Hello, my name is XXXXX XXXXX U.S. immigration and business
attorney, and I'll be happy to assist you today.
I'm based in California, and I'm loosely familiar with the organization. If there's an attorney directly assisting you, then $5,000 may be a justified fee for church sponsorship work. Typically lawyers would charge around $3,500 for this type of work, so $5,000 is a bit on the high end. However, I'm not well versed in the amount of work that's required, so $5,000 may be justified.
However, I'd make sure that you are working with an attorney in your matter, and not a paralegal or legal secretary. Paralegals and legal secretaries are forbidden by law to handle clients directly, so if you find yourself working exclusively with a paralegal, then I'd say that you should find another law firm to assist you, because that is not a legitimate operation. Before you begin work, feel free to ask about who will be assisting you, then conduct a search for that name here: http://members.calbar.ca.gov/fal/MemberSearch/QuickSearch
Licensed lawyers will appear on that website. The organization you described is a registered organization. However, your main concern should be whether you're working with an actual attorney. Otherwise, that type of fee is not justified.
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