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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 McHenry County attorneys have the experience to provide the results you need at an affordable rate. We are proud of our above-and-beyond service in Divorce & Family Law, Probate & Estate Administration, Estate Planning, Guardianship, DUI & Criminal Law, Business & Corporate Representation and more!

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Family Law & Divorce

Our McHenry County divorce lawyers and family law attorneys have the skill and experience to put you in the best position to succeed in your family law case. With excellent client service and cost-effective rates, we will be your advocate in your divorce, child custody, child support, spousal maintenance, paternity or adoption matter.

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Probate & Estate Administration

Our McHenry County probate attorneys have the skills and experience to put you in the best position to succeed in your contested probate matter and to handle your uncontested probate case in an efficient and cost-effective manner.

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Guardianship Law

Our McHenry County guardianship attorneys have the skill and experience to assist you with your contested guardianship litigation or your uncontested guardianship matter. If one of your loved ones is a disabled adult or if you are seeking to establish guardianship of a minor, put our cost-effective rates and friendly client service to work for you and your family.

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Estate Planning

Our McHenry County estate planning attorneys will put their skill and experience to work to tailor a custom estate plan to your family's individual goals at affordable rates. We will use revocable living trusts, wills, healthcare and financial powers of attorney, living wills, special needs trusts, and irrevocable trusts to ensure that your estate avoids probate and estate taxes when you pass, that your assets are properly distributed by people you trust, that a guardian is named for your minor children, and that you are taken care of if you become mentally incompetent.

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Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Our McHenry County civil litigation attorneys will be your aggressive advocate. We have the skill and experience to put you in the best position to succeed in your litigation case in an efficient and affordable manner.

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DUI, Criminal & Traffic Defense

Our McHenry County criminal defense attorneys have the expertise to put you in the best possible position to succeed in your DUI, criminal or traffic case. We will explore every possible avenue to protect your liberty and defend your case.

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Business, Corporate & Contract Law

Our McHenry County business attorneys and McHenry County corporate lawyers have the experience necessary to be your company's trusted counsel in an effective and affordable manner.

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Our McHenry County immigration attorneys will bring our experience, excellent client service, and affordable rates to bear in order to put you in the best position to succeed in your citizenship, green card, asylum, or deportation matter.

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Real Estate Law

Our McHenry County real estate attorneys will take your residential or commercial real estate purchase or sale from contract to closing smoothly and efficiently. With friendly client service and the experience to overcome any obstacles, we will ensure that your contract is fair to you and that your interests are protected.

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McHenry County Bankruptcy 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 McHenry County 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

Hours of Operation

9:00am - 7:00pm
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11:00am - 3:00pm
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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


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.

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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 McHenry County Bankruptcy Attorneys provide excellent service in the following areas of law:

Our attorneys work as a team to provide comprehensive has experience in:
  • Get Counsel From Experienced Attorneys, Not Info-Tapes!  Our  McHenry County bankruptcy attorneys will work with you from beginning to end, and we understand you don't fit in a mold. We won't rely on info-tapes and will be your trusted advocates to fulfill our goal of developing relationships with our clients that last long after your bankruptcy case has ended.
  • We Understand Your Debt! We are proud of our affordable rates because we understand that considering bankruptcy means you are in a position where you're already financially strained, so you can have the peace of mind while your debt is being handled.
  • We Have The Resources!  Once we assist you in getting a fresh new start, you may need help from other professionals. We are proud to offer a a large network of resources of bankers, loan officers, financial advisers and local professionals to creative a comprehensive solution that suits your needs.

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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

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 McHenry County Bankruptcy Attorneys

McHenry County bankruptcy lawyer Kevin O'Flaherty explains the Chapter 7 Bankruptcy process.

The Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Process Explained

In this article, our McHenry County bankruptcy attorneys explain the Chapter 7 bankruptcy process. In a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, your debts are discharged, rather than being renegotiated. Chapter 7 bankruptcies are appropriate for people with more than $10,000.00 of dischargeable debt and less than $15,000.00 in equity in their homes ($30,000.00 for a married couple).

