Our Team - Law Office by Giselle Ayala
Meet Our Founder
Giselle Ayala Mateus
Mom and Entrepreneur
As an entrepreneur herself and an immigrant, Giselle knows precisely how to counsel clients and serve them with excellence. Giselle Ayala Mateus was born in 1991 in Bogotá - Colombia. Her mother is a district attorney in Colombia. Her father is a retired Colombian attorney and community health worker with Planned Parenthood in New York City.
After finishing law school in Colombia and being admitted to practice law in this country, Giselle came to the United States to complete a Masters of Laws with the Brooklyn Law School. While being a single mom law school student in the U.S., Giselle completed her studies and a Business Law specialization. As part of her legal education in the U.S., Giselle worked with Good Counsel Services; a nonprofit organization focused on educating and empowering nonprofits and social entrepreneurs.
New York - Immigration, Business and IP Attorney
In 2018, Giselle created FOCUS, a not-for-profit project focused on supporting entrepreneurs and artists. Giselle has served as counsel and representative on issues related to the review and drafting of commercial contracts, creative developments, transfer of intangible rights, and business formation in the United States. Giselle has also performed as a leading attorney in adjustment of status processes, asylum application, work visas, interview with immigration officials, presentation, and foreign documents validation.
Likewise, she has worked as a simultaneous interpreter for family processes, immigration, and application for public benefits. On March 27th, 2021, during the celebration of Latin Women, titled "Powerful Women", Giselle was recognized by the New York State Assembly with a Certificate of Merit for Outstanding Achievement Entrepreneur.
Involvement with the Legal Community
Dedicated to her clients and her law practice, Giselle is currently communicating to her audience via social media, Facebook, Youtube, Quora, and more. Her service-oriented approach has lead her to where she is now. Giselle is a current member of the New York State Bar (NYSBA), the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), the FAME Center for Fashion, Art, Media & Entertainment Law of Cardozo Law School, and the American Intellectual Property Law Association.
About our Law Firm
The Law Office of Giselle Ayala Mateus offers a comprehensive portfolio of Legal Solutions in: Immigration Law, Business Law, Creativity Law, Contracts , and Non-profit Law
The main goal of the office is to work professionally to achieve results that exceed your expectations. To develop the proper strategy for you, we are committed to understanding your unique goals and needs. To obtain legal status in the US, begin a new venture, manage a business, or sign a contract, understanding the law can be confusing. Ensuring accuracy and taking the proper steps is critical to obtaining the right outcome. We are focused on providing excellent legal services in a timely, effective, and efficient manner while maintaining the highest standards of professional ethics and integrity. We understand that hiring an attorney is a critical decision. For that reason, we want you to feel comfortable.
Instead of overwhelming you with legal jargon, we want you to know the law, plain and simple, so we can strategize and create a game plan. We see the attorney-client relationship as a two-way relationship, both working towards the same goal. Our first consultation is free. Don't take these words for granted. Call now!
When it comes to obtaining legal status in the US, it can be very confusing, ensuring accuracy and taking the right steps is critical to being approved. The Law Office of Giselle Ayala Mateus provides a comprehensive portfolio of services in immigration law, helping clients in Family Immigration, Naturalization, Employment Immigration, or Temporary Visa matters. Know More...
- Visitor Visas
- Academics and Artists Visas
- Employment Visas
- Resident Status
- Uncontested Divorce
- SIJS, VAWA, Waivers
Small businesses face many situations for which they require legal services. An attorneys' insight into certain aspects of your business can make a difference. We can help you lay a strong and solid foundation to support your business as it grows and avoid potential pitfalls before they arise. Read more...
- Election structure of operation (e.g., limited liability company (LLC), corporation, DBA, partnership)
- Business formation and dissolution
- Real estate matters, including leases
- Partnership agreements, joint venture agreements, and strategic alliance agreements
- Negotiation and preparation of deal term sheets, LLC operating agreements, and shareholder agreements
- NDAs and confidentiality agreements
- Internet and technology-related agreements and other agreements;
- Formation of tax-exempt not-for-profit companies (e.g. 501(c)(3));
Whether you are an artist, a small business or a non-profit, the reality is the same, in today's world creativity is the factor that defines success, protecting what you value the most is fundamental. Read more...
