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PLGPC’s New YouTube Channel

We’re excited to introduce our new YouTube channel! We will be posting content about legal topics relevant to our state and federal practice areas. Our goal is to educate and assist viewers to make informed decisions about their legal needs. Stay tuned, subscribe, and we hope you “Like” our content!

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Why Your Immigration Documents May Need An Apostille

Recently, we assisted an immigration client in Oklahoma with obtaining identity documents needed to meet the legal requirements to marry his fiancée in another country.  The country required each of the documents, which included the U.S. citizen’s birth certificate and divorce decree, be authenticated by an apostille.  While the process was not overly burdensome, it

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USCIS Updates Guidance to Require COVID-19 Vax for Green Cards

Green Card and other applicants for U.S. immigration benefits must show proof of full COVID-19 vaccinations starting October 1, 2021. On September 14, 2021, USCIS announced a policy update requiring all applicants for immigration benefits and others “deemed necessary” and needing a medical examination as part of their immigration or nonimmigration petition packet “must be

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“Renewal” versus “Removal” When it Comes to Green Cards

Like your passport, driver’s license, or other government-issued identification, your I-551 (“Green Card”) will have an expiration date and require renewal. When it comes to the Green Card, however, it’s important to recognize the distinctions between the two types: (1) Conditional, 2-year Green Card; and (2) Permanent, 10-year Green Card. If you’re a conditional resident

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High Court Strikes Down Immigrant Law Rulings from the Ninth Circuit

In the last two weeks, the United States Supreme Court issued two 9-0 decisions reversing U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit decisions related to immigration.  The cases touched on removal / deportation proceedings for aliens in the United States legally and the subsequent effects on immigrants seeking certain benefits under the Immigration and

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State High Court Strengthens Alaska Health Care Power of Attorney Law in Bohn v. Providence Health Services – Washington, Slip Op. No. 7517, Apr. 16, 2021

Alaskans, who have gone through the process of designating someone to act for them in medical situations should they be unable to make decisions for themselves, should breathe a heavy sigh of relief today. The Supreme Court just handed down a blow to health care providers who seek immunity under Alaska’s Health Care Decisions Act

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Alaska’s Remote Online Notarization (RON) to Start in 2021

Starting January 1, 2021, Alaskans holding a notary public commission can seek approval to perform notarial acts for individuals located remotely. Pursuant to AS 44.50.075, an Alaska notary public may perform notarial acts for remotely located persons, provided “the communication technologies and identity proofing ” used conforms to standards for notarizations under newly enacted implementing

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Taking the Bitter with the Sweet: Some Benefits of Protesting Federal Procurements

The U.S. protest system is a critical component of the federal government’s contracting regime. Arguably, certain aspects should be revised, but it should not be abandoned altogether. First, it serves the purpose of contributing to transparency of the federal procurement process by allowing the public to challenge the actions of government procurement officials. Through use

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