As a Toronto immigration lawyer, I meet with new clients and potential new clients on an almost daily basis. Since their immigration issues go to the very heart of their futures in this country, I know that the decision as to which immigration lawyer they hire to assist them is one that they don’t, and shouldn’t, take lightly. There is no question that the quality and competence of an immigration lawyer can have a significant impact on the outcome of a given immigration issue, especially when adverse decisions or other roadblocks arise that can put an individual’s or a family’s Canadian immigration dreams at risk.
I have been practicing Canadian immigration law exclusively for over two decades. Based on my experience, here are some qualities you should consider if you are in the process of looking for a Canadian immigration lawyer.
- Knowledge of the Law. It goes without saying that your immigration lawyer should know what he’s doing. Immigration law and practice is extremely complex and, immigration law is constantly changing. Just this year, major changes were passed that impact the immigration status of tens of thousands of people, and more changes are being proposed. New laws, rules and guidelines come out all the time and so, it is crucial to hire a lawyer who not only understands the law as it is but who is aware and alert to the impact of changes which may take place.
- Experience. So much of what happens during the immigration process is not based on things that can be found in books; knowing the nuances of both the law and the reality of practice is crucial to obtaining successful results. Look for a lawyer who knows their way around the courthouse or the immigration Boards, knows how things work, and knows how things get done. Sound judgment and insight isn’t learned at a seminar. That is something that only comes from years of experience.
- Communication. You no doubt have many questions about your situation, what may happen next, and what the plan should be going forward. Throughout your case, you’ll want to know that when questions and concerns come up, your lawyer will be there, available and ready to answer and resolve them. You also want a lawyer who will actually listen to you and who will take the time to understand your immigration goals.
- Empathy and Trust. When you meet with a lawyer, you are not there necessarily to discuss a case or a file; you are talking about your life. You want an understanding and compassionate lawyer who you can speak to about your concerns and issues and you want to feel as if they truly care and understand what is at stake. Choose an immigration lawyer who makes you comfortable, who is trustworthy and ethical, who you feel will truly expend all necessary efforts on your behalf, and who gives you a feeling of peace of mind every time you leave his office or hang up the phone after speaking with him or her.
At Butkowsky Immigration Law in Toronto, clients will receive advice they can trust, from a lawyer who truly cares about the outcome of every case. I work tirelessly to ensure that I am always armed with the most up-to-date knowledge about this ever-changing area of law. I am committed to giving your case the time and attention it deserves, because I understand that your future is at stake. Please give me a call at (416) 979-2127 to discuss your immigration questions and concerns.
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