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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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Our Tinley Park attorneys put the client first. With cost-effective rates, amazing client service, and a wide range of expertise, we provide comprehensive representation that you can rely on in the areas of Divorce & Family Law, Estate Planning, Probate & Estate Administration, Civil Litigation, Guardianship, Corporate & Contract Law, DUI & Criminal Law and more.

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Family Law & Divorce

Our Tinley Park divorce attorneys have experience in wide range of family law matters including divorce, child support, child custody, spousal maintenance, orders of protection, family mediation and adoption. The Tinley Park family law attorneys at O'Flaherty Law will aggressively fight for your rights and put you in the best position to succeed at an affordable rate.

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Our Tinley Park probate attorneys will guide you through every step of your probate and estate administration needs. We are proud of our expecrience, client-service and cost-effective rates.

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Our Tinley Park guardianship attorneys have the expertise to assist you in both contested and non-contested guardianships. We will make the process as smooth and cost-effective as possible so you can focus on your family.

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Our experienced Tinley Park estate planning attorneys guide you through the creation and implementation of your affordable will or trust, along with your powers of attorney and healthcare directives. At O'Flaherty Law, we work with trusted accountants and advisers to develop an overarching plan to accomplish your family’s financial goals. We will assist you in ensuring that your assets will be distributed according to your wishes, that a guardian named for your children, and that your estate avoids estate taxes and costly attorney fees and court costs from probate.

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Our Tinley Park criminal defense attorneys will vigorously fight for your rights, exploring every avenue to give you the best opportunity to succeed in your defense.

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Our Tinley Park immigration attorneys understand that staying in the United States is very important for you and your family, which means it is important to us. We want to be your advocate and assist you to reach goals. We are knowledgeable, cost-effective and are proud of our client communication. Our Tinley Park Immigration & Naturalization attorneys look forward to being a trusted advocate for you and your family.

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Tinley Park Civil Litigation Attorneys

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O'Flaherty Law of Tinley Park

​16557 Oak Park Ave., Ste. B

Tinley Park, IL 60477

(708) 894-3030
tinleypark@oflaherty-law.com​

Hours of Operation

Monday
9:00am - 6:00pm
Tuesday
9:00am - 6:00pm
Wednesday
9:00am - 6:00pm
Thursday
9:00am - 6:00pm
Friday
9:00am - 6:00pm
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed

Why O'Flaherty Law of Tinley Park?

Why O'Flaherty Law of Tinley Park?

Why O'Flaherty Law of Tinley Park?

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.

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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 Tinley Park 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 we 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. 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. 
  • 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. We work to quickly resolve issues at the earliest stages to 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 Tinley Park litigation attorneys have built up a strong reputation for the difficult cases we take on.  Whatever the complexity of your case, we are determined to provide the best client service.

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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 Tinley Park

​16557 Oak Park Ave., Ste. B

Tinley Park, IL 60477

tinleypark@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 Tinley Park Civil Litigation Attorneys

Tinley Park civil litigation attorney Kevin O'Flaherty of O'Flaherty Law discusses Motions For Summary Judgment in civil litigation.

Tinley Park civil litigation attorney Kevin O'Flaherty of O'Flaherty Law discusses Motions For Summary Judgment in civil litigation.

Motions for Summary Judgement in Civil Litigation

In this video, our Tinley Park civil litigation attorneys explain the Illinois appeals process. In civil litigation, the purpose of a trial is for either a jury or the judge to decide facts that are in dispute.  If the plaintiff's story differs from that of the defendant, the trier of fact (the judge or jury) must decide which story is more likely to be true, and rule in that party's favor.  

‍However, sometimes a trial is not necessary.  Parties file motions for summary judgment, requesting judgment in their favor without a trial, when either there is no dispute as to the material facts, or the other side cannot prove their claims or defenses.

‍Courts will grant a motion for summary judgment and enter judgment in favor of the party filing the motion when the party filing the motion can show that: (1) there is no dispute as to the material facts of the case; and (2) based on the undisputed facts, the party filing the motion is entitled to judgment as a matter of law.

