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Immigration: Marriage as Fast-Track to Green Card? Not So Fast!

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While it’s too soon to know what the Trump administration’s long-term influence on immigration will be, it’s fair to say that it’s not going to get any easier. There is a long list of forms and rules, processes to follow and documents to be submitted. There are interviews with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), and it’s not unusual that they find something troublesome buried deep in an applicant’s past that delays or stalls an already lengthy process. All of this makes for a lot of anxiety for those who wish to come to or remain in the US for a wide range of reasons—for study, long-term medical procedures, extended family visits and for the many employment opportunities in US technology centers and at universities all over the country. Marriage makes it easier, but it’s still a lengthy process There’s no question that marrying a US citizen or green-card holder can fast-track the green-card process. Many of our clients who are citizens or green-card holders seek our…

Midyear Reality Check: 6 Tips for Updating Your Estate Plan

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As we near the end of June and sneak up on the Fourth of July, many of us are dreaming of packing the kids off to camp and enjoying a well-deserved vacation of our own. But the halfway mark is also the time to be taking stock. What have we accomplished and what can we do in the next six months to meet our 2017 goals? Time for creating or updating Living TrustsAt DP Legal Solutions, we’re bullish on Living Trusts! Our goals for our clients always include either creating or updating their Living Trusts. It’s easy to procrastinate, but the rewards are great. Creating and funding a Living Trust is one of the most thoughtful gifts you give your family.Unfortunately, many people believe that once they create and fund their Living Trusts, the process is finished. But we caution our clients to review and update their Trusts every few years--this is especially important for those who create their Trusts when their children are still young and they’re building their careers.Living Trusts should…

Deeds: Essential Process for Transferring Interest in Real Estate

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A Deed is the legal document that transfers a person’s interest in real estate. It can be transferred to another person or to an entity, such as a Living Trust or a Corporation. It can seem like a small thing, but ask anyone who’s trying to transact business without having title to a property, and they’ll tell you how important a Deed becomes. Without owning the title to a Deed, it is impossible to buy or sell the home that’s associated with that Deed. It’s also impossible to move that home into a Living Trust. Transferring title, or ownership, on a Deed is a relatively simple process that has important legal protections. Best of all, it’s something DP Legal Solutions can generally accomplish fairly quickly. Below are some common situations that require Deed transfersWe’re hoping that these may serve as reminders of the need to transfer title on your Deed. 1. Adding a spouse This is perhaps the most common reason our clients come into our offices to transfer Deeds. These days, when 50%…

No Living Trust Means Probate; Longtime Partner Loses Home

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If you’re reading this story, there’s a good chance you don’t have a Will or Living Trust. Or perhaps you have a Trust, but you created it nearly 20 years ago and it’s sadly out of date. Unfortunately, this is the case for nearly three-quarters of Americans. There’s a perception that Wills and Trust are for old people—people think they’ll have plenty of time to prepare end-of-life documents “when the time comes”, but life often intervenes. Life is full of uncertainties The reality is that anyone with assets and dependents should have a Living Trust, and if incapacitated, having an updated Living Trust, Power of Attorney and Advance Healthcare Directive in place can save your family considerable time, money and anguish at what will undoubtedly be a very difficult time. Without a Will or Living Trust, your family will have to go through Probate. Some good news: you don’t need an attorney for Uncontested Probate If your Probate case is uncontested—if none of the potential heirs is contest…