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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 friendly Elmhurst attorneys have the expertise necessary to be your trusted advocate. Using a team approach, we provide our clients with comprehensive representation in Divorce & Family Law, Probate & Estate Administration, Guardianship, Civil Litigation, Estate Planning, Criminal Defense, Business Representation and more.

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Family Law & Divorce

Our experienced Elmhurst family attorneys and staff will be your aggressive advocates while working to keep your case efficient and affordable. We were named one of the 10 Best Attorneys for Client Satisfaction for 2016 by the American Institute of Family Law attorneys, and were also a recipient of the Avvo Client's Choice Award in 2016 for Divorce. We are accessible, client focused, and excellent at what we do, exercising every option under the law to protect your rights and achieve the most favorable possible outcome to your case.

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Estate Planning

Our friendly Elmhurst estate planning attorneys will take the time to educate you on how you can use trusts, Wills, and Powers of Attorney in an affordable manner to protect your family and assets. We will help you ensure (1) that your assets are properly distributed to your loved ones when you pass; (2) that your estate will avoid the costly and time-consuming probate process; (3) that you have a guardian named for minor children; (4) that estate tax will be avoided or minimized; and (5) that an expensive guardianship proceeding will not be necessary if you become mentally incompetent.

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Probate & Estate Administration

​​If you are the executor, trustee or administrator of a loved ones estate, you do not have to do it alone. Our experienced Elmhurst probate attorneys are here to guide you through the process. Our excellent communication with our clients, extensive experience, and affordable rates make the experience of probate or estate administration as easy as possible for you and your family.

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Guardianship Law

Our Elmhurst guardianship attorneys assist you in every detail regarding your guardianship matter and have experience in both contested and uncontested guardianship proceedings. We offer affordable rates, accessibility and peace of mind to ensure your goals are met.

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Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Our experienced team of Elmhurst litigation attorneys will put your interests first. From the outset of your case, we will set reasonable expectations regarding costs and outcomes. We will be your trusted adviser, seeking a favorable resolution to your matter as quickly, efficiently, and cost-effectively as possible while aggressively pursuing every legal avenue to defend your rights.

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DUI, Criminal & Traffic Defense

Our experienced Elmhurs criminal attorneys have the experience necessary to put you in the best position to defend your criminal, DUI, or traffic matter. We are effective and affordable. We will be your shield, doing everything possible to protect your liberty.

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Business, Corporate & Contract Law

Our Elmhurst business attorneys understand the unique needs and mindset of business owners and entrepreneurs. With experienced, affordable, and comprehensive client service, we will build a lifelong relationship with you as your business' trusted adviser. Whether you need advice or assistance with incorporation, contract drafting or review, employee and independent contractor issues and agreements, business disputes, exit strategies, or asset purchase agreements, our friendly Elmhurst Business attorneys have the experience and skill necessary to provide creative and cost-effective solutions for business. At O'Flaherty Law, business is our passion.

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Immigration

The citizenship interview is a key piece of the naturalization process. You will be interviewed by an official from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Our team of Elmhurst immigration attorneys will help you overcome the stress of this situation by preparing you for this interview and educating you about what you will be asked. We will stand by your side from the start of the process until you obtain citizenship.

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Real Estate Law

Our experienced and friendly Elmhurst real estate attorneys are dedicated to providing above-and-beyond client service to get your deal done quickly and smoothly. We will take the time to focus on your case and your individual needs; communicating and coordinating with your realtor, your lender, and the party on the other side of the transaction to do whatever it takes to prevent any obstacles between contract and closing. We also realize that when selling or purchasing a home, you have a lot on your plate. Our job is to make your real estate transaction as easy and smooth as possible while protecting your interests. Our mission is to get your real estate deal closed painlessly and on time, so that you can focus on your family and getting started on the next phase of your life.

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Elmhurst Bankruptcy 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 Elmhurst Bankruptcy Attorneys at our nearest location to schedule a free consultation.

O'Flaherty Law of Elmhurst

​110 E. Schiller St., Ste. 200B

​Elmhurst, IL 60126

(331) 253-4060
elmhurst@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 Elmhurst?

Why O'Flaherty Law of Elmhurst?

Why O'Flaherty Law of Elmhurst?

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 Elmhurst Bankruptcy Attorneys provide excellent service in the following areas of law:

Our attorneys work as a team to provide comprehensive has experience in:
  • We Give You Counsel, Not Info-Tapes!  Many Elmhurst bankruptcy attorneys meet their clients for the first time on the day of the initial meeting of creditors (basically the end of the case).  From the outset of your case, you receive the attention, advice, and support of our excellent attorneys. 
  • We Are Not a Bankruptcy Mill!  Rather than plugging you into cookie-cutter software run by assistants, we explore the alternatives to bankruptcy and go over all of your options before moving forward.  Often negotiation with your creditors will be more advantageous than filing bankruptcy.  Because we practice nearly all areas of law--not just Bankruptcy--we are able to discuss these alternatives and find the right solution for YOUR situation.  
  • We Are Affordable!  The last thing you need when your back is against the wall is an expensive legal bill.  We understand that you don't have money to blow on expensive legal fees.  If you find a more cost-effective solution, we would like to hear about it. 
  • We Have a Wide Network of Resources to Help Get You Back on Your Feet!  Our client care does not end with legal work.  Due to our deep involvement in the community, we have an extensive network of professionals and other resources that can give you non-legal guidance and provide the services necessary to help get you back on your feet.  

