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Why hire an attorney?

Some people wonder why only attorneys and accredited representatives (or immediate family, ministers and charity workers) are the best suited to "represent" the interests of immigrants and visa applicants. The answer is that attorneys are usually highly educated in the law, regulated by government, and retain an attorney-client privilege of confidentiality. An attorney provides neutral advice in a private setting. An attorney acts as a representative with the confidence, knowledge, experience or resources to keep a client focused upon the goal of eventually obtaining a nonimmigrant or immigrant visa to remain in this country, without personal interest or gain in the outcome of the case! Immediate family members, ministers and charity workers are less likely to injure aliens, but some may do so accidentally; some charity workers consult or are even supervised by attorneys, but it is best to check about whether this exists prior to filing an application..

Do not listen to your friends, neighbors, or relatives advice about your case. Tempting though it may be, their case is not identical with yours. Each case is unique and will progress individually. Immigration law deals with the Department of Homeland Security, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (U.S.C.I.S., formerly I.N.S.). Because the government is usually not required to adjudicate similar cases in the same timeframe, differences in processing time between similar cases are very common. As your attorney, I can help your case stay on track to rapid conclusion.

It is not a really bad idea to have a “notary” or “notario” do your immigration work: Unlike in most countries, a “notary” in the United States is NOT an attorney: A notary is a person who is authorized to certify signatures, and notarize documents. Notaries are prohibited from giving legal advice, and very few have received any legal training. Many immigrants have ended up in deportation proceedings, or outside our borders without an option of returning here for a long time because of erroneous advice by a notary. If you feel you have been harmed by a "notario" you should contact the Florida Bar Association to see how you can file a complaint against the notary.