Vivian M. Williams, Esq., has been Inducted into the Prestigious Marquis Who’s Who Biographical Registry

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NEW YORK, NY, August 04, 2023 /24-7PressRelease/ — Vivian M. Williams, Esq., has been included in Marquis Who’s Who. As in all Marquis Who’s Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.

He is also the President of VMW Law – a law firm with divisions in the United States and the Caribbean, and The Williams Firm – a boutique real estate firm in New York City.

Leveraging more than two decades of excellence in law, economics, business and crisis management, Dr. Williams has earned distinction as an adjunct professor of business at the Baruch College Zicklin School of Business. Since 2022, he has been channeling decades of real-world experience and academic rigor to mold future business leaders in the Department of International Business at Baruch College.

Outside of his teaching efforts with Baruch College, Dr. Williams is the President of VMW Law – a law firm with divisions in the United States and the Caribbean, and The Williams Firm – a boutique real estate firm in New York City. In his private practice, Dr. Williams uses a unique blend of law, business, and communications competencies to help corporations and entrepreneurs navigate legal and functional issues. He has decades of litigation and transactional experience, combined with competencies in predictive analysis. He offers a variety of services to help individuals and entities minimize risk and optimize opportunities in business ventures.

Dr. Williams hails from the small town of New Amsterdam in his native Guyana, South America. He started his professional life as a schoolteacher after completing teacher training at Cyril Potter College of Education in Guyana. He pursued undergraduate studies at the University of Guyana before migrating to the United States. Following these achievements, he attained a Master of Laws in global antitrust law and economics from George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School and Master of Laws in intellectual property and media law from the Cardozo School of Law. He is also a graduate of the George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management where he attained a Master of Strategic Public Relations. This was followed by an MBA from TRIUM – a top ranked global program jointly administered by NYU Stern School of Business, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and HEC (Paris). He has capped off his academic achievements with a Doctorate in Business Administration from Baruch College.

Sitting at the intersection of law, economics, and public policy, Dr. Williams’ scholarship focuses on the role of law and institutional structures in remedying or perpetuating socioeconomic disparities and injustices. Key areas of his practice are cross-border mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property law, antitrust, corporate reorganization, crisis management and appellate advocacy.

