Beware of unscrupulous immigration attorneys and “dabblers.”

Beware of unscrupulous immigration attorneys and “dabblers.”

Immigration Law is second in complexity only to the Internal Revenue Code, and the lawyers who are able to navigate its intricacies are worth their weight in gold.

Most immigration lawyers are hardworking, smart, compassionate people.  However, there are a few who attempt to take advantage of people’s fear and ignorance.  Be skeptical of anyone who asks you to pay a fee “so I’ll be your lawyer, just in case you ever get picked up.” If anyone is disrespectful to you and your family, or asks you to sign something you don’t understand, know that you can always walk away, demand a copy of your file, and find new representation.

The best immigration attorneys practice exclusively immigration law, or immigration and one other related area such as criminal defense or family law.  Beware of well-meaning attorneys who “dabble” in immigration by taking just a few cases.  They may be great lawyers in their fields of expertise, but it they are not deeply knowledgeable and experienced in the subtleties of immigration law, they should refer immigration cases to others.