How to Select an Immigration Attorney

How to select an Immigration Attorney?
1.      Many people and some lawyers believe that the appropriate choice is an attorney that handles immigration matters exclusively. This is prescription for missing other legal problems. Every lawyer knows the first step in discussing a client’s legal situation is recognizing all the potential legal issues. Immigration overlaps the areas Family, Criminal and Business law. Without this background your lawyer may handle your immigration matters properly but unknowing do considerable damage to your case as whole. This does not mean that your Immigration lawyer should have experience in every of law but the above mentioned areas are essential and are part of The Tripodi Law Firm.
2.     Ask your attorney about his background? This starts from the day he/she walked into law school until the present date. You are gauging performance and you are searching for a clear line of successful transitions. For the most part, this will be easy to determine and if it becomes difficult we recommend a second opinion. This is similar to selecting a physician.
3.     Will the attorney be handling your case or will it be delegated to a paralegal? Paralegals are necessary part of the law firm but your lawyer must be willing to sit down and have a fact-to-face conversation. Immigration law is highly detailed area of law so it is important to know he is committed to your case. Since emotions run high, your attorney must agree to answer a reasonable amount of telephone calls.
4.     Is your lawyer tenacious and a creative thinker? We all had experiences with the Federal Government that required extra effort to achieve the desired result. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS), Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) are part of this Federal Government that has strict rules. It is your attorney’s obligation to work within the rules and sometimes be creative in circumventing the rules. He also must very tenacious and persistent putting in the extra effort to fight for your rights.
5.      Is your attorney a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)? Although any admitted lawyer can join the organization, only those committed to have immigration relationships with government agencies, immediate access to important government cases and a network of attorneys nationwide will do so.