When you hire an immigration attorney, do you have to pay all his fees upfront before he files the case ?

Asked almost 2 years ago - Wichita, KS

Hello , I am still in school , i met my wife and we got married a few months ago , I am on F - 1 visa and my wife is American , I could fill out the forms myself , its not that hard but i feel my comfortable to have an immigration lawyer to do it for me and file my SOS case , we have talked to a couple so far , they want all their fees upfront before they file the case , I offered to pay half of it right now , and the rest when i guarantee he comes to the interview with us or at least i get the receipt , but they told me that no lawyer would mail your case to LUSCIOUS before he gets all the money he wants upfront ! ! is this true ? what if I am a student now and i want to pay the fees in three payments , can i find a lawyer to work with me ?

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  1. Alena Shautsova

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    Answered . It's all about a contract between you and an attorney. Both of you can negotiate the price and payment plan, but none of you is obligated to accept the offered terms.

    Att. number 917-885-2261 This advice does not create an attorney client relationship. No specific legal advice may... more
  2. Gen Kimura

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    Answered . You can always ask attorneys a payment plan.

    This answer is of a general nature and should not be relied upon as final, nor is it intended as legal advice.... more
  3. Rebecca T White

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    Answered . Attorneys may have differing fee arrangements. You may try on aila.org or avvo to find other attorneys that may assist you. If I can be of further assistance please let me know.

  4. J Charles Ferrari

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    Answered . What fees have to be paid when depends on what the retainer with the attorney states.

    J Charles Ferrari Eng & Nishimura 213.622.2255 The statement above is general in nature and does not... more

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