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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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Business, Corporate & Contract Law

Our Cook County Business Attorneys handle everything from contract agreements to corporate formalities. We are proud of our outstanding client service and cost-effective 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 Criminal Defense Attorneys at our nearest location to schedule a 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 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 Cook County DUI, criminal and traffic 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 office 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 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 Criminal Defense Attorneys

Cook County criminal defense lawyer Kevin O'Flaherty explains your rights if you are arrested in Cook County, Illinois.

Cook County criminal defense lawyer Kevin O'Flaherty explains your rights if you are arrested in Cook County, Illinois.

Get Defense Against Statutory Summary Suspension Of Your License

In this articel, our Cook County defense attorneys discuss the various ways your license can be suspended along with the length of time each specific suspension could last. For example, If you refuse a breathalyzer for your first DUI, this will result in an automatic one-year suspension, and a breathalyzer reading a BAC higher than .08 will also result in an automatic license suspension, but this suspension typically lasts 3 to 6 months. 

it's important to know you have the right to a hearing even if your license is suspended.  If you fail to file a Petition for Hearing within 90 days of your arrest, your right to a hearing will be waived.  Within 30 days of the filing date you will receive a date for your hearing. During this hearing, some questions to expect are:

  • Did the officer have probable cause to pull you over?
  • Did you receive the proper legally required statutory summary suspension warnings? 
  • Was a proper arrest made? 
  • Did you actually fail the breathalyzer?

The O’Flaherty Law team will make sure you are well informed on all of your options.and provide aggressive defense strategies to defend your rights

Read more about the DUI law from our Cook County DUI attorneys.

In this video, Cook County criminal attorney Kevin O'Flaherty discusses what you need to know if you're pulled over for a DUI.

DUI Law Explained by Cook County Attorneys

In this article, our Cook County criminal defense lawyers explain what to do if you are pulled over for a DUI in Illinois. You are still entitled to a hearing even if your license is suspended. Learn about the different ways your license can get suspended and for how long from our Cook County DUI, traffic, and criminal attorneys.. Your license could be suspended to up to a year. We want to make sure the officer had probable cause to pull you over, made a proper arrest, and that you received the proper legally required statutory summary suspension warnings.

Make sure you file a Petition for Hearing within 90 days of your attest, or else your right to a hearing will be waved. Our attorneys can help you file and get the coverage you need before your hearing that usually takes place within 30 days after filing. We'll make sure you're aware of all your options while handling your case.

Read more about the DUI law from our Cook County criminal attorneys.

In this video, Cook County criminal attorney Kevin O'Flaherty discusses under what circumstances a DUI becomes an aggravated DUI

See What Qualifies as an Aggravated DUI in Illinois

In this article, our Cook County criminal defense lawyer explains the penalties for DUI in Cook County. When faced with a DUI, there are important points you need to know. 

  • If you receive a DUI, it's possible the charges can be reduced or dismissed 
  • If the court allows neither, supervision is possible which enables you to keep your licenses along with a conviction off your record

The caveat to this is that you are required to complete everything the court requests in regards to their terms for supervision. This could include alcohol evaluations and classes in addition to fines that can be a condition to receiving court supervision.  If you are granted court supervision, your case will be dismissed once supervision and all court requirements are met, usually in up to 12 months.  

After a second DUI, circumstances become more difficult and you lose any eligibility for court supervision and the revocation of your license is a certainty.  Charges escalate exponentially, if you a repeat offender and it is crucial to know that receiving a third DUI is considered a felony in the state of Illinois.  If you're faced with one or more DUI's it is imperative to have an experienced and skilled attorney to fight for your rights.  Our Cook County DUI attorneys will give your case the attention and detail it vitally needs to put you in the best position to overcome charges against you.

Read more about the about the Illinois DUI laws from our Cook County defense attorneys.

Further Reading from our Cook County Criminal Defense Attorneys

10 Suggestions from A Lawyer for Your Court Appearance

If you are getting ready for court and are wondering what you need for your court appearance, this article is intended to give you some general suggestions of how to get ready for court and how to behave in court. It’s important that you properly prepare for court because it will potentially have a significant impact on your life.

Heather Jones

September 30, 2021

Does Changing my Name Affect my Criminal Record?

People change.  While sometimes considered cliché, this phrase is still undoubtedly true.  You have come a long way from the time of your criminal conviction, and now are possibly considering a name change, or have potentially already undergone a change, maybe in part to throw off the ill feelings of an earlier unfortunate stage in your life.  

Garrett Miller

September 22, 2021

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?

August 3, 2021