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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 Lisle divorce attorneys provide affordable, skilled and client-focused service in the areas of divorce, child custody, child support, maintenance/alimony, and legal separation. We will work as a team to be your aggressive advocates while ensuring that your divorce is handled efficiently and cost effectively while staunchly defending your rights to the fullest extent of the law.

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Probate & Estate Administration

Our Lisle probate attorneys are here to help if you are the executor or administrator of your loved one's estate. We focus on making the probate process as smooth, painless, and affordable as possible, so you can spend your time focusing on what matters: your family.

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Guardianship Law

Our Lisle guardianship attorneys offer affordable rates, accessibility, and peace of mind to assist you in every detail regarding your guardianship matter. We have experience in both contested and uncontested guardianship proceedings and ensure your case receives the dedication and attention it deserves.

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Litigation & Dispute Resolution

We have Lisle litigation attorneys who have a wide range of experience in civil and commercial litigation matters, and we represent both plaintiffs or defendants in federal or state cases and even handle cases outside of Illinois. From the beginning of a dispute, we prepare long-term efficient strategies while focusing on achieving a favorable resolution for our clients.

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DUI, Criminal & Traffic Defense

If you are facing a DUI, Traffic or Criminal charge our Lisle DUI, Traffic & Criminal attorneys will aggressively defend your rights while keeping your interests first. Other attorneys pay more attention to the money of their clients thant the clients themselves. While being more interested in getting paid, they pressure their clients to take plea deals than in vigorously defending their clients. We do things differently at O'flaherty Law, our attorneys truly care about our clients’ well-being. Our DuPage criminal defense attorneys will only educate you on plea deals and advise you to accept them when they are only truly in your best interest. We are serious and aggressive defense attorneys that fight for you and are your trusted advisers, ready to fight for you!

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Business, Corporate & Contract Law

Our Lisle business attorneys have the experience and passion for small business to give you the edge over your competition. Our focus on small business and entrepreneurs allows our Lisle attorneys to advise our business owner clients on both legal and strategic matters. With affordable fees and above-and-beyond client service, we will be your resource for all of your legal needs.

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Our Lisle immigration lawyers will use their experience to be your advocates while maintaining accessibility and affordability. At O'Flaherty Law, we will be your advocates and fight for your rights to ensure you and your family stay together and become naturalized citizens or remain in the country.

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Our Lisle Real Estate attorneys promise to provide the excellent service necessary to take your real estate purchase from contract to closing smoothly. Let us be your advocates in providing you above and beyond client service.

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Bankruptcy & Debt Resolution

If your debt is piling up and you want a fresh start, our Lisle bankruptcy attorneys are here to help. Call us so we can help you to determine whether bankruptcy is the best option for you. ​With affordable rates and above-and-beyond client service, we will assess your financial situation and educate you regarding your options. Whether we assist you with debt negotiation or a Chapter 7, Chapter 13, or Chapter 11 Bankruptcy, we will ensure that your case is handled smoothly, so that you can focus on beginning your new life with a clean slate.

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Lisle Estate Planning 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 Lisle Estate Planning Attorneys at our nearest location to schedule a free consultation.

O'Flaherty Law of Downers Grove

5002 Main St., Ste. 201

Downers Grove, IL 60515

(630) 324-6666

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Why O'Flaherty Law of Downers Grove?

Why O'Flaherty Law of Downers Grove?

Why O'Flaherty Law of Downers Grove?

Top 3 Qualities to Look for in Your Attorney


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.


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.


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.

