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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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O'Flaherty Law of Chicago

1941 N. Elston Ave., Ste. A

Chicago, Illinois 60642

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

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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 Family Law Attorneys provide excellent service in the following areas of law:

Our attorneys work as a team to provide comprehensive has experience in:
  • Our Chicago Divorce Attorneys are Proven Advocates!  Our Chicago divorce lawyers have the experience and skill to put your legal matter in the best possible position to succeed:
  • Our Chicago divorce attorneys were named among the 10 Best Attorneys for Client Satisfaction in 2016 by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys.
  • In 2016, due to the overwhelming feedback from our clients, we received Avvo's 2016 Clients' Choice Award for Divorce.  
  • We have an A+ Rating with the better business bureau and have never received a BBB complaint.  
  • Kevin O'Flaherty was honored to be named one of Suburban Life Magazine's Best Under 40 for 2015.   
  • We look forward to the opportunity to building our representation for excellence by providing you with quality legal service you deserve!
  • We Are Cost-Effective!  Our divorce attorneys work efficiently and cost-effectively to make your law matter as affordable as possible.  We are proud of our rates and value we bring to our clients. Our Chicago family law Attorneys Provide Comprehensive Representation! Because our Chicago family law attorneys collaborate to bring together their different areas of expertise, we provide you with expert representation in nearly every area of law.   If your case requires a wider range of expertise than family law, our broad experience can put you in an advantageous position. 

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O'Flaherty Law of Chicago

1941 N. Elston Ave., Ste. A

Chicago, Illinois 60642

chicago@oflaherty-law.com

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Check Out Articles and Videos from our Chicago Family Law Attorneys

In this video, Chicago divorce attorney Kevin O'Flaherty explains spousal maintenance.

Maintenance Awards in Chicago Divorce Cases

In this article, our Chicago divorce attorneys discuss factors courts could consider when determining the awarding of maintenance during a divorce case, the amount of the award, and how it will be paid.  Maintenance can be paid in lump sum or continuing payments on a temporary or permanent basis.  Courts attempt to place the parties in a relatively equal position close to the standard of living they enjoyed during the marriage.  Some of the most important factors are the length of the marriage, earning capacity of each spouse, and any sacrifices one spouse made during the marriage for the other spouse's career.

 

Chicago Divorce Attorney, Kevin O'Flaherty, explains collaborative divorce and cooperative divorce as alternatives to traditional divorce.

Collaborative Law Divorce & Cooperative Divorce

In this article, our Chicago Collaborative Divorce attorneys explain Collaborative Law Divorce and Cooperative Divorce.  Both are alternatives to litigating the issues of your divorce in court and with each Collaborative Divorce and Cooperative Divorce, the parties agree to the exchange of information freely out of court and attempt to negotiate in good faith.  The difference between the two is that with Collaborative Divorce, the attorneys for both sides must withdraw if negotiation becomes unsuccessful and litigation becomes necessary.   Both Collaborative Law Divorce and Cooperative Divorce are potential options to save your family significant money and stress throughout the divorce process.   

In this video, Chicago Divorce Attorney Kevin O'Flaherty explains the changes to Illinois spousal maintenance laws.

Changes to Illinois Divorce Laws

In this video, our Chicago family law attorneys explain how in 2016 the Illinois Marriage and Defense of Marriage Act (the "IMDMA") saw several changes.  The intent of these changes was to reduce the likelihood of disputes and to bring the language of the Act in line within the modern realities and understanding of marriage, divorce and parenting.  

Irreconcilable differences will now be the only grounds for divorce in Illinois.  Previously, parties could list irreconcilable differences or one of several specific statutory grounds when filing for a divorce.  However, irreconcilable differences used to require a time of living separate and apart than specific grounds (2 years).  Now, the time of living separate and apart is 6 months, and can be waived if both parties agree.  

The terms "custodial parent" and "visitation" have now been replaced by "allocation of parenting time and responsibility."   Also, four categories of parenting responsibility will be divided among the parents, those being religious, educational, extra-curricular, and medical responsibility.Parents were previously permitted to move anywhere in-state without leave of court, but required court permission to move out of state.  Now the determination is based on distance instead of state lines.  Parents may now move within 25 miles without a court order, regardless of in-state or out.  Moves of more than 25 miles will require permission of court.  Outside of the Chicago metro area, parties can move within 50 miles without leave of court as long as it is in-state.  

Further Reading from our Chicago Family Law Attorneys

Who Can Sign the Birth Certificate in Iowa?

In this article we answer the question: Who can sign the birth certificate when a child is born in Iowa? Specifically, we address:

  • Who is Listed on a Birth Certificate in Iowa?
  • How to Establish Paternity in Iowa if Mother Was Unmarried
  • Surrogacy in Iowa & the Birth Certificate

Raven Adams

May 3, 2021

2021 Guide to Iowa Child Custody

We will address the following topics:

  • The types of child custody in Iowa.
  • How child custody works in Iowa.
  • What joint legal custody is.
  • What sole legal custody is.
  • What physical custody is.
  • What 50-50 custody is.
  • What primary physical custody is.
  • What split physical care is.
  • How to modify child custody.

Eugene Nassif

May 3, 2021

How Is My Child Support Calculated? | Illinois Child Support Law 2021

In this article we will be discussing How Is My Child Support Calculated and we will answer the questions of:

  • What is a Shared Parenting Model?
  • What Factors Go Into Determining a Child Support Award?
  • What is the Income Shares Schedule?
  • What is the Calculation for Determining Child Support?
  • What If One Parent is Currently Unemployed?
  • What is a Job Dairy?
  • What is Imputed Income?
  • What if I Work on Commission or Receive Bonuses?
  • What Happens if the Nonresidential Parent Refuses to Participate in the Case?
  • What is a Needs Based Order?
  • What Happens if I Lose My Job or Cannot Afford To Make Child Support Payments?
  • How Does the Court Determine Parenting Time for the Purpose of Child Support Calculations?

Kevin O'Flaherty

April 23, 2021