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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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O'Flaherty Law of Peoria

4600 N. Brandywine Dr., Ste. 200A

Peoria, IL 61614

(309) 512-0066
peoria@oflaherty-law.com

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Why O'Flaherty Law of Peoria?

Why O'Flaherty Law of Peoria?

Why O'Flaherty Law of Peoria?

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 Peoria County Family Law Attorneys provide excellent service in the following areas of law:

Our attorneys work as a team to provide comprehensive has experience in:

Our Peoria County Divorce Attorneys are Proven Advocates!  Our Peoria County divorce lawyers put your matter in the best possible position to succeed:

We are Cost-Effective! Our Peoria County divorce lawyers work efficiently and cost-effectively to make your legal matter as affordable as possible.  We are proud of our rates and value we bring to our clients. 

Our Peoria County divorce & family law Attorneys Provide Comprehensive Representation! Because our attorneys collaborate to bring together their different areas of experience, we provide you with knowledgeable representation in nearly every area of law.   If your case requires a wider range of knowledge than family law, our broad experience can put you in an advantageous position. 

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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.

O'Flaherty Law of Peoria

4600 N. Brandywine Dr., Ste. 200A

Peoria, IL 61614

peoria@oflaherty-law.com

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Check Out Articles and Videos from our Peoria County Family Law Attorneys

Peoria County divorce attorney Kevin O'Flaherty explains spousal maintenance.

Peoria County divorce attorney Kevin O'Flaherty explains spousal maintenance.

Maintenance Awards in Peoria County Divorce Cases

In this article our Peoria divorce lawyers explain the points of emphasis considered by the
courts when determining whether spousal maintenance, also known as alimony, is appropriate.  Maintenance can be paid in
different ways, such as paying by continuing payments on a temporary or
permanent basis, or paid through a lump sum.


The goal for divorce courts is to put the parties involved
in a situation where the standard of living for both parties is as close as possible to the standard of living during the marriage.  The courts consider factors such as the
earning capacity of each spouse, the duration of the marriage, and any type of
sacrifices one spouse made during the marriage for the other spouse’s career or
business. 

 Read the full article by our Peoria County family law attorneys regarding factors courts consider in determining maintenance. 

Peoria County Divorce Attorney, Kevin O'Flaherty, explains collaborative divorce and cooperative divorce as alternatives to traditional divorce.

Comparing Collaborative Law Divorce & Cooperative Divorce in Peoria County

In this article, Illinois family law attorney Kevin O'Flaherty explains some alternatives to traditional divorce. Using both
Collaborative Law Divorce and Cooperative Divorce, parties involved work together to freely share information and negotiate the terms of a marital settlement agreement outside of court.  Collaborative
Divorce means that attorneys from both parties must withdraw if the negotiation
process is unsuccessful and litigation is necessary. In a Cooperative Divorce, that attorneys that represented the parties in the Cooperative Divorce can continue to represent the parties if the parties are unable to come to an agreement outside of court and litigation becomes necessary.  Collaborative Law
Divorce and Cooperative Divorce are both efficient options to make the divorce
process less stressful and less expensive. Our Illinois divorce lawyers explain the pros and cons of each, and in which situation traditional divorce may be a better option.

Read the full article by our Peoria County divorce attorneys on Collaborative Divorce and Cooperative Divorce. 

Peoria County Divorce Attorney, Kevin O'Flaherty, explains the the recent changes to Peoria County divorce laws

Recent Changes to Peoria County Divorce Laws

In this article, our Illinois family law attorneys explain some recent changes to divorce law in Illinois. In 2016 the Illinois Marriage and Defense of Marriage Act (the "IMDMA") saw several changes.  The intent of these changes was to reduce the likelihood of disputes and to bring the language of the Act in line with the modern realities and understanding of marriage, divorce, and parenting.  

Irreconcilable differences will now be the only grounds for divorce in Illinois.  Previously, parties could list irreconcilable differences or one of the several specific statutory grounds when filing for a divorce.  However, irreconcilable differences used to require a time of living separate and apart than specific grounds (2 years).  Now, the time of living separate and apart is 6 months and can be waived if both parties agree.  

Read the entire article by our Peoria County Divorce Attorneys

Further Reading from our Peoria County Family Law Attorneys

Parental Responsibility Laws in Iowa

Parents and legal guardians could face potential liability for a minor’s conduct in Iowa.

November 11, 2021

Does Adultery Affect Alimony and Divorce in Wisconsin?

Wisconsin is a “no-fault” divorce state. What no-fault means is that in order to obtain a divorce you simply have to let the court know that the marriage is irretrievably broken and you no longer want to be married. Adultery is certainly a reason to get a divorce but it is not a factor the court considers when granting a divorce or when ordering alimony.

Heather Jones

November 10, 2021

Iowa Divorce – Serving and Answering the Divorce Petition

If you have come across this article it is likely that you are considering filing or are ready to file a petition for divorce in Iowa. Naturally there are a lot of questions to be answered, like how do I serve my Iowa petition for divorce? You serve your petition for divorce either personally, by mail or by publication. As you will see later in the article, personal service is the best and is recommended. A lot of people also ask if they are required to file an answer to a divorce petition in Iowa.

Heather Jones

November 4, 2021