In this Learn About Law podcast & videoblog, Tinley Park civil attorney Kevin O'Flaherty of O'Flaherty Law discusses the process for the written discovery phase of litigation

Inflection Points At Which Your Case Is Likely To Settle​

Our Tinley Park litigation attorney explain how the civil litigation process has many inflection points at which cases are likely to settle. In 95% of litigation cases, the parties will settle before trial. 

The following are the stages of civil litigation:

  1. Demand Letter: ​Before we file a litigation suit, our Tinley Park litigation attorneys issue a demand letter. This letter serves to inform the recipient that you have an attorney and are prepared to further the case. An aggressive letter presented on attorney's letterhead will often settle the case or at least open up negotiations. 
  2. Filing and Service Upon The Defendant of a Complaint and Summons: ​While demand letters are often effective, some defendants may see the demand letter as an empty threat. If there is no response to the demand letter, we will discuss whether we should pursue the case in court. To initiate the court process, we file a complaint with the court.  The complaint is served upon the defendant along with a summons that requires a defendant to appear in court at a specific date. Some defendants settle at this point to avoid paying for legal representation. Filing a complaint is not extremely costly and can put the defendant in the position to assess how willing they are to fight this case financially and legally in the court system. 
  3. Pre-Trial Settlement Conference or Mediation at the Completion of Written Discovery: Once the defendant responds to the complaint, the next stage of litigation requires each side to issue written discovery. Written discovery is a set of questions and requests for provision of documents that both sides are required to answer. Once the discovery phase is complete, the parties have a clear understanding of their chances of success at trial. A settlement conference is normally requested where each side speaks to the judge, the judge attempts to settle the case.  There is a high probability that the case will resolve after the judge assists with settlement.
  4. After Depositions: ​If, at the end of the written discovery process, the parties still are unable to settle, the next step is taking depositions of each party's key witnesses. Depositions are interviews that are conducted under oath and on record. After depositions are taken, everyone's cards are on the table. This a time where parties have the opportunity to settle before trial.
  5. Immediately Prior to Trial: Once depositions are taken, a trial date is set.  If a case gets to this point, it will often be resolved in a last second conference between parties and attorneys on the day of the trial. Cases may even settle after the presentation of evidence but before the judge's ruling. This is done in efforts to avoid getting an all-or-nothing ruling.

Tinley Park civil litigation attorney Kevin O'Flaherty of O'Flaherty Law discusses motions to dismiss in Cook County litigation.

Motions to Dismiss in Civil Litigation Explained

In this video, our Tinley Park civil litigation attorneys explain the factors of dismissing both 2615 and 2619 motions to dismiss. The first step of every litigation case is filing a Complaint. This Complaint states 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 seeking to be paid by the defendant. 

The defendant then is faced with two choices once the Complaint has been served:

(1) He or she can admit or deny each allegation listed in the Complaint and raise defenses by filing an Answer to the Complaint; or

(2) 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.

Further Reading from our Tinley Park Civil Litigation Attorneys

12 Issues You Can Sue Your Landlord For in Indiana

This article addresses various issues that may arise in your rental property that would constitute you to sue your landlord. The below questions give an overview of Indiana landlord-tenant law, and what a tenant’s and landlord’s responsibilities are in a rental property.  

Renee Babcoke

October 21, 2021

The Updated Illinois Eviction Moratorium and the US Supreme Court’s Overturning of the CDC Moratorium

Landlords no longer have to wait until a tenant poses a threat to health and safety or to property before filing an eviction action as of August 1, 2021, and the Illinois Supreme Court has updated its ruling, albeit with more red tape.

Kevin C. Cruz

October 19, 2021

What is Considered Community Property In Wisconsin?

Wisconsin is a community property state. What that means is that in the event of a divorce the court can divide martial property 50/50 between divorcing spouses.  

Heather Jones

October 5, 2021