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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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The Process of Obtaining Green Cards for Family Members


17 February, 2020

First thing first, determining which family members you can petition for is of upmost importance. In this matter, depending on how your family member is related determines whether they will be able to come to the U.S. It is a myth that just because you are now a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, you can bring your entire immediate and extended family into the U.S.

Generally, you will have the right to petition or sponsor an immediate relative to come to the U.S. In order to petition for parents, you must be a U.S. citizen who is 21 or older. The age requirement lowers to 18 if you are a U.S. citizen who seeks to petition for your spouse. Another family member a U.S. citizen at least the age of 18 may petition for is any minor, unmarried child.  A permanent resident may petition for his or her spouse as well. Extended family members such as grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins are not included on the list of family members you are able to sponsor.

The next question most individuals have related to this topic is the time frame their relatives must wait before they are able to come to the United States. Immediate relatives of U.S. citizens usually have preference in the application process. The wait period for an immediate relative of a U.S. citizen depends on how long it takes USCIS and the State Department to process the application. Spouses or children of permanent residents are considered second preference. The average wait is two years for spouses and for minor children. However, that time frame may increase depending on the age of the child. Note that these waiting periods are not set in stone and are subject to change.

To get the ball rolling, the U.S. citizen or permanent resident must make the first attempt to submit the sponsorship application. Keep in mind that before your family member can come to the U.S., every document within the application must be submitted and approved. The truth of submitting sponsorship applications is usually more complex than most individuals imagine. However, the well-seasoned Immigration attorneys at Theus Law Offices can help you submit a successful application.

Theus Law Offices specializes in a complete range of estate planning and elder law services, including wills, trusts, probate, successions, estate administration and probate litigation. If you need a Louisiana wills and trusts lawyer or succession attorney in Alexandria, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Shreveport, Monroe, or elsewhere in Central Louisiana, let our certified estate planning specialist and probate lawyers help you.

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