The immigration process can be complex and requires quite a bit of paperwork, which can be challenging if you are not well-versed in immigration law. An immigration attorney can help you through the process, and provide valuable insight into the process, but you may not know how to choose a lawyer to work with. It can take a little work to find the right attorney, but choosing the best lawyer for your case can help you successfully navigate your immigration law issues. Here are 5 tips to help you choose the immigration attorney that is right for your needs.
1. Get References
Speak to friends, family members, or colleagues and ask if they have an immigration attorney they recommend. They may be able to connect you with other resources, even if they haven’t been through an immigration case themselves. Even if you don’t receive any recommendations, it is likely that you will receive warnings. People will often be quick to share a story of a bad attorney, which can help you steer clear in your search.
2. Search the American Immigration Lawyers Association
The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) website can be a valuable resource for those looking for immigration law services. This association is for attorneys who practice and teach immigration law, so you can be sure that any lawyer listed is familiar with immigration law and policies. If you are starting your search here, you can look for attorneys in your area. If you have some names already, you can look up these lawyers on the AILA site. While membership to AILA isn’t required to practice immigration law, it can help you judge how committed your attorney choices may be to this area of the law.
3. Interview Your Top Picks
You should have several lawyers that are your top choices. Once you have narrowed your search down to a few attorneys, you should schedule interviews with them. At the interviews, they will likely discuss your case, and give you a chance to ask them questions. You should ask about their familiarity with cases similar to yours, how much of their practice is devoted to immigration cases, their fees and expected costs, and if they have client references that they can provide.
4. Compare Fee Schedules
Once you have interviewed your top choices, it is important to review their fee schedules, and see how each one charges for their services. Some work with flat fees, while other bill you for the hour. There may also be court costs, courier fees, postage, and other expenses that can add up, so be sure to ask about these as well.
5. Check Their Credentials
When you have selected your choice of attorney, the last step is to check their credentials. Contact your state bar association to make sure your lawyer is licensed to practice in your area, and is a member in good standing. You can also ask if they have had any disciplinary actions brought against them.
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At Akula & Associates, P.C., we are dedicated to helping our clients and their families reach their immigration goals and dreams. We believe that personalized client service, open communication, and education are necessary to foster trust and reach a successful resolution to your immigration case. Our Dallas immigration lawyers are ready to start your case today.
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