$75.00 /hour for non-business consultations
$100.00 /hour for business
See "Why We Charge a Minimal Consultation Fee" below. Thank you!
If a person becomes a client of Pacifica Legal Services through an arranged agreement, the consultation fee will be DEDUCTED from the balance of legal services charged.
There are some consultations that are arranged only for a specific service that doesn't require any attorney/client agreement. Those are rare but in such cases the consultation fee is retained in lieu of a customized fee arrangement for the service.
A consultation with an immigration attorney can cost as much as $450.00 for an hour. Our attorney has initially offered free consultations in the course of this practice but found that the cumulative effect of free consultations without further consideration to engage legal representation became a drain on the attorney's time and Pacifica Legal clients. There are pro bono (free) immigration counseling services that are available for those types of needs but In the long run, these agencies are overworked with few truly motivated to a greater commitment towards your case.
Understandably, there are budget concerns on the part of most that are shopping around and/or want to try filing themselves. However, what one saves in a "cheaper deal" has been lost in court! Your whole life and that of family members is TOO IMPORTANT to RISK in the search for bargain basement prices.
Immigration law is complex and not a "one size fits all" solution through simple form filing. Each case has a unique history and in the processing, individual challenges that may arise, which when considered carefully by an experienced attorney, can make all the difference in success or failure of a case outcome. In these consultations, a lawyer is dedicating his time and expertise to a proper case analysis and strategy which IS NOT the same as spending 15 minutes with a notario or document service preparer who now are prohibited by California state law from giving any legal advice in the course of providing document service.
Therefore, we think you will find that our adjusted charges listed above are reasonable and fair compensation for an attorney's time and expertise and much lower than what is normally charged by other attorneys even for a half hour. Thanks in advance for your understanding.