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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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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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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 Immigration Attorneys provide excellent service in the following areas of law:

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

We Are Experienced and Great at What We Do!   

  • We have built a reputation in Winnebago County for the excellent legal work, skill, and experience necessary to put our clients in the best possible position to succeed.  
  • In 2015 Kevin O'Flaherty was honored to receive Suburban Life Magazine's Best Under 40 Award.  
  • In 2016, we received the Avvo Client's Choice Award.  We have an A+ Rating with the Better Business Bureau and have never received a BBB complaint. 

Exceptional Client Service in Your Native Language! 

 Our Winnebago immigration attorneys work with a team of excellent interpreters in order to provide education and communication in your native language.  Our attorneys are accessible to our clients, and we always promptly return calls and e-mails.  Many of our clients have been so thrilled with our above-and-beyond service that they have taken time out of their busy schedules to leave us glowing testimonials.   

We are Affordable!  

We are proud of our cost-effective rates.  We know that keeping yourself and your family in the country is your highest priority, and our hope is to make this an affordable goal for you and your loved ones.  We invite the comparison to other Winnebago immigration lawyers, and we would love to hear about it if you can find a more efficient and affordable solution to your immigration matter. 

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In this video, attorney Kevin O'Flaherty describes ways you can receive legal services from the comfort of home.

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 Immigration Attorneys

In this video, Winnebago County immigration attorney Kevin O'Flaherty explains how to apply for asylum.

In this video, Winnebago County immigration attorney Kevin O'Flaherty explains how to apply for asylum.

Applying for Asylum While in Winnebago County

Our Winnebago County immigration legal team wants to help if you are in the United States an are afraid to return to your home country. To keep you safe in the United States, we can assist you in obtaining Affirmative Asylum or Defensive Asylum.  

You can apply for Affirmative Asylum within 6 months of your legal status in the United States ending and before deportation proceedings have begun.  If this eligibility period has passed, you may still be able to apply for Affirmative Asylum if you can demonstrate extraordinary circumstances explaining your delay, including but not limited to:

  • New facts or information; Changed conditions in your home country; Recent attacks on similarly situated individuals or your family; or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
  • Defensive Asylum can be filed as a defense to a deportation proceeding.  

In order to be successful in either an Affirmative Asylum or a Defensive Asylum proceeding, you must demonstrate that you have a reasonable fear that deportation to your home country would result from persecution based on race, religion, nationality, social group, or political opinion.  

Read an article by our Winnebago County immigration attorneys about how to apply for asylum. 

In this video, Winnebago County immigration and naturalization attorney Kevin O'Flaherty discusses the lifting of the 2017 U.S. partial travel ban.

Effects of the U.S. Travel Ban Partial Injunction on Immigration

In the following article, our Winnebago County immigration lawyers discuss the lifting of the partial travel ban of 2017 by the U.S. Supreme Court, and how this could have affected your family immigration case moving forward.

Read more from our Winnebago County immigration lawyers about travel and immigration options available to you on the heels of this decision.

In this video, Winnebago County immigration attorney Kevin O'Flaherty discusses what you need to fill out your Form I-485 for your green card.

What you Need to Fill Out Immigration Form I-485

Our Winnebago County immigration attorneys understand that the process of applying for a US green card can be complicated. In the following article, we explain what information you need to collect to apply for lawful permanent residence using form I-485 (Adjustment of Status).

In short, you should have your SSN and/or Online Account Number, an Alien Number, Date of Last Arrival, and/or I-94 number ready. You'll also potentially need proof of green card eligibility, medical examination sheet, Form I-131, Form I-765, and Form I-864, along with photos, a birth certificate, and other personal identifying documents.

To know everything you need to complete Form I-485, read the full article by our Winnebago County immigration lawyers.

Further Reading from our Winnebago County Immigration Attorneys

Who Gains US Citizenship At Birth? | Illinois Immigration Law

In this article we will discuss:

  • What Are The Theories Under Which A Person Can Gain Citizenship At Birth?
  • Birth Inside The US Or One Of Its Territories
  • Birth Abroad To US Citizen Parents

May 3, 2021

Everything You Need To Know About Form N-400 | Illinois Immigration Attorneys

In this article, we will be discussing information concerning the way to apply for naturalization. Namely, we will discuss the following subjects:

  • Quick refresher on naturalization.
  • How do you apply for citizenship?
  • What are the application fees?
  • What is a good N400 checklist?
  • How long will I have to wait for my naturalization interview?
  • Can I take the citizenship exam in my own language?
  • Can I take the simplified citizenship exam?

April 28, 2021

The Public Charge Rule – Does it Still Apply? | Illinois Immigration Attorneys

In this article we are going to discuss the public charge rule. Specifically, we will address:

  • What is the Public Charge Rule?
  • What Changes Have Been Made to the Public Charge Rule?
  • Does the New Public Charge Rule Still Apply to Immigrants Seeking Permanent Resident Status?

April 22, 2021