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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.

Legal Services

Family Law & Divorce

Our skilled Sangamon County 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, child custody and support.

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Probate & Estate Administration

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

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Guardianship Law

Our Sangamon County 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 Sangamon County 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 Sangamon County 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 Sangamon County litigation attorneys aggressively protect your rights. They work hard to achieve an efficient and cost-effective favorable outcome to your matter. Our Sangamon County dispute resolution attorneys have extensive the 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.

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DUI, Criminal & Traffic Defense

At O'Flaherty Law, our Sangamon County 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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Business, Corporate & Contract Law

Our Sangamon County business attorneys have the experience to represent you whether you require assistance with incorporation, contracts, exit strategies, asset purchase agreements, commercial disputes or employees you will be given the best advice and resources to accomplish your legal and non-legal business needs. Our team of experienced Sangamon County business litigation attorneys will ensure your company and your rights are protected.

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Immigration

Our Sangamon County immigration attorneys know that remaining in the United States is very important for you and your family which means it is important to us. We will be your advocate and assist you to reach your immigration goals. We are knowledgeable, cost-effective and will defend your right to remain in the country.

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Bankruptcy & Debt Resolution

Our Sangamon County bankruptcy attorneys will help give you a clean slate through debt negotiation, 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 Sangamon County 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 and take care of all of your residential, commercial or 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.

Please contact our friendly Sangamon County Attorneys at our nearest location to schedule a free consultation.

O'Flaherty Law of Springfield

901 S. 2nd St., Ste. 102

Springfield, IL 62704

(217) 280-8275
springfield@oflaherty-law.com

Hours of Operation

Open
Monday
9:00am - 7:00pm
Tuesday
9:00am - 7:00pm
Wednesday
9:00am - 7:00pm
Thursday
9:00am - 7:00pm
Friday
9:00am - 7:00pm
By Appointment
Saturday
11:00am - 3:00pm
Sunday
11:00am - 2:00pm

Why O'Flaherty Law of Springfield?

Why O'Flaherty Law of Springfield?

Why O'Flaherty Law of Springfield?

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.

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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.

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We Are Great at What We Do!  ​Kevin O'Flaherty was honored to be named one of Suburban Life Magazine's Best Under 40.  As a firm, O'Flaherty Law was named one of the 10 Best Attorneys for Client Satisfaction for 2016 by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys.  Because we have received so much positive client feedback, we were also the recipient of the Avvo Clients' Choice Award for 2016 in the practice areas of both Chicago Divorce and Estate Planning.  We have an A+ rating with the better Business Bureau, and are proud to have never received a complaint.  Most importantly, many of our previous clients have thought highly enough of our above-and-beyond service to take time out of their busy schedules to leave us positive testimonials.  Our Chicago attorneys are the best at what they do, and we are proud of the good work that we perform as a firm for each of our clients. 

We Are Affordable!  We are proud of our affordable rates, which allow us to build long-term relationships with as many members of the community as possible.  For many legal matters, we offer budget-friendly flat fees.  If a flat fee is not feasible, our attorneys will work efficiently with an eye toward your budget.  From the outset of your case, we will set reasonable expectations for costs and outcomes, and continue to communicate with you at every stage of your matter, so that you will never be surprised by a legal bill.  We would rather charge less and have you rave to your friends and family about the amazing value that you received from our firm.We Are Client-Focused!  Legal skill and expertise should be a prerequisite for any attorney you are considering hiring.  What sets us apart is our above-and-beyond approach to client service.  We won't speak to you in legal ease; you will feel comfortable with our down-to-earth Chicago attorneys.  

We are accessible, available 24/7.  We promptly return all calls and e-mails and will affirmatively communicate with you and educate you at each stage of your case.  Finally, we are your trusted adviser.  We always act with the utmost integrity, and are always honest and realistic with our clients about the likelihood of and the steps necessary to accomplish their legal goals. 

