Guarderas offers tips for immigrants to prepare for a successful first meeting to discuss their case and options.
Abogada Nancy Reyes Guarderas of the Matian Firm | La Liga Defensora is scheduled to appear on California radio and TV stations to discuss what people can expect at their first appointment with an immigration attorney.
First and foremost, Guarderas urges people to come to their first meeting prepared to be completely honest and transparent with their immigration attorney. Immigration is complicated. If you’re not 100% honest with your attorney, you may miss out on opportunities or find yourself in a situation you did not intend. Remember, all information you share with your attorney is confidential.
“There’s nothing like getting the most of your free consultation,” she said. “The best way to do so is to have as much of your information and documents ready to be reviewed and discussed at the consultation. We will make the best of that consultation by providing a specific strategy for your family”
Guarderas advises you to bring the following documents with you to your consult:
- Birth Certificate for you and your children
- Marriage certificate or divorce records, if applicable
- Death certificates of immediate relatives, if applicable
- Identifications (ie. driver’s license, consular ID or passport)
- Past criminal history dates/locations of arrest
- Information about your entries and exits to/from the United States
- I-94, arrival – departure record
- Past work permits or green card, if applicable
- Any letters or copies of documents to/from Immigration
- If you don’t have the above, the attorneys at La Liga Defensora will help you find it!
And, come prepared with the following questions:
- Do you specialize in immigration law? If immigration is not the attorney’s primary focus, you risk them being caught off guard by changing laws and accelerated enforcement. An experienced immigration attorney knows how to manage unique immigration situations.
- Do you have experience with situations like mine? What have the outcomes of those cases been? Immigration is a very unique aspect of the law and comes with its own distinctive challenges. It’s important the attorney you choose knows the ins and outs of immigration law, and has experience achieving favorable outcomes for their clients.
- How long have you practiced immigration law?
At La Liga Defensora, your first consultation with our legal team is free. During this consultation, you will fill out a questionnaire that will be vetted by an attorney to determine whether your case is actionable, and if you’re likely to succeed. We will then thoroughly explain the information to you so that you can completely understand your options. If you decide to proceed, La Liga Defensora is so well-equipped that they can start working on your case that very same day.
Nancy Reyes Guarderas is an expert on immigration rights and visas, as she has been advocating and guiding her clients through the immigration process since 1998.
Guarderas has extensive experience filing affirmative and defensive applications for her clients before the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service. She has also conducted hearings before the United States Immigration Court, briefing and appealing before the Administrative Appeals Office, Board of Immigration Appeals, and the United States 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Guarderas has helped thousands of clients with direct services, conducted community outreach for thousands of people, and trained hundreds of private and non-profit attorneys, social workers, and law students through panels, training, and guest lecturer opportunities at USC’s School of Social Work and Loyola Law School.
Listen to Abogada Nancy Reyes Guarderas discuss what to expect at your first meeting with an immigration attorney on:
Monday @ 7:00AM & 9:00AM on La Raza 97.9(KLAX-FM) & La Raza 93.3 (KRZZ-FM) with El Terrible
Monday & Friday @ 8:35AM on Recuerdo 103.9/98.3 (KRCD-FM) with Maria Esther
Monday & Tuesday @ 1:15PM on Amor 100.3- Univision Radio (KBRG-FM) with Glorybella
Monday @ 3:10PM on Jose 97.5/107.1 (KLYY-FM) with Erazno y La Chokolata
Tuesday @ 1:50PM on Jose 97.5/107.1 (KLYY-FM) with Eddie “Piolin” Sotelo
Tuesday & Thursday @ 8:20AM on Que Buena 105.5/94.3 (KBUE-FM) with Don Cheto
Wednesday & Friday @ 10:00AM on Jose 97.5/107.1 (KLYY-FM) with Irma Covarrubias
Wednesday @ 2:25PM on LA 101.9 & Que Buena 98.9 – Univision Radio (KSCA-FM & KSOL-FM) with La Bronca
Wednesday @ 4:45PM on K-LOVE 107.5- Univision Radio (KLVE-FM) with Ysaac Alvarez
Thursday @ 8:00 AM on Jose 97.5/107.1 (KLYY-FM) with Alex “El Genio” Lucas
Thursday @ 1:00 PM on Que Buena 98.9 – Univision Radio (KSOL-FM) with El Zorro
Thursday @ 6:00 PM on La Raza 93.3 (KRZZ-FM) with El Compa Gil
Visit laligadefensora.com for a full interview schedule.
About Nancy Reyes Guarderas
Nancy Reyes Guarderas is an immigration attorney, licensed to practice in the State of California, since 1998. Prior to joining The Matian Firm dba La Liga Defensora, Mrs. Reyes Guarderas was a Senior Staff Attorney at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA) as an immigration attorney. LAFLA serves as the frontline law firm for poor and low-income people in Los Angeles. She also serves as a regular Legal Analyst for Univision TV and Radio. Mrs. Reyes Guarderas delivers important legal information, explains nuances and complexities in immigration law and provides breaking news and analysis on the changing landscape of immigration legislation.
About the Matian Firm
The Matian Firm | La Liga Defensora, is a California-based immigration law, criminal defense, employment law, and personal injury law firm. Under the direction of the firm’s President, Shawn F. Matian, Esq., The Matian Firm | La Liga Defensora is dedicated to providing zealous advocacy on behalf of their clients. A continuous practice of reinvestment into the firm serves to enhance Matian’s mission. With a combined 40,000 square feet of newly built office space and over 175 employees, The Matian Firm | La Liga Defensora is one of the fastest-growing law firms in all of California.
The Matian Firm | La Liga Defensora has helped tens of thousands of clients with their immigration, criminal and injury cases, by providing excellent legal services. This consistent track record of outstanding work has been notably recognized by the legal community as evidenced by the many awards that have been bestowed upon the firm including: Super Lawyers | Rising Stars; The National Top 100 Trial Lawyers; Lawyers of Distinction Award; Nationally Ranked Top 10 Attorney Award; 10 Best Law Firms Client Satisfaction; and Avvo’s Client Choice Award, amongst other accolades.
The Matian Firm | La Liga Defensora is located at 3701 Wilshire Blvd Suite 210, Los Angeles, California 90010. Northern California at 111 N. Market Street Suite 888 in San Jose, California 95113 and the Inland Empire in Ontario located at 4200 Concourse St. Ontario, CA 91764.
More information on the firm, its attorneys, and its casework please visit: www.matianfirm.com
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