Posted by Melissa
This review is in English and Spanish. Esta revision tambien es encuentra en espanol
When I started doing research online on becoming a citizen I realized I was not going to be capable of filling out USCIS forms so I decided to hire a professional. Mr. Sobel was the only attorney that was able to see us on a sunday as my husband works during the week.
After the consultation Mr. Sobel left us with the impression that he was a professional that would take pride of his work. He also shared that he had worked for Pipeliners Local Union 798 just like my husband. After writing a check for $1,500 I gave him all the necessary documents that had all my information and my name. After two months of the consultation I realized I had made the worst mistake by hiring and paying Mr. Sobel for his services and that his firm does not take pride of their work.
I ran into three problems with Mr. Sobel
1. Mr. Sobel mistyped my address. His typo caused for me not to received very important documents/notices from USCIS from June 29 to November 24, 2014. To top the typo Ms. Coulter tried to cover up the fact that they had mistyped my address by lying to me.
2. Mr. Sobel received a RFE from USCIS, I did not since USCIS had my neighbors address on my file, and wanted me to pay $750 for a response that was very simple to do and that was out of my budget. After two typos I decided not to allow Mr. Sobel do the response and informed his firm that I was going to do my own response. After I had informed firm, Mr. Sobel withdrew from representing me. If you hire him and something comes up for your case he will expect you to pay or lose his representation.
3. THE WORST ONE
Mr. Sobel mistyped my last name on I-765. I had reviewed my packet with Ms. Coulter and we both did not catch any errors as she flipped the pages of the packet. I asked for a copy of my packet but was rejected and Ms.Coulter assured me I would get a copy. 24 days later I received a copy on my email and I noticed the error. I contacted Ms. Coulter and brought the typo to their attention and asked if the typo would hurt my petition in any way. She responded with no. I received my EAD card with a wrong last name, the name that Mr. Sobel printed on the I-765 application and the only way to fix his typographical error is to resubmit the application with the fee ($465). When I asked Mr. Sobel for a refund of the fee, since I have to fix his error and redo his job, he claimed that it is not his duty to fix it since he no longer represents me and that it was my fault. His front desk employee, Ms. Irene, shared on January 2015 that she usually reviews packets before they are sent off to USCIS, but that she did not reviewed mine. Yet my signed packet sat in his firm for 24 days. So far Mr. Sobel has not done a single thing to fix his typographical error.
Ms. Coulter had told me that the typo was not going to affect my petition yet I can not get a social security number, a job, a drivers license, or even start looking for scholarships.
Mr. Sobel gained $1,000 and I have to redo his job and his SOLUTION TO THE TYPO WAS TO RECOMMEND ME TO GO AHEAD AND GET A SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER WITH A WRONG LAST NAME. I did not since that is very illegal. I will be making a complain to the Bar Association.
Please DO NOT trust this attorney with your hard earned money.
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