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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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Bankruptcy & Debt Resolution

Often, bankruptcy is one of many options available to individuals with large amounts of debt. Because we have a team of attorneys with collective experience in many different areas of law, our Elmhurst Bankruptcy attorneys have the ability to work with you to come up with a comprehensive strategy to get you a fresh start, with bankruptcy being just one of several options. If bankruptcy turns out to be the best option for you, we offer affordable flat fees that will help you get your new life started with minimal expense. Despite our low rates, we are not a bankruptcy mill. Our attorneys will work with you personally to educate you and advise you on the bankruptcy process and work to ensure that the process goes smoothly and quickly. We are accessible to our clients in a way that most bankruptcy firms aren't. ​

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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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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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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 Business Attorneys provide excellent service in the following areas of law:

Our attorneys work as a team to provide comprehensive has experience in:
  • We Understand Business Owners’ Needs! Kevin O’Flaherty who personally works with our business & corporate clients, has a passion for business and understands the mindset of entrepreneurs in a way that most attorneys do not.  In addition to owning O’Flaherty Law, Kevin has started multiple other enterprises.  He founded and hosts the SeizeYourBusiness.com podcast & videoblog, in which he interviews successful business owners and entrepreneurs regarding business issues and strategies.  Kevin hosts regular Small Business Workshops and Seminars, as well as multiple Business Think Tank groups, where entrepreneurs come together to share ideas and work through problems.  Kevin also founded the Business Lounge of Elmhurst, a club for entrepreneurs and professionals to work together to enhance their business opportunities.  As a business owner, you don’t just need an attorney.  You need an attorney who understands the unique mindset of an entrepreneur. 
  • Our Clients Love Us!  Our Elmhurst business, corporate & contract Law attorneys have earned a reputation for going above-and-beyond for our clients.  Many of our clients have been so impressed by our service, that they have taken time out of their busy schedules to write us glowing reviews, which you can read here.  In 2016, we received the Avvo Clients’ Choice Award.  In 2015, Suburban Life Magazine named Kevin O’Flaherty as one of its Best Under 40.  We have an A+ Rating with the Better Business Bureau, and have never received a complaint.  We have received these accolades because we work every day to put our clients first.  Kevin is accessible after hours and on weekends via his cell phone: (630)967-4697.  We promptly return calls and e-mails, and affirmatively communicate with you and educate you at every stage of your matter.   
  • We Are Budget-Friendly!  We know that the last thing you need for your bottom line is expensive legal bills.  Our mission is to build a lifelong relationship with our business clients and their families.  This is why we have intentionally set our rates below market.  We offer cost-effective flat fees for most projects.  If a flat fee is not available, we will make sure that you know what to expect at the outset of your project, and that you are never surprised by a legal bill.  If you can find a more affordable option for your business & corporate needs, we would like to hear about it!
  • We are Comprehensive!  The fact that you are a business owner will impact your personal legal needs, such as estate planning, real estate, and protecting assets from creditors. Because our team of Elmhurst attorneys has experience in nearly every area of law, once you establish trust with O’Flaherty Law of Elmhurst, you will never have to look elsewhere for an attorney, regardless of your needs.  Unlike firms with a more limited scope, we have the ability to incorporate your business planning into your personal legal needs.  Should your business need assistance with collections or other dispute resolution, with bankruptcy, or with any other area of law, we can help! ​

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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 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 Business Attorneys

In this Learn About Law podcast & videoblog, Elmhurst business attorney Kevin O'Flaherty of O'Flaherty Law discusses the 11 situations in which you should consult your business attorney,

In this Learn About Law podcast & videoblog, Elmhurst business attorney Kevin O'Flaherty of O'Flaherty Law discusses the 11 situations in which you should consult your business attorney,

When Should I Consult My Business Attorney?

In this video, our Elmhurst business attorneys explain that ​as a business owner it is important to have a trusted relationship with your  business attorney.  You should always feel comfortable calling or e-mailing your attorney at any time.  Here are a few situations where it is advisable to consult your business attorney:

1.  Incorporating Your Business: The very first step you should take when you are starting a new business is to talk to your business attorney about incorporation.  Our Elmhurst corporate attorneys will advise you on the advantages of incorporating, such as liability protection and self-employment tax savings.  We will also educate you on the most advantageous corporate form for your business, including the difference between LLCs and S-Corps.  Our Elmhurst corporate attorneys will make sure that you have followed all of the required corporate formalities necessary to make your corporation effective, work with you to prepare bylaws and operating agreements, obtain an EIN number for your business, file your S-Corp election, and make sure that you are registered with the proper state governmental agencies.

