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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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What Happens After a Grant of Asylum?


09 January, 2020

After receiving your final approval of asylum, you are now legally allowed to live in the U.S., seek U.S. employment, and travel freely with the proper documentation in and out of the U.S. As time passes, you will be able to secure greater rights.

As an asylee or refugee who has been recently granted asylum, you will become eligible to apply for certain governmental services and benefits. It is important to act quickly when applying for these benefits and services considering some are only available for a limited time. The purpose of receiving these benefits and services to help you and your family become acclimated to living in the United States.

The first step in securing these governmental benefits and services will be to contact your local Refugee Resettlement Agency (“RRA”). The RRA has the capacity to help you and your family obtain cash, housing, and/or living-expense assistance. Additionally, the RRA may help you apply health care and food stamps. It is critical that you use the RRA’s assistance in applying for a Social Security card. Most RRA’s actively seek to enroll asylees or refugees in English as a Second Language (“ESL”) classes to help diminish the language barrier many of these individuals face when English is not their native language. As mentioned beforehand, in order to benefit from these services and benefits, you must contact your local RRA as soon as possible.

After obtaining your Social Security number, you will then be eligible to apply for a driver’s license or other form of state identification. It is critical to have either a driver’s license or official identification card as an asylee or refugee considering most of what you do will require some form of identification. Especially, if you plan on traveling outside the U.S. after having been granted asylum. Keep in mind that before traveling, you must obtain the proper documentation that will grant you re-entry into the United States. This documentation may in fact take several months to receive.

 Some of the greater rights that become available to you as time accrues, will be the ability to apply for a green card and/or U.S. citizenship. Before applying for a green card, you must have lived in the United States for over one year after being granted asylum. A successful application would essentially change your status to a “lawfully permanent resident.” After having your green card for a minimum of four years, you will generally have the option to take it a step further and submit your application for U.S. citizenship. The process of applying for a green card and/or U.S. citizenship may seem tedious and will require attention to detail in order to receive a successful outcome. The experience of well-seasoned Immigration Attorneys at Theus Law Offices may help you obtain such results. 

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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