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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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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 Civil Litigation Attorneys

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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 Civil Litigation 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​

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Open
Monday
9:00am - 7:00pm
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9:00am - 7:00pm
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By Appointment
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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 Civil Litigation 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-Conscious And Cost-Effective!  Our Elmhurst litigation attorneys are conscious of the costs associated with dispute resolution and litigation.  We work efficiently to obtain a favorable result in an affordable manner.  Your litigation case should be treated as an investment, and we ensure that your case strategy makes financial sense.  
  • We Are Experienced Aggressive Advocates and Great at What We Do!  Kevin O'Flaherty began his career as a litigator, handling multi-plaintiff complex commercial lawsuits in both state and federal court.  Kevin was named one of Suburban Life Magazine's Best Under 40.  Our team of Elmhurst litigation attorneys have the skill and experience necessary to give you the advantage you need to win or favorably settle your case. 
  • Our Clients Love Us Because We Go Above And Beyond!  Our Elmhurst litigation attorneys are accessible and client focused.  We are available 24/7 to resolve any emergency issues that may arise.  It is our policy to promptly return your calls and e-mails, and to affirmatively inform you and educate you on any developments in your case.  Our client-focused approach has caused many of our clients to take the time to leave us glowing reviews.  Due to the overwhelmingly positive response from our clients, we are a proud recipient Avvo's Client Choice Award.  We look forward to the chance to "wow" you with our above-and-beyond client service!

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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.

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 Civil Litigation Attorneys

In this Learn About Law podcast & videoblog, Elmhurst civil litigation attorney Kevin O'Flaherty of O'Flaherty Law discusses the Illinois appeals process.

In this Learn About Law podcast & videoblog, Elmhurst civil litigation attorney Kevin O'Flaherty of O'Flaherty Law discusses the Illinois appeals process.

Illinois Appeal Process Explained

In this video, our Elmhurst civil litigation attorneys explain the processes of appeals in Illinois. ​In Illinois, cases are initially filed and heard in the county circuit courts. These are also known as "trial courts" because the circuit courts are the level on which each side presents evidence and jury and bench trials are held in order to make findings of fact.
‍The appellate court will review the record of the trial court along with briefs written by both parties and decide whether to reverse the trial court’s ruling, uphold it, or order some further action by the trial court. If the appellate court reverses or upholds the trial court ruling, the losing party can then appeal to the Illinois Supreme Court.

In this Learn About Law podcast & videoblog, Elmhurst civil litigation lawyer Kevin O'Flaherty of O'Flaherty Law discusses Motions For Summary Judgment in civil litigation.

Inflection Points At Which Your Case Is Likely To Settle

In this video, our Elmhurst civil litigation attorneys discuss what motions for summary judgement is in civil litigation cases. ​There are several points in the timeline of a dispute in which the parties are likely to come to a settlement.  Our Elmhurst litigation attorneys will reevaluate your case with you at each stage, and plan with you based on the expected costs of the next phase of the case, and the likelihood of achieving the settlement you desire.  