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 Lisle Estate Planning Attorneys provide excellent service in the following areas of law:

Our attorneys work as a team to provide comprehensive has experience in:
  • ​We Go Above-And-Beyond!   Our Lisle estate planning attorneys have earned a reputation in the community for providing amazing service to our clients.   Many of our clients have taken the time to leave us glowing reviews.  Thanks to the overwhelmingly positively response from clients we have assisted, we received Avvo Client's Choice Award for Estate Planning in 2016.   We have an A+ Rating with the Better Business Bureau, and have never received a BBB complaint.  We truly care about our clients and "wowing" them with our above-and-beyond service.  
  • We Are Affordable!  We invite a price comparison to other attorneys in the area.  Our firm grew up in a lean economy.  Despite our excellent client service and depth of experience that is second-to-none, our efficiency allows our Lisle estate planning & Administration attorneys to provide affordable estate planning documents to all of our clients, well below the prices of other attorneys.  If you find a more cost-effective estate planning solution, we would like to hear about it. 
  • We Know Our Stuff!   Our Lisle estate planning attorneys are truly experienced.  We can help with estate tax avoidancecreditor avoidancespecial needs planning, and medicaid planning.   ​​Unlike some estate planning attorneys who simply sell forms, we provide in depth counsel, flexibility in drafting, education, and advice.  We are great at what we do!
  • We are Comprehensive!  Our team of Lisle Estate Planning& Adminstration attorneys have collective experience in nearly every area of law.  Establish a trusted lifelong relationship with our firm and you will never have to look elsewhere for an attorney, regardless of the legal issues that arise.  We are your friendly community law firm, and we look forward to becoming YOUR family's attorney.   

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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 Downers Grove

5002 Main St., Ste. 201

Downers Grove, IL 60515

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 Lisle Estate Planning Attorneys

In this video, Lisle estate planning attorney Kevin O'Flaherty of O'Flaherty Law explains the 8 goals of a good estate plan.

In this video, Lisle estate planning attorney Kevin O'Flaherty of O'Flaherty Law explains the 8 goals of a good estate plan.

5 Typical Documents In An Estate Plan

Having a great estate plan isn't beyond your reach. Our Lisle estate planning attorneys are experienced, affordable, and ready to eliminate your estate planning worries and develop a comprehensive plan tailored to YOUR needs.

  • Revocable Living Trust:   A Revocable Living Trust ensures that your estate can be administered immediately upon your death without the need for a probate estate, which can cost 5% to 10% of the value of your estate in attorney fees, will take over a year before your loved ones can access your assets, and will be stressful and difficult for your executor.  Like a will, your trust will provide for the distribution of your assets and will appoint a fiduciary to administer your estate.    
  • Pour-Over Will: A pour-over will creates a document to name guardians for your minor children.  It also provides that, if for some reason probate becomes necessary, the wishes stated in your trust will control your probate estate.  
  • Healthcare Power of Attorney:  A Healthcare Power of Attorney enables you to name loved ones to make healthcare and major life decisions on your behalf should you become mentally incompetent. 
  • Financial Power of Attorney: A Financial Power of Attorney allows you to name loved ones to take financial and legal actions on your behalf in the event off mental incompetence.  If you become mentally incompetent from disease, illness, or old age, and you have both a Healtchare Power of Attorney and a Financial Power of Attorney, a costly, stressful, and time-consuming guardianship proceeding will not be necessary in order for your loved ones to take action on your behalf.
  • Living Will:  A living will is an end-of-life instruction document in which you can state your wishes regarding termination of life support in the event that you are in an irreversible coma, which can relieve the emotional burden on your family members. 

Read an article by our Lisle estate planning attorneys about the elements of a typical estate plan. 

Lisle estate planning lawyer, Kevin O'Flaherty, discusses how to use Revocable Living Trusts to avoid the necessity for costly probate cases.

What Can A Revocable Living Trust Do For My Family?