- Trademark Registration Flat Fee Service
- Copyright Registration
- Cease and Desist Letters
- Right of publicity
Strategic Legal Solutions
You don't need an attorney to recite you the law, you need one that uses it to get you results. At the Law Office of Giselle Ayala Mateus, we tailor the strategy to fit your legal matter.
Call, Get you Answers, Change the World. The Law Office of Giselle Ayala Mateus offers specific monthly plans for those who need an affordable attorney to consult on specific legal issues.
During an immigration interview, a court appearance, a contract negotiation, or a threat of litigation, the office will defend your position and protection your interests.
Are there any benefits to scheduling a free consultation?
This is a fair question. Some attorneys use the free consultation to promote themselves, others give consultations that are too short, and others just don't know how to help you. That said, let's see what are the benefits of scheduling a free consultation.
The consultation is free of charge. This means that there's absolutely no risk on your part.
The first meeting with the attorney is focused on creating a safe space to make questions and build trust. Additionally, you will be able to measure how can help you this potential legal advisor.
Although time-limited, during the consultation you can achieve a lot. If you prepare thoroughly you can use the consultation to clear those specific issues that brought you here.
Full confidentiality. Under the rules of professional responsibility applicable to attorneys in the U.S., all information shared in furtherance of legal counsel is confidential whether you hire the attorney or not.
Free consultations are usually limited to about half an hour. So you won't get into the fine detail of your case. However, they offer a real opportunity to assess the office and to clarify any major concerns you have.
The Initial Consultation
Welcome to the Law Office of Giselle Ayala Mateus. Our office is specially focused on the satisfaction of the clients, their needs and expectations are fundamental for the provision of an effective service. Accordingly, the first step is to schedule an initial consultation. The first meeting with the attorney is focused on creating a safe space to make questions and build trust. Additionally, you will be able to measure how we can help you.
The consultation is handled according to your preference, online video conference, on the phone, or at the office.
Although time-limited, during the consultation you can achieve a lot. If you prepare thoroughly you can use the consultation to clear those specific issues that brought you here. Additionally, keep in mind, under the rules of professional responsibility applicable to attorneys in the U.S., all information shared in furtherance of legal counsel is confidential whether you hire the attorney or not.
Hiring the Office
If you decide to hire the office for further legal assistance you will have direct communication with your attorney, continuous updates, and access to a secure portal to share sensitive information. We have services provided at a flat rate and others that work on the basis of billable hours. Before any legal services are provided, a written agreement will be entered into with the client. This is in accordance with the New York Rules of Professional Responsibility.
What Makes Our Services Unique?
All services are provided by a licensed attorney who sits with you and gives you full insight into your legal matter and the available options to handling it. Additionally, the office works with high legal tech tools that allow us to communicate and work with you online, remotely, by phone, or at the office, the choice is yours. We are a people-focused law firm. For that reason, we are able to work with you directly, provide advice, create documents, and design strategies that are tailored to your specific needs. Finally, we want to be convenient. Communication and organization allow us to work with your busy schedule, finding the time and place that works better for you.
How Do I Communicate With my Attorney?
Every client is different, for that reason, there is no unique method of communication. However, all methods we used are intended to be flexible and secure for you. Our office works by phone, Skype, Zoom, or Google Meet. Additionally, we account with a secure client portal that you can use to safely share documents or send messages directly.
I'm Worried About Sharing My Information On The Internet...
It is perfectly normal to be concerned about sharing personal or confidential information on the Internet. Considering this, you have the option to use our Client Portal, supported by Clio, the top client management software in the industry. Additionally, our website is designed by LawLytics a company specialized in working with law firms and truly concerned about the security of those in the legal industry.
How Expensive Are your Services?
Most of the services we offer are flat fee services. This means that you pay the attorney by the hour, you can call, text, or email several times to ask questions and you can schedule multiple appointments to go over your case, documents, and concerns about your legal matter. We do have hourly fee services. However, no services are provided or charged without your prior authorization as to means, budget and time. Additionally, we work with almost all forms of payments and may accept payment plans if discussed with time.
