1. Do you have experience with cases like mine?
You should ask the attorney to verify whether they have worked with cases similar to yours, as experience is a huge factor in knowing how to handle difficult situations that arise in immigration law.
2. Will other people be working on my case?
Many lawyers hire paralegals and assistants to help with administrative aspects and less-complicated cases. You should know who else will handle your case to be sure you can work with them and know whom to contact with questions.
3. How much time will you spend on my case?
Many lawyers charge according to the amount of time a case consumes. While the attorney may not be able to guarantee an amount of time as complications could always arise, they should be able to give you a general estimate of how long your case will take.
4. How much do you charge?
Some lawyers charge an hourly rate, while others, like our law firm, go by a flat fee schedule. Comparing prices can help you find the right lawyer, but remember that the fee isn’t the best indicator of the quality of service.
5. What will you do for me in my immigration case?
You should understand your attorney’s role in the immigration process and what they expect of you. Who will gather the documents and fill out the forms?
6. Do you think I have a good chance of success?
An experienced and honest attorney should inform you of the realistic chances of a positive outcome in your case. Their confidence can indicate whether they will be a good choice in handling the immigration needs you have.
7. How busy are you?
Many lawyers are extremely busy, affecting their ability to make deadlines and get things done in the timeframe you need. Make sure your lawyer will dedicate the time necessary.
8. What language(s) do you or your assistants speak?
Communication is essential in the lawyer-client relationship. Making sure someone at the office speaks your language is important in finding a lawyer.
9. Will I be able to reach you with questions or concerns?
You should also feel comfortable reaching out and asking questions. Choose a lawyer who will make time to listen to you and answer questions in a way that you can understand.
10. Is honesty important to you?
In immigration law, an honest lawyer and client working together have a great chance of success. Honesty is a crucial characteristic of a good lawyer.
11. Do you specialize in marriage-based and family-based immigration?
Many law firms handle a wide variety of legal matters. Make sure your lawyer focuses primarily on the type of immigration for your situation.
12. What is the next step if I choose to hire you?
Your attorney should be able to provide a clearly defined process of steps leading to your immigration goal.