Read the full article by our McHenry County bankruptcy lawyers explaining Chapter 7 bankruptcy.

McHenry County bankruptcy attorney Kevin O'Flaherty explains the difference between Chapter 7 Bankruptcy and Chapter 13 Bankruptcy.

What is the Difference Between a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy and a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy?

In this article, our McHenry County bankruptcy lawyers explain the difference between Chapter 7 bankruptcies and Chapter 13 bankruptcies. In a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, your non-exempt assets are collected by the bankruptcy trustee to pay your creditors.  If you do not have enough non-exempt assets to pay your creditors, the unpaid debts will be completely discharged.

If you have assets of value significantly more than the amounts that are exempt from collection by the trustee, if you have too large of an income to qualify for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, or if you have already received a Chapter 7 discharge in the past 8 years, a Chapter 13 bankruptcy, in which debts are renegotiated and paid over the course of 3 to 5 years, may be the best option for you.

Read the full article by our McHenry County bankruptcy lawyers explaining the difference between Chapter 7 bankruptcy and Chapter 13 bankruptcy in McHenry County.

In this video episode of Learn About Law, McHenry County bankruptcy attorney Kevin O'Flaherty explains the Chapter 13 bankruptcy process.

What Happens at a Meeting of Creditors During a McHenry County Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

In this article, our McHenry County bankruptcy attorneys explain what happens at a meeting of creditors in a Chapter 7 bankruptcy. After your bankruptcy petition and accompanying schedules showing your assets, liabilities, income, and expenses has been filed with the bankruptcy court, the next step is the First Meeting of Creditors. This is usually brief and painless, and creditors rarely show up. Typically the bankruptcy trustee will interview you for 5 to 10 minutes to ensure that bankruptcy is in your best interests and that no fraud is occurring.

Read the full article by our McHenry County bankrupty lawyers explaining the first meeting of creditors in McHenry County Chapter 7 bankruptcies.

Further Reading from our McHenry County Bankruptcy Attorneys

Iowa Bankruptcy Law Updates 2021 | Recent Changes to Iowa Bankruptcy Law

As of December 2020, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 (the “Act”) was enacted, which temporarily modified several sections of the Bankruptcy Code. In this article we discuss these recent changes to bankruptcy law including:  

  • Changes to Obtaining Credit 2021
  • Changes to the Deadline for Performance of Obligations 2021
  • Changes to Non-Residential Leases 2021
  • Changes to Utility Service 2021
  • Changes to Discriminatory Treatment Protections 2021
  • Changes to Property of the Estate 2021
  • Changes to Bankruptcy Preferences 2021

May 3, 2021

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and The Second Draw

In this article we will be reviewing the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and The Second Draw, and we answer the questions of:

  • What is the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)?
  • What Are the Eligible Expenses That the PPP Funds Can Be Applied to?
  • What Businesses Are Able to Apply for a PPP Loan?
  • What Provisions Has Congress Enacted for Very Small and Minority Businesses?
  • What if I received a PPP Loan from the Original Program, Can I Apply Again?
  • How Much Is a Business Able to Receive from a PPP Loan?
  • Are the Expenses Paid With PPP Funds Tax Deductible?
  • How Can My Business Apply For a PPP Loan?
  • How Soon Can Funds Be Received from an Approved PPP Loan?
  • What Are The Repayment Terms on The PPP Loans?

April 6, 2021

The CARES Act And Student Loan Relief

This article will discuss the CARES Act's current state and how it impacts student loan debt, and the potential for loan forgiveness. We will answer the following questions:


  • What is the CARES Act?
  • Which student loans are affected by the CARES Act?
  • What if the Department of Education does not own my loans?
  • What about income-based repayment plans and Public Service Loan Forgiveness?
  • Will the Biden administration push for student loan forgiveness?

Kevin O'Flaherty

March 31, 2021