Someone came to my office today without an appointment when I was not in my office.
It is foolish to go to a lawyer’s office without an appointment. You have no guarantee that the lawyer will be there or that the lawyer will be available if he is in the office. If I am doing work, I will not stop what I am doing to meet with a walk-in. I only meet with people who have appointments. If you come to my office without an appointment, I will not meet with you.
The “Contact Me” page of my website clearly states that consultations are by appointment only. I screen all of my consultations on the phone. I pick who I meet with. I am a solo practitioner with no staff. I have a heavy workload and my cases tend to be very complicated. I do not have the time to meet with everyone who wants to meet with me. With my workload, I have very limited time to meet with people. You cannot bypass my selection process by just showing up at my office without an appointment.
I consider it very inconsiderate for someone to think that they can show up at my office without an appointment. I have work to do. If I were to stop doing my work to meet with a walk-in, I would still have my work to do afterward and be stuck working late.
I also consider it disrespectful for someone to show up at my office without an appointment like it’s a Walmart. I have twenty-seven years of experience as an immigration lawyer. I am one of the few immigration attorneys who has argued before the U.S. Supreme Court. I am an adjunct professor at Brooklyn Law School. If you want me to be your lawyer, you have to show me the courtesy of calling to make an appointment to meet with me.
I am furious about the two men who came to my office today because not only didn’t they have an appointment, but they bothered my office neighbors when they discovered I wasn’t in my office. (That’s how I know they came to the office when I wasn’t there).
PLEASE DO NOT COME TO MY OFFICE WITHOUT AN APPOINTMENT!