With the number of immigration cases rising each year, so too is the demand for immigration lawyers. But, with so many options and companies available to hire how do you know you are getting quality representation?
Although there are many honest lawyers that go above and beyond what is required, there is an equal number that do not. That’s why, we’ve outlined some tips that will help you weed out the bad and pick the right one for you.
1. Avoid Bargains
Although it may seem temping to get a deal, it is often best to avoid lawyers or organizations offering their service at a discounted price. These agencies tend to have a large volume of clients in relation to their attorneys. Meaning, your case will not get the much-needed attention it deserves.
Additionally, these lawyers may not be as accurately trained, compared to smaller organizations. This is because they typically hire young lawyers or underqualified assistants to handle their demand. These companies also tend to be more focused on money, than the care of their clients. So, you will still be expected to pay high costs for mediocre care. Keep in mind that a good lawyer will know their value, and will charge you based on it.
2. Do Your Research
It is vital for you to do your research before signing a contract with an attorney. This can encompass a variety of things, such as searching online reviews, reaching out to past clients or asking friends and family for a referral. If you do look online and see negative reviews or plenty of complaints, take it as a warning sign and walk away. Further, it is a good idea to book a few consultations with different law firms.
During this time, you will be able to speak directly with an immigration lawyer and get a feel for how they handle cases. During the consultation, it is also suggested to ask them for references of past clients. A good lawyer will be eager to give you the information of previous clients that highly recommend them. If they deny this, the lawyer may have something to hide, and you should avoid having them represent you.
3. Know What You’re Getting Into
Prior to signing a contact it is vital to know exactly what service you will be provided, and at what cost. Most lawyers offer a paid by the hour, or fixed price for a case. Either way, you will want to know what it is you are expected to pay and if there are any additional costs.
If something doesn’t seem right to you, or you are confused by a term- don’t be afraid to ask. A good lawyer will be honest with their fees, and be willing to discuss with their clients exactly how much their time costs. Otherwise, they may just be looking to cash in on unknowing victims.
4. Speaks Your Language
You will want to find a lawyer that speaks your language fluently. Otherwise, there may be misunderstandings and errors along the process due to a language barrier. If the two of you are not able to communicate effectively, it can also lengthen the process as you will have to take the forms to a translator to interpret. But, when a lawyer speaks the language you do, they will be able to provide you the documents directly, avoiding any delay or confusion.