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March 2019 Archives

Obtaining and Reapplying for a US Student Visa

A non-US citizen desiring to study as a nonimmigrant at a US educational institution must obtain a student visa. The F-1 visa is the most common US student visa because it is an academic visa used to attend a college, university, or other learning institution that is accredited by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP), part of the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS). There are other student visas, including the M-1 visa for vocational programs and the J-1 visa for other exchange programs, but this article discusses the F-1 visa.

Guidelines on Ash Scattering in WV

Whether you're planning your own funeral or that of a loved one in West Virginia (WV), people are increasingly choosing the option of cremation. Those who choose to be cremated must also decide how to direct loved ones regarding the ashes or cremains. It is important to consider the legal issues around ash scattering in WV before you make a final request for yourself or dispose of a loved one's remains. Can you spread ashes in WV under state law?

Class Action Rule Amendments: What You Should Know

A class action may well strike fear into the heart of a corporate defendant. Instead of one lawsuit, the class action may encompass hundreds, thousands, or even hundreds of thousands of persons making a claim. Lawyers on both sides of a class action also know that the stakes are high and that they must be at the top of their game. That's why both lawyers and potential class action parties need to be aware of class action rule amendments that went into effect December 1, 2018.

2019 WV Workers' Compensation Bills: Post-Session Update

Several 2019 WV workers' compensation bills were proposed, but only one passed. Learn about the bills relating to attorney representation in hearing loss claims, scope of coverage, OP and black lung benefits, and the oft-proposed intermediate court of appeals here.

WV Insurance Defense Lawyers Help Insurers Mitigate Loss and Better Serve Clients

Insurance is a valuable tool that allows people to distribute risk more broadly and prevent the financial devastation that can come with the various tragic and unpleasant situations that inevitably arise in life and business. Insurers in West Virginia (WV), and the WV insurance defense lawyers who assist them, know the importance of preventing and controlling financial losses due to fraudulent or unreasonable claims.

Veterans' Aid and Attendance Benefit in Long-Term Care Plans

The tristate area of West Virginia (WV), Kentucky (KY), and Ohio (OH) is home to more than 1.3 million United States (U.S.) military veterans. Those veterans and their families should be aware that there is an aid and attendance benefit available through the US Department of Veteran's Affairs (VA) to those who qualify.

Confronting Unconscious Bias in WV--A Wise Move for Employers

We all have personal preferences, and sometimes we don't really know why we favor one thing over another; we just do. These subconscious inclinations impact our daily decision-making, even at work. West Virginia workplaces are affected by the bias of employees, whether it is intended or not. Unconscious bias in WV should be addressed by employers who wish to maintain a positive, diverse work environment and avoid discrimination and harassment complaints.

What You Need to Know about Estate Plans and Social Security

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) are both programs of the Social Security Administration (SSA). While these programs have some similarities, it is important to realize there is a difference between SSI and SSDI, especially if you are preparing your estate plans and Social Security is a possible factor.
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