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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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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 Estate Planning 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 Estate Planning Attorneys at our nearest location to schedule a 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

Monday
9:00am - 6:00pm
Tuesday
9:00am - 6:00pm
Wednesday
9:00am - 6:00pm
Thursday
9:00am - 6:00pm
Friday
9:00am - 6:00pm
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed

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 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 Are Affordable!  We don't base our prices on what the market will bear.  Instead, we base them on how long it typically takes us to meet with a client and prepare documents (which is not terribly long).  If we are not the most cost-effective solution for your estate plan, we would like to hear about it.
  • We Go Above-And-Beyond!  Many Estate Planning attorneys will prepare cookie-cutter forms, fail to explain them to you properly, and fail to assist you in properly funding the trust.   We take the time to fully educate you about Estate Planning, walk  you through your documents, and work with you free of charge to assist you in transferring your assets into your trust, cut through any red tape, and answer any questions you may have going forward.  
  • We Know Our Stuff!  Unlike many estate planning attorneys, we are experienced in cutting edge Estate Tax Avoidance Techniques, Special Needs Trusts, Creditor Protection Strategies, and other specialized techniques to fit your situation.  We are not selling forms, but instead providing real customized experience.    
  • We are Comprehensive!  You need an Estate Plan today, but you may need help with a different legal issue tomorrow.  Wouldn't it be nice to work with the same trusted adviser for all of your legal solutions?  At O'Flaherty Law, our team approach provides you with experienced in nearly every area of law.  Regardless of your legal needs, you will get the same trusted quality of service and continuity of care.    

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 office 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 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 Estate Planning Attorneys

In this Learn About Law podcast & videoblog, Elmhurst Estate Planning & Administration attorney Kevin O'Flaherty of O'Flaherty Law discusses the 8 Goals Of A Good Estate Plan.

In this Learn About Law podcast & videoblog, Elmhurst Estate Planning & Administration attorney Kevin O'Flaherty of O'Flaherty Law discusses the 8 Goals Of A Good Estate Plan.

5 Documents In A Typical Estate Plan

In this episode, our Elmhurst estate planning attorneys discuss the 8 goals of a good estate plan, including:

1.  Appointment of fiduciaries and distribution of assets

2.  Probate avoidance upon death

3.  Guardianship avoidance upon mental incompetency

4.  End of Life Instruction

5.  Estate tax avoidance

6.  Ensuring that a loved one with special needs is provided for without preventing him or her from receiving social security payments

7.  Protecting assets from creditors;

8.  Preventing assets from interfering with eligibility for Medicaid and transferring assets to loved ones at death free of Medicaid liens.

Elmhurst estate planning attorney Kevin O'Flaherty discusses the importance of having an Estate plan when you have children.

Top 5 Reasons for Estate Planning for Minor Children

In this video our Elmhurst estate planning attorneys explain the top five reasons for estate planning with minor children: naming a guardian, ensuring that your family has immediate access to your assets when you pass, ensuring your assets pass in full to your children rather than being consumed by court costs, attorney fees, and estate taxes, naming a trustee or executor, and planning for your children's future.

Elmhurst estate planning lawyer Kevin O'Flaherty explains how we use revocable living trusts to avoid costly probate.

How do I Avoid Probate in Illinois?

In this video, our elmhurst estate planning attorneys explain how probate can be avoided by executed a revocable living trust and transferring your real estate and savings accounts into it during your lifetime. A revocable living trust is a legal entity that can own property. It typically provides that the creator of the trust has complete control over the property owned by the trust during his or her lifetime, and describes how the trust assets will be distributed after the creator’s death.


Ensure that proper beneficiaries and successor beneficiaries are named on qualified retirement accounts and life insurance policies.

             

Further Reading from our Elmhurst Estate Planning Attorneys

10 Suggestions from A Lawyer for Your Court Appearance

If you are getting ready for court and are wondering what you need for your court appearance, this article is intended to give you some general suggestions of how to get ready for court and how to behave in court. It’s important that you properly prepare for court because it will potentially have a significant impact on your life.

Heather Jones

September 30, 2021

What Happens to an Indiana Estate if There is No Will? | Indiana Intestacy Laws

This article covers what a will is, what makes a will valid in the state of Indiana, what happens when one dies with no will in Indiana, and covers some Indiana intestacy laws most Indiana probate lawyers would want their clients to know.  It also provides a few definitions of words that are used in probate settings, like living will, decedent, and estate administration.

Renee Babcoke

September 25, 2021

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?

July 7, 2021