Welcome to the law office of Pierre Choné,
We are a general practice specializing in the representation of the French and other foreign communities,
- All over the United States for immigrant visas, non-immigrant visas and E-2 investment visas,
- In Washington, DC and Maryland for negotiations of purchase agreements, international wills, estate administration, prenuptial agreements, divorces, child custody agreements, alimony agreements, personal injury claims and other litigation matters.
Our mission and what is at stake
If you are a U.S. resident of French or foreign origin, your cultural background might lead you to profound misunderstandings of the U.S. legal system. Our mission is to help you avoid these misunderstandings and guide you through the legal maze to obtain the best results, particularly in the following areas:
Whether you want to stay in the United States temporarily or permanently, as a student, an athlete, an artist, a specialist, a journalist, an employee, an investor or a businessman, we will guide you and your family among more than twenty different visa options.
Domestic Relations and Family Law
Already difficult issues associated with any divorce, may become even more complex when one of the spouses is a citizen of a foreign country: Is the foreign prenuptial agreement valid? Which marital property regime should apply? Where should you file for divorce? Will the US decision be enforced abroad? … Our advice may prove essential not only to clarify and untangle complex situations but also to bring to light unforeseen solutions.
Wills and Estates
Estate Planning is another area where legal issues become more complex when confronted with two legal systems: Estate Planning is another area where legal issues become more complex when confronted with two legal systems: Is a foreign Will valid in the U.S.? Can a U.S. Will deal with assets located abroad? Are taxes to be paid in two countries? Will your non-U.S. citizen status affect your rights under U.S. law? Could your Will be void upon leaving the U.S.? … We will guide you through this maze and help you take maximum advantage of international treaties and law. We will guide you through this maze and help you take maximum advantage of international treaties and law.
This is perhaps the area of U.S. law where your cultural background may have the biggest potential to mislead you since civil litigation procedures and rules of evidence are dramatically unlike those in France or in many other countries. Like in many legal systems, if someone was negligent, you will have to show Duty, Negligence and Causation in order to obtain compensation. However, the means at your disposal in the United States to prove these three elements are much different than in France for example.
There may be a lot at stake. Contact us now to discuss your case and obtain answers to your questions.