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I'm trying to be proactive with evidence for ROC, and we are going to put together a Last Will & Testament. The state of California does not require a will to be notarized. Will USICS be fine with that (since it is state law where we live) or should I get it notarized?


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A document meeting legal requirements in your state is sufficient.  I sent copies of our advance directives (designating each other as health care proxy).  In Texas, 2 witnesses are required, but no notarization.

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I agree with missileman, suspect that following whatever the prevailing law in your particular state will suffice. 

 

We feel that just the mere inclusion of our wills, living wills and durable powers of attorney helped buttress our case of marriage bonafides  to USCIS, and is also very useful later on in your lives. We used the services of Legalzoom.com to get our documents in order. We feel it was money well spent.

 

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2 minutes ago, Pitaya said:

I agree with missileman, suspect that following whatever the prevailing law in your particular state will suffice. 

 

We feel that just the mere inclusion of our wills, living wills and durable powers of attorney helped buttress our case of marriage bonafides  to USCIS, and is also very useful later on in your lives. We used the services of Legalzoom.com to get our documents in order. We feel it was money well spent.

 

Good luck on your immigration journey.

I did look at LegalZoom. There are a lot of sites where you can get free templates for all of the above and then just get them notarized on your own. Did you feel like LegalZoom offered something extra that made it worth the cost?


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USCIS Approval Date: 8/29/17

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NOA2 issued date: 8/26/2017

Notice from USCIS Sent to NVC: 9/11/2017

NVC Received: 9/21/2017

Case Number and Invoice Number Available: 9/22/2017

Welcome Letter: 9/27/17

Received Invoices for AOS and IV and Paid Both (No DS-261 as I have a lawyer): 9/27/2017 

DS-260 Unlocked: 9/29/2017

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Just now, DiamondEyes490 said:

I did look at LegalZoom. There are a lot of sites where you can get free templates for all of the above and then just get them notarized on your own. Did you feel like LegalZoom offered something extra that made it worth the cost?

Personally, we used a free template I found online which complies with Texas law.......but notary was not required.


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  • Case received at NVC: 10/11/2016                               
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  • AOS Fee Invoiced:10/24/2016  
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  • IV Fee Invoiced:10/24/2016  
  • IV Fee Paid:10/25/2016
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  • I751 mailed to Dallas PO Box: 3/28/2019
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7 minutes ago, missileman said:

Personally, we used a free template I found online which complies with Texas law.......but notary was not required.

I'm probably going to do the same. California does require the notary for a Living Will and POA, so I will have to pay for that piece. Legal Zoom is $99-149 for all of that v. about $20 if I just get it notarized.


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Service Center: Texas

Consulate: Cuba  Colombia. Thanks, Trump!

Marriage: 12/31/2016

I-130 Sent: 3/2/2017

I-130 NOA1: 3/8/2017

USCIS Approval Date: 8/29/17

NOA2 hardcopy received: 9/5/2017

NOA2 issued date: 8/26/2017

Notice from USCIS Sent to NVC: 9/11/2017

NVC Received: 9/21/2017

Case Number and Invoice Number Available: 9/22/2017

Welcome Letter: 9/27/17

Received Invoices for AOS and IV and Paid Both (No DS-261 as I have a lawyer): 9/27/2017 

DS-260 Unlocked: 9/29/2017

DS-260 Submitted: 10/5/17

IV & AOS Packages Mailed: 10/5/17

Packages Physically Arrived at NVC10/10/17

Scan Date: 10/11/17

Case Complete: 11/20/17

Case Complete Email: 11/28/17

Interview Date Received: 1/31/18

Interview: 3/27/18- Approved!

POE: 4/5/18, LAX

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2-Year Green Card Received: 4/21/18

 

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After going through all of the trials and tribulations associated with our immigration journey, and getting our first RFE at this stage of the game, we just wanted to git 'er done, and avoid more delays and more possible RFEs.  Didn't have to make appointments with a local attorney, could review and work on it at our pace, Legalzoom knew exactly to do and were able to get our documents to us in good order, with specific forms and instructions for our State.  

