Choosing an attorney can be challenging, and it is undoubtedly one of the most important decisions an immigrant has to make. Before hiring, you need to take several considerations. Here are some questions that can guide you when choosing the ideal attorney.
- How long have you been working as an attorney?
It is advisable to hire an experienced attorney who knows not only about laws but also how to follow the procedures. Do not be afraid to ask about your lawyer’s past and credentials. If possible, contact his or her clients to hear their experiences.
- Is your lawyer a member of AILA?
The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) is a national organization with more than 11,000 attorneys and law professors who practice and teach immigration law. If your lawyer is in this record he or she is likely to be trusted.
- Has your lawyer already worked on cases similar to yours?
It is always important to know the work of your lawyer, and if he or she has dealt with cases similar to yours.
- What actions does your lawyer intend to take?
Try to get a mental picture of what is coming. Understand that the process can be long and difficult. This is precisely why you should talk to your lawyer about the actions and steps that will be taken in different scenarios
- What I can do to boost my chances of success?
Be your lawyer’s teammate. Give him or her all the information he or she needs as soon as possible. Keep abreast of everything that happens, get involved and learn legal terms.
- Is it possible to know how long my case will take?
It is not easy to determine the exact date. This will vary for different situations, but an experienced attorney may give an estimated timetable procedures.
- What’s the estimated total price?
It is important to ask what the estimated price for the services is, and what the possible methods of payment are.