How to find the right Immigration Lawyer
I was asked this question:
I am looking to find an immigration lawyer to help me with my visa application but I really don’t know how to judge what lawyer is best for me. Can you help?
This is an important question and is perhaps the most important because regardless of the type of immigration or visa case you have, you want to be sure you are working with the best representative, lawyer or attorney to get the job done.
Some quick tips to consider when choosing an immigration lawyer.
1. Make sure the lawyer specializes only in immigration. This is because the law is complicated and I just do not feel that you can get the best service if your representative’s focus is split outside the immigration field. It is hard enough to keep up with immigration law let alone a whole other area.
2. Interview the lawyer first before hiring him or her. You have to use your own judgment here. If the lawyer is serious about helping you, then they should take the time to first listen to your problems and answer your questions. You will get a good feel for whether or not you can work with that lawyer at the first meeting.
3 Ask if the lawyer has experience in handling the kind of case you need help with. As I said before immigration law is complex and there are lots of different subspecialties in immigration. This means that you have to know if that lawyer can help with your specific problem.
4. Find out how the lawyer communicates. This is also crucial. The lawyer may be great but if he or she is a bad communicator then stay away. You have to know how to reach that lawyer, what are the expectations for contacting the lawyer, how frequently etc.
5. Last tip: Check that lawyer online. The Internet is a great tool to evaluate lawyers these days. Check online reviews, their website, what other people are saying. Even join their social media like their FaceBook page to get an idea about who you are dealing with.
I hope this helps you in your own journey to find the right immigration lawyer. After all getting help in the first step to getting results!
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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