 

At the end of the day, it is good that you folks are functioning as a couple, that to me is the best marriage bonafide that there is. In the end, both of us were very united in wanting to be done with USCIS....

 

Whatever works for you....YMMV.

Edited by Pitaya

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5 minutes ago, Pitaya said:

After going through all of the trials and tribulations associated with our immigration journey, and getting our first RFE at this stage of the game, we just wanted to git 'er done, and avoid more delays and more possible RFEs.  Didn't have to make appointments with a local attorney, could review and work on it at our pace, Legalzoom knew exactly to do and were able to get our documents to us in good order, with specific forms and instructions for our State.  

 

At the end of the day, it is good that you folks are functioning as a couple, that to me is the best marriage bonafide that there is. In the end, both of us were very united in wanting to be done with USCIS....

 

Whatever works for you....YMMV.

Thanks :)

 

And I can't blame you with just wanting it to be done at that point. I'm really not looking forward to ROC given how long it's taking nowadays and the fact that we will likely have an interview (assuming all criteria in that memorandum they sent out hold true. We were CR1, so no interview by USICS).


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Service Center: Texas

Consulate: Cuba  Colombia. Thanks, Trump!

Marriage: 12/31/2016

I-130 Sent: 3/2/2017

I-130 NOA1: 3/8/2017

USCIS Approval Date: 8/29/17

NOA2 hardcopy received: 9/5/2017

NOA2 issued date: 8/26/2017

Notice from USCIS Sent to NVC: 9/11/2017

NVC Received: 9/21/2017

Case Number and Invoice Number Available: 9/22/2017

Welcome Letter: 9/27/17

Received Invoices for AOS and IV and Paid Both (No DS-261 as I have a lawyer): 9/27/2017 

DS-260 Unlocked: 9/29/2017

DS-260 Submitted: 10/5/17

IV & AOS Packages Mailed: 10/5/17

Packages Physically Arrived at NVC10/10/17

Scan Date: 10/11/17

Case Complete: 11/20/17

Case Complete Email: 11/28/17

Interview Date Received: 1/31/18

Interview: 3/27/18- Approved!

POE: 4/5/18, LAX

SSN Card Received: 4/16/18

2-Year Green Card Received: 4/21/18

 

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Colorado also doesnt need a notary BUT when I delved deeper, the estate would go into probate to assess the will before being acted upon.  With a notarized will this didnt happen so we chose the $5 notary fee. 


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1 minute ago, NikLR said:

Colorado also doesnt need a notary BUT when I delved deeper, the estate would go into probate to assess the will before being acted upon.  With a notarized will this didnt happen so we chose the $5 notary fee. 

For a will or trust, I would definitely opt for a notarized signature.......


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Retired Registered Nurse with practice in Labor/Delivery, Home Health, Adolescent Psych, Adult Psych

Retired IT Professional, Software Developer, Database Manager

 

Immigration Journey:

  • Texas Service Center after transfer from Nebraska
  • Consulate :Taipei, Taiwan
  • Marriage: 7/30/2015
  • I-130 NOA1 : 4/27/2016
  • I-130 Approved :9/8/2016
  • Case received at NVC: 10/11/2016                               
  • Case # and IIN#: 10/24/2016
  • AOS Fee Invoiced:10/24/2016  
  • AOS Fee Paid:10/25/2016
  • IV Fee Invoiced:10/24/2016  
  • IV Fee Paid:10/25/2016
  • DS-260 Completed: 10/28/16
  • Scan Date:11/9/2016
  • Supervisor review: 12/21/16 
  • Checklist: 1/13/17 
  • Case Complete: 4/10/17
  • Interview Date: 5/8/17 
  • Visa  "ISSUED": 5/10/17
  • Visa and Passport in hand/Flight to USA Booked!!!: 5/12/17  
  • POE Dallas DFW on June 22, 2017
  • SS Card received : 7/3/2017
  • 2-year Green Card received in mail: 7/15/17
  • I751 mailed to Dallas PO Box: 3/28/2019
  • I-797 extension letter  for ROC dated 4/2/2019  MSCxxxxxxxxxx received: 4/6/2019
  • Biometrics apt received for 4/25/2019: on 4/12/2019
 

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