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Why

O'Flaherty Law of St. Charles

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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 Saint Charles Estate Tax Attorneys:

Our friendly Saint Charles estate tax attorneys have the skill and experience to assist you and your family in avoiding or minimizing federal and Illinois estate taxes in a cost-effective manner.

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Saint Charles Estate Tax Attorneys

Please contact our friendly Saint Charles Estate Tax 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 St. Charles

1121 E. Main St., Ste. 124B

St. Charles, IL 60174

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saintcharles@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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How to Minimize Estate Tax

In this article, our Saint Charles estate tax lawyers explain the ramifications of the new federal estate tax law. Although the new federal estate tax exemption was recently doubled, the Illinois estate tax exemption remains at $4 million.  This means that estates with assets in excess of $4 million, including life insurance death benefits, will still be subject to Illinois estate tax. Even if your estate will not be subject to estate tax, if you own your home and do not have a proper estate plan that incorporates a revocable living trust, your estate will likely require a costly probate case. The upshot is, that for residents of Illinois, estate planning strategies should not significantly change based on the new federal tax law.

Read the full article by our Saint Charles estate tax attorneys explaining the new federal estate tax law.

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How to Minimize Estate Tax

In this article, our Saint Charles estate tax attorneys explain some of the strategies we use to minimize estate tax. These include:

  • Using revocable living trusts to allow couples to take advantage of one another's Illinois estate tax exemption,
  • Using irrevocable life insurance trusts to remove the death benefit of life insurance policies from the taxable estate; and
  • Using grantor retained annuity trusts and similar instruments (GRITS, GRATS, and GRUTS) to allow businesses, real estate, and other assets to accumulate in value without the accumulated value being part of the taxable estate.

Read the full article by our Saint Charles estate tax lawyers explaining tools we use to minimize estate tax for our clients.

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What Types of Taxes Have to Be Filed When Someone Dies in illinois?

In this article, our Saint Charles estate tax attorneys explain the various types of taxes that the executor or administrator of an estate may be required to file when someone passes away, including:

  • State and federal estate taxes;
  • State and federal final year income tax returns for the decedent; and
  • State and federal estate income tax returns.

Read the full article by our Saint Charles estate tax lawyers explaining the different taxes that have to be filed by an executor or administrator of an estate in Illinois.

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