We Are Comprehensive!  Unlike sole practitioners who are spread too thin, our team of skilled Chicago lawyers and staff is large enough to provide comprehensive service in nearly every practice area and provide our clients with the resources they need to achieve your goals.  However, we are not like expensive downtown firms that are too large to focus on client service.  We have found a sweet spot, allowing us to provide affordable, above-and-beyond customer service, while being a one-stop shop for our community's legal needs.  Once we earn your trust, you will never have to look for another attorney again, regardless of your legal matter.   ​

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In this video, attorney Kevin O'Flaherty describes ways you can receive legal services from the comfort of home.

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 Springfield

901 S. 2nd St., Ste. 102

Springfield, IL 62704

springfield@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 Sangamon County Attorneys

Sangamon County divorce attorney Kevin O'Flaherty explains how to file for Divorce in Sangamon County.

Sangamon County divorce attorney Kevin O'Flaherty explains how to file for Divorce in Sangamon County.

Sangamon County Family Law: How to File For Divorce in Sangamon County

Our Sangamon County lawyers explain the residency requirements in order to give Illinois jurisdiction over your divorce, the requirement of living separate and apart, how to initiate a divorce proceeding by filing a petition for dissolution of marriage, where to file your divorce petition, and the notice that must be served on your spouse once the divorce petition is filed. A divorce can be a complicated and emotional ordeal, but our Sangamon County attorneys are here to make it as seamless as possible.

Read the full article by our Sangamon County attorneys explaining how to file for divorce in Sangamon County.

Sangamon County estate planning attorney Kevin O'Flaherty explains what a good estate plan should contain.

Sangamon County Estate Planning: Estate Planning Explained

Our Sangamon County lawyers give an introduction to estate planning by explaining the difference between wills and trusts, and how both can be used together to accomplish your estate planning goals. We discuss how revocable living trusts can be used to ensure that your estate avoids probate when you pass. We also discuss how powers of attorney can prevent a guardianship proceeding in the event that you become mentally incompetent. Finally we discuss providing end of life instructions through a living will.

Read the full article by our Sangamon County attorneys explaining Sangamon County estate planning.

Sangamon County probate lawyer Kevin O'Flaherty explains the probate process in Sangamon County.

Sangamon County Probate: The Probate Process Explained

In this article, our Sangamon County attorneys explain the Illinois probate process including instances when probate is necessary, how to open a probate estate, and the various forms that must be filed along with the probate petition, we also discuss the notices that must be sent to heirs and creditors of the estate.

Read the full article by our Sangamon County lawyers explaining the Sangamon County probate process.

Further Reading from our Sangamon County Attorneys

What Are My Options When My Spouse Refuses to Turn Over Discovery in Illinois?

In this article we will be discussing What Are My Options When My Spouse Refuses to Turn Over Discovery and we will answer the questions of:  

  • What is the Discovery Process?
  • What is the Purpose of Discovery?
  • Can I Take Any Action if My Spouse Refuses to Comply With My Discovery Requests?
  • What is a Motion to Compel?
  • Can I Gather the Information Without Their Consent or Turnover?
  • How Long Does it Take to Have a Subpoena Answered?
  • Are Subpoenas Expensive?
  • Can My Spouse Be Responsible for the Extra Cost Associated with Discovery Due to Their Failure or Refusal to Comply?

Matthew K. Dorich

June 25, 2021

Why You Need a Second Opinion on Your Iowa Family Law Case

This may be a good time to consider getting a second opinion. In this article we discuss why you may need a second opinion on your family law case, including:

  • When Should I Seek a Second Opinion?
  • What Does a Second Opinion Entail?
  • Benefits of Getting a Second Opinion

Raven Adams

June 11, 2021

Who Can Sign the Birth Certificate in Iowa?

In this article we answer the question: Who can sign the birth certificate when a child is born in Iowa? Specifically, we address:

  • Who is Listed on a Birth Certificate in Iowa?
  • How to Establish Paternity in Iowa if Mother Was Unmarried
  • Surrogacy in Iowa & the Birth Certificate

Raven Adams

May 3, 2021