What is the Legal Effect of Signing an Affidavit of Support (Form I-864)?

The Form I-864 Affidavit of Support is a legally enforceable contract between you and the U.S. Government with the intending immigrant as a third-party beneficiary. That means that when a sponsor signs Form I-864, and the intending immigrant becomes a lawful permanent resident of the U.S., either the government or the sponsored immigrant can take the sponsor to court to enforce the Affidavit of Support. When the government sues the sponsor, it can ask to be reimbursed for the amount of means-tested public benefits that have been provided to the immigrant. When the immigrant sues, he or she can collect enough money to bring his or her income up to 125% of the amount listed in the U.S. governm

Confusing Google Searches with a Law Degree

Using the internet as a self-help guide to your legal problem is as dangerous as performing surgery on yourself using a YouTube video. The last couple of generations have gotten used to and quite naturally turn to the internet to find answers to their most pressing questions or problems of all kinds. Do-it-yourself has become very easy with online tutorials and instant access to knowledge at our fingertips. Unfortunately, legal problems, just like medical problems, are best resolved and should be addressed by a consultation with a doctor (Yes, attorneys are doctors too…doctors of law). There are several reasons for this: Laws vary by state. You most certainly will find a lot of information o

A La Carte Legal Services!

LIMITED SCOPE REPRESENTATION: Legal Services “a la carte” Did you ever want to hire an attorney but couldn’t afford their full services? Starting January 1, 2018, pursuant to new rules adopted by the Michigan Supreme Court, attorneys practicing private civil law (not criminal or commercial matters) are allowed to “unbundle” their services to provide discrete legal services of limited scope rather than traditional full representation. These services are referred to as Limited Scope Representation (LSR). “Not every type of legal matter, nor every client, is a good fit for unbundling. However, LSR tends to work best with matters such as landlord-tenant disputes, expungements, non-complex consu

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