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If I can answer your question in a sentence or two, I will do so via email. Any long narrative, review of credentials, or live discussion requires a paid consultation.
NO SALES SOLICITATIONS.
Other contact options including phone and fax are shown to the right.
An initial consultation with an attorney is the foundation of your case. This is when the attorney learns key facts about you and your circumstances, conducts screening and legal analysis to determine what benefits or relief may be available to you, makes key decisions about benefit eligibility, potential paths of action, and optimal case strategy, and defines the choices you will be able to make.
The purpose of a consultation is to give both you and the attorney enough information to decide whether there is a viable case, whether you have or can obtain the documents necessary for such a case, and whether both parties wish to work together toward an agreed common goal.
The facts an attorney learns in initial consultation, and case strategy recommendations based on those facts, serve as the foundation of all future actions taken by that attorney in that case. The facts provided at initial consultation also form the basis for the legal fee quoted. It is of the utmost importance to be honest with the attorney. Facts undisclosed to the attorney which come to light later can change the case analysis and legal strategy recommendations, may close off possible courses of action, and may impact eligibility for benefits, chances of success, timelines, and fees.
It is also crucial to understand what is not contemplated within the scope of an initial consultation. The attorney you consult with has not been retained, and has not yet agreed to represent you. For liability reasons, the attorney will not perform the following services as part of a consultation:
- Review forms prepared by you or someone else, that you plan to file on your own.
- Draft or edit letters or affidavits to be submitted in your case.
- Advise you how to answer specific questions on draft immigration forms.
- Advise you which forms are required for your case.
- Provide document checklists.
Such services may not be covered by the attorney’s malpractice insurance, and may violate DHS regulations on preparing or advising on applications and petitions submitted for a benefit without an attorney of record.
However, a consultation does include review of many other kinds of documents, so long as you provide legible copies in PDF at least 24 hours ahead of your appointment: this may include your credentials – diplomas, transcripts, professional training certificates, CV or resume, publications list, prizes, press articles; your identity and/or status documents, such as passports, visas, I-94s, I-20s, DS-2019s, I-797 Receipts and Notices of Approval, EAD cards, birth or marriage certificates, adoption, name change or divorce decrees; and copies of any past filings by you or on your behalf with USCIS, the Department of Labor, or Department of State, and Agency correspondence in regard to such filings, such as Requests for Evidence, Notices of Intent to Deny/Revoke, or denial decisions.
All information provided to the Law Office of Karin Wolman before, during, or in support of your initial consultation is strictly confidential.