A revocable living trust can accomplish several goals:

  • Allows your estate to avoid a costly and time-consuming probate case. Illinois law generally requires a probate case to be opened if you pass away owning any real estate (including your home or condo) outside of a trust or more than $100,000.00 of non-real estate assets outside of a trust or outside of payable on death accounts with living beneficiaries.  In this situation, your estate will go through probate even if you have a will.    
  • Ensures that the right people inherit your assets. With either a will or a trust, our Lisle estate planning attorneys can help you ensure that your property and assets go quickly and smoothly to the right people when you pass.  Our Lisle estate planning attorneys will help you specify who will receive specific pieces of tangible property, like heirlooms, jewelry, or vehicles.  We will also work with you to plan for every contingency, so that even if intended beneficiaries predecease you, your estate plan will account for this possibility and will not have to be revised. 
  • Will give you long-term control over how assets are managed after you pass. Unlike a will, which directs assets to be distributed shortly after you pass upon the closure of your probate estate, your trust can maintain control of your assets for many years after you pass.   
  • Appointment of fiduciaries and minimizing the potential for disputes. Our Lisle trust attorneys can assist you in ensuring that you have friends and family members that you trust appointed to:
  1. Manage your assets on your behalf should you become mentally incompetent; 
  2. Manage your estate's assets for minor and young adult children until they reach ages of responsibility; 
  3. Distribute your personal property and remaining trust assets to the people you want to receive them. 

Naming trustees allows you to minimize potential disputes after you pass and determine who should be responsible for administering your estate.

Read an article from our Lisle estate planning attorneys on Wills & Trusts. 

Lisle estate planning lawyer, Kevin O'Flaherty, discusses how to use living wills in an estate plan to plan for end-of-life decisions.

Using A Living Will To Plan For End Of Life Decisions

A Living Will is an end-of-life instruction document.  If you go into an irreversible coma and your doctors believe that the only purpose for continued life support would be to keep you permanently in a vegetative state, a Living Will can instruct your doctors to terminate life support.  Living Wills allow you to make end-of-life decisions in advance, rather than leaving those decisions to your loved ones.  

Our clients tend to have living wills for two reasons:

  • Because they want to relieve the emotional burden on their loved ones by taking the decision to terminate life support out of their hands; or
  • Because they simply do not want to be left in an irreversible vegetative state either for physical reasons or to avoid draining their family's finances.  

‍An alternative to a Living Will is to state your end-of-life wishes in your Healthcare Power of Attorney.  This can relieve some of the emotional burden on your loved ones while still leaving the ultimate legal decision of whether to terminate life support in their hands.  

Whether to execute a living will is a very personal decision, and there is no right or wrong answer.  Our Lisle estate planning attorneys will help you weigh your options and guide you through your decision-making process. 

​Read an article from our Lisle estate planning attorneys about living wills. ​

Further Reading from our Lisle Estate Planning Attorneys

How Does Someone Refuse Inherited Property In Iowa?

This article will discuss: What is disclaimer?, Why might a person make a disclaimer?, When may a person make a disclaimer?, How does a person make a disclaimer?, What happens to the disclaimed interest in property?, Can a person disclaim an interest in jointly held property?, Can a person disclaim a power granted to them?, and Are there times a person is barred from disclaiming an interest?

Joseph Lyons

July 7, 2021

Changes To Illinois Trust Code | Illinois Trust Law 2021

This article discusses changes to the Illinois Trust Code. We will discuss the following topics:

  • Aspects to Consider When Creating a Trust
  • Illinois Trust Document Updates
  • Additional Exemption Amounts in Illinois Trusts

May 5, 2021

Iowa Wills and Trusts | Recent Updates to Iowa Wills and Trusts 2021

In this article, we discuss important questions surrounding wills and trusts in Iowa. We cover the following:

  • What If I Don’t Have A Will in Iowa?
  • Why Have A Will In Iowa?
  • What Are The Steps To Create A Will In Iowa?
  • Creating A Trust In Iowa
  • How Do You Create A Living Trust?
  • Iowa’s New Directed Trust Statue
  • Investment Trust Director In Iowa
  • Distribution Trust Director In Iowa
  • Trust Protectors In Iowa

Eugene Nassif

April 29, 2021