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May 2017 Archives

A Letter of Final Wishes might avoid trust and estate litigation

When New York residents think of estate planning, it is likely that wills, trusts and taxes are the first things that come to mind. Indeed, these documents may even help prevent the possibility of trust and estate litigation. However, there is one other item that may help heirs to understand some of the reasons behind their benefactors' final plans.

Court in same-sex divorce recognizes woman as husband and father

In spite of the United States Supreme Court's ruling in 2015 that gay couples have the same rights as heterosexual couples, there are still states and lawmakers who are resistant to this idea. However, many judges, especially here in New York, are choosing to support the constitution when granting a same-sex divorce. One court took another step when it granted a woman the legal designation as husband and father.

Green card for same-sex spouse is aspect of family law

When the Defense of Marriage Act was the law of the land, it prevented same-sex partners from applying for a green card for their non-resident spouse. However, since that law has been overturned, it is now possible for a green card to be issued in these circumstances as long as certain conditions are met. New York residents who are in a same-sex marriage and need information can get help with this aspect of family law vis-a-vis immigration issues.

Judge to skip cases involving selected family law matters

In 2015, the United States Supreme Court ruled that same sex marriages are protected by the U.S. Constitution. Those entering into these unions are entitled to the same rights and protections as those in a heterosexual marriage. In spite of that ruling, there are apparently still some pockets of the country where judges are resistant to hearing cases involving certain family law matters. While New York residents enjoy a welcoming environment for all, not every state is the same.

Some senators want to kill visa based partly on EB-5 fraud

Wealthier immigrants have an option for entry into this country through one visa program in particular. However, that visa program is now facing potential extinction based in part on concerns that EB-5 fraud is widespread. New York has benefited from many projects that were completed through the funding of these investors. 

Same-sex parents may benefit from adoption info

Though you may have always wanted to have a child, as a member of the LGBT community, you may have always found this prospect out of reach. Even if you were able to have a surrogate or give birth to the child yourself through sperm donation, the idea that your partner or spouse could not legally claim the child may have left you feeling disappointed. However, you and your spouse may have the ability to go through proper legal channels in order to ensure that you both have legal parental status.