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Immigration status is commonly conferred in two ways in the United States – through a change from one status to another in the U.S. and through an application for a visa at a U.S. consular post overseas. Many people are familiar with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and its different forms available for different immigration benefits. One of the most well-known USCIS processes is...

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“I live in Mexico but travel regularly to the U.S. to work for a U.S. employer” States such as Texas which have a border with a contiguous territory of the United States see a higher incidence of lawful permanent residents living in Mexico but commuting to work in the United States. You may wonder how this is even possible given the significant amount of regulation...

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Majed Nachawati, a co-founder of Fears | Nachawati Law Firm, recently completed a three month term as The Grand Jury Foreman of a Dallas County Grand Jury.  In honor of the fine job the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office does on a daily basis, Mr. Nachawati has donated 100% of the income he received to The Texas Crime Victims’ Compensation Fund. The CVC is administered...

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Fears Nachawati partners Matthew McCarley and Majed Nachawati recently had the opportunity to assist with the north Texas tornado relief efforts in the city of Farmersville. They spent the day with other volunteers cleaning up the wreckage left from the tornadoes that occurred December 26th. If you are interested in helping the tornado victims, please visit the Red Cross website below to find out how...

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“I live overseas with my intending immigrant relative” A relatively uncommon but nonetheless important situation arises where the petitioner in a family-based immigrant visa application resides overseas with the beneficiary. In order for the petitioner’s affidavit of support to be accepted by the U.S. Department of State, the petitioner must demonstrate a U.S. domicile or establish a U.S. domicile prior to the beneficiary’s admission to...

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“My spouse entered the country illegally and has remained here ever since…” The Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver is a valuable tool for the immediate relatives of U.S. citizens present in the country without status. To be eligible for the waiver, an applicant must be at least 17 years of age, physically present in the United States, and be the beneficiary of an approved I-130 immediate...

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Immigration attorneys are frequently asked by clients how long it will take to obtain a green card. In the United States, this depends on several factors: whether the applicant is proceeding via a family or employment petition, the applicant’s relationship to the petitioner if the petition is family-based, the particular employment-based visa the applicant is approved for if the petition is employment-based, and the applicant’s...

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We are proud to announce Fears | Nachawati Partner, Majed Nachawati, has recently been appointed to the Legal Ethics Committee by the Dallas Bar Association for the 2016 year. The Legal Ethics Committee is responsible for facilitating and planning ethics presentations for Dallas County Attorneys on an annual basis.   As a member of the ethics committee, Mr. Nachawati is proud to dedicate his time and...

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Happy Holidays from everybody at Fears | Nachawati! We celebrated the holidays by wearing our ugliest Christmas sweaters and getting together for a White Elephant gift exchange. Fears Nachawati also hosted a toy drive for the Community Partners of Dallas and their Last Stop Holiday Shop. The Last Stop Holiday Shop provides toys to children who come into their care last minute and have no...

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Fears Nachawati Law Firm is proud to announce that Partner Majed Nachawati has been selected to the 2015 Texas Super Lawyers list. Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by receive this honor.  Additionally, Partners Bryan Fears and John Raggio, were both selected to the 2015 Super Lawyer Rising Stars list. Super Lawyers is a rating service...

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Fears | Nachawati Law Firm has been retained by the family of an elderly couple who were killed by a drunk driver earlier this month in a Fort Worth neighborhood. The other driver was arrested at the scene on charges of intoxication manslaughter.  The couple’s family is still seeking answers regarding the crash and has turned to Fears| Nachawati Partner, Majed Nachawati to hold the...

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On Sunday, November 8th, Fears | Nachawati Law Firm sponsored The 3rd Annual Praise the Lake Brunch benefiting The White Rock Lake Foundation. The purpose of the Foundation is to assist the Park and Recreation Department in restoration, improvement, maintenance, and preservation of the lake’s natural health and beauty for the benefit of the people and wildlife. Check out www.whiterocklakefoundation.org/ to join or learn more. Our team members...

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This past weekend, Fears | Nachawati Law Firm proudly sponsored Parish Episcopal School’s Spooky Saturday at the Parish Episcopal School in Dallas.  One of the highlights of the event was a performance by famous children’s singer Eddie Coker. We’re always happy to help and support our community with such fun events!

