Before proceeding with any immigration petition, it is always best to consult an attorney. The following guide outlines some basic tips to consider during the consult.
Inquire about Fees
Most immigration attorneys charge a consultation fee; be sure to know this fee and bring payment in the form of cash or check. Keep receipt of consult fee, particularly in the case that the consult fee will be credited to your account if you retain services with the attorney.
Complete Intake paperwork
Most attorneys require that basic intake information is taken before meeting for a consult. This can either be found on the attorney's website or will be communicated to you before the consult. Be sure to answer all information accurately and truthfully as this information assists the attorney in making a comprehensive assessment of your case.
Keep Track of Time
Most consults are limited to a certain time - generally in 15 minute increments. While the attorney will generally be aware of the start time and completion time, it is important that you keep the consult within the specified timeframe, or you will likely be charged for further communication.
Prepare Questions Beforehand
Before your consult have a list of all questions you wish to have answered by the attorney during the initial consult. This allows for a more streamlined process and gives you the best value for your consult. Be aware of time when it comes to asking questions, so that you may answer all within the specified time frame.
Keep Attorney Contact Info
After the consult, if you have not decided whether to retain services, it is important to keep notes of the consult and all contact information for the attorney. This will allow you to contact the attorney if his/her services are required.
Our Rating is calculated using information the lawyer has included on
their profile in addition to the information we collect from state
bar associations and other organizations that license legal
professionals. Attorneys who claim their profiles and provide Avvo
with more information tend to have a higher rating than those who do
What determines Avvo Rating?
Experience & background
Years licensed, work experience, education
Legal community recognition
Peer endorsements, associations, awards
Legal thought leadership
Publications, speaking engagements
This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in .
Disciplinary information may not be comprehensive, or updated. We recommend that you always check a lawyer's disciplinary status with their respective state bar association before hiring them.