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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.


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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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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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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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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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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 Immigration 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 Immigration Attorneys provide excellent service in the following areas of law:

Our attorneys work as a team to provide comprehensive has experience in:
  • We Are Experienced and Take the Extra Step!  In 2015 Kevin O'Flaherty was honored to receive Suburban Life Magazine's Best Under 40 Award, and in 2016, we received the Avvo Client's Choice Award.  We have an A+ Rating with the Better Business Bureau and have never received a BBB complaint. We have built a solid foundation with our reputation in Cook County for the excellent legal work, skill, and experience necessary to put our clients in the best possible position to succeed. 
  • Get the Help You Need in the Language You Need!  Our Cook County attorneys work with an experienced team of interpreters in order to provide education and communication in your native language.  Our attorneys are accessible to our clients, and we always promptly return calls and e-mails, and many of our clients have been so thrilled with our above-and-beyond service that they have taken time out of their busy schedules to leave us positive testimonials.   
  • We Have Affordable Rates!  We understand that keeping yourself and your family in the country is your highest priority, and our hope is to make this an affordable goal for you and your loved ones.  We invite the comparison to other Cook County Immigration & Naturalization lawyers, and we would love to hear about it if you can find a more efficient and affordable solution to your immigration matter. 

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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

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 Immigration Attorneys

Cook County Immigration attorney, Kevin O'Flaherty, explains how to apply for asylum.

Cook County Immigration attorney, Kevin O'Flaherty, explains how to apply for asylum.

Learn How to Apply for Asylum from Our Cook County Attorneys

Our Cook County immigration attorneys can assist you in obtaining Affirmative Asylum or Defensive Asylum if you are here and are afraid to return to your home country,

Affirmative Asylum can be applied for within 6 months of your legal status in the United States ending and before deportation proceedings have begun. If your eligibility period has passed, it's still possible to apply for Affirmative Asylum if you can show extraordinary circumstances explaining the delay in your departure, including but not limited to:

  • New facts or information
  • Changed conditions in your home country 
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Recent attacks on similarly situated individuals or your family 

Defensive Asylum is an option as a defense to a deportation.  

To be successful in either Affirmative Asylum or Defensive Asylum proceedings, you must demonstrate that there is a reasonable fear that deportation would result in persecution based on race, religion, nationality, social group, or political opinion. You deserve to have the protection you need.

In this episode of Learn About Law, our Cook County immigration attorney Andrew explains immigration 1-485 form and what documents and materials you should collect to fill out the form.

Cook County Business Immigration Lawyer Explains I-485 Form

In this episode, our Cook County 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

Cook County immigration attorney Kevin O'Flaherty discusses the changes to Immigration Form I-130, the Petition for Alien Relatives to enter the United States.

Changes to Immigration Form I-130 Petition for Alien Relatives

Our Cook County 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 Cook County 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