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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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Exemption from Naturalization Interview Language Requirement


18 January, 2019

Often times, individuals do not become permanent residents until much later in life. This often occurs when adult United States citizen children who are over twenty-one filing a petition on behalf of their much older non-citizen parent. As a result, many of these parents are not fluent in the English language and find it very difficult to pass their naturalization interview once they become eligible for U.S. citizenship (which in most cases, is five years after they become permanent residents).

Fortunately, there are several exemptions and waivers which might allow these individuals to take the naturalization interview in their native language. An exemption would be granted by USCIS under any of the two following two scenarios:

  • The applicant is age 50 or older and the time of filing the N-400 (naturalization application) and has lived as a permanent resident in the United States for at least twenty years; or
  • The applicant is age 55 or older and the time of filing the N-400 (naturalization application) and has lived as a permanent resident in the United States for at least fifteen years

If either of these situations applies, the applicant is not required to take the naturalization interview or civics exam in the English language. The naturalization exam consists of an oral interview in English and a written portion with ten multiple choice questions, so assuming no exemptions or waivers exist, the applicant would need to have a strong understanding of the English language in order to pass.

In the event the applicant does not qualify under any of the above listed exemption scenarios, they may apply for a waiver using Form N-648. Waivers are extremely difficult to obtain. In order to qualify for a waiver, you must prove that you have a physical or developmental disability or mental impairment which makes you unable to speak, read and write English or pass the civics portion of the exam. Form N-648 must be attached to the N-400 and filled out by either a licensed medical doctor, doctor of osteopathy, or clinical psychologist. Common scenarios where a waiver would be sought would be in situations where the applicant suffers from Alzheimer’s, dementia, or other significant mental impairment such as Down Syndrome. Simply having a doctor fill out the form is not a guarantee that the waiver will be granted. It is strongly recommended that you also submit medical records and other evidence supporting the doctor’s opinion. The doctor also clearly needs to identify the disability and explain with great particularity why the disability causes the applicant to be unable to conduct the interview in English or pass the civics exam.

In order to increase your chances that the waiver will be granted, you are strongly encouraged to seek the help of a competent immigration attorney. Attorneys at Theus Law Offices have been successful at having their clients obtain such a waiver, and can assist you with every step of this process.

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