Helen Tarokic (formerly Jugovic) is one of North Carolina's few NC Board Certified Immigration Law Specialists. http://www.nclawspecialists.gov/results.asp?SpecialtyID=1108 . She speaks Spanish, English and Croatian. She has a staff of 12 currently, most of whom are bilingual in English and Spanish. Her law office helps immigrants nationwide and internationally. Rebekah Garcia, a Wake Law graduate of 2014, is her associate attorney.
As of July 2015, our consultation fees are as follows, due to the very high volume of calls we are receiving (thanks to the many changes in law and policy after the Obama 2014 announcements about reform):
$100 regular consultation (expect to pay the same day as booking the appointment; and these appointments must be booked at least a month in advance - often 2 months in advance - due to the wait list for new clients. These appointments are designed to last an hour but may take up to 2 hours to complete. The consultation covers you for 1 free return consultation within 6 months, and so after the first consultation you will usually be given a follow-up appointment.
$200 rush consultation (usually set for Mondays for people who cannot wait as long for a regular consultation)
$300 weekend consultation (by special appointment only - lasts 60-90 minutes). Remember the consultation fee covers only 1 person - so if you have a case for a spouse or child, etc, be wise and book 2 slots so that all or most of your questions will be answered.
$500 emergency meeting (same day service): 90 minute consultation - same day service (by special appointment only). If the attorney is out of the office and same day service is needed (e.g. an on-call appointment), this can still be scheduled but may take place over the phone if the attorney cannot get to the office.
The consultation is the most important part of your case, in my opinion. It is during that time that your questions and worries are resolved, or mostly resolved, and usually people who have a case will walk away with a contract and checklist of items I need to begin representation. This saves time for all involved and helps ensure that if I am going to represent you, you actually can make a decision fairly quickly as to whether to move forward. I speak Spanish and English and Croatian. Our contracts and checklists are available in English & Spanish. Our staff is bilingual (English/Spanish).
Quality matters. No matter who you seek as an attorney, be sure you feel the person advising you knows all about your entire history before starting a case. I can't imagine how anyone can do a 20 minute consultation and make a major life decision with so little awareness about a client's case. So that is why we do quality consultations and expect our clients to come in prepared with their own questions. It's worth being prepared - and saves money on the case in the long run.
To book an appointment, call us at 910-509-7145 and my staff can assist in scheduling you.
If you are already an existing client or saw me in the past, be sure to tell that to my receptionist so that she knows whether this is a consultation that has a fee or not. Existing clients often do not pay consultation fees unless there is a new issue or more than a year has passed; and people who paid a consultation in the last 6 months but did not hire us yet might be scheduling a free return appointment, so it's important to give your full name and number and explain whether you've seen me before when you call in. Looking forward to meeting you!
Languages spoken: Croatian, English, Spanish
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|AILA Pro bono recognition certificate||American Immigration Lawyers Association||2011|
|Owner||The Law Offices of Helen Jugovic, P.A.||2011 - Present|
|Attorney||McKinney & Justice, P.A.||2008 - 2011|
|Law Clerk/Associate Attorney||Chapman Law Firm||2006 - 2008|
|Paralegal||Zulkie Partners, LLC||2000 - 2003|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|American Immigration Lawyers Association||New Members Division Liaison||2011 - Present|
|American Immigration Lawyers Association (Carolinas Chapter)||ICE Liaison||N/A|
|U visa success||U visa certification successfully obtained|
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|WILMA||Women of the World||2015|
|AILA Agora||Life & Death Consequences - Case Management in Removal Proceedings||2015|
|AILA 2010 National Conference||Doing the Math: Reading Business and Financial Documents||2010|
|Wilmington Star News||Study: N.C. Latinos face racial profiling and discrimination||2009|
|American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)||The Role of the Paralegal||2008|
|Wake Forest University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2006|
|Lake Forest College||Psychology||BA - Bachelor of Arts||2000|
|UNCW Out To Lunch event||UNCW - Immigration||2011|
|AILA National Conference||Naturalization||2010|