The practice of immigration law is unlike most other legal specialties. Your lawyer will not only perform services for you, but become your advocate in dealing with a government bureaucracy that can be difficult and unpredictable. With any luck, the process will (aided by the lawyer's knowledge and organization) go so smoothly that you never notice the bumps in the road. But if major difficulties arise, it becomes especially important to have chosen a lawyer in whom you have absolute trust.
Hiring a Paralegal or Notary for Immigration Cases: Risks Vs. Savings
Paralegals, notaries, and accredited representatives can legally do far less than an attorney, and some are outright frauds. Make sure you understand the limits of their services before trying to save money by hiring one.
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How to Find a Good Immigration Lawyer For Your Case
An experienced lawyer will prepare your case carefully to give it the best chance for approval. Here are some guidelines to help you find a good immigration lawyer.
When Do You Need an Immigration Lawyer?
There are numerous situation in whicy you’ll need an immigration lawyer’s help -- or will save yourself a lot of time and aggravation by getting it.
How to Go About Firing Your Immigration Lawyer
Before you fire the lawyer representing you in immigration matters, consider whether it's the appropriate step, and then take measures to protect your own interests and get back any money you are owed.
How Expensive Is an Immigration Lawyer?
Get an idea of how much you'll need to invest in high-quality legal services.
What to Do If You Suspect Your Immigration Attorney Has Made Mistakes in Your Case
Dealing with ineffective assistance of counsel.
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Even if you plan to consult an attorney, this comprehensive resource will help familiarize you with immigration rights and procedures.