How Are Attorney Drafted Documents Different From Free Internet Templates and Free Forms?
A template found online is a good starting point for your document to understand how a legal matter is most frequently handled. However, it is important to understand that any document or legal strategy requires more than just a form or a commonly used document, there are numerous state and federal specific laws that may not be accounted for in the template. Additionally, templates are created to help in "all" situations, and if there is something attorneys know is that every client and every situation is different. In fact, many disputes or problems arise out of the use of templates or forms without any legal background. Finally, working with an attorney means that you have a professional working to protect your interests.
You are entitled to be treated with courtesy and consideration at all times by your lawyer and the other lawyers and nonlawyer personnel in your lawyer's office.
You are entitled to have your attorney handle your legal matter competently and diligently, in accordance with the highest standards of the profession. If you are not satisfied with how your matter is being handled, you have the right to discharge your attorney and terminate the attorney-client relationship at any time. Court approval may be required in some matters, and your attorney may have a claim against you for the value of services rendered to you up to the point of discharge.
You are entitled to your lawyer's independent professional judgment and undivided loyalty uncompromised by conflicts of interest.
You are entitled to have your questions and concerns addressed promptly and to receive a prompt reply to your letters, telephone calls, emails, faxes, and other communications.
You are entitled to be charged reasonable fees and expenses and to have your lawyer explain before or within a reasonable time after commencement of the representation how the fees and expenses will be computed and the manner and frequency of billing. You are entitled to request and receive a written itemized bill from your attorney at reasonable intervals. You may refuse to enter into any arrangement for fees and expenses that you find unsatisfactory. In the event of a fee dispute, you may have the right to seek arbitration; your attorney will provide you with the necessary information regarding arbitration in the event of a fee dispute, or upon your request.
You are entitled to have your questions and concerns addressed promptly and to receive a prompt reply on your letters, telephone calls, emails, faxes, and other communications.
You are entitled to be kept reasonably informed as to the status of your matter and are entitled to have your attorney promptly comply with your reasonable requests for information, including your requests for copies of papers relevant to the matter. You are entitled to sufficient information to allow you to participate meaningfully in the development of your matter and make informed decisions regarding the representation.
You are entitled to have your legitimate objectives respected by your attorney. In particular, the decision of whether to settle your matter is yours and not your lawyer's. Court approval of a settlement is required in some matters.
You have the right to privacy in your communications with your lawyer and to have your confidential information preserved by your lawyer to the extent required by law.
You are entitled to have your attorney conduct himself or herself ethically in accordance with the New York Rules of Professional Conduct.
You may not be refused representation on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, or disability.
The client is expected to treat the lawyer and the lawyer's staff with courtesy and consideration.
The client's relationship with the lawyer should be one of complete candor and the client should apprise the lawyer of all facts or circumstances of the matter being handled by the lawyer even if the client believes that those facts may be detrimental to the client's cause or unflattering to the client.
The client must honor the fee arrangement as agreed to with the lawyer to the extent required by law.
All bills tendered to the client for services rendered pursuant to the agreed-upon arrangement regarding fees and expenses should be paid when due.
A client who discharges the attorney and terminates the attorney-client relationship must nevertheless honor financial commitments under the agreed to arrangement regarding fees and expenses to the extent required by law.
Although the client should expect that his or her letters, telephone calls, emails, faxes, and other communications to the lawyer will be answered within a reasonable time, the client should recognize that the lawyer has other clients who may be equally deserving of the lawyer's time and attention.
The client should maintain contact with the lawyer, promptly notify the lawyer of any change in telephone number, address, email, or other electronic contact information, and respond promptly to a request by the lawyer for information and cooperation.
The client must realize that the lawyer is required to respect only the legitimate objectives of the client and that the lawyer will not advocate or propose positions that are unprofessional or contrary to law or the New York Rules of Professional Conduct.
The lawyer may decline to accept a matter if the lawyer has previous personal or professional commitments that will prohibit the lawyer from devoting adequate time to representing the client competently and diligently.
A lawyer is under no obligation to accept a client if the lawyer determines that the cause of the client is without merit, a conflict of interest would exist or a suitable working relationship with the client is not likely.