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For our client's wife, her I-601 waiver has been approved! Prior to hiring KLOL, Client’s had her first immigrant visa interview in 2007, she submitted an I-601 waiver which was ultimately denied by the Administrative Appeals office on October 27, 2010 for lack of demonstrating extreme hardship to the client, the U.S. Citizen spouse. Several months later, they then hired KLOL. Client reapplied for an immigrant visa on June 23, 2011. She was found to be inadmissible by the consular officer under INA §212(a)(9)(B)(i)(II) for having been in the United States unlawfully for more than one year and under INA §212(a)(6)(C)(i) for entering in June 2002 with a false permanent resident card. ??We submitted a revamped, retuned I-601 waiver to the US Consulate in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, in August, 2011 with evidence of the extreme medical, emotional, financial, familial, and social hardship to her U.S. citizen spouse, and the indirect hardship to him through their U.S. citizen son. The waiver was later transferred to the Nebraska Service Center in May of 2012 and was approved on October 30, 2012!??She has been out of the U.S. since 2007 because she went to the wrong place first She recently brought her son to Mexico to live with her because they had been apart for so long.
We just received notice from the client, that he received the decision on his waiver and it was approved! In this case, his wife, his US citizen spouse petitioned for him in July of 2010. Client had been unlawfully in the US since 1999 until he departed in June of 2012 to attend his visa interview on June 8, 2012. He submitted his waiver on August 28, of 2012. He left behind his wife, family, kids, his job and his friends to attend his consular interview in Mexico. He had been separated from his USC wife and kids. We submitted a legal brief, detailed affidavit of his spouse and a psychological report, in total 120 exhibits, which proved that his wife would face extreme emotional, medical, financial, familial and social hardship without him here in the US. He will now return to the US as a lawful permanent resident!
For a federal criminal client previously convicted of an aggravated felony of shooting another member of the gang he used to belong to, currently being charged with illegal re-entry and facing up to 20 years (240 months) in jail and $250,000 in fines, KLOL first entered into a plea agreement with the prosecution for 46-57 months, but then argued strenuously in its Response to the Government's Sentencing Recommendations that he should get a much lower sentence, below the guidelines pursuant to the plea agreement. The judge said we had convinced her that our client had changed and she would depart from the guidelines and go below the guidelines using her judge's discretion (as opposed to ordering something in the lower portion of the range but still within the range). The client ended up getting only 23 months in jail and no court fines whatsoever.
Clients waiver for unlawful presence and for using fraudulent documents to try to enter the US were approved on November 6, 2012! In this case the client had been unlawfully in the US for nearly 15 years and had attempted to enter the US with a false green card in May of 1997. His wife, petitioned for him in July of 2011 and he attended his visa interview in Ciudad Juarez on July 23, 2012. He submitted his waiver on September 6, 2012 containing 119 exhibits and detailing the emotional, medical, familial, financial and social hardship his wife would suffer without him in the US. He left behind his wife, children, extended family and job to attend his consular interview in Mexico. We proved to Immigration that his wife would face extreme emotional, medical, financial, social, and familial hardship without him here. He will now return to the US as a lawful permanent resident.
We received notice from Ciudad Juarez that client, received the decision on his waiver and it was approved! In this case, his wife, his US citizen spouse petitioned for him in April of 2011. Client had been unlawfully in the US for over 13 years, since 1999 until he departed in July of 2012. He attended his visa interview in July of 2012. He submitted his waiver on September 6, of 2012. He left behind his wife, family, kids, his job and his friends to attend his consular interview in Mexico. We submitted a legal brief, detailed affidavit of his spouse and a psychological report, in total 138 exhibits, which proved that his wife would face extreme emotional, medical, financial, familial and social hardship without him here in the US. He will now return to the US as a lawful permanent resident and return to his family!
Client was picked up pursuant to Interpol information that she is being pursued by Mexican authorities for homicide there. At her bond hearing this afternoon, DHS was vehemently opposed to bond especially after respondent admitted that she fled MX to avoid prosecution for murder.
We argued all the favorable factors-ties to the community, employment history, lack of record in the US, her history of being the subject of physical and emotional torture and thus, strong likelihood she would be granted Withholding of Removal or relief under the Torture Convention. IJ just granted a bond of $15K!
Client entered the US in 1992. She retained us after she had been placed in removal proceedings and charged with being unlawfully present in the US. We made an application for cancellation of removal claiming hardship to her 4 USC kids. At her merits hearing today, she and her 15 year old daughter testified as to the hardship the children would suffer if she were removed from the US. Aside from respondent's youngest daughter who suffers from asthma, the kids are all in good health and doing well in school.
Her moral character was called into question b/c the kids had been receiving food stamps and Medicaid, despite her partner making well over the poverty guidelines for a family their size. After long significant argument with IJ Zerbe on this issue, he agreed that our position regarding the benefits was defensible and agreed that the kids would suffer exceptional and extremely unusual hardship. He granted her permanent residence and DHS waived appeal! She was so happy she was in tears.
Client married a USC in 1997. He obtained conditional residency through her in 1999. In 2001, they filed a joint I-751 but it was denied as it was filed outside the prescribed period. He divorced his wife in 2005. In June 2000, he had been arrested for delivery of cannabis 2000 - 5000 grams. He was ultimately convicted of possession of 4,363 grams. He retained us for an immigration investigation. ?
Client was successful in obtaining post-conviction relief based on a failure to admonish as to immigration consequences. The charge was reduced to possession less than 30 grams. On November 7, 2011, we then filed the I-751 for him with a waiver of the joint filing requirement because his marriage to his wife was bona fide, but had terminated. On August 28, 2012, USCIS sent a Notice of Intent to Deny the I-751 stating that the post-conviction relief was invalid because it was procured for immigration purposes, and as such, client remained convicted of an 'egregious drug trafficking crime'. assisted in our response, which argued that the conviction was vacated for legal defect/ a constitutional violation which would then negate the conviction for immigration purposes. What remained was a simple possession under 30 grams which does not render him deportable under the Controlled Substance Act. USCIS granted the petition and client received his permanent resident!
We were retained after summary judgment briefing schedule was already set for the first time. Went to court on our motion for extension of time did an oral motion for leave to amend the pro se answer oral motion denied with leave to file a motion. Went to court on our 2-619 motion to strike the affidavit and motion for leave to file are amended answer as attached after strenuous objection by OC. One the main point argued by OC was that the prior answer was sufficient to have the case enter mediation so we should have to stick by it, Judge granted motion with client present in court and elated by the advocacy and win that she had the chance to watch.
Client came to the US in 1995 when he was just 16. His LPR Dad petitioned for his residency, but while awaiting a visa, he aged out. He later filed an I485 which USCIS denied because the Child Status Protection Act did not apply in his case, there were no visas available, and he had waited more than a year to file after his priority date was current. He was placed in proceedings and retained us.
We filed for Cancellation of Removal claiming hardship to his LPR mom and USC dad who he lives with.
At his individual hearing today, halfway through client's direct examination, the judge called a side bar and said he didn't see that there was requisite hardship but that he wanted to grant the cancellation application because it was such a compelling story and he didn't want client to slip through the cracks in the law.
After initially arguing that there are very limited numbers of available Cancellation grants, and so each number is precious, the gov’t ultimately agreed he was compelled by the case and agreed to waive appeal!! Client was granted permanent residence and can remain in the US with his parents and 3 LPR brothers! His whole family is soooo happy!
We received a call from the client, today informing us that her waiver was approved. Client had departed the US in June to attend her visa interview in Ciudad Juarez on June 13, 2012. Client’s husband, had petitioned for her. At her visa appointment, she was advised that she was inadmissible due to her unlawful presence of more than one year- she had been unlawfully present in since the age of 11 in 1998 but had only accrued unlawful presence since 2005. She had been in the US for more than 14 years total. This was the only life she knew. She was very active in the community, studied and worked here. She submitted her waiver on August 21, 2012. It was approved today. KLOL was able to show that client’s husband would suffer extreme emotional, financial, social, medical and familial hardship without his wife here in the United States. She will soon be able to return to the US. She was very happy and excited.
For a new case that had just opened, attended court for initial case management on a case where Plaintiff was suing our client for allegedly lending a car to someone who crashed into her with that car (but our clients hadn't let the person who crashed the car use their car, but rather another relative of them had). We performed research on arguments for an Answer and Counterclaim and appeared in court on a Motion for Extension of Time to ask for time to respond. Plaintiff did not appear and we asked the judge to dismiss it for want of prosecution and the judge agreed and dismissed the other side’s case against our client!, even though it was just the first court date. We informed clients and they were happy but told them I would keep their case open in case o.c. wanted to file a motion to vacate later and reappeared on the case.
