5 Benefits of Having a Premarital Agreement

Premarital - aka “prenuptial” - agreements are usually only discussed when famous or wealthy people are in the news for an impending divorce. In these cases, the discussion will focus on how much of the fortune one spouse will keep from the other. While this is one purpose of the premarital agreement, these agreements do not deserve their bad reputation. Here’s why: 1) They protect your assets. Couples who are Read More

An Overview of the K-1 Fiance Visa

There are numerous different visas to allow immigrants to enter the United States legally. Today, we’ll talk about the K-1 visa, aka the Fiance Visa. The K-1 visa allows a U.S citizen to bring their future spouse into the country legally provided that the couple weds within 90 days of the fiance(e)’s arrival in the United States. The fiance visa is particularly useful in situations in which the U.S. citizen and Read More

Protect Yourself: A Guide to Domestic Violence Protective Orders in Washington

For most of us, family is everything. Our parents, spouses, siblings, and children love, nourish, and sustain us during good times and bad. Or at least they’re meant to. Sadly, many families are fractured by domestic violence, which is defined as abusive behavior directed by one intimate partner, family member, or cohabitant against another to control them. Such behavior can be: Physical: includes hitting, Read More

What Happens When I Become a Naturalized U.S. Citizen?

Contrary to popular assumption, you do not have to become a naturalized U.S. citizen if you want to live here permanently. Once a lawful permanent resident card (green card) is issued to you, it can be renewed indefinitely. However, millions of immigrants over the years have come to the United States, contributed to its success, and opted to forego green card renewal in order to become American citizens. Once you Read More