Immigration Lawyer Albert R. Snyder
Immigration Law Solutions, LLC
1. Overview: Guiding Purpose
The guiding purpose of the Snyder Immigration Law Solutions firm is to provide prompt, high quality advice and service locally toward the solution of the immigration law issues of clients, through the commitment, experience and skill of Immigration Law Attorney Albert R. Snyder who practices immigration law exclusively.
The firm’s clients are not deflected by staff or find themselves having to work their way through administrative layers to speak to an attorney. Mr. Snyder makes himself readily available to all firm clients.
2. Client Service Principles
Snyder Immigration Law Solutions fosters an atmosphere of mutual respect and trust with select clients who are serious about diligently working towards solving their immigration law issues. The firm interacts directly and locally with the client, explaining applicable law in clear, plain English terms. While immigration law is indeed a sprawling and complex specialty, there is no reason for mystification in addressing the client’s needs and aspirations.
The firm keeps the client currently informed of progress throughout the representation, promptly providing the client with copies of all governmental submissions and interactions.
It is crucial that the client provide the attorney with accurate informations, knowing that all communications with the attorney are strictly confidential. A client’s lapse in divulging a material fact could well jeopardize not only the preparation of the client’s case, but potentially even worsen the client’s situation.
3. Service Area and Outreach
The firm’s offices are located in southwest Fort Collins Colorado, its immediate service area radiating some 40 miles to Boulder in the south (including Loveland, Longmont and Fort Lupton), Estes Park in the west, Cheyenne in the north (including Wellington, and by extension Laramie and Casper), and Greeley (including Windsor, Evans and La Salle, and by extension Fort Morgan) in the east.
However, given the firm’s capacity to communicate remotely, as well as the firm’s readiness to travel to the client’s location of choice when practicable, the firm’s services are in reality available to any serious client.
4. Public Education
To complement its role of serving and providing solutions to one client at a time, the firm performs the role of objectively educating the public about immigration law and its development through this website, blog posts, published articles and public presentations without fee.
Anyone interested in arranging a presentation to a church group, business association, professional or volunteer group, neighborhood association and the like is invited to contact the firm to make prompt arrangements.
Mr. Snyder is presenting a winter course on the evolving U.S. immiigration law system in the Osher Institute of Colorado State Universiity.** On November 12th he is presenting on employer imigration law compliance issues to the Estes Park Lodging Association.
5. Client Self-Help
If the situation warrants, the firm may advise a client that at least some of the steps necessary to a solution may be taken by the client, with or without the attorney’s limited involvement. So long as the parties are clear about any risk in such an arrangement and the client appreciates the need for special caution, this approach can potentially result in a significant fee reduction. The firm’s purpose is client education and empowerment. An attorney’s receiving a fee for work which willing clients could readily and safely do for themselves only defeats that purpose.
One of the firm’s central concerns is client education and self-help. Refer to the site’s self-help page** for 10 important areas of self-help contacts.
6. Client-Attorney Relationship
An interested party should contact the firm by phone for a brief orienting discussion of issues. An individual can forego the telephonic orientation and proceed directly to a consultation by completing the consultation form appearing on each page of the site to set up a prompt appointment.
If following an initial telephonic discussion both parties want to go further, the first substantial contact between client and attorney is typically through a paid, in-office consultation of approximately one hour during which there is a full and frank discussion of issues and a review of all available documentation, if any.
A consultation typically take place at the firm’s offices in Fort Collins, although by mutual arrangement it can occur at the prospective client’s place of business or elsewhere, if the prospective client has personal limitations.
At the conclusion of the consultation the attorney explains to the prospective client all options available toward a solution of the client’s issues, potential risks and other issues which the prospective client may not have considered. Each party decides whether a client-attorney relationship should be forged through the execution of a printed agreement. The agreement essentially sets out in clear terms: (1) the scope of attorney services and obligations, (2) the obligations of the client, including the precise amount of fees for services and any timetable for payment, and (3) provisions for termination or other modification of the agreement by either party, if that should become necessary.
