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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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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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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 Family Law 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 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 Cook County Divorce Attorneys are Proven Advocates!  Our Cook County divorce lawyers have the experience and skill to put your case in the best possible position to achieve a favorable outcome:

  • Our Cook County divorce attorneys were named among the 10 Best Attorneys for Client Satisfaction in 2016 by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys.
  • We have never received a BBB complaint and have an A+ Rating with the better business bureau.
  • In 2016, due to the overwhelming positive feedback from our clients, we received Avvo's 2016 Clients' Choice Award for Divorce. 
  • Kevin O'Flaherty was honored to be named one of Suburban Life Magazine's Best Under 40 for 2015.   

We look forward to providing you with the excellent legal service you deserve and the opportunity to build our representation for excellence!

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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 Cook County Family Law Attorneys

Cook County divorce attorney Kevin O'Flaherty explains spousal maintenance.

Cook County divorce attorney Kevin O'Flaherty explains spousal maintenance.

Cook County Maintenance Awards in Divorce Cases

In this article, our Cook County family law attorneys explain the factors courts consider when determining whether to award maintenance in a divorce case, the amount of an award, and how it will be paid. Maintenance can be paid in lump sum or continuing payments on a temporary or permanent basis.  

Divorce courts try to put parties as close to the standard of living they enjoyed during the marriage as possible.  Important factors considered are the duration of the marriage, earning capacity of each spouse, and the sacrifices one spouse made during the marriage for the other spouse's career. 

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

Differences Between Collaborative Law Divorce & Cooperative Divorce

In this article, our Cook County divorce attorneys explain Collaborative Law Divorce and Cooperative Divorce.  Both are ways to substantially reduce the cost of divorce. With each it offers the opportunity for you and the opportunity to come to agreements on issues including:

  • Property
  • Stocks, Mutual Funds & other accounts
  • Spousal Maintenance
  • Child Custody & Support

While they are similar, some have different stipulations.

 

Cook County Divorce Attorney Kevin O'Flaherty explains the changes to Illinois divorce laws.

Changes to Cook County Divorce Laws

In this article, our Cook County family law attorneys discuss the changes to Illinois divorce laws that occurred in 2016.These changes were meant to reduce the likelihood of disputes.

Irreconcilable differences will now be the only grounds for divorce in Illinois.  Now, the time of living separate and apart is 6 months, and can be waived if both parties agree.  

O'Flaherty Law will defend your rights and be on your side.

Further Reading from our Cook County Family Law Attorneys

5 Things To Know About Debt After Divorce In Wisconsin

A lot of attention is given to the division of property in a divorce, which party gets the house or the car or the boat. People rarely seem to talk about the division of debt in a divorce, specifically how that debt is classified and then divided by the court between divorcing spouses.

Heather Jones

October 13, 2021

Everything You Need To Know About Uncontested Divorce in Indiana

Many people ask, what is an uncontested divorce?  Is it like a legal separation, or like when roommates part ways and separate their belongings without disagreement?  It isn’t like either situation.  Marriage is a legal union that requires court action to sever.  There are few grounds upon which one may divorce in the state of Indiana.  So, there are few grounds upon which one may contest the divorce, in and of itself.

Renee Babcoke

October 7, 2021

Recent Changes to Iowa Spousal Support 2021

The law in Iowa relating to all aspects of marriage is located beginning in Iowa Code, Title XV JUDICIAL BRANCH AND JUDICIAL PROCEDURES, beginning in Ch. 595 and running through Ch. 600B.

The questions we will answer are:

  1. What Is Spousal Support?
  1. When Is Spousal Support Awarded In Iowa?
  1. What Factors Do Courts Consider When Awarding Spousal Support In Iowa?’
  1. How Is The Amount And Duration Of Spousal Support Calculated In Iowa?
  1. How Does The Division Of Property Affect Spousal Support In Iowa?
  1. How Does Child Support Affect Spousal Support In Iowa?  
  1. Can Spousal Support Be Modified In Iowa?
  1. When Does Spousal Support End?

James Moriarty

October 5, 2021