Memphis Family Law and Estate Planning Lawyer for Immigrants

Attorneys Assisting Undocumented Individuals and Temporary Visitors With Divorce, Wills, and Trusts

Studies show that there are around 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States, and many of these people have been living in the U.S., earning an income, and raising a family for years. As with any other family, these people often face legal concerns, such as how to resolve issues related to divorce and how to pass their assets on to their heirs when they die. Even though their legal status in the U.S. may be in question, these people still have rights, and both undocumented individuals and people who are temporarily residing in the United States on a work visa should be aware of how to deal with legal issues that may arise.

At Douglass & Runger, Attorneys at Law, we provide skilled representation to our clients not only in the areas of immigration, but also family law and estate planning. Whether you are a U.S. citizen, a lawful permanent resident, a temporary worker, or an undocumented immigrant, we can provide your family with the legal help you need.

Resolving Family Law Issues

When a couple decides to get divorced, and one or both parents are undocumented immigrants or in the United States on a temporary basis, they may not be sure of their rights in family court. However, these individuals have the same rights as other married couples in the United States, and they should be able to enter family court and resolve legal issues without fear that their immigration status will be affected. During divorce or family law proceedings, people should be aware of the following:

  • Anyone can file a petition in family court, regardless of their immigration status. These petitions may ask the court to make decisions regarding property division, child custody, visitation, child support, alimony, or paternity.
  • If parents share custody of a child, one parent cannot take the child out of the country without permission from the other parent or from the court.
  • If a parent who has been ordered to pay child support leaves the country, the other parent should work with Child Support Enforcement Services to determine if child support may still be collected.
  • A person who is in danger of harm or abuse from a family member can receive an order of protection, regardless of their immigration status, and victims may be eligible to receive a U nonimmigrant visa.
  • Certain actions related to family law, such as violation of an order of protection or failure to pay child support, may lead to criminal charges, which could result in deportation or denial of citizenship.

Protecting Your Assets Through Estate Planning

Undocumented individuals and temporary workers will likely want to ensure that their assets are protected and that their family will have financial resources if they die, or if they are forced to leave the United States. People in these situations should be aware of the following:

  • A person's status as a foreign national citizen does not disqualify them from owning real estate or other property, and they are allowed to be either the testator or beneficiary of a last will and testament.
  • A power of attorney can be executed to appoint a temporary caregiver for the children of a foreign national citizen in the event that they are detained or deported.
  • A trust can be used to protect the assets of an individual or family and ensure that family members will have the financial resources they need if a person is required to leave the country.

Contact a Shelby County Immigration Attorney

If you need help resolving issues related to estate planning, family law, or immigration, Douglass & Runger, Attorneys at Law can work to protect your rights and provide you with the legal advocacy you need. Contact our Bartlett, TN immigration lawyers today at 901-388- 5805.

2820 Summer Oaks Drive,
Bartlett TN, 38134
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