We received notice today from the International Adjudications Support Branch in CA that client’s wife, waiver was approved. she had departed the in March of 2012 to attend her visa interview in on March 8, 2012 in Ciudad Juarez. She was advised that she was inadmissible due to her unlawful presence of more than one year- she had been unlawfully present in the US for nearly 8 years. She submitted her waiver on June 1, 2012. We later received a notice of referral requesting further documents although we had provided 109 exhibits showing how the separation from his wife would affect the client. We provided extensive documentation showing that he would suffer emotional hardship as he was diagnosed with Adjustment Disorder with Mixed Anxiety and Depressed mood, he had diabetes, his entire family was in the US, he was the sole financial provider, and the social conditions in Mexico are very dangerous. We submitted 28 additional documents in response to the Notice of Referral. Clients wife and her daughter had been separated from her husband for nearly eight months. Her waiver was approved on October 4, 2012. KLOL was able to show that client’s husband would suffer extreme emotional, financial, social, medical and familial hardship without his wife here in the United States. She will soon be able to return to the US with their young citizen daughter. Jose was overjoyed and relieved!
Clients Modification at the right time! Court for the client looming in the next week we were able to secure a Permanent loan modification. Client had a Mortgage of $244,000.00 and a payment of $1,554.00 the large payment in relation to their income was crushing the clients life and their ability to live happily. We secured a modification that reduced the mortgage amount to $82,000 and the new payment of $1,136. The forgiveness of the bank of over $160,000 will allow clients choices they never thought possible. The client is elated with the results.
went to federal court today a week after last week and I was not held in contempt. This is very exciting because counsel and I never did meet counsel and I agreed that he must get us the written communications from the bank to our client including but not limited to the servicing transfer letter "hello goodbye letter". The judge was very reticent to extend this case any longer but after a few minutes of arguing that if this letter is not sent in a proper manner and we have seen this issue on the state court level there is a federal violation. At the raising of a federal violation the judge had not previously considered he seemed to perk up, as he has been very angry seeming to both sides that a federal judge would have to get involved in a simple mortgage foreclosure action. The judge warned oc that failure to produce this letter in a timely fashion will result in severe negative consequences to his cause of action 30 day extensions to discovery and Status set.
we were retained after summary judgment briefing schedule was already set for the first time. Went to court on our motion for extension of time did an oral motion for leave to amend the pro se answer oral motion denied with leave to file a motion. Went to court on our 2-619 motion to strike the affidavit and motion for leave to file are amended answer as attached after strenuous objection by OC. One the main point argued by OC was that the prior answer was sufficient to have the case enter mediation so we should have to stick by it, Judge granted motion with client present in court and elated by the advocacy and win that she had the chance to watch.
A former client wrongly accused the client of fraud. We drafted a strong answer and appeared in court with the intention to seek for the matter be dismissed based upon or answers. The Plaintiff did not appear and the matter was dismissed for want of prosecution. The client is very happy to have this issue resolved for the time being.
Congrats to the client who today attended an interview for a residency applicant, who had several entries into the U.S. and a history of perhaps unlawful presence in the country, in violation of her tourist visa status.
The client prepared the application and worked on a memoranda of law in support of the application, arguing that her last lawful entry into the U.S. was legitimate and afforded her the ability to adjust her status to that of lawful permanent resident of the U.S. despite her sordid immigration past, including a last entry that was not even stamped by an immigration officer but with the affidavit we prepared detailing the last entry and the memoranda, the officer approved the case on the spot right at the close of the interview!
Our client now can comfortably reside in the country with her husband and children as a lawful member of our society with all rights and benefits commensurate with this privilege!
The U visa was approved for the client by USCIS. The client had been the victim of sexual abuse by her cousin. She assisted the Chicago Police Department in the prosecution of her cousin. She was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and continues to deal with the emotional scars of the abuse. She will now have lawful status and will be able to apply for residency in three years.
KLOL received approval notice from USCIS today approving the clients U visa. He applied for a U visa on the basis that he had been the victim of Aggravated battery with a knife. The assailant was caught and prosecuted as client assisted in testifying against the assailant and the assailant was ultimately convicted. The client suffered physical and emotional injuries as a result of the attack. Juan was eligible for the U-Visa application based on: 1) being the victim of felonious assault who suffered substantial physical and mental abuse; 2) possessing credible information of the qualifying criminal activity; 3) assisting the designated certifying agency, the Chicago Police Department, with their investigation of the crime; and 4) the specific attack occurred in Illinois and violated the laws of the United States. Client is aware he has a lawful status for four years and can later apply for residency. He was very happy. Client had a false claim to US citizenship, permanent bar and 2 expedited removals at the border for which we filed a waiver and showed USCIS that it was in the public interest to grant client’s U visa. These are very serious offenses and we were able to overcome these violations by filing the nonimmigrant waiver.
Client entered without inspection in May of 1999. He was, on August 19, 2009, convicted of the offense of Obstruction of Justice/Destroying Evidence, and driving under the influence of alcohol. On October 19, 2009, a Notice to Appear was issued and removal proceedings were initiated against him.
He appeared represented by a different office, who requested Cancellation of Removal. The IJ denied this as well as a request for voluntary departure finding that his offense precluded seeking COR and he had not shown he was willing to depart. Client then appealed that decision to the Board of Immigration Appeals. On December 9, 2011, the Board dismissed the appeal finding that the Respondent had not challenged the IJ’s finding that he is statutorily ineligible for voluntary departure and had not challenged the determination that he merited a favorable exercise of discretion. He then came to our office after dismissal of the appeal to see if there was anything we could do.
We filed a Motion to Reopen before the Board of Immigration Appeals based on Matter, ineffective assistance of counsel, stating that previous counsel never investigated the possibility of asylum, withholding of removal or relief under the Torture Convention and never inquired as to whether he had a fear of returning. We cited all the grounds for ineffective assistance of counsel, as well as his basis for persecution-based relief. Our Motion for a stay of removal was granted pending an outcome from the Board. On July 3, 2012, the Board of Immigration Appeals granted our Motion to Reopen and remanded the case to the Immigration Judge to allow Respondent an opportunity to seek that relief!
The Client entered without inspection over 18 years ago. He was placed in removal proceedings last year after having been arrested for domestic battery. On May 25, 2012, an Immigration Judge entered an in absentia order of removal as a result of his failure to appear and based upon allegations made by DHS.
The client was ordered to surrender himself to the custody of ICE on July 9, 2012 pursuant to the order of removal. On Saturday July 7, he retained us to try to stay his removal from the United States.
We met with his Immigration Officer and Supervisor (while he waited outside) and convinced them, based on the equities of his case, to not take the client into custody when he entered the building to report as directed. They agreed and not only is he not in danger of imminent removal, he is also permitted him to go home to his family while we pursue reopening his removal proceedings to seek relief!
Our client was arrested for the fifth time for driving with a suspended license and also for not signaling, We worked out a plea negotiation with opposing counsel where our client obtained 39 days time served and is to be released tomorrow, $55 court costs only, no supervision, and dismissal of the no signaling charge, in addition to continuing to act as a jail snitch and get protected status from the police until tomorrow. Client admitted for the record (with a general court reporter present in that courtroom) that we had made him aware of the immigration consequences and he understood this could lead to problems with immigration, although this is his fifth time so technically immigration could have even grabbed him before. Client and his family were very happy because they just wanted our client to be able to get out of jail, after having a 500k bond entered against him for a fifth time violation, which they could not pay.
Client was divorced via a marital settlement agreement, which her former husband was refusing to honor, including refusing to list the marital home for sale and giving her half of the 401k funds he accumulated during marriage, KLOL had a rule to show cause entered and then a body attachment entered. At the previous court, which former husband attended, the body attachment had been entered but then stayed, because our client had requested that the body attachment order be stayed so the children wouldn't see their father be arrested and the judge had suggested we send a letter to O.P. before she enter the attachment order, which we did. He did not show up in court today so KLOL showed the judge proof that such letter had been sent and convinced the Judge, as per client's request, to enter the body attachment and allow me to put in the order that in order to avoid traumatizing the children, Client can have full care of the children immediately and O.P. cannot, since he is about to get arrested, until further order of the court. Client was really happy with the court order and is hopeful that his inability to have the children for now will motivate him to comply.
