In September, I posted on my website that I was suspending doing consultations until after my oral argument before the U.S. Supreme Court on November 3, 2015. Despite the fact that my website asked people not to call me about free consultations until after the oral argument, I was receiving 3-5 calls about free consultations a day. I would ask the callers how they found out about me, they would tell me the “internet.” When I inquired further, I discovered that they did a search on Google for “free consultation” – they saw my name and number in the search results and called without ever going to my website, let alone reading any of the information on my webpage.
I am frustrated by people who call immigration lawyers without reading their websites. I don’t understand why anyone would call an immigration attorney without fully reviewing their website first. When I had to hire a web designer to set up this website, I reviewed their websites before calling them. Before you call an immigration lawyer, I would think that you would want to know their background, their experience, and the types of cases that they take. I have a detailed website, so that someone looking to hire an immigration lawyer can find out these things out about me.
It doesn’t just bother me because it’s inconvenient for me to get calls from people who ask about services that I don’t provide, it bothers me to see people take such a careless approach to finding an immigration attorney. I constantly hear horror stories from clients about how their former immigration lawyers mishandled their cases. If you don’t research an immigration lawyers’ background before calling them, you have no way of knowing that you have found a good lawyer who will do a good job on your case. I think that it is very foolish to call any lawyer without first reviewing their website or making some kind of other effort to check out their background.