2.  Annual Maintenance:  Our Elmhurst business attorneys will prepare and file your Annual Report with the Secretary of State and prepare your Annual Meeting Minutes for Shareholders and Directors, as well as ensure that you comply with notice requirements for annual meetings.  Even if you are a single-shareholder corporation or LLC, Annual Meeting Minutes are important in order to be able to show that you have been following corporate formalities.  If you fail to do so, your corporation may fail to protect your personal assets from corporate liabilities. 

3.  Contract Drafting & Review: The best way to protect yourself from costly disputes and litigation is to have a well drafted contract with anyone with whom you do business, including your customers, employees & independent contractors, landlord, and third party vendors.  Our Elmhurst contract attorneys can assist you in preparing asset purchase agreements; stock purchase agreements; leases, non-disclosure agreement, non-compete agreements, and non-disparagement agreements; general contractor agreements & subcontractor agreements; customer contracts; employee contracts; and independent contractor agreements.  Having a well drafted contract that protects your interests and contains clear language is much more cost-effective than dealing with disputes based on ambiguity or lack of a contract down the road.

4.  Employee and Independent Contractor Issues:  Before you hire your first employee or independent contractor, you should meet with your attorney to help you navigate the many issues surrounding employment.  Our Elmhurst business lawyers will assist you in getting registered with the required governmental agencies, obtaining the proper insurance, and preparing employee handbooks & employment agreements.  We will also counsel you on whether to structure the relationship as an employee relationship or an independent contractor relationship, and prepare independent contractor agreements to ensure that you are protected from liability.  If you are having issues with an employee, thinking of terminating an employee or independent contractor, or if an employee resigns, you should call your attorney as soon as possible to protect yourself against wrongful discharge and unemployment insurance claims. 

5.  Intellectual Property, Trademark, and Copyright:  You put a lot of effort and creativity into making your brand recognizable.  We can help you trademark your name, logo, and slogan to ensure that you have the continued exclusive right to your brand.  If you have created a process or creative work, our Elmhurst intellectual property attorneys will assist you in filing a copyright application to ensure that you enjoy the fruits of your labor.

6.  Business Purchases & Sales:  If you are buying or selling a business, or merging with another company, it is important to have an attorney involved from the outset to ensure that you receive the benefit of your bargain.  Our Elmhurst business attorneys will help you negotiate the best deal possible, draft or review the asset purchase agreement or stock purchase agreement, shepherd the transaction from Letter of Intent to closing, and assist you in dealing with any post-closing issues that may arise. 

7.  Rewarding Key Employees & Executives: When your business is running smoothly, you may want to either provide key employees with a pathway to ownership or reward them in other ways, such as profit sharing incentive plans, in order to retain them and keep them motivated.  We can help you creatively structure long-term plans and agreements for key employees and executives. 

8.  Business Disputes: Unlike many business attorneys who are purely transactional, our team of Elmhurst attorneys has extensive experience in commercial litigation and contract litigation.  If you have a dispute with an employee or independent contractor, a customer, your landlord, or a business partner, we will aggressively fight to protect your rights.  We can also help you put a collection process in place to ensure that your accounts receivable are paid.  Many disputes can be resolved with a demand letter from your attorney laying out your position and phone negotiation to resolve the issue.  Should settlement not be possible, we will ensure that your business is protected in an efficient and cost-effective manner.  The earlier you get your attorney involved in a potential dispute, the greater your chances for an early favorable resolution.

9.  Exit Strategies: You should begin thinking about your exit strategy as soon as you start your business.  Whether you intend to sell your business, bring in a partner over time, or transfer the business over time to a key employee or family member, the sooner you meet with an attorney to define your strategy and begin planning to execute it, the more options you will have.  

10.  Estate Planning: You should work with your attorney in order to ensure that your business will pass to your loved ones intact and not be consumed by estate tax or costly probate.  A good personal estate plan will be specially tailored to fit your circumstances as an entrepreneur and business owner, and make sure that the right person is in control of your business should you become mentally incompetent or pass away.  Our team of Elmhurst attorneys has experience in estate planning as well as business law, which makes us uniquely qualified to provide the comprehensive personal and business advice that you as a business owner need.

In this Learn About Law podcast & videoblog, Elmhurst Business lawyer Kevin O'Flaherty of O'Flaherty Law discusses why it makes sense to hire an attorney to set up your corporation or LLC.

