Guatemala Pensionado Permanent Residency Program

Introduction Guatemala is offering a Pensionado program. This is a permanent residency allowing one to live in Guatemala for the rest of their life. The Pensionado receives a Cedulla which is a national identity card that would allow the person to open a bank account in Guatemala without showing the passport from their home country. The Cedulla is a high tech digital ID card. The identity card can reflect a lawful name modification for additional banking privacy. With the Cedulla one can travel without a passport to five other central american countries, off the grid so to speak.

Time Frame The process takes approximately 2-4 weeks, so three weeks is a fair approximation of the time frame. One does have to be in Guatemala during the process. Five Star hotels run about $100 to $145 a night depending on the season. It is possible to stay in Antigua, Guatemala which is a lovely resort community (google Antigua Guatemala). A large steak dinner in a five star restaurant is about $20. You will find things cheap here.

Fee The complete fees are $8,000 for one person, $9500 for a couple. Each child is an extra $1000. Children must be under 18 years old. All fees are paid at the start of the application. Fees can be paid by cash or wire transfer. We do not take checks because they take longer to clear (30 days) than the program requires to complete.

Pensionado Economic Requirements The program is for retired or disabled people. There is no age restriction. One does have to show financial responsibility. An income of $1000 a month is needed. This is $1250 for a married couple. This is so stated in a declaration to the government. The income is proven with bank statements, stock broker statements etc. Income can be private sourced from investments, rental properties etc. It is a good idea to also present gold and platinum Visa cards as additional support for financial independence. You will not have permission to work as an employee for others. You can be self employed in your own business.

Guatemala Taxes Guatemala does NOT tax offshore derived income. Money coming in from outside of Guatemala is NOT taxed. Your pension, investments etc from outside of Guatemala are not taxed. If you had a shoe store in Guatemala you would pay taxes. There is a VAT of 15% on some goods. A plasma TV costs a few hundred dollars more than in USA. USA cars are about same price without the discounts which are better in USA. European and Asian cars are higher priced. Solid wood furniture is far cheaper than in USA and better quality.

Official Documents Needed One needs their passport, birth certificate and marriage license if married. If possible marriage license and birth certificate should be the more modern variety with seals etc.

Language Requirement None. You do not have to speak Spanish. It is a great idea to start taking spanish lessons ASAP when here or before. There are a number of computer programs that are excellent. Rosetta Stone is popular. We do advocate learning the language. Our law firm and staff all speak English well. The better hotels and restaurants will have English speakers. Most of the Doctors speak English. Many establishments do not speak English as well.

Rights in Guatemala You have the rights of a citizen except you cannot vote and cannot get a passport. As a Pensionado you are not supposed to seek work as an employee for others. This is not the purpose of the program. You can own property, start businesses, own corporations, have bank accounts, get mortgages etc.

Time to Become a Citizen The normal time is five years. After you are a resident for three years to can apply to have the residency time shortened to three years from the normal five years. Only citizens can have passports, not residents.

Cross Border Travel as a Resident There is a Free Border Treaty in Central America. With a Guatemala Residency ID card you can travel by land or boat into the following countries without any passport needed: Mexico, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras and Belize. Costa Rica has signed the treaty but is known for not honoring it so don’t count on them. If you go by commercial airline you will need a passport. Your home country will not know where you are since the passport is not being swiped. You will not be able to open bank accounts in the other countries by just showing your national identity card (Cedulla), just Guatemala.

Name Change What can be done is the maiden name of your mother can be added onto your resident ID (Cedulla) as a third name. If you were Daniel Boone now and your mother maiden name was Smith you could now be Daniel Boone Smith. This is a lawful and customary practice in Latin America but of course optional. Now when you open your bank account in Guatemala it will be in name of Daniel Boone Smith and not reference your home country in the records. No lies and nothing illegal yet this allows you to fall through the cracks.

Guatemala Banking As a Pensionado resident in Guatemala you can have a bank account in Guatemala without showing a passport or any ID from your home country. NO passport needed. What can be done is the maiden name of your mother can be added onto your resident ID (Cedulla) as a third name. If you were Daniel Boone now and your mother maiden name was Smith you could now be Daniel Boone Smith. This is a lawful and customary practice in Latin America but of course optional.

Now when you open your bank account in Guatemala it will be in name of Daniel Boone Smith and not reference your home country in the records. No lies and nothing illegal yet this allows you to fall through the cracks. Guatemala has NO tax treaties for information sharing with any country. There will be no sharing of any banking information for tax reasons (any sort of tax or tax related case). Guatemala has no Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) with the USA, Canada, UK or EU Countries. This means sharing of information for criminal cases will be difficult.

