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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: February 22, 2019

On February 20, 2019 the Department of Homeland Security/U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget their rule proposing “Removing H-4 Dependent Spouses from the Class of Aliens Eligible for Employment Authorization”.  After many months of waiting and threats, the administration is moving forward with elimination of employment authorization for H-4 dependent spouses. H-4 Employment Authorization H-4 dependent spouse of certain H-1B spouses are eligible for employment authorization since May 26, 2015.  The H-1B spouse must have an approved Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker and must have been…Read More

  • Published: February 4, 2019

Imagine this… You are an elderly grandparent who lives alone. You get a call in the middle of the night from your college-aged granddaughter. She’s frantic and crying, telling you she was mistakenly arrested while vacationing in Cancun. She says she needs you to pay her $1,800 bond, or she’ll be transferred to a dangerous Mexican prison. The Mexican police told her she only has a few hours before she’s transferred, so she needs you to wire the money immediately.  She’s petrified about her parents finding out she was arrested and begs you not to…Read More

  • Published: January 30, 2019

With the cost of a funeral averaging $7,000 and steadily increasing each year, every estate plan should include enough money to cover this final expense. Yet it isn’t enough to simply set aside money in your will. Your family won’t be able to access money left in a will until your estate goes through probate, which can last months or even years. Since most funeral providers require full payment upfront, this means your family will likely have to cover your funeral costs out of pocket, unless you take proper action now. If you want to…Read More

  • Published: January 30, 2019

Before Your Kids Leave For College or Flee the Nest, Make Sure They Sign These Documents My eldest son is turning 18 and just graduated from high school.  I, like many parents, am watching my children become adults (at least in the eyes of the law) and leave home to pursue their education and career goals. Turning 18, graduating high school, and moving out is a huge accomplishment. And  it also comes with some serious responsibilities that probably aren’t at the forefront of their (or your) mind right now. Once your children become legal adults,…Read More

  • Published: January 23, 2019

4 Estate Planning Must-Haves for Unmarried Couples—Part 2  In the first part of this series, we discussed the estate planning tools all unmarried couples should have in place. Here, we’ll look at the final two must-have planning tools. Most people tend to view estate planning as something only married couples need to worry about. However, estate planning can be even more critical for those in committed relationships who are unmarried. Because your relationship with one another is frequently not legally recognized, if one of you becomes incapacitated or when one of you dies, not having…Read More

  • 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

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