Client attended her visa appointment at Ciudad Juarez and was found to have unlawful presence for more than a year and needed an I-601 waiver in order to get immigrant visa. KLOL prepared waiver at previous firm, with brief and supporting documentation, and the waiver was approved within three months. However, instead of mailing client her immigrant visa, the CDJ consulate requested a second visa appointment and also requested the presence of US citizen spouse at the appointment. This was very unusual. We sent a letter to CDJ with supporting documentation showing the extreme hardship attending this visa appointment would cause the US citizen spouse, showing that his disabled mother required constant care and attention from him, the main caretaker. KLOL followed up with the consulate several times, and was told that the consulate received the letter and needed to adjudicate. That was the state of affairs when the client joined Katz Law Office, Ltd. The family then hired KLOL to finish the process. Thanks to the letter showing extreme hardship, the consulate decided that the spouse’s presence was no longer required at a second visa appointment, but had questions as to discrepancies in their children’s birth certificates. KLOL DF researched these issues and translated articles that showed that the Mexican Civil Registry often makes mistakes/does not follow procedure which would explain these discrepancies. We then prepared a DS-260 with updated supporting documentation, scheduled a second visa appointment, biometrics appointment and medical exam, and prepared the Client for her interview. Client attended the appointment and the consulate told her she would receive her visa within five days! She will be able to return to the United States and her family after almost two years of being outside the country!
We received notice from client’s mother that client received his immigrant visa. Client had gone to Mexico to attend his immigrant visa interview in August of 2009 as a teenager and was determined to be a drug abuser/drug addict by the consulate so they ultimately denied his visa. In June of 2012, KLOL scheduled a new visa interview for him and updated his documents, providing proof that client was in fact NOT a drug abuser or addict and that he had been fully rehabilitated. Based on this information, the medical doctor cleared him to obtain his immigrant visa and it was approved. Client will return to the US in a few days after being separated from his family for nearly three years! Client’s mother was overjoyed and so thankful for our assistance.
I-601 waiver was approved on behalf of the client! Her husband is in Mexico with her now and will likely travel back with her after she receives her immigrant visa. The I-601 for the client had been pending for over eight months. Her immigrant visa interview was 3/16/2011. She submitted her I-601 waiver and received a notice of referral dated 6/20/2011. After that, she hired KLOL and we prepared and submitted supplemental documents to establish extreme hardship to her USC spouse on 9/8/2011. There was abundant evidence of hardship including the duration of her time in the U.S., her entire family residing in the United States, no criminal record, her three U.S. citizen children, and her LPR husband who has progressively worsening vision and has relied on her completely to take care of him for the duration of their 20+ years of marriage. After numerous calls and emails to the visa center we finally received an approval last week!
Today KLOL received a notice of approval of the 212(h) criminal waiver filed on client’s behalf with the Chicago District Office of USCIS. The client had filed for adjustment of status on her own. In January of 2011 after her interview with Immigration, USCIS requested that the client file an I-601 212(h) criminal waiver to excuse a conviction for simple possession of marijuana. She then hired KLOL to assist with preparation of the criminal waiver. KLOL submitted the 212(h) criminal waiver to USCIS in April of 2011 which included her husband’s affidavit, a psychological report, an index and 78 supporting exhibits which showed the extreme emotional, medical, financial, social, and familial hardship her husband and child would face without her here in the US. The waiver was approved on June 29, 2012.
The client is a citizen of Honduras. We were hired for consular processing with a waiver for unlawful presence. We prepared and submitted the waiver with 73 exhibits related to the hardship to his USC spouse. His I-601 waiver for unlawful presence was filed May 6, 2012 and approved on June 27, 2012!
We received correspondence from the International Adjudications Support Branch in Anaheim, CA approving clients second waiver. He had departed the United States in 2007 to attend his visa interview. The couple had initially filed a waiver on their own in October of 2007 & it was denied. KLOL scheduled a new visa interview for client and submitted a second waiver on August 2, 2011 with 90 exhibits, which was referred to obtain additional evidence of hardship. Additional evidence was submitted on April 24, 2012. Significant documentation regarding clients emotional, medical, financial, familial and social hardships was submitted along with a psychological report and clients wife 29 page affidavit. The consulate approved the waiver on May 30, 2012. Client was overjoyed to hear the news as she and her spouse had been separated for over five years and she will finally be able to reunite with her husband and their family in the United States!
After we appeared in court as new counsel on a motion for default and got leave to file responsive pleadings without a default judgment being entered, opposing counsel nevertheless sent our client a notice of sale for the home to be sold in a week because a Foreclosure Judgment had been entered years ago. KLOL called opposing counsel's office at least five times combined to argue with them and even sent a threatening letter. We then filed an emergency motion to stay the sale and we appeared in court on this. We had threatened opposing counsel one more time before we went up to the bench, for his disrespectful conduct. KLOL showed the Judge a copy of the order where we had been given leave to file responsive pleadings a month ago. Opposing counsel mentioned that it was a mistake by oc and the judge and in this case we needed to file a Motion to Vacate and the Judge treated that as an agreed order that our emergency motion was turned into a Motion to Vacate, which was hereby granted and our answer and counterclaims filed on time pursuant to the previous order would stand as the responsive pleadings to this case. We also made sure to put in the agreed order that the sale was cancelled. Opposing counsel was furious.
KLOL fought for two different small claims cases, on one of the cases, we convinced opposing counsel to negotiate with us instead of proceeding to trial because our client had not sign a certain business agreement, but rather an unscrupulous former business partner of our client had signed it. We presented opposing counsel via fax with a letter and copies of different writing samples and our affidavit from our client, comparing our clients' writing samples to those of the signature of the business agreement. Opposing counsel showed the samples to his client who agreed that it didn't look like our client's signature. Opposing counsel then filed an agreed order to dismiss the claim against our client with prejudice.
clients LPR status was recommended for approval today! The client last entered the U.S. in 97, later married a USC in 2001 and petitioned for her residency based on the marriage. USC spouse deceased prior to her residency being granted. Due to a recent change in the law, the client became eligible to file for residency based on that old marriage based petition, as a self petitioning widow of a USC. The application was filed on a rush basis as the deadline to file in this type of situation was days away from when client hired us. KLOL prepared the I-360 and adjustment of status applications and included all the supporting evidence along with a cover letter explaining how client qualified for residency under the law. There was a question about whether she qualified because she had remarried after her USC spouse died and the INA specifically cuts off benefits for those persons, but the officer did not raise this issue at the interview. I was prepared to argue how she did qualify because her eligibility was fixed as the spouse of a USC as of the date she filed the I-130 in 2001, regardless of that provision of the INA. She is extremely happy.
Client retained us for his deportation defense. He entered the US without inspection in January of 1997. In March of 2001, he married a USC, who, on April 19, 2001 filed an I-130 petition for him. After a somewhat tumultuous relationship (which resulted in a number of domestic battery arrests to the client- but no convictions), the couple separated. She withdrew the I-130 petition on April 19, 2002 and the couple eventually divorced in May of 2004.
On August 25, 2006, the client was issued a Notice to Appear and placed in removal proceedings. The couple thereafter reconciled and, on April 20, 2007, they remarried. On May 2, 2007, Mrs. Fuentes filed a second I-130 on client's behalf. On March 13, 2009, in a strange turn of events, USCIS issued both an I-130 approval as well as an I-130 denial. The denial referenced the April 19, 2001 petition not the later 2007 petition.
The client advised the IJ of his intent to apply for 245(i) adjustment of status, which would permit him to be grandfathered under the original petition which was filed prior to April 30, 2001 (the cut-off date for 245(i) eligibility). The government originally argued that he was not grandfathered because the original petition was withdrawn and the I-130 also denied by USCIS. We argued that the original petition was approvable when filed and the fact that it was later withdrawn did nothing to change the validity of the marriage at time of filing. We relied on an interoffice memo issued by Director of USCIS as well as case law establishing that client 's petition was meritorious in fact. 24 I&N Dec. 267 (BIA 2007).
At a merits hearing on 5/25/12, after lengthy pre-hearing discussion, the government and judge conceded that Respondent was 245(i) eligible and agreed to terminate proceedings so that his status could be adjusted through USCIS.
Client was charged with illegal re-entry, a fine punishable for up to five years in prison, since our client had an almost non-existent prior criminal record. KLOL negotiated with opposing counsel to get a 59 day imprisonment sentence minus time served (also 59 days), no court fine, and a year of supervised release. Clients were very happy!
