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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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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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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 Family Law 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 Family Law Attorneys provide excellent service in the following areas of law:

Our attorneys work as a team to provide comprehensive has experience in:
  • We are Excellent at What We Do!  Our Downers Grove family law attorneys were honored to be named one of 2016's 10 Best Attorneys for Client Satisfaction by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys and to be the recipient of the 2016 Avvo Client's Choice Award for Divorce. Our attorneys are experienced advocates for our clients, and we will do everything in our power to get the best result possible for you.
  • We are Affordable!  Divorce is difficult enough without a mountain of legal fees.  We will aggressively represent you in an efficient manner in order to minimize the expense of your representation.  We also work with you to manage these expenses.  If you can find a more affordable fee in our area, we would like to hear about it!
  • We are Comprehensive!  In addition to our dedicated family law attorneys, we have several other attorneys with focuses on nearly every area of law, working together as a team to serve your needs.  When your divorce overlaps with business, real estate, bankruptcy, or estate planning, we have the experience in-house to handle your case comprehensively.  
  • We are Accessible!  You have an emergency when our office is closed?  No problem!  Calls route directly to Kevin O'Flaherty's cell phone during off hours to make sure your needs are taken care of day or night. 
  • Your Case Matters to Us!  We have the man-power of a large firm, but the client service of a small firm.  We truly care about each of our clients and will give you the personalized service that you deserve.   We will fight to get you the best possible result, and to be the helping hand you need to start your new 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 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 Family Law Attorneys

In the following video, Downers Grove family law attorney Kevin O'Flaherty discusses recent changes to Illinois divorce law.

In the following video, Downers Grove family law attorney Kevin O'Flaherty discusses recent changes to Illinois divorce law.

Recent Changes To Illinois Divorce Laws

Our Downers Grove family law team is here to help you understand some of the recent changes to family law in Illinois.

2016 brought many changes to Illinois Divorce Law, which were intended to reduce the likelihood of disputes and modernize the divorce process.  Below are some of the most important revisions to the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act:

  • Grounds for Divorce:  Prior to 2016, grounds for divorce could be either irreconcilable differences or a myriad of more specific statutory grounds, such as adultery or substance abuse.  The waiting period during which couples were required to live separate and apart was longer for irreconcilable differences than if the party seeking divorce pled one of the specific statutory grounds for divorce.  Now, the only ground for divorce in Illinois is irreconcilable differences.  The parties must live separate and apart for 6 months prior to divorce.  However, this requirement can now be waived by agreement of the parties. 
  • Custody and Parental Responsibility: The terms "custodial parent," "non-custodial parent" and "visitation" are no longer used.  Instead of determining custody, the divorce court now determines the "allocation of parental time and responsibility." By no longer referring to the parent who receives less time with the child as the "non-custodial" parent, the legislature hoped to soften the blow on that party and reduce disputes.  Responsibility for major decisions is also now divided into four categories, which will be divided among the parents: medical decisions, educational decisions, religious decisions, and extra-curricular decisions. 
  • Parental Relocation: Prior to 2016, the custodial parent could move anywhere in the state of Illinois without a court order, but needed court approval to move out of state.  According to the new law, parents can move within 25 miles in-state or out-of-state without seeking court approval.  Outside of the Chicagoland area, parents are permitted to move 50 miles without court approval, unless the move is out of state. 

Read the entire article by our Downers Grove Family Law Attorneys on recent changes to Illinois divorce law.

In this video, Downers Grove divorce attorney Kevin O'Flaherty discusses divorce petitions.

Filing A Petition For Divorce in Downers Grove

Our Downers Grove family law lawyers use the following article to explain how to file a petition for dissolution of marriage in DuPage County.

Your petition for dissolution of marriage should inform the court as to the factual background of the marriage, the assets and debts of the couple, and any other issues between the parties. We include discussions on how to determine the proper venue for your divorce petition and what information needs to be included in the divorce petition.  

Read the full article by our Downers Grove family law lawyers on how to file a divorce petition.

For this video, Downers Grove family lawyer Kevin O'Flaherty discusses the division of property in Illinois divorce cases.

Maintenance Awards in Divorce: Factors Illinois Courts Consider

In this article, our Downers Grove family law attorneys explain the factors that courts consider in determining whether spousal maintenance is appropriate, how family law courts calculate the amount and duration of spousal maintenance under Illinois guidelines, and how Illinois family law courts determine when to deviate from the guidelines for amount and duration of spousal maintenance.

Read the full article by our Downers Grove family law lawyers explaining Spousal Maintenance in Illinois.

Further Reading from our Downers Grove Family Law Attorneys

What Are My Options When My Spouse Refuses to Turn Over Discovery in Illinois?

In this article we will be discussing What Are My Options When My Spouse Refuses to Turn Over Discovery and we will answer the questions of:  

  • What is the Discovery Process?
  • What is the Purpose of Discovery?
  • Can I Take Any Action if My Spouse Refuses to Comply With My Discovery Requests?
  • What is a Motion to Compel?
  • Can I Gather the Information Without Their Consent or Turnover?
  • How Long Does it Take to Have a Subpoena Answered?
  • Are Subpoenas Expensive?
  • Can My Spouse Be Responsible for the Extra Cost Associated with Discovery Due to Their Failure or Refusal to Comply?

Matthew K. Dorich

June 25, 2021

Why You Need a Second Opinion on Your Iowa Family Law Case

This may be a good time to consider getting a second opinion. In this article we discuss why you may need a second opinion on your family law case, including:

  • When Should I Seek a Second Opinion?
  • What Does a Second Opinion Entail?
  • Benefits of Getting a Second Opinion

Raven Adams

June 11, 2021

Who Can Sign the Birth Certificate in Iowa?

In this article we answer the question: Who can sign the birth certificate when a child is born in Iowa? Specifically, we address:

  • Who is Listed on a Birth Certificate in Iowa?
  • How to Establish Paternity in Iowa if Mother Was Unmarried
  • Surrogacy in Iowa & the Birth Certificate

Raven Adams

May 3, 2021