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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 DuPage County 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 DuPage County 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

Our DuPage community family attorneys provide exceptional legal work, aggressive representation, and above-and-beyond client service at affordable rates. Our family law and divorce teams are happy to assist you with any family law issues you may be experiencing, including divorce, child custody, child support, visitation rights, maintenance awards, and adoption.

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Probate & Estate Administration

Our DuPage County probate litigation attorneys will aggressively defend your rights in a cost-effective manner in contested estates. We have extensive experience litigating probate claims and handling contested probate matters and trust disputes. With excellent client service and comprehensive skills, our DuPage County contested estate attorneys will put you in the best position to proceed.

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Guardianship Law

Our DuPage guardianship attorneys offer cost-effective rates, expert-level experience, and amazing client service for our contested and uncontested guardianship clients. We hope to assist you and your family in affordably achieving your goals.

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Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Our DuPage County civil litigation attorneys will work hard to achieve an efficient, cost-effective outcome for your matter while aggressively protecting your rights. Our trained litigators have extensive experience in federal disputes involving fraud, defamation, negligence, commercial litigation, breach of contract, disputes between business partners, employment disputes, landlord/tenant disputes and evictions, construction law, and homeowners association disputes.

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DUI, Criminal & Traffic Defense

Our DuPage criminal defense attorneys have the skills and expertise to put you in the best position to succeed in your case, whether you are arrested for DUI, drug charges, traffic charges, or other criminal charges. We explore every facet of the law and pursue every option we have to defend you. We pride ourselves in being your most aggressive advocate and your shield. Our skilled criminal attorneys work hard to have your charges dropped or reduced to get you your liberty and life back.

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Business, Corporate & Contract Law

Our DuPage business attorneys have the knowledge, understanding, and budget-friendly rates necessary to be the optimal solution for your business' legal needs. Call us to schedule a free consultation and discuss the cost-effective legal solutions we can provide for you, your family, and your corporation or LLC. Our DuPage County corporate representation attorneys will also assist your corporation or LLC in every aspect of business creation and maintenance. We will take the time to learn about your situation and educate you on the most advantageous corporate form. We will then do the legwork to incorporate your corporation or LLC at affordable rates.

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Immigration

Our DuPage County immigration attorneys have the skill and experience necessary to pursue every avenue under the law and ensure that you and your family can become naturalized citizens or remain in the United States. With affordable rates, above-and-beyond customer services, and multi-language communication experience, our DuPage immigration lawyers will be your trusted advocates and see your case through to the end.

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Real Estate Law

​Our experienced DuPage County real estate attorneys know how important your real estate matter is. Whether you're buying or selling a home, business location, or have or need a mechanics lien matter taken care of, we can help. At O'Flaherty Law, we have the experience to give you and your matter the attention it deserves. We communicate with you, your realtor, and your lender at every stage of the transaction and ensure your real estate matter goes as smoothly as possible.

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Real Estate Law

Our DuPage County real estate attorneys promise to provide the above-and-beyond client service necessary to take your real estate purchase smoothly from contract to closing.

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Bankruptcy & Debt Resolution

If your debt is piling up and you would like a fresh start, call our friendly DuPage bankruptcy attorneys. We offer the experience and skill you need to allow your bankruptcy or debt resolution go as smoothly as possible while protecting your rights. Our affordable rates make our firm a cost-effective solution to your debt problems.

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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 DuPage Estate Planning Attorneys at our nearest location to schedule a free consultation.

O'Flaherty Law of Naperville

1515 Legacy Cir., Ste. 1

Naperville, IL 60563

(331) 330-7466
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 Naperville?

Why O'Flaherty Law of Naperville?

Why O'Flaherty Law of Naperville?

