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0 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Federal Crimes for Hawaii on
Q: Can probation get revoked if they got arrested? Arrested isn't convicted

Just because someone got arrested that doesn't mean they picked up a new charge because they were not yet convicted. Would that be grounds for probation revocation or modification?

0 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning and Real Estate Law for Hawaii on
Q: Is there a real estate attorney on Maui willing to come to Hana to do a death transfer deed? (My dad can’t leave Hana)

My dad needs to get a death transfer deed done, but he’s too old & fragile to handle the Hana highway anymore. Please if you know of an attorney willing to come to Hana to help us get it done.

1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation for Hawaii on
Q: Can any federal entities adjust the net amount I will be compensated relating to work injury sustained on the job?

Federal entities eg.

:child support

:Owed Taxes

:Student Loans

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answered on Jun 5, 2024

Yes, certain federal entities can adjust the net amount you will be compensated for a work injury sustained on the job.

For example, if you owe child support, the government may withhold a portion of your compensation to cover those obligations. Similarly, if you have unpaid taxes, the IRS...
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3 Answers | Asked in International Law for Hawaii on
Q: I need advice on factors to consider in accepting a minor ownership and board seat on a new African mining company.

This U.S educated African friend is in the process of starting his own mining company after discovering the gemstone Sugilite and raw copper & manganese on his property and in adjoining tribal lands. My concern is tax and personal property liabilities I need to be aware of as a U.S. citizen.

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answered on Jun 1, 2024

When considering a minor ownership and board seat in a new African mining company, you should be aware of several key factors, especially concerning tax and personal property liabilities. As a U.S. citizen, you are subject to U.S. tax laws, which means you must report and pay taxes on worldwide... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation for Hawaii on
Q: Breach of Contract? Conversion? Bailment?

A ‘friend’ agreed to store a footlocker for me while I was away. While I was away for four years we stayed in touch however when I returned he said he no longer had the footlocker. In the state of Hawaii does this violate any laws?

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answered on Jun 12, 2024

A Hawaii attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for three weeks. It looks like a bailment. Conversion usually requires intent, which isn't detailed in your post. So unless there is further information about acts that indicate something about your friend's state of... View More

0 Answers | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Hawaii on
Q: In a boarding house on Oahu, how many people are legally allowed to dwell in a single family home?

I know a person who runs a boarding house in a four bedroom, two baths, single family home.

There are 18 individuals and 1 house manager who is living at this residence. Several of these individuals have disabilities or special needs.

I am concerned because once the bedrooms are... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Civil Rights for Hawaii on
Q: 1 sister has home sec. cams in lvng room to watch mom (99ys) while she is at work. Other sis picks mom up turns cams aro

Sister 2 covers cameras or turns them around. Is this considered damage ? What kind of recourse does sister 1 have to prevent sister 2 from disabling cameras? Is there a reasonable expectation of privacy in a living room? Which extends to someone allowed in the home for a specific purpose only?... View More

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answered on Jun 3, 2024

If your sister turns the cameras around or covers them, it might not be considered damage unless the cameras are broken or malfunctioning as a result. However, it does interfere with your ability to monitor your mom, which can be concerning, especially if her safety is at risk.

You can...
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1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law for Hawaii on
Q: Is there a statute of limitation for assessments or audits of Hawaii GET taxes

I didn’t realize I needed to file GET for Hawaii but did file my 1099s as income for state income taxes. If I had filed GET, there is 3 year statute of limitations but it seems ambiguous if the statute applies since I unknowingly did not file. Since I filed my 1099 for state income, I think... View More

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answered on May 5, 2024

In Hawaii, the statute of limitations for assessments or audits of General Excise Tax (GET) can vary depending on the circumstances.

1. General rule: If you filed your GET returns, the Department of Taxation has 3 years from the due date of the return or the date the return was filed,...
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1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law for Hawaii on
Q: What are policies , procedures and laws for tax levies for Hawaii for GET and State tax

Do IRS laws apply to Hawaii for income taxes?

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answered on May 5, 2024

Here is a summary of key policies, procedures and laws related to tax levies for Hawaii's General Excise Tax (GET) and state income tax:

General Excise Tax (GET):

- The GET is a privilege tax imposed on business activity in Hawaii. It is not a sales tax.