The clients residency based on her marriage to a USC & was approved on May 7, 2012. She was denied entry with her tourist visa by CBP in December 2010 because the officer believed she intended to remain in the U.S. permanently because she was engaged to a USC. She returned to her home country of Canada. She and her fiancé got married. KLOL was hired to obtain permanent residency on her behalf. We prepared and filed the I-130, submitted docs to the NVC and worked with the client to schedule an immigrant visa interview for her at the consulate in Montreal. KLOL provided a letter to the consulate explaining her issue with CBP and that she is not inadmissible for any reason. No waiver was needed as she had no unlawful presence or other basis of inadmissibility. She will be traveling to the U.S. soon to reside with her husband in Indiana!
Client’s I-601 waiver was submitted April 4th and approved April 20th! He is in Zacatecas awaiting instructions to obtain his immigrant visa so he can return lawfully to the United States and be reunited with his wife and their two young daughters. KLOL prepared a strong waiver packet with 113 exhibits, demonstrating familial, emotional, financial, social, and medical hardship. In this case, each of the daughter’s have a congenital defect called Incontinentia Pigmenti which causes vision problems and other developmental problems. A great deal of medical hardship evidence was included in the waiver packet. In addition, all of the client’s wife immediate and extended family are in the United States as residents or citizens, and there was good evidence of hardship related to all the other relevant factors. These clients are great people, wonderful to work with, and very sympathetic. KLOL is very happy that our client’s waiver was approved quickly and that he'll be back in the U.S. soon!
The clients waiver for unlawful presence has been approved and he has already returned to the United States! In this case, the client had been unlawfully in the US for nearly 12 years and even had a slight criminal issue that we addressed to ensure that the consular officer would not deem him inadmissible. His wife petitioned for him and he attended his visa interview in December of 2011. He submitted his waiver in mid March of 2012. He left behind his business, his wife and teenage children to attend his consular interview in Mexico. He had been out of the country for several months separated from his USC wife and kids. We proved that his wife would face extreme medical, financial, social, familial and financial hardship without him here in the US.
This matter is for an illegal re-entry federal criminal case, where the client was facing 51 months in jail, KLOL lowered the sentence to four months. First and had client plead guilty, which took off three points off the sentencing guidelines, from a level 20 to a level 17, where he then was facing 27-33 months in prison. Then for the record KLOL told the court that we thought 15-21 months was appropriate and opposing counsel somehow agreed. This 15-21 months is what the PSR Officer put in the first PSR report, before then writing a second one, this time with the appropriate 27-33 months guidelines. For the sentencing hearing we then gathered letters from client's family members, photocopied (from the immigration 001 file) pictures of the client looking healthy and happy and holding his babies or playing with the kids (which looked like a totally different person from the angry prisoner before the judge in court), and added then to the kids' letters. KLOL also added a picture that the 7 year old had drawn of UFO’s and those kinds of aliens attacking his scared dad, which we also stapled to the kid's letter saying, "my dad is not an alien." We also research the issue of whether his previous felony conviction (which adds 12 points) should arguably not be considered because it happened 12 years ago and she found favorable case law. In court, we first called the client's wife, to testify, and she gave her life story of her and the client meeting and getting married and she said that her husband had just been "with the wrong crowd." Opposing counsel tried to make a big deal out of it but we rebutted by asking her if he was in contact with those people afterwards and asking questions so she would tell the court that he has been drug tested the last 6 years at his job every three months and always come back negative. She also answered our questions about the terrors that the family had faced in mexico. Then KLOL asked the judge if the 7 year old, who wanted to say something, could speak to him in chambers. Opposing counsel objected but judge seemed moved and allowed it and the kid, dressed very sharply, said he missed his dad and everyone started crying, even almost the judge. Then opposing counsel gave his arguments. Then we started by reminding the court that opposing counsel had initially agreed to 15 to 21 and that client had already suffered punishment for his previous crime, 12 years ago, with the evidence presented in court. We also talked about other things like client's non-violent history and letters from a pastor, the union, and his employer. Client's mother-in-law started having panic attacks and was taken out of the courtroom. Then client gave his closing statement and said "the American dream had turned into the American nightmare" and started crying again. Judge agreed with KLOL that client had changed since 2000 and said he was going to make this a rare exception and go below the guidelines, to 15 months, minus 11 months time served. Client paused and then said "thank you"!
At the end, the judge even stepped out into the hallway for a quick moment after everything was over to ask a friendly question to the client and patted KLOL counsel on the shoulder saying "Good job" with a smile!
A client hired us to complete her husband’s residency process that they had started in 2006. In 2010, they came to KLOL and we proceeded with the process for them. In this case, The husband had been unlawfully in the US for 16 years. His wife petitioned for him in 2006 and he attended his visa interview in April of 2011. He submitted his waiver in June of 2011. His matter was referred for further processing and additional documents were submitted on his behalf. He had been out of the country for nearly a year separated from his USC wife. His waiver was approved by the IASB and KLOL proved that his wife would face extreme emotional, social, familial, financial and medical hardship without him here in the US. He will now be able to return to the US as a lawful permanent resident. His wife was overjoyed by the news.
Client came to KLOL to try and lower the payment in order to save her home. Her original monthly mortgage amount was $1,463.11. She paid her taxes and insurance separate before for $212.33 monthly for insurance and $191.00 monthly for taxes. Her new monthly payment has been lowered to $758.02 plus escrow of $23.94. There was a deferral of the principal of $70,988.97!
The Clients was born in Mexico and entered the US illegally in January of 1993. In February of 1999, she married the client. Together, the two raised the clients wifes son from a previous marriage. In April of 2009, she was arrested for driving without a license. The incident prompted the couple to begin thinking about her status in the US.
In 2009, after over 15 years of unlawful presence in the US, the client filed an I-130 on his wifes behalf to begin the process of securing her lawful permanent residence. We proceeded with the consular processing and filed an I-601 (brief and 88 exhibits) on her behalf citing all of the emotional, psychological, medical, physical, financial, social and familial hardships the client would suffer if her waiver was denied. We noted his Acute Stress Disorder and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, gastrointestinal disorders, acid reflux and esophagus damage, as well as asthma and allergies all which were exasperated by the stress and anxiety of possibly not being reunited with his wife.
On February 9, 2012, his wife attended her I-601 interview. Where she just received notice that her I-601 waiver was approved! She is on her way back to the United States to rejoin her family as a lawful permanent resident.
This client came to our Mexico City office wanting to return to the U.S. The problem was that his green card was expired and he had been living in Mexico for the past couple years, presumably abandoning his U.S. residency. The last time he had entered the U.S., CBP officers had warned him that he might not be able to return if he left again. Unfortunately, our client had to return to Mexico because his mother was sick at the time. Years later, his father, who lives in the U.S. was sick and he needed to return to the U.S. Our office wrote a letter to CBP officers setting forth the reasons why our client should be allowed to reenter the U.S. even though his green card was expired. KLOL successfully obtained for our client to cross the U.S.-Mexico border, after reading our letter, CBP officers admitted our client into the U.S. Client was able to spend the holidays with his father, whom he hadn't seen in many years.
Client case was set for trial, the victim, our client's wife, refused to to testify. After extensively litigating with the State, they agreed to dismiss the case. The charges were dropped and the order of protection was removed. Our client was exceptionally joyful and wanted KLOL to present them on a different matter.
On a Federal Fraud Case where the defendant had a very extensive criminal history of aggravated crimes, violation of probation, and no ties to the state of Illinois, where the alleged fraud occurred, I convinced the judge, over the prosecutor's vigorous objection, that not only should the client get bond, but he should get it for a small amount due to the immense weakness of the evidence against my client and my client's need to take care of his elderly mother and his very young asthmatic son. The judge granted a bond of only $25,000, requiring only $2,500 up front payment. The clients had come to KLOL convinced that he was not eligible for bond but they wanted us to represent him to try to fight as much as we could the allegations against him. KLOL was successfully able to litigate and obtained a bond for the client.
KLOL immediately interfered after bank denied the client a modification twice and we instantly got the client to provide an agreement lowering his monthly payment from $1,583.00 to $1,047.25.
KLOL negotiated with bank through letters, which resulted in client's monthly payment being lowered from $2,141.68 to $1,546.27 per month, allowing the client to keep his home by having more affordable monthly payments.
Through letters and phone calls to the bank, negotiated a loan modification that lowered our client's monthly payment from about $2,100 to about $1,600.
One of our clients had her tourist visa appointment and the application was approved. The visa was for her 7 year old daughter so she could come to the US. They want to take her to Disneyland. The case has been open since December 2008. And thanks to KLOL (Chicago and Mexico offices) the child can now go to Disneyland.
