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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.


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O'Flaherty Law of Joliet

200 N. Hammes Ave., Ste. E6

Joliet, IL 60435

815-409-4925
joliet.il@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 Joliet?

Why O'Flaherty Law of Joliet?

Why O'Flaherty Law of Joliet?

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.

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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.

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We Understand Business Owners’ Needs! Kevin O’Flaherty who personally works with our business & corporate clients, has a passion for business and understands the mindset of entrepreneurs in a way that most attorneys do not.  In addition to owning O’Flaherty Law, Kevin has started multiple other enterprises.  He founded and hosts the SeizeYourBusiness.com podcast & video blog, in which he interviews successful business owners and entrepreneurs regarding business issues and strategies.  Kevin hosts regular Small Business Workshops and Seminars, as well as multiple Business Think Tank groups, where entrepreneurs come together to share ideas and work through problems.  Kevin also founded the Business Lounge, a club for entrepreneurs and professionals to work together to enhance their business opportunities.  As a business owner, you don’t just need an attorney.  You need an attorney who understands the unique mindset of an entrepreneur. 

Our Clients Love Us!  Our Joliet business, corporate & contract Law attorneys have earned a reputation for going above-and-beyond for our clients.  Many of our clients have been so impressed by our service, that they have taken time out of their busy schedules to write us glowing reviews, which you can read here.  In 2016, we received the Avvo Clients’ Choice Award.  In 2015, Suburban Life Magazine named Kevin O’Flaherty as one of its Best Under 40.  We have an A+ Rating with the Better Business Bureau, and have never received a complaint.  We have received these accolades because we work every day to put our clients first.  Kevin is accessible after hours and on weekends via his cell phone: (630)967-4697.  We promptly return calls and e-mails, and affirmatively communicate with you and educate you at every stage of your matter.   

We Are Budget-Friendly!  We know that the last thing you need for your bottom line is expensive legal bills.  Our mission is to build a lifelong relationship with our business clients and their families.  This is why we have intentionally set our rates below market.  We offer cost-effective flat fees for most projects.  If a flat fee is not available, we will make sure that you know what to expect at the outset of your project, and that you are never surprised by a legal bill.  If you can find a more affordable option for your business & corporate needs, we would like to hear about it!

We are Comprehensive!  The fact that you are a business owner will impact your personal legal needs, such as estate planning, real estate, and protecting assets from creditors. Because our team of Elmhurst attorneys has experience in nearly every area of law, once you establish trust with O’Flaherty Law of Joliet, you will never have to look elsewhere for an attorney, regardless of your needs.  Unlike firms with a more limited scope, we have the ability to incorporate your business planning into your personal legal needs.  Should your business need assistance with collections or other dispute resolution, with bankruptcy, or with any other area of law, we can help! ​

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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 Joliet

200 N. Hammes Ave., Ste. E6

Joliet, IL 60435

joliet.il@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 Joliet Business Attorneys

In this episode, our Joliet business lawyers discuss business succession planning and explain how to use buy-sell agreements to plan for an owner’s retirement.

In this episode, our Joliet business lawyers discuss business succession planning and explain how to use buy-sell agreements to plan for an owner’s retirement.

Business Succession Planning

In this article, our Joliet business attorneys discuss business succession planning and explain how to use buy-sell agreements to plan for an owner’s retirement. We explain three different options to plan for a business owner’s retirement with buy-sell agreements, including: the company purchasing a retiring owners shares through a lump sum payment, the company purchasing a retiring owner’s shares through installment payments, and the gradual transfer of a retiring owner’s shares to the next generation. A buy-sell agreement is a contract between business owners to provide for ownership succession should an owner wish to disassociate from the company, should the company wish to terminate an owner’s interest, or should an owner die or become disabled.

In this Learn About Law podcast & video blog, Joliet Business lawyer Kevin O'Flaherty of O'Flaherty Law discusses why it makes sense to hire an attorney to set up your corporation or LLC.

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In this video, our Joliet business attorneys emphasis how it is important that you work closely with a business attorney when incorporating your business for several reasons:

(1) Your business attorney will educate you and assist you in selecting the most advantageous and proper corporate entity: There are many different types of corporate entities that you can select from when incorporating, including LLCs, S-Corps, LPs, and LLPs, your business attorney will take the time to educate you on the pros and cons of each type of entity for your particular situation.  Your attorney will help you find the most cost-effective solution that best fits your needs. Series LLCs can be a great cost-saving solution for business owners with multiple businesses or multiple locations.  Professionals and other particular types of businesses may be required to file as a P.C. or PLLC. Selecting the wrong corporate entity can be an expensive mistake for your business.

