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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.


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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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Probate & Estate Administration

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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Guardianship Law

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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Probate & Estate Administration

Work with our Champaign probate attorneys who have the expert knowledge you need to navigate through the obstacles of probate at a cost effective rate.

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Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Our Champaign civil defense lawyers work with you to create a plan for success in your case so you can feel secure that your legal needs are being met.

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DUI, Criminal & Traffic Defense

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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Business, Corporate & Contract Law

Take care of your legal goals in the business world with our Champaign business attorneys who have the expert knowledge to advise you in the write direction for success.

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Immigration

At O'Flaherty we know that immigration status is a high priority for you, that is why our experienced attorneys will help you navigate the complexities of your case

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Feel confident in solving your debt with our Champaign bankruptcy attorneys who will figure out which bankruptcy is right for you in the most cost efficient way possible.

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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.

Please contact our friendly Champaign Real Estate Attorneys at our nearest location to schedule a free consultation.

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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Monday
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Friday
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By Appointment
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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 Real Estate Attorneys provide excellent service in the following areas of law:

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

We Get the Job Done!  Our dedicated Champaign real estate lawyers and staff will make your real estate deal our highest priority.  There are many moving pieces in even the simplest real estate transaction.  We take the time necessary to focus on your case, communicating and collaborating with all of the lenders, realtors, and attorneys involved to ensure that any potential obstacles between contract and closing are avoided or overcome.  Our mission is to make your life easy.  Our real estate attorneys will ensure that your real estate transaction closes smoothly and on time. 

We Go Above And Beyond For Our Clients!  Our friendly Champaign real estate attorneys are accessible day and night.  We promptly return all of your calls and e-mails and will immediately affirmatively inform you, your realtor, and your lender of any developments in your transaction.  Many of the clients that we have "wowed" with our above-and-beyond service have taken time out of their busy schedules to leave us glowing reviews, which you can read here.   We are also the proud recipient of the Avvo Client's Choice Award for 2016.  We have built a reputation upon amazing client service, and we look forward to building a long-term relationship with you!

Establish a Lifelong Relationship!  The purchase or sale of your home may be the first of many legal needs that will occur over the course of your lifetime.  If you need help with estate planning, business representation, probate, bankruptcy, or nearly any other area of law, our experienced team of Champaign attorneys are here to help.  Let us earn your trust and begin a lifelong relationship with your first real estate transaction, and you will never have to turn elsewhere for your family's legal needs. ​


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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 Real Estate Attorneys

In this video, Champaign commercial real estate attorney Kevin O'Flaherty explains how to negotiate a favorable commercial lease for you or your business.

In this video, Champaign commercial real estate attorney Kevin O'Flaherty explains how to negotiate a favorable commercial lease for you or your business.

Negotiating Commercial Leases in Champaign

In this video our Champaign  commercial real estate attorneys discuss types of commercial leases and tips for negotiating that lease. First there is a commercial net lease that includes utilities and property taxes on top of a base rent, while on the other hand there is a double net lease that has insurance on the tenants side in addition to those things. Finally, there is a triple net lease that has the tenant paying for all of the cost of the building except for structural repairs on top of their base rent, and then there is a full service gross lease that has the tenant paying for a flat base rent every month and the landlord is then responsible for all of the costs of the building. A full service gross lease is going to have the highest rent out of the four options.


When negotiating the lease it is important to think about the length of the lease, comparable rents, and what type of commercial property it is. Next attorneys come in to make sure clauses are favorable to you. As a tenant, it is important having the right to sublease. Making sure the landlord can not lease competitors in the same building is another right you would want to make sure you have before leasing. Lastly, fair signage approval and fair clause for landlord repairs and improvements are other important aspects to check when signing a commercial real estate lease.


In this video, our Champaign real estate attorney will be covering why having a commercial real estate attorney is important when buying or selling commercial real estate property.

What are the Risks of Not Using an Attorney When Buying or Selling Commercial Real Estate?

Our Champaign commercial real estate attorneys discuss the importance of having an attorney when buying or selling commercial real estate property. There are a number of issues that can arise during the process of buying, selling, financing and developing commercial property and trying to navigate the process alone, or even with the help of a commercial real estate agent can be difficult. Commercial real estate purchases also have many more laws and regulations than buying a home, all of which must be followed in order for the transaction to be valid. While some states do not require you to have an attorney present at closing, or at all throughout the process, it is highly advised that your attorney is at the closing. In fact, it’s not uncommon for the seller to invoke power of attorney and let their attorney handle all the paperwork and signing at the closing.

In this Learn About Law episode, Champaign real estate attorney Kevin O'Flaherty goes through the timeline needed to give a tenant to move out in Illinois

How Much Notice Do You Need to Give a Tenant to Move out in Illinois

Our Champaign landlord-tenant attorneys discuss the time needed to give a tenant to move out in Illinois. In Illinois, if there is no lease or if the lease does not specify a move out date, the Landlord must give at least 30 days of notice to a tenant that the landlord wants to move out. This notice must be in writing and must arrive to the tenant at least 30 days prior to their move out date. The written notice must also include a specific move out date for when the tenant must be out of the property and their tenancy has ended.


Further Reading from our Champaign Real Estate Attorneys

What Is Title Insurance And Why Do I Need It? | Iowa Real Estate Law

In this article, we explain the basics about title insurance, including:

  • What is Title and Title Insurance?
  • What types of things does Title Insurance cover?
  • What is a Lender’s Policy
  • What is an Owner’s Policy
  • How do I get Title Insurance and how much does it cost?

July 9, 2021

What To Expect When Selling A Home In Illinois

This article discusses what to expect when selling residential real estate in Illinois. We will cover the following topics:

  • Selecting a lawyer
  • Listing your home
  • Receiving and accepting an offer
  • Home inspection and negotiations
  • Clearing title
  • Documents at closing
  • Surviving the transaction

April 27, 2021

Evictions in Iowa – 3-Day Notice

In this article we discuss all there is to know about the 3-day notice in Iowa and how to respond, including:

  • 3-Day Notice
  • Eviction Process in Iowa
  • General Defenses to Eviction in Iowa
  • Defenses to Failure to Pay Rent in Iowa

April 21, 2021