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Postby Donald66 » 09 Sep 2009, 19:56

Has anyone heard of a US attorney that specializes in Italian Dual Citizenship applications?

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Postby frattlaw » 27 Sep 2009, 17:14

I am an attorney that is working on this myself so I can relocate to Italy. Once there I plan on assisting others in obtaining their citizenship. Unfortunately I am still learning the process. But I can see how confusing and frustrating this process is.

If anyone else knows one I would like that information as well.

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Postby mler » 27 Sep 2009, 22:44

Unfortunately, being an attorney does not really help when you are dealing with jure sanguinis applications. As fratlaw reports, this is a confusing and often frustrating process, but the process is the same for lawyers and non-lawyers. Do your research, and you'll be fine.

Many have already been through the process (including me :) ) who will be happy to answer any questions you may have. It is a straightforward process. You get the documents; you correct discrepancies (here a lawyer may be helpful in some states), and you apply. Best of luck.

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Postby Donald66 » 28 Sep 2009, 12:48

Unbelieveable!!! 8O :D :D

My sister found a lawyer in the Pittsburgh area that handles Italian Dual Citizenship!!

www.regolilaw.com

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Postby frattlaw » 28 Sep 2009, 15:12

Donald66 wrote:Unbelieveable!!! 8O :D :D

My sister found a lawyer in the Pittsburgh area that handles Italian Dual Citizenship!!

www.regolilaw.com


Interesting... he probably went through it himself and decided to start offering help to others. If it isnt too expensive it might be worth while. Let us know his fees. My friend is an immigration attorney here in LA and I know he usually charges about $5000 for help with getting a green card.

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Postby mler » 28 Sep 2009, 19:47

Remember, though, you are dealing with Italian law, not U.S. law. A U.S. attorney can certainly help you with immigration matters re the U.S., but as fratlaw notes, he probably went through the process himself and is now offering to help others. Anyone who has gone through the process would be equally knowledgeable. A JD degree doesn't really help at all.

The costs associated with gathering documents, correcting discrepancies, obtaining translations, etc., can get very high. It would be a shame to add to that cost when the information you need is already available for free. May I suggest you post any questions on a dedicated Italian citizenship forum such as: www.italiancitizenship.freeforums.org or www.italylink.com

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Postby PeterTimber » 28 Sep 2009, 20:10

The firm www.myfamily.com has attorneys on board to assist italian citizenship acquisiiton. There is a law office in San francisco that is also well known not only for Italian citizenship but land and moenhy inheritances as well. The law firm is S.J. Alioto, attorney, San Francisco, CA. =Peter=
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Postby Donald66 » 28 Sep 2009, 22:29

We're spreading the cost over 7 people, so 5,000.00 isnt that bad.

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Postby mler » 28 Sep 2009, 23:24

$0 is even better. Is your case that complex? I think my total costs were about $500, and that included a legal change of name, which I also was able to do without a lawyer. (I actually spent a bit more, only because I ordered duplicate documents and apostilles for my own records and an extra set for my daughter just in case.)

There's nothing really complex about the jure sanguinis process. It's really not that daunting. Ultimately, it's all about obtaining records and apostilles, most of which can be done by mail. And remember, when you walk into the consulate, you do it alone.

If you do find that one of your documents needs to be amended, and it was issued in a state that makes amendments difficult, that's when a lawyer may be helpful. But ordering documents and obtaining apostilles is not a legal specialty.

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Postby teddi » 29 Sep 2009, 05:24

PeterTimber wrote: There is a law office in San francisco that is also well known not only for Italian citizenship but land and moenhy inheritances as well. The law firm is S.J. Alioto, attorney, San Francisco, CA. =Peter=

They're not actually a law firm nor attorneys- more like para-legals. I asked them- they are not licensed to practice law. They research deeds etc for actual licensed attorneys.

Try Expats in Italy Citizenship forum.

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Postby mler » 29 Sep 2009, 10:08

That makes sense. If you need someone to do the research for you, they can probably do it, but $5000 is a lot of money if all they will be doing is requesting documents.

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Postby Donald66 » 29 Sep 2009, 10:48

Family members feel an attorney will make the process move along faster and without a hitch. You know us Calabrese! 8)

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Postby PeterTimber » 29 Sep 2009, 15:02

Dear Donald 66 99% of attorneys give the rest a bad name....

There is a firm in Chicago who will quote you and do the same work and they have experience from what I gather (I reside in NY). Go to www.icapbridging2worlds.com/default.aspx

If you are Calabrese then you know what "Ca nesshun'e fessa" means . Ask themfor a quote.. but they won;t know (the same as an attorney will not know) if there are any inherent problems amongst the 7 that have to be sorted out and less likely to squeeze more money out of you. =Peter=
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Postby mler » 29 Sep 2009, 20:06

Peter is right. It's difficult to give a quote because until they receive the documents, they will not know if there are any issues.

Unless your attorney has an "in" with the consulate, he will not be able to push your application to the front of the line.

Actually my daughter is an attorney, but she could not do anything I couldn't do; and she didn't. :D Peter, my daughter would agree with those statistics. She doesn't have a very high opinion of those in her profession. :(

Seriously, though, if you really think you need legal help, you should find an Italian attorney. American law schools do teach immigration law, but the focus is obviously on U.S. immigration.

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Postby PeterTimber » 29 Sep 2009, 22:08

I oversaw too many attorneys join their clients in "remorse".=Peter=
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