 (2) Your business attorney will help you maintain required corporate formalities:  In order to receive the benefits of incorporation, such as liability protection and self-employment tax savings, it is important that you follow the required steps to maintain corporate formalities, both at the time of initial corporate set-up and annually.  Failure to do so will result in creditors being able to "pierce the corporate veil" in order to attribute business debts to the shareholders personally, and may result in paying back self-employment tax savings if you are audited.  Your attorney will help you prepare bylaws or an operating agreement, prepare initial and annual meeting minutes for shareholders and directors, comply with notice requirements for annual meetings, issue stock, and maintain your corporate book.  Even if you are a single-shareholder corporation or LLC, failure to take these steps may result in your corporation being worthless from a liability and tax saving standpoint.

 (3) Your Business Attorney will register your corporation with the required government agencies: As part of our corporate-set up service, our Elmhurst attorneys will assist you in obtaining state and federal tax ID numbers, registering with the Illinois Department of Employment Security, and completing any other registrations that are required for you to legally operate your business. 

(4) Your business attorney will advise you on tax issues associated with your corporation and file the necessary paperwork on your behalf:  As a corporation, you have the opportunity to make an S-Corp election with the IRS that may significantly reduce your personal and business tax liability.  A good corporate attorney will work with your accountant to ensure that you are receiving the benefit of every tax advantage available to your corporation. 

(5) Build a long-term relationship for your future business needs: Meeting with a business attorney at the incorporation stage of your business will allow you to build a relationship of trust and identify future legal needs such as contracts, leases, employee issues, exit strategies, or disputes. When a legal issue arises, it is important both to identify the situation as one in which you should consult your attorney, and to have a pre-established relationship with an adviser and advocate that you trust.

In this Learn About Law podcast & video blog, Joliet business attorney Kevin O'Flaherty of O'Flaherty Law discusses the 11 situations in which you should consult your business attorney,

When Should I Consult My Business Attorney?

In this video, our Champaign  business attorneys explain that ​as a business owner it is important to have a trusted relationship with your  business attorney.  You should always feel comfortable calling or e-mailing your attorney at any time.  Here are a few situations where it is advisable to consult your business attorney:

1.  Incorporating Your Business

2.  Annual Maintenance

3.  Contract Drafting & Review

4.  Employee and Independent Contractor Issues

5.  Intellectual Property, Trademark, and Copyright

6.  Business Purchases & Sales

7.  Rewarding Key Employees & Executives

8.  Business Disputes

9.  Exit Strategies

10.  Estate Planning

For further help with any and all of your businesses legal needs, do not hesitate to contact O'Flaherty Law.

Further Reading from our Joliet Business Attorneys

How To File A Wisconsin Mechanic’s Lien

In this article, we explain the basic steps in filing a Wisconsin Mechanics Lien

  • Who Is Allowed To File A Wisconsin Mechanic's Lien?  
  • Wisconsin Mechanic's Lien Waiver
  • How To File A Wisconsin Mechanics Lien
  • Wisconsin Mechanics Lien Preliminary Notice
  • What Information Do I Need To Include In A Wisconsin Mechanics Lien Claim?  
  • How Do I Enforce My Mechanics Lien?

Heather Jones

September 20, 2021

Is It Legal to Require the COVID-19 Vaccine at Work and in School?

The last year and a half has been incredibly challenging for everyone with the advent of the COVID-19-19 virus. Everyday there is new information and rigorous debate regarding the COVID-19-19 virus and how it should be handled. With the constantly shifting landscape of information, misinformation and personal, scientific, religious and political opinions, it can feel like we are taking one step forward and two steps back as we all try to stay healthy, safe and happy.  

Heather Jones

August 12, 2021

Wisconsin ‘Hold Harmless’ & ‘Indemnity’ Agreements Explained

Specifically, we address the following questions: What is an indemnity clause?, What kinds of indemnity clauses exist in Wisconsin?, Is indemnity insurance required?, What is an ‘indemnity’ agreement?, What is a ‘hold harmless’ clause?, What is a ‘hold harmless’ agreement? , What is the difference between a hold harmless and indemnity agreement?  

July 7, 2021