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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 Rockford attorneys offer cost-effective rates, amazing client service, and a wide range of expertise, and we always put our clients first. We provide comprehensive representation that you can rely on in the areas of Rockford Divorce & Family Law, Estate Planning, Probate & Estate Administration, Civil Litigation, Guardianship, Corporate & Contract Law, DUI & Criminal Law and all other legal matters.

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Family Law & Divorce

Our Rockford divorce & family law attorneys provide skilled and experienced legal representation so that you don't ever feel like you don't have anyone on your side. With aggressive representation, we will help you every step of the way and help your matter come to the best possible resolution.

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Family Law & Divorce

Our skilled Rockford divorce attorneys provide exceptional legal work, aggressive representation, and above-and-beyond client service at affordable rates. Our Springfield family law attorneys will provide you with experienced and affordable representation for any family law matter including divorce, maintenance awards, adoption, and child custody and support.

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Probate & Estate Administration

Probate matters can often be difficult and involve many elements. Our experienced Rockford probate attorneys will ensure your matter is handled quickly, efficiently, and affordably. Our estate administration team is familiar with all types of probate and trust administration matters. Ensure you have a team on your side that will give your matter the attention it deserves.

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Guardianship Law

Our Rockford 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

Our Rockford estate planning attorneys will help you with all of your estate and probate needs. We will personalize and implement your estate planning tailored to your needs. Our expert Rockford estate administration attorneys will draft and review all of your estate planning documents including revocable living trusts, wills and assist in estate tax planning, special needing planning, asset protection, and powers of attorneys.

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Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Our experienced Rockford litigation attorneys aggressively protect your rights. We work hard to achieve an efficient and cost-effective favorable dispute resolution for you. With extensive skill and expertise in 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 team is here to help.

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DUI, Criminal & Traffic Defense

At O'Flaherty Law, our Rockford criminal defense attorneys will vigorously fight for your rights exploring every avenue giving you the best opportunity to succeed in your traffic, DUI, or criminal legal matter. We know your matter is important to you, so let us be your legal shield to ensure your rights and freedoms are upheld with excellent defense strategies by our dedicated and experienced DUI, traffic, and criminal attorneys.

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Immigration

Our Rockford immigration attorneys know that remaining in the United States is very important for you and your family, making your deportation, asylum, or naturalization defense of utmost personal importance. We will be your empathetic advocate throughout your immigration matter. We are knowledgeable, cost-effective, and will defend your rights in the United States.

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Bankruptcy & Debt Resolution

Our Rockford bankruptcy attorneys will help give you a clean slate through debt negotiation and resolution, Chapter 7, Chapter 11, or Chapter 13 bankruptcy. Few things are more stressful than having debt pile up around you. Let us be your advocate and allow us to give you peace of mind.

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Real Estate Law

​Our experienced Rockford real estate attorneys know how important your real estate matter is. Whether you're buying or selling a home, business location, or have or need a mechanics lien matter taken care of, we can help. At O'Flaherty Law, we have the experience to give you and your matter the attention it deserves. We communicate with you, your realtor, and your lender at every stage of the transaction and ensure your real estate matter goes as smoothly as possible.

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O'Flaherty Law of Rockford

6785 Weaver Rd., Unit 2B

Rockford, IL 61114

(815) 883-6310
rockford@oflaherty-law.com

Hours of Operation

Monday
9:00am - 6:00pm
Tuesday
9:00am - 6:00pm
Wednesday
9:00am - 6:00pm
Thursday
9:00am - 6:00pm
Friday
9:00am - 6:00pm
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed

Why O'Flaherty Law of Rockford?

Why O'Flaherty Law of Rockford?

Why O'Flaherty Law of Rockford?

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 Rockford Business Attorneys provide excellent service in the following areas of law:

Our attorneys work as a team to provide comprehensive has experience in:
  • We Are Affordable!  We understand that the last thing your business needs are extensive legal fees.  Our Rockford business and corporate representation attorneys work hard to provide  affordable rates and ensure you will never be surprised by an expensive bill.   Our goal is to build long-term relationships with our clients and want them to feel confident allowing us to help them.   
  • We provide excellent customer service! Our Rockford business litigation attorneys take pride in providing expert legal guidance and council.  Some of our clients have taken the time out of their busy day to leave us glowing reviews.  Additionally, Kevin O’Flaherty was named as one of the Suburban Magazine’s Best Under 40 in 2015.
  • We are Comprehensive!  Our Rockford business attorneys have extensive knowledge in almost every area of the law.  We understand businesses often need other legal needs including estate planning, business litigation and dispute resolution, bankruptcy, debt negotiation, and real estate law. We ensure you never have to look anywhere else for a trusted attorney and help with the legal matters your business 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 Rockford

6785 Weaver Rd., Unit 2B

Rockford, IL 61114

rockford@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 Rockford Business Attorneys

In this video, Rockford business lawyer Kevin O'Flaherty explains the differences between corporations and LLCs.