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One of the major responsibilities of a Human Resource Manager is to create a safe, comfortable, and non-hostile work environment for the employees.  As an employer, you must make sure that all your employees are treated equally. Discrimination, harassment, and unequal treatment of employees may constitute a hostile work environment.
The consequences of a hostile work environment include costly litigation, high staff turnover and low productivity. Any of these consequences could cripple a company, leading sometimes to its demise.
If you need help setting up the right policies and procedures, it’s a good idea to consult a New York City business lawyer who can help you create an ideal work environment for your employees. Rather than wait for an embarrassing lawsuit to retainer a lawyer, it is good practice to have an employment lawyer help you avoid the pitfalls.
How an Employer Can Avoid a Hostile Work Environment
To prevent creating a hostile work environment, first, you need to focus on what causes it. When behaviors like discrimination, victimization, violence, and sexual harassment occur in a company, it leads to hostile behavior. If employees are intimated, scared, or offended by the actions or behaviors of co-workers, managers, or clients, it creates a hostile work environment.  Here are some attributes that put employees at risk of harassment:
  • Nationality
  • Disability
  • Race
  • Religion
  • Gender
  • Sexual Orientation
It’s important to have well-documented policies and procedures to enforce anti-discrimination and harassment policies.
Zero Tolerance and Training to Prevent a Hostile Work Environment
As an employer, you can create a safe, welcoming, and employee-friendly environment with a few simple steps, as follows:
  • Zero-tolerance: This is a very effective policy to prevent harassment, inappropriate or discriminatory behavior. An inappropriate comment or joke may offend some people, but not others. Therefore, it’s important to prohibit any behavior, speech, or actions that another employee could find offensive. The team at VMW LAW can help you formulate your policies and procedures and give you advice on how to notify employees of your expectations.
  • Taking actions: When an incident is reported by any employee, Human Resources should handle it very seriously, and resolve the issue before the situation gets worse. That may mean terminating employees that violate the policies and procedures related to creating a hostile work environment.
  • Training your employees: Offering harassment training to your employees daily is very important. Managers need specific, personalized training to help avoid the appearance of discrimination that can lead to a hostile environment. Computer-based training is a great way to track who has completed the training and to conduct quizzes on the materials to ensure learning and retention of these critical policies.
Support Employees Claiming Harassment
If any of your employees report discrimination, it’s important to address their concerns. It’s also a good idea to consult a NYC employment attorney to make sure your company does everything it can to resolve the issue. Hire a New York employment attorney with many years of experience in the field. Moreover, a knowledgeable NYC employment lawyer can guide you on how you can protect employees’ rights in your organization.
Roles of New York Employment Attorneys in Creating a Safe Work Environment
New York employment attorneys help workers get justice if they experience wrongful termination, sexual harassment, unlawful firings, and discrimination based on age, race, gender, or religion. Some employment lawyers help employers to avoid the consequences of a hostile work environment. VMW LAW, a New York-based law firm, provides extraordinary support and has an excellent team of NYC employment lawyers to ensure that you get the best legal services available.
So, partner with a New York City business lawyer who will strive to get you best outcome. When employees feel humiliated, unsupported, and discriminated against, nobody wins. It is time you create an inclusive work culture that discourages discriminatory behavior and inappropriate actions.
Businesses utilize lawyers for various reasons, most notably when they are brawling in legal battles against competitors and need protection from various legal claims. In addition to this, both start-ups and renowned companies will also turn to attorneys when they need experts to register new ventures, purchase or lease property, finance agreements, and service agreements among others. Whichever of these instances you need help with, getting the right New York business contracts lawyer will be essential in ensuring you get the best out of every scenario.
Negotiating and Reviewing Business Agreements
The first reason why hiring the right attorney is paramount is to help you negotiate and review contracts. Numerous business owners will often have to sign multiple agreements daily, with the wrong deal likely to lead to business losses or a breach of contract. Breach of contract could be very costly to a business and could lead to insolvency. For this reason, getting the right New York business lawyer is essential for success of your business.
Overseeing Negotiations
As is the case with numerous business deals, various parties will often be required to discuss and negotiate the terms of future agreements, with the exchange of information being a critical part of this. New York business lawyers are trained to handle such matters, with their oversight coming in handy in making sure that the agreements abide by the required New York Business Law. More importantly, the right provisions should be included in the agreements to protect your business.
Puts Your Best Interest to the Front
Lawyers have a fiduciary duty to their clients, with their primary mandate being to work in your company’s best interests. This means that no matter the business or agreement you are involved in, your lawyer will always have your back, allowing your company to reap the most from every business deal.
Protects You from Bad Contracts
Every company will want to safeguard their company from the pitfalls of a bad contract, with most leading to financial turmoil when various clauses are not met. With this in mind, New York City business lawyers can help you get the best legal advice before you sign any contract. Since your legal team will comb through the various issues drafted in your agreement, they will help you avoid the legal implications of any potential bad contract.
Other Areas Where an Expert’s Help Will Come in Handy
Apart from assisting you with your business contracts, lawyers can also help with various areas. These include:
Document Preparation
Before getting into any contract, your company will first need to register the right business. This means applying for the correct registration licenses, whether a partnership, sole proprietorship, or limited liability corporation, after which you can send in your paperwork according to the proper state and federal requirements. If you have no idea of the ideal category to apply for, your lawyer will be your best bet in helping you prepare the proper documentation and filling in the correct license. This allows you to get the appropriate legal protection while ensuring that your future interests are protected.
Tackling Various Legal Matters
Understanding various aspects of the law will often prove challenging for numerous business owners, with most required to take care of different aspects of the company during their operations. A few of these include taxation and employee practices. If you need help with any of these, the right New York City business lawyer can help turn any strenuous issue into a streamlined process by employing a feasible solution.
How an Attorney Can Help
Whether you need help with your business contracts or need assistance in other areas of your business, getting the right small business attorney New York professional will be paramount in helping you protect your business interests. Do not hesitate to contact VMW Law if you need assistance for any legal issue your business has.

