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Frivolous Immigration Application

The Ohio Rules of Professional Conduct and the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) define a frivolous application as a document, which has no basis in law or in fact. (See 8 CFR § 1003.102 (j); Prof. Cond. R. 3.1).  A frivolous immigration application has no merit and has virtually no chance of achieving […]

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In-Person Solicitation of Immigrants

The Rules of Professional Conduct govern the conduct of every attorney practicing in Ohio, including immigration attorneys. The Rules prohibit most types of in-person solicitation. (See Prof Cond. R. 7.3). The rationale for the rule is to protect prospective clients from the potential abuse of overreaching and undue influence. Yet, some immigration attorneys follow the […]

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The “Non Refundable” Flat-Fee Agreement Myth

Many attorneys use “non-refundable” flat fee agreements to render legal professional services. While the Supreme Court of Ohio acknowledges that under certain circumstances it is proper for a lawyer to enter a flat fee agreement, such agreement must comply with the Ohio Rules of Professional Conduct. (Advisory Opinion 2016-1). A flat fee or fixed fee […]

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