By Brad Glassman
10 TIPS TO HIRING THE BEST IMMIGRATION LAWYER
Ten (10) tips to guide you in hiring the best immigration lawyer in your Metropolitan area and community:
1. Find out whether the firm or the lawyer you want to hire specializes in immigration law.
From an initial phone contact, interview, or website visit, check to ensure that the lawyer you would like to hire specializes in immigration law. Many firms are “generalists” and unable to stay current with rapidly changing immigration matters. The best immigration lawyer your Metropolitan area and community will be laser-focused on these issues.
Tip—If an immigration lawyer brags to much about themselves about past and present cases, while ignoring your individual concerns, it may harm and not help your immigration situation.
2. Ask the lawyers you talk to how many years of experience they have.
The phrase “experience is the best teacher of all things” is as valid in immigration law as it is in life. When you are searching for the best immigration lawyer your Metropolitan area and community, you need to know that someone who has been actively specializing in immigration matters for years will know the best strategies, stay current on new laws, and have positive relationships with adjudication, judicial and law enforcement personnel. This is important, because a single mistake can derail your application with the U.S. government – and it can cause your case to wrongly be denied or drag on for months or even years. While there are no guarantees in immigration law, it is best to minimize your risk wherever possible, and understand immigration timelines are long and frustrating. Tip—If an immigration lawyer advises that the firm can pull ‘special favors’ or has a ‘hotline’ to immigration officials or promises guaranteed results, it may harm and not help your immigration situation.
3. Find out whether the immigration lawyer works as a team or you will be dealing directly with one lawyer.
The best immigration lawyers your Metropolitan area and community have support – and effective coordination ensures that someone will always be present to help you with your case. The front-line lawyer will be supported by a staff who works diligently on your behalf. The lawyer should have confidence is fellow experts and legal practitioners that you might be referred to for aspects of your case or other legal matters.
Tip—If an immigration lawyer constantly ignores your needs for advice or always has a non-lawyer/paralegal from the firm respond, it may harm and not help your immigration situation.
4. Inquire about the lawyer’s reputation and capabilities from other clients and referrals in the practice of immigration law; ensure the purported legal advisor is in fact a licensed lawyer; not a fake service carefully disguised as legal immigration lawyers.
The best immigration lawyers your Metropolitan area and community are competently recommended by their current and former clients, peers, and US Immigration authorities (USCIS) as knowledgeable and professional, and they are a credit to their communal relationships. Reputation and character, with a touch of attentive humor, is earned no bought. Avoid lawyers with no positive reputation, that do not focus on solutions for possible life-changing results.
Please note: so-called “immigration service providers”, “notarios”, and similar “immigration agencies” are not certified to practice immigration and nationality law in the United States. These so-called service providers are individuals or agencies who present themselves as people qualified to offer legal advice or immigration-related services probably are deceptively marketed. They usually victimize people who want to immigrate to the U.S, people often too nervous to understand, and often within their own local communities with similar backgrounds and languages.
• they engage in the unlawful practice of law (a crime).
• provide improper, negligent, and unfavorable advice that impacts your case negatively.
• take advantage of clients by gaining their blind trust;
• use scare tactics and threaten authoritative harm; and
• charge exorbitant legal fees, vanishing or closing their offices after filing incorrect and/or fraudulent cases (a crime).
Tip—If an immigration lawyer or service provider asks to meet you at a local fast-food restaurant or parking lot, they are probably going to harm and not help your immigration situation.
5. Inquire about similar matters to your case and realistic chances of success.
Understanding all client cases are different, question the immigration lawyer about similar cases and possible results. Understand every case is different, but find out if any were like yours, and then ask about how successful they were adjudicated. To find the best immigration lawyer your Metropolitan area and community you will also want to ask for references and read reviews if any are available. An immigration lawyer’s reputation is everything!
Tip—If an immigration lawyer or service provider asks you to sign blank applications before completed for your review, they are probably going to harm and not help your immigration situation.
6. Make sure the lawyers you talk to are affiliated members of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) or similar legal Association. You should also find out whether the law firm has a lawyer who is certified by the States to practice Law.
The best immigration lawyer your Metropolitan area and community will be a member of the AILA – and the firm where that lawyer works, if not the lawyer him- or herself, should have someone who is certified by the State Bar Law allowing the practice of Immigration and Nationality Law.
Tip—If an immigration lawyer cannot provide proof of membership in a State Bar for your review, it may harm and not help your immigration situation.
7. Check if the lawyer’s office will provide non-standard work hours, work nights and weekends to provide legal services that meet your work schedule and lifestyle.
Your immigration lawyer’s dedication and user-friendliness are important. Being available is particularly essential if you or your family are scared, confused, or involved in a confrontation that requires immediate protection from an immigration lawyer. Contact with the lawyer via e-mail, texting and cellphone access is essential when your interests are at stake.
Tip—If an immigration lawyer of Firm cannot provide return correspondence or phone calls before end of business day or within the next 24-48 hours, it may harm and not help your immigration situation.
8. Find out if the lawyer offers a free consultation.
Compassionate, dedicated immigration lawyers and law firms offer free initial consultations. These meetings in person or virtual are vital for you to meet the lawyer and gauge knowledge and trustworthiness required for representation. Similarly, the lawyer must understand your situation thoroughly to determine if he or she can help in a meaningful way.
Tip—If an immigration lawyer cannot arrange to meet you at a suitable time and date, it may harm and not help your immigration situation.
9. Ensure the lawyer speaks your language – or has a translator who can.
Legal advice can be complicated and must be fully understood. Firms that provide multilingual assistance ensure that their customers understand the strategies, risks, costs, and processes involved. Firms and lawyers that welcome you to meet along with trusted family, friends or colleagues have your best interest in mind.
Tip—If an immigration lawyer cannot provide comfort in your preferred language or dialect, it may harm and not help your immigration situation.
10. See whether the lawyer’s website is professional and informative.
Check out the firm’s website in detail and an excellent example of the basic and life- altering information you should be seeking. The website should reflect the lawyer’s scope of service, professionalism, immigration law focus, certifications, staffing and commentary about the firm and founder. The website of the best immigration lawyer your Metropolitan area and community should provide an informative news and blog area covering the latest developments in immigration.
Tip—If an immigration lawyer’s social media presence is minimal or non-existent, it may harm and not help your immigration situation.
Contact Brad B Glassman, Esq. for your local Tri-State, Borough and national immigration needs. Remember he is authorized to work in all 50 States and welcomes cases from across the globe
At your request, an award-winning results-oriented law firm, with offices in the Metropolitan New York area and community, experienced in protecting the rights of individuals, and their families as well as businesses and employers. Focused on immigration law Brad’s team of skillful professionals demonstrates the entire team’s compassion to helping service “clients, not files”,
To schedule a free consultation with an immigration lawyer, contact Brad Glassman and his associates at 516-746-2300. Their compassionate and multilingual staff will be pleased to discuss your situation to help you to reach your goal.
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