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USCIS Issues Updated EB-5 Processing Report for August, 2016

In its report issued in August, 2016, USCIS advises that it is processing initial EB-5 investor petitions within 16.7 months of petition filing, petitions to remove conditions on residence  on EB-5 immigrant investors within 21.5 months of filing, and applications for new regional centers within 10.2 months of application filing.  These times are slightly longer than those reported by USCIS in July,... 

Buying the American Dream—The EB-5 visa

EB-5 Job creation and money in US   I know Trump makes for a great opening line in any blog, so I will start with Trump.  Trump criticized Mr. Khan, the Gold Star parent by saying that Khan, a lawyer took money from Muslims so that they could buy their citizenship.  What he was referring to is the EB-5 investor visa program which is controversial.  But before I go into any details, let me say... 

Am. Family Mut. Ins. v. Williams – Insurer is Required to Indemnify Homeowners for Dog Injury

They say, “Every dog has it’s day.” Increasingly, those dogs are winding up in court – or at least, their owners are. The Insurance Information Institute (III) reports dog bites and other dog-related injuries accounted for more than a third of all homeowner insurance liability claim dollars paid out last year, amounting to more than $570 million. The average cost per claim reportedly... 

How net investment income can affect tax planning

There are two ways in which the 3.8 percent net investment income tax (NIIT) can have an impact on your estate plan. It can raise your tax on capital gains, taxable interest and other investment income, thereby lowering the amount of wealth that is accessible to your family. The tax is also especially severe toward specific trusts used in estate planning. The NIIT is applicable to net investment income... 

Veteran Volunteers Needed for PTSD Marijuana Study

A study is being conducted to figure out if smoking marijuana can help relieve the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. To help confirm the researcher’s hypothesis, the study will require that 76 combat veterans smoke up to two joints a day for 12 weeks. The $2.2 million study will be conducted at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland as well as Sisley’s Scottsdale Research institute... 

Why You Need Litigation Funding If You Are Involved In A Personal Injury Lawsuit

A personal injury can be the result of a defective product, medical malpractice, slip and fall accident, or dangerous products, but the most common cause is an auto accident. When a personal injury occurs, the first step is to seek medical attention. Once you have done so, it is important to gather as much information applicable to your accident as possible, such as the names and contact information... 

Asset Protection in Virginia: What can I do that won’t break the bank?

About a year ago (May 22, 2015), I wrote a newsletter article highlighting the possibilities of protecting your assets using a relatively new (to Virginia) device called a self-settled asset protection trust. In case you missed the article, a self-settled asset protection trust is a trust that you create well in advance of having creditor issues or sustaining potential liability for some event –... 

Miami WaveRunner Accident Kills 1, Injures 2

A Miami WaveRunner accident killed one man and injured two passengers after the operator struck a marker of the coast of Miami, near Picnic Island. Authorities told 7News Miami the operator was a 25-year-old man who lost control of the personal watercraft while his girlfriend and another woman were riding on the rear. He was allegedly traveling at a high rate of speed and traveling in circles (also... 

DOS Predicts Visa Bulletin Progress for the Rest of the Fiscal Year

On July 20, 2016, the Department of State’s Chief of Visa Control and Reporting Division, Charles Oppenheim, addressed his predictions for visa availability for the balance of this fiscal year when he recently spoke with the American immigration Lawyers Association.  The current fiscal year ends on September 30, 2016.  Note that on October 1, 2016, at the beginning of the new fiscal year, there... 

Restaurant Forfeits Liquor License After Over-Serving Driver

A restaurant in Maryland has announced it will surrender its liquor license and close its doors rather than fight to stay in business after one of its patrons allegedly drove drunk and fatally struck an on-duty police officer.  The state alcohol board was slated to hold a hearing on the matter August 4th, but the hearing was canceled when the business chose to give up their license willingly. It’s... 
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