1. We answer a variety of questions on our YouTube channel at Hanea Law Firm. Please visit our video collection today at:
2. Do I really need to hire an attorney?
When you visit the US Immigration and Citizenship website, the forms seems pretty straightforward and easy to fill out, right? To be honest, once all the information is gathered, they are. But, did you know that each answer has legal consequences?
There are instances when a person can fill out and file the forms themselves successfully. However, if you have the slightest doubt about which status you qualify for, aren’t sure which form(s) to use, or if your application will determine someone else’s life path, we strongly advise you to hire an attorney.
If you mistakenly file the wrong application for an immigration status you could be disqualified from re-filing and may lose benefits for many years or permanently. Even more dangerous, in the case of any non-citizens, filing the wrong application can expose you to deportation procedures regardless of your personal and professional status or the time that you have been living in the United States. And, depending on the circumstances, you may not be able to return.
3. My friend did their own immigration papers and now they said they’ll help me because my stuff is the same as theirs. Is that okay?
Never assume that your circumstances are “exactly the same” as another person’s circumstances. In our many years of doing this, we have found they are never the same.
4. I have done some things I’d rather no one know about, do I have to tell my attorney?
It is extremely important that you are very open with your attorney. All your communications with the attorney are confidential. If you don’t give your attorney complete information regarding your situation they can’t determine the best plan for your immigration needs. There might be things you’ve experienced that have serious legal consequences that an attorney will know how to handle but only if you tell them about them.
5. How can I afford to pay an attorney?
We understand that effective legal assistance is not cheap. To help in that we often allow for payment to be spread between equal payments. When your case involves a flat fee, you will know that cost upfront. We can usually tell you what it will be over the phone so call us at 678-615-8529 (8LAW) for a quote.
We have two suggestions for making the cost easier to handle:
1. Pay with a credit card. We accept credit card payments with a 3% surcharge. This allows you to pay us in full so we can start working on your case immediately and then you handle your payments to your credit card company.
2. You can also hire us at an hourly rate for consultation services. We will review the work that you do. This could help save you money however, it is only possible in very simple cases.
USCIS allows for fee waivers of their fees in limited circumstances. We are happy to determine if you are eligible for this based on your individual facts. We cannot waive the fees they charge if your circumstances don’t fall under their waiver requirements nor do we set USCIS’ fees.
6. Why do I need a will, I don’t care what happens to my things once I die.
Without a will your family has no idea of your wishes should you be incapacitated. Having a will can also save your family thousands of dollars and years of court hearings that they are otherwise subject to if you die intestate (without a will) in Georgia.
7. I called another firm and they’re cheaper, will you match their rates?
In short, no. That is fantastic that you are being an informed consumer and finding a firm that works for your budget. We have based our fees on our years of experience and how long it takes us to process each case. We make every effort to provide a valuable service with no hidden costs. We tell you what you will pay, for our flat fee cases, and that is what you will pay. We won’t nickel and dime you for mailing, copying, or phone calls.
You may find a firm that is cheaper and you will definitely find one that is more expensive but we pride ourselves on offering the best customer service so that you feel confident your money is well spent.
8. I have a criminal case, can you help me?
Unfortunately, we cannot assist with your criminal case but we are happy to refer you to excellent attorneys who may be able to help.
9. Do you speak any other languages?
At this time we speak Romanian, English, and French in our office. We are happy to work with any interpreter that works for you.
10. How long will this take?
If you know you are on a timeline the sooner you start, the better. We cannot guarantee any timelines, especially in immigration cases, because once we send the documents to USCIS it is totally out of our hands. As long as you provide all the information and documentation needed we will complete your forms as quickly as possible.
Our in-office consultations can be from 30 – 60 minutes and when we sign an agreement the initial meeting is about an hour.
11. Do you offer free consultations?
We do not offer free consultations. We have very capable staff who can answer questions over the phone. They typically are able to let you know if we handle your type of case.
If you would prefer to meet with Ms. Hanea, you can schedule a 30-minute appointment to see if you would be a good fit, by calling our office at 678-615-8529. Please pay the $100 fee to save your spot on our website. This can be applied toward your retainer. If we are not able to help you we will refund that money. If you do not show up for the scheduled appointment, that money is not refunded.
If you don’t want to pay online the consultation fee is $175. If you and Ms. Hanea decide to enter into an attorney/client agreement, that can be applied toward the cost of your legal services.
All costs can be paid with a credit card with a 3% charge or we accept cash and checks*.
*A $45 returned check fee will be charged as well as any costs to recover funds if the check does not clear.
12. How much is this going to cost me?
We can’t guarantee your cost.
Depending on your type of case we will charge a flat fee or an hourly rate. We require advance payment for all of the matters we handle. Our immigration matters start at $750 for relatively simple (re-newing EAD or DACA) to over $7,500 for employer-sponsored visas. This does not include USCIS fees.
Business matters start at $350 an hour and we require a retainer of $1,000 to start.
Family matters require a retainer and an hourly rate of $350 an hour.
Estate Planning starts at $575 for a will.
Please call our office for a free quote and to set up a consultation at 678-615-8529 (8LAW).
13. Be aware of Immigration Scams
Please be aware of “notaries” or “notarios” who offer to “help” you with your immigration application. Anyone can be a “notary” in the United States (unlike some of the countries that have a “civil law” system of law), the notary stamp does not require a legal education or degree. Do not put your future in jeopardy by allowing a person without any qualification to prepare your legal documents. The consequences have been very harsh for a lof people who were victims of such persons. Please read more here: http://www.stopnotariofraud.org/
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