I commend you for taking this all important step of not only protecting yourself but thinking ahead for your family and wanting to protect them from future hassle and costs.
The items you mentioned are all different tools in your toolbox, so I agree with my colleagues. A living will is different than a living trust, and a power of attorney is a different document, as well. My colleagues have done well to explain the difference of each. Typically you will want a living trust, in addition to an advanced directive (which, in California, is a combination of a living will and a durable power of attorney for health care), in addition to a financial power of attorney.See question
The 341 is a forum for both debtors and trustees. So, yes, they can appear and be given a moment to speak.See question
Always be sure to choose an attorney whom you have confidence in. There are many attorneys out there, and you may be tempted to choose the one with the lowest attorney fee, but understand that that decision may have ramifications. Many times, an attorney can charge less because they have "volume" (a huge caseload, but that can lead to a less-personalized attention towards your case and, perhaps, a missed appointment. So, always do your homework on who you are hiring.
[This communication is intended as general information and not specific legal advice, and this communication does not create an attorney-client relationship.]See question
Yes, you should certainly be careful about this. You wouldn't want to sour the relationship between you and your father, I'm sure, so proceed with caution.See question
It is imperative to never provide false or misleading information. I recommend consulting with an immigration attorney to go over your questions, as I am sure you would like to do what is best for you and your boyfriend without jeopardizing your future together.See question
Yes, if you feel the need to change your name on your green card, you can request that it be changed by submitting a specific form with supporting documentation.
And yes, you will now be subject to the 5 year period as opposed to the 3 year period.See question
There are many factors that are helpful in proving hardship, children being just one of them. For example, another significant factor is medical/health issues. I suggest speaking with an immigration attorney so that he or she can get a comprehensive look at your situation and subsequently determine the facts and circumstances that will assist you in having a solid 601 waiver.See question
Form I-130 can only be filed by a citizen or lawful permanent resident of the United States.
A citizen can file it for:
• Sons and daughters
• Brother or sisters
A permanent resident can file it for:
• A child (unmarried and under 21 years of age)
• An unmarried son or daughter (over 21 years of age)
If your daughter's father does not file it for your her, I am not sure who else could, as no further information is provided regarding the immigration status of your daughter's other relatives who may be able to petition for her.
Also, there are many other avenues that you and/or your daughter can try for coming to the U.S. I recommend that you consult with an immigration attorney to help you go through what options are available to you both.See question
The trustee will look at your circumstances from the previous 6 months, BUT you do have a duty to disclose any change or expected changes in your circumstances.See question
With more detailed information, it can be determined whether bankruptcy is a good option for you. Seek an attorney who will review your situation and the necessary factors, so that he or she can assist you in making the decision that is right for you.See question