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What Happens After a Rideshare Accident?

As Uber and Lyft continue taking over the world of transportation, one question becomes more and more urgent: who pays in the event of a rideshare accident? Transportation network companies have made life significantly easier, as we now have our own private chauffeurs at the tap of a phone screen. But with the good comes Read More

Medication Errors Can Mean Tragedy

We tend to think of medication as life-saving, but it can also be life-ending. When doctors make mistakes and give patients a wrong dose of medication, too much medication, or a deadly combination of drugs, patients end up suffering greatly – sometimes, even dying. This was what happened in the tragic and senseless case of Read More

Do Non-Citizens Have to Pay Taxes?

In short, yes. Even though they may not be citizens, nonresidents (foreign nationals, or those who have not passed the green card test or the substantial presence test) and residents alike must file tax returns if they have been engaged in trade or business in the United States during the year. Tax Differences for Citizens, Read More

Should I Be Afraid of NYC Bus Tour Accidents?

Tour buses are a fairly popular tourist attraction in big cities such as New York. They are convenient and take you to the main hot spots without the hassle of driving or finding parking. However, their safety has been put to question recently—and for good reason. More and more, The Case Handler team at Pollack, Read More

A Difficult Discussion: How to Make End-of-Life Arrangements with a Loved One

Even people who are profoundly opposed to procrastination in any form are likely to put off discussing end-of-life arrangements with a loved one. There’s no denying that death is an uncomfortable topic. Unfortunately, it’s also an unavoidable one. There are certain matters that have to be put straight when a relative is terminally ill, but Read More

What Does It Mean to Be a “Sanctuary City”?

In 2015, more than 200 state and local jurisdictions, known as “sanctuary cities,” chose to not cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). In 2017, an executive order signed by President Trump stated that sanctuary jurisdictions will not be eligible for federal grants. Since then, certain federal courts have blocked or restrained that order, and Read More

Too Much Demand, Not Enough H-2B Visas

Congress created the H-2B visa program in 1990 in order to help non-farm businesses acquire seasonal workers. As acceptance of the program grew, so did the competition for visas. In 2014, most H-2B workers came from Mexico, being hired primarily by employers in Texas. Each year, there are 66,000 visas available for businesses  half (33,000) Read More

What is Refugee Status and Who Qualifies?

Since 1975, over 3 million refugees from around the world have made their home in the United States, thanks to the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program. A refugee is defined as an individual who flees his/her home country for fear of violence or persecution due to race, religion, political opinions, or affiliation in a particular social Read More

A Quick Guide to Naturalization in the U.S.

Naturalization is the process by which the United States government grants citizenship to foreign citizens or nationals, who must first fulfill requirements outlined by the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). Naturalization allows you full access to all of the rights given to U.S. citizens. Note: The information below is not intended to be a complete Read More

A Guide to Student Visas: F and M Visas

F-1 visas allow international students to study full-time and live in the United States.  A full-time course of study is 12 credit hours or more of coursework per semester in an undergraduate program, but the definition of “full-time” for graduate programs is a combination of credit hours with research time and will vary. F-1 visas Read More

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