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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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Estate Planning

Our Lisle estate planning attorneys provide affordable, comprehensive, and experienced representation. We educate and learn goals of a good estate plan, and which estate planning documents could be appropriate for you. With budget-friendly flat fees that are a fraction of what other attorneys offer along with above-and-beyond client service, our Lisle estate planning attorneys will prepare for you a rock solid estate plan that eliminates the worry that things you want won't happen after you pass.

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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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Immigration

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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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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O'Flaherty Law of Downers Grove

5002 Main St., Ste. 201

Downers Grove, IL 60515

(630) 324-6666
info@oflaherty-law.com

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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

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.

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

Our attorneys work as a team to provide comprehensive has experience in:
  • We Get the Job Done!  Our skilled Lisle real estate attorneys will communicate with you, your realtor, your lender, and the other party's attorney to make sure that your real estate purchase or sale closes smoothly and on time.  
  • We Go Above And Beyond For Our Clients!    Our Lisle real estate lawyers have built a reputation in the community for providing above-and-beyond client service.  Many of our clients have been so thrilled with our service that they have taken the time to leave us glowing reviews.   Due to the overwhelmingly positive response from our satisfied clients, we received the Avvo Client's Choice Award for 2016.   We have an A+ Rating with the Better Business Bureau and have never received a BBB complaint.  Because of his work in the community, Kevin O'Flaherty was a recipient of Suburban Life Magazine's Best Under 40 Award.  We look forward to "wowing" you and your family with our communication, accessibility and excellent service. 
  • Establish a Lifelong Relationship!  Once our Lisle real estate attorneys earn your trust our excellent service, you will never again have to look for another attorney.  We provide comprehensive service in nearly every area of law.  We are able to do this because we have a team of attorneys with different areas of experience that take a collaborative team approach to assisting our clients.   Whether you need estate planningbusiness representation, bankruptcy assistance, or dispute resolution and litigation, we are here to 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 Downers Grove

5002 Main St., Ste. 201

Downers Grove, IL 60515

info@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 Lisle Real Estate Attorneys

Lisle County real estate attorney Kevin O'Flaherty discusses the 5 things you need to look out for in real estate contracts.

Lisle County real estate attorney Kevin O'Flaherty discusses the 5 things you need to look out for in real estate contracts.

What to Look Out For in Residential Real Estate Contracts

In this article by our Lisle real estate attorneys, they discuss, after signing a residential real estate contract, you will typically have 5 business days to review it with your attorney and make any changes that your attorney recommends.  Our Lisle real estate attorneys will work through your contract with you paragraph by paragraph to ensure that it places you in the best possible position.  However, 5 clauses in the contract stand out as particularly important for you to understand:

  1. Purchase Price and Earnest Money:  It goes without saying that it is important for the purchase price to be listed correctly.  However, there may also be closing cost credits that factor into the ultimate purchase price.  There are many parties involved in a real estate transaction, including your title company, your lender, attorneys, and governmental entities to whom taxes and fees are paid.  At closing, the seller's attorney will present a ledger called a "settlement statement" showing all of the money that is changing hands between all of these parties
  2. Fixtures and Personal Property Included in the Transaction:  The form real estate contract used by most realtors includes a paragraph with a series of check-boxes for fixtures and other property, such as appliances or chandeliers, that will be included in the purchase price.
  3. Mortgage Contingency:  If your contract is contingent on the purchaser obtaining a mortgage, it is important that you understand the portion of the contract relating to the mortgage contingency and that its terms are correct.  The mortgage contingency paragraph will lay out the terms of mortgage that the purchaser must be able to obtain in order to be bound by the contract
  4. Tax Prorations: When you purchase real estate, you will be responsible for the entire property tax bill for the entire year in which the transaction occurred, even though you likely have only owned the property for a portion of that year. 
  5. ‍The typical real estate contract used by realtors contains several clauses that will only be effective if initialed by both sides, which are used for special circumstances.

Read the entire article by our Lisle real estate attorneys

In this video, Naperville real estate attorney Kevin O'Flaherty discusses reasons to hire an attorney for your real estate matter.

