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Why

O'Flaherty Law of Elmhurst

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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.

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.

More information about our Elmhurst Collaborative Divorce Attorneys:

At O'Flaherty law we have Elmhurst collaborative and cooperative divorce attorneys ready to help you succeed in the best position in your divorce. If you believe that you and your spouse can negotiate and exchange information regarding your divorce in good faith out of court, a collaborative divorce or a cooperative divorce may be the most cost-effective and least stressful option for you. Learn more about how our Elmhurst attorneys can assist you with their knowledge and expertise at O'Flaherty law.

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Elmhurst Collaborative Divorce Attorneys

Please contact our friendly Elmhurst Collaborative Divorce Attorneys at our nearest location to schedule a free consultation. If our office locations are not convenient for you, we are happy to speak with you by phone.

O'Flaherty Law of Elmhurst

​110 E. Schiller St., Ste. 200B

​Elmhurst, IL 60126

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elmhurst@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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Further Reading from our Elmhurst Collaborative Divorce Attorneys

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What Goals Should I be Working Towards in my Divorce?

Our Elmhurst collaborative divorce attorneys explain how a collaborative Law Divorce is an alternative to litigating the issues involved in your divorce through the court system.  If both parties are negotiating the terms of the divorce in good faith, it can be much more cost-effective than traditional divorce.  

In a Collaborative Divorce, as in a traditional divorce, each party will hire his or her own attorney.  However, unlike a traditional divorce, both parties and each of their attorneys will sign a document called a "Participation Agreement" at the beginning of the process.  The Participation Agreement will typically provide that:

  • The parties agree to negotiate in good faith outside of court with the hope of avoiding the necessity of litigating the issues involved in the divorce; 
  • The parties agree to openly and honestly exchange complete information so traditional divorce tools such as written discovery and depositions will not be necessary;
  • The attorneys agree that should the Collaborative Divorce process fail and litigation becomes necessary, they will withdraw representation from their clients and will not be permitted to represent their clients in any ensuing litigation.

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What Goals Should I be Working Towards in my Divorce?

In this video, our Elmhurst collaborative attorneys explain how at O'Flaherty law we help you set realistic goals for your divorce and help figure out how to prioritize those goals. Compromising may be necessary in your divorce or even litigation if goals of each party don't line up. Determining long term and short term goals during the divorce is a start in the right direction for your divorce to avoid litigation. Once knowing your own priorities and goals on the matter and knowing your rights with the assistance of our lawyers it is important to learn the other side's priorities and rights as well to better collaborate and avoid disputes.

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Collaborative Divorce, Cooperative Divorce & Traditional Divorce: Which Is Right For Me?

Our Elmhurst collaborative divorce attorneys know that divorce can be expensive and stressful.  Collaborative Divorce and Cooperative Divorce are alternatives to traditional divorce that, if successful, tend to significantly reduce the costs of divorce as well as the stress associated with litigation.  If the Collaborative Divorce or Cooperative Divorce process fails, then the parties still have the option to have the outstanding issues in their case resolved by the court through traditional divorce methods. 

‍Collaborative Divorce, as compared to Cooperative Divorce, tends to have a higher likelihood of success, because the parties and attorneys are incentivized to avoid litigation.  If the Collaborative Divorce process fails and litigation becomes necessary, the attorneys will have to leave the case.  This reduces the chance that the attorneys will use litigation as a threat or negotiating tool.  More importantly, if the Collaborative Divorce Process fails, the parties will have to hire new attorneys who will start their representation from scratch and will not be permitted to use the work product of the previous attorneys.  Each party will also have to hire new experts, who may be duplicating the work of previously hired neutral experts.  The parties, therefore, are less likely to walk away from the negotiating table because of the additional expense of starting the traditional divorce process from the beginning with new attorneys and experts. 

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