As you look for an immigration attorney to handle your case, make sure to choose a lawyer with good communication skills.
Picking up from 6 Qualities to Look for in an Immigration Attorney (Part 1)¸ below, we will continue our discussion by taking a closer look at two more essential qualities to look for when you are ready to hire an immigration attorney. In addition to making sure that an immigration attorney is experienced and is in good standing with the state bar association (as discussed in Part 1 of this blog), it’s also crucial to make sure that a lawyer:
- Has good communication skills – At any given point while your immigration matters are moving forward, you will likely want to be kept in the loop and informed about what is happening with your case, what challenges may be arising and what you may need to do to overcome these obstacles. This means that you need to be able to rely on the fact that your immigration lawyer will be proactive about reaching out to you and that, when he does, he will be forthright about the status of your case.While you can ask an attorney directly about his communication skills (by, for instance, asking how often he will communicate with you about your case in the future, or how quickly he’ll get back to you if you reach out to him to ask questions about your case), it’s also a good idea to see what his past clients have said about his communication skills.
- Will be accessible to you as your case progresses – This quality falls in line with communication skills, as it generally requires that you are able to get ahold of your lawyer when you have questions, need advice and/or simply need reassurance about your case. While it’s not necessarily reasonable to assume that an attorney will always be available to pick up your call the moment you place it, it is reasonable to expect your lawyer to get back to you within a few days.If a lawyer has a history of not getting back to his former clients (which you may learn about from client testimonials, for example), then be careful about moving forward with that attorney, and continue shopping around for another lawyer.
Be sure to check out the third installment of this blog for the two final qualities that are essential to look for when hiring an immigration attorney to handle your case.
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