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10830 N Central Expy Ste 400Dallas, TX 75231
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10300 N Central ExpyDallas, TX 75231
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10440 N Central Expy Ste 800Dallas, TX 75231
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10000 N Central Expy Ste 400Dallas, TX 75231
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3500 Maple Ave Ste 400Dallas, TX 75219
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9441 Lyndon B Johnson FwyDallas, TX 75243
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6440 N Central Expy Ste 605Dallas, TX 75206
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8330 Lyndon B Johnson Fwy Ste 700Dallas, TX 75243
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1825 Market Center Blvd Ste 200Dallas, TX 75207
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We would highly recommend Dallas immigration lawyer Martin Valko of Chavez & Valko to anyone wishing to make their immigration process go more smoothly. When each of us first met Martin Valko both of us felt very comfortable and confident. Mr. Valko was extremely courteous and helpful and displayed exceptional knowledge in the field of immigration law. Mr. Valko assisted my wife and me with her I-485 permanent residence case. He communicated with clarity and all of our concerns, however minor, were promptly addressed either by him or his assistant. He provided us with personal support at a time when it was most needed just days before our scheduled interview with the immigration official. It took us a less than a year of filing the paperwork that my wife was granted a residency card. We cannot explain in words how happy we have been since we obtained my wife’s permanent residency card. Once again on behalf of both of us thank you for the quick, steadfast, honest, and hard work put into our case resulting in success. With warm regards and God Bless. Para todo aquel que desee realizar su proceso de inmigración sin problemas recomendamos ampliamente al abogado de inmigración en Dallas Martin Valko, de la oficina Chavez & Valko. Cuando mi esposa y yo conocimos a Martin Valko ambos nos sentimos a gusto y con absoluta confianza. El Sr.Valko no solo fue muy cortes y servicial, sino que demostró un conocimiento excepcional en el ámbito legal de inmigración. Fuimos asesorados y asistidos con relación a la residencia permanente para mi esposa (I-485), proceso para el cual el Sr. Valko siempre se comunicó con claridad; todas nuestras dudas y preocupaciones, por muy pequeñas que parecieran, fueron aclaradas y solucionadas por el o por su asistente de manera rápida. Así mismo, nos proporcionó apoyo personal justo cuando mas lo necesitábamos, especialmente al prepararnos y acompañarnos a la entrevista programada con el oficial de inmigración. Para nuestra total satisfacción, el proceso para la obtención de la tarjeta de residencia nos tomó menos de un año. No se puede explicar con palabras lo feliz que nos sentimos desde que mi esposa obtuvo su tarjeta de residente permanente. Una vez más deseamos agradecer la rapidez, firmeza, honestidad, y gran esfuerzo puesto en nuestro caso cuyo resultado no podía ser menos que exitoso. Con cordiales saludos y que Dios los bendiga. Blas y Mirna, Dallas, TX (Ajuste de estado o Estado legal)
"Our L visa case history: After a very bad experience with our previous New York-based immigration attorney, we started looking for another one with experience in the immigration sector. We scheduled a meeting with Dallas immigration lawyer Mr. Martin Valko of Chavez & Valko, and asked him what he thought about our case. In April 2008 we received our L- 1A Visa (L2 for the family) to establish a new office of our German Software Company in the US. Unfortunately we were not able to leave Germany before October 2008. In December 2008 we asked our prior attorney to apply for the extension of the Visa. He filed the application for the extension of the L1-A Visa in April 2009 (5 months later). Instead of answering the INS request for evidence (RFE), he tried to change the Visa application from L1-A into a L1-B. The US immigration denied the petition because we were not able to change the status for a filed petition. To do so, we would have had to file a new one. However, not worst enough, he told us not to leave the US and to stay during he was filing a petition for a B1 Visa to gain additional time to prepare a new L1-A application. Mr. Martin Valko took on our case. He told us that it will be difficult but he would try to rescue the case, thoroughly explained the case to us after his analysis of the immigration laws and regulations, and promised us to do the best. After he had all our paperwork, he and his legal team needed only a few days to prepare the new L1-A petition (L-2 for the family). We used the premium processing service of the USCIS, and we had our approval after less than one week!!! We then scheduled a visa appointment at the US Consulate in Berlin, Germany the following week, and our new L-1A and L-2 visas have been granted for a full one year! When searching for a good immigration attorney, you will find thousands of attorneys and all of them promise to be the best and to do the best work. After all this experience we can tell, that there are only a few really good immigration attorney out there and it is hard to find them. We found one of them and are proud of this work, and we can't thank him enough. Mr. Martin Valko knows what he is talking about! He has a lot of experience in immigration law and his rates are absolutely fair. For all of those people in need of an immigration attorney, we recommend the law firm of Chavez & Valko in Dallas, TX." - Provox Systems, Dallas, TX