Other Countries Pensionado Residency Programs – With the Panama Pensionado program there is a zero chance of ever opening a bank account without showing your home country passport. We know people who have tried this with a number of Panama Banks. The Panama banks are not allowed to take the pensionado ID or even a permanent residency ID to open a bank account. The cell phone companies in Panama will not open an account without one showing a home country passport no matter what sort of Panama permanent residency they have. All the panama residency programs, permanent, pensionado or otherwise, are nothing more than long term tourist visa, period. Panama residency ID’s of any sort do not allow for any cross border travel without a passport.There are very few Pensionado programs in the world today. There are residency programs. They usually take about six months to process a residency and one needs to remain in the country during this period of time.

Does One Live Free in Guatemala ? Oh think of it like the USA in the 1950’s. The police cannot come into your home without a search warrant. None of this “I heard a cry for help” garbage. Warrants from the patrol car radio are not happening. The police will need evidence of a violation of law to get a warrant. We did not say probable cause as in a reasonable person would deduct blah blah blah, that is USA not Guatemala. Not a common thing to see a search warrant issued here. If the police stop your car you can refuse to let them search it. You can also call your lawyer and wait until the lawyer comes and then the search proceeds, your choice. The police will generally be polite and a request to search a car would be like when there is an emergency and a roadblock scenario to catch fleeing felons who were shooting at police or something drastic. Not a common thing.

We have a kind of police called Transito. Traffic cops is what they are. They have no guns. They have cool yellow green uniforms with white helmets like Bermuda Police. They can only do traffic or auto equipment violations. Normally they will have a side of the road setup and look at cars to make sure they have a current sticker. They will check trucks to see if their loads are secure or not. When pulled they ask for driver license to make sure it is current. None of this – “where are you going, can I look in your trunk, do you have any weapons, have anything I should know about”. None of this happens with a traffic stop. If you do get a ticket just send your lawyer down to appear for you and pay fine. No point system. Very rare to ever see radar and never saw laser yet in Guatemala. People don’t even bother with radar detectors. Never saw any speed or red light cameras. They do offer parking tickets for parking violations and they can be generous in this area in some locations. Tickets are cheap, relax. Some towns like Antigua boot cars. Never park illegally in Antigua they love parking enforcement. Antigua has a special tourist police force that are on almost every corner when it is busy. They often speak English and you will find them very polite and eager to help. If you say you want leather belts they will even tell you where such a store that sells that is located.

The regular Guatemala police are called the black police (policia negro) because their cars and uniforms are black. They have guns. They do not work traffic and cannot pull you for traffic reasons. They are crime fighters only. They generally ignore you. The police will probably never show if you call them to come to your house or if they did it would take a lot of time. I never knew anyone to have their house robbed. We live in gated communities with armed guards. We have alarm systems. When the alarm goes off two ex military guys from the alarm company on a motorcycle come with guns. Often in about five minutes. One hides behind cover and the other walks around to see what is up. They have body armor and are serious fellows. So you have the armed guards in the community, some sort of fence, the alarm and now the alarm guards show up. Never knew anyone to have his home robbed.

The lawyers and court system does not work in a harassing way like in USA. This is not a society that likes lawsuits. Lawyers do a lot of contracts, real estate law, family law, criminal law but not a lot of civil litigation. If you go about your business and do not bother other people, no one will be bothering you. People here do not go out and start trouble with their lawyers like up north. People will tend to settle their differences more sanely here than the USA. That being said never ever sign any real estate agreement or any contract without a lawyer to review it. I think this rule applies anywhere. The freedom here is very noticeable.

Firearms A resident can apply for permission to own and carry concealed firearms. Assault weapons are not allowed to be purchased now which means no centerfire rifles under a current law which is going to expire in a few months and will most likely not be renewed, as a political guess. There are some already registered assault rifles that could transfer but would have to be kept in the home only, no carrying. They will be hard to find and most likely in .223 caliber.

You can have handguns in any common caliber and 12 ga. Shotguns in semi-auto, pump, double barreled etc. Glocks, CZ, Beretta, Sig Sauer, Walther, Jerico, and Bull are the popular quality handgun brands. Mossberg and Remington are popular shotgun brands. Franchi makes a 14″ pump in 12 ga that is sold as a regular shotgun and can be included on a carry permit, legal and nice for the car. One can get plastic shoulder stocks for some glock pistols and Jerico pistols. The stocks are not a restricted or controlled item. This is called a short barreled rifle in some countries. The most popular handgun calibers are 9mm and .40 but there are a lot of 45acp., .380, and .22 pistols available. Anyone who thinks they cannot defend themselves adequately with a Berretta or Glock handgun and a 12 ga pump shotgun in an urban environment does not know what they are talking about, end of story.