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 Elmhurst

​110 E. Schiller St., Ste. 200B

​Elmhurst, IL 60126

elmhurst@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 Elmhurst Bankruptcy Attorneys

Elmhurst bankruptcy lawyer Kevin O'Flaherty discusses the Chapter 7 Bankruptcy process including filing the bankruptcy petition, taking credit counseling courses, preparing bankruptcy schedules, appearance at the first meeting of creditors, and creditors' objections to discharge.

Elmhurst bankruptcy lawyer Kevin O'Flaherty discusses the Chapter 7 Bankruptcy process including filing the bankruptcy petition, taking credit counseling courses, preparing bankruptcy schedules, appearance at the first meeting of creditors, and creditors' objections to discharge.

Which is Right for Me: Bankruptcy or Debt Negotiation?

In this video, our Elmhurst bankruptcy lawyers explain the Chapter 7 bankruptcy process. Bankruptcy is an excellent tool to allow individuals and businesses to get a clean slate and a fresh start.  However, it is often not the only option.  Depending on the number of creditors, the type of debt, and the amount of debt, working with our Elmhurst attorneys to renegotiate your debt may be preferable to bankruptcy.  Creditors are often willing to significantly reduce the amount of your debt and allow it to be paid over time, especially when they are dealing with your attorney and there is a credible threat of bankruptcy.  Our experienced Elmhurst attorneys will educate you on your options and help you choose the right course of action for you, your family, or your business.  

Elmhurst bankruptcy attorney Kevin O'Flaherty talks about some of the advantages of both Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy and how they can apply to your specific needs.

If I File for Bankruptcy, Can I Keep My House and Cars?

In this video, our Elmhurst bankruptcy attorney explains the differences and advantages to each type of bankruptcy a client could file and how it is possible to keep your home and vehicles in a Chapter 7 bankruptcy. All of your debts in Chapter 7 are dischargeable. If your home or car has over or above exemption amounts then the trustee can collect that to pay the creditors. Most of the time, however, clients have under the exemption amount and is able to keep their belongings with the help of our advising at O'Flaherty Law. Our Elmhurst attorney goes on to explain how Chapter 7 usually makes the most sense for wiping out your debt. You future income is used to pay your debt in Chapter 13 instead of liquidation. It usually takes 3-5 years to pay off this debt. Unless there is certain situations, Chapter 7 is more beneficial unless you are ineligible. Ineligibility can be due to things Such as if you have a high income, or have already filed for Chapter 7 in the past ten years, instead Chapter 13 may be right for you. Chapter 13 may be suitable for people who have a lot of equity in their home or car as well to avoid them being taken in a Chapter 7 case.

Elmhurst bankruptcy lawyer Kevin O'Flaherty explains the Chapter 13 bankruptcy process.

Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Process

Our Elmhurst Bankruptcy attorney Kevin O'Flaherty sits down to explain the process of Chapter 13 bankruptcy. Once our experienced attorneys decide Chapter 13 is the right plan for you and your financial needs we then have our clients take a credit counseling course with certification of completion before filing. From there attorneys will be able to collect your financial information and scheduling that includes: assets, liabilities, income, and expenses. These will then be submitted to the court who will notify any creditors you owe money to of the bankruptcy. Collections from these creditors will be put on pause while our Elmhurst attorneys help you come up with a payment plan that satisfies your needs and income. A Trustee or court appointed attorney will be apart of the process as well collecting the payments for creditors. Be assured that for every part of the process, and for every meeting, our Elmhurst attorneys will be their to help you file your Chapter 13 bankruptcy case.

Further Reading from our Elmhurst Bankruptcy Attorneys

Should I File Chapter 13 Bankruptcy or Chapter 7 Bankruptcy in Wisconsin?

This article discusses whether it is better to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in Wisconsin or Chapter 13 bankruptcy in Wisconsin.

Madison Clark

June 28, 2021

How to Prepare to File for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy in Wisconsin

In this article we discuss that process.  

  • What is Chapter 7 Bankruptcy?
  • Do I Qualify to Apply for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy in Wisconsin?
  • Wisconsin Bankruptcy Exemptions
  • Do I Need an Attorney to File for Bankruptcy in Wisconsin?
  • What Documents Do I Need to File?
  • Are There Other Requirements to File Chapter 7 Bankruptcy in Wisconsin?
  • How Much Does It Cost to File Chapter 7 Bankruptcy in Wisconsin?
  • What Happens Post-File?

Raven Adams

June 25, 2021

Iowa Bankruptcy Law Updates 2021 | Recent Changes to Iowa Bankruptcy Law

As of December 2020, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 (the “Act”) was enacted, which temporarily modified several sections of the Bankruptcy Code. In this article we discuss these recent changes to bankruptcy law including:  

  • Changes to Obtaining Credit 2021
  • Changes to the Deadline for Performance of Obligations 2021
  • Changes to Non-Residential Leases 2021
  • Changes to Utility Service 2021
  • Changes to Discriminatory Treatment Protections 2021
  • Changes to Property of the Estate 2021
  • Changes to Bankruptcy Preferences 2021

May 3, 2021