Post-Wedding Checklist for Newlywed Couples

So, you’ve both said “I do”, listened to awkward wedding toasts at the reception, survived the mayhem that ensued during the bouquet toss, and had an enjoyable honeymoon on a tropical island. Now that you and your spouse have settled in to your new home and begun to write your thank-you notes for the wedding gifts, […]

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Military Consequences of Being Arrested in North Carolina

           Every year, thousands of brave men and women make the decision to enlist in our nation’s armed forces. Whether they choose the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Reserves, or the National Guard, they all dedicate their lives and careers to serving and defending their country. Every branch […]

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DHS Announces TPS Designation for Nepal

On June 24, 2015, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson announced the decision to designate Nepal for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) based on the heartbreaking & devastating conditions left in the wake of the April 25, 2015 earthquake and subsequent aftershocks.  What does this mean? As a result of the designation, eligible nationals of Nepal residing in the US […]

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Traveling with DACA

Cynthia Martinez, a paralegal with Guirguis Law, recently traveled to Mexico through Advanced Parole.  As many individuals with DACA frequently ask if they can travel outside of the United States, we requested that Cynthia write a blog entry about her experiences.  *** We have so many people asking whether they can leave the country if […]

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Is a Separation Agreement Right for Me?

What is a Separation Agreement? Separation Agreements are marital contracts between a husband and a wife as defined in G.S. §52-10 and §52-10.1. The basic agreements for a separation agreement to be valid according to North Carolina Supreme Court case Archbell v. Archbell, 158 N.C. 408, 74 S.E. 327 (1912) and later in Smith v. […]

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Dual Citizenship

Dual nationality or citizenship means that a person is a national of two countries at the same time. Children born abroad to a U.S. citizen parent or parents can hold dual citizenship.  For example, a child born in a foreign country to U.S. national parents may be both a U.S. national and a national of the […]

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Important TPS Deadline Reminder – El Salvador

If you are from El Salvador and have previously been granted Temporary Protected Status, you must re-register by March 9, 2015.  This deadline is fast approaching and we strongly urge you to contact an immigration attorney should you need to re-register. If you have never been granted TPS, you may be eligible to file a late […]

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What is “Ghost Dope” and Why it Matters

The idea that someone can face a longer sentence because of another person’s lies is a very scary thought. However, this happens way too often in the federal criminal “justice” system. The law calls it “relevant conduct,” but the concept is commonly referred to as “ghost dope.”  The presence of “ghost dope” in the United […]

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Deferred Prosecution Programs

         Being charged with a crime is never a fun experience; for those who have never had any previous exposure to the criminal justice system, it can be downright terrifying. You may be wondering what will happen to you in the coming months. Will the District Attorney throw the book at me? Will I go […]

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What Does The Court Ruling Mean?

Do not worry! According to the Obama Administration, ‘this is only a set back.’ Late on Monday, February 16, 2015, United States District Judge Andrew Hanen ruled to block executive actions announced in November of 2014.  The executive actions affected only include the extended DACA, which was set to launch on February 18, 2015, and DAPA, which is […]

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