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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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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 Family Law 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 Family Law 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 Family Law Attorneys provide excellent service in the following areas of law:

Our attorneys work as a team to provide comprehensive has experience in:
  • We are Excellent at What We Do!   Our Elmhurst divorce attorneys and Elmhurst family law lawyers were honored to be named one of 2016's 10 Best Attorneys for Client Satisfaction, by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys and to be the recipient of the 2016 Avvo Client's Choice Award for Divorce. Our attorneys are experienced advocates for our clients, and we will do everything in our power to get the best result possible for you.
  • We are Affordable!  Divorce is difficult enough without a mountain of legal fees.  We will aggressively represent you in an efficient manner in order to minimize the expense of your representation.  We also work with you to manage these expenses.  If you can find a more affordable fee in our area, we would like to hear about it!
  • We are Comprehensive!  In addition to our dedicated family law & divorce attorneys, we have several other attorneys with focuses on nearly every area of law, working together as a team to serve your needs.  When your divorce overlaps with business, real estate, bankruptcy, or estate planning, we have the experience in-house to handle your case comprehensively.  
  • We are Accessible!  You have an emergency when our office is closed?  No problem!  Calls route directly to Kevin O'Flaherty's cell phone during off hours to make sure your needs are taken care of day or night. 
  • Your Case Matters to Us!  We have the man-power of a large firm, but the client service of a small firm.  We truly care about each of our clients and will give you the personalized service that you deserve.   We will fight to get you the best possible result, and be the helping hand you need to start your new life. 

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 Family Law Attorneys

Elmhurst divorce lawyer Kevin O'Flaherty of O'Flaherty Law discusses the elements of a petition for dissolution of marriage, including the grounds for dissolution, statement of proper venue, and background regarding each spouse, the marriage, and children

Child Custody Mediation In Illinois

In this article, our Elmhurst family law attorney Kevin O'Flaherty explains the process of mediation. Mediation is a way for parties to come to an agreement on child-related issues with the help of a neutral third party mediator. This can help parties define the issues, facilitate communication between parties,  and help the parties reach mutually acceptable solutions. Mediation can be undertaken voluntarily or under a court order. It is important to have a lawyer present, especially when there is an imbalance of power between the mediating parties. If you are successful in reaching an agreement, your attorney will file the results with the court in order to reach a final order in the case without the necessity for litigation.

Elmhurst family lawyer Kevin O'Flaherty discusses the changes in 2016 to Illinois Divorce Law

Changes To Illinois Divorce Laws In 2016

In this article, our Elmhurst family law attorneys explain recent changes to Illinois divorce and family law. There have been many changes to Illinois divorce law that became effective in 2016.  The purpose of these changes was to reduce the potential for disputes and to update Illinois divorce law in light of modern parenting realities. These changes include: grounds for divorce, custody and visitation rights, and relocation of a parent.

 

Elmhurst family law attorney Kevin O'Flaherty discusses the new changes to Illinois Child Support Laws.

Recent Changes to Child Support Law

Our Elmhurst family attorneys explain the differences in how child support is determined in 2020. Once an appropriate amount for child support is set by the court, each parent’s portion of the obligation must be designated. Typically, this is determined by the parents’ relative incomes. The larger the difference in income between the obligor and oblige, the more the obligor is likely to pay in child support. The change from a fixed-rate model to an income shares model affects each case differently. Spouses with similar incomes will likely receive less in child support under the new law.​

Further Reading from our Elmhurst Family Law Attorneys

Who Can Sign the Birth Certificate in Iowa?

In this article we answer the question: Who can sign the birth certificate when a child is born in Iowa? Specifically, we address:

  • Who is Listed on a Birth Certificate in Iowa?
  • How to Establish Paternity in Iowa if Mother Was Unmarried
  • Surrogacy in Iowa & the Birth Certificate

Raven Adams

May 3, 2021

2021 Guide to Iowa Child Custody

We will address the following topics:

  • The types of child custody in Iowa.
  • How child custody works in Iowa.
  • What joint legal custody is.
  • What sole legal custody is.
  • What physical custody is.
  • What 50-50 custody is.
  • What primary physical custody is.
  • What split physical care is.
  • How to modify child custody.

Eugene Nassif

May 3, 2021

How Is My Child Support Calculated? | Illinois Child Support Law 2021

In this article we will be discussing How Is My Child Support Calculated and we will answer the questions of:

  • What is a Shared Parenting Model?
  • What Factors Go Into Determining a Child Support Award?
  • What is the Income Shares Schedule?
  • What is the Calculation for Determining Child Support?
  • What If One Parent is Currently Unemployed?
  • What is a Job Dairy?
  • What is Imputed Income?
  • What if I Work on Commission or Receive Bonuses?
  • What Happens if the Nonresidential Parent Refuses to Participate in the Case?
  • What is a Needs Based Order?
  • What Happens if I Lose My Job or Cannot Afford To Make Child Support Payments?
  • How Does the Court Determine Parenting Time for the Purpose of Child Support Calculations?

Kevin O'Flaherty

April 23, 2021