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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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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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Sangamon County Civil Litigation 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 Civil Litigation 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 Civil Litigation 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 know our clients appreciate cost-efficient service. That's why our Sangamon County Civil Litigation Attorneys strive to always keep your budget in mind throughout your case. We sit down with our clients to outline a strategy that will match your budget. We let you know of the separate parts of your case and how much to expect. This ensures that you aren't shocked by an outrageous bill that you didn't see coming. This kind of client awareness separates us from a lot of law firms. Our ability to communicate and provide cost-effective services are what we take pride in. 
  • We Put Your Interests First!  Every new client becomes a part of the O'Flaherty family. We appreciate our long-standing relationships with our clients. Your happiness is our happiness. We want you to keep us in mind the next time a legal matter arises in your life. To do this, we make sure you leave feeling like your case didn't drag out too long. We work to quickly resolve issues at the earliest stages so you think about the value you received next time you come back to us or refer us in the future. The majority of cases are resolved before trial. If we are able to settle before your case reaches trial, this will save you time and money. However, this does not mean we sacrifice any of the tools we will use to fight for your case. If trial does become necessary, we are well prepared to put you the best position to succeed.
  • We Are Your Aggressive Advocate!  We have a history of taking on difficult cases. Our Sangamon County litigation attorneys have built up a strong reputation for the difficult cases we take on. Other attorneys find some of the cases we've taken on too challenging. However, we have the resources of the bigger firms but are client-focused like small firms. Whatever size your case is, we are determined to provide the best client service.

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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 Civil Litigation Attorneys

In this video, Sangamon County litigation attorney Kevin O'Flaherty discusses breaches of contract matters and how they are litigated.

Breach of Contract Litigation in Sangamon County

In this article, we explain some of the remedies that can be used for breach of contract cases. Five remedies for breach of contract include:

  • Award of Damages
  • Restitution
  • Rescission
  • Reformation, and
  • Specific Performance

Awarding of damages is the most common remedy for breach of contract as compensation for losses as a result of breach of contract. The party who is injured by the breach is entitled to this benefit.

Read more from our Sangamon County litigation attorneys about breach of contract in Springfield.

In this video, Sangamon County attorney Kevin O'Flaherty, explains the written discovery phase of civil litigation.

Written Discovery in Sangamon County Litigation Matters

A Sangamon County litigation matter will enter multiple steps during the entire litigation process. In most cases, the parties will settle before trial. The less time spent in the courts typically means both parties will spend less on legal fees and court costs. However, during discovery, your attorney’s job is to literally discover how strong or weak your case is, and how to proceed from there.  In order to do that, your attorney has to do a considerable amount of research.  And, we’re not talking legal research here, I mean factual research. 

‍Your attorney has to uncover as much as he or she possibly can about you, your adversary, and the situation leading to you hiring an attorney to determine what course of action is best for you.  The vast majority of civil cases settle during this discovery phase because one side or other comes across facts that tell the attorney the client would be unlikely to win at trial.  So, how does this whole process begin?

Read more from our Sangamon County litigation attorneys on written discovery in Sangamon County litigation matters.

Sangamon County attorney, Kevin O'Flaherty, explains motions to dismiss in civil litigation.

Sangamon County Motions to Dismiss

The first step of every Sangamon County litigation case is filing a Complaint. This will state the cause of action and outlines the civil law that has been violated by the Defendant. It also serves the purpose of outlining the damages that the Plaintiff is entitled to. The defendant then is faced with two choices once the Complaint has been served:

  • He or she can admit or deny each allegation listed in the Complaint and raise defenses by filing an Answer to the Complaint; or
  • He or she may file a Motion to Dismiss. This motion states that the Complaint is defective, or that there is some other affirmative matter that would require the case to be dismissed. ​

Read more about Motions to Dismiss in Sangamon County from our Sangamon County litigation lawyers

Further Reading from our Sangamon County Civil Litigation Attorneys

Illinois Car Seat Laws

In this article, we discuss the various stages of the graduated child safety restraint system including:

  • Car Seat Requirements by Age
  • Car Seat Violations and Fines
  • Illinois Car Safety Tips
  • Assistance with Car Seats in Illinois  

May 3, 2021

Recent Changes to Orders of Protection and Domestic Violence Statutes | Illinois Domestic Abuse Law

In this article we will be discussing Orders of Protection in Illinois and the Changes to the Domestic Violence Statue. We will answer the questions of:

  • What Is an Order of Protection?
  • What is a Restraining Order?
  • What is the Difference Between an Order of Protection and a No Stalking/No Contact Order?
  • What is Required to Establish a Claim for an Order of Protection?
  • How Does One File for an Order of Protection?
  • Do I Need to Bring Anything with Me When I File My Petition For An Order of Protection?
  • How Long Does an Emergency Order of Protection Remain in Effect?
  • What if I am a Victim of Domestic Assault which Resulted in an Arrest?
  • How Long Does an Order of Protection Stay in Effect?
  • What Are the Effects of Having an Order of Protection Entered Against an Abuser?
  • Updates to Domestic Violence Statutes in 2021?

April 29, 2021

Can I Collect Unemployment in Iowa?

In this article we will discuss unemployment in Iowa, including:

  • Am I Eligible for Iowa Unemployment Benefits?
  • “Good Cause” for Quitting
  • When Can I Collect Unemployment in Iowa?
  • How to Collect Unemployment in Iowa

April 28, 2021