Posts by Michael Decker

Israelis and Portuguese Citizenship – Sephardic Law

We have many clients coming to us to inquire about Israelis and Portuguese citizenship.  Israelis with Sephardic ancestry are eligible for Portuguese citizenship, and thousands of individuals have already successfully applied for and received this citizenship over the past few years. As the linked article indicates, Portugal and Spain have issued 10,000 passports to applicants…

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Proving Sephardic Jewish Heritage

This article addresses proving Sephardic Jewish heritage for the purpose of obtaining Portuguese citizenship.  Thousands of individuals and families with Sephardic Jewish heritage have successfully applied for and obtained Portuguese or Spanish passports. Proving Sephardic Jewish Heritage Both Jews and non-Jews are eligible to obtain citizenship in Portugal if they can prove their Sephardic Jewish…

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Notarized translation costs in Israel – Notary Public Translator

What can be done to reduce the costs of notarial translation in Israel? A notarized translation certificate and a confirmation of a translator’s declaration – what is the difference? A notarized translation has the notary public certify that the document has been translated correctly and accurately. Notary public license in Israel is granted only to…

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Notary Public Translation in Israel

Notary public translation should be made by a fluent speaker. The Israeli Notary Law states that a notary public can provide a notarized translation only if he speaks the languages in question. The Israeli Ministry of Interior (for example) will only accept a translation from a local Israeli notary who speaks both the source language…

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Legal Residency for Children of Foreign Workers in Israel

Legal residency status for children of foreign workers in Israel has changed over the years following various government resolutions on the issue. What does this imply in practice for foreign workers and their children? Cohen, Decker, Pex & Brosh Law Firm, which specializes precisely in the issue of entry and immigration into Israel, tends to…

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Denial of paternity based on DNA testing?

Is it possible to deny the fatherhood of an Israeli minor? Denial of paternity based on DNA tests is possible in many Western countries. If the test proves the ostensible father is not really the biological parent, he is freed of obligations towards the child. Family law in Israel, meaning both Jewish rabbinical traditions and…

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Joint Life Application in Israel for a Foreign Partner

A “joint life application” starts the process of providing legal status in Israel for the foreign partner of an Israeli citizen / resident. There are two ways to open a joint life application in Israel. One is for a married couple (via procedure 5.2.0008), while the other is for a cohabiting partners, also known as…

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How to open an Israeli company bank account

Opening an Israeli company bank account is more complicated than ever, particularly for companies owned by foreign nationals. The process grows exceptionally complicated when those foreign owners are US citizens. One might think that Israeli banks would be happy to open a company account with a high cash-flow. However, this is usually not the case.…

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