There are so many things to look for when trying to select the right immigration lawyer in Los Angeles. Some critical aspects to consider will include the law firm having the following qualities:
Immigration Lawyer Qualifications: Multi-lingual
Most immigration clients’ first language will not be English. Therefore, all immigration law firms will be host to a multi-lingual staff. Locating a firm whose employees speak a variety of languages is the first step in selecting the right immigration lawyer in Los Angeles.
History of Success/Victories
Inquire into the lawyer’s track record, and his/her frequency of success. The number of successful cases will be a good indicator of how successful the lawyer will be in handling your own immigration matter. If you were referred to an attorney by word of mouth, then you have likely found a lawyer with a history of success.
All lawyers have a duty to keep their clients well informed and one of the most common complaints lawyers receive is not be accessible and/or not returning phone calls and emails in a timely manner. When selecting the right immigration lawyer, learn whether they exercise good communication skills. You will get a clear revelation of their communication practices upon first contact, when scheduling a consultation. The more responsive they are on the outset, the more responsive they will be during representation.
Experience and Familiarity
Immigration courts are very meticulous when it comes to filings and following procedures. The rules and regulations are very particular for immigration court, and all lawyers are expected to know immigration practices and how to present materials to the immigration judge. The right immigration lawyer will have an abundance of experience and be extremely familiar with all substantive and procedural aspects of immigration practice.
A good immigration attorney will be highly resourceful. Depending on your immigration needs, your immigration attorney will need access to the internet and certain software, will have a relationship with a good investigator, and strong international ties. In some instances, an immigration attorney will need to retrieve important certified documents from foreign countries, needing to make contact with national diplomats. You need an attorney who knows how to communicate and conduct transactions on an international level.
A proactive client will have plenty of questions and need much clarification. Avoid attorneys who seem anxious to dismiss any questions or comments you may have and look for an attorney who will take the time to explain and make sure you understand the immigration process, how it works, how much time it will take to accomplish your goals, and what to do in the meantime. If a lawyer seems to get easily agitated by your questions, or avoids giving a definitive response to your inquiries, then that probably is not the right immigration lawyer for you.
Lawyers can become very busy and high in demand during the work day. In the event the attorney is not available, it is helpful to have knowledgeable support staff on hand to assist you in the absence of the attorney. Often times, a well-trained staff can provide you with all the information you need, as long as they are not offering legal advice. The rapport established between the client and the support staff will carry over into the relationship with the attorney.
The right immigration will work with you and be flexible when it comes to payments for legal services. The right attorney will take all forms of payments and allow a payment plan.
It may seem impossible to discover all of the elements about an attorney upon initial contact. However, there are websites that rate attorneys and give you an idea of how they run their law practice. There are websites such as AVVO, Yelp, California State Bar, and Find Law that have evaluated, ranked, or disclosed any disciplinary action taken against any attorney. Use these websites to help select the right immigration lawyer in Los Angeles.
At Eikon law, we are a competent and experienced group of immigration legal professionals. Do not hesitate to contact us, as we are eager to help you with any of your immigration needs.