Hiring a Corporate Immigration Lawyerby Ronald Shapiro (The Shapiro Law Group)
When you need help with an immigration matter, don’t hesitate to hire a corporate immigration lawyer. Immigration law is exceedingly complicated, and it changes every year. With all the shifting in regulations and policies, not to mention the multiple administrative agencies that are involved in regulating immigration, it would be a mistake to try to navigate the system without a corporate immigration lawyer.
The best way to find a corporate immigration lawyer is by asking family and friends for suggestions. You will always benefit from getting personal recommendations for a corporate immigration lawyer. One of the best things about personal recommendations is that your family and friends will want to help you find the best corporate immigration lawyer they can; you will not get recommendations to anyone who your friends and family feel is untrustworthy. Another benefit to getting referrals for a corporate immigration lawyer is that you can ask questions. Make sure you find out what kind of case the attorney handled for your family member or friend. You shouldn’t trust your immigration case to any lawyer who does not have knowledge of, and experience with, immigration matters.
The second best place to get referrals for a corporate immigration lawyer is by calling the local bar association. The bar association will be able to give you recommendations on members in good standing. You may also want to contact a local professional organization specializing in corporate immigration. A corporate immigration lawyer who cases about staying abreast with the latest changes and advances in his field will belong to a professional organization. Likewise, a corporate immigration lawyer who does not belong to such an organization might be lazy or, at the very least, under-informed. Don’t give your business to someone you cannot trust to be the very best.
Once you have created a short list of potential lawyers, set up personal interviews. You will probably have to pay a one time consulting fees, but it is worth the nominal fee to any possible corporate immigration lawyer. This meeting should be treated like an interview – you are hiring a corporate immigration lawyer to do an important job for you. Ask a lot of questions about the attorney’s experience and knowledge, and get their opinion of your case. Most importantly, you should never hire a corporate immigration lawyer who you feel you cannot trust. Trust is the most important element of your relationship with your attorney, and you should feel comfortable being completely honest with you corporate immigration lawyer.