Our Fees at Lipson & Pretorius

Initial Contact with Our Office

We welcome interested individuals to contact us by phone or email.  If this initial contact indicates a mutual desire to proceed, we set up a half hour or one hour Initial Conference either in-person, by telephone or SKYPE, at our reduced “initial consultation” rate.

Initial Conference

The initial conference fee for either a half hour or one hour meeting is payable in advance by electronic funds transfer.  The amount depends on the type of case you have and represents a discount from our normal hourly rates.

The foundation of any good case strategy depends upon a thorough in-depth initial conference. It is during the initial interview that we are able to collect the relevant facts, help our potential clients articulate short-term and long-term immigration goals, establish priorities and timelines in view of the various immigration options, and, where possible, decide upon a feasible strategy. At the end of the initial interview, if the potential client wishes to retain our office, we provide a professional services agreement tailored to each individual case. No attorney-client relationship exists unless and until both our office and the potential client have entered into a signed and dated professional services agreement, as mandated by the State Bar of California.

Because we consider this phase of the case to be so important, we prefer to devote at least one hour to the initial intake session to make sure that we leave no stone unturned.

We provide three types of initial conference options:

In-person conference: This is where we meet the employer representative wishing to hire a foreign national, or the foreign national, in-person. For such meetings we ask our potential clients to provide us with copies of all immigration related documents ahead of time so that we can be maximally prepared for the meeting, which usually lasts at least an hour. We can arrange evening and weekend appointments where appropriate, and can arrange meeting locations at sites other than our own offices, such as a client’s place of business.

Telephonic/SKYPE conference: For our out-of-area and internationally-based potential clients, we can arrange a telephonic/SKYPE interview at a mutually convenient time. Just as for an in-person conference, we ask that immigration related documents be provided to us ahead of time, so that we can perform preliminary research prior to the conference to make our time maximally efficient.

E-mail conference: We are also pleased to be able to provide an e-mail conference, where requested. Using e-mail, we ask potential clients to provide us a brief synopsis of their situation and immigration issues. Based upon the individual’s narrative, we may send out relevant questionnaires to gather additional information. The answers to the questionnaires and the narrative may provide sufficient generalized information to resolve certain issues or to agree upon an immigration strategy. In most cases, we prefer to follow up on an e-mail conference via telephone. Video Conferencing capabilities are available via SKYPE.