Our Lisle Real Estate Attorneys Will Prepare For A Smooth And Timely Closing

Our Lisle real estate attorneys prioritize taking your case from contract to closing in a smooth and timely manner.  The seller's attorney in a real estate closing has handles many tasks to prepare the deal to close.  Here are some of the most important items on our Lisle real estate lawyers' checklist when representing the seller:  

  • Disclosures: Our Lisle real estate attorneys will prepare and provide the buyer with disclosures from the seller regarding radon hazards, lead-based paint, hazardous mold, and other structural defects, which must be noted in the Illinois Residential Real Property Disclosure Report.  
  • Title Commitment: Our Lisle real estate lawyers will work as an agent of a title insurance company to review the title record for the property to ensure that there are no defects in the seller's ability to transfer title to the buyer.  We will arrange for the issuance of a title insurance policy, which will insure against any issues that are not found at this time in the title record.  
  • Survey: Our Lisle real estate attorneys will order a survey and provide it to the buyer, so that the buyer can review the metes and bounds of the property being purchased as well as any easements on the property. 
  • Pay-off Letter: Our real estate attorneys will work with your lender in order to obtain a pay-off letter, which shows exactly how much must be paid by the title company to the lender at closing in order to remove the existing mortgage from the property. 
  • Letters from Homeowners or Condominium Associations (If Applicable):  Our Lisle real estate attorneys will work with your homeowners association or condominium association to provide the buyer with letters showing that there are no unpaid assessments,  that any right of first refusal to purchase the property held by the association is waived, and that the association's common areas are properly insured.  
  • Municipal Letters: If your village or township requires a municipal inspection prior to the sale of your property, our Lisle real estate lawyers will arrange for the inspection and obtain a letter from the municipality stating that the inspection has been completed and that all utility bills have been previously paid by you. 
  • Tax Proration:  Our Lisle real estate attorneys will review the previous year's tax bill in order to calculate the amount of the tax proration that must be credited to the buyer at closing in order to account for your share of the current year's tax bill.  You can learn more about tax prorations in this article by our Lisle real estate lawyers: The Top 5 Things to Look Out For in Your Residential Real Estate Contract.  
  • Closing Documents:  Prior to closing, our real estate attorneys will prepare the following documents to be executed at the closing table:
  1. The Deed, which transfers title to the buyer. 
  2. Affidavit of Title, in which the seller testifies regarding any known defects in her title to the property. 
  3. Bill of Sale, which is a receipt showing that the seller has received payment for the property.
  4. ALTA Statement, which is a sworn statement regarding any known encumbrances to the property, such as mechanic's liens and judgment liens. 
  5. Transfer Tax Forms, which are filed with the assessor's office to show the amount paid by the buyer for the property, for the purpose of calculating transfer tax. 
  6. Settlement Statement, which shows all of the money and credits changing hands between the buyer, seller, attorneys, realtors, lenders, and municipalities in the transaction.

Our Lisle attorneys have the skill, experience, and client-focus necessary to ensure that any obstacles to your transaction closing smoothly are either prevented or resolved efficiently and effectively. 

In this video, Naperville real estate lawyer Kevin O'Flaherty explains the attorney modification process for residential real estate contracts.

Further Reading from our Lisle Real Estate Attorneys

What Is Title Insurance And Why Do I Need It? | Iowa Real Estate Law

In this article, we explain the basics about title insurance, including:

  • What is Title and Title Insurance?
  • What types of things does Title Insurance cover?
  • What is a Lender’s Policy
  • What is an Owner’s Policy
  • How do I get Title Insurance and how much does it cost?

July 9, 2021

What To Expect When Selling A Home In Illinois

This article discusses what to expect when selling residential real estate in Illinois. We will cover the following topics:

  • Selecting a lawyer
  • Listing your home
  • Receiving and accepting an offer
  • Home inspection and negotiations
  • Clearing title
  • Documents at closing
  • Surviving the transaction

April 27, 2021

Evictions in Iowa – 3-Day Notice

In this article we discuss all there is to know about the 3-day notice in Iowa and how to respond, including:

  • 3-Day Notice
  • Eviction Process in Iowa
  • General Defenses to Eviction in Iowa
  • Defenses to Failure to Pay Rent in Iowa

April 21, 2021