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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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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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O'Flaherty Law of Naperville

1515 Legacy Cir., Ste. 1

Naperville, IL 60563

(331) 330-7466
info@oflaherty-law.com

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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 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!  We treat the client's money as if it were our own.  We do not surprise our clients with unexpected bills.  Instead, before accruing any fees we allow you to make an educated decision with respect to the costs of each step in the dispute resolution & litigation process.  We work aggressively but efficiently to minimize the expense of each stage in the process.  
  • We Put Your Interests First!  Many litigation attorneys are content to let cases drag out and "bill the file."  We realize that you are a person, not a file, and we want you to have a lifelong relationship with our firm.  At O'Flaherty Law, our goal is not to make our firm money off of your case, but instead to have you walk away feeling like you got a good resolution at a fair price.  We are prepared to aggressively pursue or defend your case.  However, because 95% of cases settle before trial, we work with an eye toward a favorable settlement at all times.   It is in your best interest to have a speedy and favorable resolution to your case without expending significant attorneys fees, and, because we put your interests first, this is our goal.  
  • We Are Your Aggressive Advocate!  Our team of Illinois civil litigation attorneys has made a name for ourselves representing the "little guy" against powerful corporations.  We have handled class action suits in Federal Court as well as appeals and multi-state litigation.  No case is too big, and we are prepared to take on and defeat powerful adversaries.     

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Please contact our friendly lawyers to Schedule a Consultation.
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O'Flaherty Law of Naperville

1515 Legacy Cir., Ste. 1

Naperville, IL 60563

info@oflaherty-law.com

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Check Out Articles and Videos from our Illinois Civil Litigation Attorneys

For this video, Illinois litigation attorney Kevin O'Flaherty explains Motions to Dismiss in Illinois civil cases.

The Pleading Phase of Illinois Litigation and Motions to Dismiss

In this article, our Illinois civil litigation lawyers explain the pleading phase of Illinois litigation and motions to dismiss. 

The phases in a litigation case include:

  1. The Pleading Phase;
  2. The Written Discovery Phase;
  3. The Oral Discovery Phase;
  4. Pre-Trial Motions and Settlement Efforts; 
  5. Trial; and
  6. Appeals.   

The first phase of a litigation case is called the "pleading phase."  To initiate a lawsuit, the Plaintiff files a Complaint with the appropriate court.  The Complaint specifies in numbered paragraphs with factual allegations the Plaintiff is making against the defendant, which would entitle the plaintiff to judgment from the court. The Complaint also requests the specific monetary or injunctive relief that the Plaintiff is seeking. If the complaint fails to state a cause of action, or if there are affirmative facts that defeat the complaint, the complaint may be dismissed through a motion to dismiss. If the Defendant chooses not to file a motion to dismiss, he or she must file an answer to the Complaint, in which the defendant admits or denies the Complaint's allegations.

Click here to read an article by our Illinois litigation lawyers about Motions to Dismiss in Civil Litigation. 

In this video, Illinois litigation attorney Kevin O'Flaherty explains the written discovery phase of litigation.

The Written Discovery Phase Of Litigation in Illinois

In this article, our Illinois litigation attorneys discuss what happens when an Answer to the Complaint has been filed, the pleading phase of litigation is complete and the Written Discovery phase begins.

Each side will issue three types of written discovery requests to the other:

  • Interrogatories
  • Requests for Production of Documents
  • Requests for Admission of Facts

The purpose of these written discovery requests is to narrow issues that must be argued at trial, prepare both sides to depose witnesses, and enlighten each side regarding the facts and arguments at the other side's disposal.

Read the entire article by our Illinois civil litigation lawyers explaining written discovery in Illinois

For this Learn About Law video, Illinois litigation attorney Kevin O'Flaherty explains Motions for Summary Judgment in civil litigation.

Points At Which an Illinois Civil Litigation Case is Likely to Settle

In this article, our Illinois civil litigation attorneys explain inflection points at which Illinois civil cases are likely to settle.

Because the overwhelming majority of civil suits settle, our Illinois litigation attorneys work with a focus toward obtaining a favorable settlement for you as early in the case as possible.  This allows both sides to spend less in attorneys fees, making it easier to reach a more favorable settlement for both parties.  Below are the typical inflection points in a litigation case when settlement is particularly likely:

  1. Demand Letter:
  2. Complaint & Summons: 
  3. After Depositions Have Been Conducted:
  4. Pre-Trial Settlement Conference or Mediation:

Because many cases settle eventually, our Illinois litigation attorneys focus on achieving a favorable settlement as early in the process as possible.  This gives you more money and allows you to continue with your life.  We practice nearly all areas of law, so our focus is not on making as much money as we can on your litigation case, but rather on having you walk away happy and gaining a client for life.  

If settlement is not possible, we often seek to win the case without a trial via a Motion for Summary Jugment. You can read an article by our Illinois litigation lawyers explaining Motions for Summary Judgment here.

Further Reading from our Illinois 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