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Have faith in your estate planning and probate matters with our Joliet wills and trusts attorneys that have the experienced knowledge needed to meet your legal goals.
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"Kevin was extremely professional, responsive and knowledgeable when I came to him for help. I would definitely recommend O'Flaherty Law!"

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.

Client Testimonials

Christi M.

Kevin's firm handled setting up my will and trust recently. They took something that seemed intimidating and made it easy to understand. I've also referred a couple clients to Kevin - he's trustworthy, approachable and very fairly priced.

Marvin

"I've used Kevin and his firm's services since 2011. He gave undivided attention to my cases, advised me on different options and..."

Rachel B.

"Kevin was extremely professional, responsive and knowledgeable when I came to him for help. I would definitely recommend O'Flaherty Law!"

More information about our Joliet Will & Trust Attorneys

Our Joliet 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 Law and get the peace of mind you deserve.

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(815) 409-4925
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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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200 N. Hammes Ave., Ste. E6

Joliet, IL 60435

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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
Closed
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 Joliet Will & Trust Attorneys

How to Create a Will

In this article, our Joliet will attorneys reveal the process of creating a will that identifies the creator's 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. Your will should provide for how you would like your assets distributed when you pass away.  Be sure to account for contingencies, such as what happens if one of your named beneficiaries predeceases you.Your will should name an executor who will be responsible for collecting your assets and distributing them to creditors and beneficiaries according to the terms of your will. If you have minor children, be sure to name a guardian or a married couple to jointly serve as guardians should you be unable to care for your children due to disability or death. 

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Trust Reformation in Estate Plans

In this article, our Joliet trust lawyers share how to modify a Chicago trust. 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. 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. In order to modify an irrevocable trust, one would typically initiate a court procedure to request approval of the change or modification. There are three kinds of trust reformation: Modify by consent, modification with court approval, and decanting to modify irrevocable trusts.

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Using Trusts To Avoid or Minimize Estate Tax

In this article, our Champaign trust attorneys delve into the ways that trusts can be utilized to minimize or eliminate Illinois and federal estate taxes. In addition to the taxes that you pay during your lifetime, both the federal and the Illinois state governments require your estate to pay a tax before passing to your heirs.  The good news is that both the federal and state estate taxes are subject to exemptionsIf the value of your estate is less than the applicable exemption the estate tax in question will not apply.  Only amounts over and above the applicable exemption are taxable. Luckily, we have several relatively inexpensive tools that we can use to legally avoid much or all of the estate tax that would otherwise be imposed on your estate. These tools would be: AB trusts, irrevocable life insurance trust, GRITs, GRATs, GRUTS, gifting strategies, and generation skipping trusts. 

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