Posted: August 7th, 2014 | Author: Chris Jaensch | Filed under: Sarasota Immigrants | Tags: Elder Law, Greg Band, Sarasota Immigrants, Tax Law, Trusts and Estates Law, University of Florida Law School | No Comments »
About Greg Band
Greg Band is a Sarasota native. He obtained his undergraduate degree at the University of Pennsylvania where he was a Varsity letterman in Tennis. His Juris Doctor is from the University of Florida Law School where he served on the law review – a distinguishing honor for law students. After UF, he obtained a Masters in Tax Law from New York University School of Law. His practice areas include estate planning, probate, asset protection, charitable giving, taxation, and business law.
Estate Planning and Probate
Sarasota immigrants often present unique and complicated estate planning issues. With many professionals and business owners coming from overseas and retaining their overseas assets. It takes a highly capable and dedicated attorney to know how to find the right individual solutions.
Mr. Band understands the unique situations of immigrants when it comes to estate planning. His experience includes work with high net worth individuals with multinational assets. Band Law Group has a sophisticated and creative trusts and estates practice with decades of experience in helping clients transfer wealth in a tax efficient manner. Their attorneys assist individuals with traditional estate planning documents such as wills, revocable trusts, residence trusts and insurance trusts. They also regularly structure and implement more complex techniques including:
- Charitable planning;
- Estate freezing strategies such as installment sales to grantor trusts, grantor retained annuity trusts (GRATs) and self-canceling installment notes;
- Generation-skipping transfer tax planning;
- Planning for business succession;
- Valuation techniques designed to produce lower tax values upon transfer through the use of family limited partnerships or limited liability companies.
Individual & Corporate Taxation
The complex and far-reaching US Tax Code can be daunting for anyone, especially immigrants. The IRS taxes US residents and citizens on worldwide income and can tax non-resident aliens on income gained in the US. It takes a highly specialized and experienced attorney to navigate the law.
Greg Band’s firm has extensive experience in handling a broad range of tax matters for businesses, executives and owners of businesses, including the following:
- Structuring tax-free reorganizations, including tax-free spinoff transactions.
- Structuring the purchase and sale of businesses and the financing of business transactions for regular corporations, subchapter S corporations, and venture capital funds.
- Structuring real estate and real estate financing transactions with partnerships and limited liability companies, including real estate syndications and like-kind exchange transactions.
- Planning estate and business succession, including advice to owners of businesses about strategies for transferring the ownership of their business to family members and/or successor management so as to minimize income, gift and estate taxes.
Many immigrants come to Sarasota in their golden years, attracted by the ideal climate and abundant sunshine. Immigrants’ latter years also present many unique legal challenges made more complicated by their far-flung assets and competing national laws.
Greg Band’s elder law practice focuses on the diverse and unique needs of senior citizens. They work with clients to help them address current issues and anticipate evolving needs as they grow older:
- Guardianship and Conservatorship
- Retirement, Survivor and Pension Benefits
- Incapacitation and Disability
- Livings Wills
- Social Security Disability Claims and Appeals
To assist in these and other areas of legal expertise, Sarasota immigrants can contact Mr. Band and his associates via:
- Phone: 941-917-0505
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted: August 6th, 2014 | Author: Victoria Karins | Filed under: Deferred Action | Tags: Accion Diferida, AILA, AILA-CFC, Deferred Action | No Comments »
Visit our website, DeferredActionFlorida.com for more information on DACA and fill out our form to apply.
Cite as “AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 14060545 (posted Jun. 5, 2014)”
WASHINGTON, DC — The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) commends U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for releasing details of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) renewal process so that applicants can begin their renewal process in a timely manner.
“It is great to see USCIS continue this important initiative,” said T. Douglas Stump, President of AILA. He continued, “These two-year grants of deferred action have already made a tremendous impact on the lives of so many young people and on the communities in which they live, study, and work. It is vital that those granted deferred action not let those important grants lapse.”
The temporary grant of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals is given in increments of two years and offers the chance for work authorization, in most cases a driver’s license, and in some areas, in-state tuition for public colleges and universities. Renewal applicants will need to submit Form I-821D “Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals,” Form I-765 “Application for Employment Authorization,” and the I-765 Worksheet. The $465 fee for filing and biometrics will need to be paid; USCIS will conduct a new background check for those renewing DACA.
“My message to DACA recipients is to start work on it now, so that you are ready to file when you come within about 120 days of the expiration of your current grant period,” Mr. Stump warned. He added, “Processing could take months and you do not want to lose your work authorization because you didn’t get your forms in on time. For anyone who has a question, has had a change in their circumstances since receiving DACA, or is still deciding whether to apply, I encourage you to seek the advice of qualified counsel. Sometimes an immigration attorney will find that you are eligible for another, more permanent type of relief or may help you discover that a change in circumstances changes your eligibility or your risks. Getting help is a good idea for anyone with questions to avoid submitting erroneous information to USCIS and clouding your future.”
Posted: August 6th, 2014 | Author: Victoria Karins | Filed under: Deferred Action, Jaensch Immigration Law Firm | Tags: Accion Diferida, AILA, AILA-CFC, Deferred Action, Detainers, Unaccompanied Children, Unaccompanied Minors | No Comments »
AILA CFC Advocates for Unaccompanied Children at Border
Country conditions in Central American countries such as El Salvador and Honduras have resulted in over 50,000 unaccompanied minor children making treacherous journeys to seek safety in the U.S. since October 2013. Some may be able to stay in the U.S. if they can demonstrate that their lives will be jeopardized if they returned to their country of origin. The Obama administration has started to speed up the process of scheduling immigration hearings on these children. AILA National, AILA Central Florida and legal aid organizations in Central Florida are working together to ensure that children in this region at least have basic legal representation.
The Obama Administration is considering administrative fixes due to Congressional inaction on immigration reform. These include potential remedies for undocumented parents of U.S. citizens here, and revising the way available green card numbers are counted so as to reduce waiting times in employment and family-based categories. An announcement could come as early as this month. AILA has been on the front line of presenting potential administrative fixes to the administration.
AILA CFC Works to End Unlawful “Detainers”
Detainers are the so-called “immigration holds” that local police engage in on behalf of ICE. When someone suspected by law enforcement to be undocumented is detained by local police such as for a traffic stop, Sheriff’s offices are permitted to hold that individual for 48 hours while ICE determined their immigration status or whether to pursue removal proceedings against them.
Often Sheriff’s offices hold people for much longer than 48 hours. Some of these individuals are U.S. citizens or green card holders. Immigration violations are a civil matter, not a criminal matter, and these individuals should not be held indefinitely without probable cause that they have committed a crime. Counties incur substantial costs and liability in breaking the law on behalf of ICE.
Due to efforts by the ACLU, The Miami Law School Immigration Law Clinic, AILA Central Florida, and AILA South Florida, and other organizations, Sheriff’s offices throughout the state are ceasing these detainers unless there is probable cause to detain.