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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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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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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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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 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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O'Flaherty Law of St. Charles

1121 E. Main St., Ste. 124B

St. Charles, IL 60174

(331) 254-3033

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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


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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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.


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.

Our St. Charles Guardianship Attorneys provide excellent service in the following areas of law:

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  • We are Have the Expertise to Help You Succeed!  Kevin O'Flaherty was honored to be named of Suburban Life Magazine's Best Under 40.  We are the proud recipient of the Avvo Clients' Choice Award.   Let us put our skills to work for you.
  • We are Efficient and Cost-Effective!  We realize that no one plans to spend their money on a guardianship.  We work efficiently and cost-effectively to stay within your budget.
  • We Go Above and Beyond For You and Your Family!  Our St. Charles guardianship attorneys will take the time to educate you about your options and work with you to form a strategy that makes sense for you and your family. Check out these glowing reviews from our clients.

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O'Flaherty Law of St. Charles

1121 E. Main St., Ste. 124B

St. Charles, IL 60174

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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 Guardianship Attorneys

St. Charles guardianship attorney Kevin O'Flaherty explains the powers and duties of a guardianship of the estate in Illinois.

What are the Responsibilities of a Guardianship of the Estate?

In this article, our St. Charles guardianship attorneys explain the powers and duties of a guardian of the estate in Kane County. At the conclusion of a guardianship proceeding, the guardianship court may appoint a guardian to be responsible for the disabled adult's financial affairs, called a guardian of the estate.  The same person or a different person may be appointed as a guardian of the person for the disabled adult, responsible for the disabled adult's non-financial decisions.

Read the full article by our St. Charles guardianship lawyers explaining the responsibilities of a guardian of the estate in Kane County, Illinois.

St. Charles guardianship attorney Kevin O'Flaherty explains the role of a guardian ad litem in Saint Charles guardianship cases.

The Role of a Guardian Ad Litem in Kane County Guardianship Cases

In this article, our St. Charles guardianship lawyers explain the role of a guardian ad litem in St. Charles guardianship cases. A guardian ad litem is an attorney or other professional appointed by the court to represent the best interests of the disabled adult in a guardianship case. We explain how a guardian ad litem is appointed, how a guardian ad litem gathers information for his or her report to the court, and the contents of a guardian ad litem's report.

Read the full article by our St. Charles guardianship attorneys explaining guardians ad litem in Kane County guardianship cases.

St. Charles guardianship lawyer, Kevin O'Flaherty explains how to file a petition for adult guardianship.

How to File a Petition for Adult Guardianship in Kane County

In this article, our St. Charles guardianship attorneys explain how to file a petition for adult guardianship in Kane County.  We describe the information that you must include in the guardianship petition, how to obtain a physicians report, where to file the guardianship petition, and how to prepare and serve a summons for adult guardianship upon the respondent and other interested parties.

Read the full article by our St. Charles guardianship lawyers explaining how to file a petition for adult guardianship in Kane County.

Further Reading from our St. Charles Guardianship Attorneys

Serving As A Guardian For An Adult With Disabilities: Part Two

This article discusses the Basics of Guardianship for Incapacitated Adults. We will discuss the following topics:

  • Court preparation
  • Procedures in court

May 5, 2021

Recent Changes to Illinois Guardianship Law 2021

This article discusses recent changes to Illinois Guardianship Law, including the following topics:

  • Adult Protective Services Act
  • Testamentary Capacity for Persons with Disabilities
  • Temporary Guardians
  • Disposition of Remains Act
  • “Persons with Disabilities”

April 2, 2021

Iowa Guardianship Laws - Do I Need Guardianship of a Child To Enroll Them in School?

In this article, we discuss the importance of Iowa guardianship laws, particularly in consideration of enrolling children in school. There are certain laws around what a guardian can and cannot do, and in this article, we discuss a few of these questions, including:

  • Is guardianship a good idea? 
  • Are there any concerns I should have with getting a guardianship? 
  • Can an Iowa school force me to become a guardian prior to enrolling a child in school? 
  • Where can I enroll the child that I am a guardian of in school? 
  • Are there any other legal protections for children living with substitute parents? 
  • Are there any alternatives to gaining a guardianship? 

Eugene Nassif

April 2, 2021