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Theus Law Offices is rated 5 out of 5.0 stars based on 5 review(s).

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Most people have many questions about estate planning but never make a move to go see an attorney. Before Theus' free seminar I did not even know their were attorneys that specialized in only estate planning. Thank goodness I attended...as I did not even know what asset protection was, even though I had assets. Most people think a written will is fine and pass away thinking that things will be as they wished/stated. Most times that is not the case. I urge you to go Theus Law Offices for consultation. They are friendly and down to earth with your wishes being #1. I cannot say enough good things about them. Now that I have gone to Theus I rest so much easier knowing that my wishes...are going to be held up...just as I wanted...no doubt about it....Thanks to the Theus family !

- Peyton Guillory

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The Theus Law Offices’ Family Estate Planning is a must from my perspective. I had recently lost my dad when I decide to attend the in-person Workshop at the time. My dad and I had attended a similar workshop some four (4) years prior but my dad didn’t elect at the time to move forward. I so wished that he (my dad) had done so because now I am helping my mom go through the Succession/Probate steps with a lawyer currently. If you or your loved ones haven’t made this decision with Estate Planning, I would strongly encourage you to attend this web-based workshop/webinar. Graves Theus is a great attorney to go with for this important step in you and your family’s planning for the future in many, many ways!!!

- Mark Johnson

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The Theus Law Offices’ Family Estate Planning is a must from my perspective. I had recently lost my dad when I decide to attend the in-person Workshop at the time. My dad and I had attended a similar workshop some four (4) years prior but my dad didn’t elect at the time to move forward. I so wished that he (my dad) had done so because now I am helping my mom go through the Succession/Probate steps with a lawyer currently. If you or your loved ones haven’t made this decision with Estate Planning, I would strongly encourage you to attend this web-based workshop/webinar. Graves Theus is a great attorney to go with for this important step in you and your family’s planning for the future in many, many ways!!!

- Mark Johnson

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They are a wonderful Team!

- Jessica Cole

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Estate planning is a complicated process, but my wife and I feel it is valuable and necessary. We started by attending an Estate Planning workshop offered by the Theus Law Offices and led by Jim Theus. That was about the wisest decision we have made in some time. We engaged the services of Theus Law Offices and have benefitted enormously from the direct working relationship with Jim Theus. They did not sign us up and then pass us off to a staff member. We worked with Jim Theus personally. When it was time to work with others of the staff, we found them friendly, knowledgeable, and professional. Jim Theus is exceptionally competent and patiently answers questions. His due diligence is admirable. We found their fees for estate planning reasonable and fair. You would be wise to consider using the services of Theus Law Offices if you are interested in estate planning. We are grateful for their help and recommend them to you without reservations. Our loved ones will also be the beneficiaries of a comprehensive plan, as are we. Doyle L Bailey

- Doyle Bailey

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Defensive Asylum Hearing Process in Immigration Court


23 July, 2019

Defensive Asylum Hearing Process in Immigration Court

Generally, individuals seek asylum in the United States to escape specific types of persecution should he or she be forced to return to their homeland. The asylum hearing process varies on whether the foreign national is seeking asylum through an affirmative process or a defensive process. Unlike in an affirmative asylum application, the removal proceedings with the Executive Office for Immigration Review have begun in a defensive asylum application.

 

During the defensive asylum hearing, the Immigration Judge (IJ) will hear arguments from both the individual (and counsel, if represented) and the attorney from Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Because ICE attorneys attempt to disprove the foreign national’s eligibility for asylum, it is important for the foreign national, or his/her attorney, to make a convincing case as to why removal is not appropriate.

 

To be successful, the individual in a defensive asylum hearing must present corroborating evidence. This includes material witnesses such as family members and friends, as well as written documentation that speak to the individual’s credibility. Once the foreign national testifies, he or she will be subject to a direct examination, followed by a cross examination by the ICE attorney and the IJ.

 

The decision of the IJ will generally be issued on the same day of the defensive asylum hearing. Assuming the IJ finds the foreign national eligible for asylum, the order will be granted. If the individual is found ineligible, the IJ will decide if there are any other forms of relief from removal. In the event the individual is ineligible of any other forms of relief, the IJ will order the individual be removed from the United States. After the IJ renders the decision, the individual in a defensive asylum hearing will be asked whether they would like to reserve or waive their right to appeal.

 

As explained above, the case becomes procedurally more formal and the stakes for the person seeking asylum increase substantially once removal proceedings have started. Therefore, it is critical to obtain a well-seasoned immigration attorney. Attorneys at Theus Law Offices have been successful at helping individuals in a defensive asylum process obtain asylum in the United States.

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