Because I reside in Houston, Texas communication for my case for a resident visa and an I-601 Waiver petition for my husband was conducted via e-mail, phone and mail however this did not cause any issues whatsoever. The entire staff treated me with professionalism, respect, care and concern the entire time. My husband reunited with us most recently after being separated for 2 years and 8 months. The firm’s paralegals were top notch and very compassionate and caring. At one point I received a personal call from Mr. Valko who offered to do part of the work without any additional fee! Chavez & Valko shows care and concern for their clients and clearly proved to me that it wasn’t all about the money. There was a time when I discussed with them that we were getting so discouraged that it might be best that my husband re-enter the US illegally. Mr. Valko sympathized with us but advised that if he entered illegally and got caught he would be barred for 10 years, he advised against him entering that way. Although it was a very exhausting and painful struggle at the end the I-601 waiver was approved and my husband is now a US legal Resident. Spanish: Yo vivo en Houston, Texas por lo cual toda mi comunicacion para solicitar una visa de residente y Waiver I-601 para mi esposo fue conducida por e-mail, telefono y correo. Aunque asi fue no tengo ninguna queja ya que todo el personal del bufete me atendio con profesionalismo, respeto y sumo cuidado. Despues de estar separados como familia por 2 anos y 8 meses mi esposo se pudo reunir con nosotros recientemente. Tuve el honor de tener ayuda de dos asistentes expertos del abogado Martin Valko. En una ocasion cuando me encontraba emocionalmente y monetariamente agotada recibi una llamada personalmente del Abogado Martin para ofrecerme sus servicios sin costo!En ese momento me dicuenta que el bufete Chavez & Valko tiene sincero interes en sus clientes y no solo en ganar dinero. Hubo una vez en la que ya nos sentiamos muy desanimados y habiamos decidido que era mejor que mi esposo se regresara ilegalmente para reunirse con nosotros. Al comunicarle esto al Abogado Martin se compadecio de nosotros pero aconsejo que no lo hiciera. El no estaba de acuerdo en que regresara de esa forma nos dijo que si lo llegaran a agarrar cruzando ilegalmente lo castigarian 10 anos. l final aprobaron el Waiver I-601 y ahora mi esposo es Residente legal de los Estados Unidos
“We are very grateful to immigration law firm of Chavez & Valko, LLP and for Martin Valko’s solid and persistent effort and representation on our behalf over the last couple of years in correcting my wife’s immigration status with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. We genuinely thought that our case was too daunting a challenge and insurmountable when looking ahead to navigating the important, yet intimidating, Immigration and Naturalization process present here in the United States . When we consulted with Mr. Valko in the beginning, we presented him with an 8-year old Legacy case from a different jurisdiction with plentiful uncertainty. He analyzed my wife’s immigration status and her situation after she was ordered deported in absentia, and without any guarantee of success of outcome, he agreed to take on the challenge of bringing our case up to current and lawful status. During the two-year progression and through the entire legal process - reopening the previous removal proceeding, transferring venue, securing a joint motion to terminate removal proceedings, and adjusting my wife’s status with the USCIS – Mr. Valko remained positive and confident in his abilities to navigate us through the challenges. He continuously encouraged us to remain positive and strong, even through the most difficult challenges, and he proved time and time again that his advice was truthful and correct. We have come to know and admire his truthfulness, sincerity, understanding and compassion. He is exceptional at who he is personally and at what he does professionally. We appreciate the Firm’s professional knowledge and skills greatly, and we definitely extend a strong recommendation of their services to anyone seeking professional legal immigration assistance,” - Jeffery and Natalia C., Dallas
