Partnering with the right immigration lawyer for your case takes a little work on your part. But putting in the time now to make sure you have the right attorney will save you a lot of trouble in the future.
Before immigration lawyers take your case, there will always be a consultation. So, here are the best questions to prepare for your Tampa, FL immigration lawyer.
What does the consultation involve?
The initial consultation is meant to help you and the attorney determine if you’re a good fit for one another. Depending on your situation, it’s during this consultation that a lawyer will decide whether or not they can help you win your case.
It’s also a chance to get to know the attorney more and what working with them might be like. It helps you learn what you’d be responsible for throughout your case and even helps you learn more about the legal process.
That’s why it’s important to have questions prepared to ask. The goal is to use the consultation as a way of learning if the lawyer can help you.
How many cases have you handled that are like mine?
Law, and especially immigration law, is broad. That means there are a lot of details to keep up with in the field. And those details are constantly changing! Asking if your immigration lawyer has experience with similar cases as yours helps you get an idea of their knowledge and experience with immigration law.
Additionally, this is question is a good chance to learn about how your lawyer would approach your case. What strategies they would use to win, how long the process will take, and if they’ll be with you at court hearings may all come up — just from this one question.
Does your Law Firm Specialize in Immigration Law?
At Tampa Immigration Law Center, we have over a decade of experience specializing in immigration law. From Fiance Visas to Deportation Defense, we’ve helped people with a wide variety of cases.
But not every attorney or firm specializes in immigration law. While some attorneys may offer immigration law services, their primary focus could be in another school of law. This means you could partner up with a lawyer who has less knowledge and know-how about the important details.
Asking if the attorney specializes in immigration law, and asking how often they take (and win) immigration cases, help you learn about how successful they might be for your situation.
Here, it’s best to also ask how long the attorney has practiced immigration law. Since the field is always changing, and has changed a lot over the years, you want to be sure the lawyer is staying up-to-date on everything happening.
Do you have availability for my case?
The legal process is often slow. And expert immigration lawyers are likely to have a lot of work on their plate. Make sure you find out how long it would take before they can work on your case. You deserve an attorney who can devote attention to your case so that you get the best possible outcome.
How much will it cost for you to represent my case?
Of course, you also want to know how much a lawyer’s representation is going to cost. And exactly what that representation will include. Find out how much of a retainer fee you might expect to pay, the attorney’s hourly rate, and how often you will be billed for services.
While attorneys often offer payment plans, immigration documents require filing fees that need to be paid in full. So finding out how much you can expect to pay for an attorney helps you plan your finances.
Immigration Law Center: Your Tampa, FL Immigration Experts
We’ve specialized in immigration law since 2011. We pride ourselves on offering you transparent advice and information and helping you navigate the complexities of immigration law.
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