Questions to Ask Your Immigration Lawyer
Knowing what questions to ask when hiring an immigration lawyer is one of the most important parts of the selection process. Asking these questions will not only help ensure that you are completely confident in your choice, it will also address your most pressing concerns. Write your questions down if necessary so that you can be as well prepared as possible when you have your consultation.
- What Kind of Experience Do You Have in Cases Like Mine?
Immigration cases can be challenging, so you want to choose an attorney who not only has a substantial amount of experience in handling cases like the one you are involved in, but also has a track record of success. Many people are hesitant to ask this type of question, but you shouldn’t be shy about finding out the background of any lawyers you are considering. A good immigration attorney will have many detailed online reviews to find out what others have to say about the quality of the immigration legal services they received.
- What Kind of Case Do You Think I Have?
Any attorney you speak with should have the experience needed in order to have a good idea about your chances of succeeding, based on his or her previous experience. However, you should be leery of anyone who says you have a certain percentage of success, or makes any sort of guarantees. Those are signs you should immediately start looking in another direction.
- What Kinds of Documents Will I Need to Bring to My Consultation?
Immigration cases typically involve a lot of documentation in order to provide the evidence you need to have the best chance of success. Make sure you are completely clear on what kind of paperwork you will need to bring to your initial consultation. This could include tax returns, documents that show any name or address changes, and many more. The better prepared you are, the more efficient your representation will be.
- Do You Charge a Consultation Fee?
In many instances, an attorney who offers a free immigration consultation is a waste of time. In these instances, the attorney’s paralegal or another member of the firm’s intake staff actually conducts the consultation,and the lawyer will ask, you to answer an online questionnaire or the attorney says that your case will be studied in depth once you hire the firm.
At Shane & Shane, we charge a low consultation fee because we take the time to fully explain the details of your case when you first talk to us. If you choose to hire our firm, that fee is credited to your account. We offer honest, personal service and will keep you completely informed through all stages of your case. If you would like to learn more or schedule an appointment, please contact us online or call (954) 772-8782 or (800) 625-4310.