New York, NY – As vaccine hesitancy continues to undermine COVID-19 vaccination efforts, a New York crisis management lawyer, believes that vaccinating immigrant children in the United States, requires thinking out of the box. Vivian M. Williams, who offers immigration and crisis management services thinks existing vaccination laws, complicate matters for immigrant children.   

In 40 of the 50 states, the law requires parents to provide approval for their child under the age of 18 to receive medical treatment, including vaccines. These medical consent laws vary in different states. While some states relaxed laws so older children and teens can easily obtain vaccination against COVID-19, other push for more restrictions. Tougher restrictions prevent teens from obtaining medical treatment without parental consent.

The requirement that a parent be present complicates things for immigrant children because their parents are more likely to be at work during the hours that vaccination sites operate”; Williams says. 

Immigrants are more likely to be employed in day labor positions. Many migrant workers toil in farm fields or on large-scale construction projects each day. Because both parents may be working in jobs not covered by the Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA), they may not be able to take their children to vaccination appointments. Without the protection of the FMLA, immigrant parents may lose pay if they take a day off. Absence from work could also get them fired. 

To mitigate the problem, “we have to think outside the box”, the experienced immigration lawyer says. He urges clinicians to borrow ideas from other medical practitioners to ensure immigrants are adequately protected from COVID-19. 

Recommendation No. 1: Vaccination Clinics After-Hour and Weekends

Health care providers in various areas have overcome work commitment as an obstacle to access to healthcare by offering vaccination clinics after-hours or on weekends. These options could increase the COVID vaccination rate among immigrant children. The effect would be two-fold. First it would boost job security for adults. Second, it would improve the safety of immigrant children, who typically attend public schools in the local area, as well as migrant camps. Vaccination clinics should also be set up in migrant camps.

Recommendation No. 2: coordination between Clinicians and Health Departments

Clinicians should call their state and county health departments to determine which counties overrode state laws with their own consent laws. You can also use the website to learn about consent laws for minors in your county and state. also provides guidance for teens to start a conversation about COVID-19 vaccinations with their parents. You could also subscribe to the VMW LAW mailing list to receive useful updates and alerts on laws may affect you.  

Recommendation No. 3: Vaccination Clinic Considerations that Cater to Immigrants

Clinicians also need to structure vaccination clinics to cater for migrants and immigrant community needs. Besides working around their work schedules, clinicians need to provide other customizations to ensure the vaccination clinic assists as many individuals as possible. The prominent New York immigration lawyer suggest considering:

  • Mobility issues, such as shut-ins or those without vehicles experience,
  • Language barriers, easily accommodated by providing a translator,
  • Cultural barriers, such as mistrust of authority or reliance on natural or homeopathic medicine which you can address through written information in their native language,
  • Fear of sharing their immigration status, which you can accommodate by declaring your policy.

Traveling to migrant camps with a mobile vaccination clinic can help alleviate the third and fourth problems. You can also host pop-up clinics at churches, grocery stores, and flea markets to increase vaccination numbers and improve your standing in their community as a trusted source of medical information and treatment. This also provides you with an opportunity to provide culturally relevant vaccination materials that can help you turn the tide of the opinion of vaccines and US medical authorities.

Consider partnering with local churches to provide translators for group education, so you do not violate HIPPA laws regarding privacy. You don’t need to hire translators, as this could become prohibitively expensive, especially in areas like New York where a clinic might require individuals capable of translating Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Farsi, French, etc. Partnering with local community groups provides an opportunity for to you address vaccine hesitancy which may be peculiar among immigrants.

Vivian M. Williams is a New York lawyer with close to two decades of experience.  He offers crisis management, immigration, and compliance and assessment services. Find out more and follow him at LinkedIn or Twitter. Call VMW LAW at (646) 756-2894. 

New York City business Lawyers deal with different iterations of civil law. Sometimes, this requires them to appear in court. Other times, New York attorneys try to avoid a trial through the act of arbitration. Here’s more information on the practice and how it helps in legal cases.

How does Arbitration work?