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 DuPage 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 Go Above-And-Beyond!   Our Dupage estate planning attorneys take the time to understand your family's situation and your estate planning goals, educate you on the estate planning tools at your disposal, and work with you to decide on a custom plan that makes sense for your family.  Many of the clients we have assisted have taken the time to leave us glowing reviews.  Because of the overwhelmingly positive response from our clients, we were honored to receive Avvo Client's Choice Award for Estate Planning in 2016.   We look forward to going above-and-beyond for you and your family.
  • We Are Affordable!  Estate planning is not only for the wealthy.  Everyone who owns their home or condo or who is starting a family should have an estate plan.  We have gone out of our way to make our rates affordable to everyone without sacrificing the quality of our client service.  We invite the comparison to the fees of other DuPage County estate planning lawyers, and we would like to hear about it if you can find a more cost-effective solution for your estate plan. 
  • We Know Our Stuff!  Unlike some DuPage estate planning attorneys, the attorneys at O'Flaherty Law have the experience and skill to handle any level of complexity or specialization in your estate plan.  In addition to assisting you with traditional estate planning goals, we can also help with estate tax avoidancecreditor avoidancespecial needs planning, and medicaid planning.   ​​
  • We are Comprehensive!  Because we have a team of attorneys with collective experience in nearly every area of law, our DuPage estate planning lawyers are uniquely positioned to assist you should your estate planning require knowledge in family law, real estate, business law, immigration or probate.  Once we earn your trust by assisting you with your estate plan, you will never have to look elsewhere for an attorney, regardless of the legal issue with which you need assistance.  

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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 Naperville

1515 Legacy Cir., Ste. 1

Naperville, IL 60563

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 DuPage Estate Planning Attorneys

In this video, Naperville estate planning lawyer Kevin O'Flaherty discusses the importance of having an estate plan when you have minor children.

In this video, Naperville estate planning lawyer Kevin O'Flaherty discusses the importance of having an estate plan when you have minor children.

The Benefits Of Revocable Living Trusts in DuPage County

In this article, our DuPage County estate planning attorneys cover Revocable Living Trusts and how they could benefit your estate plan.

In short, a Revocable Living Trust can offer you multiple benefits in your estate plan, including:

  • Saving Money:  Your estate and your loved ones will save thousands of dollars on attorney fees because your estate will avoid probate court. 
  • Immediate Distribution of Assets:  Your family will have immediate access assets without having to wait a year or longer while your assets are held up in probate.  
  • Avoidance of Guardianship if you Become Mentally Incompetent: If you become incapacitated, your family will have immediate access to your assets for your benefit without costly and lengthy guardianship proceedings.
  • Save Your Loved Ones the Headache of Probate or Guardianship Proceedings:  Both Probate and Guardianship proceedings take significant amounts of time and effort by your loved ones and this headache and wasted time can be avoided altogether with the use of wills and trusts. 

Learn more from our DuPage County estate planning attorneys about the benefits of Revocable Living Trusts.

For this video, DuPage County estate planning attorney Kevin O'Flaherty discusses key goals our clients can accomplish through estate planning.

Goals of a Good Estate Plan in DuPage County

In this article, our DuPage County estate planning lawyers explain several goals that our clients can accomplish through proper estate planning, including: 

  • The appointment of fiduciaries and assuring proper distribution of assets to loved ones when you pass;
  • Avoidance of a costly and time-consuming probate case upon your passing;
  • Avoiding an expensive guardianship case if you become mentally incompetent;
  • End of life and life support instruction;
  • Minimizing estate tax;
  • Special needs planning;
  • Sheltering assets from creditors;
  • Medicaid planning.

Our Dupage estate planning attorneys also discuss the key tools that we use to accomplish these goals:

  1. Revocable Living Trust: Primary estate plan document, provides inheritance directions and establishes successor trusts for children and provides for disability,
  2. Pour-Over Will: Safety net document, stipulates that assets not transferred to a trust during lifetime will be distributed according to the terms of the trust; also establishes guardianship of minor children.
  3. Healthcare Power of Attorney: Designates who can make medical decisions for you if you become incapacitated.
  4. Financial Power of Attorney: Allows your spouse or successor agents to handle financial transactions on your behalf.  
  5. Living Will: States your wishes if you become incapacitated and death is imminent except with the exception delaying procedures.

Read the full article by our DuPage estate planning attorneys explaining the goals of a good estate plan.

For this video, DuPage County estate planning attorney Kevin O'Flaherty explains how to appoint fiduciaries for your estate plan.

How To Choose A Trustee or Executor to Administer Your Estate

In the following companion article, our DuPage County estate planning attorneys further discuss some things you should consider when naming a trustee or executor to administer your trust or will when you pass. We also go over how to use fiduciaries to ensure that your assets are properly distributed to your loved ones. In general, you should consider the amount of time that the person will have to devote to the administration of your estate, the experience the prospective trustee or executor has in financial matters, and the resources at the individual's disposal.

Read the entire article by our DuPage County estate planning attorneys explaining how to choose a trustee or executor.

Further Reading from our DuPage 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