What is an EB1 Green Card and O1 Visa?

There are many different options available when trying to obtain a visa or a green card in the United States. Some of those include options for individuals who demonstrate expertise or recognized talent in a specialized filed. Those fields include scientists, researchers, doctors, business executives, educators, academics, and any other professionals with renowned talents. EB-1

10 Steps to Becoming a U.S. Citizen

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services or USCIS website summarizes the process of becoming a US Citizen in 10 steps. Below we will discuss each step in more details. Double check that you are not already a U.S. Citizen. It is possible to acquire or derive a citizenship and some people do not realize that

How Divorce Will Impact Your Estate Planning

If you were married before, chances are you made your estate planning with your then spouse, naming him or her, as the primary beneficiary, the executor of your will, as well as an agent in your power of attorney for medical and financial decisions. If since then you have divorced your spouse, but never updated

Further Suspension of Student Loan Payments & Interest

In March 2020, Congress passed a COVID-19 relief bill. Amongst other things it directed the Education Department to suspend required payments and set interest rates to 0% on all federally held loans until September 30, 2020. On August 8, 2020, former President Donald Trump extended the suspension until December 31, 2020. Then, on December 4,

Choosing the Right Structure for Your Business

Are you ready to launch your own business? Did you always love cooking and want to open a restaurant? Are you a barber who always wished of having his own salon? Are you a stay-at-home mom who wants to launch her virtual business? No matter what your dream business may be, one of the very

Why Young People Should Complete Estate Planning

Often young people believe they do not need estate planning because of their age or because they do not have a lot of assets. However, what young parents don’t realize is that estate planning is an essential element of planning for their children’s care in case both parents pass away while having children who are

Guardianship of a Child vs. Guardian of the Estate

Parents always want what is best for their children. While death can be a difficult topic to consider by many young parents, it is detrimental that parents are aware that lack of appropriate planning can place their minor children in foster care, if both parents pass away. When both parents of a minor child pass

What Is a Testamentary Trust

What Is the H-2B Program and Who Can Benefit From It

What is a Transfer on Death Affidavit and Why You Should Have It

Transfer on Death Affidavit, often referred to as TOD, is an easy way to avoid probate when transferring a real estate property after death. While trusts and wills are created in order to transfer most assets, including personal property, there is a better way to transfer your home into the beneficiary’s name quickly. Transfer on

Guardianship of Minor Children is a Crucial Part of Estate Planning

A recent conversation I had with a family member prompted this post, emphasizing the importance of having a will with guardianship provisions set up, no matter how small your estate may be, if you have a minor child. Her friend’s daughter passed away unexpectedly few weeks ago. She was a single mom after the father

Talking to Your Parents About Estate Planning

Updated Information on COVID-19 Travel to the U.S.

Many COVID-19 restrictions may slowly be coming to an end. However, as to travel restrictions, many worldwide precautions are still in place, limiting how and where to one can travel. As a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. continues to limit the travel into the country. The red list originally created by the

What is a Fiance/K-1 Visa and How to Apply?

K-1 visa is a nonimmigrant visa that allows U.S citizens to bring their partner to the U.S. and get married within 90 days. The process allows for partners from foreign countries to enter U.S. without having to marry outside of the U.S. and wait for the CR-1 visa process to be completed, which can take

Succession Order in Ohio

In Ohio the court looks at your estate after you pass away as either testate or intestate. Testate means that you passed away having a valid will. Intestate on the other hand, means that you had no will. In a situation when there is no will, not only is the probate process longer and more

Prioritizing Visa and Green Card Processing

Do you have a pending green card application? Previous administration ceased the processing of most green card applications, creating a backlog of about 500,000 in February 2021, compared to less than 100,000 in January 2020. However, in early March the Biden administration announced that it is directing U.S. embassies and consulates to prioritize the processing

Separate Property in Marriage and Estate Planning

To ensure that after passing away all property is divided the way an individual wants, it is imperative that correct wording in estate planning is used. This applies especially to married individuals who have marital and separate property. In Ohio, during marriage, property is divided into one of two categories: marital or separate. Separate property