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Matthew McCarley, a partner at Fears | Nachawati Law Firm, has been appointed to the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee (PEC) in the multidistrict litigation (MDL) regarding Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) Filters manufactured by Cook Group, Inc.   IVC Filters were implanted to prevent blood clots from becoming coronary or pulmonary embolisms. However, reports first surfaced in 2005, that the radial arms and struts of the retrievable filters...

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Fears | Nachawati Law Firm proudly sponsored Feed My Starving Children’s volunteering event this past weekend at the Parish Episcopal School in Dallas. Feed My Starving Children is a Christian non-profit organization committed to eliminating poverty and starvation around the world by providing food for malnourished children. Employees and their families had the opportunity to help pack meals for starving children across the world.

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U.S. immigration law supports family reunification by allowing a citizen or permanent resident to petition for their spouse to join them in the United States. Same-sex spouses of U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents are now eligible for the same immigration benefits as opposite-sex spouses. The process begins the same way for citizens and permanent residents – the petitioning spouse files an I-130, Petition for...

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We are proud to announce that Fears | Nachawati Law Firm Partner, Majed Nachawati, has recently been appointed as Panel Chairman on Panel 2, District 6 Grievance Committee of the State Bar of Texas. This appointment is highly prestigious, as the position is filled based up on nominations from other grievance committee members, and ultimately appointed by the Committee Chair.  The Committee’s job is to...

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On Sunday, March 22, 2015, the partners, Bryan Fears and Majed Nachawati, at Fears Nachawati Law Firm participated in the Dallas Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon. The partners have competed in many half marathons around the Dallas area, but we agree that the Dallas Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon is definitely a favorite! The beneficiary of the event was the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Congratulations...

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Fears Nachawati Law Firm proudly sponsored the Junior League of Dallas Annual Ball on Saturday, February 21st, 2015. Fears Nachawati Law Firm is always happy to help and support the Dallas community through donations, community service or giveaways! >

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On Sunday, November 2nd, a few of the Fears | Nachawati team members went to The 2nd Annual Praise the Lake Brunch benefiting The White Rock Lake Foundation. The White Rock Lake Foundation has been using their resources to benefit, improve and restore White Rock Lake. Our team members had a great time listening to music and enjoying the company of those who support White Rock Lake!  

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On Thursday, October 23, 2014, Fears Nachawati Law Firm attorneys and team members participated in the Mavs Run This Town 5K in downtown Dallas. The beneficiary for this race was the Dallas Mavericks Foundation, whose mission is to assist young people through programs on education, health, and skills for success. Pictured below from left to right: Avani Javia, Charlotte Gulewicz, Alexandra Dobiyanski, Karen Tu, Megan...

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As one might expect, the facts of most criminal cases are in dispute between those involved.  Law enforcement, the complaining witness and the prosecutor see the case one way while the accused and his or her attorney view the case another way.  In this instance, a jury is typically called upon to hear the evidence and testimony in the case and render a verdict accordingly. ...

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On August 9, 2014, NASCAR driver Tony Stewart struck and killed fellow driver Kevin Ward, Jr. during a dirt track race in upstate New York.  The incident occurred when Stewart’s vehicle made contact with the car driven by Ward, causing it to spin out and stop on the racetrack.  Ward then exited his vehicle to confront Stewart and was struck by Stewart’s vehicle as the...

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Mr. P, 17 years-old, was arrested and charged with Burglary of a Building in Dallas County, Texas.  Mr. P and two friends allegedly entered a locked area of an apartment complex and that one of the suspects had stolen an item from the facility.  Although Mr. P was not found to be in possession of any stolen items at the time of his arrest, it...

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On Tuesday, July 22, 2014, the Fears | Nachawati Law Firm personal injury legal team appeared in the 44th Judicial District Court in Dallas County under Presiding Judge, the Honorable Carlos R. Cortez, to litigate for their client, Donald R. Maddox. The civil case of Donald R. Maddox v. Inland Truck Parts Company developed as a result of a mechanical failure. On October 4, 2010,...

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Last week, on Monday, June 9th, a woman identified as Ingrid I. Morataya rear-ended and killed two others in Mesa, Arizona. The accident occurred at Recker and Brown roads in east Mesa, according to the Mesa Police Department. Morataya was driving a FJ Cruiser allegedly at a speed significantly higher than the posted speed limit when she crashed into 37-year-old Guadalupe Madril and 33-year-old Jason...

