Updated: 6/21/2021 | How to Find the Right Lawyer
If you recently moved to the United States, you know how convoluted and complicated the legal system here can be. With so many details and complicating factors, even well-intentioned immigrants can get a little lost in the system.
Luckily, there are many great legal professionals who can help you navigate this stressful process and ensure you get the legal protection you need. But how do you find the specialized lawyer that is right for you? Here are a few of our suggestions for finding an American lawyer that is the best fit for your needs.
Do Your Research
Before you make a move to the U.S. it is important to begin to do some research on what type of legal support you might need. While there are many good legal professionals in the United States who practice with integrity, there are also plenty of unethical people who will look to take advantage of a person that they perceive to be in a vulnerable position. These covert narcissists will often attempt to capitalize on your lack of information, using your ignorance against you. This is especially true for those who don’t speak English.
To protect yourself, it’s a good idea to develop a baseline knowledge so that you can have some idea of the help that you need. We don’t know what we don’t know, right? By giving yourself a foundational understanding, you will be able to ask better questions and get more effective support for yourself, while avoiding any scams or other harmful experiences.
Consider Your Unique Situation
The next step in finding the right representation is to take stock of your unique situation. Your professional status, family, country of origin, and age can all factor in and determine what kind of legal support you need. There are so many types of legal support for those coming from overseas that it can seem overwhelming to wade through.
Answering a few questions about your particular situation can help you to make the right choice. What is your budget for legal representation? Are you in a relationship with a citizen and hoping to get married? Do you have kids together? You might need a family lawyer. Have you recently been the victim of a crime?
A U visa immigration lawyer would be a better fit for your needs. By taking stock of each of the aspects of your life that contribute to your unique legal situation, you can find the lawyer that is the best fit for your needs.
Read the Reviews
As we mentioned before, not all legal professionals are ethical and work on behalf of your best interests. Even beyond that, lawyers vary (like all professionals) in their customer service abilities, communication styles, and effectiveness. Someone can be a very good lawyer and still be difficult to work with on a personal level. When it comes to sensitive issues like immigration, you want a professional who will not only do their work well but is willing to get invested in your personal experience.
To screen for these more intangible qualities, we recommend finding reviews online of the company. Like me, many bloggers are willing to give detailed accounts of their experiences with different companies online. By that same token, consult family and friends who have gone through similar situations. Word of mouth is often the best (and most accurate) way to get a good understanding of a professional’s character.
There are many factors to consider when looking for good legal representation. By being intentional and planning ahead, you can bypass much of the stress of the situation and find the best fit for you and your individual needs.
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