Five Questions to Ask an Immigration Lawyer
When you are deciding on which immigration lawyer you would like to help you with your case, you should have some questions prepared in advance so that you can get a good idea of how it will be working with that particular immigration lawyer. Remember, a good immigration lawyer will be expecting these questions and will be happy to answer them.
Questions to ask an immigration lawyer
Question 1: Who will be my lawyer? This might seem like a bit of a strange question, but at a law firm there are often many lawyers available to help you. If you’ve seen one lawyer in advertisements or on television, that might not necessarily be the exact person who will be handling your case. If not, ask to see if the lawyer who is representing you is experienced and qualified.
Question 2: Will my case my successful or not? This is almost like a trick question. A lawyer should be able to use their experience and knowledge to provide you with an explanation of what they think the outcome will be, and how they came to that conclusion. But they should never guarantee to you that you application will be successful. If someone tells you they can guarantee approval or they have an “in” to get you approved, this is something that can signal that illegal activities are going on.
Question 3: Do you have any testimonials? A lot of what immigration lawyers do for their clients is confidential. However, they will likely have thank you letters or testimonials that you can look through.
Question 4: How much do you charge? Your lawyer should be upfront with you when it comes to what they charge and what services you will receive for those costs.
Question 5: How often will you contact me? You will want to be provided with update son your case whenever reasonable, so ask your lawyer how often they will be in contact and how soon you can expect a return call when you leave a message.
About Michael Niren
Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more
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