We are extremely thankful to immigration attorney Mr. Martin Valko and his paralegal Cielo Pineda of Chavez & Valko LLP for their professionalism, knowledge, care and dedication in my husband’s immigration process to obtain his permanent residency. Before hiring Chavez & Valko Immigration Law Firm, we had hired another local law firm that was not knowledgeable with the I-601 Waiver process which caused us loss of money, time, suffering, a separation of 21 months. Our first waiver prepared by the other lawyer was then denied. We are so grateful that we hired Mr. Valko and his firm to handle my husband’s new waiver and to obtain his residency with an excellent I-601 waiver packet. Thank you for reuniting my husband and me after this long process! Dallas, TX (Approval of I-601 Waiver of Inadmissibility in Cd. Juarez, Mexico) Estamos extremadamente agradecidos con el abogado de inmigración, Sr. Martin Valko y su ayudante legal Cielo Pineda de Chávez & Valko LLP por su profesionalidad, conocimiento, cariño y dedicación en el proceso de inmigración de mi marido para obtener su residencia permanente. Antes de contratar a los Abogados de Inmigración Chávez & Valko, habíamos contratado a otra firma local de abogados que no estaban bien informado con el proceso del I-601 Waiver; el cual nos causó la pérdida de dinero, tiempo, sufrimiento, y una separación de 21 meses. Nuestro primer waiver preparado por el otro abogado fue negado. Estamos muy agradecidos de haber contratado al Sr. Valko y su empresa para que hiciera un nuevo waiver para mi marido y así obtuvimos su residencia por medio de un excelente paquete de I-601 waiver. Gracias por reunir a mi marido y a mí después de este largo proceso! Dallas, TX (Aprobado I-601 Waiver of Inadmissibility en Ciudad Juárez, México)
We are infinitely thankful as a family to immigration attorney Mr. Martin Valko and his staff of Chavez & Valko LLP for their professionalism, knowledge, hard work and dedication in obtaining an 0-1/0-3 Visa for our family. Before hiring Mr Valko, we hired another local law firm which cost us unecessary time, money, suffering, and overall a lack of faith in the immigration legal system. After one meeting with Mr.Valko - our faith, hope and confidence was completely renewed. He is the ultimate professional and a true diamond/expert in his field. As well has having a very robust process in place to guide us through our application, Mr Valko kept the communication lines open through the entire process, managing our expectations, updating us on his progress and reassuring us along the way. This was tempered with quick responses to our emails/calls and lots of care and compassion from both him and his team - on many occasions he took calls after hours and weekends, proving to us that it is not all about the money with this firm - he has a genuine interest in his clients and will work relentlessy to achieve a positive result. Our own case provided quite a steep challenge for Mr. Valko, based on the Visa category that we were applying for - Mr Valko worked tirelessly and innovatively on our case and what could have taken up to 15 days to approve - came through in 3 days! Mr Valko called us personally after hours to give us the news!! If you have an Immigration requirement - this is the firm you need to contact - we don't know where you will find a customer experience on the same level that Mr. Valko provides. It has been an incredible journey and a truly life changing experience for our family. Thank you Mr.Valko for saving our family - a truly World Class performance!. Paul McCrum
This is crazy! I don't doubt that the other attorneys are good, I'm sure they are but I'm gonna talk about Gary Frost. Gary Frost is amazing. I called the law firm in tears and he made me see that I was over stressing about something that was not even a problem at all. My abusive ex boyfriend (who is like totally trashy and lame) filed a k-1 petition and talked me into signing it during the time that I was on zoloft and xanax (due to the stress in the relationship), which I did (love makes people act stupid) Later on, when I realized he cheated on me, I cancelled it. My main concern was knowing that this would cause trouble later on (like for example when I go to the states on vacation because me and my family have been going there since I was like two). I was stressed and I appreciate his kind words (which meant so much to me) as well as his legal advice. He broke with all the stereotypes of the mean and cold attorneys. Now in spanish!!! No se que tal sean los otros abogados pero yo voy a hablar de Gary Frost. Llame a las oficinas asi como que llorando y me hizo ver que estaba asi como que preocupandome por algo que nada que ver!! El naco de mi ex novio dio de alta una peticion k-1, y me convencio de iniciar todo el rollo. Y cuando me di cuenta que el muy loser me engaño pues obvio que la quise cancelar, osea nadie va andar con alguien que lo trate mal (y encima hablaba mal de los mexicanos a veces solo por ser el norteamericano, osea, que le pasaba?) Mi preocupacion principal era saber que estoy me pudiera afectar en un futuro, y el me hizo saber que no tenia porque preocuparme, de una manera bastante amigable. Aprecio mucho su asesoria legal, pero aun mas sus palabras de aliento cuando yo estaba toda nerviosa y desesperada y necesitaba escuchar que todo iba a estar bien.
