The Law Office of Daniel J. Smith, PLLC

I have over 15 years experience practicing law in Washington state, almost exclusively in the area of immigration law.

In addition to immigration law, we handle family law matters, business transactions/formation, landlord/tenant, some criminal defense, and estate planning and probate.

Legal Separation vs. Divorce – Law Office of Daniel J. Smith

If divorce isn't a good option for you, legal separation is a great alternative. Legal Separation vs. Divorce December 14, 2016 Lena Barouh No comments A legal separation (referred to as a Decree of Legal Separation by the courts) is a binding agreement, approved by the court, in which a married couple formalizes the division of their household. It makes provisions for almost al...

The Immigration Consequences of Marijuana Convictions – Law Office of Daniel J. Smith

A marijuana conviction isn't necessarily a dealbreaker, but if you're applying for citizenship, adjusting status, seeking a visa, or facing removal, it's always a good idea to speak to an attorney about how a past conviction could affect you. The Immigration Consequences of Marijuana Convictions December 13, 2016 Lena Barouh No comments U.S. citizens and noncitizens alike know that convictions for drug possession often have very serious consequences. In recent years, however, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) and its r...

What does the Department of State do? – Law Office of Daniel J. Smith What does the Department of State do? December 12, 2016 Lena Barouh No comments The Department of State (also known as the State Department) is one of the five executive branch agencies tasked with enforcing immigration legislation passed by Congress. The head of the Department of State is the Secre...

Divorce Law in Washington State – Law Office of Daniel J. Smith

Whether you're considering filing for divorce, you've been served with divorce papers, or you just need answers, we're here to help. Divorce Law in Washington State December 8, 2016 Lena Barouh No comments Divorce isn’t easy. It’s an emotionally fraught and often heartbreaking process that can be confusing, frustrating and even frightening for couples who are trying to untangle the threads of their life together so that they can…

[11/30/16]   Under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, known commonly as DACA, approximately 750,000 children came out of the shadows and made themselves known to the U.S. immigration service by applying for benefits under that program. There is concern that a Trump administration, with Jeff Sessions heading the Department of Justice and Sheriff David Clarke heading the Department of Homeland Security, will cancel the DACA program and then place all of these children in deportation proceedings. Personally, I just can't imagine this happening. Adding an additional 750,000 individuals to court dockets around the country would only add to backlogs that are several years long. For instance, I went to the Seattle Immigration Court for a hearing today at which the sole purpose was to review my client's case and set it for another day at which time a mini-trial would take place to determine whether my client should be granted asylum. That hearing has been set for June of 2020! In the meantime, my client has no status but is eligible to apply for a work permit and then a social security number. The Seattle Immigration Court, which has six judges, currently has over 6,000 pending cases and that number would only grow if Trump were to cancel DACA, which he has called "illegal amnesty" and said he would "immediately terminate" it. If Trump is under the belief that he can just arrest individuals, jail them, and put them on a bus or a plane without a hearing before an immigration judge, he is badly mistaken. Fortunately, all of these individuals, regardless of their immigration status, are entitled to legal protections, such as due process, under the U.S. Constitution. If Trump were stick to his claim as the law and order candidate, he must abide by the law before he can carry out any orders and, under the current system, most of these individuals would have decisions made on their cases until some time in 2020 or thereafter, at which time we will hopefully have a new president.

[11/16/16]   There has been some suggestion in the last week that President-elect Trump might be softening his position on immigration. I doubt it. His website currently includes his plan to "immediately terminate President Obama's two illegal executive amnesties." One of these "amnesties" is the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program which currently provides protection from deportation to hundreds of thousand kids, also known as "Dreamers." We are talking about kids who came to the United States as small children with their parents and have lived their entire lives here. It's not as if these kids woke up one day and said, " today I'm going to sneak in to the United States illegally and make a go of it there." If there ever were an example of what the fair thing to do was, maintaining and extending DACA is it. Many of the kids who presently have DACA status are facing uncertainty. When their current status expires, should they file to renew, assuming the program still exists or should they crawl back into the shadows and worry that it is only a matter of time before they are arrested and placed into removal proceedings? After all, in applying for DACA these kids were required to provide information about where they live and, in some cases, where they work. It would be nothing short of cruel to use this information to arrest them, place them in immigration jail, and remove them from the United States.

[11/11/16]   Since Tuesday, we've been fielding questions from many of our current and prospective clients about what happens next. The truth is, no one knows for sure, but please know that our firm is prepared to join with our colleagues to take whatever steps we can to protect vulnerable communities and keep families together. Based on what we've seen in this early transition period, we're preparing ourselves for a fight. We're here if you need us.

[11/08/16]   We're proud to announce that we've opened a new office in the heart of Greenwood! We've also expanded our practice to include landlord/tenant and bankruptcy cases. Contact us to schedule a complimentary consultation.

(Our office in Hillman City will remain open to accommodate our clients in South Seattle.)





145 NW 85th St., Ste. 103
Seattle, WA

Opening Hours

Monday 8am - 5pm
Tuesday 8am - 5pm
Wednesday 8am - 5pm
Thursday 8am - 5pm
Friday 8am - 5pm
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