What is Lawbench and how does it work?

What is Lawbench?

  • Lawbench.com gives users access to a panel of lawyers that specialize in U.S. immigration law.
  • Users can ask questions to particular lawyers on the panel, and the lawyers answer the questions asked of them.
  • The information is then posted and archived so that others with similar questions can share the legal information.
  • Users can also request a quick phone consultation with a lawyer directly from Lawbench.
  • Lawbench.com is a cost-effective way for individuals to get fact-specific opinions on immigration law from multiple lawyers!

How does Lawbench work?

  • Lawbench.com lets you ask short, specific immigration-related questions to one or more lawyers on the panel, using the Ask a Lawyer page.
  • You must pre-pay a fee for asking a question. You can pay using PayPal, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover.
  • If you want to keep your question confidential, you need to pay $3 extra. A confidential question can only be seen by you and the lawyer that was asked the question. A confidential question can also be seen by Lawbench admins for quality purposes.
  • The questions and answers are in the form of a web-based forum, much like a discussion forum.
  • We do not expose your email address to lawyers unless you request a phone consultation with a lawyer from this site.
  • Users can also request 20-minute, 40-minute, and 60-minute phone consultations with a lawyer directly from Lawbench, for very reasonable prices.

What happens to my question after it is submitted?

  • As soon as your question is submitted, it gets assigned to the lawyer you selected, or to a random lawyer if that's what you selected.
  • Expect your question to be answered in 2 business days from the time it was submitted.
  • You will receive an email when a lawyer responds to your question, declines your question, or does not answer your question in 2 business days.
  • You may ask one follow-up question to the lawyer, in case there are further clarifications to be made and the clarifications are related to the original question. Do not ask unrelated questions in a follow-up. Lawyers are not obligated to respond to follow-ups, but they typically do.
  • Lawyers can decline to answer your question if they find your question to be vague, poorly constructed, long & complicated, outside their area of expertise, requiring significant research, or for any other reason.

What happens to my payment?

  • If you do not receive a response from a lawyer within 2 business days of asking a question, or if the lawyer declines the question for any reason, you can re-use the deposit to ask another question to any lawyer, or you can send us an email to request a refund, using the Contact Us form. We will process your refund in 2 business days.
  • If you receive a response from a lawyer within 2 business days, and the lawyer has not declined the question, the deposit is consumed, and you cannot re-use the deposit towards another question.

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