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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 Illinois attorneys have the skill and experience to put you in the best position to succeed. With cost-effective rates and excellent client service and communication, we take a team approach to Divorce & Family Law, Estate Planning, Probate, Guardianship, Civil Litigation, DUI & Criminal Law, Corporate & Contract Law and more.

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Family Law & Divorce

Our Illinois family law attorneys have the experience and skill to protect your rights in your divorce, child support, child custody or paternity case. With affordable rates, a team approach, and above-and beyond client service, we will be your advocate and your shield.

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Probate & Estate Administration

If you are the executor or administrator of a loved one's estate, our Illinois probate attorneys will guide you through every step of your probate, trust administration, and estate administration needs. We will be your advocate and handle your legal matters with skill and efficiency. You will be able to focus on your family while our Illinois probate lawyers do the heavy lifting and guide you through the probate process in a cost-effective manner.

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Guardianship Law

Our Illinois guardianship attorneys have experience in both contested and uncontested guardianship proceedings. We offer affordable rates, accessibility and peace of mind in our years of experience to ensure that you receive the best representation possible for your guardianship case.

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Estate Planning

Our Illinois estate planning attorneys will work relentlessly to help you with your estate planning and probate needs. We will implement your estate planning based on your needs and preferences, ensuring that your loved ones are taken care of after you pass. Our experienced attorneys will learn about your goals and educate you on the estate planning documents we can use to accomplish them including revocable living trusts, wills, powers of attorney, and living wills. Our Illinois estate planning lawyers also have knowledge in estate tax planning, special needing planning, asset protection, elder law and medicaid planning.

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Litigation & Dispute Resolution

At O'Flaherty Law, our Illinois litigation attorneys have a wide range of experience in civil and commercial litigation matters. We have represented both plaintiffs and defendants in state and federal court and regularly handle cases both inside and outside of Illinois. From the beginning of a dispute, we prepare long-term strategies while focusing on achieving a favorable resolution for our clients and their cases as quickly as possible.

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DUI, Criminal & Traffic Defense

Our Illinois DUI criminal defense lawyers will vigorously fight for your rights, exploring every avenue to give you the best opportunity to succeed in your DUI or criminal matter. With experience, skill, and open lines of communication, we will be your shield.

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Business, Corporate & Contract Law

Our Illinois business attorneys have what it takes to help your business succeed. The cost-effective fees and a committed, experienced team of corporate representation lawyers make us an excellent and efficient choice for your business.

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Immigration

Our Illinois immigration attorneys will fight for your right to stay in the United States for your family, for your job, and for your life. With affordable rates and excellent communication, we have the skill and experience to explore every option in order to obtain your green card, achieve citizenship, or assert asylum.

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Real Estate Law

Our Illinois real estate attorneys will give your residential or commercial real estate matter the above-and-beyond attention it deserves. We have experience in all areas of residential, commercial, real estate transactions including sales, purchases, leases, and landlord-tenant disputes, evictions, and other real estate litigation.

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O'Flaherty Law of Naperville

1515 Legacy Cir., Ste. 1

Naperville, IL 60563

(331) 330-7466
info@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 Naperville?

Why O'Flaherty Law of Naperville?

Why O'Flaherty Law of Naperville?

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 Illinois 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 From Expert Attorneys, Not Info-Tapes!  Our Illinois bankruptcy attorneys will give you a fresh start quickly and professionally so you can make a fresh start and move forward.
  • We Are Cost-Effective!  We understand that seeking bankruptcy and debt resolution means you're in a position where you're already surrounded by debt and financially strained.  We offer affordable rates that allow our clients to have peace of mind while having their financial matters met. 
  • We Have a Wide Network of Resources to Help!  Once we assist you in getting a fresh new start, you may need help from other professionals.  We are proud to offer a large network of resources of bankers, loan officers, financial advisors and local professionals to create a comprehensive solution that suits your needs.

