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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 Winnebago County attorneys offer 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 Winnebago County Divorce & Family Law, Estate Planning, Probate & Estate Administration, Civil Litigation, Guardianship, Corporate & Contract Law, DUI & Criminal Law and all other legal matters.

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Family Law & Divorce

At O'Flaherty Law, our experienced Winnebago County family law team provides remarkable client service and aggressive representation at affordable prices. We pride ourselves in giving you the best possible representation for all matters concerning family law, including divorce, child custody, child support, visitation rights, maintenance awards, and adoption.

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Guardianship Law

The main concern in any guardianship case is the happiness and wellbeing of minors who do not have the capability to care for themselves. Our Winnebago County guardianship legal team can help you and your loved ones affordably achieve your family goals in both contested and uncontested guardianships.

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Estate Planning

Our Winnebago Estate Planning attorneys are knowledgeable, cost effective, and above all friendly. You have worked hard to generate your assets; make sure they are properly distributed to the ones you love while at the same time avoiding a minimizing estate tax. Call us today so that we can inform you of all of your options and help you implement a plan for the future of your estate.

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Probate & Estate Administration

Dealing with loss takes a toll on you and your family. Our understanding Winnebago County probate attorneys are here to alleviate the stress that can come along with administrating your loved one's estate. We will guide you through the processes of estate administration to work towards putting this period of your life behind you as quickly and painlessly as possible.

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Our attorneys in Winnebago County will fight to protect your rights and provide aggressive litigation services for your case involving fraud, defamation, negligence, commercial litigation, breach of contract, disputes between business partners, employment disputes, landlord/tenant disputes and eviction, construction law, homeowners association disputes, and the list goes on. Know that by choosing O’Flaherty law you are getting the most cost-effective service in Winnebago country, and you will always be informed about the status of your case.

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DUI, Criminal & Traffic Defense

When facing charges such as these you need an aggressive advocate to defend you. That advocate is O’Flaherty Law! If you are facing tough DUI, drug, traffic, or any other criminal charges, it is crucial to pick a legal team with the experience and know-how to put you in the best possible position to have your charges dropped or reduced. At O’Flaherty Law of Winnebago County, we scrutinize every aspect of the law and pursue every option to ensure that you succeed in your criminal defense case.

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Business, Corporate & Contract Law

At O’Flaherty Law, we understand that you are very busy operating your own business. Let us handle all of your business’ legal needs, so you can focus on your business. We have budget-friendly rates, expertise, and empathy to assist your business. Call us today to schedule a consultation, at no cost to you, to discuss how O’Flaherty Law of Winnebago County can help your corporation or LLC.

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Immigration

The United States was founded on the hard work and strong values of immigrant communities. At O’Flaherty Law, we take great pride in ensuring that you and your family can become naturalized citizens or remain in the United States. Our Winnebago County immigration and naturalization lawyers will work tirelessly to guarantee that you will maintain your current way of life.

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Real Estate Law

You are in good hands when you entrust our Winnebago County real estate legal team with your matter. We have friendly, client-focused attorneys available to make sure every aspect of your investment goes smoothly, from the initial contract to the final closing.

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O'Flaherty Law of Rockford

6785 Weaver Rd., Unit 2B

Rockford, IL 61114

(815) 883-6310
info@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 Rockford?

Why O'Flaherty Law of Rockford?

Why O'Flaherty Law of Rockford?

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 Winnebago County Bankruptcy Attorneys provide excellent service in the following areas of law:

Our attorneys work as a team to provide comprehensive has experience in:
  • We Give You Counsel From Expert Attorneys, Not Info-Tapes! The attorneys at O'Flaherty Law pride themselves on providing personalized service to all of their clients. This means you won't be kept in the dark about the status of your case until the meeting with the trustee towards the end of the bankruptcy case, as is often the case with other attorneys. We care about our clients, and hope to advise you for any legal issues such as estate planning and home purchases, that may arise after your bankruptcy is complete.
  • We Are Affordable!  O’FlahertyLaw understands that expensive legal fees seem very intimidating whenconsidering your options for bankruptcy or debt negotiation.  We promise to put you in the best possible situationto succeed after your bankruptcy or debt negotiation hearing, while stilloffering very affordable rates.  If youcan find a more affordable debt solution, we would like to hear about it.
  • We Have a Wide Network of Resources to Help Get You Backon Your Feet!  Your bankruptcy or debt negotiation hearingis only the beginning of your new life. You will need a network of resources, not just an attorney.  O’Flaherty law has a network of resources suchas lenders, bankers, vehicle solutions, and credit repair solutions to get yournew life started the right way.

