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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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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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Downers Grove Guardianship Attorneys

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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 Guardianship 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.

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 Guardianship 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 Great at What We Do!  Our Downers Grove guardianship attorneys have the skill, experience, and dedication to educate you on your options and create the best plan for you and your family.  In 2015 Kevin O'Flaherty was honored to be named one of Suburban Life Magazine's Best Under 40.  In 2016, we received Avvo Clients' Choice Award for Estate Planning.     
  • We are Efficient and Cost-Effective!  We're proud of our affordable rates that allow us to build relationships with more clients.  We invite the comparison to other Downers Grove guardianship attorneys and would like to hear about it if you can find a more affordable solution to your family's planning needs. 
  • We Go Above and Beyond For You and Your Family!  Our Downers Grove guardianship attorneys are accessible to our clients and provide prompt communication regarding developments in your case.  We consider ourselves educators, allowing you to make informed decisions with an understanding of all of your options.  Many of our clients have been so "amazed" by our above-and-beyond service that they have taken time out of their busy schedules to leave us glowing reviews.

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 Guardianship Attorneys

In this Learn About Law episode, Downers Grove guardianship lawyers Kevin O'Flaherty talks about how to file a petition for adult guardianship in Illinois.

In this Learn About Law episode, Downers Grove guardianship lawyers Kevin O'Flaherty talks about how to file a petition for adult guardianship in Illinois.

How to File for Adult Guardianship in Illinois

Our Downers Grove guardianship lawyers want you to be informed about your adult guardianship petition and have created the following article to help.

To be named someone's guardian, you must take the proper steps to file for guardianship with the correct courts and prove that the person over whom you are seeking guardianship is unable to communicate responsible decisions regarding personal or financial matters due to mental illness, age, mental, or physical disability. This article covers what you need to do in order to take care of your loved ones.

Read an article by our Downers Grove guardianship attorneys explaining more about the adult guardianship process in Illinois.

In this video, Downers Grove guardianship attorney Kevin O'Flaherty explains the powers and duties of a guardian in Illinois.

Powers and Duties of a Guardian of the Person in Illinois

In the following article, our Downers Grove guardianship lawyers further explain the powers and duties of guardians of the person in Illinois. We discuss the "substituted judgment" rule, the standard by which guardians are required to make most decisions for the disabled adult. We also discuss whether guardians have the power to make medical decisions for the disabled adult, decide where the disabled adult will live, or admit the disabled adult to a mental health facility. Finally, we explain the guardian of the person's reporting obligations to the guardianship court.

Read the entire article by our Downers Grove guardianship attorneys.

In this Learn About Law episode, Downers Grove guardianship attorney Kevin O'Flaherty discusses what you can expect at an Illinois adult guardianship hearing.

Illinois Adult Guardianship Hearings Explained

Our Downers Grove guardianship attorneys understand that guardianship proceedings can be intimidating and complex. In this article, we simplify the process to help you know what to expect at an adult guardianship hearing.

In Downers Grove, in order to be a guardian, a guardianship proceeding must be filed with the appropriate circuit court.  Typically, guardianship may be granted by the court if your loved one is unable to communicate appropriate decisions regarding personal or financial matters. This can be due to a number of factors, including:

  • Mental illness
  • Age
  • Mental or physical disability; or 
  • Poor life choices such as "gambling, idleness, debauchery, or excessive use of intoxicants or drugs."  

Read an article by our Downers Grove guardianship attorneys explaining what happens in an adult guardianship proceeding in Illinois.

Further Reading from our Downers Grove Guardianship Attorneys

What Happens To A Guardian Or Conservator’s Authority After The Guardianship Or Conservatorship Ends?

Guardians and conservators are appointed by the court to make medical financial, and other important decisions on behalf of an adult person. This adult person is called the Ward. Sometimes a guardianship or conservatorship will end during an ongoing legal proceeding, or the Ward will pass away during a legal action in which the Ward is the party.  Who takes authority to be able to start or continue lawsuits on behalf of the Ward when these relationships end?

October 13, 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

What the Free Britney Act Means for Britney Spears' Conservatorship | The FREE Act

Britney Spears has been one of the world's most famous and popular pop performers since her breakthrough single, "...Hit Me Baby One More Time," when she was a teen. Despite her celebrity status and immense wealth, Britney, who is now 39, has never really had complete control over her life, a fate most of us cannot imagine for a person of her age.

Madison Clark

July 27, 2021