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Obtaining an L-1 Visa

Topics: Immigration

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]L-1 visas, or intracompany transferee visas, are non-immigrant visas that allow companies to transfer certain employees to offices in the United States. Employees who are eligible for this visa are company executives and managers (L-1A) and employees with specialized knowledge (L-1B) who have been working at least one continuous year within the past three years for their company sponsor. L-1 visa holders can work for an existing affiliated company office in the U.S. or can be working to open a new office in the country. Businesses must meet a few qualifications before applying for L-1 visas on behalf of their employees.  First, the business must have a qualifying relationship with a foreign company; the business in the U.S. must be a parent company, branch, subsidiary, or affiliate company.  The business must be doing business as an employer in both the United States and at least one other country for the duration of the visa. Businesses do not have to be engaged in international trade, but must be involved continuously in providing goods and/or services in the U.S. to qualify for L-1 status. Workers can also be brought into the United States as an L-1 nonimmigrant by a business establishing a new office in the United States if the business has secured a premise for the new office.  They must also be able to support an executive or managerial position within a year for L-1A visas or be able to properly compensate an employee with specialty knowledge and begin doing business for L-1B visas. Companies can apply for an L-1 visa by filing USCIS form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker on behalf of the employees they wish to sponsor.  Some companies are eligible to file for a blanket petition, allowing for the ability to quickly transfer workers to the U.S.  The qualifications to be eligible for a blanket L certification are a bit stricter.  The business must be engaged in commercial trade or services in all of its branches and subsidiaries, have an office in the U.S. that has been doing business for at least a year, and have three qualifying domestic and foreign branches and subsidiaries.  The business must also meet have previously obtained 10 L-1 visas over the past 12 months, have a company combined annual sales in excess of $25 million, or have at least 1,000 workers in the United States. The Law Offices of Scott Warmuth helps companies unravel the mysteries of the L-1 visa.  Not only do our immigration experts explain what is necessary to secure an L-1 visa, we help with the paperwork too.  For a free immigration consultation, call us today at 888-517-9888.  We can help your international business thrive.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
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Determining Fault in an Accident

Topics: Auto Accident

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Insurance companies assign ‘fault’ to each accident to determine who is responsible for paying medical bills, car repairs, lost wages, and rental vehicles. Every car accident is unique, so all of the evidence must be examined to properly determine fault. Insurance company claims adjusters are tasked with that purpose. Claims adjusters can look at every piece of evidence to determine fault, including statements made by drivers. If you are involved in a car accident, be sure not to admit fault or say anything that could later be construed as an admission of fault!  Even a simple “I’m sorry!” could be used against you.  After a crash, here are some helpful rules to follow:
  • Don’t talk about how the accident happened
  • Don’t discuss who might have been at fault
  • Don’t admit you were at fault for the crash
  • Don’t say anything that could later construed as an admission of fault, such as "I didn’t see you"
  • Always exchange contact and car insurance information
Certain types of accidents almost always find fault in the same party.  If you are rear-ended, it’s almost always the other driver’s fault.  If you are driving straight and someone hits your car making a left turn, it’s almost always the other driver’s fault.  And if your vehicle is struck by a driver under the influence of drugs or alcohol, it’s usually the other driver’s fault. One of the most important factors in determining fault is eyewitness testimony. Make sure to collect the statements contact information of any witnesses to the collision. If police are at the scene, request that a police report be taken of the crash. If you or a loved one has been involved in a car crash, contact the car accident lawyers at the Law Offices of Scott Warmuth today for a free consultation.  We can help you seek medical treatment, get your car repaired, recover lost wages, and receive compensation for your pain and suffering.  Call 888-517-9888 today![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
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Attorney Seth Mitchell Wins Jury Verdict in Dog Bite Case

Topics: From Our Office

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Law Offices of Scott Warmuth Trial Attorney Seth Mitchell recently secured a jury verdict on behalf of our client, the victim of a contested 2016 dog bite.  Our client received an award of $119,300, more than double what the defendants would offer before the trial and about 10 times more than what the defendants requested during the trial.  The jury ruled in favor of our client unanimously, even on several contentious issues. The victim was bitten by a neighbor's dog on her left calf and right knee while at the neighbor's property.  The wound in her knee became infected, prolonging her injuries.  Our client felt pain in her left hip and ankle since the incident, but her concerns were not properly documented because she was also being treated for unrelated back pain by a pain management doctor.  Only after visiting a different doctor 17 months were her additional injuries diagnosed.  Her previous attorney was uninterested in helping her recover from these newly diagnosed injuries, which is when the Law Offices of Scott Warmuth became involved. After accepting our client's case, we helped her seek treatment for her hip and ankle injuries, which eventually resulted in arthroscopic hip surgery.  During the trial, the defendants attempted to argue numerous angles to reduce liability, including denying the hip and ankle injuries were related, that our client was negligent, that our client was trespassing, that our client opened the defendant's gate, and more.  Attorney Mitchell successful argued that the defense's claims had no merit on every occasion. The jury verdict and the approach Attorney Mitchell took to represent our client embodied the mission of our law firm:  we're on your side, all the way.  We were willing to pursue our client's case further than her previous attorney, securing her additional treatment for her dog bite injuries.  We were willing to pursue her case all the way to trial rather than to settle for too low of a settlement offer.  And we were willing to take our client's case through the trial without yielding. The Law Offices of Scott Warmuth offers congratulations to Attorney Seth Mitchell for his outstanding trial performance!  When asked about the case, Seth wanted to extend his thanks to firm President Scott Warmuth for providing all the tools needed to pursue the case and to the Law Offices of Scott Warmuth staff for going above and beyond in support of the case. If you are looking for a law firm that will support your case, contact our offices today at 888-517-9888 to receive a free legal consultation.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]