New review from 2022: I am now applying for Canadian citizenship, and I decided to book a consultation with Ian...
New review from 2022:
I am now applying for Canadian citizenship, and I decided to book a consultation with Ian after remembering how useful his advice was when I booked a consultation with him in 2017 to seek guidance for my PR application. Just as before, Ian was able to answer my questions and clear up some of my uncertainties, and we had time in my consultation for him to conduct additional research and give me a clear answer to a question that I couldn't find unambiguous answers to elsewhere. Thanks again, Ian!
Previous review from 2017:
I am looking to emigrate to Canada as a PR, as a common law spouse, though I had previously also been considering the express entry route.
Ian Goldman contacted me quite speedily after I booked an initial consultation, and we were able to arrange a 1hour phone consultation rather promptly (incidentally he offers clients multiple options for how they wish to be contacted). I found his consultation rates to be very fairly priced compared to other reputable law firms, and I found his willingness to initiate and arrange contact to be an added bonus. Other law firms I have found require clients to place the calls themselves and don't offer as many options for communication. Given the range of prices for even initial phone consultations, I also found the consultation rate to be very attractive priced - an important factor when paid consultation rates may make it a barrier just to shop around for a lawyer.
Ian was exactly on time with his call, and was very easy to understand, helping to clarify my case and possible options for me. I found his manner to be professional and approachable, which helped put me at ease (I normally hate talking on the phone). In the end, my case presented a couple of options and Ian helped me weigh them up. Objectively neither offered a clear advantage, but Ian was able to elicit what factors were most important to me and he was able to recommend which option he felt would best suit my subjective needs.
I was also given a quote, which has proven accurate to their website that they charge around mid-market rates, though I have yet to find a more competitive rate in Vancouver itself for a lawyer of similar experience. While I have found lower rates outside of Vancouver, it appears as if the files at those firms would be handled either by junior or teams of more junior lawyers. However, Ian indicated that he would personally handle my case, and so I believe the rate he quoted me was reasonable, given his experience and good standing (I did also do my due diligence to look Ian up beforehand in law registries).
At the end of the call, there was no pressure to open a file, merely an invitation to write or call back with more questions if needed. I did in the end have multiple questions I emailed as a follow up, and Ian answered promptly and at no extra charge. I am now a lot more sure about my immigration plans, and being able to get Ian's advice and either corroborate or clarify my own research really helped make the daunting process much less intimidating.