What to think about when talking to an immigration attorney:

The immigration process is important and can be complicated.

Knowing about immigration can help. Having a lawyer can help make things easier. Here are some tips to help you pick a lawyer for your case:

  • Lawyers have different costs. The cost can depend on the service or on how complex the case is.
  • Ask about the cost of a consultation and the total cost of the case.
  • No lawyer can guarantee your case will work out the way you want it to. The final decision is not up to them. A lawyer can make it more likely that your case will work out the way you want it to.
  • It is important to check the license of a lawyer. You can check the licenses of lawyers at:
  • Ask for a written contract.
  • Ask for receipts when you pay. Check to make sure your information, the lawyer’s information, the dates, and the amounts, are all right.
  • Ask your lawyer questions to make sure you understand what is going on. You must understand and agree to everything. Many lawyers speak Spanish. 

For information on immigrant rights, see the ACLU Know Your Rights Handbook.