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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 Saint Charles Lawyer have the skill and experience necessary to put you in the best position to succeed, regardless of your legal issue. We provide cost-effective and comprehensive representation in Divorce & Family Law, Estate Planning, Probate, Civil Litigation Guardianship, Corporate Law, DUI & Criminal Law, and more.

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Family Law & Divorce

Our St. Charles family law and divorce attorneys have the experience necessary to help you with your legal matter in a timely and cost-effective manner. Our above-and-beyond client service ensures you get the attention you need.

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Probate & Estate Administration

Our friendly Saint Charles probate attorneys have the expertise to make your family's probate or estate administration process as smooth and cost-effective as possible.

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Guardianship Law

Our St. Charles guardianship attorneys have the skill and expertise to effectively and affordably assist you in your guardianship proceeding. Our Saint Charles Guardianship attorneys have experience in all types of Guardianship matters including contested guardianship, guardianship litigation, adult guardianship and guardianship of minor children. Contact us for a free guardianship consultation in Saint Charles.

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Estate Planning

Our St. Charles estate planning attorneys will take the time to learn about your family's situation and educate you on what you can accomplish with revocable living trusts, wills and powers of attorney. We will ensure that when you pass your assets will be properly distributed to your loved ones without the need for a costly and time-consuming probate case. Our Saint Charles estate planning lawyers will assist you in appointing agents to act on your behalf if you become mentally incompetent, avoiding the need for a guardianship proceeding. We can also assist you in minimizing estate tax, protecting your assets from creditors, and special needs planning.

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Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Our St. Charles litigation attorneys have the expertise to achieve an efficient and favorable resolution in your case in a cost-effective manner.

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Business, Corporate & Contract Law

Our Saint Charles business attorneys are friendly, experienced and cost-effictive. We look forward to becoming your comprehensive trusted advisor.

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Immigration

Our Illinois immigration attorneys will fight for your right to stay in the country for your family, for your job, and for your life.

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Real Estate Law

Our friendly St. Charles real estate attorneys have the expertise to take your residential real estate purchase or sale from contract to close smoothly and effectively.

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Bankruptcy & Debt Resolution

At O’Flaherty Law, we understand filing for bankruptcy is a tough decision, and one that will affect your finances, which is why we’re proud of our affordable rates. You’re sure to find experienced attorneys who can help you with your debt resolution and bankruptcy needs. Let us lift the weight from your shoulders and be your advocates so you can start getting your finances back on track.

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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 St. Charles Criminal Defense Attorneys at our nearest location to schedule a free consultation.

O'Flaherty Law of St. Charles

1121 E. Main St., Ste. 124B

St. Charles, IL 60174

(331) 254-3033
saintcharles@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 St. Charles?

Why O'Flaherty Law of St. Charles?

Why O'Flaherty Law of St. Charles?

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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  • Our Attorneys Have Skill and Expertise! Whether your faced with traffic, criminal, DUI or other related offenses,you need an expert representation on your side. Our Saint Charles criminal defense attorneys are ready to explore every avenue that is available to your under the law to protect your freedom. We ensure that you don't feel helpless and defenseless against the legal system. Our owner Kevin O'Flaherty was named one of Suburban Magazine's Best Under 40. In 2016, we've received the Avvo Client's Choice Award. We also hold an A+ Rating with the Better Business Bureau, and we are lead counsel rated attorneys. The thing that is just as important to us is what our past clients have had to say about us. We want to add you to a list of our growing satisfied client base.
  • We Are Affordable!  We ensure that we do our due diligence by keeping our rates as low as possible by utilizing every means and knowledge of the law at our disposal. The lower our rates,the more we can keep representing clients and show people our excellent service. One way we can do this in some areas is by offering flat fees if it's appropriate for your case. 
  • We Are Accessible and Provide Above-And-Beyond Client Service! It seems that many other attorneys can be hard to reach and get an update on your case. After hours they are often times unreachable and when they are on the clock, they aren't effectively communicating the progress of the case with the client. We're here to make you rethink that notion. In fact, Kevin O'Flaherty's cell is on at all times of the day to be ready to field your emergency call. We respond to your calls and emails promptly in order to keep you in the loop with your case. We understand how important your case is to you, and it is important to us that you are satisfied by our service.

