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January 2017 Archives

Legal and Illegal Immigration

LegalAndIllegalImmigration.jpgImmigration Laws and changes are a topic that has had a lot of discussion as of recently. With a new president, there have been very controversial ideas about how the United States should handle this issue of illegal immigration in our country. There are approximately 11.7 undocumented immigrants in our country. It is important for all people to have an understanding of immigration, and the process of that individuals go through in order to obtain citizenship or the legal right to temporarily live in this country. Palacios Law Group is always trying to help individuals in order to legally be able to live and work in this country. We help to bring families together.
There are two different visas that are issued by our government. One visa is immigrant, the other is non immigrant. A non immigrant visa is issued to those who are just here for temporary stay, whether that be for school, work, a trip, or other reason. The immigrant status usually goes to those become resident aliens or legal permanent residents.
An illegal alien is someone who is living in this country not legally. If you are someone who is a non immigrant , but overstay the time period that you are allowed, then you are considered an illegal alien. These individuals can be detained or deported at any time. An illegal alien that does not have any paperwork stating that they are able to stay here is considered an undocumented immigrant. Although there are many illegal immigrants in the United States, a lot of them are actually working to obtain legal status. 

Divorce Settlement And Attorneys

DivorceSettlementAndAttorneys.jpgEveryone is familiar with the concept of divorce. Often people may not know what happens in the process of legally separating. Many people find that they begin to learn about this once they are actually going through the process of a divorce themselves. It is important to stay educated and knowledgeable about the process regardless if you are single, in a relationship, or already married. A divorce agreement whether it is refereed to as a divorce settlement agreement, a separation agreement, custody, support, and property agreement, or any other term, is meant to come to a decision about child custody, child support, alimony, and the division of property. A divorce can take a few months or even many years depending on how much detailed work is involved, and depending on how willing you and your spouse are to come to an agreement.
It is highly recommended to get an attorney to prepare the agreement. If your spouse already hired someone to do it, then you should still have an attorney look it over. When it comes to a situation with such importance. You definitely would rather be safe than sorry. 

Car Accidents & Personal Injury

CarAccidents&PersonalInjury.jpgPeople get into motor vehicle accidents all of the time. These can be so damaging that not only does your car get wrecked, but as a result you experience personal injury. In a situation like this, you are going to want to get compensation for the damage and medical bills. If your insurance company denies coverage, you will need to file a lawsuit on the other person involved in the accident. If you are in a law suit like this, you are going to want to prove that the accident was the cause of the other person involved. It is recommended that you hire a personal injury lawyer in a situation like this.
In court, you are going to have to prove that the other driver was careless, and because of this careless behavior, it caused the accident. If you were also careless in the situation, and it was not just the other driver's fault, then your damages may be reduced. In the state of New York, there has been established no- fault laws. This system requires all drivers to have no fault accident insurance. This claim will be presented to your insurance company. Your insurance company will pay for your injuries no matter whose fault the accident was. With a no-fault claim , depending on what state you live in, you may still be able to file a lawsuit against the other party involved in the accident. Usually someone might do this if they are facing extreme and serious injuries.
No matter what, if you are involved in a car accident, you are going to want to follow certain steps. You definitely want to make sure that the first thing you do is call 911 to report the accident. Request medical assistance as well if needed. Only help someone who is need of medical assistance if it is a life or death situation. Otherwise, you want to wait for medical assistance to arrive. 

Online Wills

OnlineWills.jpgEveryone knows that getting a will is an important part of estate planning. If you want to protect the assets that you worked so hard for, and leave those to the people you love, then a will is a must! Often people may have a difficult time deciding what will is right for them. To find out more information about wills, check out our previous blog post. Many people may not want to hire a lawyer, so they turn to an online will.
There are several different online wills that you can create. Since this document is very important, you are going to want to make sure you check out several different websites before making a decision about which site will work best for you. One of the most difficult aspects of online wills is making sure that your wishes are clearly presented. You do not want your document to go through probate with unclear intentions. Online sites do not work for everyone, so it is important to understand that there is potential for your document to not go the right way when you decide to handle it on your own. It is important to weigh the pros and cons to figure out what will be most beneficial for you.
When making a will online, you will be asked a series of different questions. These questions help to build your last will and testament. You definitely want to make sure that the questions or information needed is geared towards the state that you live in. The laws vary state by state and if you want your will to hold up legally, it must follow your state's laws.
There are also websites which provide a form that you can fill out on your own in order to claim what your wishes are when you pass on. These formats of a will are very DIY, and do not really provide any guidance. This is a great example to show that just because this form of will is cheaper, does not mean it is worth it. You want to make sure your assets are protected and provided to your family or whoever you wish upon passing. 

