In reading advice on this site, it is suggested that you interview multiple attorneys to find best fit for you. Should I expect that each one of those interviews is going to cost me $150 or so? I made one apt and that was the result so I'm concerned with cost of interviewing multiple. Suggestions on best way to handle this?
Good afternoon. It can be difficult to figure out which attorney is your best option. Some attorneys charge a consultation fee, others do not. We occasionally charge a consultation fee if it's a complicated case, or there are looming deadlines. But we always reduce the fee by whatever consultation fee we charged.
Check out reviews of the attorneys with whom you want to meet. Make sure you are comfortable with those individuals. Once you know, you will have a much better feel for whether you should pay that attorney for a consultation.
start by asking family or friends for a referral to someone they trust who helped them effectively. I would say be prepared to go see another attorney if you feel the fit isn't right - don't feel committed to working with someone just because you had a meeting with them. Also maybe say on the phone that you don't want full consultation - just 15 minutes to meet and see if you are comfortable working with that person.
In Immigration law, most attorneys will charge for assessing your case over an initial consultation but they should not charge just for speaking with you about their experience/ credentials/ getting to know you, either over the phone or briefly in person (15 minutes or less). These days you can find out tons of information about an attorney just by checking out their Avvo profile, or seeing if they are a member in AILA, or checking their website, etc, so I don't see the need to interview too many attorneys, just the very few you identify as good candidates, and even those should be able to spend 5 minutes over the phone for you to figure out whether you feel comfortable enough to go in and pay the consultation fee for the actual case assessment. Good luck!
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