Arbitration is used as an out-of-court resolution between two parties. This can happen between a set of attorneys or with the presence of a plaintiff and defendant. While it has some features of a court proceeding, arbitration normally takes place in a meeting room. For instance, a conference room at the courthouse, a space in one of the firms’, or a neutral location.
The act of arbitration doesn’t take place at the offices of a law firm such as VMW LAW, unless both parties’ consent to this proceeding. However, arbitration is something that is included in many business contracts. For instance, a business acquisition attorney adds it as a clause to a relevant agreement. It must be signed by the company owner and legal representatives.
Binding and Non-Binding
There are two types of arbitration: binding and non-binding. In binding arbitration, the parties agree to the decision of the arbitrator and waive their right to a court trial. In non-binding arbitration, if a party doesn’t agree with the decision, it could opt to move the proceedings to a trial.
Selection of an Arbitrator
Normally, a sitting judge isn’t considered an arbitrator. It is usually someone who is retired from the bench. Additionally, an arbitrator could be someone certified by the American Arbitration Association (AAA). Therefore, arbitrators could be subject matter experts (SME) within their field.
Attorneys can select a single arbitrator to listen to arguments and determine a ruling. However, it’s more common to involve a panel of three arbitrators. Each party chooses someone while the third is selected by the other two arbitrators.
As an example, arbitration is requested in a dispute between a startup company and a customer. The New York small business attorney would select one arbitrator. The attorney for the customer, which could be another business, selects another arbitrator. Then, these two arbitrators review the situation and request a third arbitrator that best fits the scenario.
The way arbitrators’ rule isn’t much different than a sitting judge. They must adhere to ethics codes developed by the AAA and the American Bar Association (ABA). They must also show neutrality no matter who selects them.

How Arbitration Helps

There are several ways that arbitration benefits both parties.
Benefit No. 1: Confidentiality
Although there is a record of the proceedings, what is said during arbitration remains confident. It’s not heard by the press, a courthouse of spectators, and 12 jurors. Thus, NY business law attorneys, may feel more comfortable revealing more sensitive information. This is could increase the chances of obtaining the best outcome.

Benefit No. 2: Less Complicated

Since the arbitrators tend to be experts within their fields, arbitration is less complicated. Plus, they’re able to absorb more specific information for consideration. For instance, NY business law attorneys may be more willing to discussing issues related to the current market. It’s easier for them to do this than to bring several experts to court.

Benefit No. 3: Less Expensive

A court trial costs more for both the law firm and the client. This is due to factors like scheduling, research, jury selection, and the trial itself. On the other hand, most of the fees related to arbitration are for the conference room, court reporter, and arbitrators.

Benefit No.4: Finality

If binding arbitration is selected, then the results are final. On the other hand, the results of a trial could be appealed for years. Thus, your case remains in perpetual limbo.
In the end, arbitration may be the best way to go in civil lawsuits. If this is something you’d like to proceed with, contact VMW LAW for more information.
Disclosures are a crucial part of any real estate translation. Regardless of if you are buying or selling your home, you should be familiar with disclosures and understand that even though they are meant to reveal any defects in a home, not everyone plays by the rules. To learn more about disclosures, contact a New York real estate attorney.

What is a Real Estate Disclosure? 

A real estate disclosure statement is given to buyers to provide significant information about the property. Additionally, the disclosure documents the seller’s experience with the home and the property. Disclosures can include anything from leaky windows to unpermitted work and structural issues to previous termite damage. Disclosures inform the buyer of the potential problems and protect the seller against future legal damage.
If you have questions about real estate disclosures and any legal issues associated with selling a home, contact a NY real estate lawyer.

Things to know about real estate disclosures

The first thing to understand about real estate disclosures is that they are designed to reveal any unseen and hidden defects in a home. Though not always intentional, a homeowner often puts a fresh coat of paint on a house to make it more presentable for showings. The new coat of paint can cover up defects in the home, and the disclosure lets the buyer know what the paint is underneath.
Disclosure laws vary by state, county, and city where the home is located. Most disclosures have several documents, including Natural Hazards Disclosure Statement, State Transfer Disclosure Statements, and other forms related to the condition of the home, property, and surrounding area. Additionally, the statement should include previous home improvements, renovations, and upgrades conducted by the sellers. Other disclosures may consist of nuisance neighbors, troubles in the community, problems with wildlife, and pets on the premises.
Some disclosure statements have a series of yes and no questions for the seller to answer. A real estate attorney can help answer questions about disclosure requirements and help prepare the documents needed.

