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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 friendly Lake in the Hills attorneys have the experience to put you in the best position to succeed. We take a team approach, providing excellent client service at an affordable price in Divorce & Family Law, Estate Planning, Probate & Estate Administration, Guardianship, DUI and Criminal Defense, Business and Corporate Law, and more.

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Family Law & Divorce

Our experienced Lake in the Hills divorce & family law attorneys and staff will be your aggressive advocates while working to keep your case efficient and affordable. We were named one of the 10 Best Attorneys for Client Satisfaction for 2016 by the American Institute of Family Law attorneys, and were also a recipient of the Avvo Client's Choice Award in 2016 for Divorce. We are accessible, client focused, and excellent at what we do, exercising every option under the law to protect your rights and achieve the most favorable possible outcome to your case.

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Probate & Estate Administration

​If you are the executor, trustee or administrator of a loved ones estate, our Lake in the Hills probate & guardianship attorneys are here to assist you. We are here to make sure that you don't have to deal with the stressful process of probate alone. We take pride in our client communication and excellent service at cost-effective rates.

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Guardianship Law

Our Lake in the Hills guardianship attorneys will help you achieve your guardianship goals. We have experience in both contested and uncontested guardianship proceedings and offer affordable rates, accessibility and the assurance your matter is in experienced hands and in the best position to succeed.

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Estate Planning

Because your estate planning documents are important for your family, they are important to our Lake in the Hills Estate Plannning & Administration attorneys. We take the time to educate your on how trusts, wills, and Powers of Attorney can save your family time and stress in the future. We want to make sure your precious belongings and assets are safe from the probate process and are able to be transferred quickly and easily. There is no better time to start planning for your family's future than now.

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Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Our experienced Lake in the Hills ​Litigation attorneys will be your advocate! We will aggressively protect your rights and fight on your behalf to achieve an efficient and cost-effective favorable outcome to your matter. Our knowledgable litigators have extensive experience in state and federal disputes involving commercial litigation, fraud, defamation, negligence, breach of contract, disputes between business partners, employment disputes, landlord/tenant disputes and evictions, construction law, and homeowners association disputes. Our goal is to settle your matter favorably as quickly and affordably as possible, so that you can move on with your life. Call us at (847)231-2102 or e-mail us at lakeinthehills@oflaherty-law.com​ to schedule a free consultation.

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DUI, Criminal & Traffic Defense

Few things are more important than your choice of attorney for defense of DUI, traffic, and criminal matters. Our Lake in the Hills DUI attorneys and Lake In The Hills criminal attorneys will fight to defend you, making sure that every legal option Is explored to provide you with the best available outcome under the law. Our Lake In The Hills DUI attorneys and Lake In The Hills criminal defense attorneys care and are accessible day and night. We will be there by your side to be your shield.

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Business, Corporate & Contract Law

Being a business owner himself, Kevin O'Flaherty understands the mindset of entrepreneurs and the hardships that come with owning a business. Kevin is an active member of the local business community, involved in several chambers of commerce and the Rotary club. Additionally, Kevin host a podcast for business owners where he discusses business strategies for successful entrepreneurs called SeizeYourBusiness.com. Kevin will take the time to personally council you on the complex matters that come with the business incorporation, contracts, asset purchase agreements, exit strategies, employees, and commercial disputes. He will provide you with the resources you need to accomplish your legal and non-legal business goals. Call us at (847) 231-2102 or e-mail us at lakeinthehills@oflaherty-law.com​ to schedule a free consultation.

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Immigration

Our Lake in the Hills Immigration & Naturalization attorneys understand that our country was built on immigrants. Keeping your family together in a land of opportunity is important to us. We are always happy to explain your legal options in your native language. We have experience with immigration law, visas, naturalization, green cards and asylum and take pride in our excellent service at cost-effective rates. We work hard to explore various options to give you the best chance of gaining citizenship or staying in the United States.

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Real Estate Law

​Our dedicated Lake in the Hills residential & commercial real estate attorneys and staff understand the importance of your home purchase or sale. That is why we are committed to giving you the attention that you deserve; communicating with you, your realtor, and your lender at every stage of the transaction. We want your transaction to go as smoothly as possible, we will get the job done.

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Lake in the Hills Bankruptcy Attorneys

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See below for our other locations. If our office locations are not convenient for you, we are happy to speak with you by phone.

Please contact our friendly Lake in the Hills Bankruptcy Attorneys at our nearest location to schedule a free consultation.

O'Flaherty Law of Lake in the Hills

8411 Pyott Rd., Ste. 107

​Lake in the Hills, IL 60156

(847) 231-2102
lakeinthehills@oflaherty-law.com

Hours of Operation

Monday
9:00am - 6:00pm
Tuesday
9:00am - 6:00pm
Wednesday
9:00am - 6:00pm
Thursday
9:00am - 6:00pm
Friday
9:00am - 6:00pm
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed

Why O'Flaherty Law of Lake in the Hills?

Why O'Flaherty Law of Lake in the Hills?

Why O'Flaherty Law of Lake in the Hills?

