Before any case can move forward, there is an initial meeting with a lawyer, usually called a consultation. During this meeting, you and your lawyer will discuss the circumstances surrounding your case and important information the lawyer will need to know.
To help you prepare for a meeting with your lawyer, we’ve put together a quick primer on some of the important aspects to remember.
Organize your thoughts
The first thing you want to do before your meeting is organize what you want to say to and review with your lawyer. You need to make sure that you are giving all the necessary and relevant information to your lawyer so they can have a sufficient understanding of your situation and case.
Making an outline or writing down the specifics of what you want to review can be helpful. If you have difficulty writing, consider asking someone close to you if they will write down the circumstances of your case as you dictate it to them.
Gather your documents
Whatever you reason for meeting with your lawyer, it is always wise to go through all of the documents related to your case before the meeting. By doing so, you can make sure that everything is in order and ready for your lawyer.
Some of the documents that are crucial and most likely to be requested are:
• Documents confirming your identity, such as your passport, state ID, government ID, birth certificate, etc.
• Documents proving your relationship to a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident, such as a birth certificate, marriage certificate, etc.
• Documents proving your residency in the United States, such as bank statements, mortgage payments, rent payments, utility bills, doctors’ bills, etc.
• Documents proving that you are filing taxes, such as a tax return.
• Documents explaining any criminal record and/or traffic violations, such as disposition papers.
Provide the procedural history of your case
It is extremely important that your lawyer understand the procedural unfolding of your case from the date you entered the United States until the date you meet with them.
Examples of the procedures that may be included in your case are:
• The basis of your entry into the United States
• What type of visa you entered on?
• How long were you allowed to stay on that visa?
• Did you overstay your visa?
• Do you have a criminal record?
• Did you get married?
• Did you file any applications with USCIS prior to this meeting?
• Do you have a court date scheduled?
These are just a few pieces of the information your lawyer will need from your procedural history, so it is important that you have it well prepared before your meeting.
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Disclaimer: Nothing in relation to the enclosed information should be construed and or considered as legal advice for any individual, entity, case, or situation. The following information is prepared for advertisement use only. The information is intended ONLY to be general and should not be relied upon for any specific situation. For legal advice on your specific situation, we encourage you to consult an attorney experienced in the area of Immigration Law.