You Don't Have to Leave Your Home For Your Legal Consultation

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 St. Charles

1121 E. Main St., Ste. 124B

St. Charles, IL 60174

saintcharles@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 St. Charles Criminal Defense Attorneys

Saint Charles defense attorney Kevin O'Flaherty explains what rights you have if you are arrested in Kane County.

Saint Charles defense attorney Kevin O'Flaherty explains what rights you have if you are arrested in Kane County.

We Defend Against License Suspension

In this article our Saint Charles criminal attorneys discuss the various ways your license can be suspended along with the length of time each specific suspension could last. You have a right to a hearing for your driving privileges and some questions to expect are:

  • Did the officer have probable cause to pull you over?
  • Was a proper arrest made? 
  • Did you receive the proper legally required statutory summary suspension warnings? 
  • Did you actually fail the breathalyzer?

The O’Flaherty Law team will make sure you are well informed on all of your options and provide aggressive defense strategies to defend your rights

Read more about the DUI law from our Saint Charles criminal defense attorneys.

Saint Charles criminal defense lawyer Kevin O'Flaherty discusses what you need to know if you're pulled over for a DUI.

Illinois DUI Laws Explained

Our Saint Charles criminal attorneys explain different ways your license can be suspended when faced with a DUI. 

  • The the length of time each specific suspension will last.  
  • Refusing a breathalyzer for your first DUI will result in an automatic one-year suspension.  
  • A breathalyzer reading a BAC higher than .08 will also result in an automatic license suspension, but this suspension will last 6 months. 

You are still entitled to a hearing even if your license is suspended.  If you fail to file a Petition for Hearing within 90 days of your arrest, your right to a hearing will be waived.  Within 30 days of the filing date you will receive a hearing. 

The O’Flaherty Law team will make sure you are well informed on all of your options.

Read more about the DUI law from our Saint Charles criminal defense lawyers.

For this video of Learn About Law, Saint Charles criminal defense lawyer Kevin O'Flaherty explains Stalking No Contact Orders.

What Is An Aggravated DUI In Illinois?

When faced with a DUI, there are important points you need to know.  If you receive a DUI, it's possible the charges can be reduced or dismissed and if the court doesn't allow this supervision can enable you to keep your license and keep a conviction off your record. To receive this you will have to take any classes that the court requests.  

After a second DUI, circumstances become more difficult and you lose any eligibility for court supervision and the revocation of your license is a certainty.  Charges escalate if you're a repeat offender and it's crucial to know that receiving a third DUI is considered a felony in the state of Illinois. 

Read more about the about the Illinois DUI laws from our Saint Charles criminal and traffic defense attorneys.

Further Reading from our St. Charles Criminal Defense Attorneys

Iowa’s Constitutional Carry Law Sees Big Changes Starting July 1st

In this article, we discuss what these changes mean and how you can obtain a firearm under the new laws. We cover the following questions:  

  • Changes to Iowa Constitutional Carry Law
  • What Do I Need to Purchase A Firearm in Iowa?
  • Do I Still Need a Permit For A Concealed Carry in Iowa?

Kevin O'Flaherty

July 1, 2021

Illinois State Police To Conduct Roadside Safety Checks

In this article, we outline what you need to be aware of during these safety checks including seat belts and child restraints, speeding, driving under the influence, and distracted driving.  

Kevin O'Flaherty

June 25, 2021

Can I Get In Trouble With Immigration For Marijuana? | Illinois Immigration Laws

With Marijuana/Cannabis legalization, a lot of very exciting business and personal opportunities are opening up for the State residents that can get into these new business opportunities. However, a word of caution for immigrant populations: the use and possession of Cannabis is still banned at the federal level. As such, noncitizens should be extra careful when it comes to Cannabis. This article will focus on the following:

  • What are the immigration consequences of using cannabis?
  • What are the immigration consequences of investing in cannabis if I am already a legal permanent resident (LPR)?
  • Can I be deported for using cannabis?
  • Can I get an E-2 or E-5 visa if I want to invest in Cannabis?

April 15, 2021