable” party is one that has both an interest in the conflict and also a direct involvement in the management of the will or trust, such as the trustee or other type of fiduciary. Generally, regarding a will, the legatees and devisees are considered necessary parties. The legatee being an individual who will inherit personal property under the will, real (estate) or monetary, and the devisee being an individual who only inherits real property under the will. Other necessary parties include those involved with the management of the will (the executor) and any other parties who may be affected by a decision or modification involving the will.


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What is a Trust Contest in Iowa?

In this video, our Des Moines trust attorneys explain how a trust​ in Iowa​ is both a document and a legal entity. A trust can be arranged in many ways, but its main purpose is to allow a third party, or trustee, to hold assets on behalf of a beneficiary. It is written and signed by the trustor, and can go into effect while the trustor is still living or when they die, depending on the trust type. A trust contest is a type of lawsuit that is filed to object a trust’s validity. If someone believes the trustor was mentally incapacitated, unduly influenced, or otherwise unable to comprehend the terms of a trust, they have the right to contest the document in Iowa.


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