A client had attempted pro-se to evict her tenants who, in addition to living in her apartment without paying rent for six months, had threatened to kill or seriously harm her and her family, destroyed her parts of her apartment and changed the locks, were possibly distributing drugs at the home, and were causing our client to possibly lose her home due to loss of income from being unable to rent the apartment to help pay for the mortgage. She had had her complaint dismissed over a minor technicality. However, we went to court and got an order for possession entered against the tenants for $2,750, ordering the tenants to abandon possession in just two weeks.
The client was a permanent resident who obtained her residency in the 1980's. During her residency, she left to Belize (her native country) for extended periods of time while her parents were sick. The client applied for naturalization, with our assistance, as it was a concern that USCIS would determine that she abandoned her residency as she was out of the country for an extended period of time and would deny her application. We took all the precautions necessary and established her connections to the United States during that time to prove that she did NOT abandon her residency. We appeared with the client at her naturalization interview where her naturalization application was approved.
We were able to obtain approval of this client's wife's I-601 waiver waiving her prior unlawful presence in the United States and a 10 year bar to her lawful admission. She is going to be able to return to her legal permanent resident husband and children. She had waited nine years for her visa and we were finally able to obtain it for her. This is a case that other lawyers had told them was impossible and would never succeed. And, KLOL was able to have it approved.
We obtained approval of this client's wife's I-601 waiver waiving her prior unlawful presence and 10 year bar to lawful admission to the United States. Client is the father of 4 daughters and was raising them alone. He had been injured in an accident and was experiencing depression due to the separation from his spouse. The approval of the waiver waived her nearly 6 years of unlawful presence and she will be returning to the United States with her residency.
We were able to obtain permanent residency on behalf of a young Mexican woman who had come to the United States on a fiancée visa. Little did she know that her husband would later abuse her mentally and physically. We filed a petition on her behalf as the abused spouse of a US citizen. We later received a detailed five page request for additional evidence to show exactly how she was battered and abused. We responded by providing additional documentation and evidence as well as preparing a 13 page letter responding to their inquiries. The VAWA petition was approved and we were able to file for her residency. Nine years after she was brought to the United States and abused, she is now a permanent resident thanks to our office's determination and creative thinking.
We just received approval of the client’s I-130. The case was originally file in April of 2001 and recently denied because of poor attorney work, which prompted the client to come into our office. The client faced losing her ability to adjust her legal status in the U.S. permanently if the I-130 was not approved. The case was reopened per our motion to reopen and client’s I-130 was approved.
Using violations found in the original loan documents, negotiated with bank and got our client's monthly mortgage payment lowered from $1,267 to $834.
Clients’ I-601 waiver was approved. Client attended his interview in December of 2009 where he was told that he was inadmissible to the US for 10 years because he had entered illegally when he was 19 years old. The I-601 had previously been prepared by another attorney and USCIS had requested additional evidence. KLOL submitted a brief, a new affidavit and an index of exhibits in support of the waiver. We helped erase the 10 year bar that our client would have faced for having been unlawfully present in the United States. Client has been separated from her spouse since December of 2009 and will be reunited with her soon. Client was overjoyed and extremely excited!
The waiver prepared and filed by KLOL for the client has been approved. The client was unable to renter the country for ten years due to living here illegally for over 20 years. She can now return to the country to live with her husband and two small twin daughters. This was an especially sad situation as the client had grown up here since she was three years old and even graduated from high school here in Chicago, but could not renter the country. The family was very excited and thanks our office for all of our efforts.
Approval of an I-212 waiver on behalf of client in waiving his prior deportation and unlawful presence in the U.S., removing a 10 year AND a 20 year bar to his lawful admission to the U. This is a client who is now a lawful permanent resident of the U.S that would originally have been outside the country for decades.
KLOL negotiated with the bank to reduce monthly mortgage payment from about $2,000 a month to approximately $1,200 a month.
KLOL negotiated with bank to lower a client's monthly mortgage payment from about $1,900 monthly to approximately $1,300 monthly.
KLOL negotiated with the bank to lower a client's monthly mortgage payment from about $2,300 monthly to approximately $1,400 monthly.
Client lowered his monthly payment through an in-house modification from $2,100 a month to $1,018 a month, extending the loan for twenty years. The interest rate will begin at 2% and then lock in at 4.5% in 7 years. The foreclosure was stopped and the clients are happy to be keeping their home.
The client’s application for cancellation of removal was approved today by Immigration Judge. Despite our clients’ criminal background, the only relative claiming hardship was his U.S. citizen wife; we were able to convince the immigration judge that our client was an outstanding member of the community and that his wife would suffer extreme hardship if he were forced to return to Mexico.
In this case, the client was pulled over for speeding in a construction zone and was also given a ticket for driving on a revoked license (2nd offense). Client's license was revoked for two previous DUI's. This client was also ordered deported in 2008. Any jail time would mean the client would eventually get picked up by ICE and deported. I negotiated a plea agreement of a $605 fine for the speeding and 240 hours of community service plus court costs. Client should have received 30-60 days in jail. Client was extremely happy.
KLOL communicated with bank until we got a permanent modification in place for this client under the HAMP program, lowering the monthly payment from $1,283.05 to $771.73.
KLOL negotiated with a bank agent for two weeks until the bank agent agreed to do a permanent modification under the HAMP program without even the requirement to make trial payments. The agreement involves a 2% interest rate, a 35 month extension, and a monthly payment lowered from $2,455.92 to $1,834.12
Client came to our office after receiving notice of a default child support order which had fallen into arrears in the amount of approximately $17,000.00. Initial contact with the Department of Healthcare and Family Services was met with the disappointing news that client's documented direct payments could not be credited because they were not properly made through the State Disbursement Unit. After months of back and forth with the Department of Healthcare and Family Services, we were able to schedule a hearing for our Appeal of the denial of our request for modification of the arrearage amount. The KLOL team reviewed, catalogued, and organized 8 years worth of client money order receipts and payment documentation. After all proofs were tendered, the Administrative Judge reversed the previous determination that the arrearage could not be credited and entered an order stating that not only was client current on his support obligation but he had accumulated a support credit for overpayment totaling nearly $8,000.00
On June 7, 2010, I received notification from USCIS that this client's residency application had been approved. Ms. Lopez is the survivor of domestic violence and had a VAWA petition approved in 2006. We applied for her residency and were able to obtain it even though she had entered unlawfully. Client now has lawful status and can proceed with moving on with her life.
This client was recently detained by ICE with a $20k bond. Through a well written letter to ICE officials in New York I was able to lower the client's bond, within 24 hours, to what the family requested $5K.
We signed the permanent modification agreement he received under the Home Affordable Modification Program, lowering his monthly payments from $1,283.05 to $771.73 a month. Client and his wife are very happy.
A client who was owed nearly $18,000 by a bank was unable to recover the funds as they were encumbered due to a bank error. After an unjustifiably lengthy delay, wherein the bank ultimately did not correct the error, he hired KLOL to intervene on his behalf. KLOL's attorneys aggressively researched the law, pin-pointing the bank's legal violations, and through a letter informed the bank of the likely consequences for such violations and refusal to redress the situation if the case were to proceed to litigation. The bank, after having been admonished by KLOL, with little argument, promptly issued a new check to the client for the full amount owed and released all funds. The client thus suddenly had access to nearly $18,000 that was legitimately his property, and which otherwise would possibly have been held captive by the bank indefinitely.
Prevailed on a Petition to Vacate Judgment where ex-wife falsely claimed an arrearage of approximately $50,000 at a hearing for which client had no notice, and successfully argued for the entry of an arrearage judgment for $2,000.
Successfully persuaded bank to drop threat of civil and criminal charges for fraud and identity theft, where clients, a couple, had obtained a loan under social security information not pertaining to them, and proceeded to negotiate with bank regarding a downward modification of the loan payments.
Through the diligent, cooperative efforts of the KLOL team, we prepared, and successfully advocated, our Motion to Vacate an Emergency Order of Protection on behalf of our client. The underlying OP was obtained with no prior notice to our client, in an effort to obtain relief based on bad faith and non-credible testimony by the Petitioner in retaliation for unrelated extramarital events. Based on our paralegals and attorneys knowledge of the Illinois Domestic Violence Act, we were able to present a compelling and persuasive argument resulting in this underlying Order of Protection being vacated in its entirety.
Despite significant obstacles presented at the time of filing, our zealous advocacy on behalf of our client resulted in the entry of an Emergency Order of Protection naming both client and his two minor children as protected parties and returning immediately to the client possession of the minor children. Because of this Order, the children were removed from an abusive and potentially dangerous environment. The KLOL team rallied to prepare all necessary pleadings and affidavits within 24 hours of being retained by the client to ensure that this true emergency was handled in a timely fashion and that the potential risk of harm to the client and the minor children was minimized by our swift action.
