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Advance Directives: Plan for the Unexpected

By Marc Smith, J.D. You, a close friend, or a family member may have experienced or may know someone who has experienced a loved one unable to make end-of-life decisions for him or herself.  In most cases, the parents, spouse, children, or siblings must make those health care decisions instead all the while wondering if

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Estate Planning

Spendthrift Clause: Benefitting You and your Family!

By Marc A. Smith, J.D. Spendthrift Clause – What is it? First, let us explain what a trust is. A trust is a legal contract drafted by an attorney to specify the duties of a named trustee, who will ensure that your assets are managed according to your wishes both during and after your lifetime.

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Family-Based Immigration

Marriage Fraud Hurts All Immigrants

Recently, a JBER Soldier and his foreign national wife were found by the DOJ to have engaged in a fraudulent marriage scheme that involved applying and obtaining dependent and immigration benefits from the federal government.  The couple fabricated evidence to show they were in a real marriage and misrepresented their relationship in forms submitted to

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Don’t be afraid to ask . . . USCIS to expedite your immigration case!

In the past six months, we’ve been successful getting our clients’ cases moved ahead of the pack by asking USCIS for expedited processing and providing strong evidence to support the agency’s approval of this discretionary action. Many immigration lawyers in Alaska and the Lower 48 discourage clients from seeking “expedited adjudication” of their cases arguing that it’s a waste of time because it’s never granted. But, you have nothing to lose by asking! 

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It’s Easy to Write Your Own Simple Will in Alaska

Benjamin Franklin warned against procrastination stating: “Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today.”  No words could be truer when it comes to estate planning, especially when completing your last will and testament (“LW&T”).  A current LW&T ensures your property gets distributed at your death according to your wishes and not state intestacy

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When Updating Your Address with the USCIS Isn’t Enough.

Immigration Law practitioners emphasize to their clients, early and often, the need to keep the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) informed within ten days of any address change.  Non-U.S. Citizens over the age of 14 in the United States for thirty days or longer are required to register and submit biometrics to the Department

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Join Our Team in 2022!

We’re proud to have opened our office in North Pole in 2020, and now we’re pushing forward into the new year. We seek a highly organized, honest, and responsible person to join our growing law practice in January 2022. This opportunity may lead to a full-time position for the right person. Training, education, and mentoring

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