A person is only allowed to purchase 700 rounds of ammunition per month for each gun owned, range ammo excluded. Most manage without shedding any tears. Importing guns is a possibility but they are never going to consider more than two guns being imported. A forty two gun collection is either an arsenal or a store to the customs officials, forget it. Same with your 35,000 rounds of ammo. We have quality shotgun ammo and premium Magtech, handgun ammo in the gun stores. The gun and ammo variety in the USA is not here but we have anything you need for functional self-defense. No handloading. That is considered an ammunition manufacturing facility in most Latin America countries.

One can own an unlimited amount of firearms in their home. Each firearm has a title certificate for it similar to a car title. A person can only have 12 weapons included on their carry license. Rotating guns on the license is possible but a big pain in the neck, ill advised. There are at least 18 gun stores in Guatemala City and the suburbs. There are a lot of guns in Guatemala. We have 100,000 security guards most with a Mossberg 12 ga maverick pistol grip or a .38 caliber revolver. We keep our homes, communities, stores, malls, restaurants safe that way. It does not let the criminals take root.

This paragraph is so extensive because a lot of people are escaping police states and gun ownership is a cherished right and we applaud and support this right. On the other hand no law says you have to own a gun and many people do not own guns. Guatemala is a free country and we do not impose our will on people.

Knives and Edged Weapons Many people carry machetes on their belts, usually in the countryside. Can be startling at first since it looks like a sword. They use them to work on the land. A single edged folding knife with a blade of 3.9″ or less can be carried in a pocket or on the belt in an urban area but is not restricted in the country. There are no size restrictions in the code for non-folding knives. There is a prohibition against automatic knifes, stilettos (not sure of legal definition) and daggers (again not sure of legal definition). If you ask where assisted folders etc stand the answer is we do not know. Could be construed as an automatic or not? Same for flippers. Laws not defined clearly. Generally speaking knives are not considered a prohibited item and enforcement is not tight, but follow the law. This section was included because many of our clients are escaping from oppressive police states and their rights are very important to them and thus to us as well.

Drivers License Of course you can have a driver license as a resident. It is a bit bureaucratic and some red tape. You can drive on your home country license for some time while you adjust into your new home.

Health Care You will find the health care better than North America and Europe. The Doctors almost always have English. The staff is three times nicer than what you’d expect. The hospitals are cleaner and far cheaper. A hospital suite is about $165 a day in an expensive neighborhood. Pharmacies generally do not require a prescription and drug prices are about one third of the USA price.

Pharmacies deliver, many round the clock. Doctors make house calls for $25 to $30. Dentists are about 25% of the USA price and are very good. Veterinarians also make house calls for same price and are excellent. If the pet needs to go into for x-rays etc they transport for you. Without the oppressive prescription laws you can treat a lot of pet infections yourself by just buying the drugs or the pet store will help you out. We have a lot of homeopathy practitioners. There are chiropractors and naturopaths. There are some health food stores and organic food is becoming more and more available. Plastic surgery is popular and affordable. In a word health care way more affordable and better.

Real Estate We live far better than North Americans or Europeans imagine. Most of our single family detached homes are at least 500 sq. meters. A sq. meter is 10.75 sq. feet. Most housing that is top drawer will run $900 to $1100 a sq. meter. In the countryside real estate prices are lower. The more rural the lower it gets. It is common to see homes of 800 to 1000 sq. meters. Hacienda homes will run up to 1800 sq. meters. For a perspective one can get a 3000 sq. foot (not meter) executive townhouse in a gated community with armed guards new for $200,000 with fenced yard, garage etc. Check out a community called Antigua, Guatemala in google. You can get a great townhouse there for $150,000 a beautiful patio home $250,000 to $350,000.

Beaches We have beaches on the Pacific and Caribbean. Simple but acceptable beach homes can be had for $100,000 to $150,000. The Pacific beaches are about ninety minutes from Guatemala City. Beaches are warm and humid.

Weather Guatemala is at about 5000 foot altitude. It is 55 to 75 degrees year round. Homes have no air conditioners or heaters. Think of savings on utility bills. We do use fans, usually ceiling fans. It never snows except on the very top of the volcanoes. Warning: Do not bring ice skates, they will rust.

Schools There are a number of k-12 private schools. They are generally bi-lingual english and Spanish. The schools have campuses with playgrounds etc. They are far nicer than USA schools and the teacher student ratio is much lower. Costs vary from school to school but will be a fraction of USA price.

Domestic Help A live in maid runs $175 a month plus you feed them and supply uniforms. A gardner handyman can run $400 a month if you need one every day. A driver would run $500 a month live in. A nanny for the kids would run about $225 a month live in. Elderly folks can hire two maids and a driver and avoid going to a rest home. There are always two servants on premises and they can go on car trips, to the doctor, shopping, beauty parlor etc. They do not have to clean, cook or drive. Beats the heck out of the alternative.