Prepared, filed and established prima facie eligibility for multiple Applications for protection Under Violence Against Women Act for female and male clients who were abused by a U.S. citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident spouse.
Prevailed on an Emergency Petition for Custody, where children's mother, a drug-user, abandoned client and children - client hired KLOL on late Monday and custody order was granted on the same Friday.
Our work resulted in the erasing of the 10 year bar which the client would have faced in having to remain outside of the U.S. before re-entering as a resident, as a consequence of her history of unlawful presence in the country. Our waiver erased the 10 years and our client is now in possession of a visa to enter the U.S. as a lawful permanent resident and is reunited with her family.
Client was arrested in a vehicle with tens of thousands of dollars suspected by police to be the fruit of criminal activity, and faced allegations of drug dealing, conspiracy, among other charges, with a $25,000 cash amount required to bond client out--and after fiercely fighting the bond motion and constant aggressive advocacy before the State's Attorney's Office, arguing no basis for charges existed, got all charges dropped -- our client will be released from custody.
Obtained the Chicago Police Department's U Visa (crime victim) certification for the client's daughter's immigration application, after numerous hours of attention and advocacy. Client is on her way to obtaining lawful status in the U.S. despite being years unlawfully present in the country.
Reducing client's monthly mortgage payment from $1,779 to $750 monthly under the Federal Making Home Affordable program.
Client was in foreclosure proceedings and faced loss of his place of business. KLOL successfully negotiated a mortgage payment modification to almost half his initial payment and for foreclosure proceedings to be dismissed.
KLOL reaches a water mark in the number of bankruptcies filed - more filed in one week than Debt Stoppers, one of Chicago's most widely advertised consumer credit law firms. Dozens of these KLOL bankruptcies were for undocumented clients, present in the U.S. without a visa or resident status, and filed using the client's "ITIN".
Got police to stop violating a newly detained client's rights, such as denying him a hearing after being incarcerated for 72 hours.
Demanded that banks stop harassing clients and requesting payments from them and instead investigate what was clearly ongoing fraud against our clients in real estate matter.
Postponed deportation proceedings of a client wrongfully convicted to appeal the criminal case for insufficient assistance of counsel, error in trial procedure, and invalid, coerced confession.
On behalf of a client that got caught with using an identification under a fake name, convinced the police through questioning of the client that the client had no bad intentions in acquiring the fake license such as defrauding banks or other people and had gotten it for the sole purpose of working in the United States. Result: Client not arrested and gets his driver's license back, now under his real name, after a temporary suspension period. All personal belongings were also returned to the client by the police.
Representation of a client in the closing of a home and prevented the seller from getting away with not signing the same HUD statement that our client signed nor from failing to close on the home purchase after making many excuses.
September 2009 - November 2009
City municipal hearing dismissed against our clients for real estate violations found by inspector after they had battled with City for months.
September 2009 - October 2009
Property owner renting out commercial property, tenants turn the place into a nightmare and walk out in the middle of the lease; we filed complaint and litigated and won a $30,000 judgment recently after opposing counsel filed motion after motion, counter-claims, affirmative defenses.
Client had been attempting to divorce husband for over ten years where husband was unable to be served. KLOL successfully attained a divorce by publication for client.
September 2009 - September 2009
Obtained successful chapter 7 bankruptcy discharge for undocumented client who had 63 unsecured creditors, tens of thousands of dollars in debt, and without having any creditor object to discharge (most chapter 7 debtors have between 4 and 15 unsecured creditors).
September 2009 - September 2009
Client was facing denial of a marriage petition and her residency and received notice that USCIS was going to deny the petition. KLOL prepared a detailed letter to USCIS, citing case law on what constitutes a valid marriage and submitted, explained and contradicted the findings of USCIS in regards to the marriage and statements made by the couple during an interview. After submission of these documents, USCIS approved the applications and client received her legal permanent residency.
August 2009 - September 2009
Client appealed guilty determination by DCFS on several child abuse charges made in bad faith by a family member. KLOL team interviewed interested parties and reviewed in great detail all aspects of DCFS investigation. In the course of representation, compiled strong, compelling, contradictory evidence and after diligent representation before the Administrative Law Judge, ascertained a ruling in favor of our clients vacating the indicated finding and expunging client's record.
August 2009 - August 2009
Enforcement of a child support order entered in conjunction with a 2004 judgment for dissolution of marriage. Prepared Petition for Rule to Show Cause with regards to unpaid past support. Entered into negotiations with Respondent and client granted back child support in excess of $8,000.00 and modification of current support to nearly triple the amount
For KLOL's filing a motion to suppress at trial, the Defendant client was found not guilty of driving under the influence of alcohol. It was the Defendant's 4th DUI and would have carried a possible minimum of 3 years in prison. The Defendant testified on his own behalf, as did his friend as to the fact that he wasn't actually driving the vehicle when the police approached it stalled in the road. The Judge found for the Defendant after only a moment's deliberation.
July 2009 - August 2009
Clients erratically signed binding contract to purchase $300,000, worth of real estate property, then hired KLOL to get them out of the contract. KLOL sent multiple demands to opposing counsel and kept extending attorney review and plastering him with amendments until he indicated that he would raise no issues if we walked away. Clients were extremely relieved. Then I pressed opposing counsel for the return of earnest money (which he arguably could have kept) and he sent it back to get rid of us! We ot the contract cancelled in July 2009 and the earnest money back in August 2009.
July 2009 - August 2009
Accomplished clients 1-130 (family petition) a few years ago, then client came back last year and we obtained his lawful permanent residency.
July 2009 - August 2009
Client filed an Application to Adjust Status and was issued a Request for Evidence based on potential I-9 (employment documentation) fraud. KLOL prepared letter to USCIS explaining why government should grant the application in absence of the requested documents. Client was granted lawful resident status.
July 2009 - August 2009
Client was facing denial of residency and KLOL prepared a legal argument to USCIS explaining that working with a false green card was NOT an act that could render him inadmissible. The officer agreed and client was granted his legal residency.
July 2009 - August 2009
Physically injured U.S. citizen client filed I-601 waiver for his wife to excuse her unlawful presence over 1 year in United States. KLOL filed and USCIS granted waiver application based on documented extreme hardship to U.S. citizen spouse, and wife was granted lawful status.
Client faced summary suspension of his driver's license and potential criminal penalty for DUI, which could have threatened his permanent resident status and future citizenship. KLOL won rescission of summary suspension and minor penalty for DUI, which resulted in protecting against any negative consequences for client's immigration status.
Client was sentenced to probation for fraud and subsequently violated her probation and served approximately three months of prison time. Upon release she was turned over to the custody of ICE and was under threat of deportation. Her sentence was successfully reopened, her felony conviction was reduced to a misdemeanor and within a few weeks she was released from the custody of ICE as her felony conviction was removed and she was no longer deportable.
June 2009 - August 2009
Client was facing 10 year bar to re-enter the U.S. due to her history of unlawful presence in the U.S. and KLOL won her I-601 waiver by showing hardship to her husband who was the primary breadwinner, had significant family ties to the United States, and was suffering emotionally due to the separation. Client entered the U.S. with her immigrant visa as a resident after a two month stay abroad.
June 2009 - July 2009
KLOL brought to trial a criminal case where client was accused of violating order of protection by entering the property that the order prevented him from entering, and we obtained mere supervision for the client, that is, no jail time and no conviction, even though Judge had sentenced defendant in similar case, with very similar facts, earlier that day to a year in jail!
June 2009 - July 2009
Client had been separated from spouse for four and a half years as she was facing a 10 year bar to reenter the U.S. due to her unlawful presence, and KLOL submitted a waiver on her behalf detailing the extreme hardship to her spouse. The waiver was approved and client was granted her residency and allowed to return to her husband and family in the U.S.
June 2009 - June 2009
Client was facing denial of her marriage based residency petition filed by her husband and her residency and received a Request for Evidence requesting more proof of the marriage being legitimate. KLOL won this case by providing a detailed letter to USCIS explaining the good faith nature of the marriage and providing creative supplemental documents as proof of marriage because clients did not have the evidence requested by USCIS. Client's applications were approved and she received her lawful permanent U.S. residency.
Client who had been granted Mexican property in a divorce settlement was unable to receive necessary documents from ex-spouse to transfer property interest. KLOL brought and won a "Rule to Show Cause," holding the ex-spouse in contempt and requiring ex-spouse to provide necessary documentation of property transfer. Documents were ultimately received, and KLOL won attorney fees for client.
