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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 Downers Grove attorneys offer cost-effective rates, amazing client service, and a wide range of expertise, and we always put our clients first. We provide comprehensive representation that you can rely on in the areas of Downers Grove Divorce & Family Law, Estate Planning, Probate & Estate Administration, Civil Litigation, Guardianship, Corporate & Contract Law, DUI & Criminal Law and all other legal matters.

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Family Law & Divorce

At O’Flaherty Law, we realize legal matters pertaining to the family can be especially emotional and stressful for everyone involved. Our Downers Grove family law attorneys will guide you through your family matter with open lines of communication, aggressive advocacy, and a focus on personalized client care.

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Probate & Estate Administration

With affordable fees, client-focused service, and experienced legal work, we will ensure that your family's probate or trust administration is speedy, smooth, and efficient. If you are the trustee or executor of a loved one's estate, our Downers Grove probate attorneys will guide you through the responsibilities of administering the estate. If probate is necessary, we will do the heavy lifting for you so that your focus can be on your family, and not on paperwork.

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Guardianship Law

Our Downers Grove guardianship attorneys will assist you in every detail of your guardianship matter. We boast decades of combined experience in contested and uncontested guardianship matters and will offer you the affordable rates, accessibility, and peace of mind you deserve.

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Estate Planning

Our experienced Downers Grove estate planning and administration attorneys guide you through setting up your affordable will or trust, along with your powers of attorney and healthcare directives. At O'Flaherty Law, we work with trusted accountants and financial advisers to develop an overarching prudent plan to accomplish your family’s financial goals. We help to ensure your assets are distributed according to your wishes, name a guardian for your children, avoiding estate taxes and costly attorney fees and court costs upon your death and guardianship proceedings.

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DUI, Criminal & Traffic Defense

If you are convicted of a crime, it will effect your life, liberty, property, career and family. Our Downers Grove criminal defense attorneys will aggressively defend your case and protect your interests. Many attorneys are more interested in getting paid and pressuring their clients to take plea deals than in vigorously defending their clients. Our attorneys truly care about our clients’ well-being. Our Downers Grove criminal lawyers will educate you on plea deals and only advise you to accept them when they are truly in your best interest. Our team is composed of serious and aggressive defense attorneys that will fight for you.

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Business, Corporate & Contract Law

Our Downers Grove business attorneys provide detailed, personalized and comprehensive representation for your corporation, LLC, partnership, or sole proprietorship. We ensure you make the right decision when choosing a corporate entit. Our Downers Grove business lawyers will assist you in creating and maintaining your corporation or LLC; drafting your bylaws, operating agreements, and partnership agreements; drafting employee contracts and independent contractor agreements; and negotiating commercial leases, asset purchase agreements, and stock purchase agreements. We are your one-stop lawfirm for all of your business needs.

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Immigration

Our experienced Downers Grove immigration attorneys are client-focused and will attentively communicate with you in your native language. ​Everyone living in the United States today is owed the right to either U.S. Immigration Status or the right to go through the system of U.S. Immigration laws. Our immigration attorneys are licensed to practice in Board Immigration Appeals (BIA) hearing rooms, federal courts, and appeals courts in all 50 states. We have seen the positive effects that legal immigration can have on individuals, families, and employers.

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Real Estate Law

Our experienced Downers Grove real estate attorneys offer comprehensive legal services in the area of real estate. We look forward to working with you to shepherd your residential or commercial real estate purchase or sale to closing; draft, negotiate, or review your commercial lease; appeal your property taxes; defend your foreclosure; or accomplish any of your other real estate needs.

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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 Downers Grove Bankruptcy Attorneys at our nearest location to schedule a free consultation.

O'Flaherty Law of Downers Grove

4949 Forest Ave., Ste. 1B

Downers Grove, IL 60515

(630) 687-6993
info@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 Downers Grove?

Why O'Flaherty Law of Downers Grove?

Why O'Flaherty Law of Downers Grove?

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.

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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.

