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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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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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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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​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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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.

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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

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Open
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9:00am - 7:00pm
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9:00am - 7:00pm
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9:00am - 7:00pm
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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 Family Law Attorneys provide excellent service in the following areas of law:

Our attorneys work as a team to provide comprehensive has experience in:
  • We Work Hard for You!  Our Lake in the Hills Divorce & Family Law Attorneys are experienced advocates for our clients, and we will do everything in our power to get the best result possible for you. We were honored to be named one of 2016's 10 Best Attorneys for Client Satisfaction, by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys and to be the recipient of the 2016 Avvo Client's Choice Award for Divorce. 
  • We Keep the Cost Low!  Legal fees can be intimidating and frustrating. We understand that and have worked hard to make our processes efficient in order to minimize cost to the client. We have your best interest in mind while managing expenses. 
  • We Build Great Relationships!  Not only do we have family law and divorce attorneys ready to provide their professional services to your case, but we also have many attorneys that focus on nearly every area of law. We work together to provide comprehensive legal services when your cases may overlap. We strive to be a source of great legal advise for many of your needs.
  • We are there for You When You Need It!  When it comes to legal matters, we understand that emergencies may arise at an instant. This is why we have our phones forwarded to Kevin O'Flaherty's cell phone after hours to ensure that you have peace of mind both day and night.
  • We Care about Your Case!  When you succeed, we succeed.  That's why we care so much about your case being taken care of from the very start. When you pay for legal service, you deserve the personalized attention and respect. We want you to leave happy and come back for future legal services.

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O'Flaherty Law of Lake in the Hills

8411 Pyott Rd., Ste. 107

​Lake in the Hills, IL 60156

lakeinthehills@oflaherty-law.com

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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 Family Law Attorneys

Lake in the Hills divorce attorney Kevin O'Flaherty discusses Dissipation & Contribution

Lake in the Hills divorce attorney Kevin O'Flaherty discusses Dissipation & Contribution

Changes to Illinois Divorce Laws

Our Lake in the Hills divorce & family law attorneys discuss the new divorce laws that became effective in 2016. These laws were passed in an attempt to reduce the potential for disputes and update for the modern day parenting life. We have provided a summary of the section of the articles below that are the most important changes that may affect you and your case.

Grounds for Divorce

In the past, there were 11 grounds for divorce in Illinois. These included irreconcilable differences, adultery, impotence, or habitual drunkenness. During the waiting period, couples were required to live apart depending on the grounds. Now the only ground for divorce is irreconcilable differences and the waiting period is shorter.

Custody and Visitation Rights

Instead of referring to parents as custodial or non-custodial and assigning visitation rights, the divorce court now has adopted the term allocation of parenting time and responsibility. 

Relocation of a Parent

The custodial parent in the past was permitted to relocate without court order, but leave of court was still required to move out state. 

Read the entire article by our Lake in the Hills divorce & family law attorneys.

Lake in the Hills divorce attorney Kevin O'Flaherty describes the changes to Illinois child support laws that will go into effect on July 1, 2017

Changes To Child Support Laws 2017

In this article our Lake in the Hills divorce attorneys discuss the new laws that took effect on July 1, 2017.These changes to Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act reform the calculation of child support in Illinois.

The divorce court now uses economic tables to determine base figure necessary to care for the child of the separating couple. These tables will take into account many factors such as combined income of the parents, cost of living based on locality, and the number of children of the parents.

‍But when situations arise where there is shared parenting, the support may be calculated differently. When this situation arises, each parent has the child for at least 146 nights a year. Also, while there is this shared parenting situation the child support will be multiplied by 1.5. This means the total amount allocated to child support will be increase for both parents. The relative income of each parent is not the only factor to be divided. Time is also considered in the court to determine how much time is given to each parent. The more time that is spent with the child will reduce the obligation of the child support allotment.  

Read the entire article by our Lake in the Hills divorce & family law attorneys.

Lake in the Hills divorce attorney Kevin O'Flaherty explains the divorce process in Illinois

The Divorce Process

In this article, our Lake in the Hills divorce attorneys explain the divorce process:

  1. Petition for Dissolution of Marriage - The first step in initiating the divorce proceeding, one of the spouses must file a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage. The purpose of this petition to establish ​the proper venue, explain background regarding their marriage, assets and income, children, and requests that the court decide the issues of child custody and support, division of property, spousal support & maintenance. This petition is personally served upon the other spouse along with a Summons requiring the respondent to appear at the initial court date.
  2. Response - Once the respondent receives this petition, the respondent files a Response that states his or her positions on the issues addressed in the petition.
  3. Discovery - The next step is to exchange documents and information that discloses income, assets, and liabilities through each party's respective attorney.
  4. Settlement Negotiations - Once the parties review these documents and information, the lawyers will attempt to resolve a lot of these issues through negotiations. If a successful settlement can be achieved, both parties would be able to save significantly on legal fees that would be spent going to trial. However, if there remains issues regarding the divorce after the efforts to settle, the parties may choose to undergo a mediation or pre-trial settlement conference wherein a third-party attorney mediator or judge will attempt to solve any lingering issues.
  5. Marital Settlement Agreement & Joint Parenting Agreement - If settlement is successful, the next step  is to sign a Martial Settlement Agreement. This agreement resolves financial issues upon. If children are involved, Joint Parenting Agreements may be reached which resolves custody and visitation issues. These files are to be filed with the court and a final hearing will be held that allows the court to approve the Marital Settlement Agreement and/or Joint Parenting Agreement. The judge then issues an Order of Dissolution which dissolves the marriages and begins the agreements that the parties have agreed to.
  6. Trial - On the other hand, if negotiations fail, parties will not be able to enter into a Marital Settlement Agreement or Join Parenting Agreement and a trial will be mandatory. The court will then be forced to decide on the disputed issues before making issuing the Order of Dissolution.

Read more by our Lake in the Hills divorce attorneys about Petitions for Dissolution of Marriage.

Further Reading from our Lake in the Hills Family Law Attorneys

Recent Changes to Indiana Divorce Laws 2021

As of August, 2021, a review of the Indiana 2021 legislative session doesn’t show any major changes to Indiana divorce law.  This article will help you learn about some changes to related laws that have occurred in the past two years, however, and about how to get divorced in Indiana in 2021.

Renee Babcoke

September 16, 2021

Five Rules to Know When Parental Rights are Terminated in Indiana

Termination of parental rights in Indiana can happen in two main ways.  Parental rights may be relinquished by the parent(s) when they consent to adoption of a child or they can be voluntarily or involuntarily terminated when the Indiana Department of Child Services (“DCS”) institutes a Termination of Parental Rights action.

Renee Babcoke

September 10, 2021

Legal Separation Vs. Divorce In Wisconsin: Which One Is Right For Me?

Oftentimes an individual who is considering getting a divorce in Wisconsin also looks at legal separation as possibility. Furthermore, there appears to be some confusion as to what being legally separated really is. Most people don’t even realize that it is a legal process and just move out of the martial home, considering themselves to be “separated,” which is also known as a “de facto separation.”

Heather Jones

September 9, 2021