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Top 3 Qualities to Look for in Your Attorney

Your attorney should not speak in legalese.

Finding an attorney that 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.

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.

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, 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 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 expertise to bear in order to optimize our client care.

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Family Law & Divorce

Trust our Champaign Attorneys at O'Flaherty Law to handle your legal matters in a cost effective and time efficient manner with their expert knowledge and skills

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Family Law & Divorce

At O'Flaherty Law our Champaign family law attorneys know that each case is different and will look at each situation uniquely to find the best solution for you.

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Have a plan for you or your loved one's future that you can have confidence in with our skilled and knowledgable Champaign estate planning attorneys.

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Feel at ease through all parts of the guardianship process with our Champaign guardianship attorneys who have the experience needed to put you in the best position possible.

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Our experienced Champaign criminal defense attorneys will fight to defend you, and ensure that every legal option is explored to provide you with the best outcome.

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O'Flaherty Law of Champaign

2506 Galen Dr., Ste. 108A

Champaign, IL 61821

(217) 803-8679
champaign.il@oflaherty-law.com

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11:00am - 2:00pm

Why O'Flaherty Law of Champaign?

Why O'Flaherty Law of Champaign?

Why O'Flaherty Law of Champaign?

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.

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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.

Our Champaign Bankruptcy Attorneys provide excellent service in the following areas of law:

Our attorneys work as a team to provide comprehensive has experience in:

We Give You Counsel, Not Info-Tapes!  We are your community law firm, not a bankruptcy mill.  Many bankruptcy attorneys will not meet their clients for the first time until near the end of the case, at the first meeting of creditors.  Our friendly Champaign  bankruptcy lawyers are happy to be your guide and answer any questions you may have from your free initial consultation until you have started your new life with a clean state. 

We Are Affordable!  We understand that if you are speaking to us about bankruptcy, the last thing you need are expensive legal fees.  We are proud of our affordable rates, which allow us to help more people in our community, and build lasting relationships that will persist long after your bankruptcy case is successfully closed. 

We Have a Wide Network of Resources to Help Get You Back on Your Feet! Due to our deep involvement in the local community, we can help you get back on your feet in many more ways than simply performing legal work. Our network of professionals can help you start your new life through credit counseling, financial advise, banking, leases, and vehicle purchases. We are your resource hub and your advocate!

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Please contact our friendly lawyers to Schedule a Consultation.
See below for our other locations. If our office locations are not convenient for you, we are happy to speak with you by phone.

O'Flaherty Law of Champaign

2506 Galen Dr., Ste. 108A

Champaign, IL 61821

champaign.il@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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Check Out Articles and Videos from our Champaign Bankruptcy Attorneys

Champaign Chapter 13 bankruptcy lawyer Kevin O'Flaherty discusses the process of filing a chapter 13 bankruptcy including the repayment plan, the confirmation hearing, and discharge of debt.

Champaign Chapter 13 bankruptcy lawyer Kevin O'Flaherty discusses the process of filing a chapter 13 bankruptcy including the repayment plan, the confirmation hearing, and discharge of debt.

The Champaign Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Process Explained

Our Champaign chapter 13 bankruptcy attorney Kevin O'Flaherty sits down to explain the process of chapter 13 bankruptcy. Once our experienced attorneys decide Chapter 13 is the right plan for you and your financial needs, we then have our clients take a credit counseling course with certification of completion before filing. From there attorneys will be able to collect your financial information and scheduling that includes: assets, liabilities, income, and expenses. These will then be submitted to the court who will notify any creditors you owe money to of the bankruptcy. Collections from these creditors will be put on pause while our Elmhurst attorneys help you come up with a payment plan that satisfies your needs and income. A Trustee, or court appointed attorney, will be a part of the process as well collecting the payments for creditors. Be assured that for every part of the process, and for every meeting, our Champaign attorneys will be there to help you file your Chapter 13 bankruptcy case.

Champaign Chapter 7 bankruptcy lawyer Kevin O'Flaherty discusses the chapter 7 bankruptcy process in this Learn About Law episode.

chapter 7 Bankruptcy Lawyers

In this article, our Champaign chapter 7 bankruptcy lawyers explain the chapter 7 bankruptcy process. Bankruptcy is an excellent tool to allow individuals and businesses to get a clean slate and a fresh start. However, it is often not the only option. Depending on the number of creditors, the type of debt, and the amount of debt, working with our Champaign attorneys to renegotiate your debt may be preferable to bankruptcy. Creditors are often willing to significantly reduce the amount of your debt and allow it to be paid over time, especially when they are dealing with your attorney and there is a credible threat of bankruptcy. Our experienced Champaign attorneys will educate you on your options and help you choose the right course of action for you, your family, or your business.

This video by our Champaign chapter 13 bankruptcy attorney covers the differences between chapter 13 and chapter 7 bankruptcy in Illinois.

Chapter 13 vs. Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

In this video, our Champaign chapter 13 bankruptcy attorneys explain the differences and advantages to each type of bankruptcy a client could file and how it is possible to keep your home and vehicles in a chapter 7 bankruptcy. All of your debts in Chapter 7 are dischargeable. If your home or car has over or above exemption amounts then the trustee can collect that to pay the creditors, but most times clients have under the exemption amount and are able to keep their belongings with the help of our advising at O'Flaherty Law. Our Champaign attorney goes on to explain how Chapter 7 usually makes the most sense for wiping out your debt. Your future income is used to pay your debt in Chapter 13 instead of liquidation. It usually takes 3-5 years to pay off this debt. Unless there are certain situations, Chapter 7 is more beneficial unless you are ineligible. Ineligibility can be due to things Such as if you have a high income, or have already filed for Chapter 7 in the past ten years, instead Chapter 13 may be right for you. Chapter 13 may be suitable for people who have a lot of equity in their home or car as well to avoid them being taken in a Chapter 7 case. 


Further Reading from our Champaign Bankruptcy Attorneys

Should I File Chapter 13 Bankruptcy or Chapter 7 Bankruptcy in Wisconsin?

This article discusses whether it is better to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in Wisconsin or Chapter 13 bankruptcy in Wisconsin.

Madison Clark

June 28, 2021

How to Prepare to File for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy in Wisconsin

In this article we discuss that process.  

  • What is Chapter 7 Bankruptcy?
  • Do I Qualify to Apply for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy in Wisconsin?
  • Wisconsin Bankruptcy Exemptions
  • Do I Need an Attorney to File for Bankruptcy in Wisconsin?
  • What Documents Do I Need to File?
  • Are There Other Requirements to File Chapter 7 Bankruptcy in Wisconsin?
  • How Much Does It Cost to File Chapter 7 Bankruptcy in Wisconsin?
  • What Happens Post-File?

Raven Adams

June 25, 2021

Iowa Bankruptcy Law Updates 2021 | Recent Changes to Iowa Bankruptcy Law

As of December 2020, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 (the “Act”) was enacted, which temporarily modified several sections of the Bankruptcy Code. In this article we discuss these recent changes to bankruptcy law including:  

  • Changes to Obtaining Credit 2021
  • Changes to the Deadline for Performance of Obligations 2021
  • Changes to Non-Residential Leases 2021
  • Changes to Utility Service 2021
  • Changes to Discriminatory Treatment Protections 2021
  • Changes to Property of the Estate 2021
  • Changes to Bankruptcy Preferences 2021

May 3, 2021