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Are You Seeking Refugee Status?

If you were persecuted or have a fear of future persecution based on your race, nationality, religion, political opinion or your membership into a particular group you could potentially seek refugee status in the United States. While there are other criteria for becoming a refugee, the first step is to obtain a referral to be considered a refugee from the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP).

Refugee Status Legal Help

When there is a valid fear of persecution or past persecution, becoming a refugee in another country may be your best option for safety. Qualifying for refugee status falls under immigration law and is not something to try and handle alone. A skilled Hilo refugee attorney will be able to walk you and your family through the process for the best possible outcome.

Best Time to Seek Legal Help

No matter what your legal issue may be, it is always best to seek legal help early in the process. An attorney can help secure what is likely to be the best possible outcome for your situation and avoid both unnecessary complications or errors.

Top Questions to Ask a Lawyer

  • What is the usual process to resolve my case? How long will it take to resolve this?
  • What are likely outcomes of a case like mine? What should I expect?

An experienced lawyer should be able to communicate a basic "road map" on how to proceed. The lawyer should be able to walk you through the anticipated process, key considerations, and potential pitfalls to avoid. Once you've laid out the facts of your situation to the lawyer, he/she should be able to frame expectations and likely scenarios to help you understand your legal issue.

Points to Consider Before Hiring a Lawyer

Experience. Regardless of the type of legal matter you need help with, an experienced attorney will usually be able to get you better results.

Competence. Determine an attorney's expertise by asking about their track record for the issue you need help with resolving.

Fit. There are plenty of good attorneys out there; make sure you find one you are comfortable working with.

Common legal terms explained

Personal jurisdiction - Requirement that a particular court have authority over a person, in order to bind that person to the judgment of the court, based on minimum contacts. International Shoe Co v. Washington is a landmark Supreme Court case outlining the scope of a state court's reach in personal jurisdiction.

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