May 2009 - August 2009
Client was issued a "Request for Evidence" for her pending Adjustment of Status application based on her break in continuous presence in United States. KLOL filed an I-601 waiver application based on documented extreme hardship to her U.S. citizen spouse, and client was granted lawful status.
May 2009 - August 2009
Client was facing a 3 year bar to reentry due to the unlawful presence she acquired in the U.S. after entering lawfully and marrying a U.S. citizen. KLOL won her I-601 waiver, erasing the 3 year bar at the Chicago District Office, where the rate of approval is very low-really never granted, according to other immigration law firms! Client obtained her legal permanent residency and resides happily with her husband.
May 2009 - June 2009
Client was granted lawful status with conditions on residence and did not file application to remove conditions. KLOL filed I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence, with request to excuse late filing, and client was granted lawful status with no conditions on residence.
Client sought to modify his child support payment due to unemployment and initially had his petition and a Motion to Reconsider rejected by the Court. KLOL won the modification petition, reducing his child support payments to an affordable amount.
Felony criminal sexual assault charges carrying a possible many years in state prison sentence as a possible penalty, were facing KLOL client. After speedy trial demand was filed, client was brought before a judge and on the day of trial, the State dismissed all charges against him.
Two brothers charged with misdemeanor reckless conduct after being assaulted by an off duty police officer. Even though witnesses were present, State was unprepared to go to trial. Speedy trial had been demanded and the State dismissed all charges. No charges were filed again even though the supposed "victim" had been a Chicago Police Department officer. Aggressive representation kept the State off balance and ill prepared for trial resulted in victory for the clients.
April 2009 - February 2009
Client was facing denial of citizenship and deportation due to several arrests in other states, and a pending criminal matter from years before that had not been resolved. KLOL submitted a detailed legal argument to USCIS noting that the arrests and convictions should have no bearing on the client's good moral character and that the application should be approved. After submitting documents and additional evidence, USCIS granted the client United States citizenship.
March 2009 - January 2009
KLOL client was facing termination of his conditional resident status due to his divorce from a U.S. citizen and KLOL won his waiver by providing detailed evidence of the good faith marriage and that the marriage had been terminated through no fault of his own. Client had little documentation but KLOL prepared a detailed affidavit from client to USCIS and it was approved. Client was granted his legal permanent residency.
February 2009 - August 2009
Contested divorce matter concerning a 45 year marriage where client raised the couple's 8 children. After extensive discovery, investigation into Respondent's assets, and preliminary motions, the KLOL team was victorious at trial in establishing the client's claim for dissipation (waste of the couple's assets). Judgment was entered in favor of our client for a lump sum dissipation judgment, half of Respondent's sizable pension and an additional monthly maintenance allotment.
February 2009 - March 2009
In a 212(h) waiver matter, the immigration judge decided to immediately schedule the case for trial when we were scheduled only for a simple status call, KLOL counsel "winged it" and despite client's wife giving testimony adverse to ours, on the stand, claiming that she was "independent" and could live without husband but really wanted him to stay, KLOL counsel brushed that aside and explained that client (who had an extensive criminal history in CO, IN, TX) had resolved most of his issues and so forth, and our clients was immediately granted his lawful permanent residency, despite the government counsel's objection.
February 2009 - March 2009
Infirm U.S. citizen client filed I-601 waiver for his wife to excuse her unlawful presence of over 1 year in United States, which would have resulted in a 10 year bar to legal re-entry. KLOL filed and USCIS granted waiver application based on documented extreme hardship to U.S. citizen spouse, and wife was granted lawful status.
February 2009 - May 2009
Uninsured client was sued for $20,000 by insurance company that paid other driver for medical bills suffered in two car intersection accident on west side of Chicago. Injured party's medical bills were actually closer to $200,000, but injured party never sued client. At deposition, client and client's wife claimed light was green and then turned yellow, in contravention to the opposing counsel position reporting opposing party statement that light was red for client. Our attorneys got case dismissed prior to arbitration.
February 2009 - March 2009
Client had been unlawfully present in the U.S., married a U.S. citizen and was facing a 10 year bar to reenter to the U.S. and KLOL submitted a waiver on her behalf detailing the extreme hardship to her infirm spouse and KLOL was successful in obtaining her legal residency within one week of being outside the country.
Criminal bench trial during which client was charged with felony Aggravated Battery to Peace Officer. After aggressive cross-examination of complaining police officers, client moved for a directed verdict. Judge dismissed felony charges, found that the State had proven resisting to a peace officer and client rested, resulting in a 5 day jail sentence, time of which had already been served. Client walked out of court after felony charges with a misdemeanor conviction and no time in jail or fine to be paid.
December 2008 - August 2009
Client, who had been denied a temporary work visa, saw KLOL re-file and win his work visa petition, allowing him and his family to travel to the U.S. to begin his new employment.
November 2008 - January 2009
U.S. citizen client with medical problems filed I-601 waiver for his wife to excuse her unlawful presence over 1 year in United States. KLOL filed and USCIS granted waiver application based on documented extreme hardship to U.S. citizen spouse, and wife was granted lawful status.
KLOL client accused of credit card and identity theft is ordered released from Cook County custody after KLOL files and argues a bond motion before the court, and client's disposition is ultimately not-guilty after client takes a handful of classes in lieu of guilty finding.
October 2008 - January 2009
Breadwinner U.S. citizen client filed I-601 waiver for her husband to excuse his unlawful presence over 1 year in United States. KLOL filed and USCIS granted waiver application based on documented extreme hardship to U.S. citizen spouse, and husband was granted lawful status-hardship was proven by KLOL despite the American wife having a lucrative job and her Mexican husband earning minimum wage.
October 2008 - December 2008
Physically injured U.S. citizen client hired KLOL to file an I-601 waiver for his wife to excuse her unlawful presence of over 1 year in United States. KLOL filed and immigration granted our waiver application based on documented extreme hardship to U.S. citizen spouse, and wife was granted lawful status despite the violations of immigration law on her record.
October 2008 - November 2008
Client was facing a 10 year bar to reenter the US due to his history of unlawful presence in the country. KLOL prepared and submitted an I-601 hardship waiver on her behalf, which detailed the extreme emotional, medical, familial, financial and social hardship the client's husband would suffer. The waiver was granted and client obtained her legal residency after spending only two months abroad, and entered the U.S. lawfully with her immigrant visa.
October 2008 - October 2008
KLOL's representation of a Vietnam veteran client who was charged with felonious taking indecent liberties with a child, a form of child abuse. KLOL's advocacy resulted in the charges being reduced to a misdemeanor, and obtaining the client mere supervision -- no jail time or criminal conviction.
October 2008 - September 2008
KLOL client was ordered removed "in absentia" (without his knowledge) and KLOL filed appeal to the immigration appeals court (BIA) arguing ineffective notice of hearing and other claims. The BIA granted our motion and returned the matter to the Immigration Judge to reopen the deportation.
After filing a habeas corpus petition in the Federal Court, immigration detainee's deportation is ordered stayed and his release from ICE custody is secured. Subsequently, after appealing a 1992 order by the immigration judge who ordered KLOL client deported, the Board of Immigration Appeals reversed the judge's denial of the client's motion to reopen, and remanded the case to the immigration court to allow the client to contest his deportability and prospectively file for permanent residency in the U.S.
KLOL sees its 3000th client open her case with our office!!!
September 2008 - October 2008
KLOL represented landlord attempting to evict family of gang bangers. Our attorneys got an eviction order and money judgment of several hundred dollars against "tough" tenants.
Together with prominent Chicago civil rights attorney, Greg Kulis, KLOL files a lawsuit in federal court against the Cook County Sheriff for its failure to respect immigrants' right to bond, and its wrongfully keeping thousands of immigrants in custody simply because immigration authorities display an interest in the detainee. Soon thereafter, the county modified its practices and now provides an informational handout to immigrants' friends and family who attempt to post bond at the Cook County Jail - and now accepts the bond!
Some half-a-dozen immigration arrestees and KLOL clients are released from immigration custody after KLOL files and argues bond motions before the Immigration Court.
KLOL is featured in Hoy Newspaper featuring the opening of its Mexico City office.
KLOL publishes article in the newspaper USA Hispanos on the relatively unknown and underused waiver, the "I-212 PERMISSION TO REAPPLY FOR ADMISSION AFTER DEPORTATION OR REMOVAL" revealing to the community the reality that an option to secure lawful residency indeed exists for individuals who have a deportation on their record.
After prior attorneys allowed the case to lie dormant for years, KLOL prosecutes collection action against man responsible for horrific injury to KLOL client in car accident, and recovers $118,000 for our clients.