Food The food is close to organic or free range meat. Prices are a fraction of USA prices and quality is wonderful. Numerous fruits priced so low almost for free. All kinds of vegetables, breads, juices etc. The food is Central American style not Mexican so it is not very spicy. We have restaurants offering anything you could want including: French, Greek, Italian, Steaks, Chops and Ribs, Mexican, Chinese, Japanese. Middle Eastern, German and much more.

Internet We have 1 meg DSL and cable connections available.

Cell Phones We have great cell phones, 3G etc.

How to start Call, email or Skype us. We will create an immigration case file for you. We will have you send us scans of the documents required for review by one of our lawyers. If the documents are not in order we will have you correct them before coming since it is much cheaper and easier this way. Next after the documents are in order you will need to schedule a trip to Guatemala. The hotels will send a shuttle bus to pick you up at the airport. We will have one of our English speaking drivers collect you from the hotel and take you to our executive offices to begin. A bi-lingual associate from the law firm will accompany you to all the needed visits to government offices for fingerprinting, signatures, photos etc. You never go to government offices yourself. We do require a $1000 deposit in order to open a file and begin the work. This fee is 100% applied to the Pensionado fee. It is not an additional fee. This is paid by wire transfer.

1. First you fill out an online order form. Click Here
2. Next you send us scan of passports of all parties applying (husband, wife kids, etc). These are sent in an email as a file attachment to .
3. Then we will forward wire instructions to you. We do need to have the $1000 fee paid before we can schedule an appointment. You can pay the remaining fee when here in cash or by wire transfer. You could also elect to pay the whole fee before coming as many immigration clients do for convenience.
4. Then you come to Guatemala.When you come for your appointment you remain here and process for the Pensionado. Figure about three weeks. You will not be busy every day so there will be time for sightseeing. We have beaches, Mayan Ruins, Volcanoes to hike up and there is always Antigua. One could always drive over to a nice white sand beach, all inclusive hotel in El Salvador like the Decameron with a three and a half hour drive time. In about four hours you can be in Mexico where there is a lot of cheap shopping. In any event many of our clients just enjoy a nice rest hanging around the swimming pool at one of our many five star resorts. Warning Our food, beverages and wines are so good here do not even think about dieting.

Property Division, Real-Estate, & Washington Divorce Law

All property division pursuant to a divorce in Washington state starts from the simple premise that all assets accumulated during the marriage will be presumed to be “community property” and split 50/50. But in practice the 50/50 split often does not end up being the result because of such legally cognizable factors as: the earning power of the parties upon termination of the marriage is highly unequal, one party made the entire down-payment, the property came by inheritance, and quite a few others. Often time this arises in shorter marriages where the parties have acquired a piece of real-estate. So how does one answer this question?

The mortgage rule is a legal tool used to characterize property acquired, using both community and separate funds, over a period of time. Harry M. Cross, The Community Property Law in Washington, 61 WASH. L. REV. 13, 39-49 (rev. 1985). The mortgage rule examines whether both parties concerned were obligated to make payments in order to retain ownership of the disputed asset. If there was no such continuing obligation, then the character of the asset is retrospectively determined to be proportionate to the ratio of separate and/or community funds used to acquire the asset. Absent a continuing obligation, the character of the property is retrospectively determined to be proportionate to the ratio of separate and or community funds used to acquire the property It is precisely this mortgage indebtedness that itself constitutes a contribution to effect the final determination of what proportionate share either party should be entitled to. If the other spouse signs the promissory note they become liable to the bank and later third parties for repayment. Even if that party had low income and no assets to secure the loan it is still a contribution. If separate funds are used to make a contribution and are traceable a lien for the down-payment amount could be found but only to that extent of that separate contribution to the down payment. However, In Re Hurd changes this slightly in that the separate character of a cash down payment can be transformed into community property by titling the home in both parties names. (Thus we see some significance in whose name an item of property actually stands.)

This includes such assets as the appreciation of retirement plans that were purchased before the marriage. The value of such an asset must be analyzed to determine what portion grew or accumulated during the marriage and the value prior to the marriage.

Washington state divorce law purposefully vests a substantial degree of leeway to the Judges hearing your case (and I say Judges because the Commissioners only deal with pre-trial issues, modifications, and contempt; they can’t divide the equity in your home or business). Carefully planning from the start of your case is necessary to develop the evidence needed in property characterization. It also gives the attorney time to become familiar with what both parties real financial futures might look like upon final dissolution of the partnership. This is especially important where one is not dealing with a trivial amount of assets, or if you feel your spouse has a significantly higher earning potential.

