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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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Our Chicago attorneys put the client first. We offer cost-effective rates, amazing client service, and a wide range of expertise, our Chicago lawyers provide comprehensive representation that you can rely on in the areas of Chicago Divorce & Family Law, Estate Planning, Probate & Estate Administration, Civil Litigation, Guardianship, Corporate & Contract Law, DUI & Criminal Law and all other Chicago legal matters.

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Our skilled Chicago divorce attorneys provide exceptional legal work, aggressive representation and above-and-beyond client service at affordable rates. Our Chicago family law attorneys will provide you with experienced and affordable representation for any family law matter including divorce, maintenance awards, adoption, child custody and support.

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Probate matters can often be difficult and involve many elements. Our experienced Chicago probate attorneys will ensure your matter is handled quickly, efficiently and affordably. Our probate attorneys are familiar with all types of probate matters including probate litigation. Ensure you have a team on your side that will give your matter the attention it deserves.

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Guardianship Law

Our Chicago guardianship attorneys will help you achieve your guradianship goals. We have experience in both contested and uncontested guardianship proceedings and offer affordable rates, accessibility andthe assurance your matter is in experienced hands and in the best position to succeed.

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Our Chicago estate planning attorneys will help you with all of your estate and probate needs. We will personalize and implement your estate planning tailored to your needs. Our expert Chicago estate administration attorneys will draft and review all of your estate planning documents including revocable living trusts, wills and assist in estate tax planning, special needing planning, asset protection, and powers of attorneys.

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Our experienced Chicago litigation attorneys aggressively protect your rights. They work hard to achieve an efficient and cost-effective favorable outcome to your matter. Our Chicago dispute resolution attorneys have extensive the skill and expertise in federal disputes involving commercial litigation, fraud, defamation, negligence, breach of contract, disputes between business partners, employment disputes, landlord/tenant disputes and evictions, construction law, and homeowners association disputes.

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Our Chicago business attorneys have the experience to represent you whether you require assistance with incorporation, contracts, exit strategies, asset purchase agreements, commercial disputes or employees you will be given the best advice and resources to accomplish your legal and non-legal business needs. Our team of experienced Chicago business litigation attorneys will ensure your company and your rights are protected.

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Our Chicago immigration attorneys know that remaining in the United States is very important for you and your family which means it is important to us. We will be your advocate and assist you to reach your immigration goals. We are knowledgeable, cost-effective and will defend your right to remain in the country.

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Our Chicago bankruptcy attorneys will help give you a clean slate through debt negotiation, Chapter 7, Chapter 11 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy. Few things are more stressful than having debt pile up around you. Let us be your advocate and allow us to give you peace of mind.

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​Our experienced Chicago real estate attorneys know how important your real estate matter is. Whether you're buying or selling a home,business location; or have or need a mechanics lien matter taken care of we can help. At O'Flaherty Law, we have the experience to give you and your matter the attention it deserves. We communicate with you, your realtor, and your lender at every stage of the transaction and ensure your real estate matter goes as smoothly as possible and take care of all of your residential, commercial or business needs.

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O'Flaherty Law of Chicago

1941 N. Elston Ave., Ste. A

Chicago, Illinois 60642

(312) 736-1384
chicago@oflaherty-law.com

Hours of Operation

Open
Monday
9:00am - 7:00pm
Tuesday
9:00am - 7:00pm
Wednesday
9:00am - 7:00pm
Thursday
9:00am - 7:00pm
Friday
9:00am - 7:00pm
By Appointment
Saturday
11:00am - 3:00pm
Sunday
11:00am - 2:00pm

Why O'Flaherty Law of Chicago?

Why O'Flaherty Law of Chicago?

Why O'Flaherty Law of Chicago?

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 Chicago Criminal Defense Attorneys provide excellent service in the following areas of law:

Our attorneys work as a team to provide comprehensive has experience in:
  • Our Attorneys Have Skill and Expertise! Whether your faced with traffic, criminal, DUI or other related offenses,you need an expert representation on your side to be your shield. Our Chicago criminal defense attorneys are ready to explore every avenue that is available to your under the law to protect your freedom. The thing that is just as important to us is what our past clients have had to say about us, and we want to add you to a list of our growing satisfied client base.
  • Our Services are Cost Effective!  We ensure that we do our due diligence by keeping our rates as low as possible by utilizing every means and knowledge of the law at our disposal. The lower our rates,the more we can keep representing clients and show people our excellent service. One way we can do this in some areas is by offering flat fees if it's appropriate for your case. We ensure you don't feel helpless and defenseless against the legal system and can afford our services.
  • We Are Accessible and Provide Excellent Client Service! It seems that many other attorneys can be hard to reach and get an update on your case. After hours they are often times unreachable and when they are on the clock, they aren't effectively communicating the progress of the case with the client. We're here to make you rethink that notion. In fact, Kevin O'Flaherty's cell is on at all times of the day to be ready to field your emergency call. We respond to your calls and emails promptly in order to keep you in the loop with your case. We understand how important your case is to you, and it is important to us that you are satisfied by our service.

