How to Choose an Immigration Lawyer
By Jennifer McFadyen, eHow Editor
Immigrating to the U.S. can be an overwhelming process. While application can be made without the aid of a lawyer, if you have a complicated situation or would just feel more at ease getting help from someone with legal experience, you’ll want to hire an immigration lawyer.The following list can help you choose an immigration lawyer that’s right for you.
Step1 Your lawyer should be a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. While membership is not necessary, being a member can be an indication of the lawyer’s level of commitment.
Step2Compare fee schedules. Some immigration lawyers bill by the hour while others charge a flat fee for a particular service. Avoid anything far above or far below the average. Step3Ask friends, neighbours or colleagues for references. People are quick to recommend a good lawyer and equally as quick to steer you clear of a poor one. Step4Ask the lawyer if she has experience in your type of case. Immigration law is a large field and you’ll want a lawyer who specializes in your type, such as employment or family immigration. Be wary of lawyers who say they specialize in every type. Step5Ask the lawyer how often you can expect him to be in contact with you and in what way can you contact him. Make sure you’re comfortable with how often information will be shared and in what manner. Step6Once you’ve narrowed down your list, contact the local state bar to find out if the lawyers are licensed, in good standing, and if disciplinary actions have ever been taken against them. Step7Ask the lawyer for client references to get a better understanding of the lawyer’s work style.