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Illinois Bankruptcy Attorneys | Debt Resolution Lawyers, Illinois

Our Illinois bankruptcy attorneys will help you start fresh through debt negotiation, Chapter 7, Chapter 11 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy. We make the process efficent and expedient so you can move forward in your life.

Our Illinois bankruptcy attorneys will help you start fresh through debt negotiation, Chapter 7, Chapter 11 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy. We make the process efficent and expedient so you can move forward in your life.

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In this video, Illinois Bankruptcy attorney Kevin O'Flaherty describes why O'Flaherty Law is the best choice for your bankruptcy or debt resolution matter.

  • 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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O'Flaherty Law of Downers Grove

5002 Main Street, Ste 201
Downers Grove
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IL
60515
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Hours: 9 am - 5 pm Mon - Fri

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5002 Main St, Ste. 201 Downers Grove, IL 60515

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105 Jackson Avenue, Ste. 4b Naperville, IL 60540

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Elmhurst

​110 E. Schiller Street, Ste. 220B ​Elmhurst, IL 60126

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Lake in the Hills

8411 Pyott Road, Ste. 107, ​Lake in the Hills, IL 60156

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Tinley Park

​16557 Oak Park Avenue, Ste. B, Tinley Park, IL 60477

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St. Charles

210 S Fifth St, Ste. 107B, St. Charles, IL 60174

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Kevin O'Flaherty oversees all legal matters and is actively involved in making sure every client's case, big or small, is handled with excellence and attention to detail. He is available to contact through phone and email and his rates are available upon request.

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"Kevin and his firm, O'Flaherty Law, are friendly, efficient, knowledgeable and professional. Kevin is a master at bringing people together and sharing ideas."

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Kevin O'Flaherty was instrumental during the purchase process of my new house. I highly recommend him and the entire firm!

An excellent client experience, I recommend O'Flaherty Law to all of my clients that have a need for consultation in family law.

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How to Collect a Debt in Illinois

If you are a small business owner dealing with past due accounts receivable, or if you are having trouble paying your monthly bills and are receiving notices from creditors, you should acquaint yourself with the collection process.  This article will provide a summary of that process.  The narrative will be from the creditor’s perspective, but it will be equally helpful to debtors.

Bear in mind that each of the following steps tends to increase the pressure on the debtor to settle his debt.  Each successive step will only be required if the debtor is non-responsive to the previous steps.  In practice, it is usually unnecessary to take a collections case all the way through Step 7.

STEP 1:  Internal collections procedures:  Before you speak to a collections attorney, you should be sure to refine your own collection procedures.  Every business is different, but the following tips may help you increase your collections on your accounts receivable:

  • In your contracts with your customers, include an attorney-fee provision providing that if either party is required to take action to enforce the contract, the other party will be required to pay attorney fees and other expenses.
  • In your contracts with your customers, include a late fee provision, informing your customers that late fees will be charged on late invoices.
  • On the face of each invoice, you should explain your collection procedures.  Let your customers know in advance that if their invoice is x days past due they will be required to pay late fees, and that if it becomes days past due, the invoice will be sent to collections.
  • Follow up on past due invoices with letters explaining the consequences of continued failure to pay.

If you believe that it will not be possible to collect an account internally, you should hand the account to your attorney to begin a collection suit.

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If you are a small business owner dealing with past due accounts receivable, or if you are having trouble paying your monthly bills and are receiving notices from creditors, you should acquaint yourself with the collection process.  This article will provide a summary of that process.  The narrative will be from the creditor’s perspective, but it will be equally helpful to debtors.

Bear in mind that each of the following steps tends to increase the pressure on the debtor to settle his debt.  Each successive step will only be required if the debtor is non-responsive to the previous steps.  In practice, it is usually unnecessary to take a collections case all the way through Step 7.

STEP 1:  Internal collections procedures:  Before you speak to a collections attorney, you should be sure to refine your own collection procedures.  Every business is different, but the following tips may help you increase your collections on your accounts receivable:

  • In your contracts with your customers, include an attorney-fee provision providing that if either party is required to take action to enforce the contract, the other party will be required to pay attorney fees and other expenses.
  • In your contracts with your customers, include a late fee provision, informing your customers that late fees will be charged on late invoices.
  • On the face of each invoice, you should explain your collection procedures.  Let your customers know in advance that if their invoice is x days past due they will be required to pay late fees, and that if it becomes days past due, the invoice will be sent to collections.
  • Follow up on past due invoices with letters explaining the consequences of continued failure to pay.

If you believe that it will not be possible to collect an account internally, you should hand the account to your attorney to begin a collection suit.

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Preparing For Bankruptcy

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Illinois bankruptcy attorney Kevin O'Flaherty explains everything you need to know about the Chapter 7 Bankruptcy process.

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Our Illinois bankruptcy attorneys discuss 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.  

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

In this article, our Illinois bankruptcy 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 Learn About Law podcast & videoblog, Illinois bankruptcy attorney Kevin O'Flaherty of O'Flaherty Law talks about some of the advantages of both chapter 7 and chapter 13 bankruptcy and how each can apply to your specific needs.

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In this article, our Illinois bankruptcy 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.

What Happens At The First Meeting Of Creditors?

Illinois bankruptcy lawyer Kevin O'Flaherty explains the Chapter 13 bankruptcy process.

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In this article, our Illinois bankruptcy lawyers explain what happens at the first meeting of creditors in a Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Once our Illinois bankruptcy attorneys file the bankruptcy petition, we accompany you to the “First Meeting of Creditors.”  This meeting is between you, your attorney and the bankruptcy trustee assigned to your case. The trustee asks you preliminary questions and may do the following:

  • Confirm your identity through a photo ID and social security card.
  • Swear you in and put you under oath. 
  • Ask if you've reviewed your schedules before they were filed and ask you to confirm that they are true and correct.  
  • Ask if you have reviewed required notices provided by your attorney regarding bankruptcy and your alternatives. 

Then the trustee will ask you specific questions about your finances.  The meeting is usually about 10 minutes long and should not be terribly stressful.

Read more about the First Meeting of Creditors from our Illinois bankruptcy attorneys.

Our Illinois Bankruptcy Lawyers are Happy To Meet With You in DuPage County, Will County, McHenry County, Kane County, Kendall County, Grundy County, Kankakee County, Dekalb County, LaSalle County, at our offices in Downers Grove, Elmhurst, Naperville, Lake in the Hills, Tinley Park, St. Charles or Any Other Location Convenient To You.

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