When a loved one passes away and leaves with a will, their assets and estate must go through a legal process known as probate, which is to establish the validity of the will in court. The process of admitting a will to probate and the estate administration itself are often referred to collectively as the probate process or the estate administration process. The process can be complex, time-consuming, and costly in certain situations. However, there are alternatives available in some cases that offer expedited or simplified processes for estate administration.
On July 14, 2023, USCIS has updated its list of frequently asked questions regarding EB-1 applicants, which is available at Fiscal Year 2023 Employment-Based Adjustment of Status FAQs | USCIS
In Texas, a trust is deemed to be revocable unless the trust instrument explicitly states that it is irrevocable. However, the trust should expressly reserve the settlor's right to amend or revoke the trust instrument during the settlor's lifetime.
Creating a revocable trust in Texas requires careful consideration of various legal requirements. These requirements ensure that the trust is valid and legally enforceable. From age and capacity requirements to trustee and beneficiary specifications and to trust property funding, each element plays a crucial role in establishing a valid revocable trust.
Planning for the future and ensuring the seamless transfer of assets to loved ones is a responsibility that many Texans take seriously. To achieve this, individuals often turn to estate planning tools such as wills and trusts. While both options serve the purpose of distributing assets upon death, they differ in various aspects. In this blog post, we will explore the fundamentals of wills and trusts in Texas, helping you understand their key features, benefits, and considerations. By the end, you will be better equipped to make an informed decision about which estate planning tool suits your needs best.
In a groundbreaking decision, the United States Supreme Court delivered its opinion on June 29, 2023, in the highly anticipated case of Students for Fair Admissions, Inc. v. President and Fellows of Harvard College (Docket: 20-1199). Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. penned the majority opinion, declaring that the admissions processes of Harvard College and the University of North Carolina (UNC) violated the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. This landmark ruling has sparked widespread debate and profound implications for the future of affirmative action in college admissions.
The Supreme Court's ruling in Coinbase, Inc. v. Bielski highlights the importance of arbitration agreements and the stay of proceedings during interlocutory appeals. By requiring district courts to stay proceedings in cases involving arbitration, the Court ensures that the benefits of arbitration, such as efficiency and reduced costs, are preserved.
Starting a business is an exciting venture filled with endless possibilities. One of the crucial steps in launching your business in Texas is entity formation. Choosing the right legal structure lays the foundation for your business's success and can have significant implications for liability, taxation, governance, and future growth.
Self-lawyering refers to individuals representing themselves in legal matters rather than hiring a lawyer. This trend is driven by consumers' lack of accessibility, transparency, and control over the legal process, along with its high cost. The rise of self-lawyering in immigration matters is being supported by state judicial systems and regulators and reinforced by the growth of technology. The limited availability of immigration lawyer information online and the lack of control that clients have in an immigration representation are also factors pushing individuals towards self-lawyering. Corporate consumers are also beginning to adopt the do-it-yourself model for immigration services by employing in-house counsel to handle routine tasks. The trend of self-lawyering is similar to the disruption seen in other industries by the growth of technology and the Internet.
The recent mass layoffs by big tech companies have had a significant impact on H-1B visa petitions. With the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, many tech companies have been forced to make cuts, leading to a sharp decrease in the demand for H-1B visa workers, and even new hires freeze. The decrease or freeze may open up more visa slots for non-tech workers who are seeking to work in other industries in the U.S. since each year the H-1B visa cap has been the same for years.
持续至今的乌俄战争对人们的生活产生了或多或少、不同程度的影响。2022年4月，美国公民及移民服务局（USCIS）专门为乌克兰出台了相关政策。这里仅谈一个以持有高级学位的专业人士身份申请美国职业移民（EB-2）及国家利益豁免（“National Interest Waiver,” NIW）、运用乌俄战争对石油和天然气造成的影响来证明国家重要性但不成功的案例。
美国公民及移民法(INA) § 237(2)(A)(i)及§ 212(2)(A)(i) 规定了关于道德败坏的犯罪（"Crime Involving Moral Turpitude，" CIMT）可能导致在美国的非公民被遣返或非公民申请入境时不被批准入境或不被批准在美国境内调整身份。被遣返需要CIMT罪名成立；如果外国人被告上诉，在上诉过程中则不能被遣返。外国人如果CIMT罪名成立，甚至承认犯下了CIMT罪名，都可能被拒绝入境或不被批准在美国境内调整身份。
谨让我们，Altaffer & Chen PLLC, 一家位于美国德克萨斯州达拉斯市的律师事务所，祝您和家人度过一个充满祥和、欢乐和希望的兔年春节！祝您和家人在兔年收获平安、健康和开心！心想事成！
Attorney Lunbing Chen Altaffer is the co-founder and current managing member of Altaffer & Chen PLLC, a law firm based in Dallas, Texas. In 2022, Attorney Chen significantly participated in two successful EB-1A petitions, which USCIS granted quickly upon respective receipt of each request for premium processing without RFE (request for evidence). One petitioner was a fund manager, and another was an environmental expert.
Altaffer & Chen PLLC 是一家位于美国德州达拉斯的律师事务所。本所创始及现任管理合伙人，CHEN律师，于2022年实质性参与了两个成功的杰出人才绿卡申请：申请人一个是基金经理，另一个是环保专家。两个申请递交相差几个月的案件均申请了加急处理服务，而USCIS（美国公民及移民服务局）在先后收到案件后也分别很快一次性批准了两个申请，并没有象此类案件中常见的那样，要求申请人提交补充证据材料(Request for Further Evidence, RFE)。
哪些情况下申请人可能不会被批准进入美国或调整在美国的非移民身份呢？美国《移民及国籍法》(INA)第212(a) 条列举了相关情形，如基于与申请人健康有关的情形，申请人是否有相关犯罪记录，是否会危害美国国家安全(如恐怖活动，申请人的独裁政府的成员身份等)，是否可能带来公共负担 (最新相关政策已极大放宽对公共负担的要求)，是否曾非法入境或非法居留，之前有无被遣返，等等。申请人具有举证责任、必须清楚无疑地证明自己不具有相关情形因而不能被批准。当然，这些规定有例外情形。另外，有些情形下申请人可以申请豁免。
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is providing information for nonimmigrant workers whose employment has terminated, either voluntarily or involuntarily. These workers may have several options for remaining in the United States in a period of authorized stay based on existing rules and regulations.