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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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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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Bankruptcy & Debt Resolution

Despite our affordable rates, O'Flaherty Law is not a bankruptcy mill. Our friendly Downers Grove bankruptcy attorneys provide individualized service to each of our bankruptcy clients, taking the time to explain all of your options and promptly answer any questions you may have along the way. Because we have experienced attorneys in other areas of law on staff, our Downers Grove bankruptcy attorneys are able to explore all of your options, and give you holistic, comprehensive service. Our deep involvement in the community has provided us with a wide network of professionals and resources who will take a team-based approach to helping you make the most of your fresh start!

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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 Estate Planning 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

Open
Monday
9:00am - 7:00pm
Tuesday
9:00am - 7:00pm
Wednesday
9:00am - 7:00pm
Thursday
9:00am - 7:00pm
Friday
9:00am - 7:00pm
By Appointment
Saturday
11:00am - 3:00pm
Sunday
11:00am - 2:00pm

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.

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 Downers Grove Estate Planning Attorneys provide excellent service in the following areas of law:

Our attorneys work as a team to provide comprehensive has experience in:
  • We Are Affordable!  Our Downers Grove estate planning attorneys don't base our prices on what the market will bear.  Instead, we base them on how long it typically takes us to meet with a client and prepare documents (which is not terribly long).  If we are not the most cost-effective solution for your estate plan, we would like to hear about it.
  • We Go Above-And-Beyond!  Many estate planning attorneys will prepare cookie-cutter forms, fail to explain them to you properly, and fail to assist you in properly funding the trust.   We take the time to fully educate you about estate planning, walk  you through your documents, and work with you free of charge to assist you in transferring your assets into your trust, cut through any red tape, and answer any questions you may have going forward.  
  • We Know Our Stuff!  Unlike many estate planning attorneys, we are experienced in cutting edge estate tax avoidance techniques, special needs trusts, creditor protection strategies, and other specialized techniques to fit your situation.  We are not selling forms, but instead providing real customized experience.    
  • We are Comprehensive!  You need an estate plan today, but you may need help with a different legal issue tomorrow.  Wouldn't it be nice to work with the same trusted adviser for all of your legal solutions?  At O'Flaherty Law, our team approach provides you with experienced attorneys in nearly every area of law.  Regardless of your legal needs, you will get the same trusted quality of service and continuity of care.    

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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 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 Estate Planning Attorneys

In this video episode of Learn About Law, Downers Grove estate planning attorney Kevin O'Flaherty explains common goals that our clients can accomplish with their estate plans.

In this video episode of Learn About Law, Downers Grove estate planning attorney Kevin O'Flaherty explains common goals that our clients can accomplish with their estate plans.

The 8 Goals Of A Good Downers Grove Estate Plan

In this article, our Downers Grove estate planning lawyers further discuss the 8 things you need in a good Illinois estate plan.

The four goals that apply to nearly every client and the tools that we use to accomplish them are:

1.  Appointment of fiduciaries and distribution of assets;

2.  Probate avoidance upon death;

3.  Guardianship avoidance upon mental incompetency;

4.  End of Life Instruction.

In addition to these four primary goals, clients in special circumstances may also seek to accomplish four particular goals that are specific to their circumstances. These four Specialized Goals are:

5.  Estate tax avoidance;

6.  Ensuring that a loved one with special needs is provided for without preventing him or her from receiving social security payments;

7.  Protecting assets from creditors; and8.  Preventing assets from interfering with eligibility for Medicaid and transferring assets to loved ones at death free of Medicaid liens.

Read the entire article by our Downers Grove estate planning lawyers on the 8 goals of a good estate plan.

In this video, Downers Grove estate planning lawyer Kevin O'Flaherty explains some of the benefits of using a revocable living trust in your estate plan.

Should I Have a Revocable Living Trust or a Will?

Our Downers Grove estate Planning attorneys explain why revocable living trusts are the most popular estate planning vehicle.

Revocable living trusts are used to ensure that your estate avoids probate. Probate is a year long court case that may be necessary to distribute your estate if you do not have a trust. If your estate goes through probate, your loved ones will not have access to your assets for at least a year, and will have to pay a significant amount in court costs and attorneys fees. Avoiding probate with a revocable living trust will save your family money, time, and unnecessary stress.

Read the full article by our Downers Grove estate planning lawyers on the benefits of revocable living trusts.

In this video, Downers Grove estate planning attorney Kevin O'Flaherty answers some typical FAQs about Illinois estate plans.

Common Downers Grove Estate Plan Documents and FAQs

In this article, our Downers Grove estate planning team discusses the typical documents of an Illinois estate plan. These are:

1. Revocable Living Trust: Primary estate plan document, which sets forth inheritance wishes, provides for disability, and establishes successor trusts for children.

2. Pour-Over Will: Safety net document, which provides that any assets not transferred to trust during lifetime will be dealt with according to the terms of the trust; also provides for guardianship of minor children.

3. Healthcare Power of Attorney: Designates an individual to make medical decisions on your behalf in the event of incapacity.

4. Financial Power of Attorney: Allows your spouse (and successor agents) to execute financial transactions on your behalf.  

5. Living Will: States your wishes in the event that you are incapacitated and death is imminent except for delaying procedures.

Click each of the links above to more about each of these documents and how our Downers Grove estate planning attorneys can help you draft and enforce them.

Further Reading from our Downers Grove Estate Planning Attorneys

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?

Joseph Lyons

July 7, 2021

Changes To Illinois Trust Code | Illinois Trust Law 2021

This article discusses changes to the Illinois Trust Code. We will discuss the following topics:

  • Aspects to Consider When Creating a Trust
  • Illinois Trust Document Updates
  • Additional Exemption Amounts in Illinois Trusts

May 5, 2021

Iowa Wills and Trusts | Recent Updates to Iowa Wills and Trusts 2021

In this article, we discuss important questions surrounding wills and trusts in Iowa. We cover the following:

  • What If I Don’t Have A Will in Iowa?
  • Why Have A Will In Iowa?
  • What Are The Steps To Create A Will In Iowa?
  • Creating A Trust In Iowa
  • How Do You Create A Living Trust?
  • Iowa’s New Directed Trust Statue
  • Investment Trust Director In Iowa
  • Distribution Trust Director In Iowa
  • Trust Protectors In Iowa

Eugene Nassif

April 29, 2021