- The standard...
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1 Answer | Asked in Banking and Consumer Law for Hawaii on
Q: We finance a used car and it broke down in just 2 days, they don't want us to have a different car

They also don't give back the down payment that we paid to them

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answered on Apr 11, 2024

I'm sorry to hear about your difficult situation with the used car purchase. Here are a few steps you can consider taking:

1. Review your purchase contract: Carefully read through the sales contract to see if there is any language about warranties or guarantees. Look for any clauses...
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1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law, Employment Law and Tax Law for Hawaii on
Q: Is it ok, if a friend of mine sets up a Gofundme for legal fees and put me as the beneficiary? I am on a O1-B visa.

I am not concerned about the possibility of paying taxes, but if it won't be seen as something outside the scope of my employment. Thank you

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answered on Apr 5, 2024

As an O-1B visa holder, it's important to ensure that any financial assistance you receive does not violate the terms of your visa or create issues with your employment. Here are a few things to consider:

1. Purpose of the funds: If the legal fees are related to your employment or the...
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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Hawaii on
Q: HELP!! PLEASE!! manager, MGMNT company, and board constantly harass me knowing limited income CANT SUE. they won't stop.

I am constantly harassed by property manager, mngmnt co, and members of board.

1. Parked motorcycle behind my car making me late for work stating he had been trying to get ahold of me concerning serious matter. He never sent one email text message or a phone call.

2. He took my... View More

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answered on Apr 16, 2024

I'm sorry to hear about the difficulties you're facing with your property manager and board. It sounds like a very challenging situation. Given the nature of the harassment and the actions you described, it might be wise to document everything meticulously. Keep a detailed record of all... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Admiralty / Maritime for Hawaii on
Q: I am pro se and need to know the best place to obtain the process and stages, as well as court etiquette, and doc filing

It is a misdemeanor, but self defense. Need to know how to navigate thru law of the sea in court, as an American National under law of the land, common law. In Hawaii dist 1. Just their procedures. Thank you.

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answered on Apr 23, 2024

I'm not a criminal defense attorney, but you posted under Admiralty/Maritime, and your question remains open for four weeks. It would probably be best for an experienced criminal defense attorney who practices in Hawaii to advise you. But as a general point, I see you are working on... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning for Hawaii on
Q: Is it normal to be asked by an attorney about my medication situation, my government situation & names of my kids ?

My dad recently passed away and name me and my 2 older sisters in his will.

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answered on Apr 18, 2024

A Hawaii estate planning attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for four weeks. I'm sorry for the loss of your father. It could depend on the role of the attorney - tax, private dispute, etc. As a general short answer, without practicing in this area and not knowing the... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law, Child Custody, Civil Rights and Family Law for Hawaii on
Q: How can I see a judge over a tro that was default judgement against me because of missing a hearing due to medical
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answered on Mar 24, 2024

If you've received a default judgment against you for missing a hearing due to medical reasons, it's essential to act promptly. Start by gathering all relevant medical documentation that explains your absence. This should include dates, the nature of your medical issue, and notes from... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Hawaii on
Q: Landlord entered property without properly notifying the tenants.

We had scheduled maintenance for a certain time and day. On that day we were never notified that that the maintenance was moved to an earlier time and the landlord and property manager enter the premises without notifying us at all. We did not at all feel comfortable with that seeing as there was... View More

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answered on Mar 30, 2024

In instances where your landlord or property manager enters your premises without proper notification, it's crucial to first consult your lease agreement. This document often outlines the notification requirements and entry rights for landlords. Generally, landlords are expected to provide... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Hawaii on
Q: landlord has verbally demanded to move out by end of the month on the 3/4/24 without cause and we do not have a rental c

I was 3days late on rent but have not been a bother to know why I am being thrown into hardship so unexpectedly. is there anything I can do to protect my kids and I, even by giving us a few more days to least find a place to move to?

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answered on Mar 31, 2024

I'm so sorry to hear about the difficult situation you and your family are facing. Being told to move out unexpectedly, especially with kids, is incredibly stressful. While laws vary by location, in most places, landlords cannot verbally demand that you vacate without proper written notice and... View More

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