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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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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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Bankruptcy & Debt Resolution

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

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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 Guardianship Attorneys provide excellent service in the following areas of law:

Our attorneys work as a team to provide comprehensive has experience in:
  • We are Experienced and Great at What We Do!  Our Illinois guardianship attorneys have the skill, experience, and dedication to educate you on your options and create the best plan for you and your family.  In 2015 Kevin O'Flaherty was honored to be named one of Suburban Life Magazine's Best Under 40.  In 2016, we received Avvo Clients' Choice Award for Estate Planning.   Kevin is a founder and proud member of Main Street Senior Resources. This is a group of professionals who collaborate to provide superior and comprehensive service to seniors.  We look forward to bringing our experience to bear in order to help you and your loved ones.  
  • We are Efficient and Cost-Effective!  We're proud of our affordable rates that allow us to build relationships with more clients.  We invite the comparison to other Illinois guardianship attorneys and would like to hear about it if you can find a more affordable solution to your family's planning needs. 
  • We Go Above and Beyond For You and Your Family!  Our Illinois guardianship attorneys are accessible to our clients and provide prompt communication regarding developments in your case.  We consider ourselves educators, allowing you to make informed decisions with an understanding of all of your options.  Many of our clients have been so amazed by our above-and-beyond service that they have taken time out of their busy schedules to leave us glowing reviews.

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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 Guardianship Attorneys

In this video, Illinois guardianship attorney Kevin O'Flaherty explains how to file a petition for adult guardianship in Illinois.

In this video, Illinois guardianship attorney Kevin O'Flaherty explains how to file a petition for adult guardianship in Illinois.

Illinois Adult Guardianship

In this article, our Illinois guardianship lawyers explain adult guardianships in Illinois.

One way to care your loved ones who have become mentally incompetent and ensure that their personal and financial needs are met is to become their legal guardian.  In Illinois, to be named a guardian for your loved one a guardianship proceeding must be filed with the appropriate court.  Guardianship may be granted by the court if your loved one is unable to communicate responsible decisions regarding personal or financial matters due to mental illness, age, mental or physical disability, or poor life choices such as "gambling, idleness, debauchery, or excessive use of intoxicants or drugs."  

If your loved one is still mentally competent, one alternative to filing for guardianship is to have them execute Healthcare and Financial Powers of Attorney, which can give powers that would be granted by the court in a guardianship proceeding, without the need for a court order. 

Read an article by our Illinois guardianship attorneys explaining more about the adult guardianship process in Illinois.

In this video, Illinois guardianship attorney explains what happens at an Illinois adult guardianship hearing.

What Happens at an Illinois Adult Guardianship Hearing?

In this article, our Illinois guardianship lawyers explain what happens at an Illinois adult guardianship hearing.  We explain when the attendance of a disabled adult is excused, how the court decides whom to name as guardian, and the difference between Illinois uncontested guardianship hearings and contested guardianship hearings. Finally we explain the standard by which Illinois courts determine whether guardianship is appropriate.

Read the full article by our Illinois guardianship lawyers explaining what happens at an Illinois guardianship hearing.

In this Learn About Law video, Illinois guardianship lawyer Kevin O'Flaherty explains guardianship of the person in Illinois.

Illinois Guardianship of the Person Explained

In this article, our Illinois guardianship attorneys explain guardianship of the person.  

[At the conclusion of an Illinois guardianship case, the court may name a guardian of the estate to manage the disabled adult financial affairs and a guardian of the person to manage personal and healthcare decisions.  We explain the “substituted judgment rule,” the standard that guardians of the person are required to use when making decisions for the disabled adult.  We also discuss the extent of the guardian’s power to make medical decisions on behalf of the disabled adult, whether the guardian has the power to decide where the disabled adult will live, and whether guardians can admit the disabled adult into mental health facilities.

Read the full article by our Illinois guardianship lawyers explaining guardianship of the person in Illinois.

Further Reading from our Illinois Guardianship Attorneys

What the Free Britney Act Means for Britney Spears' Conservatorship | The FREE Act

Britney Spears has been one of the world's most famous and popular pop performers since her breakthrough single, "...Hit Me Baby One More Time," when she was a teen. Despite her celebrity status and immense wealth, Britney, who is now 39, has never really had complete control over her life, a fate most of us cannot imagine for a person of her age.

Madison Clark

July 27, 2021

Serving As A Guardian For An Adult With Disabilities: Part Two

This article discusses the Basics of Guardianship for Incapacitated Adults. We will discuss the following topics:

  • Court preparation
  • Procedures in court

May 5, 2021

Recent Changes to Illinois Guardianship Law 2021

This article discusses recent changes to Illinois Guardianship Law, including the following topics:

  • Adult Protective Services Act
  • Testamentary Capacity for Persons with Disabilities
  • Temporary Guardians
  • Disposition of Remains Act
  • “Persons with Disabilities”

April 2, 2021