People I know have recommended flat fees, but are they right?
Flat fees are the standard for most immigration cases. Price is usually based on experience, difficulty, and the service of the lawyer. Find someone who has a proveb record of success.
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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.
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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.