We get this question a lot, and for good reason. You work hard for your money, and you don’t want to just give it away! You have one simple question, so why can’t it be answered by e-mail? The truth is that the law involves more interpretation and strategy than you may realize. Your question may seem simple, but in reality, an Attorney may need to ask you several follow up questions in order to figure out which laws apply to your specific circumstances. There are also several other things to consider:
Ignorance of the law is not a defense. This point has been discussed here before, but it’s worth mentioning again. Not knowing what the law is cannot be used as an excuse for not following the law. Laws are not always written with the average person in mind. The complexity of the language, the amount of laws that can apply to a situation, and the fact that the law changes constantly means that the likelihood of the average person missing an obligation or requirement is high. The authorities do not always take kindly to the suggestion that because you did not know the law you were under no obligation to follow it. Having a consultation with a legal professional lessens that burden.
Finding the right Attorney is essential. You probably wouldn’t randomly choose an auto mechanic, toss your car keys at the first employee you see, and completely trust that the issues you care about will be fixed. Finding the right Attorney is just as important. Attorneys and clients work closely for months. You need to trust them, and they need to be worthy of that trust. Their style and means of communication need to work well with yours. You might want to know more about them, as professionals and as people. And, you certainly need an opportunity to state exactly what is most important to you. Consultation appointments are a time to figure out important facts and start discussing basic strategy, but they are also a great time to figure out if you work well together.
Every case is different. The exact path forward depends on your specific circumstances. Everyone’s case is a little bit different, and sometimes there is a surprising amount of strategy needed. What worked well for your best friend’s divorce or your coworker’s immigration case might not work for your circumstances. Sometimes one fact can be the difference between one outcome or another. It is vital to have an experienced attorney who understands the law review your case to determine the individual facts and advise you on the best way to proceed.
There is no substitute for having an experienced immigration law attorney on your side. Nothing else gives you a better chance at the outcome you desire while navigating complex laws and policies. Give yourself the chance you deserve by contacting Katrina Zafiro for your consultation today.