Choosing someone to assist you and work with you during your long journey ahead is not an easy thing to do. However, following these steps will help you have the best experience possible.
#1) Ask around. Getting references from people who have had a similar experience to yours is one of the most important things you can do. Family, friends, and colleagues are a great place to start.
#2) Stay specific. Though you may find a lawyer with great reviews, prices, and experience - it is important to make sure that they specialize in your particular area of concern.
#3) Meet. Arrange short meetings with the attorneys that seem like a good fit so far. Most lawyers will agree to a one time free consultation this being the time to ask the tough questions. Request a list of previous clients as referrals and have the attorney site some specific cases they've worked on and the outcome as well.
#4)Check them out. Examine their educational and work background, how they manage their practice, and if their office is neat and organized. Do they present themselves well? Do they respond to emails and phone calls within 24-48 hours? Do they miss appointments or reschedule last minute?
#5)Visit your state's bar website. Here you can find the average attorney's hourly rate in your area. You can then compare credentials, accessibility, flexibility, and personality to determine if what you are being charged is reasonable.
#6)Check again. Check with your state's agency to see if the attorney has any complaints that have been registered against them. If there are your final decision could be affected.
#7)Fee schedules. Be sure to check if your lawyer bills by the hour or if they charge a flat fee.
#8) Some good questions to ask. How long will it take to resolve this matter? What are your rates and how frequently will you bill me? What are the possible outcomes for my case? What is your experience in this are of law? How many cases have you won in matters similar to mine?
#9) Your case is important. Many lawyers have a lot on their plate and it is important to know how much attention your case is going to get. This is an important factor as immigration cases require an exquisite level of attention to detail, and one small error can change everything.
#10) Be comfortable. It is VERY important that you feel safe and secure around your lawyer and that they are someone you feel confident confiding in.
Your immigration lawyer will be there with you every step of the way during your journey. They will be there during the good times to celebrate your success. They will be there with you during the hard times and comfort you. Follow these tips and choose wisely! Check out Bridge's partners and immigration legal experts to see if they might be the right fit for your next case.
Content in this publication is not intended as legal advice, nor should it be relied on as such. For additional information on the issues discussed, consult a Bridge-affiliated partner attorney or another qualified legal professional.