Are you looking for an immigration lawyer? Here are a top ten questions you need to ask before making your final decision.
- Does a lawyer have a license to practice law?
Check if the lawyer has a license to practice law. Go to your home state’s bar association website and search for the lawyer’s name.
- How long has the lawyer been practicing immigration law?
The more years of professional experience the lawyer has, the better it is for you.
- Does the lawyer have experience handling Immigration court hearings and trials?
If your case requires a representation in court, make sure that the lawyer can accommodate to this need.
- What is the lawyer’s experience with cases similar to yours?
There many different immigration cases, and it important to understand specialization of the lawyer you are considering to work with.
- Who else will be working on your case? Can you meet an attorney that will be assigned to your case?
If you hiring a law firm, as opposed to a single practitioner, your case might be given to a different attorney once you sign up with the firm. Ask who will be working on your case and see if you can meet an attorney assigned to your case.
- Can the lawyer give you estimates of how long the process will take?
For each immigration case, the time frame is different. Nevertheless, it is important to know at least rough estimates of how long the whole process might take.
- How much will it cost?
Price is a significant factor choosing an immigration attorney. Ask about the price and any additional expenses that might occur along the way. Find out if the company offers a payment plan.
- What are possible strategies in your case?
Pay attention to what the lawyer tells you. Did the lawyer give any strategies, options, actions they will take, as opposed to giving you promises of success without any explanation if how you will get there?
- Will you sign up a written agreement?
Make sure there is a written agreement you will be signing up with the company.
- How will you communicate with the lawyer?
Lastly, think about the way you will be communication with the lawyer. Make sure you have contact information of an attorney working on your case or his/her assistant.
These ten questions should help you to get a clear picture and decide who would be the best fit for your immigration case.