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IMMIGRATION: TN-1 Visa Renewals

Canadian TN visa holders may renew their status indefinitely if they continue to meet the relevant conditions.

IMIGRAÇÃO: Investidores do Tratado E-2

A classificação como não imigrante E-2 permite que um cidadão de um país com o qual os Estados Unidos mantenham tratado (vide anexo) viva e trabalhe nos Estados Unidos quando investir uma “quantia substancial” de capital em um negócio nos Estados Unidos. Determinados funcionários de uma empresa qualificada também podem ser elegíveis para um visto E-2.

ASSET PROTECTION: Offshore vs. Domestic Trust (US Persons)

Ours is an international law firm, so offshore work has always been part of our practice. Lately, however, we have been moving away from recommending offshore to our US clients.

ASSET PROTECTION: Offshore vs. Domestic Trust (Int’l Persons)

This is a continuation of the discussion in Part I of this series regarding the advantages and disadvantages of two common asset protection techniques: offshore entities/accounts, and the US asset protection trust.

BANKRUPTCY: Before, During, or After Divorce

The last time I checked, divorce was the number two reason people file for bankruptcy (medical bills is number one).  Bankruptcy and divorce go together because divorce causes financial strain, and sometimes bankruptcy is the only (or best) way to get through the ordeal.  So, what are the particular concerns and what can you do to prepare if you are READ FULL POST

BANKRUPTCY: FROZEN BANK ACCOUNTS (Wells Fargo)

Most people probably know that filing for bankruptcy is often the most effective way of getting out from under a judgment garnishment of their bank account. That continues to be true.  What my office has seen in recent times, though, is a trend towards making things more difficult for Debtors — such as Wells Fargo’s policy of freezing the account READ FULL POST

BUSINESS LAW: Contracts, Disputes, Labor & Collections

It is no exaggeration to say the art of drafting, interpreting, and enforcing contracts is the foundation of all business law.

Florida Foreclosures & Deficiency Judgments: Are We in the Clear?

As a Florida foreclosure defense law firm, we get lots of questions about deficiency judgments.  In some cases, that is not an issue because we negotiate a waiver of deficiency with the lender, such as with a short sale or consent judgment.    However, those homeowners considering going to trial to fight for their homes want to know about the READ FULL POST

FLORIDA FORECLOSURES: Defending Deficiency Actions

The Florida legislature has imposed a deadline for filing deficiency actions. That’s better than nothing. At least there is some protection for homeowners. However, you still have to know about the protection and assert the correct affirmative defense.

FORECLOSURE DEFENSE: Bank Appeals Crushing Loss

Recently, our firm won a foreclosure trial by arguing a bank cannot simply renege on a loan modification agreement whenever it chooses, even if it was a “trial loan modification.”  This new precedent is dangerous for lenders because several of them have been guilty of arbitrarily yanking modifications even when homeowners make all the “good-faith” trial plan payments.  So, after READ FULL POST