7. Work Standards
The client-attorney relationship is reciprocal, requiring the full commitment and involvement of both parties who each has the right to expect and demand that of the other. The degree of a client’s involvement varies with the terms of agreement, but a client is expected to be an active partner in the development of the client’s matter.
8. Approach to Fees; Consultation Fee
The firm’s typical fee takes the the form of a reasonable flat fee, regularly well within the range of prevailing fees charged in the field for similar services, and often significantly lower. Because of the variables in each unique client representation it is not wise or reliable to publish a list of pre-set fees. Upon request the firm will consider utilizing an installment plan for payment of the fee as the work progresses.
Whenever possible, the firm finds ways to lessen the fee charged by other practitioners. An example is the use of the telephonic hearing in Immigration Court proceedings, especially bond and master calendar hearings. Most immigration judges, upon early motion by an attorney, will permit the attorney to participate in a hearing remotely by telephone. The firm utilizes the telephonic hearing so long as the attorney’s physical absence from the hearing would have no negative impact on the client. This approach allows the firm to reduce the fee it would charge for the attorney’s actually making the trip to Denver or elsewhere to participate in a hearing.
From long experience the firm has established a standard, minimal consultation fee ($100). There are three reasons for that: (1) it is proof of a prospective client’s seriousness of purpose (is someone who is unwilling to expend that modest amount for an hour’s substantive discussion of issues and review of documents likely to be open to go further in the process?); (2) a one hour’s discussion of issues and review of documents is a substantial service in itself; and (3) if the parties go forward with an agreement for services, the consultation fee is applied as a credit against the agreed fee.
9. The Practice of Immigration Law
Immigration law is a highly specialized field, practiced by attorneys committed to mastering this complex, sprawling body of law. A primary obligation of an immigration law attorney is to simplify and explain in plain English sound approaches to immigration law issues posed by clients.
Accordingly an attorney’s exclusive commitment to the field of immigration law is of critical importance to a client. The practice of immigration law requires knowledge, experience, creativity, cultural insight, commitment, tenacity, loyalty to the client, and a keen sense of the client’s life priorities.
10. Immigration Law Attorney Albert R. Snyder
I belong to that small, peculiar group of practicing attorneys who attended and graduated from law school while playing professional football. I received my law degree from the University of Maryland Law School after playing two years with the Patriots and two years with the Colts.
My education included 10 years at Jesuit institutions, including The College of the Holy Cross and Loyola High School in Baltimore Maryland.
Following my farewell to professional sport I spent two years as a United States Peace Corps Volunteer attorney in Micronesia where in addition to my attorney roles I was an organizer of the first Microlympics, a competition among island groups from a geographic area the size of the continental United States, which continues today.
Following a clerkship with the Maryland Court of Appeals Chief Justice and a spell at a large, prestigious law firm in Baltimore I returned to Micronesia as a poverty law attorney and as legislative and Constitutional Convention counsel.
During those twelve years I completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Towson University, and learned blacksmithing in Santa Fe and Europe. I have practiced my art and my craft ever since. site**
I have been committed to the exclusive practice of immigration law since 1995 following my role as supervising attorney for a farm worker rights program on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.
In 2009 we moved as a family to Fort Collins where I have over time reconstituted my immigration law practice.
I am a member of the Colorado State Bar, a step not expressly required of immigration law attorneys in Colorado.
I am familiar with virtually every facet of immigration law and have worked with most of them: the employment visas, familial and individual benefits, including asylum, NACARA, TPS,and HRIFRA. I have appeared in immigration court removal proceedings in Denver, Philadelphia, Baltimore, El Paso and Arlington, Virginia. I have a comprehensive immigration law practice, including advising local employers on hiring and compliance issues.
I have for years been closely following the contentious evolution of immigration law reform and have frequently written on the subject.
I regard the practice of immigration law as a service, as a profession, and as a livelihood. Over my some fifty years of law practice I have learned that the magic lies in maintaining those three elements in balance. As to livelihood, clients have a means of livelihood. Mine happens to be the practice of immigration law. It is only fair that the client and the attorney each respect the livelihood of the other.
I have traveled widely and lived in many cultures. I am a respecter of culture and form the client-attorney relationship accordingly.