Don’t Skimp on an Immigration Lawyer

When you’re trying to figure out the complex immigration process in America, you may have a brief thought of contacting an immigration lawyer. Your next thought is probably something along the lines of, “I can probably figure it out for myself.”

Even the most cursory reading of recent news shows that this desire for independence and to avoid any extra costs with your immigration process is misplaced. Immigration in the U.S. is incredibly difficult to manage without the help of an experienced lawyer, and the consequences of trying to pull it off alone can be devastating to families.

The American immigration system isn’t as straightforward as it could be. There are many different kinds of visas, and each one comes with its own requirements. Many of these requirements are vague and include the potential for those reviewing your case to demand ever more information and proof for a claim. When it’s a matter of keeping your family together or being able to stay in the country, you really shouldn’t try to guess how best to fill out this information and meet the right requirements. You want to have absolute certainty.

Things are further complicated by the legal limbo of DACA and certain kinds of immigration, such as the so-called “chain migration” visa, that the system is dealing with right now.

This is only the beginning. The law around immigration is fluid, and for the first time in many decades, that law is a central focus of the whole political system. That means it’s no longer so easy to get by without resolving ambiguities in your case.

According to the Law Office of William Jang, PLLC, an immigration lawyer can help you with all of the following:

  • Tracking down delays in applications: USCIS, the part of the federal government responsible for processing visa and citizenship applications, can be incredibly slow and very difficult to get information from. A lawyer can help track down your case and fast-track it.
  • Filling in paperwork right: There’s a lot of paperwork involved in the green card and citizenship process. Tiny mistakes can have big consequences. Your lawyer can guide you through your paperwork and review it to make sure everything is filled in correctly.
  • Waivers: Sometimes, individuals are considered inadmissible because of past behavior. There is often a way around this, but it requires a lawyer.
  • Court hearings: One of the most well-publicized issues about the immigration process recently has been the way the U.S. conducts court hearings. A lawyer can make all the difference here. This is perhaps the most important reason to get a lawyer.

No matter where you are in the immigration process, no matter your history with the system or the legitimacy of your reasons, this is a moment in time when it is crucial you get the legal help that can make sure your case is as solid as possible. You don’t want to play around with your future and your family’s future in America. Don’t skimp: get an immigration lawyer.

Helping Houston Residents North of the Reservoirs

My dad lives by the Addicks Reservoir, North of I-10, and his house got flooded from Hurricane Harvey. I’m helping him through this enormous headache and I’m sorry, but I just need to vent.

First of all, he didn’t have flood insurance. BUT even if did, the FEMA site says coverage is maxed out at $250,000, and that would not cover all the money he’s put into his home over the years. He’s been in that house since my parents split up, and it has never flooded! All the work he had done to his house has been ruined.

Second, he thought that the gates were jammed on the dam, and that’s why the reservoirs filled up and flooded his house. Initially, he told me to calm down and that it was an “act of God.” He was just glad he made it out of there with his cat. Well, I did some investigating. It’s not as crazy as aliens or the JFK conspiracy, but this looks like a government cover-up to me. The Army knew for a long time that these dams were screwed up and guess what happened? Not one thing. They had decades to fix this problem! THEY DID NOTHING!

Third, it’s not like the flood came out of nowhere. Rains were coming into the reservoir from the watershed for quite some time before the water reached my dad’s house. The gates were kept closed until engineers thought water would breach the dam, then they opened up the gates and let all the water go.

If the Army knew that homes were going to be flooded, then they should have done something about it and tried to prevent this from happening. Instead, they made a bad situation worse and flooded neighborhoods on both sides of the dam. I’m shaking as I type this, not only because my dad is going to be on my couch for the foreseeable future asking me how the remote works, but because this isn’t fair. According to the constitution, if the government takes your property away from you, then they have to buy it. I think that’s exactly what happened when the Corps flooded my dad’s neighborhood, and they should pay.

My cousin told me about a team of attorneys based in Houston that is trying to help people that got flooded above the dam. She said Williams Kherkher is really good, and my dad and I are going to schedule an appointment this week. Their website says they take individual clients and treat each case separately. They look legit. If you’re interested, you can check it out here.

Ah, I feel better after typing out some steam. I’m really looking forward to getting this Hurricane Harvey nonsense over with. In the meantime, I’m going to be listening to some music and reliving my glory days with Dad as a roommate.

