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Dennis Daniel Duffy

Attorney

5.0   6 reviews

also known as Dennis D. Duffy

  • State Years
    Illinois - IL 33 years
    Iowa - IA 34 years
  • Licensed for 33 years
    State IL
    Acquired 1990
    Status
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 34 years
    State IA
    Acquired 1989
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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Posted by anonymous | July 14, 2011
Creation of living trust
Outstanding knowledge--a real proffessional, with an outstanding staff to assist him. All documents were very proffesionaly prepared and well thought out. Have personal experience in these things through my proffessional carreer and feel I am able to judge the quality of service. I would not hesitate for a second in recommending his services to anyone. I have worked with other attorneys over the years and he is the best!!
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Posted by Steve | March 30, 2011
An Educator of the Highest Integrity
Dennis Duffy has a refreshing combination of knowledge, ability to educate, explain in simple terms complex concepts, and carry himself with the highest of integrity. After several miserable attempts to complete wills, trusts and a variety of other estate and planning documents with other attorneys I had Dennis Duffy review the work others had done. He was able to do what the others had not: Help me understand. Additionally, I was provided with educational materials to further my understanding of what I had and what I needed. Both he and the materials provided (written by him) were unbelievably informative and comprehensive. Prior to beginning this process I had looked for a good resource to educate myself on the different types of trusts, what they all mean, and how they may apply to my situation. Everything I found was either too dumbed down to be useful, or too specific to a singular trust type to make comparison. Dennis nailed it with his knowledge, ability and desire to educate, and with his book. Not too dumbed down, not too complicated, and unbelievably comprehensive. I genuinely appreciate the help and information.
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Posted by Fran | December 3, 2010
A true Blessing
My Mother and I first met Mr. Duffy in 1996 at one of his seminars. Although, she had only a modest amount of assets, decided to put them into a Living Trust for my protection, sadly due to an estrangement with my only sibling. This situation had broken her heart but she was a very practical person and did not want me to have to deal with any unpleasant legal entanglements after her passing. With Mr. Duffys expert guidance over the years, her Trust was kept updated as her circumstances changed. She passed this Sept. (2010) after a very long and courageous battle with cancer. Unfortunately,as the cancer consumed her body it also consumed her assets. Feeling overwhelmed and over burdened, I contacted Mr. Duffy's office. I was told he was scheduled to go out of town and didn't really have any openings until his return. Amanda, one of his amazing staff, must have sensed the urgency in my voice, because within an hour, Mr. Duffy, personally phoned me and decided that he should see me before he left. They graciously welcomed me in the office, never once making me feel like I was an intrusion to their already busy schedule. He clearly and concisely went over the remains of her Trust, explained my legal obligations and rights, and empowered me with the knowledge I needed to resolve any remaining issues. I left that meeting with a great sense of relief but mostly "Blessed" that my Mom had had the foresight to establish the "Trust" and truly "Blessed" by Mr. Duffy and his staff for their caring and compassion. My Mom was a good judge of character and she was truly impressed by Mr. Duffy. I think she knew all along that he is one of "Gods Earth Angels"
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Posted by Isabella | August 30, 2010
Trust and Living Will
Mr Duffy helped us through this important document. Included all the necessary areas that needed to be addressed. With such complex family needs he covered all to our satisfaction. Mr. Duffy took time and care in preparing and reviewing our documents. We are very pleased and relieved with his ability to take care of our needs. Also, when other unrelated questions and needs have come into our lives, he has been very helpful in advising us.
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Posted by Robert | August 24, 2010
Dennis Duffy Review
Dennis served as our attorney for my mother-in-law's estate. He helped us through all of the paperwork involved in a very professional manner, including setting up the appropriate contacts for us to receive legal help for the sale of some farm land in Kentucky that was part of the estate. In addition, he set up a family trust for our family in a very comprehensive manner. Overall we have been very pleased with Dennis' work and recommend him to other possible clients whenever we get the chance.
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Posted by Catherine | May 20, 2010
Creating a Trust
Dennis Duffy and his staff were outstanding to work with as we created our trust and learned the benefits of estate planning.
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AVVO RATING 9.2 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Founder
  • Duffy Law Office
  • 1995 - Present
  • Partner
  • Anderson & Nelson
  • 1990 - 1995
  • Attorney
  • Bozeman, Neighbour, Patton & Noe
  • 1989 - 1990
  • Vice President
  • Per Mar Security & Research Corp
  • 1970 - 1986
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Education

  • University of Iowa Law School
  • JD/MBA - Juris Doctorate and MBA
  • 1989
  • University of Iowa
  • Masters in Business Administration
  • 1989
  • University of Iowa
  • Bachelor of Business Adminsitration
  • 1978

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Estate Planning
  • Substantial tax and administrative cost savings
  • Estate Planning
  • Substantial probate expense saved

