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

O'Flaherty Law of Downers Grove

5002 Main St, Ste. 201

Downers Grove, IL 60515

(630) 324-6666
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 Probate Attorneys provide excellent service in the following areas of law:

Our attorneys work as a team to provide comprehensive has experience in:
  • We Are Cost Effective!  In this difficult time, the last thing you want to worry about is expensive attorney fees.  At O'Flaherty Law, our Downers Grove estate attorneys are sensitive to our clients' desire for efficient and effective representation.  We pride ourselves on doing excellent work at a fair and affordable rate.   
  • We Care About You And Your Family!   We realize that this is a difficult time for your family.  Our mission is to make the process as painless and smooth as possible, and to provide above-and-beyond client care.  The relationship that we build by being your guide through these difficult waters will last for years to come.  
  • We Are Comprehensive!  At O'Flaherty Law, our attorneys have experience in nearly every area of law, including real estate, litigation, and complex estate planning.  Often a probate or trust administration case will require us to leverage this experience.  If you work with us, you will not be referred to an outside attorney when these issues arise.  

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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

5002 Main St, Ste. 201

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 Probate Attorneys

In this video, Downers Grove estate lawyer Kevin O'Flaherty discusses when probate is necessary in order to administer the estate of a deceased individual.

When is Probate Necessary in Illinois?

In this article, our Downers Grove probate attorneys explain when probate is necessary in Illinois.  

Probate is a court proceeding in which the probate court will oversee the distribution of a deceased individual's estate to creditors and heirs. Probate is typically required in Illinois if the deceased individual owned any real estate outside of a trust or more than $100,000.00 outside of a trust or payable-on-death accounts.

Read the entire article by our Downers Grove probate lawyers explaining when probate is necessary in Illinois.

For this video of Learn About Law, Downers Grove trust administration attorney Kevin O'Flaherty discusses the Illinois probate process.

The Illinois Probate Process Explained

In this article, Downers Grove probate attorneys describe the Illinois probate process.

If probate is necessary, the first step in administering an estate is to file a petition to admit the will to probate and for the issuance of letters of office to the executor. This is accompanied by several ancillary documents such as an Affidavit of Heirship, Oath of Office, and Notice to Heirs and Legatees. We also explain the various documents that must be filed to initiate the probate case, as well as the process for notifying creditors and heirs, and preparing an inventory and final report in order to distribute assets properly.

Read the entire article by our Downers Grove probate attorneys regarding the Illinois probate process.

In this FAQ video, Downers Grove probate attorney Kevin O'Flaherty answers some common questions about probate in Illinois.

Illinois Probate FAQ

In this article, our Downers Grove estate lawyers answer frequently asked probate questions about probate in Illinois, including whether you need an attorney in a probate case, how probate bonds work, how probate is handled if the deceased individual owned real estate in multiple states, and what to do if you are named as the executor in a will.

Read the entire article by our Downers Grove probate lawyers answering frequently asked probate questions.

Further Reading from our Downers Grove Probate Attorneys

How to Avoid Inheritance Tax in Iowa

If you have been gifted some property or money in Iowa, you will likely want to maximize your profitability on it. In this article, we answer the question: How do I avoid inheritance tax? We explain:

  • What is an inheritance tax?
  • Who Does the Inheritance Tax Apply To?

May 5, 2021

Changes to Iowa Will Contest Laws - Iowa Will Contests 2021

This article will cover contesting wills in 2021 as well as the tortious interference with inheritance claim associated with these will contests.

We will address the following:

  • What A Will Contest Is
  • What The Grounds Are For Testing A Will
  • Lack Of Capacity
  • Undue Influence
  • When You Can File A Will Contest
  • What To Expect From A Will Contest Suit
  • Tortious Interference With Inheritance Claims
  • Updates To Bringing Tortious Interference With Inheritance Claims

Eugene Nassif

April 28, 2021

Between a Will and a Deed, Which Takes Priority in Iowa?

In this article, we will discuss what happens when a will and a deed conflict, which one takes precedent, and answer:

  • How does the deed impact the title of the property?
  • How might a will and deed conflict?
  • What documents override a will?
  • What if there is a question about if joint tenancy exists?

Joseph Lyons

March 31, 2021