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What to expect from a consultation:
The initial consultation with an attorney is the single most important part of every case: It is when a majority of the factual discoveries, legal analysis, and key decisions about benefit eligibility and potential paths of action and case strategy take place.
- The Prospective Client will ask, and the attorney will answer, questions about the law, regulations, and how the government is currently interpreting its laws & regulations, including normal timelines for any relevant immigration processes.
- The attorney will ask detailed questions, and may ask to look at documents to learn about the facts of the PC’s situation, to screen for eligibility and determine what benefits may be available.
- The attorney will determine what visa categories or courses of action may be appropriate and available to the PC, and will explain the various options, including application procedures and types of supporting evidence needed.
- The PC will decide whether he or she would like to work with the attorney on the recommended course of action.
- The attorney will decide whether he or she is willing to take on the PC’s case.
- The attorney may make recommendations to the PC for or against specific choices, such as what visa, procedural path, or form of relief may be suited to the PC’s circumstances and goals, or may have the best chance of success.
- The attorney may recommend relevant types of documentation to collect or acquire.
- If attorney and the PC both agree upon the nature of the legal matter to be undertaken, and the attorney agrees to take on the case, the attorney will provide a legal fee quote for that matter.
All immigration benefits are granted at the sole discretion of the US government: No attorney can guarantee the grant of a benefit. The facts about the PC learned at an initial consultation, and strategy decisions based on those facts, form the underpinnings of all future actions taken by the law firm in your case, and they also form the basis for the legal fee quoted. Any facts that come to light later which were not revealed at the time of initial consultation may change the impact of those strategy decisions, and may alter the course of the case, the chances of success, and the applicable legal fee.
It is also crucial to understand what is not contemplated in the scope of an initial consultation. The purpose of consultation is to give both the attorney and the PC enough information to decide whether there is a viable case, and whether they wish to work together toward a specific common goal. This does NOT include explaining how to fill out the forms, listing all documents to be submitted in support of a particular matter, or drafting supporting arguments to be presented in a letter or affidavit.
The attorney providing preliminary legal advice in an initial consultation has not been retained to represent you, has not yet agreed to represent you, and should not review your self-prepared drafts, or tell you how to prepare and file your own case without counsel. An attorney who has not been retained to prepare and file the case should not correct or complete a partially-drafted package you have prepared on your own. This would not be covered by the attorney’s malpractice insurance, and would violate DHS rules about attorney advice on applications and petitions submitted to the agency for a benefit.