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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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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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Litigation & Dispute Resolution

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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Bankruptcy & Debt Resolution

Don’t make filing for bankruptcy any harder than it already is. If you have debt that’s piling up and you don’t know where to turn, call our friendly Winnebago County bankruptcy attorneys to schedule a free consultation. Make sure your rights a preserved as you file for bankruptcy or debt resolution. Our cost-effective services are a smooth and affordable solution to your debt complications.

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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 Estate Planning Attorneys provide excellent service in the following areas of law:

Our attorneys work as a team to provide comprehensive has experience in:

We AreAffordable!  An estate plan is anecessary life step for anyone who owns their own home or condo; don’t fallinto the misconception that estate planning is only for the affluent.  We do all that we can to offer affordableservices to expand accessibility to the communities we serve.  We pride ourselves in having the most costeffective legal services in the area, and we encourage you to notify us if youare not completely satisfied!

We KnowOur Stuff!  Beginning with our ownerKevin O’Flaherty, who was named one of the “Best Under 40” by Suburban Life,through the rest of our staff, which was awarded Avvo Client’s Choice Award forEstate Planning; we are recognized for having the skill to create the bestestate plan for you.

We arecomprehensive!  The legal team at O’FlahertyLaw has collective experience that goes far beyond the scope of estateplanning.  They have the expertise innearly every facet of the law that they can apply, should your case require familiaritywith business law, family law, probate; the list goes on and on.  Once we help you plan for the future of yourestate, we hope that you will remember O’Flaherty the next time you requirelegal services.

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Please contact our office 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 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 Estate Planning Attorneys

In this legal education video, Winnebago County estate planning attorney Kevin O'Flaherty explains the benefits of Revocable Living Trusts.

In this legal education video, Winnebago County estate planning attorney Kevin O'Flaherty explains the benefits of Revocable Living Trusts.

The Benefits Of Revocable Living Trusts

Our Winnebago County estate planning attorneys use this article to discuss revocable living trusts and what ways they are used to avoid probate, which can be time consuming and costly.

Probate is required in Illinois when you pass away and have real estate worth $100,000.00 or more outside of a trust. Avoiding probate will save your estate time and money.  The costs of probate can be between 5% and 10% of the estate value in court and attorneys fees.  Probate also may take a year or more which causes your loved ones to wait to receive your assets, which is what makes revocable living trusts so lucrative.  These trusts act as the primary vehicle of your estate plan.  We will ensure that your estate avoids probate and your estate will pass immediately to your loved ones.

Read the full article by our Winnebago estate planning attorneys on how to use revocable living trusts to avoid probate. 

For this video, Winnebago County estate planning attorney Kevin O'Flaherty of O'Flaherty Law discusses using a Living Will to provide for end of life instruction.

Using a Living Will to Provide for End of Life Instruction

Our Winnebago County estate planning attorneys understand that you want to avoid burdening your loved ones with decisions about your life, health, and estate. In this Learn About Law article, we explain how to provide for end of life instruction using a Living Will.

In short, a Living Will gives medical professionals the instruction to not resuscitate you if you are in a permanently vegetative state and the only benefit of medical treatment would be to keep you in that permanent vegetative state. It has a number of benefits, including keeping your loved ones from having to make life support decisions on your behalf, and preventing the heavy financial burden of life support medical treatment.

For more on Living Wills and their use in estate planning, read the following article by our Winnebago County estate planning attorneys.

For this video, Winnebago County estate planning attorney Kevin O'Flaherty explains how to use estate planning to appoint fiduciaries.

How To Choose A Trustee For Your Estate

Our Winnebago Estate Planning attorneys stress the importance of selecting the right person to be a trustee in the event of your passing. 

You are essentially placing the responsibility of managing every aspect of your estate, in accordance to your wishes, on the person of your choosing. This person must be able to fulfill these duties after you pass.

For more on appointing fiduciaries in your estate plan, read the following article by our Winnebago County estate planning legal team.

Further Reading from our Winnebago County Estate Planning Attorneys

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

What Happens to an Indiana Estate if There is No Will? | Indiana Intestacy Laws

This article covers what a will is, what makes a will valid in the state of Indiana, what happens when one dies with no will in Indiana, and covers some Indiana intestacy laws most Indiana probate lawyers would want their clients to know.  It also provides a few definitions of words that are used in probate settings, like living will, decedent, and estate administration.

Renee Babcoke

September 25, 2021

How Does Someone Refuse Inherited Property In Iowa?

This article will discuss: What is disclaimer?, Why might a person make a disclaimer?, When may a person make a disclaimer?, How does a person make a disclaimer?, What happens to the disclaimed interest in property?, Can a person disclaim an interest in jointly held property?, Can a person disclaim a power granted to them?, and Are there times a person is barred from disclaiming an interest?

July 7, 2021