Division of real estate under Washington state divorce law can also be made not in accordance with whose name is on the title to the property. Whose name the property is titled in, does not settle the matter conclusively but may be considered by the judge among other factors as possible indicia that the parties wished to make it separate.

Excellent Defending Capability Of The DUI Lawyer Hampton VA

The DUI lawyer is generally hired for effectively tackling or handling the various legal; issues arising out of the DUI incidents. They basically defend their clients in the court of law in order to save them from all the legal accusations of DUI.Only an experienced and efficient DUI attorney can successfully defend their accused clients in the court of law. In Hampton VA, these lawyers provide all the necessary legal helps to their clients in case of DUI incidents.

Functions of these lawyers

The initial activity of these lawyers is to protect their clients from the initial arrest which is usually done by the bail system. They also protect their clients from the submission of the drivinglicenses and other important vehicle documents. They prepare the necessary documents and paper works on the basis of the collected evidences and the eye witnesses. They also produce these legal documents in the court in support of their clients. They also get into various legal arguments with the opposite government prosecutors for saving their clients from the accusation of DUI. They also work hard on the homework of the various legal clauses for strengthening the case in support of their clients. They also try to convince the judge and try to negotiate on the fees or penalty charges of their clients. The ultimate success in the court of law basically roves the experience and capability of the DUI attorneys.

Qualifications and qualities of these DUI attorneys

The defending activity of the accused DUI fellows is highly risky and complicated and needs a lot of legal knowledge and skills for effective defending. The competent defending dui attorneys should have basic knowledge about constitutional issues, various scientific theories as well as advanced trial techniques or policies. They should be highly qualified and knowledgeable enough about the standardized rules of the sobriety testing which includes the walk, turn and one walk stand testing as well as the testing of the gaze nystagmus.

This is because during the dui arrest the accused or the arrested beings are highly required to give this concerned test and have to pass it in order to prevent the further legal proceedings. These lawyers should also have necessary knowledge on the various legalities which is highly required to defend their clients in a n effective manner in the court of law. The NHTSA course is highly essential for knowing the details of the legalities involved in thesobriety tests. The DUI lawyer Hampton VA is highly efficient to apply the appropriate DUI laws for the purpose of defending their clients in the court of law.

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The Author Gracie Calaway is a professional writer, presently writing for

Us Immigration Imbra And The Adam Walsh Act

The Adam Walsh Child Protection Act has been in legal news because of the implication that it is in effect an ex post facto law. This issue has yet to be completely dealt with because even though the bill was authorized by the US Congress and Senate with subsequent Presidential signature, the US Supreme Court is the ultimate decision maker regarding constitutionality. At the time of this writing, the Supreme Court has yet to rule with finality one way or the other regarding the Adam Walsh Act.

This legislation has much in common with the International Marriage Broker Regulation Act because it inhibits a US Citizen’s ability to file an immigration petition on behalf of an alien family member.

Under relevant sections of the Adam Walsh Child Protection Act, Lawful Permanent Residents and US Citizens who have been convicted or plead guilty to a “specified offense against a minor” are precluded from acquiring approval of any immigration petition based on any sort of underlying family relationship. The Adam Walsh Act also bars U.S. citizens convicted of these aforementioned offenses from filing non-immigrant visa petitions that would categorize their fiancees, spouses, or minor children as eligible for “K” non-immigrant status (K1, K2, K3, K4).

The distinction between the restrictions imposed by the IMBRA and the Adam Walsh Act should not be overlooked. Whereas the International Marriage Broker Regulation Act has an impact mostly upon petitioners for K-1 and K-3 visas, the Adam Walsh legislation places limitations on potential petitioner of every family oriented immigration application, which includes the CR-1 and IR-1 visas.

There are certain offenses that have been deemed “specified offense[s] against a minor” that would cause the bar to become operative. The following is a non-exhaustive list of offenses that could cause a visa petition to be denied based upon the Adam Walsh Act: kidnapping or false imprisonment (unless committed by a parent), sexual solicitation, solicitation to engage in acts of prostitution, offenses involving child pornography, or anything that is determined to be an offense involving sexual conduct against a minor.

It might be wise to retain the services of an experienced immigration attorney in situations where the prospective petitioner is unsure whether he falls under the provisions of the Adam Walsh Act. In a case in which it is decided that the offense will prohibit a visa application’s approval pursuant to the act, it might be feasible to acquire a waiver of the finding of ineligibility. If the waiver application is denied, then the decision cannot be appealed. In order to obtain a waiver, the petitioner must prove that he or she not a threat to the prospective beneficiary.

The content contained herein is for educational purposes only and is not to be used as a replacement for assistance of licensed legal counsel. A Lawyer-Client fiduciary duty should not be construed to have been created by merely reading this article.)