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Heart & Sole 5K 2014

February 17, 2014

On Saturday February 15, 2014, Fears Nachawati Law Firm attorneys and other team members served the community in the Heart & Sole 5K Race. The Beneficiary for this race was the Foundation of the Education of Young Women.

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The Justice Department has instructed all of its employees across the nation to give equal protection to lawful same-sex marriages under the law in every program the department administers. Read the article below for more details: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/justice-department-to-give-married-same-sex-couples-sweeping-equal-protection/2014/02/08/36eafcae-90cc-11e3-b227-12a45d109e03_story.html

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Deferred adjudication probation is a type of probation whereby the court withholds a finding of guilt while the client attempts to successfully complete the requirements of their probation.  If the client is successful, the case is discharged without a final conviction or a finding of guilt. There are several reasons why a client would benefit from a deferred adjudication probation if one is offered.  First,...

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Along with the holiday season comes a wide array of social engagements that involve the consumption of alcohol.  Law enforcement is well aware of this fact and they make a conscious effort to step up DWI enforcement.  Furthermore their “no refusal” policy, which is frequently employed during this time of the year, results in the widespread acquisition of blood draw warrants. A DWI conviction can...

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Speculation continues to surround Florida State star quarterback and Heisman Trophy candidate Jameis Winston regarding an off the field incident from late 2012.  The case exhibits many of the complicated factors that can surface in a sexual assault allegation. A young woman alleged that she was sexually assaulted by Winston in late 2012, however the matter was considered closed in early 2013.  News has recently...

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Attorney Bryan Fears and Attorney Majed Nachawati, co-founding partners of the Fears | Nachawati Law Firm, have been selected to be on the exclusive list of Super Lawyers Texas Rising Stars for 2014. This is a very prestigious and exclusive award; less than 2.5% of all Texas licensed attorneys are chosen for this list. 2014 marks the fifth consecutive year (2010 – 2014) that Mr....

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Our client was charged with operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license.  The suspension was due to unpaid surcharges with the Department of Public Safety (DPS).  Originally the State was unwilling to offer an agreed resolution to the charges until the client’s license was valid.  This would have prevented him from avoiding a conviction for the offense on his permanent record. With the help...

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Taylor was charged with Assault Involving Family Violence for allegedly assaulting his mother.  He is 19 years-old and has no prior criminal record.  We encouraged the prosecuting attorney to contact his mother and confirm that their relationship has been repaired and he is not a threat to her safety. Upon confirming these facts we convinced the prosecutor to dismiss the case entirely on the condition...

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Did you know that in certain instances Dallas County misdemeanor cases can be dismissed through what is known as a “Memorandum Agreement”?  If the client has no prior criminal record it is often possible to negotiate this type of agreement to dispose of the charge.  The terms of the agreement vary depending on the type of case, but typically include 24 hours of community service...

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Our client Nancy was charged with Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) in Tarrant County.  She successfully avoided providing breath or blood evidence and did not make any overly incriminating statements to the arresting officer.  Importantly, she maintained a polite and calm demeanor throughout her ordeal. In our negotiations with the assistant district attorney assigned to the case we highlighted the lack of strong evidence against our...

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Attorney Bryan Fears; co-founding partner of Fears | Nachawati, completed the 38th Annual Marine Corps Marathon on Sunday, October 27, 2013; in Washington, D.C. As the third largest U.S. marathon and the eighth largest worldwide, the mission of the Marine Corps Marathon is to promote physical fitness, community involvement, and quality of life enhancement for military members and their families. This race marks the first...

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James was charged with Failure to Register as a Sex Offender, a 3rd Degree Felony carrying the possibility of up to 10 years imprisonment upon conviction.  James had a lifetime duty to register as a sex offender following an incident that occurred in 1988 involving the aggravated sexual assault of a minor. The prosecutor assigned to the case was unwilling to offer any agreed plea...

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On Wednesday, October 23rd, Fears | Nachawati Law Firm staff members attended the 2013 Savvy Women Series Luncheon. The event benefits Ability Connection Texas, an organization that was established in 1953 to provide aid, care, and support to children and adults with disabilities. Keynote speaker for the event was 2008 Miss Iowa, Abbey Curran (pictured on the far left) who also founded the ‘Miss You...

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