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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 Naperville

1515 Legacy Cir., Ste. 1

Naperville, IL 60563

info@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 Illinois Bankruptcy Attorneys

In this video, Illinois bankruptcy and debt resolution attorney Kevin O'Flaherty explains everything you need to know about the Chapter 7 Bankruptcy process.

Preparing For Chapter 7 Bankruptcy in ILlinois

Our Illinois bankruptcy and debt resolution attorneys discuss here the steps required to prepare a bankruptcy petition. 

Before filing, the completion of an online credit counseling course is required. These are usually relatively short and the expense is nominal.  We discuss the filing of a your bankruptcy petition, which requires us to submit to the court information regarding your assets, liabilities, income, and expenses. We explain what happens at the first meeting of creditors and the effects of discharge of your debt.

Read the full article by our Illinois bankruptcy attorneys regarding preparation for bankruptcy.  

In this Learn About Law podcast & videoblog, Illinois bankruptcy and debt resolution attorney Kevin O'Flaherty talks about some of the advantages of both Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy.

If I File For Bankruptcy, Can I Keep My House And Cars?

In this article, our Illinois bankruptcy and debt resolution attorneys explain how you can keep your house and cars in a Chapter 7 bankruptcy.

In most cases, our clients can file for bankruptcy without losing any assets including their home and vehicles. If your vehicle or home is held as collateral, you will most likely have the option to sign a reaffirmation agreement. This reaffirms the loan without discharging it in the bankruptcy process. The Bankruptcy Code states that a portion of equity in particular types of property can be exempt from collection.  You can apply these exemptions to the property you decide to keep in order to avoid the trustee collecting the property to pay your creditors.  For example:

  • You are allowed to keep $2,400.00 of equity in your vehicles ($4,800.00 for a married couple filing jointly)
  • You are allowed to keep $15,000.00 of equity in your primary residence ($30,000.00 for a married couple filing jointly); 
  • There is a $4,000.00 wildcard exemption that you can apply to any property of your choice ($8,000.00 for a married couple). 

Read an article from our Illinois bankruptcy attorneys about keeping your property in bankruptcy.

In this video, Illinois bankruptcy and debt resolution lawyer Kevin O'Flaherty explains the Chapter 13 bankruptcy process.

The Illinois Chapter 13 Process

Our Illinois bankruptcy attorneys want to be informed about your debt resolution options. In the following Learn About Law article, we take a closer look at the Chapter 13 bankruptcy process in Illinois and help you know whether or not a Chapter 13 filing can work for your specific matter.

Read the full article by our Illinois bankruptcy attorneys explaining the Chapter 13 bankruptcy process.

Further Reading from our Illinois Bankruptcy Attorneys

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

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and The Second Draw

In this article we will be reviewing the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and The Second Draw, and we answer the questions of:

  • What is the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)?
  • What Are the Eligible Expenses That the PPP Funds Can Be Applied to?
  • What Businesses Are Able to Apply for a PPP Loan?
  • What Provisions Has Congress Enacted for Very Small and Minority Businesses?
  • What if I received a PPP Loan from the Original Program, Can I Apply Again?
  • How Much Is a Business Able to Receive from a PPP Loan?
  • Are the Expenses Paid With PPP Funds Tax Deductible?
  • How Can My Business Apply For a PPP Loan?
  • How Soon Can Funds Be Received from an Approved PPP Loan?
  • What Are The Repayment Terms on The PPP Loans?

April 6, 2021

The CARES Act And Student Loan Relief

This article will discuss the CARES Act's current state and how it impacts student loan debt, and the potential for loan forgiveness. We will answer the following questions:

 

  • What is the CARES Act?
  • Which student loans are affected by the CARES Act?
  • What if the Department of Education does not own my loans?
  • What about income-based repayment plans and Public Service Loan Forgiveness?
  • Will the Biden administration push for student loan forgiveness?

Kevin O'Flaherty

March 31, 2021