  1. Demand Letter:  Small disputes are likely to settle after a well-worded letter citing the relevant facts and applying the statutory and case law to those facts, informing the other side of the full ramifications if a settlement is not achieved within a specified time period.  Oftentimes this letter will either spur the other party to settle before paying for their own attorney, or have their attorney initiate negotiation by phone. 
  2. Complaint & Summons:  If the defendant is not taking the plaintiff's claims seriously after the issuance of a demand letter, he or she may be spurred to engage in settlement negotiations after being served by a sheriff with a Complaint, which initiates a lawsuit against them, and a Summons, which requires them to appear in court on a specified return date.  At this point, the defendant understands that the threat of litigation was not an idle one, and that he or she will now have to hire an attorney.  A good attorney will realistically explain the defendant's prospects of success as well as the costs associated with a failure to settle the case, and will often encourage settlement.  This is why many cases settle shortly after the plaintiff files the Complaint. 
  3. Pre-Trial Settlement Conference or Mediation: If the plaintiff and defendant are not properly motivated to settle immediately after the lawsuit has been initiated, the next point at which the case is likely to settle is at a pre-trial settlement conference or mediation.  These are typically conducted either at the conclusion of written discovery or shortly before trial.  A pre-trial settlement conference is a meeting of the judge with both the plaintiff and the defendant, wherein the judge attempts to convince both parties to come together to settle the case.  A mediation is similar, but instead of the judge, a third party mediator (usually a retired attorney or judge) will attempt to bring the parties together.  Pre-trial settlement conferences and mediations are incredibly effective.  They are typically held once both sides have a good idea of the viability of their cases, and the judges and mediators can be very convincing and creative in structuring a settlement that both parties can accept.    
  4. After Depositions Have Been Conducted: The next point at which cases are likely to settle is after all of the primary witnesses have been deposed.  At this point each party's cards are on the table.  Both sides know what factual and legal arguments the other side will make, and both sides will have a good estimation of their own prospects for success at trial.  This will often allow them to agree on the actual value of the plaintiffs' claims. 
  5. Immediately Prior to Trial:  Many cases settle the morning of trial, during trial, or after each party has put on the case, but before the judge issues his or her ruling.  At this point, both parties are faced with an all-or-nothing outcome and realize that the other side will not be bluffed into changing their settlement position.  Often, when faced with a final and immediate decision on whether to meet in the middle or take the risk of trial, the parties will choose settlement.

Since most cases end in settlement, our Elmhurst litigation attorneys work from the outset to get you the settlement you desire at the earliest possible stage of your case.  Early settlements tend to be more favorable to both the plaintiff and defendant, because the earlier a case settles, the less each side will have spent on attorney fees, making it easier for both sides to meet in the middle.  At O'Flaherty Law our philosophy puts more money in our clients' pockets, as opposed to those of the attorneys for each side.

In this Learn About Law podcast & videoblog, Elmhurst Civil Litigation & Dispute Resolution attorney Kevin O'Flaherty of O'Flaherty Law discusses Illinois Litigation: Motions To Dismiss Explained

Illinois Motions to Dismiss Explained

In this article, our Elmhurst litigation attorneys explain motions to dismissed. A Rule 2-615 Motion to dismiss can be filed in a civil case in order to have the complaint dismissed for failure to state facts amounting to a cause of action that would entitle the plaintiff to relief. A Rule 2-619 Motion to Dismiss is filed if there is an affirmative matter outside of the wording of the complaint that should cause the case to be dismissed, such as the case having already been previously decided.

Further Reading from our Elmhurst Civil Litigation Attorneys

Illinois Car Seat Laws

In this article, we discuss the various stages of the graduated child safety restraint system including:

  • Car Seat Requirements by Age
  • Car Seat Violations and Fines
  • Illinois Car Safety Tips
  • Assistance with Car Seats in Illinois  

May 3, 2021

Recent Changes to Orders of Protection and Domestic Violence Statutes | Illinois Domestic Abuse Law

In this article we will be discussing Orders of Protection in Illinois and the Changes to the Domestic Violence Statue. We will answer the questions of:

  • What Is an Order of Protection?
  • What is a Restraining Order?
  • What is the Difference Between an Order of Protection and a No Stalking/No Contact Order?
  • What is Required to Establish a Claim for an Order of Protection?
  • How Does One File for an Order of Protection?
  • Do I Need to Bring Anything with Me When I File My Petition For An Order of Protection?
  • How Long Does an Emergency Order of Protection Remain in Effect?
  • What if I am a Victim of Domestic Assault which Resulted in an Arrest?
  • How Long Does an Order of Protection Stay in Effect?
  • What Are the Effects of Having an Order of Protection Entered Against an Abuser?
  • Updates to Domestic Violence Statutes in 2021?

April 29, 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