What to do with a disclosure statement? 

Once given the disclosure statement, buyers should take time to cross-check all disclosures made by the seller with city building permits and zoning reports. Look for any work completed without permits or approvals by the municipality because these repairs or updates may not have been completed up to code. An attorney specializing in New York real estate law can help cross-check and authenticate all disclosures given by the seller.

Is a disclosure statement the same thing as an inspection? 

A disclosure statement is not the same thing as an inspection. The disclosure statement is something the seller writes up or fills out to document their knowledge of the property. An independent inspection is conducted by a third party to reveal defects the seller may or may not have been aware of.

How an attorney can help

A New York City real estate attorney can help cross-check all disclosures with permitting and zoning reports, validating everything was included. Additionally, suppose something was left off the disclosure, resulting in a problem. In that case, the attorney can help file a claim against the previous owner/seller for damages related to not disclosing specific items. As a seller, a real estate attorney can help ensure you have included everything needed in the disclosure, reducing the risk of being held liable for any damages associated with the improper disclosure or failure to disclose something about the property.
When buying or selling a home, consult with NY real estate lawyers to discuss questions and concerns related to the disclosure. If you have questions or need additional information, Call VMW LAW. A real estate attorney will be happy to assist you.

Social injustice and equality now sit at the top of the agenda of global leaders and corporate executives. Outrage on social media over the death of George Floyd spilled unto the street and into boardrooms. Consequently, rioting in major cities across the world, turned May/June into months of riots.

People all over the world are angered by a police officer kneeling on Floyd’s neck while he muttered “I can’t breathe”. Despite the COVID19 pandemic, protesters defied social distancing rules to demand social justice and equality. COVID19 is evidently not the only respiratory problem ravaging black communities.

“I can’t breathe” is a plea routinely made by black men who are placed in police chokehold in the streets of America. “I can’t breathe” were the last words of Eric Garner and George Floyd. Both men pleaded without success for a chance to survive America’s deadly chokehold. Moreover, it is not only on the streets that African Americans are struggling to catch their breath. In corporate America, minorities are also whispering under their breath “I can’t breathe”.

Would Street Demonstration Make a Difference?

The massive global demonstrations triggered by Floyd’s death, raise an important question. Would street demonstrations move the needle towards greater diversity and social justice in corporate America? Though American companies have diversity and inclusion programs, people of color are struggling to climb the corporate ladder. The change we are hoping for is agonizingly slow. Has Floyd’s death brought us to an inflection point?

Though people of color are trickling into positions of leadership, the bystander syndrome is an obstacle standing in the way of social justice. Black officers are routinely among police officers involved in the killing of unarmed black men. They watch fellow officers engage in cruel and inhumane treatment of people of color without intervening. Similarly, those in leadership positions may not be doing enough to stop discrimination and social injustice.

Too Many Corporate Bystanders to Social Injustice

For diversity and inclusion programs to succeed, companies must do more than hire a few minorities. They must embrace diverse cultures so that people of color could feel comfortable being themselves. For this to happen, negative perceptions of African Americans and aspects of their culture should not influence performance assessments. Further, for diversity to contribute to social justice, minorities should be empowered to assist members of their community. Otherwise, it would merely create bystanders.

In a Harvard Business Review article, David Pedulla asks “what’s really working?” Hiring a few people of color in strategic positions would not end discrimination when the bystander syndrome is present. Bystanders are created if, on their way to the top, black professionals are forced to reject their identity.

The corporate world has a history of rejecting the culture of people of color. Their hair style, linguistic traits, fashion and deportment have been rejected. To fit-in, blacks have been forced to shed their identity. This weakens the bond with their communities. The stereotyping of people of color contributes to discrimination. Twitter user Zakiyya, captures this succinctly in the tweet below.

