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Like most attorneys who combine multiple practice areas into their law practice, Ken Lawson brings the empathy and skills he uses to help conflicting parties find resolution of their issues into his immigration practice. You will sense from Ken a determination to help you succeed, the empathy he experiences to help him truly understand what clients are facing, and an aggressive approach from his many years of law enforcement.
Whether you have already filed for divorce or been served with a lawsuit, or you know it is coming, the mediation services of Ken Lawson Law are available for you. Ideally, you will seek mediation services before you engage in court action, thereby saving yourselves potentially many thousands of dollars in attorneys’ fees. Whether you contemplate mediation before or during a court case, you may have many questions. The most common follow.
1. When do I need an attorney?
You should never seek to respond alone to apply for adjustment of status, upon receipt of a notice to appear, or upon arrest with a INS hold, without a competent attorney handling your case. Spanish services or organizations are not competent to represent or speak for you. You should seek the counsel of an attorney immediately upon any of the above incidents.
2. How to choose an attnorey?
This may be a difficult question to answer. Many referral services list attorneys according to their paid subscription. Additionally, quality of services provided is unique to the individual, so may vary greatly. The best way is to be referred by someone you trust, who has experienced working with that attorney. You want an attorney who has long legal experience and demonstrates the ability to be aggressive, but who will also communicate well with you the client.
3. Do I really need an attorney?
Many organizations and notary public’s advertise services to Latinos. In their home countries, these may be actual attorneys or qualified individuals, but not here in the U.S. In Tennessee, it is illegal for them to provide legal advice or charge fees for legal services. It is imperative to find an attorney in good standing with the state.
We know that the immigration process can be challenging, confusing, and sometimes extremely discouraging. We here at Ken Lawson Law are dedicated to being your immigration champion and easing the stress and discouragement you may be facing with your immigration attempt. Below are a few answers to frequently asked questions to help you understand your options. If you can’t find the answer to your question below, contact us and we’ll show you how we can be your Immigration Champion!
1. What is mediation?
Mediation is a process in which a professionally trained mediator leads a discussion to find ways to resolve the dispute without the necessity and uncertainty of a trial in court.
2. Who are mediators?
Mediators are professionally-trained neutrals and the best mediators generally are attorneys, although people may choose anyone they wish to serve as a mediator.
3. What is the mediation process like?
There are two types of mediators: shuttle and collaborative. Shuttle mediation has the parties sitting in different rooms and the mediators go back and forth between them, hammering out a deal, if possible. Collaborative mediation involves all of the parties plus the mediator in the same room and discussions are led toward resolution.
4. What are the advantages and disadvantages of shuttle mediation?
The advantage is it takes much less time to reach agreement, and is easier for the mediator. Taking less time means it is cheaper. The disadvantages are that people are pressured to compromise and the weaker side does most of the giving-in; and any agreement reached is more likely to fail with time. Many attorneys learn collaborative mediation but slowly return to the shuttle approach.
5. What are the advantages and disadvantages of collaborative mediation?
The advantages are that it allows for more input and requires the parties to work together to find a resolution that protects both of their interests and needs. The focus is not on compromise but finding solutions that protects each of their concerns. Collaborative mediation is the type endorsed by the American Bar Association, and only the best attorney mediators have mastered the techniques for the process. The disadvantages are that it typically takes longer and, therefore, costs more. However, the agreements reached usually last much longer and the people more satisfied with the result.