Dealing With DUI Charges

DealingWithDUICharges.jpgWith all criminal charges, a person charged is consider innocent unless proven otherwise. Unfortunately a common criminal charge that people are often charged with is a DUI or DWI charge. Someone receives this charge when they are caught driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
About one in three people will be involved in a drunk driving crash during their lifetimes. Every day, 28 people die as a result of drunk driving crashes on average. In 2013, 10,076 people were killed in alcohol-impaired driving crashes, accounting for nearly one-third (31%) of all traffic-related deaths in the United States. Of the 1,149 traffic deaths among children ages 0 to 14 years in 2013, 200 (17%) involved an alcohol-impaired driver. These incidents happen so often and are considered very serious. Understanding what to expect through the legal process can help you or someone you know if you are ever in a situation like this.

The Basics Of Adoption

TheBasicsOfAdoption.jpgPeople adopt children, teens, and sometimes even adults for a variety of reasons. Whether biologically childbirth is not an option for you, you are a single parent, you want to help a child who doesn't have a home, or anything else that would make you decide that adoption is the best choice for you, adoption is a big decision. It is important to make sure that you understand the responsibility that you will be taking on. You may not know how the child or teen will adjust, but it is your responsibility to provide a home full of care for them. You are now going to be the one making a huge impact on their future. You have to also understand that the process of adoption will be timely, so you are going to need to be patient as well as understand the process you will need to go through.
Adoption is the process by which a legal parent-child relationship is created between individuals not biologically parent and child. In most cases, adopted children may inherit on an equal basis with biological children under state laws of distribution upon death of a parent. In some states, doctrines of "equitable adoption" allow courts to recognize adoptions when not all statutory procedures have been carried out.The adoption process can be a lengthy process. It can take up to 6 months or even longer. Adoption has to be finalized in court. That can take between 3 - 12 months potentially. 

The Benefits Of A Green Card

TheBenefitsOfAGreenCard.jpgFor many people in other countries, living in the United States is the dream. Many people want to come here to make a better life for themselves because there are more opportunities here, they want to be closer to family, they want to get a specific education, for love, or many other reasons. Gaining citizenship is the difficult task for many. The process may take a long time. Getting a green card is essential and will entitle you to a number of benefits.
A green card gives you the legal right to live, work, and study in the United States. It depends what visa you have that determines the length of time that you can stay here. After living in the United States for 3 to 5 years, you can apply for U.S. citizenship. While you have your green card, you are able to maintain your citizenship in another country. This allows you to come and go as you please. It is important to note that you cannot leave the country for an extended period of time. This is considered as abandoning your residency. If you are away from the country for a period of 2 years or more, then you will have to apply for a returning resident visa. Moving to another country will lose your green card, and the rights you would have obtained with a visa.
To find out more about immigration law and green cards, check out our previous blog posts. We have plenty of information regarding the different type of visas you can get, along with the qualifications you need in order to work of live here. 

Life After Bankruptcy

LifeAfterBankruptcy.jpgAt some point in time you got yourself into a bad financial situation where your only way to get out was by filing for bankruptcy. You may be feeling bad about your financial situation for letting it get to this point, but this is your chance to turn things around. In the process, you most likely got some of your debts discharged. If you filed for bankruptcy, it was most likely the best option for you, in order to start rebuilding your future. Even though your credit report may say "Chapter 7 bankruptcy" or "Chapter 13 bankruptcy", you still have the chance to avoid any future debt and regain your credit.
Just because you had to file for a Chapter 7 or 13 bankruptcy, does not mean that your future is forever doomed. Often people may start to lose track of their financial debt when there are large medical bills, or perhaps you started relying on your credit card far too much. For whatever reason that your debt had accumulated, you can now begin to start making better decisions for the future. You are definitely going to want to start budgeting your expenses and start saving more. If you had filed for bankruptcy, you either were discharged for most of the debt, or you still have debt you are going to need to pay off. 

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