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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.


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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Monday
9:00am - 6:00pm
Tuesday
9:00am - 6:00pm
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9:00am - 6:00pm
Thursday
9:00am - 6:00pm
Friday
9:00am - 6:00pm
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
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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 Family Law Attorneys provide excellent service in the following areas of law:

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OurWinnebago County Family Law Attorneys have the experience you need to ensurethat you, the client, is put in the best possible position to succeed.  The reputation of our legal work in WinnebagoCounty speaks for itself in separating our firm from the rest.

O’FlahertyLaw is Affordable!  It is our mission toassist as many families in Winnebago County as we can with cost effective legalsolutions for all family law apprehensions. We are Extensive!  Our legalexpertise goes beyond family law.  At O’FlahertyLaw, we have the knowledge in numerous other areas of law that we can bring tothe plate for your case.  Should yourdivorce case require aptitude in business or real estate law, we have anattorney that can help.  Once your familylaw case is resolved, our attorneys will be capable and willing to assist youwith any future legal services.

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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 Family Law Attorneys

In this Learn About Law podcast & videoblog, Winnebago County family law attorney Kevin O'Flaherty discusses changes in 2016 to Illinois divorce daw.

In this Learn About Law podcast & videoblog, Winnebago County family law attorney Kevin O'Flaherty discusses changes in 2016 to Illinois divorce daw.

Changes To Illinois Divorce Law In 2016

Our Winnebago County divorce attorneys want you to understand recent changes to Illinois divorce law.

2016 brought several modifications to the Illinois Marriage and Defense of Marriage Act (IMDMA).  Under the updated form of the Act, the only ground for
divorce is irreconcilable differences.  With the restructured version of the Act, the required period of living separate and apart has been shortened to six months.  This required period can even be waived if both parties come to an agreement

Read more about these changes from our Winnebago County divorce lawyers.

In this Learn About Law podcast & videoblog, Winnebago County family law attorney Kevin O'Flaherty explains the factors that Illinois courts consider in child custody matters.

Factors Winnebago County Courts Consider When Determining Child Custody

In this article, our Winnebago County child custody lawyers discuss the factors that domestic relations courts consider in determining child custody issues.  

The rule of thumb is that courts have broad discretion to rule based on the "best interest of the child."  However, there are several specific statutory factors that the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (IMDMA) instructs courts to consider, such as the child's adjustment to his or her home and community and the living situation of the parents.  There are also several common law factors that are not listed in the IMDMA, but which courts have considered previously.  

Read the full article by our Winnebago County child custody attorneys about what the court considers in determining child custody issues

For this video, Winnebago County family law attorney Kevin O'Flaherty discusses how spousal maintenance is awarded in Illinois divorce cases.

Maintenance Awards In Winnebago County Divorce Cases

In this article, our Winnebago County family law team discusses how spousal maintenance (i.e., alimony) is determined and awarded in Illinois divorce cases.

In short, spousal maintenance is determined in order to provide both parties with a similar standard of living upon the completion of the divorce. The court will weigh 11 factors, ranging from economic and income-based factors to interpersonal relationships, to determine the appropriate amount of spousal maintenance in the case.

To better understand what these factors are and how they might affect your divorce matter, read the full article by our Winnebago County divorce attorneys on spousal maintenance. 

Further Reading from our Winnebago County Family Law Attorneys

Parental Responsibility Laws in Iowa

Parents and legal guardians could face potential liability for a minor’s conduct in Iowa.

November 11, 2021

Does Adultery Affect Alimony and Divorce in Wisconsin?

Wisconsin is a “no-fault” divorce state. What no-fault means is that in order to obtain a divorce you simply have to let the court know that the marriage is irretrievably broken and you no longer want to be married. Adultery is certainly a reason to get a divorce but it is not a factor the court considers when granting a divorce or when ordering alimony.

Heather Jones

November 10, 2021

Iowa Divorce – Serving and Answering the Divorce Petition

If you have come across this article it is likely that you are considering filing or are ready to file a petition for divorce in Iowa. Naturally there are a lot of questions to be answered, like how do I serve my Iowa petition for divorce? You serve your petition for divorce either personally, by mail or by publication. As you will see later in the article, personal service is the best and is recommended. A lot of people also ask if they are required to file an answer to a divorce petition in Iowa.

Heather Jones

November 4, 2021