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Finding the Right Immigration Lawyer in Grand Rapids – Part 3

This is my last installment on the topic of finding the right immigration lawyer in Grand Rapids. Part 1 dealt with some general principles of why not only having an immigration lawyer is important to giving you the best chance of success for your immigration case but also, the importance of finding the right immigration lawyer. Part 1 also gave you some things (homework) that you need to do before hiring the right immigration lawyer that greatly improves your chances of making a knowledgeable decision and having the confidence your chose the right lawyer.

Part 2 discussed the various factors in evaluating an immigration lawyer. These items are what I consider “must knows” in order for you to make the right choice. You cannot not be shy when seeking these answers. Remember, you are interviewing the lawyer for the job as much as the lawyer is interviewing your case. Do not ever hold back from asking the lawyer – your potential lawyer – a question that is important to you. No matter what the question. Part of the interview process should include your observations as to how the lawyer answers your questions. Does he seem bothered by them? Does he dismiss your question as foolish? Does the lawyer answer the question to your satisfaction? A good lawyer should welcome all questions. The lawyer should never seem bothered to answer any and all of your questions. The lawyer should answer the question completely to your satisfaction. The lawyer should ask if the answer does satisfy you. Finally, the lawyer should ask if the answer gives rise to new questions. The bottom line is that you are hiring a lawyer to help YOU. The lawyer is YOUR resource for information. If the lawyer is acting as if his job is simply fill out your forms and the less he hears from you is best — run! That lawyer is only interested in making a buck.
In Part 3, I want to wrap up and talk about the initial consultation and what to expect. Finally, I want to address the question, what do you do if you find the “right” immigration lawyer but, can’t afford him or her.

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