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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 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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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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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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​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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O'Flaherty Law provides affordable rate for bankruptcy, but in no way are we a bankruptcy mill. Our Lake in the Hills bankruptcy & debt resolution attorneys take personalized care of your bankruptcy case and take time to go through the different opportunities you have. We also can answer any questions you have throughout this intimidating process. It is important you focus on your new start while we deal with the hard work of the bankruptcy. ​

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Lake in the Hills Civil Litigation Attorneys

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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.

Please contact our friendly Lake in the Hills Civil Litigation 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 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! We are no stranger to cost-efficiency. We make sure that we handle your case with your budget in mind. We make a point come with a strategy at the outset that will match your budget. We will give you an idea of what to expect throughout your case and won't surprise you with outrageous unforeseen costs. You will have a great idea of what costs to expect and when to expect them during the process.  We take pride in our ability to provide the best services in the most affordable manner with client-communication.
  • We Put Your Interests First!  Our measure of success is our long-term relationships we develop with our clients. In order to do this, it is in our interest to keep our clients leaving happy, not feeling like our attorneys let the case draw out for longer than necessary. We bring your case to a speedy resolution, so that you think about the value you received when you decide to refer us or come back again in the future. The fact is 95% of cases settle before trial.  This means we look toward achieving a favorable settlement as early as possible. The earlier the case settles, the more both parties save on attorney fees and court costs. This does not mean we won't use all of our power to defend your rights all the way to trial if it becomes necessary.  We are simply the tool in your hands to get the best result.
  • We Are Your Aggressive Advocate!  Our team of Lake in the Hills litigation attorneys has a reputation for taking on some of the most difficult cases. Some competitor attorneys may find these cases too difficult to take on. We maintain the resources that put us along with the elite. No case is too complex or too large for us to take on. We also take on smaller cases that can be solved with a demand letter.  We are your advocate to take on whatever size case.

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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 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 Civil Litigation Attorneys

In this Learn About Law Podcast & Law Blawg episode,Lake in the Hills Civil Litigation attorney Kevin O'Flaherty, explains Motions to Dismiss in Civil Litigation.

In this Learn About Law Podcast & Law Blawg episode,Lake in the Hills Civil Litigation attorney Kevin O'Flaherty, explains Motions to Dismiss in Civil Litigation.

How Will I Be Represented?

We start your case by setting reasonable expectations and goals. We are honest with the chances of success and the likelihood of court costs that will be down the road. 

‍We pride ourselves in our ability to speak in layman's terms. We take the time to communicate with you in a way you will understand rather than legalese. We are there every step along the way, making you fully comprehend the decisions that you will have to make throughout your matter. We work for you. We want to make sure you feel fully in charge of your litigation. 

We also have great client communication. We return phone calls promptly and will e-mail you if you are currently unavailable. We are even accessible after hours for emergencies on Kevin O'Flaherty's cell phone at (630)967-4697.  

Our goal is to make sure you leave our practice feeling like your case was properly handed by our trusted attorneys.  When you leave our practice happy, we know you are more likely to refer us or use us again. We are here to help you in your important legal matters and handle them in a timely fashion.

In this Learn About Law Podcast & Law Blawg episode, Lake in the Hills Civil Litigation attorney Kevin O'Flaherty, explains Motions for summary judgement in civil litigation.

Inflection Points At Which Your Case Is Likely To Settle​

There are certain steps your case will go through during the entire litigation process. The vast majority of cases will settle before trial. It is in the best interest for both parties to solve the case sooner rather than later. The less time you spend disputing the case, the less money you spend on attorney fees and legal fees. However, this never means that we will sacrifice a favorable outcome in order settle. But we always look for options to give you to resolve your matter.    The following is a list of the stages in a litigation case there are possible resolutions to your suit:

  1. Demand Letter: ​Before we begin filing the lawsuit, our Lake in the Hills litigation attorneys issue a demand letter. The purpose of this letter is to let the recipient know that you have an attorney ready to pursue the case. We are able to normally settle our cases at the demand letter stage. A well-written letter that cites case law on our letterhead often can open settlement negotiations. This stage of settlement is ideal for clients who have nominal amounts to spend on attorney fees but want to see results.
  2. Filing and Service Upon The Defendant of a Complaint and Summons: ​Demand letters generally work, but the defendant may see one as an empty threat. If the defendant becomes non-responsive to the demand letter, we begin discussing ways to further the case in court. Filing a complaint is the next step that initiates the lawsuit in the eyes of the court.  A summons and complaint are prepared and served upon the defendant by the sheriff. At this point, most defendants choose to settle in order to avoid seeking legal representation. This action is not terribly costly and can be used to have the defendant really assess how prepared they are financially and legally to fight this case in the court system. Settling at this stage will help both parties avoid getting into costly legal fees.
  3. Pre-Trial Settlement Conference or Mediation at the Completion of Written Discovery: Once the defendant responds to the complaint, the next stage of litigation requires each side to issue written discovery. Written discovery is a set of questions that both sides are required to answer as well as provide all requested documents. Once the discovery phase is complete, the parties have a clear visual of their chances of success if the case were to go to trial. A settlement conference is normally requested where each side speaks to the judge, the judge attempts to settle the case.   There is a high probability that the case will resolve after the judge assists with settlement.
  4. After Depositions: ​If at the end of the written discovery process, the parties still are unable to settle, the next step is taking depositions of each party's key witnesses. Depositions are official interviews that are conducted under oath and on record. After depositions are taken, everyone's cards are on the table. This a time where parties have the opportunity to settle before trial.
  5. Immediately Prior to Trial: Once depositions are taken, a trial date is set.  Few cases get to this point, and if they do they usually are able to be resolved in a last second conference between parties and attorneys on the day of the trial. Cases may even settle after the presentation of evidence but before the judge's ruling. This is done in efforts to avoid getting an all-or-nothing ruling.

Our Lake in the Hills litigation attorneys aim to resolve your dispute as early as possible. This will help you achieve the optimal results with the minimal amount of attorney expenses and court costs. If the offer does not come or is not favorable, then we will aggressively fight for your rights at trial. We truly care about your case and your satisfaction of the service your received. We strive for a long-term trusting relationship with our clients so that we may assist you in other legal matters in the future.​

In this Learn About Law Podcast & Law Blawg episode,Lake in the Hills CivilLitigation attorney Kevin O'Flaherty, discusses how motions to dismiss are used to end some civil disputes.

Motions to Dismiss in Civil Litigation Explained

The first step of every litigation case is filing a Complaint. This Complaint states the cause of action and outlines the civil law that has been violated by the Defendant. It also serves the purpose of outlining the damages that the Plaintiff is entitled to. 

‍The defendant then is faced with two choices once the Complaint has been served:

(1) He or she can admit or deny each allegation listed in the Complaint and raise defenses by filing an Answer to the Complaint; or

(2) He or she may file a Motion to Dismiss. This motion states that the Complaint is defective, or that there is some other affirmative matter that would require the case to be dismissed. 

Read more about Motions to Dismiss from Our Lake in the Hills litigation lawyers

Further Reading from our Lake in the Hills Civil Litigation Attorneys

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Wisconsin is a community property state. What that means is that in the event of a divorce the court can divide martial property 50/50 between divorcing spouses.  

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October 5, 2021

Illinois Eviction Moratorium Set to End on October 3rd, 2021

Earlier this month, the Governor’s office announced that Illinois’ own eviction moratorium would be extended to October 3, 2021, even as the US Supreme Court struck down the CDC moratorium.

Kevin C. Cruz

October 1, 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