Tips for Choosing a Good Immigration Attorney

Tips for Choosing a Good Immigration Attorney

With all the laws that have currently changed or been enacted regarding immigration policy, it is even more important than ever to have a good advocate to fight for your rights. Choosing an attorney who is unqualified or is in some other way not able to represent you adequately can mean the difference between being deported and remaining in this country. For this reason, I would like to give you some free tips on how to choose a good immigration attorney.

  • Don’t bargain hunt: It is natural for people to want to save money whenever possible. However, you should not do so at the cost of losing your visa or possibly being detained or deported. Weigh the cost of spending some money upfront with what will be lost if you retain someone who is not experienced enough to represent you adequately.
  • Make sure you’re dealing with an actual, licensed attorney: There are several non-lawyers who may claim to be able to assist you with your immigration problems but only someone who is licensed in this complex area will be able to fully assist you in building the best case possible. Don’t settle for someone who, though well meaning, is only a “Visa Consultant, “paralegal,” “Notario,” or “Petition Preparer.”
  • Research the lawyer: The Internet is an excellent tool for doing research. Use it as you are considering retaining an attorney to represent you. Check out if your attorney has ever been disbarred, arrested or otherwise. Go to sites like the American Bar Association to find an attorney’s qualifications.lawyer
  • Ask about previous cases: Inquire as to whether or not your attorney has handled cases similar to yours in the past. Of course, he/she cannot give you specific information about clients but the attorney should be able to tell you how often she/he has handled cases in your area and he/she should be able to tell you how successful they have been doing so.
  • Be skeptical of unrealistic promises: No lawyer can guarantee you success. Be wary of those who do. An attorney will be able to gauge the strength of your case and advise you on a best course of action but that is far from a guarantee of success. Ultimately, the outcome of your case is up to an immigration judge, the Department of Homeland Defense and/or USCIS

As an immigration attorney in Van Nuys, I urge you to think carefully before selecting me or any other attorney to represent you. Immigration rights in Los Angeles are complex and those who retain the services of an attorney have a lot at stake.

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