Other Forms of Relief if Asylum Fails

In our previous article [BARS OR DISQUALIFYING FACTORS TO ASYLUM] we discussed on what grounds the government attorney may disqualify an asylum claim.  In the end, we mentioned that asylum is discretionary.  That means the Immigration Judge can decide not to grant...

Bars or Disqualifying Factors to Asylum

In our previous article [HOW WE PREPARE ASYLUM CASES] we touched upon arguments that the government attorney may present to disqualify a person from meeting the requirements for asylum.  In this article we explore other disqualifying factors that will be a bar to...

How We Prepare Asylum Claims

Our previous article [REQUIREMENTS FOR ASYLUM] explained what is required to have an asylum claim.  In that article, we stressed the importance of contacting an attorney early and having the attorney present during the interview with the asylum officer. If the client...

Requirements for Asylum

The world is a dangerous place and there are many people coming to US borders seeking safety and freedom in the United States.  Many of these people have to pay coyotes or smugglers large sums of money to bring them to the border.  They think that just getting to the...

Joint or Single Filing

I am married.  Can I file without my husband? In a community property estate like Arizona, all assets and debts incurred during the course of the marriage “partnership” are considered community property. The exceptions are property received and...

Bankruptcy and Divorce

Is it better to file for bankruptcy before or after divorce? If a couple is considering divorce, it is generally better to file for bankruptcy before getting a divorce. In this way, all debts incurred during the course of the marriage are discharged as community...

Bankruptcy and Back Child Support

I am behind on my child support.  Can filing bankruptcy help me? It depends on whether a Debtor files a Chapter 7 bankruptcy or a Chapter 13 bankruptcy. There are subtle differences. Generally, the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005 made...

Bankruptcy and Taxes

I owe taxes.  Can filing bankruptcy help me? Generally, tax debts are not dischargeable in bankruptcy. However, in law, there are always exceptions to the rule. If a tax debt is more than ten years old and the Internal Revenue Services has made no attempt to collect...

Bankruptcy and Tax Refunds

If I file for bankruptcy, will I loose my tax refund? It depends on the time of the year that the bankruptcy is filed. After a bankruptcy petition is filed, the tax refund is considered property of the bankruptcy estate. This means the trustee has the right to that...