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In this video, attorney Kevin O'Flaherty describes ways you can receive legal services from the comfort of home.

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 Chicago

1941 N. Elston Ave., Ste. A

Chicago, Illinois 60642

chicago@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 Chicago Criminal Defense Attorneys

In this video, Chicago criminal defense attorney Kevin O'Flaherty discusses what happens if you're pulled over in Chicago.

In this video, Chicago criminal defense attorney Kevin O'Flaherty discusses what happens if you're pulled over in Chicago.

What Happens if You're Pulled Over in Chicago?

In this video our Chicago criminal defense attorneys explain what rights you have when pulled over in a traffic stop. If you find yourself pulled over in Chicago, you are provided certain protections under the law. While you have to comply with an officer's request for identification and proof of insurance. You do not have to answer any questions the police ask you. This is due to the 5th amendment protection against self-incrimination. Refusing to answer questions from an officer is NOT an admission of guilt. When pulled over, it is always recommended to be polite and give the documents requested, but also know your rights.

In this episode of Learn About Law, our Chicago criminal defense attorney Kevin O'Flaherty discusses what type of marijuana drug charges can be expunged and how to do so.

Expunging Marijuana Convictions in Illinois

In this video, our Chicago criminal defense lawyers discuss what type of marijuana drug charges can be expunged and how to do so. Under the new law some drug possession convictions will be automatically expunged. If you received a conviction for possession of up to 30 grams of cannabis and the conviction was not related to a more serious crime, your conviction is likely to be automatically pardoned and expunged from your record.  If you have a conviction for possession of between 30 and 500 grams of cannabis or possession of drug paraphernalia, your conviction will not be automatically expunged, but, beginning in 2020, you will have the opportunity to affirmatively petition the court to expunge the conviction. 


In this video, Chicago criminal defense attorney Kevin O'Flaherty discusses the rights you have even while under arrest in Chicago.

Know Your Rights if You Get Arrested in Chicago

In this video, our Chicago criminal defense attorneys explain your rights if you are arrested in Illinois and the Illinois criminal process including warrants, bonds, and stop and frisk laws. An arrest can happen at homes, businesses, from vehicles and for various reasons. Theft, suspicion, criminal acts, traffic violations and more actions can result in being arrested in Chicago. A common misconception is that there must be an arrest warrant in place before a party is arrested. While having an active warrant can be cause for arrest, there are exceptions that give officers the discretion to arrest an individual.

  • Probable Cause
  • A criminal act was committed

When an arrest takes place you need to know what protections you have under the law. In this article, we explain the arresting and charging process and the rights you have before, during, and after you're arrested.

Further Reading from our Chicago Criminal Defense Attorneys

How Do I Bring A Divorce Or Custody Action Against A Spouse In Prison in Iowa?

This article will discuss things a spouse filing a divorce petition, or a parent filing a custody petition, should consider if the other party is incarcerated, including:

  • What protections are there for a party who is incarcerated in a family law case?
  • What does the requirement of a GAL mean for the Petitioner?
  • Are there any other options?
  • What other adults require the appointment of a guardian ad litem before a judgment is entered?

Joseph Lyons

August 3, 2021

Iowa’s Constitutional Carry Law Sees Big Changes Starting July 1st

In this article, we discuss what these changes mean and how you can obtain a firearm under the new laws. We cover the following questions:  

  • Changes to Iowa Constitutional Carry Law
  • What Do I Need to Purchase A Firearm in Iowa?
  • Do I Still Need a Permit For A Concealed Carry in Iowa?

Kevin O'Flaherty

July 1, 2021

Illinois State Police To Conduct Roadside Safety Checks

In this article, we outline what you need to be aware of during these safety checks including seat belts and child restraints, speeding, driving under the influence, and distracted driving.  

Kevin O'Flaherty

June 25, 2021