Steps to take to reduce social injustice and move the needle towards equality

  1. Secure Commitment to Review Hiring Criteria: There should be clear social justice goals. Changes to hiring criteria that are adversely impacting people of color should be identified. A commitment should then be obtained from corporate leaders to review these criteria and commit to change. Since corporate leaders are pledging support to end social injustice, there should be little pushback.
  2. Examine How Companies are Meeting their Promise: One approach is to let companies set and commit to goals that can be measured. Further, this would avoid the usual greenwashing rhetoric that goes no where. Clear goals will lead to better monitoring.
  3. Focus on Industries not just Individual Companies: Instead of focusing only on particular companies, focus should also be on industries. Focusing on industries could lead to industry-wide commitment to diversity and equality.
  4. Pressure Bystanders to Act: Persons of colors who are in leadership positions should be celebrated. However, they should also be some pressure to take action to end social injustice. They should not be mere bystanders.

The Legal Industry should provide leadership for Social Justice

Racially Diverse Jury

Law firms should lead the fight for social justice in the courtroom and the boardroom. In the courtroom, they could balance the scales of justice to ensure abusers are penalized. Through effective advocacy, the judicial system could be a forum where victims receive justice. Many of the major riots were sparked by discontent with the justice system.

Beyond the courtroom, law firms have to put their houses in order. They must ensure that their employment practices are not discriminatory. They cannot rely on a revenue model that is based on prosecuting companies in other industries for racial discrimination while being guilty of the same practices. We have to take the beam out of our own eyes before castigating others.

The Corporate legal departments (CLDs) that big law firms get business from, are now scrutinizing the corporate social responsibility (CSR) of law firms. Pressure from activists and street demonstrators is driving this change.

Diversity is an imperative for Big Law Firms to Maintain Market Share

In its 2019 State of Corporate Law Departments report, Thompson Reuters and Acritas warn that law departments at big corporations will play an important role in increasing diversity at law firms. American companies are hiring law firms that align with their corporate social responsibility policy. One way they are doing this is by ensuring there is diversity in the legal teams they hire. About 29% of companies that hire law firms are requiring information on diversity. So, law firms that do not take diversity seriously will begin to lose market share. This is forcing law firms to sign on to the Mansfield Rule which promotes diversity.

The Mansfield Rule Certification measures whether law firms have affirmatively considered at least 30 percent women, attorneys of color, LGBTQ+ and lawyers with disabilities for leadership and governance roles, equity partner promotions, formal client pitch opportunities, and senior lateral positions” – Diversity Lab

What the Diversity and Inclusion Movement Means for Big Law Firms

Law firms can no longer evade corporate social responsibility. To maintain their B2B and B2G clients, they have to implement CSR that aligns with their clients’ values. For the moment, many firms have created a broad category they call minorities and people of color. The Mansfield Rules allows them to lump women and people of color into a single category and report an aggregate 30% representation in the workforce. This means, a firm could boast of satisfying the Mansfield Rule without having a single African American as a partner or in positions of leadership.

If you take a look at the profiles of partners of many of the top firms, you wouldn’t find any African American. African Americans are also under represented among associates at top firms. The indication from the 2019 State of Corporate Law Departments Report is that firms that lack diversity will lose business to competitors with racial diversity.

Law firms should embrace diversity because a number of studies found that diversity leads to greater innovation and productivity. Innovation is another factor that is influencing which law firms companies hire to fulfill their legal needs. This so because innovation is important for the provision of legal services.

It is not surprising that Acritas founds, in its 2019 State of Corporate Legal Department Report, that greater diversity in legal teams leads to better results for CLDs. A culturally diverse legal team is also likely to connect much better with juries that are usually diverse. So, it is time for the legal industry to step forward and lead the transformation.

A Few Take Aways

  • Protest against social injustice and wealth inequality is transforming the culture of corporate America but the rate of change is very slow. Therefore, corporate leaders are tuning in from C-suites and boardrooms and are taking note. However, a lot of work still needs to be done for diversity and inclusion to become part of the DNA of influential companies.
  • As diversity and inclusion become more embedded in corporate culture, companies will insist on diversity along their supply chain. This means that firms that serve B2B and B2G market segments will lose business if they do not build a diverse workforce with a sense of belonging.

