Finding the Right Immigration Lawyer

Immigration laws are complex and confusing for the laymen, unless you are an immigration attorney you may find the paperwork confusing.  Finding the right immigration lawyer is crucial to getting your applications approved.  There are a lot of issues that can come up and endanger your application if you don’t provide the correct documents.

You need a good immigration lawyer on your side with the experience and know how to help you on your path to citizenship.  Choose a firm that has the resources to help you along with the experience.  Here are some of the things you should seek in an immigration attorney.

Don’t Look for a Bargain

This is your future on the line; you are not buying a car.  The field of law has both good attorneys and bad one and a lot that are in between.  Some attorneys have too many cases and won’t devote the proper time for yours.  There are other attorneys that simply don’t have the experience yet, you don’t want an attorney one day out of law school.  Choose the right attorney, that won’t necessarily be the cheapest.

Get a Referral from Friends

Do you have a network of family and friends that you can tap into, perhaps someone who has gone through the immigration process?  Ask them who handled their case and if the experience was good.  You can learn about someone’s firsthand experience with an attorney and it will give you a better idea if that is someone that you can work with.  You don’t need to like your attorney personally but you do need one that is really good at their job.

Check References

If you haven’t gotten a referral from a friend and you are relying on an internet search to find an attorney then you need to check references.  Some attorney may not let you speak with past clients because of confidentiality issues but you can at the very least check review sites to see if the firm has a good reputation or not.  You can check on Yelp or even Google itself to see what past clients have to say.

The Cost

The cost shouldn’t be the determining factor however it is important.  Many attorneys will bill you on an hourly basis, and the cost is higher when they have to appear in court.  Many attorneys will work with you on the fee structure you need only ask.  Talk frankly about the fees and what you can afford to see if you can work together.

Get a Lawyer to Help you Plan Your Estate

While it isn’t something anybody wants to think about we all have to plan for our loved ones after we are gone.  Nobody likes to think about their own mortality least of all when you are still young but if you have children or assets then you need to plan ahead or someone else will be making those decisions for you.  You might think that you can handle all of this on your own but the truth is, you need to get a lawyer to help you plan your estate and here’s why.

State Laws

Each state is different when it comes to who can have your medical or financial power of attorney, along with who can be named in a trust or will.  Each state also have specific paperwork that needs to be filled out  and what works in California may not work in New York.  Some state require that they executor or personal representative needs to be related to you when they sign documents for you.  These are just some of the peculiarities that can be found in estate law in different states.

Doing it Yourself

There are a bunch of different site like LegalZoom with do it yourself documents that make it seem like an attorney isn’t needed at all.  That isn’t actually the case, and you find out down the road that the Power of Attorney is invalid.  Your family may be left spending thousands of dollars trying to adhere to your wishes.  DIY forms are pretty generic and may not offer what you need for your situation while an attorney can make sure that your wishes are made clear.  Which bring us to the next point.

Complex Cases

Planning your estate isn’t always simple and it gets more complicated if you have assets, minor children or you have been divorced and remarried.  Do you want to leave some of your money to charity or own foreign property, then you definitely need an attorney putting a will together for you.  If you are a partner in a business then an attorney needs to be involved in planning your estate.

No matter how much research that you do online that doesn’t make you a lawyer and that can end up costing your family a fortune.  Not having a will is even worse, your family won’t know how you want your assets disbursed or in the worst case they end up fighting over your estate.  Make sure that your family is taken care of in the way that you want by working with an attorney.