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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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At O'flaherty Law, our Chicago criminal defense attorneys will vigorously fight for your rights exploring every avenue giving you the best opportunity to succeed in your traffic, DUI, or criminal legal matter. We know your matter is important to you, so let us be your legal shield to ensure your rights and freedoms are upheld with excellent defense strategies by our dedicated and experienced DUI, traffic and criminal attorneys.

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O'Flaherty Law of Chicago

1941 N. Elston Ave., Ste. A

Chicago, Illinois 60642

(312) 736-1384
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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 Immigration Attorneys provide excellent service in the following areas of law:

Our attorneys work as a team to provide comprehensive has experience in:
  • We have extensive experience!  At O’Flaherty Law, our immigration attorneys have the skill, experience and dedication to provide you with the best possible outcome for your legal matter.  We will be your advocate and provide customer service that is second to none. 
  • Client Service in Your Native Language! Our Chicago immigration attorneys work hard to provide you with the best customer service available.  Our clients have been impressed with the communication and accessibility of our Chicago immigration lawyers that they have kindly taken the time out of their day to leave is glowing  testimonials. We hope to establish a lasting relationship to last through the years.
  • We are Cost-Effective! Here at O’Flaherty law we will never surprise you with an expensive legal bill. We take great pride in our affordable rates, we set realistic expectations about cost and outcomes. We offer free initial consultations and in some cases flat rates.

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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 Chicago

1941 N. Elston Ave., Ste. A

Chicago, Illinois 60642

chicago@oflaherty-law.com

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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 Immigration Attorneys

In this video, Chicago attorney Kevin O'Flaherty discuss the methods used to apply for asylum in the United States.

In this video, Chicago attorney Kevin O'Flaherty discuss the methods used to apply for asylum in the United States.

Our Chicago Immigration Attorneys Will Be Your Advocate

In this video, our Chicago immigration attorneys explain option of asylum and how to apply if you feel it is the right path for you. If you have a legitimate fear of persecution in your home country, you may be eligible to apply for permanent residency in the United States through either Affirmative Asylum or Defensive Asylum.​​ Asylum from oppression or persecution based on race, ethnicity or nationality.Asylum from persecution because of religions beliefs; Asylum from imprisonment based on a political opinion; Asylum from arrest or persecution based on membership in a social group; andAsylum from fear of torture, under the rules of international conventions.


In this video, Chicago attorney Kevin O'Flaherty discusses immigration form I-485: and what documents and materials you should collect to fill out the form.

Immigration Form I-485 Explained

In this episode, our Chicago immigration attorneys discuss what documents and materials you should collect before filling out and completing Immigration Form I-485 for adjustment of status. Form I-485 is the main USCIS application for immigrants who are eligible to apply for lawful permanent residence (US green card) and can also do so while living in the US and not having to leave the country for an overseas consular interview.

Individuals eligible to file Form I-485 will typically fall into one of four categories:

  1. Those who came to the US on a temporary work visa such as an H-1B and were sponsored by their employer for a green card
  2. Those who came to the US on a temporary visa, but married a US citizen
  3. Individuals who received asylum in the US
  4. The fiancé of a US citizen who got married before their fiancée visa expired

In this video, Chicago Immigration attorney Kevin O'Flaherty of O'Flaherty Law discusses immigration form I-130: Petition for Alien Relatives

Immigration Form !-130: Petition for Alien Relatives

Our Chicago immigration attorneys explains the I-130 petition form and what current changes that have occurred to it. The first step in the process of sponsoring a relative’s Visa petition is to prepare Form I-130 and file it with the office of USCIS. ‍The instructions section of Form I-130 has been revised to state that USCIS may require the citizen or resident to appear for an interview collect additional information, conduct background checks including an FBI criminal history check, and to verify the petitioner’s identity by providing fingerprints, a photograph and/or a signature. It is advisable to work with an immigration attorney when completing Form I-130, because petitions that contain errors or that are incomplete may significantly delay the green card process.


Further Reading from our Chicago Immigration Attorneys

Who Gains US Citizenship At Birth? | Illinois Immigration Law

In this article we will discuss:

  • What Are The Theories Under Which A Person Can Gain Citizenship At Birth?
  • Birth Inside The US Or One Of Its Territories
  • Birth Abroad To US Citizen Parents

May 3, 2021

Everything You Need To Know About Form N-400 | Illinois Immigration Attorneys

In this article, we will be discussing information concerning the way to apply for naturalization. Namely, we will discuss the following subjects:

  • Quick refresher on naturalization.
  • How do you apply for citizenship?
  • What are the application fees?
  • What is a good N400 checklist?
  • How long will I have to wait for my naturalization interview?
  • Can I take the citizenship exam in my own language?
  • Can I take the simplified citizenship exam?

April 28, 2021

The Public Charge Rule – Does it Still Apply? | Illinois Immigration Attorneys

In this article we are going to discuss the public charge rule. Specifically, we will address:

  • What is the Public Charge Rule?
  • What Changes Have Been Made to the Public Charge Rule?
  • Does the New Public Charge Rule Still Apply to Immigrants Seeking Permanent Resident Status?

April 22, 2021