Practice Areas

Attorney Lipzen focuses primarily on injury cases, immigration services, and bankruptcy services but never turns down the chance to help his clients in other ways, if possible. With over ten years of experience, Attorney Lipzen can become your go-to for legal expertise.

An Exemplary End Result

Thanks to Attorney Lipzen’s detail-oriented, thorough, and dedicated approach, he obtains the best result possible for each client he helps.

Immigration

Family Based Immigration

Our law firm specializes in uniting families worldwide, and we make it our priority to facilitate what can be an overwhelming and emotional process.  We can assist you with petitions for your family members, your future relatives, or adopted children.  

Naturalization

Lipzen Law has extensive experience in helping people achieve the American Dream of becoming a United States Citizen.

Fiancé Visa

If you (the petitioner) are a U.S. citizen AND you intend to marry within 90 days of your fiancé(e) entering the United States, you can file an I-129f Petition for Alien Fiancé.  It would be best if you met the following criteria:

  • You and your fiancé are both free to marry, and any previous marriages 
     must have been legally terminated by divorce, death, or annulment.
  • You met each other in person, at least once within 2 years of filing your petition. Two exceptions require a waiver: (1) If the requirement to meet would violate strict and long-established customs of your or your fiancé(e)’s foreign culture or social practice. OR (2) If you prove that the requirement to meet would result in extreme hardship to you.

Your fiance may include children under 21 years old of your fiance in the petition as derivatives.

Permission to Work: Your fiancé can apply for a permit to work after entering the United States. This could take between 3-4 months.  If you marry your fiancé within 90 days, you may instead apply for adjustment of status in conjunction with a permit to work.  This can take 3-4 months.

Permission to Travel

The Application for Travel Document is used to apply for three 
different types of travel documents:

  • Advance Parole
  • Refugee Travel Document
  • Re-Entry Permit

Adjustment of status

Adjustment of status is the process that you can use to apply for lawful permanent resident status (also known as applying for a Green Card) when present in the United States. This means that you may get a Green Card without having to return to your home country to complete visa processing.

If you are outside of the United States, you must obtain your visa abroad through consular processing.

Removal of conditions for permanent residents

A conditional permanent resident receives a Green Card valid for two years. To remove the conditions on your permanent resident status, you must file a petition within the 90-day period before your conditional Green Card expires. You cannot renew your conditional Green Card. If your conditions are not removed, you will lose your permanent resident status, and you will become removable from the United States.

U Visas

The U nonimmigrant status (U visa) is set aside for victims of certain crimes who have suffered mental or physical abuse and is helpful to law enforcement or government officials in the investigation or prosecution of criminal activity. Congress created the U nonimmigrant visa with the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act (including the Battered Immigrant Women’s Protection Act) in October 2000. The legislation was intended to strengthen the ability of law enforcement agencies to investigate and prosecute cases of domestic violence, sexual assault, trafficking of noncitizens and other crimes while also protecting victims of crimes who have suffered substantial mental or physical abuse due to the crime and are willing to help law enforcement authorities in the investigation or prosecution of the criminal activity. The legislation also helps law enforcement agencies to serve victims of crimes better. 

Injury

Whether you were riding a bicycle or a pedestrian, Lipzen Law has extensive experience in obtaining the best possible recovery for your accident injuries. Given the unprotected position of a bike rider or a pedestrian, serious injury can often result from a collision with a motor vehicle.  Often the fault of such an accident lies with the driver of the vehicle and not the bicyclist or the pedestrian.

 

Driving is something you probably do every day without much thought. When you live in the DFW area of Texas, there is often frequent traffic congestion on the roads. With more traffic on the roads, serious and often fatal car accidents can occur.

Riding motorcycles is one of Texas’ favorite pastimes. However, as most riders are aware, this favorite activity can also be a dangerous one. Given their small size and build, motorcycles pose unique risks to riders. Introducing a negligent driver into the mix can quickly turn deadly. Lipzen Law has helped many clients after a serious motorcycle crash. We represent clients in Tarrant County, Dallas County, Denton County, and Collin County who are dealing with serious injuries following a motorcycle accident. 

Every day, hundreds of large commercial trucks travel I-35W, I-35E, I-30, I-20 and I-820 in the DFW area. These commercial trucks bring a variety of supplies and goods across Texas. However, from Amazon delivery trucks to large 18-wheelers, these trucks can pose a danger to everyone on the road. That is because truck accidents are often severe and catastrophic due to their size and weight.  

If you suffer an injury in a car, commercial truck, motorcycle, bicycle, or pedestrian accident, it is important to know where you can turn for help.  Lipzen Law knows that injured accident survivors need help during this difficult time. That is why we offer free case evaluations, so you can get the information you need with no risk.

Bankruptcy

What is bankruptcy?

Bankruptcy is a legal proceeding where a person who can’t keep up with his or her bills can get a “fresh start.” Filing bankruptcy immediately stops (called “automatic stay”) all of your creditors seeking to collect debts from you until your debts are sorted out.

What is a Chapter 13 bankruptcy?

Unlike Chapter 7, where most debts are cancelled, a Chapter 13 bankruptcy requires the debtor to repay some or all of the debt according to a repayment plan. The repayment process can last 3-5 years. To qualify, the debtor must have a regular source of income to make repayments. Income includes wages, as well as retirement, social security, and disability benefits. In Chapter 13, a bankruptcy trustee is appointed to investigate your finances, make sure your plan is fair, address your creditor’s claims, and pay down your debts according to the plan. Your payments go to the trustee, who withholds 10% as a fee and sends the rest to your creditors. At the end of a Chapter 13 bankruptcy, the balance of unsecured debts (such as credit cards) will be discharged.

