Tenacious, Experienced and Prepared

Galveston, TX

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Collins & Associates

About Collins & Associates Attorneys

 Family Law

Lawyers at Collins & Associates provide thoughtful, experienced and compassionate legal representation to help clients get through the emotional and financial stress brought on by divorce. We are dedicated to helping clients move forward with their lives, fighting to protect their rights with respect to custody, visitation, child support, and spousal support. We handle divorce cases and all matters associated with a divorce such as: child custody, modification of custody or child support orders, post-divorce enforcement issues, separation, pre-martial agreements, separation, domestic and international adoptions, grandparent's rights, closely held family businesses, family trusts or marriages with significant separate property estates.

Immigration Law:

Legal immigration is a highly regulated and tightly controlled system that serves the national interest. Legal immigration is good for America – citizens and immigrants alike. Who is a legal immigrant? A legal immigrant is a foreign-born individual who has been admitted to reside in the United States as a lawful permanent resident (LPR). LPRs are given immigrant visas, commonly referred to as “green cards.” Nonimmigrants are foreign-born individuals who are permitted to enter the United States for a limited period of time, and are given only temporary (nonimmigrant) visas.

Family based immigration, a tightly regulated system, allows for close relatives of U.S. Citizens and Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs) to rejoin their families here in America. Family-based immigrants are admitted to the U.S. either as immediate relatives of U.S. citizens or through the family preference system.

There are five basic types of business immigrant visas, ranked in order of priority of need by U.S. employers and the economy. All categories are limited by annual levels and per country levels. These immigrants become permanent residents (obtain “green cards”) and the indefinite right to live and work in the United States, as long as they do not commit any offense that would render them deportable. Business immigrants usually are sponsored by a U.S. employer based on a demonstrated need. Some business immigrants may self-petition if they meet statutory criteria for “extraordinary ability” in their field, or if their entry would be in the “national interest.” (medical school graduates) Protections for U.S. workers are built into the system. Most business immigrant cases require Department of Labor certification that no U.S. workers are able, qualified, or willing to take the position

We handle employment based visas, family visas, immigrant and non-immigrant visas: Adjustment of Status, extensions of stay, investor visas, B-(visitor) visas, H-visas, O-visas, J-visas, F-(student) visas, K-visas.

Real Estate Law:

We handle reals estate purchases and sales, landlord-tenant matters, foreclosures, leases, real estate disputes, real estate litigation, commercial and residential leases, our attorneys handle commercial development issues, such as subdivision, homeowner associations, restrictive covenants, easements, water front and beach front issues and planning disputes.

Juvenile Law:

A child who breaks the law in Texas may enter a complex world of procedures, places and people called the juvenile justice system. On your first telephone call to the office, you will speak to a staff member regarding specific information about the charge(s) against your child. If your child has been arrested we can help.

Civil Litigation:

Civil matters, including landlord-tenant matters, construction fraud, contract disputes, and general collections matters. We also provide counsel to clients on a range of other issues to prevent problems from arising or escalating into costly litigation. Civil litigation can include representation at trial, arbitration, mediation, and/or settlement for non-criminal cases. As experienced trial lawyers, we can assist you with civil litigation in matters such as:

 

Commercial Disputes

Construction Fraud

Negligent Construction

Construction Litigation

Consumer Rights

Collections

Contract Breach

Debt Collection

Employment / Labor Law

Real Estate Litigation

Landlord / Tenant

Eviction (unlawful detainers)

 

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Kathleen Collins