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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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DUI, Criminal & Traffic Defense

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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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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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
saintcharles@oflaherty-law.com

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Open
Monday
9:00am - 7:00pm
Tuesday
9:00am - 7:00pm
Wednesday
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Thursday
9:00am - 7:00pm
Friday
9:00am - 7:00pm
By Appointment
Saturday
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Sunday
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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

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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  • We Are Cost-Conscious And Cost-Effective!  Our goal is to earn you a cost-effective favorable resolution to your case. Before accruing any fees we allow you to make an educated decision with respect to the costs of each step in the dispute resolution & litigation process.  We work aggressively but efficiently to minimize the expense of each stage in the process.  
  • We Put Your Interests First!  We are prepared to aggressively pursue or defend or prosecute your case.  However, because 95% of cases settle before trial, we work with an eye toward a favorable settlement at all times.   It is in your best interest to have a speedy and favorable resolution to your case without expending significant attorneys fees, and, because we put your interests first, this is our goal.  
  • We Are Your Aggressive Advocate!  Our team of St. Charles civil litigation attorneys has made a name for ourselves representing the "little guy" against powerful corporations.  We have handled class action suits in Federal Court as well as appeals and multi-state litigation.  No case is too big, and we are prepared to take on and defeat powerful adversaries.     

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O'Flaherty Law of St. Charles

1121 E. Main St., Ste. 124B

St. Charles, IL 60174

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Check Out Articles and Videos from our St. Charles Civil Litigation Attorneys

St. Charles litigation lawyer Kevin O'Flaherty explains written discovery in Kane County civil litigation.

St. Charles litigation lawyer Kevin O'Flaherty explains written discovery in Kane County civil litigation.

Written Discovery in Kane County Civil Litigation

In this article, our St. Charles litigation attorneys explain the written discovery process in civil disputes. Early in a litigation case, each party generally sends a list of requests for information and documents to the other side.  These are known as interrogatories and requests for production of documents. If the requests are issued to a third party who is not a party to the case they are called subpoenas.  The parties may also request that one another admit or deny certain facts in order to narrow the issues for trial.

Read the full article by our St. Charles civil litigation attorneys explaining the written discovery process in St. Charles litigation.

St. Charles civil lawyer Kevin O'Flaherty explains motions for summary judgment in Kane County civil litigation.

Motions for Summary Judgment in Kane County Civil Disputes

In this article, our St. Charles civil litigation attorneys explain motions for summary judgment. The purpose of a trial is to have a jury or the judge decide which party's version of the facts is true. However, oftentimes, the parties don't disagree on the underlying facts, but instead on how the law should be applied to those facts. In these cases, a motion for summary judgment requests the court to rule on the matter without a trial by applying the law to the undisputed facts that are already in the record through affidavits, written discovery or depositions.

Read the full article by our St. Charles litigation lawyers explaining motions for summary judgment.

St. Charles civil attorney Kevin O'Flaherty explains contempt of court in litigation cases.

Contempt of Court in Kane County Civil Litigation

In this article, our St. Charles civil litigation lawyers explain contempt of court. In civil cases, judges will often order parties to take certain actions, such as personally appear in court or respond to written discovery by a certain date. If a party fails to comply with a court order, the other party may file a Petition for Rule to Show Cause, which asks the court to hold the other party in contempt. This usually will lead to a fine if the respondent fails to promptly comply with the court's order.

Read the full article by our St. Charles litigation attorneys explaining contempt of court in civil litigation.

Further Reading from our St. Charles 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