In this video, Rockford business lawyer Kevin O'Flaherty explains the differences between corporations and LLCs.

Top Situations In Which You Should Consult Your Business Attorney

In this article, our Rockford business law team discusses buy-sell agreements for corporations and LLCs. We also answer common questions and discuss agreements that cover death or disability of the owner as well as the limitation that can be found in these agreements.

A buy-sell agreement is a contract between the owners of a business that allows its owners to remove themselves from ownership of the company. It also lays out who may be permitted or required to buy their shares, how they will be valued, and how the purchases will be funded.  

Buy-sell agreements can cover some or all of the following events:

  • Death of an owner; 
  • Disability of an owner; 
  • Voluntary termination of an owner’s ownership; 
  • Involuntary termination of an owner’s ownership with or without cause; 
  • Termination of an owner’s interest in the company if the owner files for bankruptcy; 
  • Termination of an owner’s interest in the company if the owner files for divorce; 
  • Termination of an owner’s employment with the company; and 
  • Retirement of an owner. 

Read more on Sangamon County buy-sell agreements from our Rockford business attorneys.

In this video, Rockford business lawyer Kevin O'Flaherty discusses how business value is determined for buy-sell agreements.

Determining the Value of a Rockford Business for Buy-Sell Agreements

Our Rockford business lawyers want you to know more about the value of your business in buy-sell agreements.

A buy-sell agreement enables business owners to plan how an owner and their business will separate due to an event such as the death or disability of an owner, a decision to terminate ownership through sale of stock, retirement, or the company’s decision to part ways with the owner with or without cause. For more information on how to use a buy-sell agreement if an owner is retiring, check out How to Use Buy-Sell Agreements to Plan for an Owner’s Retirement.

A well drafted buy-sell agreement should contain all of the following components:

  • What events will trigger an optional or mandatory sale of an owner’s ownership interests to the company or to the other owners?
  • When a triggering event occurs, how will the ownership interest be valued?
  • What will the terms of the purchase be and where will the money for the purchase come from?

Read more by our Rockford business attorneys on how to determine business value for buy-sell agreements.

In this video, Rockford business lawyer Kevin O'Flaherty explains minority shareholders rights.

Minority Shareholders Rights in Rockford Corporations and LLCs

Our Rockford corporate representation attorneys want you to know your rights as a minority shareholder.

In Rockford, a minority interest in a Corporation or LLC is a shareholder of a corporation or a member of LLC who does not control the operations of the business.  A minority shareholder is anyone who owns less than 50% of the shares of a company, and  does not have voting power over the company’s decisions.

What Special Rights and Remedies Do Minority Shareholders of Close Corporations and LLCs Have in Rockford? Read more in our article about these topics and more

  • Minority Shareholders’ Rights to Notice of Shareholder Meetings
  • Minority Shareholders’ Rights to Voting at Shareholder Meeting
  • Minority Shareholders’ Rights to Access the Business's Information
  • Breach of Fiduciary Duty  
  • Remedies for Oppression of Shareholders

Read more about minority shareholder rights by our Rockford business attorneys.

Further Reading from our Rockford Business Attorneys

Indiana Breach of Contract FAQ Answered By a Lawyer

Breach of contract in Indiana is the same as in most other states because most breach of contract cases are based upon the old English common law, rather than specific state statutes, which tend to vary by state.  There are some exceptions to this general rule.

Renee Babcoke

October 13, 2021

How To File A Wisconsin Mechanic’s Lien

In this article, we explain the basic steps in filing a Wisconsin Mechanics Lien

  • Who Is Allowed To File A Wisconsin Mechanic's Lien?  
  • Wisconsin Mechanic's Lien Waiver
  • How To File A Wisconsin Mechanics Lien
  • Wisconsin Mechanics Lien Preliminary Notice
  • What Information Do I Need To Include In A Wisconsin Mechanics Lien Claim?  
  • How Do I Enforce My Mechanics Lien?

Heather Jones

September 20, 2021

Is It Legal to Require the COVID-19 Vaccine at Work and in School?

The last year and a half has been incredibly challenging for everyone with the advent of the COVID-19-19 virus. Everyday there is new information and rigorous debate regarding the COVID-19-19 virus and how it should be handled. With the constantly shifting landscape of information, misinformation and personal, scientific, religious and political opinions, it can feel like we are taking one step forward and two steps back as we all try to stay healthy, safe and happy.  

Heather Jones

August 12, 2021