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 Lake in the Hills 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, Not Info-Tapes!  We are your community law firm, not a bankruptcy mill.  Many bankruptcy attorneys will not meet their clients for the first time until near the end of the case, at the first meeting of creditors.  Our friendly Lake in the Hills bankruptcy & debt resolution lawyers are happy to be your guide and answer any questions you may have from your free initial consultation until you have started your new life with a clean state. 
  • We Are Economical! We understand that if you are speaking to us about bankruptcy, the last thing you need are expensive legal fees.  We are proud of our affordable rates, which allow us to help more people in our community, and build lasting relationships that will persist long after your bankruptcy case is successfully closed. 
  • We Have a Wide Network of Resources to Help Get You Back on Your Feet!  Due to our deep involvement in the local community, we can help you get back on your feet in many more ways than simply performing legal work.  Our network of professionals can help you start your new life through credit counseling, financial advise, banking, leases, and vehicle purchases.  We are your resource hub and your advocate!

You Don't Have to Leave Your Home For Your Legal Consultation

In this video, attorney Kevin O'Flaherty describes ways you can receive legal services from the comfort of home.

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 Lake in the Hills

8411 Pyott Rd., Ste. 107

​Lake in the Hills, IL 60156

lakeinthehills@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 Lake in the Hills Bankruptcy Attorneys

In this Learn About Law podcast & videoblog, Lake in the Hills Bankruptcy & Debt Resolution attorney Kevin O'Flaherty of O'Flaherty Law discusses the Chapter 7 Bankruptcy process

In this Learn About Law podcast & videoblog, Lake in the Hills Bankruptcy & Debt Resolution attorney Kevin O'Flaherty of O'Flaherty Law discusses the Chapter 7 Bankruptcy process

Is Bankruptcy Right for Me?

Some people dealing with overwhelming debt may not realize that they have options along with filing for bankruptcy. Our Lake in the Hills attorneys are a team composed with attorneys with experience in most areas of law. Because of this unlike other bankruptcy firms, we will not try to fit you into a standard solution, we craft a solution just for you.

If Bankruptcy is not the right solution for you, we will consider other option, including debt renegotiation, business dissolution or creative asset transfers and personal planning solutions. 

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

Our Experienced Lake in the Hills Bankruptcy Attorneys Can Help You Keep Your Home And Your Vehicles When Filing For Bankruptcy

For the most part, our clients are able to file for bankruptcy without having to lose any of their assets. This may include your home and vehicles.  In the event that your vehicle or home is collateral for a loan, similar to a mortgage, you will most likely have the option to sign a reaffirmation agreement. This will reaffirm the loan without discharging it in the bankruptcy process. The debit secured by your vehicle or home will not be taken out in the bankruptcy. In addition, you will be able to keep your most valuable assets when you are done if this is the case.

To keep your home or vehicle, it is imperative that your equity in the property fall into certain exemption amounts. The equity of a property is determined by the current resale value subtracted by the amount of any secured by the property. $15,000.00 ($30,000.00 for a married couple filing jointly; $2,400.00 of equity in vehicles ($4,800.00 for a married couple); and $4,000.00 ($8,000.00 for a married couple) can be kept in the equity of your home that may be applied to any particular asset.

It is likely you will be permitted to keep any asset in bankruptcy as long as the amount of equity in your home or vehicle are within the amount of the applicable exemptions. It is important to note that not all exemption are cut and dry so it is imperative that you consult with out skilled Lake in the Hills bankruptcy lawyers to provide you with all the exemptions available to you.

  Learn More about how to keep your property in bankruptcy from our Lake in the Hills bankruptcy attorneys.

We explain the Chapter 13 #bankruptcy process, including: #CreditCounseling, filing your bankruptcy petition and schedules, filing your Chapter 13 repayment plan, the confirmation hearing, and discharge of #debt.

How Will Bankruptcy Affect My Credit Score?

We are often asked whether bankruptcy will destroy credit, unfortunately it will certainly affect your credit score. However, it is not the end of the world, your credit will begin to repair itself immediately after the bankruptcy process is completed. Most of the time this is better for your credit than continuing with debt and not allowing your credit score to heal.  Additionally, you will be qualified for prepaid credit cards, those will allow you to rebuild your credit score. In time the situation will get better, in two years you will be able to receive mortgages and various other loans. Ten years after filling, the bankruptcy will no longer be on your credit score.  

Further Reading from our Lake in the Hills Bankruptcy Attorneys

What Happens To My Cryptocurrency If I File For Bankruptcy?

Cryptocurrency has gone from a niche product to a large-scale consumer investment. Bitcoin, Etherium, Dogecoin, and other cryptocurrencies are increasingly popular. According to NASDAQ, about 46 million Americans own Bitcoin.  

Matt Hector

October 13, 2021

The Illinois Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Process Explained

In a Chapter 13 bankruptcy, the debtor pays off some or all of their debt through a 3-to-5-year payment plan.  This is different from a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, in which the debtor’s assets are collected and used to pay creditors, while any remaining debt is immediately discharged.

Mark Hitt

October 6, 2021

10 Suggestions from A Lawyer for Your Court Appearance

If you are getting ready for court and are wondering what you need for your court appearance, this article is intended to give you some general suggestions of how to get ready for court and how to behave in court. It’s important that you properly prepare for court because it will potentially have a significant impact on your life.

Heather Jones

September 30, 2021