We are extremely grateful that we made the decision to hire your office Chavez& Valko. When dealing with immigration you cannot afford to make a mistake and hire someone that is not knowledgeable in the area, we am so glad that we did not make that mistake. Living in Florida we could not find an attorney that was knowledgeable in the expertise of 601 Waivers thru a friend we were referred to your office. Not residing in Dallas never had an impact on our communication and everything worked out smoothly. From the beginning to the end they have been very professional from the main attorney to the paralegal handling our case to the receptionist . My husband "601 Waiver" was approved at Ciudad Juarez and we could not be anymore happier than we are. Thank you for reuniting our family. Keep up the good work! Many thanks from the Lopez family. Estamos muy agradecidos de haber tomado la decision de contratar a su oficina de Chavez y Valko. Cuando se trata de lo de inmigracion no puede permitirse el lujo de cometer un error y contratar a alguien que no conozca el area, estoy muy contento de que no cometimos ese error. Vivir en la Florida no podimos encontrar un abogado que era conocedor de la experiencia de 601 Perdones, a traves de un amigo se nos remitio a su oficina. El no residir en Dallas no tuvo un impacto en nuestra comunicacion y todo salio bien. Desde el principio a fin, ha sido muy profesional del abogado principal de la manipulacion de paralegal nuestro caso a la recepcionista. El "601 Perdon" de mi marido fue aprobado en Ciudad Juarez y no podriamos estar mos felices. Gracias por la reunificacion de nuestra familia. Keep up the good work! Muchas gracias departe de la familia Lopez.
We did it! My wife is coming to America! No words can ever convey my heartfelt thanks to Chavez and Valko’s ~ Martin Valko and Eduardo Amaro. My heart is full of joy as I write the following… The law firm of Chavez and Valko was referred to me by an acquaintance and I met with Martin Valko immediately upon returning from my wedding in Zhengzhou China and I liked him very much. The road to a successful migration can be a perilous one. Never dreaming our case would require almost five years and three Visa Interviews to complete. The US Department of State made several errors that no one could have foreseen. The US Consulate in Guangzhou sent our case back (2) times and Chavez and Valko reaffirmed it and then finally on the third try the Consulate Visa Officers realized ours was a bona fide marriage. I know this placed additional burden and countless man-hours on Chavez and Valko. I was concerned when our first Visa interview was not successful in March 2010 and I was concerned the Law Firm would drop us as clients. I met with Mr. Valko and he put all my worries to rest. They are true to their word and a Law Firm of the highest honor. Mr. Valko and Mr. Amaro our paralegal never once wavered and I can’t imagine anyone, anywhere, at anytime fighting any harder for our case all these years. They paid the closest of attention to slightest of details. When we gave up they kept fighting for us. Chavez and Valko’s Law Firm has grown in size since over the last five years but those assigned to our case in the beginning…remained on our case until the very end. May God bless the Law Firm of Chavez and Valko and their staff members. !!
