“Can you tell me how much you will charge to handle my case before meeting with me?”
No and here’s why. For the immigration cases that we handle, we typically charge a fixed legal fee, which varies based on the facts and complexity of the case. Every case is different and, unfortunately, we cannot estimate the costs for your case without first meeting with you and reviewing your case carefully. You may believe that your immigration case is straightforward, routine and simple but there may be legal issues or difficulties that you haven’t spotted.
What to expect from an Immigration Consultation
We consider initial consultation to be a clinical examination. This meeting allows us to get acquainted and to determine the basic nature of your immigration problem. During your immigration consultation, you should expect an immigration lawyer to:
What NOT to expect during an Immigration Consultation
During the consultation, our attorney cannot review your paperwork for accuracy or completeness. If you are determined to handle your immigration case on your own, without hiring an attorney, we cannot provide you instruction on how to do that.
Consultation Does NOT establish an Attorney-Client Relationship
We would be honored to have the privilege of handling your immigration case. And we hope that you decide to hire us and become our client. But you do not become a client of our office simply by having a consultation. Should you decide to hire us, and should we decide to accept your immigration case, then we would ask you to sign a written representation agreement, spelling out the scope of our services, fees, and other terms and conditions. But consultation alone does not create either an Attorney-Client relationship or any obligation to provide any services other than the consultation itself.
Consultations with Immigration Lawyer by phone, Face time, or Skype
We offer in-person immigration consultations at our office located in Marlborough, MA. This option is our preferred method of analyzing your immigration case. But, if you need help or advice, we offer immigration consultations by phone, email, IM, Skype, or any other manner that is convenient for you. Regardless of which form of consultation you choose, an immigration attorney will be ready to thoroughly analyze your immigration case and carefully explain your rights and options.
If you prefer remote consultation, please make sure you are prepared and have all necessary tools to facilitate a productive meeting. For example, if you have a Skype consultation scheduled, please make sure that you have a quite place to have a private meeting with your attorney, arrive at least 5-10 minutes before the meeting, and check your connectivity. Calling from public places or from your business place while working will be disruptive and not productive.
What to bring to your consultation
Bring all documentation related to your immigration matter. The more documentation you bring us, the easier it will be for us to accurately evaluate your immigration options.
If you cannot communicate in English, Spanish, Turkish, Russian, and/or Azerbaijani, please bring someone with you who can interpret for you. If you do not speak one of the five languages listed above and cannot bring your own interpreter, we are more than happy to arrange an interpreter for you for an additional cost of $200/per hour. In this case, we will need at least a week advance notification.
We typically charge a fee of $150 for a consultation lasting up to 60 minutes. This fee would be fully credited towards the legal fees of your immigration case if you hire our immigration law office within 7 days of your consultation. The consultation fee should be paid before we schedule a consultation with you. Once the fee paid, please notify us through an email and we will contact you to schedule a consultation.
We do not accept credit/debit cards. We accept payments in cash, cashier’s check, or money order. We also accept payments through our webpage [payment button below] and PayPal. In some cases, we also accept personal checks.