Even with so many immigration attorneys in Fresno, the chances are that you do not have an attorney in your circle of friends and family members. Thus, hiring an lawyer could be a daunting experience especially under the time pressure of dealing with your legal issues in a timely manner. Considering that the outcome of many legal cases could differ depending on the lawyer you hire, choosing the right attorney is critical.
Here are a few tips on how to choose an immigration attorney.
1) First, ask around and get referrals. Ask your friends, family members, or neighbors whether they know any immigration attorneys. If they do, ask how satisfied they were with their attorneys’ work and how reasonable their legal fees were. The more information you have about the attorney, the easier you get to evaluate the attorney.
2) Second, interview several attorneys in person or on the phone. You do not need to have legal knowledge to understand what the attorney says about your case. In fact, the attorney should be able to explain to you without using much legalese. If you do not understand any of the legal terms the attorney uses, you should ask the attorney to explain the meaning in lay terms. You should be also very comfortable with the attorney you hire because you will frequently have an opportunity to speak with your attorney until your case is resolved. The attorney should be willing to spend enough time explaining your legal issues and answering your questions. After interviewing several attorneys, you will get an idea as to which attorney you feel most comfortable with. Then, trust your judgment or even instinct and go with your gut feelings.
3) Third, ask the attorney questions about his or her practice. Ask how familiar the attorney is with the type of case you have; or whether the attorney has handled cases similar to your case. If he has, ask what the outcomes of those cases were. Is the attorney explaining not only strong but also weak points of your case from a practical standpoint? Ask who will mainly handle your case. Some attorneys assign their work to their legal assistants without much supervision. You need to make sure that your attorney is the one who mainly handles your case and approves the final work product.
4) Fourth, are the attorney fees reasonable? Although there are no strict guidelines as to how much the attorney fees should be, the fees must be reasonable. If you interview several attorneys, you will get an idea as to how much the going rates are for your case in your geographic area. The fees should not be too high or too low, either. The attorney who is willing to take your case for very low fees might not spend much time on your case himself and rely too much on his legal assistants.
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