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What is a “Stokes” interview anyway?

A Stokes interview is essentially a marriage fraud interview conducted to verify that a spousal relationship is valid.  The interview is a secondary interview conducted after filing the Adjustment of Status.  The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) adjudicating officer separates the couple and asks them a series of same questions to identify inconsistencies. Should [...]

By |2018-12-07T18:03:49+00:00December 7th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Scarborough Law H-1B ALERT

DHS Proposes Major Changes to the H-1B Visa Program The Department of Homeland Security is proposing a new rule that will dramatically change the H-1B Visa Program for the first time since its inception.  In accordance with the Buy American and Hire American Executive Order of the current administration, the rule seeks to provide the [...]

By |2018-12-05T19:08:51+00:00December 5th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

3 Deadly Sins of Retirement Planning

Retirement planning is one of life’s most important financial goals. Indeed, funding retirement is one of the primary reasons many people put money aside in the first place. Yet many of us put more effort into planning for our vacations than we do to prepare for a time when we may no longer earn an [...]

By |2018-12-05T18:55:58+00:00November 9th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

When Something is NOT Better Than Nothing—Part 2

Last week, we shared the first part of this series discussing the hidden dangers of do-it-yourself estate planning. In part two, we cover one of the greatest risks posed by DIY documents. [When Something is NOT Better Than Nothing—Part 1] You might think you can save time and money by using do-it-yourself estate planning documents [...]

By |2018-11-05T16:22:24+00:00November 5th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

When Something is NOT Better Than Nothing—Part 1

Go online, and you’ll find tons of websites offering do-it-yourself estate planning documents. Such forms are typically quite inexpensive. Simple wills, for example, are often priced under $50, and you can complete and print them out in a matter of minutes. In our uber-busy lives and DIY culture, it’s no surprise that this kind of [...]

By |2018-11-05T16:20:08+00:00October 30th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

To Live a Happier life, Start Thinking About Death Now

Want to know a proven way to live a more fulfilling life? All you have to do is fully accept the fact that one day you’re going to die. “I am of the nature to die. There is no way to escape death.” -Upajjhatthana Sutta The unavoidable nature of death is a basic tenet found [...]

By |2018-10-11T15:10:23+00:00October 11th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Who Should Khloé Kardashian Choose as Legal Guardian For Her Child—One Instance Where ‘Keeping Up With the Kardashians’ Might Be A Good Idea

Name Legal Guardians For Your Kids Now - Click Here  You might not be a big fan of their typical life choices, but the Kardashians recently demonstrated impressive wisdom in protecting their minor children using estate planning. During a recent episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians, Khloé Kardashian was preparing to give birth to [...]

By |2018-10-12T17:36:05+00:00October 9th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Don’t Transfer Ownership of Your House to Your Kids Before You Read This

With the cost of long-term care (LTC) skyrocketing, you may be concerned about your (or your elderly parents’) ability to pay for lengthy stays in assisted living and/or a nursing home. Such care can be massively expensive, with the potential to overwhelm even the well-off. Because neither traditional health insurance nor Medicare will pay for [...]

By |2018-10-02T17:24:32+00:00October 2nd, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Avoid This Major Mistake When Adding an IRA to Your Estate Plan

Some people assume that because they’ve named a specific heir as the beneficiary of their IRA in their will or trust that there’s no need to list the same person again as beneficiary in their IRA paperwork. Because of this, they often leave the IRA beneficiary form blank or list “my estate” as the beneficiary. [...]

By |2018-09-24T15:28:46+00:00September 24th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

What Happens to Your Facebook Account When You Die?

If you’re active on social media, Facebook probably plays a prominent role in your life. And now the social media titan can even play a role in your afterlife. Today, estate planning encompasses not only your tangible assets—bank accounts and real estate—but your digital assets as well, such as cryptocurrency, websites, and social media accounts. [...]

By |2018-09-20T15:39:37+00:00September 20th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

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