Unless you have already been in touch with a reputable and reliable immigration law firm in the past, you are probably wondering how long it will take you to find the right immigration lawyer for your needs. Here are 8 important questions you should ask before hiring an immigration lawyer.
1. How long have you been practicing immigration law?
The first thing you need to know is how long the immigration lawyer you are speaking with has been practicing immigration law. You want to hire an experienced lawyer who knows what they are doing, not a new lawyer who has never successfully handled a case before.
2. Have you already handled a case similar to mine?
If an immigration lawyer has never handled a case similar to yours before, it doesn’t necessarily mean they are not qualified to do it. However, you should ask them a few more questions about what they are planning to do to resolve your case and achieve a positive outcome.
3. Who else will be working on my case?
Immigration law firms hire many support staff, including legal assistants and paralegals. The immigration lawyer you choose to hire will not be doing all the work alone, so make sure you know who else will be working on your case.
4. How long do you think my case will take?
No one can know for sure how long it will take to resolve your case, but an experienced immigration lawyer should be able to give you a good estimate. Beware of lawyers who have no idea how long it will take, but also of the ones who guarantee you a quick successful outcome.
5. How will we communicate?
You should also ask how you will communicate with the immigration law firm while your lawyer and their support staff will be working on your case. It’s possible to communicate by phone, by email, by text messages or by snail mail.
6. How much will it cost?
A lawyer should be able to give you an estimate of how much their services will cost. Some lawyers charge by the hour, while others charge a flat fee. Don’t hesitate to ask, so you will know right away if you will be able to afford their services.
7. What will you do to resolve my problem?
You should also not hesitate to ask a lawyer if they think they can resolve your case, and what they are going to do to resolve it. A lawyer who guarantees that they will solve your case is probably lying. However, they need to at least feel confident that they will be able to solve it.
8. Will you put our agreement in writing?
A lawyer working for a reputable immigration law firm should put your agreement in writing. This agreement should explain what they will do for you, and how much it should cost you. If the immigration lawyer you are speaking with does not want to give you a written agreement, search for another one.