Make Legal Document Duplication And Litigation Copying Part Of Your Sop

Part of litigation proceedings is the management, collection, and duplication of papers. Legal document duplication is an important aspect of legal proceedings because privacy policies are of high value for law offices and all parties involved. Any documents gathered before, during, and after any litigation process are scanned, copied, filed, and duplicated so that the entire litigation process goes smoothly.
Legal document duplication is the reproduction of legal files such as lists of evidence, subpoenas, interview transcripts, audio and video recordings, among others. This process is also known as litigation copying. Litigation copying is not like the normal process of reproducing papers. There’s a little more work involved. For instance, each duplicated legal copy has to be properly labeled and stamped so it doesn’t get mixed up with the originals. Law firms usually have their own stamp so they know that the copy is true and legitimate.
Legal scanning is also a standard procedure for litigation copying. Black and white papers, as well as colored graphics and pictures are scanned, labeled, and then indexed so other copies may be given to all parties.
CopyScan is one good example of a legal document duplication company with 10 years of experience. They offer fast copy, legal scanning, and audio/video duplication services for the everyday needs of law offices. CopyScan also uses Scan to File system that allows direct copying of scanned documents into your computer’s registered IP address for quick access to these legal documents. Scan to File is one of the fastest and secure means for legal scanning and duplication available in the software market.
CopyScan also supports attorney services by providing some parts of the litigation process. Litigation services include the legal scanning and duplication of files from the opposing counsel, and CopyScan does just that. Other litigation services include centralized paper depository, imaging, OCR and OWR, manual and auto-coding, and database creation and indexing. You may also ask if they offer opposing counsel services so you don’t have to go to another company for the duplication and delivery of litigation files.
Legal copying and duplication also covers conversion of old format files into newer formats. Cassette tape recordings can be converted to audio CD files and VHS tapes can be converted to digital CD or DVD file formats.
Any kind of document can be duplicated at any time. You can even ask CopyScan to make scan and make copies of large documents like blueprints and land surveys. They also offer X-ray services for medical files and documents that require x-ray copies.
CopyScan is HIPAA compliant so you know all procedures are done based on standard operating procedures. Legal copies cannot be left to non compliant companies because you are sure to risk privacy and security of everyone involved.
A good litigation copying service company should be able to provide fast and immediate service for law firms since most, if not all, need to have legal document duplication everyday. What you need to look for (aside from HIPAA compliance) is the ability for fast copy, digital printing, and systematic indexing standards.

Changes To Canadian Immigration Rules Biometric Scanning

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The Canadian government has announced changes to the existing Canadian immigration rules. Citizenship and Immigration Canada will soon require visitors to undergo biometric scanning in order to obtain Canadian visas.
At this point Citizenship and Immigration Canada has yet to comment as to which countries will have new biometric requirements for Canadian visas. A decision as to which countries will be required to conduct biometric scans will likely come only in early fall or in 2012. While the structure of the program has not been confirmed, Citizenship and Immigration Canada has stated that the Canadian government has committed over $174 million to implement biometric scanning over the next five years starting in 2013.
Biometric scans create digital identification records using a scan of the face, fingerprints, or retinas of the individual. The movement towards biometrics dates back to 2008 when Citizenship and Immigration Canada noted the increased reliability and convenience associated with biometrics. The reliability of biometrics was also championed as a way to offset the increasingly sophisticated and expensive methods used by criminals to move individuals and goods across the border. The use of biometrics makes it virtually impossible for an individual to travel with stolen or duplicated documents. Currently Canadian border agents are forced to rely solely on photo identification to verify the identity of individuals before them.
While useful in combatting immigration fraud, the increased use of biometrics will also serve to facilitate the processing of legitimate applicants. The ease and convenience of biometrics will ultimately result in the expedited issuing of Canadian visas and processing at the border. Biometrics use can create increased efficiency as a result of the speed and ease in which biometric information can be checked against multiple criminal or terrorist databases. Many countries, including Australia, the United States and the United Kingdom, have moved towards biometrics in their own immigration processes.
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As one of the most trusted Canadian immigration law firms, FWCanada will ensure that your application receives impeccable attention to detail. Our mission is to provide high quality legal services, in a transparent and efficient manner. Unfortunately, fraudulent and ineffective practice exists in most industries and Canadian immigration is no exception. Only lawyers who are members in good standing of a Canadian bar association, or members of the Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants are legally authorized to represent clients for the purposes of Canadian immigration. As the legal representative of all FWCanada clients, Attorney Marisa Feil has distinguished herself as a respected authority on Canadian immigration law. She is frequently contacted by government officials and other Canadian immigration lawyers for her expertise.

