I mean I spoke to a few immigration attorneys and asked about their fees , usually lawyers who do immigration alone charge a lot more than those who do part of everything including immigration .. Honestly is there any difference? especially in straightforward cases ? as a client i would like to pay as little as possible to get the job done
Immigration law is a difficult area of practice because it continuously changes. Although, the Immigration and Nationally Act is the law that directs it, other federal guidelines may amend or temporarily apply or change a section in the INA. It is best to look for an attorney in the AILA, American Immigration Lawyers Association website, http://www.aila.org. You will be able to find many members who are experienced well informed about the changes in the law.
The issue is not specialization versus generalization - the issue is competence. My colleague has correctly pointed you in the right direction to AILA. Be aware that some attorneys will not have experience in immigration law and still try to handle these kinds of cases. That is very dangerous on a number of levels. Consult with an AILA attorney and then distinguish among attorneys who have experience in the specific type of case which you are needing assistance. The questions you should ask concern how many different types of family-based cases, for example, the attorney has handled. More specifically, how many waivers, etc. If you have an appeal, find out how many appeals. As a client I know it is difficult but to avoid getting ripped off, inquire as to past cases, experience and knowledge of immigration law which can be indicated by publications, speaking engagements, involvement with the bar, and specialized associations like AILA.
Almost no immigration case is really completely "straightforward." And would you hire a family general practitioner doctor to do your heart surgery? Immigration law is the most complicated area of law in the U.S. today, bar none, according to circuit court of appeals judges. Over half the cases in the 9th Circuit court of appeals today are immigration cases. You are in California -- go on the California State Bar website, click on "Find a Legal Specialist" then "immigration law" and your county or nearby counties. Hire a certified specialist. Those who practice other areas outside of immigration law rarely do so competently. And there are MANY of us that charge quite reasonable fees, that are actually quite cheaper than many other attorneys in other practice areas. -- and many of us charge fixed fees, not hourly, which can also save you a lot of money.
As an attorney who practices more than one area of law, i think you should ask the attorney about their experience with the type of case you have. Most attorneys, including my firm, offer a free consultation where you can judge the attorney and ask questions as they evaluate your case.
Get free answers from experienced attorneys.
24,766 answers this week
2,617 attorneys answering
Don't speak legalese? We define thousands of terms in plain English.Browse our legal dictionary