People I know have recommended flat fees, but are they right?
It depends on your type of case. Typically, flat-free pricing is good when you are dealing with certain common forms, consular processing, or for cases where the work is easily anticipated. However, deportation defense cases or appeals may not be as easy to gauge.
Regardless of whether or not flat-fee pricing is good for the attorney, you should always prefer flat-fee pricing because it will give you an expectation of how much your legal services will cost. We almost always try to do work on a flat-fee basis, even for deportation defense cases, so that our clients know how much the work will cost. This avoids surprises when representation is over.
Most immigration attorneys charge based on a fee for service basis ("flat fee"). Fees are based on the amount of hours an attorney suspects it will take for him/her to complete the case.
Debbi Klopman, ESq.
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Brooklyn, NY 11217
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This advice was intended to be general in nature and not to be taken as a legal opinion or legal advice and was not deemed to create an attorney-client relationship