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Marks Gray Announces Two New Attorneys Join Firm

Marks Gray, P.A. is pleased to announce that Denise C. May and Kristine M. Scott have joined the firm as Associates. Ms. May’s practice focuses primarily in governmental liability, municipal law, civil litigation, and civil rights. She received her Juris Doctor from Barry University School of Law graduating cum laude.  While there she served as Editor-in-Chief and Managing Editor of the Environmental & Earth Law Journal.  She received her B.S. in Computer Networking Technology at […]

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FAQs: What to Expect at Your Employment-Based Green Card Interview

USCIS is now conducting in-person interviews for employment–based green cards. These types of interviews have not been conducted since the 1990s, so many people have questions about what to expect from the process. I am attending these interviews with my clients. Here is a summary of my observations and answers to the most frequently asked questions about employment–based green card interviews. Download FAQs.

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Grumpy Cat Elated to Win $700k Lawsuit (But You Wouldn’t Know It)

You may know the internet celebrity Tardar Sauce by her more popular name, Grumpy Cat. She has been the subject of numerous memes. One of the most famous reads, “I had fun once. It was awful.” But you may not be aware that her owner, Tabatha Bundesen, formed the company Grumpy Cat Limited to capitalize on the cat’s permanently grumpy expression. Since then, Grumpy Cat has made numerous TV appearances, including Today, Good Morning America, […]

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Trustee Misbehaving? It Can Have Dire Consequences – Part 1

The role of Trustee comes with very serious responsibilities. Not only has the person who created the trust, the Grantor, relied on that person to fulfill the Grantor’s intentions after his or her death, the beneficiaries rely on Trustees to perform the Trustee role in their best interests. In some cases, the Trustee may be the only means for a beneficiary to pay everyday living expenses, medical costs, and the like. For those people, a […]

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Open Government and the Importance of Lobbyists’ Transparency

Open government is the best government, and we are fortunate that Florida has some of the strongest open records laws and policies in the country. Though not perfect, they do a good job of promoting a more transparent and accountable government. One such policy began in 2016 when Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O’Lakes, implemented new House rules. The new rules require lobbyists to register and publicly disclose who they’re lobbying for and what […]

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USCIS’ No Deference Memorandum

If you are filing an extension request, you can no longer rely on a smooth process. Previously, adjudicators gave deference to the findings of the earlier approved petition, unless there was evidence of an error, fraud, or changes to key elements. However, under a new USCIS memo, adjudicators must apply an elevated level of scrutiny to extension requests. All the prior evidence and much more will have to be reproved and resubmitted. The USCIS’ officers will readjudicate the petition […]

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