Geoffrey S. Wagner

Mark S. Papazian and Geoffrey S. Wagner published in the May 2016 issue of the Family Law Journal of the American Bar Association.

Giarmarco, Mullins & Horton, P.C. is pleased to announce that Mark S. Papazian and Geoffrey S. Wagner have been published in the May 2016 issue of the Family Law Journal of the American Bar Association.

The article is titled The I-864 Affidavit: Practice Pointers for Dealing with a Complex, Confusing, and Potentially Very Costly Legal Document. Click here to view the article.

The article covers a client’s divorce case. The client’s wife came to the U.S. from China less than a year after: a brief online courtship and a spontaneous wedding in Las Vegas. Once his wife received her Conditional Green Card, she packed her bags, moved out and filed for divorce. When the client sponsored his wife’s permanent residency, he signed an Affidavit of Support known as Form I-896 Affidavit. The client agreed to support his wife and her son at 125% of the U.S. poverty level and to reimburse the government in the event that one of them ever makes a claim for public assistance. This support obligation does not terminate upon divorce and could mean that the client’s obligation could exceed $1,000.000.000

The article by Mark Papazian & Geoffrey Wagner covers step by step how they minimized the impact of the I-864 Affidavit resulting in a win for their client. Mark Papazian and Geoffrey Wagner hope the practice pointers they discussed in the Article will prove to be helpful if and when the issue arises in your practice.



Detroit Regional Chamber selects Geoffrey Wagner of Giarmarco, Mullins & Horton, P.C. to the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Leadership Detroit

Detroit Regional Chamber DETROIT, September 17, 2012 – Geoffrey Wagner of Giarmarco, Mullins & Horton, P.C., has been selected to participate in the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Leadership Detroit program, a 10-month transformational leadership program designed to challenge emerging and existing community leaders from Southeast Michigan to bring about positive change.

As part of Leadership Detroit’s Class XXXIV, Wagner will join 69 executives from across the region, representing a cross-section of the community, including business, organized labor, government, education, media, civic groups, health services and community organizations.

“Southeast Michigan has some of the most talented executives anywhere, and their leadership holds the key to our region’s future prosperity,” said Sandy K. Baruah, president and CEO of the Detroit Regional Chamber. “Leadership Detroit has a strong legacy of bringing together executives from around the region who are committed to making a difference. This year’s class is poised to drive the dialogue and build the relationships that will move our region forward.”

Leadership Detroit provides opportunities for participants to foster and spark problem-solving, while providing new views on key issues to lead the region to success. As it has since 1979, Leadership Detroit will continue its role in addressing, discussing and leading conversations important to the Detroit region.

Giarmarco, Mullins & Horton, P.C., ranks as the 12th largest law firm in Michigan. Founded 39 years ago, located in Troy and Detroit, Michigan. Giarmarco, Mullins & Horton, P.C. is a full service law firm with 70 attorneys. Areas of practice include litigation, corporate law, health care law, business transactions, estate and trust planning, commercial litigation, governmental law, real estate, creditors’ rights, criminal law, employment and labor and workers’ compensation.