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Affidavit of Support Implications in Divorce in Marriage-Based Immigration

By Cassity B. Gies &  Sajani “Ann” Zachariah This article originally appeared in the FEB 2020 Oklahoma Bar Journal. Being the spouse of a United States citizen is the most common way to attain lawful permanent resident status, informally referred to as “getting a green card.” Each year, the United States Citizen and Immigration Services […]

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Edwards named OCU Law’s Distinguished Practitioner for Fall semester

Oklahoma City University School of Law recently named Director Nikki Edwards the Distinguished Practitioner in Residence for the upcoming Fall semester. “The role of Distinguished Practitioner in Residence is an exciting opportunity to interact with the students in a meaningful, interactive way, as opposed to a lecture format,” Edwards said. “I’m most looking forward to […]

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Norman named University of Oklahoma’s Outstanding Chapter Advisor

Attorney Kendra M. Norman was recently named Outstanding Chapter Advisor of Alpha Omicron Pi at University of Oklahoma, having been elected to the position just this past fall. “I was shocked and so humbled! I never expected to receive this award after just taking on this position,” she said. “I am very proud to represent […]

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Firm selects Employee of the Month for March 2020

Donna Anderson, Legal Assistant, is Phillips Murrah’s Employee of the Month for March 2020. “It is an honor to be nominated as Employee of the Month,” Donna said. “I am extremely grateful and blessed to be a part of this loving work family!” The Employee of the Month is selected anonymously by Phillips Murrah staff […]

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FAQs: Impact of Covid-19 On Commercial Real Estate

[COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE] The impact of COVID-19 on the CRE industry is unprecedented. We have been asked a broad range of questions as a result of the pandemic, including: What if a tenant cannot pay rent? Are commercial transactions being closed? How are lenders and borrowers affected? Are Force Majeure clauses available? and more.

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SBA disaster loan summary

Gavel to Gavel appears in The Journal Record. This column was originally published in The Journal Record on April 2, 2020. This Gavel to Gavel column is a summary of our full-length Q&A on Small Business Administration (SBA) loan programs. By Phillips Murrah Director Alison J. Cross and Attorney Kara K. Laster On March 27, Congress passed […]

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Tax Law Q&A: COVID-19 Tax Issues for Businesses

[TAX LAW] As part of FFRCA and the CARES Act, Congress made a number of favorable changes to the Tax Code that are beneficial to benefit both businesses and individuals.  Specifically with respect to businesses, the following provisions may be extremely helpful during the economic crisis stemming from COVID-19:

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Q&A about SBA Loans related to the newly passed CARES Act

[SBA LOANS] With recent passage of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”). Small business owners, in particular, are anxious to receive relief under the Act. The Small Business Administration (SBA) is implementing regulations regarding the historic legislation. Here is a summary of what we know, currently:

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Employer Essentials Resource Package

[EMPLOYMENT LAW] Phillips Murrah has put together a flat-fee bundle of basic policies and guidance to help employers comply with the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (EPSLA) and the Emergency Family Medical Leave Expansion Act (EMFLA), both of which are part of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act that goes into effect on April 1.

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What are considered “essential services” in Oklahoma during COVID-19?

Due to the horrible effects of the COVID-19 global pandemic, Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt has ordered that all businesses not identified as being within a critical infrastructure sector to close. Understandably, the order has a lot of Oklahomans wondering who and what falls into the category of being considered as a part of the critical […]