Non-citizen who is wrongfully accused of battery against a police officer is refused bond by the Cook County Sheriffs at the Cook County Jail after a local judge orders a bond. KLOL staff pressures the county to accept the bond, and after client is taken into immigration custody, KLOL attorneys file a bond motion before the immigration judge, securing the client's release from custody. Univision, Telemundo, and other local media covered our client's release.
July 2008 - December 2009
Car dealer took clients' money and his car; KLOL filed complaint alleging illegal conversion, KLOL attorneys obtained a $34,000 judgment against this transgressor.
Mateo Katz begins to be featured daily at 7am on the Spanish-language radio program, El Gallo de la Mañana, at 1450AM.
KLOL forms a professional relationship with the Law Office of Arnie Kaplan, which has some 20 years experience in bankruptcy and mortgage foreclosure work.
After U.S. Consulate in Ciudad Juarez wrongfully denied our client's fiancée visa, KLOL immediately faxed the relevant law to our client in Mexico which explained that the client's previous unlawful entry and presence in the U.S. did not amount to a bar to his entering on a visa. The client returned the next day with KLOL letter and fax of the relevant law, and the consular officer immediately reversed his own order and granted our client his visa.
KLOL client who was accused of unlawful possession of a firearm was found not-guilty after KLOL took the case to trial and argued for client's innocence.
KLOL files and obtains emergency custody order on behalf of frustrated and scared father, whose wife disappeared from the U.S. with the children. The Court ordered the wife to appear in court and answer the allegations, and now is undergoing a thorough study of the parties' homes and psychology in consideration of awarding custody to the father.
After filing a civil suit against a debtor, KLOL secures a court judgment for more than $50,000 in damages against the defendant.
KLOL finalizes client divorce, preserving the entire value of the marital residence for KLOL's client, with client's spouse not seeing any portion of the home's value.
June 2008 - May 2009
Representation of the petitioning custodial parent in a removal matter, concerning relocation from Illinois to Pennsylvania. Prepared extensive pleadings and legal memorandum in support of the proposed removal. Worked with parties and the Department of Marriage and Family Counseling to arrange an Emergency Intervention where an agreeable resolution was obtained. After extensive collaboration between KLOL attorney and parties, successfully executed an agreement between the parties granting the removal and facilitating the client's ability to retain sole custody while also pursuing her educational and career advancement in Pennsylvania. Our client now resides in Pennsylvania with her children.
May 2008 - September 2007
KLOL attorneys prevented father of client's child from getting visitation for period of two years and counting, where father of child allegedly hurt child and two other children that he fathered by mothers other than client.
Awarded the "Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award" by the DePaul University College of Law LLSA (Latino Law Student's Association).
February & March 2008
Conducts over 120 free initial consultations for Mexican Nationals with hopes of immigrating legally to the United States from KLOL's newly opened Mexico City Office, in Colonia Polanco.
KLOL opens it's office in Mexico City, and provides free consultations to some 70 Mexican Nationals in it's first weekend of being open. Later, the office partners with immigration attorney Aaron Perez and his father, Aaron Perez, Sr., a retired immigration officer of 25 years of service, whose last tour of duty was training the non-immigrant visa section of the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City.
KLOL is featured in the prestigious Chicago Lawyer Magazine.
KLOL opens it's office in Mexico City, and provides free consultations to some 70 Mexican Nationals in it's first weekend of being open. Later, the office partners with immigration attorney Aaron Perez and his father, Aaron Perez, Sr., a retired immigration officer of 25 years of service, whose last tour of duty was training the non-immigrant visa section of the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City.
Chicago Lawyer magazine publishes four page profile article on Mr. Katz.
Won several waivers of the "10 year bar" at the U.S. Consulate at Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, for U.S. citizens' spouses, who had unlawful presence in the United States of many years. KLOL clients have consistently entered the U.S. as permanent residents after remaining abroad for only few short weeks.
Obtained tens of thousands of dollars for KLOL client who was wrongfully fired by her former employer for a FMLA (Family Medical Leave Act) violation, when she left work to care for her deathly ill husband who had been diagnosed with cancer.
Client who fell asleep on city highway and was charged with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol saw his case go to trial and won by KLOL. Client kept his CDL license after being found not guilty of the DUI.
KLOL opens it's third office, now reaching the North Side of Chicago, at 3157 North California Avenue.
Worked with KLOL immigration attorneys to win motions to terminate deportation proceedings in three different client matters, by arguing that crimes for which clients were previously convicted did not constitute aggravated felonies or crimes of moral turpitude. The government's deportation complaint was dismissed from court by the Immigration Judge and KLOL clients kept their lawful permanent residency status.
Parentage court judge grants emergency petition to modify custody to KLOL client who had his son for summer visitation and discovered son had been all but abandoned by Seattle, Washington mother and mistreated by drug abusing current boyfriend. Our client's son is now in the loving hands of his father who has legal custody.
KLOL obtains not guilty verdict for client accused of attacking her co-workers, client suffered no court penalty and can expunge any record of the charges from her file.
Katz Law Office, Ltd. sees it's 2000th client open her case with our office!!!
A young man whose amnesty case had lingered in the Chicago immigration office for over a decade came to us to inquire if his case had been denied or was even still in the system. Within 6 months we were able to advocate for the resolution of his case and his Permanent Resident status was granted.
Obtained thousands of dollars in monthly child support and alimony for divorcee victimized by her adulterous husband. Client kept the marital residence, both automobiles and custody of the children.
Attorney Katz gained custody of her daughter for mother facing hostile allegations of abuse and neglect from angry ex-husband. Mother now has full custody and father only supervised visitation rights.
Secured adoption of Mexican niece for her loving current mother and father, despite whereabouts of biological mother and father being unknown.
A Mexican mother was placed in removal proceedings after a previous attorney advised her to file a frivolous asylum application which was denied. She retained our office which withdrew the previous application and filed for Non-LPR cancellation of removal. We presented extensive testimony from client's 14 yr old US citizen daughter on her ties to her school and community and her plans for collage. The judge granted our application: cancelled the removal of our client and granted her Permanent Resident status.
Stopped pending foreclosure against client's house by predatory lender and consumer fraud perpetrating home repair villain, filing and fighting counter-claims against repair business intent on stealing client's home. Katz Law Office, Ltd. appeared on Channel 7 News and local newspapers regarding its representation of this client and calling out of the wrongdoings of home repair fraud.
Obtained bail in federal case for client charged with running a fraudulent driver's license conspiracy, despite federal pre-trial services recommending client be "detained" and client not being a legal resident of the United States. Veteran criminal defense attorneys had advised attorney Katz, "this could not be done!"
A young man who came fleeing persecution for his political activities supporting free electoral politics in Colombia came to us one month before his one-year deadline for filing for asylum. We worked with him to prepare a complete application with supporting statements and documentation of his political activities and threats he received as a result. He was interviewed a few months after the filing of his application and was granted asylum a few days before Christmas.
Client's wife left to Florida with their daughter and no notice to father. Attorney Katz tracked down wife in Florida, served her with custody petition and won court battle against Chicago legal aid (who represented wife) in forcing wife to return to Chicago with the parties' child. Father now spends every weekend with his daughter in his home town.
Won motion to suppress cocaine evidence on behalf of lawful permanent resident who would have suffered deportation and a felony conviction but instead saw his case dismissed and no criminal or immigration consequence whatsoever.
Client whose DUI charge was upgraded to several felony count indictments and saw his case transferred to the felony courthouse at 26th and California when State realized crash victim had suffered significant injury, saw no conviction after attorney Katz negotiated a supervision disposition with the state on only one charge. The remaining charges were dismissed.
After years of mother fighting for custody and right to take daughter to Mexico with a legal aid lawyer, after hiring attorney Katz, within months attorney obtained court order granting custody and Mexican residence to mother, who today lives happily in Guadalajara, Jalisco with her beautiful daughter.
Removed warrant from client's record and prevented likely arrest and deportation despite client's absence from court during hearing on motion to vacate warrant.
Filed and presented Emergency Motion for Custody in Domestic Relations Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County on behalf of out-of-state mother whose ex-boyfriend and father of her five children had abducted the children and hidden them in Cicero, Illinois. Facilitated the dispatch of teams of Cook County Sheriffs to the children's schools to recover them and return them to their rightful custodian.
Reduced marital debt of client from over $50,000 to less than $15,000 in post-decree divorce proceeding.
Recovered for client $50,000 in past-due debts by negotiating and drafting settlement agreement to produce a return of the funds through a real estate sale proceeds disbursement.
Facilitated avoidance of jail sentence and desired return to native country for client facing years in prison for several child abuse charges.