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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 Sangamon County 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 Sangamon County Divorce & Family Law, Estate Planning, Probate & Estate Administration, Civil Litigation, Guardianship, Corporate & Contract Law, DUI & Criminal Law and all other Springfield legal matters.

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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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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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Sangamon 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 Sangamon County Bankruptcy Attorneys at our nearest location to schedule a free consultation.

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

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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.

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

Our attorneys work as a team to provide comprehensive has experience in:
  • We Give You Counsel From Expert Attorneys, Not Info-Tapes!  Our Sangamon County bankruptcy attorneys will work with you from beginning to end.  We understand that you don't fit in a mold, don't rely on info-tapes and will be your trusted advocates.  Our goal is to develop relationships with our clients that last long after your bankruptcy case has ended.
  • We Are Cost-Effective!  We understand that considering bankruptcy  means you are in a position where you're already surrounded by debt and financially strained.  We are proud to offer affordable rates that allow our clients to have peace of mind while having their financial matters met. ​
  • We Have a Wide Network of Resources to Help!  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 advisors and local professionals to creative a comprehensive solution that suits your needs.

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O'Flaherty Law of Springfield

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.
springfield@oflaherty-law.com

901 S. 2nd St., Ste. 102

Springfield, IL 62704

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 Bankruptcy Attorneys

Sangamon County bankruptcy attorney, Kevin O'Flaherty, explains everything you need to know about the Chapter 7 Bankruptcy process.

Preparing For Bankruptcy

Our Sangamon County bankruptcy attorneys in this article discuss the steps required to prepare your bankruptcy petition.  Before filing, you are required to complete an online credit counseling course. These are usually relatively short and the expense is nominal.  Our Sangamon County Bankruptcy and debt resolution attorneys will work with you to help you provide us with information regarding your assets, liabilities, income and expenses. After a meeting with the creditors, your case will be heard in the appropriate court where your bankruptcy will then be discharged.

Read the full article by our Sangamon County bankruptcy attorneys regarding preparation for bankruptcy.  

In this video, Sangamon County bankruptcy attorney Kevin O'Flaherty of O'Flaherty Law talks about some of the advantages of both chapter 7 and chapter 13 bankruptcy and how they can apply to your specific needs.

What Can You Keep After a Bankruptcy in Sangamon County?

In most cases, our clients can file for bankruptcy without losing any assets including home and vehicles.  If your vehicle or home is held as collateral, you will most likely have the option to sign a reaffirmation agreement.  This reaffirms the loan without discharging it in the bankruptcy process.  The debt secured by your vehicle or home will not be taken out in the bankruptcy and you will be able to keep your most valuable assets when you are done if this is the case. Keeping your home or vehicle often depends on how much equity you have in each piece asset. For example, the equity in a property is determined by the most current resale value minus the principle balance of any loans secured by the property. If you do file for the bankruptcy, the trustee will seek collection of your assets to fulfill your debts. The Bankruptcy Code states that a portion of equity in particular types of property can be exempt from collection. These exceptions on the property you decide to keep in order to avoid the trustee collecting them on your behalf. For example:

  • You are allowed to keep $2,400.00 of equity in your vehicles ($4,800.00 for a married couple filing jointly)
  • You are allowed to keep $15,000.00 of equity in your primary residence ($30,000.00 for a married couple filing jointly); 
  • There is a $4,000.00 wildcard exemption that you can apply to any property of your choice ($8,000.00 for a married couple). 

Read an article from our Sangamon County bankruptcy attorneys about keeping your property in bankruptcy.

In this video, Sangamon County bankruptcy lawyer Kevin O'Flaherty gives an overview of the Illinois Chapter 13 bankruptcy process.

Sangamon County Chapter 13 Bankruptcies

Our Sangamon County Chapter 13 bankruptcy attorneys want to be informed about your debt resolution options. In the following Learn About Law article, we take a closer look at the Chapter 13 bankruptcy process in Illinois and help you know whether or not a Chapter 13 filing can work for your specific matter.

Read the full article by our Sangamon County bankruptcy attorneys explaining the Chapter 13 bankruptcy process.

Further Reading from our Sangamon 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