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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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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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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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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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Our Saint Charles criminal defense attorneys have the expertise and skill to be your aggressive advocate in a cost-effective manner.

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

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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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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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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 Family Law 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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  • Your Case Matters to Us!  We havethe man-power of a large firm, but the client service of a small firm.  Wetruly care about each of our clients and will give you the personalized servicethat you deserve in your family law case. We will fight to get you the best possible result, andbe the helping hand you need to start your new life. 
  • We Put Your Interests First!  Many litigation attorneys arecontent to let cases drag out and "bill the file."  We realizethat you are a person, not a file, and we want you to have a lifelongrelationship with our firm.  Our goal is not to make our firm money off ofyour case, but instead to have you walk away with the peace of mind you deserve.
  • We Are Affordable!  The last thing youneed when your back is against the wall is an expensive legal bill.  Weunderstand that you don't have money to blow on expensive legal fees.  Ifyou find a more cost-effective solution, we would like to hear about it. 
  • We are Excellent at What We Do!  Our Saint Charles Divorce & Family Law Attorneys were honored to be named one of 2016's10 Best Attorneys for Client Satisfaction, by the American Institute of FamilyLaw Attorneys and to be the recipient of the 2016 Avvo Client's Choice Awardfor Divorce. Our attorneys are experienced advocates for our clients, and wewill do everything in our power to get the best result possible for you.

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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 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 Family Law Attorneys

St. Charles divorce attorney Kevin O'Flaherty explains recent changes to Illinois family law.

St. Charles divorce attorney Kevin O'Flaherty explains recent changes to Illinois family law.

Recent Changes to Illinois Divorce Law

In this article, our Saint Charles family law attorneys explain recent changes to Illinois divorce laws. We explain the shift from "custody" and "visitation" to "allocation of parenting time and responsibility. We also explain changes to the law regarding parental relocation, which now places more emphasis on distance than crossing state lines.

Read the full article by our Saint Charles divorce lawyers expliaining recent changes to Illinois family law.

In this article, our St. Charles divorce lawyers explain how to file a petition for dissolution of marriage.

How to File a Petition for Divorce in Kane County

In this article, our Saint Charles family lawyers explain how to file a divorce petition. We explain the information that must be included in the petition; the issues that must be addressed, such as division of assets and liabilities, child custody, child support, and spousal maintenance. And how to properly serve the divorce petition upon the respondent.

Read the full article by our Saint Charles divorce lawyers explaining how to file a petition for dissolution for marriage.

St. Charles family law attorney Kevin O'Flaherty explains dissipation and contribution in Kane County divorces.

Dissipation and Contribution in Kane County Divorce

In this article, our Saint Charles divorce attorneys explain the concepts of "dissipation" and "contribution in Kane County divorce cases. We explain how the parties' assets are divided into marital property and non-marital property. "Dissipation" is the wrongful personal use of marital property. "Contribution" occurs when one of the parties contributes to the marital estate from non-marital assets.

Read the full article by our Saint Charles family law lawyers explaining dissipation and contribution in Kane County divorces.

Further Reading from our St. Charles Family Law 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