We would like to thank Mr. Valko and his paralegal, Jessica for their help and hard work. My husband is from Mexico and has been here since he was eight years old. Originally, we contacted Mr. Valko's office to help my husband get a visa. In the meantime, the new Deferred Action came out and Mr. Valko suggested that we go this route since it appeared that my husband met the criteria. Immigration received my husband's application for Deferred Action in September 2012, he went to his biometrics appointment in mid-October 2012, received an approval notification in mid-November 2012 and three days letter received his work permit in the mail. Now, he has his Social Security card and driver license. No more worries that my husband will go to work one day and not return home because he was picked up by immigration. Again, we are so thankful and appreciative for the great work Mr. Valko and Jessica have done for us. They always return your call or email very quickly and you don't always get that kind of service from attorney's offices. Mr. Valko exuded confidence in our case and his expertise and that in turn eased our minds a great deal. We felt like we were treated as human beings by people who cared about our situation. There is still more to do and we will stay with Mr. Valko because we can trust him. If he can help you, then he will. If he cannot help you, he will be honest and tell you so. If you have any immigration issues, this is the office to go to. We have recommended Mr. Valko to other family, our friends and strangers that we have heard are in need of immigration assistance. Vanessa & Felipe Rosas
The legal profession is vast, with each attorney having his or her specialties. Here are some of the most common attorneys individuals seek out when they require legal aid:
A criminal defense lawyer is probably the attorney the average person imagines. Criminal attorneys are the men and women who defend individuals accused of a crime. The lawyer may work pro bono - for the public good - so the accused is certain to have representation, even if he or she cannot afford an attorney.
Criminal lawyers are experts in the criminal justice system. They help their clients decide how to plead when first charged by the police and guide them through trial procedures. Defense lawyers must use every bit of their knowledge and resources to get their clients the fairest results from criminal proceedings.
If you are a small business owner or the head of a larger corporation, you may come into contact with a business lawyer. Many big companies keep a legal staff on payroll to deal with the daily operations of running and maintaining a large enterprise. Business lawyers may have more specific specialties like copyright law, product liability and mergers and acquisitions.
Business attorneys may focus their practices on certain industries. There are entertainment lawyers to guide artists through royalties and media contracts, while hospitals employ malpractice attorneys to protect doctors from aggressive litigation.
When you work for a company, you may find yourself in need of an employment lawyer - especially if the relationship between you and your employer sours. An employment attorney prevents people from losing their jobs due to unfair reasons. Workers' compensation lawyers help maintain safe employment conditions and ensure workers receive fair compensation after workplace injury or discrimination.
A personal finance attorney can protect and manage your investments and securities. You may use a finance lawyer to help you prepare your taxes, but you might be better off working with an accountant. A tax attorney is more commonly contacted after a business or individual runs into trouble with the IRS or state regulators.
Real Estate Lawyer
Your family may keep a lawyer on retainer to guide you through the major expenses that come up in life. When buying a home, you could work with a real estate lawyer to make sure you get the best deal and won't get taken advantage of by tricky mortgage agreements or unfair landlords. An estate attorney can help you plan for the worst by creating a will and preparing your finances for after your death.
A bankruptcy lawyer is essential to help you resolve your financial difficulties when they start to spin out of control. Certain attorneys help create strategies to bring you out of debt and speak to your creditors. A lawyer can advise you on which type of bankruptcy you should file for.
If you are suing someone or being sued, you need a civil lawyer. Civil attorneys - and criminal lawyers - are the legal representatives who argue on your behalf in a courtroom setting. Civil lawyers may represent you on matters of business, finance or a wide variety of other specialized needs.
One of the most common types of civil attorneys is a personal injury lawyer. When you're hurt by an outside party and you would like to hold them legally responsible, a personal injury attorney conducts litigation and negotiates settlements to compensate for your pain and suffering. Sometimes many wronged people will join together with a single civil lawyer or law office to form a class action lawsuit.
Most people will turn to a lawyer during a divorce to navigate the emotionally charged legal proceedings. A divorce attorney can assist in determining grounds for separation, division of property and custody of children.
Family attorneys deal with much more personal matters. If you're getting married, a family lawyer can help you prepare a prenuptial agreement or other family planning paperwork such as adoption or inheritance documents.
To ensure you find a competent attorney who won't abuse your trust or drain your finances, you have to make the proper inquiries. There are several questions you should ask, but the majority will fall under three general topics:
Training and Experience Questions
One of the best ways to determine quality is to examine an attorney's history. When you first step into a lawyer's office, you should check for the appropriate certifications and diplomas. You have to ask how long he or she has practiced law and request information that demonstrates the practice's success. Look for precise details such as percentage of cases settled out of court.
