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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

Our Cook County Attorneys have the skill and experience to accomplish your legal goals at a cost-effective rate. We are proud of our above-and-beyond client service in Divorce & Family Law, Probate & Estate Administration, Guardianship, Civil Litigation, DUI & Criminal Defense, Estate Planning and more!

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Family Law & Divorce

At O'Flaherty Law, you'll find Cook County family attorneys who will go above and beyond to aggressively represent you with their skilled legal work and exceptional client service at rates you can afford. We provide you with the best representation for any family law issues including divorce, maintenance awards, adoption, and child support and custody.

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Probate & Estate Administration

Dealing with loss takes a toll on you and your family. Our understanding Cook County probate attorneys are here to aleviate the stress that can come along with administrating your loved one's estate. We will guide you through the processes of estate administration to work towards putting this period of your life behind you as quickly and painlessly as possible.

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Guardianship Law

Our Cook County guardianship attorneys assist you in every detail regarding your guardianship matter. We have experience in both contested and uncontested guardianship proceedings and offer affordable rates, accessibility and peace of mind to ensure your case receives the dedication and attention it deserves.

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Estate Planning

Our Cook County estate planning attorneys will take the time to learn about your family's individual situation and needs. We are proud of our affordable rates and above-and-beyond client service that will help you and your family achieve your estate planning goals to help you minimize estate taxes and help your Cook County estate avoid probate.

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Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Our Cook County litigation attorneys have a wide range of experience in civil litigation matters. We represent both plaintiffs or defendants in federal or state cases and also handle cases outside of Illinois. From the beginning of a dispute, we prepare long-term efficient strategies while focusing on achieving a favorable resolution for our clients.

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DUI, Criminal & Traffic Defense

Our Cook County criminal defense attorneys will vigorously fight for your rights exploring every avenue giving you the best opportunity to succeed in your DUI, traffic or criminal case. We have the experience to put you in the best possible position at affordable rates.

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Immigration

At O'Flaherty Law, our Cook County Immigration & Naturalization attorneys will be your advocates and fight for your rights while maintaining accessibility and affordibility. Our Immigration lawyers will use their experience to pursue every avenue under the law to ensure you and your family become naturalized citizens or remain in the country.

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Real Estate Law

Our Cook County real estate attorneys know that buying or selling your home or commercial property is one of the most important things to you, which means it's important to us. Our experienced real estate lawyers will give your case the attention it deserves and ensure your residential or commercial contract gets to closing smoothly and on time.

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Bankruptcy & Debt Resolution

Our Cook County bankruptcy attorneys will help give you a clean slate through debt negotiation, Chapter 7, Chapter 11, or Chapter 13 bankruptcy. Allow us to be your advocate and give you peace of mind in a friendly and affordable manner.

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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 Cook County Business Attorneys at our nearest location to schedule a free consultation.

O'Flaherty Law of Chicago

1941 N. Elston Ave., Ste. A

Chicago, Illinois 60642

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

Hours of Operation

Monday
9:00am - 6:00pm
Tuesday
9:00am - 6:00pm
Wednesday
9:00am - 6:00pm
Thursday
9:00am - 6:00pm
Friday
9:00am - 6:00pm
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed

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 Cook County Business Attorneys provide excellent service in the following areas of law:

Our attorneys work as a team to provide comprehensive has experience in:
  • Business is Our Passion! Kevin O'Flaherty has a passion for representing business owners.  A business owner himself, Kevin hosts the  SeizeYourBusiness.com podcast & videoblog, in which he interviews successful entrepreneurs and small business resources in order to learn ideas for his listeners to incorporate into their own business models. Kevin also regularly hosts Small Business Workshops and business networking events, so you know you'll get the help from someone who understands legal matters and the needs of business owners.
  • We Provide Amazing Client Service!  Our Cook County business attorneys have built a reputation for providing excellent counsel and above-and-beyond client service, and many of our clients have been so blown away by the value they received from our law firm that they have taken time out of their busy schedules to leave us glowing reviews.  We have received such a positive clients that we have been awarded Avvo Clients’ Choice Award. Kevin O'Flaherty was also honored to be named one of Suburban Life Magazine's Best Under 40.   We have an A+ Rating with the Better Business Bureau, and have never received a BBB complaint. 
  • We Are Cost-Effective! Despite our depth of experience, our Cook County business lawyers have made it a priority to keep our rates affordable.  As a business owner himself, Kevin O'Flaherty understands that the last thing you can afford for your bottom line is high legal fees.  We invite the comparison to other business attorneys in the area, and we would like to hear about it if you can find a more cost-effective solution for your business. .

