Seven Common Mistakes to Avoid
When Hiring an Attorney
Immigration and nationality law can be exceptionally difficult and daunting. This is especially true if you are facing immigration consequences as a result of a criminal conviction. The importance of choosing the right attorney cannot be overstated. Make certain the attorney you choose has the professional experience, legal acumen, and commitment required to achieve the best possible results in your case.
Mistake #1 – Hiring an attorney who does not respond to your phone calls.
An attorney who is not responsive to communication is not worth hiring. Attorneys are well known for failing to return phone calls. Make sure the attorney you choose returns your calls promptly. At the Cruz Law Office, we know your immigration case matters! Our clients deserve timely attention, so all calls are returned promptly within a 24-hour period.
Mistake #2 – Hiring an attorney only because you like his advertising.
A website, TV commercial, or Yellow Pages ad will not tell you much about the lawyer. Flashy advertising is visually pleasing, but make sure you get to know the attorney! Talk with your potential attorney, ask questions, and make sure the attorney is qualified and competent to handle your case.
Mistake #3 – Being intimidated by the attorney.
When you approach a lawyer, you are meeting someone with a great deal of education, experience, and skill. That doesn’t mean that you don’t have a great deal to offer in your own case. You need to ask questions, be part of the process, and understand every legal term or action. This is your future, and you need to take an active part in the proceedings.
Mistake #4 – Hiring an attorney you can’t trust.
It is critical that your attorney is someone you can trust and get along with. You can check the California State Bar website at www.calbar.ca.gov to make sure the attorney you’re considering has a clean track record. Beware of any attorney who has been disciplined by the State Bar.
Mistake #5 – Hiring an attorney who charges you by the hour.
When talking about the cost of representation, you should ask yourself, “Will the attorney give me a flat fee price or charge an hourly rate which can go on forever?” After an experienced attorney does a thorough job of determining what kind of work is needed for your case, he should be able to quote you a set price. After all, you want to know what it will cost you without having to worry about an attorney who purposely drags things out to run up his fees!
The Cruz Law Office operates exclusively on a flat fee basis. For your convenience, we accept most forms of payment, including cash, credit cards, and checks. We also offer flexible payment plans in order to accommodate your needs.
Mistake #6 – Hiring an attorney who’s afraid of going to trial.
You want an attorney who is willing and ready to take your case to trial. Trial attorneys are hands down the most respected attorneys in the courthouse. They are esteemed because they are knowledgeable about the law, they are fearless, they are persuasive speakers, they have the ability to think quickly and react well to curve balls, and they are very hard workers. Because of the respect they have earned, they get the best deals and the best results for their clients.
Mistake #7 – Not choosing an attorney who owns and manages his own firm.
Why hire an associate at a large law office when you can have the founder and senior partner working for you? Large law firms do have advantages over small firms, but they often charge astronomical fees. Our office combines the quality and breadth of legal services provided by a large firm with the personal service, individualized attention, and reasonable fees of a small firm. If you have an immigration or criminal defense issue, call the Cruz Law Office today for a free consultation at (619) 717-2233.