Once you inquire about the broad details of their legal career, you should ask questions about their experience that pertains to your specific issue. You should ask how many similar cases they have handled and if they have special skills or training that applies specifically to your needs. Lawyers can't mention clients by name, but you should ask for basic details about identical past cases.
You need to ask about every possible fee that will come up when working with an attorney. You should request a list of all costs in advance so you won't be surprised by additional expenses like overhead. Also determine exactly when you will start being billed. You want to inspect paperwork carefully. If the attorney charges you for his or her experience, you need to make sure he or she will perform tasks personally and not hand it off to an assistant.
Find out if the attorney has a flat fee or charges by the hour. Many civil lawyers work on contingency. Whatever the payment plan, make inquiries about how the lawyer plans to provide service for your money and what you can do if you start to feel unsatisfied with his or her performance.
Lawyer/Client Relationship Questions
When you hire a lawyer, you're agreeing to work with someone over a certain period of time. You need to ask questions about how the attorney will communicate with you and what responsibilities you hold in the relationship. The attorney should let you know the best channel for quick communication and you need to inform him or her when you want updates.
You should also ask questions to get to know the attorney as an individual in order to ensure this is a person you can trust. Ask about their legal philosophy and how he or she views the lawyer/client relationship. Great questions to start off with are ones that will make your life easier, such as how to keep fees down or what daily disruptions you should expect from a long legal battle. The more forthcoming the lawyer appears to be with individual needs, the better.
You may keep a lawyer on retainer or you could turn to an attorney during specific situations. Here are some common reasons people begin seeking legal representation or advice:
You Know Your Limitations
If you sign documents and you come across a word you don't recognize, you need assistance. You may need a third party to help you navigate important employment or real estate paperwork. It's essential you fully understand the terms of any legally binding documentation or activity you become a part of. If you are not an expert in a given field, you'll want to hire an attorney who is.
A lawyer may find legal implications or opportunities you might miss. If you find yourself in a civil or criminal matter, a proper attorney ensures you don't receive a harsh punishment for a small mistake.
You're Facing an Important Event/Decision
When making decisions critical to your financial stability or personal life, you may want a lawyer with expertise in your situation to make sure you do everything you can to arrive at the proper resolution. This is especially true when you become involved in a criminal case and your freedom is on the line.
It's not just a matter of legal knowledge; lawyer's have access to numerous resources you do not. They have staff ready to work around the clock and experts in a variety of fields to give your important issues the attention they deserve.
You Can't Be Impartial
During times when personal matters intersect with legal proceedings, you may need to have an advocate to prevent your emotions from getting in the way of level-headed thinking. For example, divorce lawyers can mediate a heated argument and help both partners get on with their lives.
Emotional investment could be subtle. You may want to have a lawyer look over an investment opportunity that looks too good to be true or investigate the merits of a possible civil suit when you feel wronged.
You're Out of Options
Many people turn to lawyers when they are in trouble. If you've been accused of a crime or are in a terrible financial situation, you can find an attorney who will work with what you have available to assist you as you deal with your problems.
Personal injury lawyers find solutions for people who can no longer work under their own power and bankruptcy attorneys prevent people from giving in to debt. If you find yourself in a situation where you can't find a solution, a lawyer may be able to offer the counsel you need.
When it comes time to choose a lawyer, you should start by searching close to home. While you probably don't want the conflict of interest that comes from being represented by a family member, friends and loved ones can recommend lawyers who served them well in the past. If you do have attorneys you are familiar with, ask who they believe would be best for you.
After going through personal references - especially from individuals who had similar needs - you should broaden your search through public information resources. You can call your area's attorney referral service or check legal organizations like Martindale-Hubbell. There are other resources available online. You should check websites for client reviews and other third-party forms of approval.
When you build a list of possible candidates, perform a background check on each one. See if you can find information on their history and success record. Once you find a possible lawyer, you should call to arrange a consultation so you can ask your important questions in person.
By performing the necessary research and taking every available precaution, you can narrow your search to the attorney most suited to your needs.