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Unintentional UninSchmentional! Get a Portland Birth Injury Lawyer Pronto!

Every expectant parent wants to welcome their baby into the world with a great big smile on their face. But there are just times when parents receive the news of the birth of their child with a great shock and have to deal with the thought of raising their baby with both financial and emotional challenges just because some “supposed” medical expert “unintentionally” caused their baby serious loss.”Unintentional” negligence on the part of the doctor or hospital staff can be quite fatal at times.

Do you live in Portland and your newborn suffered a birth injury that was caused by “unintentional” carelessness of the clinic staff? A Portland Birth Injury Lawyer may be able to help you get compensation for the injury your child has suffered.

A Portland Medical Malpractice Attorney is one that specializes in taking on cases that involve compensation for birth injuries. It is very hard for parents to accept their child’s disability. These parents start to think of the many challenges that lies ahead and how they will have to adjust their lifestyle in order to make their child’s growing up a lot easier. They think of the mean spirited teasing that their child will have to endure.

A lot of the times, injuries in the birth of a baby can be documented as not being as a result of a doctor’s carelessness but by destiny. Despite facts, there are some parties that have the NERVE to brush away their carelessness and claim that it is God’s will – oh brother!

Common factors that responsible for birth injuries in babies and even cause them to die include:
* Inadequate prenatal care and medical attention
* Misjudge the child’s size
* Not performing a c-section within a timely manner
* Unskilled or irresponsible use of medical equipment such as vacuum or forceps.
* Failing to promptly recognize or attending to fetal distress symptoms.

It is no secret that there is a lot of drama and pure emotions that accompany the birthing of a baby which may distort the memory of everyone concerned. A Portland birth injury lawyer who is experienced and skilled will dispassionately put together what exactly went on.

Hiring a Portland medical malpractice attorney puts you at advantages, because a medical malpractice attorney has lots of experience handling cases that involve birth injuries. Accidents during the birth of a child may lead to certain mental or physical disability which can put stumbling blocks on the child’s development as healthy human being.

A highly competent medical malpractice attorney will not only treat you with a lot of respect but also with some compassion throughout the entire process of your case. The period you are going through is a truly painful one, and the medical malpractice attorney is well aware of this and will do everything within his or her legal power to ensure that you get justice.

It makes a lot of sense to work with a Portland birth injury lawyer that is dedicated to providing you with the legal assistance that will assist you and your family get back your lives back to normalcy.

Cannabis in the White House. Obama and legal pot.

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A national anti-marijuana group has met with Obama administration officials to encourage the federal government to reverse legalization in Colorado and Washington. Meanwhile, on Monday, a Colorado group concerned about the impacts of legalization on children issued a statement decrying the scenes of public pot smoking in Denver on Sunday, a day marijuana enthusiasts treat as a holiday called 4/20. Both are examples of organizations skeptical of legalization pointing to the unprecedented interest around marijuana in Denver this past week as reason to change or reverse the 16-month-old law.

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Scenes of open toking, cannabis commercialism and pot-fueled revelry, the groups say, run contrary to the restrained system of at-home marijuana use that voters approved in 2012. “This is not healthy for our young people,” said Gina Carbone, a spokeswoman for the group Smart Colorado. “This does not send the right message. … We’re not educating our kids to the harms of it. Instead, we’re glorifying it and promoting it.” Denver City Councilman Charlie Brown likewise questioned whether the 4/20 celebrations are beneficial to Denver and said he hopes any added expense incurred by the police department as a result of the events are paid for by taxes on marijuana stores. “It’s not Denver’s finest hour, let’s put it that way,” Brown said. “And it still comes across to me as in-your-face politics.” For the first 4/20 after history-making recreational marijuana stores opened in Colorado, Denver was awash in marijuana-centric events on Sunday – the most notable being the large pro-pot rally in Civic Center park that culminated with a mass smoke-out at 4:20 p.m. This year, Denver police issued 92 citations for public marijuana consumption over the two-day festival – far more than the five public-consumption tickets police issued at the one-day event in 2013 – and organizers told attendees that public consumption is illegal. Tens of thousands still lit up in unison Sunday afternoon. Miguel Lopez, the rally’s organizer, said the event remains more of a protest than a festival, despite beefed-up security, new vendor booths and an expanded musical lineup that brought the rally closer to other annual events like A Taste of Colorado. Those who smoked in public did so as an expression of civil disobedience against laws they disagree with, Lopez said.

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Buying Legal Research Chemicals

Legal Research Chemicals are chemicals still being investigated. Often referred as an Analogue, research chemicals refer to drugs chemically related to an illegal drug with similar effects. Most applications are for use only in chemical research and analysis due to the ultra pure nature of their composition.

