To many, an initial consultation does not seem worth spending any money on. However it is a highly necessary part of the process, which acts like a road map on your journey, where you receive the answers (maybe not all) you need to make decisions. Registered Migration Agents are bound by strict rules of professional code and have to highlight any risks around your case.
If you wish to speak to a knowledgeable and professional Agent expect that you have to pay a fee for their time. After all they offer you value with their time with knowledge, experience and expertise. Not to mention that charging for product and/or services is a given for companies that wish to remain in business.
Further, some agents use consultation fees to determine whether you have the means to pay for your legal fees. Some lawyers feel that a potential client who is not willing to pay for an initial consultation fee may be unable or unwilling to pay legal fees in the future. You will also find that some agencies will repay the consultation fee once you have engaged their services, so the fee becomes like a deposit.
The charging of a fee for an initial consultation is necessary for the services provided, time spent, and insurance for the agent should the client decide not to move forward.
Why do some Registered Migration Agents offer free initial consultations?
For some clients ESS worldwide offers a free initial 20 minutes conversation, which gives clients an opportunity to decide whether they are comfortable with an agent’s personality and style.
Please note that most agents will not provide in depth legal advice during a free initial consultation, as it often takes longer to establish the facts and circumstances to provide solid advice. In most cases, they will listen to your case and let you know if they can help you.