There are websites for finding excellent hotels, wonderful restaurants and great physicians.
How about a site for choosing an attorney? See http://www.avvo.com
During the past year, Avvo has emerged as the premier site for selecting an attorney.
Avvo, short for avvocato (Italian for attorney), is gaining not only in popularity but in usefulness.
Great immigration attorneys will tell you that by the time 30% of potential clients consult with them, some incompetent attorney or “consultant” has already screwed up their case, often beyond repair.
So, the challenge is for persons requiring immigration legal assistance is to make sure that the attorney that they entrust their future to knows what he or she is doing.
The Avvo website helps you choose a good attorney and avoid choosing a bad one in each of the following ways:
A) On the profile of an attorney with a disciplinary record with the State Bar where he practices law, Avvo will prominently display a bright red banner containing the word “Attention” and an exclamation mark. To the right of this icon are the words “This lawyer has been cited for professional misconduct.” If you are curious, the details of the sanctions are listed below.
B) Clients are permitted, even encouraged, to review their attorneys. They give their attorney an overall rating (one to five stars) followed by ratings in the following four areas: (1) Trustworthy; (2) Responsive; (3) Knowledgeable; and (4) Kept Me Informed. Then the client is free to write about the attorney in detail if he wishes.
C) Other attorneys are encouraged to endorse their fellow attorneys;
D) Avvo contains profiles of over 90% of the attorneys in the
E) Based on all of the foregoing information, Avvo assigns a rating to each attorney ranging from “Poor” to “Superb”. Here is what Avvo has to say about their rating system: “The Avvo Rating is our effort to e
Presently, there are under 100 immigration attorneys that Avvo bestows its highest rating (10.0 Superb) upon. How do you choose between these attorneys?
A) You can search attorneys by location although in many cases, it is irrelevant where an immigration attorney is located;
B) You can study the profiles of each of the attorneys that you are interested in. Don’t just read what they say about themselves. Everyone wants to looks good. Pay more attention to what their clients have to say about them.
C) Avvo has a useful feature which allows you to compare one attorney against another. Let’s say that you have clicked the box near the top of the Avvo screen entitled “Find a Lawyer”. Next, type in the word “Immigration” in the box below, and if you wish, your location to the right. Then click the green box marked “Find Lawyers”. Let’s say that you typed “Immigration” and “
Is Avvo perfect? Of course not! And neither is TripAdvisor.com in choosing hotels and Yelp.com in choosing restaurants. However, my wife and I consult both of these websites, and find that they are accurate about 90% of the time.
In order to consider other factors which I believe are important in choosing an immigration attorney, watch our video “How to Select An Immigration Attorney”.