I am just curious to know how necessary a lawyer is in the whole change of status filing process? I realize he/she will be able to provide us with the right information and what to do when and where; but is it ok to do it on your own? I am planning on marrying my love in summer of next year, and just am trying to plan ahead. I was told by one person to get a lawyer, but is it worth the money to shell out, when I can download and print the same forms from the internet? Sorry this is long winded, but thank you for any input or advice.