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Questions to Ask Your Immigration Lawyer

How long have you been a licensed Attorney Specializing in Immigration and nationality law?

It is vital the attorney you retain specializes in immigration law. This will make it more likely that he or she has had experience with your particular type of case. After all, you would never go to a dentist for a broken foot. Also, the length of an attorney's career will tell you about their experience. You want your lawyer to be a veteran.

How many cases have you handled that involve my particular type of immigration matter?

If your attorney has handled your type of case previously, he or she will know the pitfalls and details that are important. There are some processes which can only be learned from experience. For example, filings with immigration court and Citizenship and Immigration require a specific format, method of binding the papers, and tabulation. These are informal rules which are well known by seasoned immigration practitioners, and it is best to retain an experienced lawyer to handle them.

Do you personally handle the immigration cases of clients who retain your law firm?

Some attorneys will meet you for a consultation, take your retainer, and hand off the case file to a younger associate or a paralegal. Although some support staff are also experienced, and may indeed handle your case well, this practice model is less likely to afford you proper representation. When a lawyer handles your case from beginning to end, he or she will be intimately familiar with your case and all developments. Details can be lost in the transition between attorneys, so it is best if one attorney handles your case.

What, if anything, do you charge for the initial consultation?

Some attorneys charge for an initial consultation, and the fee is typically $100.00. You should ask whether that fee would be included in the retainer if you chose to hire the attorney. Other attorneys, including those at our firm, offer free consultations. You should be aware of the office's consultation fee policy before arriving at your appointment.

What is your billing structure?

Attorneys charge varying fees for representation. Your fee will be determined by the type of case you have, and the representation required. For example, if you are in removal proceedings, that will likely require several court appearances and filings, and therefore the fee will be higher. Most attorneys do not expect the full fee to be paid upfront. Be sure to ask about this policy at the time of your consultation.

Do you charge for additional court appearances that may be unforeseen at the time of the consultation?

Immigration court often requires several court appearances before the conclusion of a case. Some lawyers change additional fees for each court appearance, which can lead to substantially higher fees than you had originally anticipated. You should be alerted to additional fees because they are disclosed on the retainer agreement.

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