By ATTY. CRISPIN CADAY LOZANO As discussed in my prior article about the leaked DHS memo on immigration policies, presented below is a nutshell of the significant changes in immigration policies. The memo stated that all prior memoranda and guidance on immigration enforcement are rescinded except 2012 DACA memorandum and 2014 DAPA memorandum. A. The Department’s Enforcement Priorities DHS will no longer exempt classes or categories of removable aliens from potential...

By ATTY. CRISPIN CADAY LOZANO On February 18, 2017, the Washington Post obtained two leaked memos signed by Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly implementing the President’s Executive Orders on immigration enforcement. These memos direct the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to drastically escalate harsh immigration enforcement nationwide. What is in the memos? A. The Memorandum calls for a massive expansion in detention by requiring DHS to detain nearly everyone...

By Harvey Barkin New America Media (NAM) last February 8 called for a telephonic press brief to make sense of President Donald Trump’s travel ban in Tracking Trump: new priorities for deportation. NAM, together with Ready California put together a panel of speakers who gave advice on how immigrant communities can protect themselves and what families with mixed status can do now. But just as the teleconference ended, the next day, a panel of judges with the 9th Circui...

By ATTY. CRISPIN CADAY LOZANO A good bankruptcy attorney will guide clients whether or not to reaffirm a secured debt. There are considerations before a debtor would want to reaffirm a debt. In a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, the debtor must submit to the court a schedule (Schedule D- Creditors Holding Secured Claims) indicating all of their secured debts (mortgages, vehicle loans, and purchase money loans for furniture, jewelry, or household goods, as well as any other debt for w...

SAN FRANCISCO - Supervisor Jane Kim, transgender activists, and LGBT historic preservationists recently announced legislation creating the Compton’s Transgender, Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual (TLGB) District. Named after the first TLGB civil rights uprisings in the United States, the Compton’s District will be the first legally recognized transgender district in the world. “The lower Tenderloin is one of the most important neighborhood in America for transgender history, cult...

ATTY. CRISPIN CADAY LOZANO Most people understand that a bankruptcy filing has emotional consequences for their entire family. Those with children should also understand before filing that there are financial impacts on the kids as well. Question: Is Child Support Dischargeable in Bankruptcy? Answer: No. If you or an ex-spouse files for bankruptcy, debts resulting from child support will not be discharged by bankruptcy. In a Chapter 7 bankruptcy filing, child support o...

By: Atty. Crispin Caday Lozano Chapter 13 Bankruptcy is a reorganization of your debt while paying back your outstanding debt to creditors.  Chapter 13 is Bankruptcy intended for an individual or family with a regular income.  The first and main requirement to file for Chapter 13 bankruptcy is that any individual who files must have a source of income to repay.  Even if you are self-employed or operate an unincorporated business you may qualify.  Chapter 13 allows you to k...

By ATTY. CRISPIN CADAY LOZANO A good bankruptcy lawyer can help a lot to make bankruptcy filing less burdensome. Handling it without an attorney will make it hard, expensive and very painful. Although Chapter 7 is the chapter under the Bankruptcy Code that most consumers file and seems simple it is not just filing out a few forms. As the Official Instructions to the bankruptcy forms state, “Completing the forms is only a part of the bankruptcy process. You are strong...

By ATTY. ROBERT L. FERRIS Some parents put their children’s names on the deed to their home so that when the parents die the property will pass to their children without probate. Here are some things to consider before adding your children to your deed: 1. When you add your child’s name to your deed the internal revenue service considers this a gift and a gift tax return should be filed; 2. If your home has appreciated in value since the time that you bought it and y...

By ATTY. CRISPIN CADAY LOZANO The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), in coordination with the Department of State (DOS), has revised the procedures for determining visa availability for applicants waiting to file for employment-based or family-sponsored preference adjustment of status. An application for adjustment of status Form I-485 can be filed earlier, sometimes years in advance, of the actual availability of visa numbers. The USCIS provide...