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Scarborough Law is working hard behind the scenes at keeping you up to date with the ever changing by laws and latest news updates. When it comes to legal matters, laws and policies are ever changing. Staying informed is pivotal. Our blog publications help our clients stay in the know about changes that may affect them.

  • Published: January 17, 2019

Estate planning is often considered something you only need to worry about once you get married. But the reality is every adult, regardless of age, income level, or marital status, needs to have some fundamental planning strategies in place if you want to keep the people you love out of court and out of conflict. In fact, estate planning for unmarried couples can be even more critical. Regardless if you’ve been together for decades and act just like a married couple, you likely aren’t viewed as one in the eyes of the law. And in…Read More

H-1B Visa
  • Published: January 11, 2019

H-1B processing has been a significant part of my life. Fresh from the military and my bachelor’s degree I accepted a position with a multi-national company.  My first role (before law school) was as Immigration Coordinator.  I coordinated with the company immigration lawyer to facilitate H-1B processing for new technology initiatives.  Back in 2000 the H-1B petition was a small packet.  H-1B processing was quick and relatively painless when the <25-50-page packet was submitted.  After graduating from law school, I represented H-1B employers and established a high-volume immigration practice.  Many of these years included the H-1B…Read More

  • Published: January 2, 2019

You probably spent lots of time with your family and friends over the holiday. During these moments, you were likely reminded of just how important these relationships can be. And as we grow older, you begin to realize how precious little time we have to spend with one another. Below are 4 ways estate planning can improve relationships with family. Given life’s fleeting nature, using time with family to talk about estate planning is vital for ensuring you and your loved ones will be provided and cared for no matter what happens. Though death and…Read More

Saving What Matters: 12 Must-Have Items To Pack In Your Go-Bag
  • Published: December 20, 2018

It’s the middle of the night. The authorities just notified you that you have 20 minutes to evacuate your home before a raging wildfire cuts off the exit from your neighborhood, leaving you trapped. The fire is advancing at the rate of a football field every second, so the actions you take in the next few moments will determine whether you and your family live or die. While this may sound like a scene from a blockbuster disaster movie, it’s actually the very scenario Judy Shannon faced in December 2017. And it’s something we can…Read More

Deportation Misunderstanding
  • Published: November 30, 2018

Hypothetical: Imagine you are traveling to the U.S. with a valid visa, valid earlier H-1B approval, and an amendment receipt notice for your new employer but you are insufficient for entry and deported because your petition is under process. You had to correct paperwork but what went wrong? Timing and preparedness is the name of the game for an H-1B Visa Holder/Applicant. Visa officers use the law and a visa holder’s history to accept or reject at the Point of Entry (POE) to the U.S. H-1B applicants can change employment but as mentioned timing and…Read More

“High School Senior could go from commencement to deportation” Mark Woods
  • Published: November 30, 2018

Medina Blekic loves to sing. If you look at her Facebook page, following the timeline of photos back to when her family moved to North Florida about 10 years ago, there is a picture of when she was in elementary school, holding a big microphone in her little hands. She’s 17 now. She used to get nervous when she was asked to sing in public. But for the most part she’s over that. And these days when she sings at events such as “Birdies for the Brave,” she often is belting out a particularly challenging…Read More

What Happens To Your Facebook Account When You Die?
  • Published: November 30, 2018

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. Though social media may seem trivial compared to the rest of your personal property, a Facebook account functions as a virtual diary of your daily life, making it a key part of your legacy—and one you’ll likely want to protect.…Read More

3 Deadly Sins Of Retirement Planning
  • Published: November 30, 2018

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 income. Whether you’ve put off planning for retirement altogether or failed to create a truly comprehensive plan, you’re putting yourself at risk for a future of poverty, penny-pinching, and dependence. The stakes could hardly be higher. When preparing for your…Read More

When Something Is Not Better Than Nothing - Part 2
  • Published: November 5, 2018

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 you find online. You’re probably anxious to check estate planning off your life’s to-do list, and these forms offer a seemingly quick and inexpensive way to handle this important task. You may even realize such generic plans aren’t as high quality…Read More

When Something is NOT Better Than Nothing—Part 1
  • Published: October 30, 2018

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 thing might seem like a good deal. You know estate planning is important, and even though you may not be getting the highest quality plan, such documents can make you feel better for having checked this item off your life’s…Read More

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