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Please contact our office to Schedule a Consultation.
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O'Flaherty Law of Rockford

6785 Weaver Rd., Unit 2B

Rockford, IL 61114

info@oflaherty-law.com

What to Expect From a Consultation

The purpose of a 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 Winnebago County Bankruptcy Attorneys

In this video, Winnebago County bankruptcy attorney Kevin O'Flaherty explains the Chapter 7 Bankruptcy process.

In this video, Winnebago County bankruptcy attorney Kevin O'Flaherty explains the Chapter 7 Bankruptcy process.

What Are My Options For Dealing With Debt?

Our Winnebago County bankruptcy attorneys will help you understand how to better navigate the bankruptcy process in this companion article.  

Before filing, you are required to complete an online credit counseling course. These are usually relatively short and inexpensive.  Our Winnebago County bankruptcy and debt resolution attorneys will then work with you to help you with information regarding your assets, liabilities, income and expenses. After a meeting with the creditors, your case will be heard in the appropriate court where your bankruptcy will then be discharged.

Read the full article by our Winnebago County bankruptcy attorneys to learn how to prepare for bankruptcy.  

In this Learn About Law podcast & videoblog, Winnebago County bankruptcy attorney Kevin O'Flaherty of O'Flaherty Law talks about both Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy and how they can apply to your specific needs.

Keeping Your Assets Under Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 Bankruptcy in Winnebago County

Our Winnebago County debt resolution law team wants you to better understand how to hold on to your most precious assets (car, home, etc.) during bankruptcy.

If your vehicle or home is held as collateral, you will most likely have the option to sign a reaffirmation agreement.  This reaffirms the loan without discharging it in the bankruptcy process.  The debt secured by your vehicle or home will not be taken out in the bankruptcy and you will be able to keep your most valuable assets when you are done if this is the case. If you do file for the bankruptcy, the trustee will seek collection of your assets to fulfill your debts. The Bankruptcy Code states that a portion of equity in particular types of property can be exempt from collection. These exceptions on the property you decide to keep in order to avoid the trustee collecting them on your behalf. For example:

  • You are allowed to keep $2,400.00 of equity in your vehicles ($4,800.00 for a married couple filing jointly)
  • You are allowed to keep $15,000.00 of equity in your primary residence ($30,000.00 for a married couple filing jointly); 
  • There is a $4,000.00 wildcard exemption that you can apply to any property of your choice ($8,000.00 for a married couple)

Read an article from our Winnebago County bankruptcy attorneys about keeping your property in bankruptcy.

In the following video, Winnebago County debt resolution attorney Kevin O'Flaherty clarifies the Chapter 13 #bankruptcy process for you.

The First Meeting Of Creditors In A Winnebago County Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Explained

Once our Winnebago County bankruptcy attorneys file your bankruptcy petition, we accompany you to the “First Meeting of Creditors.”  While this seems intimidating, it's misleading considering creditors rarely attend these meetings.  This meeting is between you, your attorney and the bankruptcy trustee assigned to your case. The trustee asks you preliminary questions and may do the following:

  • Confirm your identity through a photo ID and social security card.
  • Swear you in and put you under oath. 
  • Ask if you've reviewed your schedules before they were filed and ask you to confirm that they are true and correct.  
  • Ask if you have reviewed required notices provided by your attorney regarding bankruptcy and your alternatives. 

Once these questions are put on record and established, the trustee asks you questions regarding your schedules and finances. You can read a transcript of the bankruptcy trustee's usual questions here. ​Once the trustee enters a finding stating that you have no non-exempt assets for collection on your behalf they will recommend  your debts be released.  Once this happens, the case will close for a brief period.  During this time creditors have the right to object to the discharge, which seems intimidating but rarely happens.Read more about the First Meeting of Creditors from our Winnebago County bankruptcy attorneys.

Further Reading from our Winnebago County Bankruptcy Attorneys

What Happens To My Cryptocurrency If I File For Bankruptcy?

Cryptocurrency has gone from a niche product to a large-scale consumer investment. Bitcoin, Etherium, Dogecoin, and other cryptocurrencies are increasingly popular. According to NASDAQ, about 46 million Americans own Bitcoin.  

Matt Hector

October 13, 2021

The Illinois Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Process Explained

In a Chapter 13 bankruptcy, the debtor pays off some or all of their debt through a 3-to-5-year payment plan.  This is different from a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, in which the debtor’s assets are collected and used to pay creditors, while any remaining debt is immediately discharged.

Mark Hitt

October 6, 2021

10 Suggestions from A Lawyer for Your Court Appearance

If you are getting ready for court and are wondering what you need for your court appearance, this article is intended to give you some general suggestions of how to get ready for court and how to behave in court. It’s important that you properly prepare for court because it will potentially have a significant impact on your life.

Heather Jones

September 30, 2021