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  • We Give You Counsel, Not Info-Tapes!  Many DuPage County bankruptcy attorneys meet their clients for the first time on the day of the initial meeting of creditors (basically the end of the case).  From the outset of your case, you receive the attention, advice, and support of our excellent attorneys. 
  • We Are Not a Bankruptcy Mill!  Rather than plugging you into cookie-cutter software run by assistants, we explore the alternatives to bankruptcy and go over all of your options before moving forward.  Often negotiation with your creditors will be more advantageous than filing bankruptcy.  Because we practice nearly all areas of law--not just Bankruptcy--we are able to discuss these alternatives and find the right solution for YOUR situation.  
  • We Are Affordable!  The last thing you need when your back is against the wall is an expensive legal bill.  We understand that you don't have money to blow on expensive legal fees.  If you find a more cost-effective solution, we would like to hear about it. 
  • We Have a Wide Network of Resources to Help Get You Back on Your Feet!  Our client care does not end with legal work.  Due to our deep involvement in the community, we have an extensive network of professionals and other resources that can give you non-legal guidance and provide the services necessary to help get you back on your feet.  

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 Downers Grove

4949 Forest Ave., Ste. 1B

Downers Grove, IL 60515

info@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 Downers Grove Bankruptcy Attorneys

​In this Learn About Law podcast & videoblog, Downers Grove bankruptcy attorney Kevin O'Flaherty discusses the Chapter 7 Bankruptcy process in Illinois.

​In this Learn About Law podcast & videoblog, Downers Grove bankruptcy attorney Kevin O'Flaherty discusses the Chapter 7 Bankruptcy process in Illinois.

Is Bankruptcy Right For Me?

Whether you are an individual or a business, our Downers Grove bankruptcy lawyers can provide legal advice guide you through the bankruptcy process, as well as its alternatives, to give you a fresh start.

Oftentimes bankruptcy is the last in a long line of options that an individual or a business may wish to pursue to relieve its debt. At O’Flaherty Law, our experienced bankruptcy attorneys will sit down with you in a free initial consultation to help determine what the right course of action is for you.  If bankruptcy is your best option, we will help you file for bankruptcy relief under the Bankruptcy Code.

Our Downers Grove Bankruptcy team can help you or your business to renegotiate debt with your creditors or put an end to creditor harassment by discharging your debt and providing you with a clean slate. 

In this video, Downers Grove Bankruptcy lawyer Kevin O'Flaherty talks about some of the advantages of both Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy and how they can apply to your specific needs.

Chapter 13 vs. Chapter 7 Bankruptcy in Downers Grove

When filing for bankruptcy, it's important to know key differences between the two so you can determine which one would be best for you to file. In this article, our Downers Grove Chapter 7 bankruptcy lawyers explain when it makes sense to file a Chapter 13 in lieu of a Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Our attorneys discuss common questions about Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcies, including:

(1) What is the difference between a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy and a Chapter 7 bankruptcy?
(2) When does it make sense to file a Chapter 13 bankruptcy rather than a Chapter 7 bankruptcy?
(3) What are the eligibility requirements for a Chapter 13 bankruptcy?

Find out more about the differences and what each process involves in this article by our Rockford bankruptcy attorneys.

In this video, Downers Grove bankruptcy attorney Kevin O'Flaherty explains the Chapter 13 bankruptcy process.

If I File for Bankruptcy Can I Keep My House and Cars?

Should you decide bankruptcy is the best option for you, it is likely that you will be able to keep your home and vehicles while wiping out your debt.  Certain property is exempt from collection by the bankruptcy trustee such as:

  • $15,000.00 of equity in your residence ($30,000.00 total for a married couple);
  • $2,400.00 of equity in your vehicles ($4,800.00 total for a married couple);
  • $4,000.00 exemption that can be applied to any type of property, including cash;
  • There are several other exemptions that we will help you take advantage of.  

The bottom line is that if you have less equity in your home or vehicles than these exemption amounts, you will be able to keep them in the bankruptcy should you so choose.  If you have slightly more equity than your exemption amounts, you will still likely be permitted to keep the property, because the trustee will typically not collect property if the trustees fees and other costs associated with collecting and liquidating the property would consume most of the proceeds of the sale and not leave a significant amount for creditors.  

Learn more from our Downers Grove bankruptcy lawyers about keeping your property in bankruptcy.

Further Reading from our Downers Grove Bankruptcy Attorneys

What Happens To My Cryptocurrency If I File For Bankruptcy?

Cryptocurrency has gone from a niche product to a large-scale consumer investment. Bitcoin, Etherium, Dogecoin, and other cryptocurrencies are increasingly popular. According to NASDAQ, about 46 million Americans own Bitcoin.  

Matt Hector

October 13, 2021

The Illinois Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Process Explained

In a Chapter 13 bankruptcy, the debtor pays off some or all of their debt through a 3-to-5-year payment plan.  This is different from a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, in which the debtor’s assets are collected and used to pay creditors, while any remaining debt is immediately discharged.

Mark Hitt

October 6, 2021

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