5 Reasons to Work with an Attorney When Incorporating Your Business

In this video, our Elmhurst business attorneys emphasis how it is important that you work closely with a business attorney when incorporating your business for several reasons:

(1) Your business attorney will educate you and assist you in selecting the most advantageous and proper corporate entity: There are many different types of corporate entities that you can select from when incorporating, including LLCs, S-Corps, LPs, and LLPs, your business attorney will take the time to educate you on the pros and cons of each type of entity for your particular situation.  Your attorney will help you find the most cost-effective solution that best fits your needs. Series LLCs can be a great cost-saving solution for business owners with multiple businesses or multiple locations.  Professionals and other particular types of businesses may be required to file as a P.C. or PLLC. Selecting the wrong corporate entity can be an expensive mistake for your business.

 (2) Your business attorney will help you maintain required corporate formalities:  In order to receive the benefits of incorporation, such as liability protection and self-employment tax savings, it is important that you follow the required steps to maintain corporate formalities, both at the time of initial corporate set-up and annually.  Failure to do so will result in creditors being able to "pierce the corporate veil" in order to attribute business debts to the shareholders personally, and may result in paying back self-employment tax savings if you are audited.  Your attorney will help you prepare bylaws or an operating agreement, prepare initial and annual meeting minutes for shareholders and directors, comply with notice requirements for annual meetings, issue stock, and maintain your corporate book.  Even if you are a single-shareholder corporation or LLC, failure to take these steps may result in your corporation being worthless from a liability and tax saving standpoint.

 (3) Your Business Attorney will register your corporation with the required government agencies: As part of our corporate-set up service, our Elmhurst attorneys will assist you in obtaining state and federal tax ID numbers, registering with the Illinois Department of Employment Security, and completing any other registrations that are required for you to legally operate your business. 

(4) Your business attorney will advise you on tax issues associated with your corporation and file the necessary paperwork on your behalf:  As a corporation, you have the opportunity to make an S-Corp election with the IRS that may significantly reduce your personal and business tax liability.  A good corporate attorney will work with your accountant to ensure that you are receiving the benefit of every tax advantage available to your corporation. 

(5) Build a long-term relationship for your future business needs: Meeting with a business attorney at the incorporation stage of your business will allow you to build a relationship of trust and identify future legal needs such as  contracts, leases, employee issues, exit strategies, or disputes.  When a legal issue arises, it is important both to identify the situation as one in which you should consult your attorney, and to have a pre-established relationship with an adviser and advocate that you trust. 

In this video, Naperville corporate law attorney Kevin O'Flaherty explains minority shareholders' rights in corporations and LLCs.

Minority Shareholder Rights

In this seminar, our Elmhurst business lawyers explain some of the key things to consider when starting a business in Illinois. We explain how to get your business up and running, including how to select the appropriate corporate entity and register with the required governmental organizations. The big three concerns for an up and coming business is touched upon, liability, corporate formalities, and taxation. Our knowledgable attorney also discusses how to make the transition to being an employer, including the difference between employees and independent contractors and the importance of employment agreements and employee handbooks.

Further Reading from our Elmhurst Business Attorneys

Wisconsin ‘Hold Harmless’ & ‘Indemnity’ Agreements Explained

Specifically, we address the following questions: What is an indemnity clause?, What kinds of indemnity clauses exist in Wisconsin?, Is indemnity insurance required?, What is an ‘indemnity’ agreement?, What is a ‘hold harmless’ clause?, What is a ‘hold harmless’ agreement? , What is the difference between a hold harmless and indemnity agreement?  

Raven Adams

July 7, 2021

Can I Collect Unemployment in Iowa?

In this article we will discuss unemployment in Iowa, including:

  • Am I Eligible for Iowa Unemployment Benefits?
  • “Good Cause” for Quitting
  • When Can I Collect Unemployment in Iowa?
  • How to Collect Unemployment in Iowa

April 28, 2021

Illinois Discrimination Law – Title VII and Changes to Employee Discrimination Law

With the issuance of the decision in the case of Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia that held that queer and transgender employees are covered under anti-discrimination statutes on the basis of sex, many employers with deeply held religious beliefs or actual religious entities may be left wondering: can the government force someone to violate a deeply held religious belief? This article will discuss the following information:

  1. What are the rights of employers with closely held religious beliefs?  
  1. Can a company that is not owned by a single family or individual have closely held religious beliefs?
  1. Can I deny employment/tenancy against queer and transgender individuals because my religious beliefs do not allow me to provide for it?

April 7, 2021