How will Chapter 13 affect my credit?

A completed Chapter 13 bankruptcy will get removed faster from your credit report than a Chapter 7. Chapter 7 appears on your credit report for about 10 years, while Chapter 13 will appear on your credit report for 7 years from the date you filed the case. For example, if you complete a 5-year Chapter 13 plan, it would stay on your credit report for only two more years from the date of discharge. A negative account stays on your credit report for seven and a half years.  Check your credit report for free by going to www.annualcreditreport.com.

What can Chapter 13 do?

A Chapter 13 bankruptcy CAN:

Allow a debtor who doesn’t qualify for a Chapter 7 to reorganize their finances by reducing their monthly payments to creditors.
Discharge what’s left of unsecured debt after the Chapter 13 payment plan is over.
Prevent debt collectors from pursuing outstanding debts that are listed in the bankruptcy.
Stop the foreclosure of your home and allow you to catch up on missed payments.
Stop repossession of a car or other property.
Stop debt collection harassment.

What can’t be done through Chapter 13?

A Chapter 13 bankruptcy CANNOT:

Discharge past-due child support, property taxes, IRS debt, and most student loans.
Protect you from “hot check” or other criminal charges, or waive criminal fines, fees, penalties and restitution.
Discharge debts that arise after the bankruptcy have been filed.
Eliminate creditor’s rights to secured property like car loans and home mortgages. After bankruptcy, your home can still be foreclosed and your car repossessed if you don’t make payments.

 

What is a Chapter 7?

Chapter 7 is known as “straight” bankruptcy” or “liquidation.” In Chapter 7, a list of all of your assets and debts is filed with the bankruptcy court. The court will appoint a “trustee” to represent the interests of your creditors and can sell your property to pay debts. In most Chapter 7 cases, however, your property will be “exempt” by law, and can’t be sold to satisfy the creditor’s claims. When your chapter 7 case is over (“final discharge”), you will erase most of your debts. If you filed under Chapter 7 and your debts were discharged, you must wait 8 years before filing another Chapter 7.

How will Chapter 7 affect my credit?

Generally, a Chapter 7 bankruptcy remains on a person’s credit report for up to 10 years from the date the case was filed, while negative accounts stay on your credit report for only 7 and a half years. If you are considering bankruptcy, your credit might already be in bad shape. Check your credit report for free by going to www.annualcreditreport.com. A bankruptcy notation on your credit report warns future creditors that you did not pay your debts as agreed. Restoring credit after Chapter 7 can take some time and effort.

What can a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy do?

A Chapter 7 bankruptcy CAN:

Stop the foreclosure of your home and allow you to catch up on missed payments.
Stop repossession of a car or other property, or, in some situations, force the creditor to return property even after it has been repossessed.
Stop debt collection harassment.
Restore or prevent termination of your utilities for nonpayment of previous bills.
Restore your driver’s license if it was suspended because you failed to pay court-ordered damages for a driving accident (unless the accident involved a DUI).
Eliminate the legal obligation to pay most or all of your debts. This is called a “discharge” of debts.

What can’t be done through Chapter 7?

A Chapter 7 bankruptcy CANNOT:

Discharge past-due child support, property taxes, recent IRS debts, and most student loans.
Protect you from “hot check” or other criminal charges, or waive criminal fines, fees, penalties and restitution.
Discharge debts that arise after the bankruptcy have been filed.
Eliminate the obligation of a co-signer on your loan in most cases.
Eliminate creditor’s rights to secured property like car loans and home mortgages. Chapter 7 can discharge the debt, but not the creditor’s lien or legal claim. After bankruptcy, your home can still be foreclosed and your car repossessed if you don’t make payments.

 

Are there alternatives to bankruptcy?

Yes. Doing nothing is an option if you are “judgment proof.” If your property and income are exempt from creditor’s claims by law, then you have nothing the creditors can take from you. Except for past-due child support, the state can’t put you in jail for failing to pay a debt. If you are not judgment proof, you can negotiate a payment agreement with your creditors before filing for bankruptcy.   

Estate Planning

  • Estate planning involves determining how an individual’s assets will be preserved, managed, and distributed after death or in the event they become incapacitated.
  • Planning tasks include making a will, setting up trusts and/or making charitable donations to limit estate taxes, naming an executor and beneficiaries, and setting up funeral arrangements.
  • A will is a legal document that provides instructions on how an individual’s property and custody of minor children, if any, should be handled after death.
  • Various strategies can be used to limit taxes on an estate, from creating trusts to making charitable donations.

Estate planning involves determining how an individual’s assets will be preserved, managed, and distributed after death. It also takes into account the management of an individual’s properties and financial obligations in the event that they become incapacitated.

Assets that could make up an individual’s estate include houses, cars, stocks, artwork, life insurance, pensions, and debt. Individuals have various reasons for planning an estate, such as preserving family wealth, providing for a surviving spouse and children, funding children’s or grandchildren’s education, or leaving their legacy behind to a charitable cause.

The most basic step in estate planning involves writing a will. Other major estate planning tasks include the following:

 
  • Limiting estate taxes by setting up trust accounts in the names of beneficiaries
  • Establishing a guardian for living dependents
  • Naming an executor of the estate to oversee the terms of the will
  • Creating or updating beneficiaries on plans such as life insurance, IRAs, and 401(k)s
  • Setting up funeral arrangements
  • Establishing annual gifting to qualified charitable and non-profit organizations to reduce the taxable estate
  • Setting up a durable power of attorney (POA) to direct other assets and investments
  • Executing a health care directive in the event of your incapacitation or incompetence.  
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