Immigration issues can be very complex and challenging, leading to feelings of frustration or disappointment. If you are having visa problems, you may be at risk of having to leave the United States, or not being able to enter in the first place. Visa problems have been the cause of many issues for families and individuals, including loss of employment and parents being separated from their children. If you are having visa problems, it can be helpful to learn how the visa process works in the United States. With such complex matters, it is important to have a New York City immigration attorney by your side to help explain the visa process and resolve any issues.

If you are a citizen of a foreign country who is trying to come into the United States, you generally need a United States visa in order to do so. This visa will be placed in your passport, which will be issued by the nation where you are a citizen. However, it is worth keeping in mind that there are certain international travelers who will be able to enter the country without a visa. These individuals must meet the requirements for visa free travel. If you leave the country without the proper visa to be able to come back, it is highly possible that you will not be able to come back to the United States.

If you are having immigration problems, consult with a New York City immigration attorney, such as Attorney Vivian Williams of The Williams Firm. Attorney Vivian Williams has the experience and the expertise to be able to answer a variety of questions on the immigration process and on your specific situation as pertaining to the immigration process. If you are in need of legal assistance as you are attempting to navigate through a challenging issue in immigration law, enlist the help of The Williams Firm to be able to make sure that you are able to safely stay in the country. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation and discuss your case.

You’ve finally found the perfect home in the perfect New York City location, and it’s in your price range too. Now it’s time to sign on the dotted line on a contract to purchase. It seems routine, but there can be complications after you sign off. That’s why you want the contract reviewed by a knowledgeable and experienced real estate attorney in New York City.

Lot Size
For the size of the lot that your new home is situated on, the contract might say “per survey.” Rather than that, you’ll want approximate lot dimensions. You might think that the lot is 100 feet by 100 feet, but the survey might come up with dimensions of 50 by 50. Insist that approximate lot dimensions be reflected in the contract to purchase.

The Deed
There are different types of deeds, and you’ll want a warranty deed. A warranty deed gives you three different promises. First, it warrants that the seller has sole and merchantable title to convey the property. Second, it guarantees that there are no liens, clouds or encumbrances on the property. Lastly, the seller promises that if there is a breach of either of the first two warranties, he or she will remedy any such problems at their sole expense.

Your Mortgage
The contract will state the terms of the mortgage that you’ll be getting. It will include the mortgage amount, the interest rate and whether it’s a 15-, 20- or 30-year mortgage. If you’re unable to obtain a mortgage within the terms that you agreed to, you can walk away from the transaction, and your earnest money should be refunded. Also remember that if your mortgage hasn’t been approved by the date set forth in the contract, you’ll need an extension on that date.

When you buy a home, you’re probably making the largest purchase that you’ll ever make. There can be pitfalls. Contact Attorney Vivian Williams for an experienced and trusted real estate attorney in New York City. The Williams Firm has years of experience with such cases and is prepared to handle yours today.

What is Immigration Law?

Immigration law refers to a set of rules that were established by the federal government regarding who can come to the country. These rules also determine how long a person can stay in the country. Additionally, immigration law determines how people who violate the rules are punished.

The United States has given congress the right to make laws regarding immigration. People obtain a Visa to come to the United States. Immigrant visas are available for people who want to stay in a country and work there. Non-immigrant visas are available for students, business people, and tourists who will be in the country for a short amount of time.

People from certain countries may be able to stay in the United States for up to 90 days without getting a Visa. People who want to apply for permanent residency or citizenship will have to submit several detailed applications to the federal government. Immigration laws change frequently, so this can make the process even more complicated.

Reasons to Call an Immigration Lawyer

Because immigration law can be quite complicated, it is always a good idea to call an attorney. Our New York City immigration attorney can help you determine whether you are eligible for a green card. He can also help you if you have already submitted an application for immigration and it has been denied. Furthermore, your trusted immigration attorney can help you if you have been deported and want to return to the United States.

You will need to bring your visas, passports, and notices from immigration authorities when you go to meet with your New York immigration attorney. If you are married, then you will need to bring a copy of your marriage license. Your attorney will likely ask you a number of questions and advise you on what you need to do next.

If you need an attorney, then contact The Williams Firm P.C. We can help you navigate through the difficult process of immigration. Call our office today to schedule your consultation.