Generally, research chemicals are considered unsafe for use other than in controlled conditions and individuals are strongly advised not to ingest or consume them. However, due to the psychoactive nature of the drugs, many chose to ignore such advisories, and it is not hard to do so as they are available through many online organizations based throughout the world.

One of the cautions regarding use of research chemicals is due to the lack of information regarding their toxicology or pharmacology. With such a dearth of empirical data, there are no recommended standard dosages. User reviews can be unreliable because people react differently to ingested drugs.

Legal research chemicals are available to buy from online distributors, although the laws vary as to import and export restrictions. For example, Canada cannot freely distribute controlled substances in the United States, and in some cases, importing is permitted but exporting is illegal.

Research chemicals are accessible from specialized supply companies, although purchaser credentials may be required before shipment. Requesting information online could prove risky because if someone is seeking to buy legal research chemicals can be arrested for violating Analogue Laws and online posts can be used as evidence.

Legal powders, also called party powders include Cocaine and PCP; numbing powders. Again, legality varies from nation to nation, continent to continent. Even when cannabis oriented powders are acceptable, others may not be. Consult with a reputable source before seeking to purchase.

Bath salts are fine for soaking in, yet also refer to a line of designer drugs, which are based on synthetic chemicals similar to amphetamines, most of which are illegal. With benign labels such as Ivory Wave, Purple Wave, and Bliss, no one really knows with any certainty what they contain and therefore, what is consumed.

It is important to remember that research chemicals, legal powder and bath salts all are accessible if one wants to find them. The source of the product is perhaps the best means of preventing tainted substances and learning information regarding manufacturing, ingredients, uses and cautions.

In China, for example, the laws regarding synthetic chemicals and powders are strict. In Europe the trend is more tolerant. Portugal legalized heroin and realized a significant decline in addiction as a result. There is a clear distinction in Europe between hard and soft drug possession, distribution and consumption. North and South America impose harsh penalties, as do most international communities, for trafficking.

Nyc Discrimination Attorneys – Protecting You From Abusive Employers

Even in big sophisticated cities such as New York, the issue of discrimination continues to be a significant problem. There are stringent laws regarding employment and it condemns unfair or unfavorable treatment based on an individual’s personal qualities. The law supplies utmost protection for these individuals. Age, sexual category, race, religious conviction, and disability are few of the eighteen characteristics that are protected by these laws. In most cases, individuals who experienced discrimination from their employers ignore the idea of filing a lawsuit. Two of the good reasons why they are reluctant are they are not sure if their complaints have grounds, or they are scared of retaliation.

Discrimination could occur either directly or indirectly. For this reason, the task of the discrimination lawyer is to identify if there is discrimination that happens. Assessing the case of their client and figuring out if there’s a ground for a legal case is among the first items an attorney must do. Remember, the protection against discrimination takes effect from recruitment to dismissal. Consulting the legal services of a NYC discrimination lawyer will be a big help since laws are different in every state. Through this, one can guarantee that they are good at using these laws in winning their client’s case.

Understanding the legal procedure is complex in nature. A plaintiff needs to deal with a lot of paperworks. The use of words should be chosen thoroughly because these words can be used against you by the attorneys of your employer. Seasoned discrimination attorneys know already what their client should and should not say. The case would remain strong as they will provide appropriate instruction and advices to their clients.

NYC discrimination attorneys are those who are assigned in determining areas in which the case would get stronger or weaker. This will help clients win over the case. Moreover, the client would also get a fair settlement with their help. Talking to an attorney at once is the best thing that can be done. This is simply because a lawyer will have to spend a long time on accomplishing the discrimination claim. Another vital thing is that you have to file discrimination cases within 300 days following the discrimination incident. Filing a claim near the end of the statute of limitation is not a practical move.

Almost all discrimination attorneys have created their very own website and are extending their aid to individuals of New York. Through their growing number, people can easily find these attorneys, but you must be careful in choosing to ensure that the lawyer you will be employing can provide you outstanding legal services. The certified and the most experienced New York discrimination lawyers are best suggested to everyone. Find an attorney who has good reputation in working with such cases. Clients should choose an attorney who already won a lot of discrimination cases so you will have higher success rate.

Conducting an interview for the discrimination lawyer they are planning to hire is likewise important. The interest to fight for their client’s rights will be measured through this. Initiating a discussion with a lawyer for the first time is also a great time to ask regarding the lawyer’s fee and other expenses included in the litigation process.

No matter how strong a discrimination case is, this may still fall into pieces if a single mistake is ignored. It is important that the opportunities obtained by people will be based upon their merits, thus discrimination is not allowed. The plaintiff can absolutely obtain justice with the aid of the New York discrimination lawyer.