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Ms. Tnja Vance was my lawyer on my immigration case for almost two years, but she only saw me one time for 10 minutes when we initially signed the attorney-client agreement. All the work, communications and responsibilities were delegated to her assistant, Olga Bagdasarov, who was rather helpful, but she is only a paralegal not knowledgeable as lawyer. I hired an attorney, not a paralegal. Ms Vance never responded to my emails, calls or voice mails; nor did she ever went through my case with me. I would only get a response back from Olga days later. This delegation of her own responsibility to her assistant and lack of her involvement in my case led to a catastrophe for me. After a year of waiting, when I stood in front of the immigration judge, I was told that some necessary paperwork were not filed. One of those necessary documents was finger printing that should have been done prior to the court date. Ms. Vance or Olga had never mentioned to me that it was supposed to be done as a precursor to the hearing. Due to this lack of fiduciary irresponsibility on her part, the judge ordered the next hearing to be in over a year. Now, my future is in limbo.
Although I hired a new attorney, Ms. Vance was not willing to give me back my file that she had been working on. My new attorney had to call her a dozen times and send her emails as well as a certified letter in the mail, before he got a call from her.
Moreover, I originally paid her $5,000 of borrowed money for the whole case as a fixed price. But because she was non-responsive towards the end and I had to fire her and hire another attorney, she was supposed to refund at least half of my money, as she neither completed my case, nor had any direct involvement with me. However, she didn't return my money despite several attempts in writing, so I had to file a complaint to the Washington Bar Association. I am also considering taking her to a small claims court soon.
Tanja Vance implied through her assistant to me that the Immigration Judge liked her and she would be successful on every case she would take on. This unethical claim was used to lure new clients like myself. Moreover, Ms. Vance exaggerated her credentials by saying she had worked for the State Attorney General Office, but yet in reality she was only an intern there. She also misled me by exaggerating about her years of experience as an immigration lawyer.
Ms. Vance and her assistant don't have any physical office. The only time that I met with her was at the food court of the Columbia Tower. My meetings with her assistant would always take place in Starbucks. Toward the end of our so-called attorney-client relationship and after not getting any response from Ms. Vance for several days, I was worried and I decided to go to her "office" listed as her own on her business cards and website, I found out that she had no physical office on the 42nd floor of the Columbia Tower, as she claimed. That address is only used as her mailing address and she could rent a conference room on an hourly basis for her "upscale" clients only, but she has no physical office there. As a new client, I was falsely impressed that she had an office in the prestigious Columbia Tower.
In conclusion, I would strongly recommend anyone considering hiring Ms. Vane for any legal case to beware.
Tanja was my immigration lawyer for about two years. She is caring, hard worker, very concerned and depandable. She is like your best friend you can talk to. She makes you feel safe in the hardest situation. And she will handle your case like its hers.
Right from the beginning, Tanja was very Professional & Proficient in every aspect. She was knowledgeable and experienced in dealing with ambiguities that arise.
Though she was always busy with other cases and court hearings, she was always available for us to answer our queries or update us on important information and was very flexible while working with our tight schedule.
One thing I noticed about her was, she keeps your expectations low and when everything works out in your favor – you are super-joyed.
She help me a lot tto get my new greencard.
My experience with Ms. Tanja Vance, Esq. was one of ease and efficiency. I required Immigration legal representation to obtain my naturalization papers. My immigration documents were submitted on March 27, 2010, and I completed the Naturalization process on June 23, 2010. Ms. Vance was professional, organized, thorough and economical. I highly recommend Ms. Vance to anyone seeking legal representation within her field of law.