What should I expect from the initial consultation with my lawyer?
The initial consultation with your lawyer where you discuss your case in detail and plan a strategy is a key part of the client/ lawyer relationship.
This will give you the opportunity to outline your case and receive expert legal advice from an experienced immigration lawyer.
But how should you prepare for this consultation and what questions should you ask your lawyer? First, it is important to choose the best lawyer for your circumstances.
For any immigration case, it is recommended to work with a specialist immigration lawyer because they are experts in this area of the law.
Be sure to engage the services of a lawyer who is accredited by a regulatory agency. In the UK, the Office of the Immigration Services Commission (OISC) regulates immigration advisers to ensure they act in the interests of their clients on matters of immigration law.
We have prepared a list of the top three questions to ask your immigration lawyer during the initial consultation.
Will this lawyer be a good fit for me?
If you choose to instruct a lawyer to prepare an immigration application on your behalf, you will likely be in frequent communication as they work on your case.
Therefore, it is really important for you to choose a professional who you can trust to work for you. Some of the questions you can ask include:
- What languages can we discuss this case in?
- How often will you communicate with me and what form will that take (e.g., phone, email, etc.)?
- Do you specialise in immigration law?
- What is your experience with cases similar to mine?
You are entitled to ask questions about the nature of lawyer’s experience in immigration law, or the history of their law firm in this area.
Investing in a lawyer to support your immigration case is a big commitment and you should ensure you are happy with the qualifications of your lawyer before you begin the process.
What is the best strategy for my case?
Once you have asked some of the introductory questions to find out more about your specialist immigration lawyer, and you are satisfied that there is a good fit, you can move on to some of the specialist questions about your immigration case.
In the initial consultation, you can expect your lawyer to ask you what you want to achieve from your immigration case, and what form of support you need.
They will ask you about your immigration history and ask about the types of documents you have that may be necessary to submit with your application.
They will assess your eligibility and the likelihood of you receiving the outcome you are looking for. They will normally explain the process and the strategy they intend to take with your case.
To understand further, you could ask some of the following questions:
- What do you think of my case?
- What are my case’s chances of success?
- What is the timeline for my case?
- What will you need from me in order to work on this case?
How much will my case cost?
Another very important question when it comes to your immigration consultation is the issue of cost.
During the consultation, your lawyer will outline what is involved in your case in detail so that you can understand the level of work involved and you have clear expectations of the timeline and what is expected of you.
After this, the lawyer will then likely discuss the cost of their services and clearly explain what you will be expected to pay.
In most cases, it is not possible to find out the cost before an initial consultation. This is because every immigration case is different and will depend on the complexity and level of work involved.
Some of the questions to ask your lawyer about the cost include:
- How much will my case cost in total?
- How can I pay for your services (e.g., flat fee or instalments)?
- Do filing fees come at an additional cost?
- Do you charge for copies of documents, calls, emails, etc?
Having a clear understand of the costs involved will help you to make an informed decision.
How can Birmingham Immigration Lawyers help me?
We strongly recommend that you do your research when trying to find the right immigration lawyer for you.
At Birmingham Immigration Lawyers, we have many testimonials from satisfied clients that we have supported on diverse and complex cases.
We understand that all immigration cases are unique and that the outcome can have a major impact on your life and the lives of your family members.
That is why we take the greatest care with every case, no matter how small or large. Each of our clients will receive the best possible legal representation.
All our lawyers are experts in immigration law and you can be confident in your choice of immigration lawyers. Whether you need support with Family Visas, British Citizenship or an application for Indefinite Leave to Remain, we can assist you.
While it is important to note that no lawyer can guarantee a successful outcome to your case, we can ensure that we help you submit the strongest possible application to maximise your chances of success.
If you have a question that you would like to ask our OISC-accredited and highly experienced immigration lawyers, contact our professional advisers today for a discussion about how we can support you.
You can call 0121 667 6530 or use the online contact form to get in touch with us.