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James Geoffrey Beirne

James Geoffrey Beirne

National Association of Bankruptcy Attorneys
  • Bankruptcy, Estate Planning, Immigration Law
  • California, Nevada
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Over 20 years experience with consumer Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcies, lien avoidance and income tax discharge.

Practice Areas
  • Bankruptcy
  • Estate Planning
  • Immigration Law
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    For Estate Planning and Immigration Law. Obviously not for bankruptcy.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
9th Circuit
Professional Experience
National Association of Bankruptcy Attorneys
Bankruptcy Pro Bono Project
- Current
Los Angeles County Bar Association
- Current
Southwestern Law School
Debtor Assistance Project
United States Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of Calif.
Professional Associations
Central District of California Bankruptcy Attorney Association
- Current
National Association of Bankruptcy Attorneys
- Current
Speaking Engagements
Introduction to Consumer Bankruptcy Law, United States Bankruptcy Court
Central District of California Bankruptcy Attorneys
Dishcharging Taxes in Bankruptcy
Websites & Blogs
Legal Answers
4 Questions Answered

Q. Can illegal immigrant applying 4 a green card thru marriage be eligible for adjustment of status if they entered illegal
A: If you came into the country without documentation you will have to consular process. That means that you will file your spousal petition I-130 then when it gets approved you make an appointment to process through the consulate, e.g. Ciudad Juarez. They will ask for a waiver of your unlawful presence and that could take 9 months to a year. To avoid that, once you have an approve family (spousal ) petition you prepare and file a 601A waiver for the unlawful presence. You will have to show hardship to a qualifying relative (your spouse). You send that off and wait for an answer and when it comes back YES/APPROVED then you make the appointment to consular process. With your waiver you will only be out of the country for a week instead of months. Just make sure there are no other impediments to your receiving lawful permanent residence.
Q. How can I add my domestic partner to my work health insurance if she dosent have a social security number
A: If you marry, then you can file a spousal petition for an immediate relative. Your partner will get work authorization and a social security number very quickly.
Q. is chapter 13 multiple bankruptcy filing within a year or a calendar year (jan 1st -dec 31)?
A: The Code says within a year which means the 12 months preceding.
Q. I only have my daca and do to the financial situation I'm in I'm considering to file bankrupcey. Could this affect me?
A: The filing of a bankruptcy will not effect your ability to adjust status in the future. ยง525 of the Bankruptcy Code says that the government cannot discriminate against you merely for having filed for protection under the Code. As far as your DACA, have you considered applying for Advance Parole? If granted, when you reenter the country, you will have been "admitted or paroled" which means with a qualifying relative you could adjust status to a permanent resident (green card) without having to consular process outside of the States.
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16633 Ventura Blvd.
Suite 1200
Encino, CA 91436
Telephone: (818) 224-4500