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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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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 Estate Planning 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 Estate Planning 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 Attorneys Go The Extra Mile!  Our Cook County estate planning attorneys will take the time to understand your family's personal estate planning goals.  Many of our clients have been so pleased with our service that they have taken the time to leave us glowing reviews, and due to the overwhelmingly positive response from our clients, we received Avvo Client's Choice Award for Estate Planning in 2016.
  • Our Cook County Attorneys Are Affordable! Estate planning does not have to be expensive.  We are proud of our affordable rates. If you find a more affordable rate from other estate planning goals we'd like to hear about it!  
  • Our Cook County Attorneys Know Our Stuff!  Our Cook County estate planning lawyers have extensive experience in advanced estate planning techniques.  Regardless of the complexity of your estate planning goals, we can help.  In addition to wills and revocable living trusts, we have experience in estate tax avoidancecreditor avoidancespecial needs planning, and medicaid planning.   ​​
  • Our Cook County Attorneys are Comprehensive!  At O'Flaherty Law, we are your community law firm.  With multiple attorneys who have various areas of knowledge, we work as a team to provide comprehensive representation to our clients.  We can guide you for the long-term regardless of the legal issues that arise in the course of your life. 

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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 Estate Planning Attorneys

Cook County estate planning attorney Kevin O'Flaherty discusses the 8 goals of a good estate plan.

Cook County estate planning attorney Kevin O'Flaherty discusses the 8 goals of a good estate plan.

8 Goals Of A Good Estate Plan

In this article, our Cook County estate planning attorneys outline the 8 goals of a good estate plan.

Four general goals that apply in most cases:

1.  Appointment of fiduciaries and Distribution of Assets When You Pass;

2.  Avoiding probate when you pass;

3.  Guardianship avoidance upon mental incompetence;

4.  End of Life Decision-Making;

Our Cook County estate planning attorneys also discuss ​four goals that only apply in special circumstances. They include Estate Tax Planning, Special Needs PlanningCreditor Protection and Medicaid Planning.

Cook County estate planning attorney, Kevin O'Flaherty, discusses how to use an estate plan to appoint fiduciaries to important roles in your life.

Estate Planning Goal: Appointment of Fiduciaries & Distribution of Assets

In these two companion articles, our Cook County estate planning attorneys discuss how to use an estate plan to appoint fiduciaries and arrange for the distribution of assets.   Your estate plan should appoint executors or trustees to administer your estate after you pass and financial and healthcare agents to make the necessary decisions for you should you become mentally incompetent.  Our article on the distribution of assets explains what will happen to your assets if you pass away with or without a will or trust.  

Cook County estate planning attorney Kevin O'Flaherty discusses how to use revocable living trusts to avoid probate when you pass.

Estate Planning Goal: Probate Avoidance Upon Death

In this article, our Cook County estate planning attorneys explain how revocable living trusts can be used to avoid costly and time consuming probate estates when you pass. Probate is a court case that is required in Illinois when you pass away owning any real estate outside of a trust or more than $100,000.00 outside of a trust.  It is preferable to avoid probate, because probate can cost between 5% and 10% of the value of the estate in attorneys fees and court costs, because assets passing through a probate estate can take a year or more to reach your loved ones, and because probate cases are stressful for everyone involved.  Fortunately, by using a revocable living trust as the primary vehicle of your estate plan, our Cook County estate planning attorneys can ensure that probate will not be necessary when you pass, and that, instead, your estate will pass immediately to your loved ones without the need to hire an attorney or appear in court. 

Further Reading from our Cook County Estate Planning 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

What Happens to an Indiana Estate if There is No Will? | Indiana Intestacy Laws

This article covers what a will is, what makes a will valid in the state of Indiana, what happens when one dies with no will in Indiana, and covers some Indiana intestacy laws most Indiana probate lawyers would want their clients to know.  It also provides a few definitions of words that are used in probate settings, like living will, decedent, and estate administration.

Renee Babcoke

September 25, 2021

How Does Someone Refuse Inherited Property In Iowa?

This article will discuss: What is disclaimer?, Why might a person make a disclaimer?, When may a person make a disclaimer?, How does a person make a disclaimer?, What happens to the disclaimed interest in property?, Can a person disclaim an interest in jointly held property?, Can a person disclaim a power granted to them?, and Are there times a person is barred from disclaiming an interest?

July 7, 2021