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Verification of Documents Without a Notary

Fla. Stat. § 92.525: A Potential Alternative During the COVID-19 Pandemic With the current travel restrictions and closures in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many litigators have run into a common problem: How do I verify interrogatories, affidavits, and other litigation documents without access to an in-person notary? Fla. Stat. § 92.525 provides a viable alternative to in-person or expensive tele-video notary services. Section 92.525 was passed in 2015 and allows for verification as […]

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How you can proactively use the government’s matrix to mitigate your I-9 violations?

            Immigration compliance is complicated and time-consuming. Even if you have an electronic I-9 system that makes your job “easy and provides friendly” reminders, you need to understand the compliance requirements, trends, and how fines are applied and mitigated. During our New Form I-9 Workshops, we discuss how hefty I-9 base fines are assessed through set schedules and how after that ICE uses an “Enhancement Matrix” to increase the base […]

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Marlana J. Johnson Joins Marks Gray

Marlana J. Johnson of Jacksonville has joined Marks Gray as an associate attorney. Johnson focuses her practice on medical malpractice defense and other civil litigation claims. Johnson joined Marks Gray in August after practicing at two other firms in Northeast Florida for the past five years. In addition to medical malpractice cases, Johnson has litigation experience related to construction, professional liability, retail, and transportation disputes. “Marks Gray is honored to welcome Marlana to our growing […]

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What to do if your are presented a Restricted Social Security Card?

When it comes to reviewing Section 2 of Form I-9, I see many mistakes when Employers accept and put down the incorrect social security card as a List C document.  Per USCIS guidelines, a Social Security that is UNRESTRICTED (see image below)  is an acceptable List C document. You CAN accept them if they are laminated as well.  A RESTRICTED Social Security card (as pictured below) is not an acceptable List C document. Restricted Social […]

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Five Key Points you should know about the Long Awaited Premium Processing Options

After decades of asking, USCIS finally expanded its premium processing service to include additional immigration petitions and application types. Here are the key points that you need to know: 1 – The initial expansion will apply to these categories: Forms I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Workers, EB-1 multinational managers and executives and EB-2 national interest waiver category will be allowed to upgrade the case to premium processing. 2 – Opportunities are currently limited to petitions […]

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Check out Edward Booth’s latest interview with Channel 4 News!

Check out aviation attorney Edward Booth’s latest interview with Channel 4 News on the NTSB investigating the cause of deadly small plane crash at Westside airport in Jacksonville, Florida.  https://www.news4jax.com/video/news/2021/12/27/ntsb-investigating-cause-of-deadly-small-plane-crash-at-westside-airport/

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