Associations

  • American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys
  • Fellow
  • 2004 - Present
  • Quad City Estate Planning Council
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1990 - Present
  • Scott County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1990 - Present
  • Rock Island County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1990 - Present
  • Iowa State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1989 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1989 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section
  • Member
  • 1989 - Present
  • American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys
  • Board of Governors
  • 2001 - 2004
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Honors and Awards

  • American Jurisprudence Award for Excellence in Real Estate Law
  • University of Iowa Law School
  • 1989
  • American Jurisprudence Award for Excellence in Adminstrative Law
  • University of Iowa Law School
  • 1989

Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Fall Summit
  • Providing Financial Risk Assessment Services in Estate Planning
  • 2013
  • John Deere employees and pre-retirees
  • Myths of Estate Planning
  • 2010

Attorney endorsements

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Given (63)
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Estate planning Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is a colleague in the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys. Over the years I have learned quite a bit from Dennis. I would be comfortable referring my clients to him for thoughtful and thorough planning."
Estate planning Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Dennis for several years, as we are both members of the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys. In all that time, Dennis has always impressed me with his knowledge, compassion, and client-focused attitude. I would very confidently refer clients to him."
Estate planning Attorney | Nov 05
Relationship: Other
"I endorse Dennis Duffy. I have known Dennis as a colleague for several years through our affiliation with the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys, and have found him to be a compassionate attorney with a great commitment to his clients. I would not hesitate to recommend his services to family or friends."
Estate planning Attorney | Oct 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I've known Dennis through our affiliation with a national organization of estate planning attorneys that fosters professional excellence. Dennis is a compassionate and knowledgeable estate planning attorney. He cares about his clients and makes complicated estate planning concepts easy to understand. I endorse him as an exceptional estate planning attorney."
Estate planning Attorney | Oct 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse Dennis Duffy as an outstanding trusts and estate planning attorney. Dennis is one of the giants of our industry and highly thought of by all who know him. He is professional, caring and well versed in all areas of estate planning, tax, trusts, and elder law."
Estate planning Attorney | Oct 28
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Oct 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Dennis is the most thoughtful lawyer you could ask for. He connects with his clients and his colleagues at a heartfelt level while he delivers expert advice and drafting. I would trust Dennis with my personal estate plan and investments."
Estate planning Attorney | Oct 21
Relationship: Other
"My father, who is a retired attorney, was born and raised in Iowa. In my experience, my father practiced law in an extremely personal and meaningful way for his clients. There must be something about Iowa because Dennis has many of those same qualities and naturally connects with just about everyone he meets. Dennis is extremely capable and goes above and beyond the call for his clients."
Estate planning Attorney | Oct 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Dennis and I are both members of a professional organization, the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys, and in that connection have shared ideas and consulted each other. Through recieving the same continuing education courses, I am confident that Dennis is highly skilled and current on estate planning issues. I have sent him a referral of a probate case and the client was very satisfied with his services."
Estate planning Attorney | Oct 20
Relationship: Other
"Dennis is a great guy and an excellent attorney. I am happy to give him my highest endorsement."
Estate planning Attorney | Oct 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Dennis is a top practitioner in our area. His expertise springs from a combination of personal experience and good old fashion hard work. I would not to hesitate to hire Dennis as my attorney or recommend him to any friend or client."
Estate planning Attorney | Oct 18
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Oct 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Dennis is a fantastic resource as a colleague and a caring advisor for his clients. I would recommend him to anyone in his area."
Estate planning Attorney | Aug 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. They are an expert in the field of estate planning."
Estate planning Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Probate Attorney | Jul 11
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | May 28
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer. I have personally known Dennis fo aproxiately 15 years. In that time I have been impressed with his knowledge and personality. I would not hesitate to refer anyone in his service area for estate planning, probate, guardianship or trust work. They can be assured of high quality profesional work done by a highly qualified competent attorney."
Estate planning Attorney | May 27
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. I've known Dennis Duffy for over 12 years as a colleague in the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys (AAEPA). During that time I've come to appreciate Dennis' breadth of knowledge in, and commitment to, the areas in which we practice. More importantly, however, I've come to appreciate Dennis' integrity and honesty, and his willingness to share, teach and mentor other members of AAEPA. I'm completely comfortable and confident when referring clients, family and friends to Dennis Duffy for estate planning and financial planning."
Estate planning Attorney | May 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've known Dennis Duffy for approximately twelve years, and have been the beneficiary of his collegial advice on an entire spectrum of estate planning matters. His solutions are always as wise and legally sound as they are compassionate. I would not hesitate hiring him as my own lawyer if I were in his jurisdiction or recommending his counsel to others. He represents the best that our profession has to offer."
Probate Attorney | Feb 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's effort to educate the public by his avvo.com answers and legal guide."
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