Long-Term Disability Claims

Filling out a long-term disability claim application is more complicated than expected. Insurance companies are trying to protect themselves from fraud, which is reasonable for any person, but that means that protection often leaves out people that desperately need the help the insurance company promised them. People often have their valid claims denied because there is a specific way they must fill out the form. This is where a victim should call a long-term disability claim lawyer for legal advice to make sure their claim is airtight.

A person can claim long-term disability if any of the following has left them unable to work:

  • Suffer an illness that severely impacted their health
  • Injury, may be from a car accident or onsite hazard
  • Mental condition

All of the above can affect a person’s life so negatively that they are left unable to work for months at a time. The reason they took out the specific insurance they have was to make sure they covered all their expenses in case the worst happened.

Then the worst happened and the company did not follow through. Hiring attorneys with a specialized background in disability claims is the best idea because the victim needs time to heal and focus on their health and well-being, but the claim need to be handled immediately. Organizing all the necessary information, doing the research, and putting it together in a coherent, sound legal argument against a large insurance company takes focus and knowledge that the victim just does not have time for at the moment.

Hiring an attorney, even just to look over a few documents if the claim is small, is a better idea than getting caught in a tangled web of documents after getting denied for a simple clerical error.

Common Child Accidents Caused by Adult Negligence

It can be argued that children are inherently at risk of accidents and injuries. First, they have the tendency to be too curious and reckless. Second, they may be mentally limited to be aware of the hazards around them. Third, they may be physically limited to protect themselves, even if they are aware of the possible dangers.
As the fully functioning adult, you should be the one responsible of ensuring the safety of children. In fact, according to the website of The Benton Law Firm, children who have been injured because of somebody else may take legal action, such as trying to get compensation from the damages. So, you are not just morally obligated to protect children, as you are also legally obligated to avoid injuring children through negligence and recklessness.

Burning Accidents

Children should be supervised at all times, especially if they are around objects that can potentially burn them, such as heated pots and boiling water in the kitchen, electronic devices, faulty wiring systems, and fire sources such as matches and lighters.

Defective Child Products

You should also be wary of the childcare products and toys you give to children, because they may have defects that can potentially harm them. Age-inappropriate toys, choking hazards, and products with dangerous materials are some of the most common dangers associated with childcare products and toys.

Dog Bites

You dog should also not be too accessible to children, because these children may do behaviors that may trigger a violent reaction from the dog, such as petting it when it doesn’t feel well or trying to get its possessions.

Drowning

Swimming pools should have barriers around them so children attracted to the water will not accidentally fall. Adults who have children with them near water should also be mindful of their children’s actions.

Playground Accidents

Playgrounds may be recreational spaces, but they can be places for accidents, like when playground equipment, such as seesaws, slides, and swings, malfunction and injure children. In these instances, the owner, supervisor, or maintenance provider of the playground may be held liable.

How A Criminal Conviction Affects Your Life

Aside from the penalties such as fines, license suspensions, and jail times, a criminal conviction have consequences in your life that affect your future. They are not easy to deal with, especially if the conviction has been unfair.

For this reason, facing criminal charges is something you should take seriously, and you should get the help of legal professionals to minimize their impact to your life and future. Below are some of the other consequences of criminal convictions.

Employment Issues
There are companies that do not want employees who have criminal records, and they have the right to fire you immediately, even if you are just about to miss work to defend yourself. It will also be harder to find future employment opportunities because companies also look for people who have no criminal records. They tend to be biased towards those who have.

Financial Costs
First off, you will most likely cover some court-related costs, which can go up to thousands upon thousands of dollars. This does not include possible fines and penalties if you have been proven guilty. The other effects of convictions, such as the limited employment opportunities, can also have a financial toll on you.

Liberties Restrictions
Those who have criminal convictions also have limited civil liberties, whose scope may depend on the type of crime and the state’s laws. For example, there are states that prohibit those who have been convicted of a felony from voting, owning a firearm, or practicing law.

Privilege Restrictions
Some convictions also take away your privileges. For example, if you have been convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the court has the right to suspend or revoke your license, taking away your legal privilege of driving. These restrictions can affect not just the comfort of doing things, but also your general lifestyle.

Reputation Damages
A criminal conviction affects how others see you, and this may result to discriminatory behavior on the part of society. This may also translate to limited opportunities, such as in employment and housing. Damages in your reputation can also affect your relationship with family, friends, and all the other people around you.

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