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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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Public Charge Rule for U.S. visa applicants


10 October, 2019

The policy behind the proposed public charge rule was created to reduce the number of people who are eligible for visas, such as green cards, by reevaluating what makes those individuals dependent on government benefits.  Such policy also considers the likelihood of whether those individuals will be placed on benefits in the future.

The criteria for potentially denying U.S. visa applicants would include: (1) Prior use of certain governmental benefits; (2) Likelihood of future use of government benefits; (3) Insufficient financial resources.

Under the new policy, the definition of governmental benefits would be broadened and would include additional programs such as “food stamps” and federal housing subsidies. It is important to note that while DHS cannot disqualify individuals from receiving governmental benefits, it can penalize visa applicants for depending on the government for such benefits. Primarily depending on the government includes either using public cash assistance for income maintenance or institutionalization for long-term care at government expenses.

While Congress ultimately sets out the general criteria that immigration officers must take into account when determining whether someone will become a public charge at any point in the future, DHS seeks to expand the factors the officers will take into account. Additional relevant factors would include age, health, family size, skills, and financial status.

As mentioned above, the third criteria used by the new regulation for denying U.S. visa applicants is insufficient financial resources. Even if the visa applicant has never used governmental benefits, it is possible that they could be blocked by a brand new requirement known as Form I-944, or Declaration of Self-Sufficiency. This new form is designed to help immigration officers determine whether the applicant will become a public charge looking at the applicant’s financial resources. Applicants will be required to show that they will have a household income of at least $41,150 for a single couple with no children.

The individuals most likely affected by the proposed rule will be green card applicants who seek permanent residence based on a family relationship to a U.S. citizen or permanent resident or sponsorship by a U.S. employer. However, note that this rule has not yet gone into effect. If you are considering applying for a green card, it is better to apply sooner than later. The well-seasoned immigration attorneys at Theus Law Offices are available to make the application process as smooth as possible for their clients.

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