You Don't Have to Leave Your Home For Your Legal Consultation

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 Cook County Business Attorneys

Cook County business attorney Kevin O'Flaherty discuss when a business owner should consult with his or her corporate attorney.

Cook County business attorney Kevin O'Flaherty discuss when a business owner should consult with his or her corporate attorney.

You Should Consult Your Business Attorney in These 11 Situations

In this article, our Cook County business attorneys discuss 11 situations in which you should consult with your business attorney. Your business lawyer should be your confidant and trusted adviser through every step of the process from the outset of your business when you are selecting your corporate entity, to the first time you hire an employee or an independent contractor, to exit strategies and estate planning to preserve the wealth that you have created. 

Cook County business lawyer Kevin O'Flaherty discusses how an attorney can add value when you are incorporating your business.

5 Reasons to Work With an Attorney When Incorporating Your Business

In this article, our Cook County business lawyers discuss why it makes sense to work with an attorney when you are incorporating your new business.  An attorney can save you money and time by ensuring that you select the most advantageous corporate entity, ensuring that your corporate formalities are maintained, ensuring that you are registered with all required government agencies, and advising you regarding tax issues such as S-Corp elections.  Most importantly, working with an attorney when incorporating your business will allow you to establish a trusted relationship with your attorney, so that you will have someone to call when other legal issues arise throughout the course of your business dealings. 

Cook County corporate attorney Kevin O'Flaherty explains independent contractor agreements and emploment contracts.

4 Clauses In Employee Contracts And Independent Contractor Agreements

In this article, our Cook County business lawyers discuss non-compete clauses, non-disparagement clauses, trade secret and confidentiality clauses, and non-solicitation clauses in employment agreements and independent contractor agreements.  If these clauses are not properly drafted by an experienced contract attorney, they can easily be held unenforceable by Illinois courts.  It is important as both an employer and employee to have an attorney review your contracts to make sure that your rights are protected and that you understand what you are agreeing to, as well as future contingencies that may be problematic. 

Further Reading from our Cook County Business Attorneys

Indiana Breach of Contract FAQ Answered By a Lawyer

Breach of contract in Indiana is the same as in most other states because most breach of contract cases are based upon the old English common law, rather than specific state statutes, which tend to vary by state.  There are some exceptions to this general rule.

Renee Babcoke

October 13, 2021

How To File A Wisconsin Mechanic’s Lien

In this article, we explain the basic steps in filing a Wisconsin Mechanics Lien

  • Who Is Allowed To File A Wisconsin Mechanic's Lien?  
  • Wisconsin Mechanic's Lien Waiver
  • How To File A Wisconsin Mechanics Lien
  • Wisconsin Mechanics Lien Preliminary Notice
  • What Information Do I Need To Include In A Wisconsin Mechanics Lien Claim?  
  • How Do I Enforce My Mechanics Lien?

Heather Jones

September 20, 2021

Is It Legal to Require the COVID-19 Vaccine at Work and in School?

The last year and a half has been incredibly challenging for everyone with the advent of the COVID-19-19 virus. Everyday there is new information and rigorous debate regarding the COVID-19-19 virus and how it should be handled. With the constantly shifting landscape of information, misinformation and personal, scientific, religious and political opinions, it can feel like we are taking one step forward and two steps back as we all try to stay healthy, safe and happy.  

Heather Jones

August 12, 2021