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1 Answer | Asked in International Law and Immigration Law for New York on
Q: I am a F1 visa status international student from Japan, and my friend (US citizen) asked me to be his co-founder.

Hi I am a F1 visa status international student from Japan. My friend (he is an US citizen) asked me to be his co-founder for his company. I am scheduled to leave the States this year after graduation. I was wondering if I can be his co-founder and, if so, what are some regulations/processes I have... Read more »

Daniel Michael Luisi
Daniel Michael Luisi
answered on Jan 25, 2023

There are complicated immigration rules regarding volunteering, working, and passive investing on your F-1 visa. Your OPT might be useful if the work is related to your degree. Then there is the possibility of if a change of status to L-1, for example. Without assessing the specifics of your case... Read more »

0 Answers | Asked in Copyright, Intellectual Property, International Law and Trademark on
Q: Can I use the design of the US Flag on a T-Shirt as far as it is a positive way?

If I make no mistake the visual of the flag is within the public property. However, it seems some law forbid the use of the flag on any garment. The question is then, as far as you can see it is not a flag in itself but part of a piece of design, can I still use it as part of my design?

0 Answers | Asked in Business Law and International Law on
Q: If I want to sell toothbrush that I designed, what regulations I have to obey and what certificates I need? (EU/Romania)

I want to sell it online with international shipping and later on, sell it to local stores and retailers.

0 Answers | Asked in Tax Law, Banking, Business Formation and International Law on
Q: if I'm not us resident and I have a LLC with sole proprietor o two members out of the US the LLC need to pay income tax?

Hey, I'm From Dominican Republic and I just formed a LLC with two members me and my brother also resident on the Dominican Republic, We need to pay taxes because of the income of the LLC if yes, the sole proprietor have to do it as well, if not, can we change the status of the LLC to a sole... Read more »

Q: What is the federal marijuana trafficking interstate distribution charge for no more than 50 pound's delivery

I'm a retired black market cannabis wholesale distributor Been out of the busses for years now, I'm so desperate I'm about to break bad in the information super highway online mail order marijuana distribution interstate distribution, no more than 50 pound's a shipment.

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Jan 16, 2023

21 USC 841 and 960.

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, International Law and Internet Law for New Jersey on
Q: We got an email from who we thought was our Singapore supplier asking for payment. Payment was sent and goods received.

Our thread of emails between us and our supplier was somehow intercepted. Over email the person told us the bank information had changed. We sent the wire to the account that was advised. We got the goods. Whoever hacked my suppliers email cut the email communication between us off since they... Read more »

David Luther Woodward
David Luther Woodward
answered on Dec 28, 2022

You have fallen victim to one of the pitfalls of email versus telephone.

Your problem is more complex than can be answered here. You need to contact a good International Lawyer, either in your city, or NYC if you are close. Your facts are "too skinny" for someone on a question...
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2 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts, Civil Litigation and International Law for New York on
Q: Can I sue a storage comapny for losing my items, lying about it, and still charging me monthly fees while they knew?

I've had items in storage w/ a company in Canada since the pandemic. I asked them to ship them to NY home & have asked for months. I asked for a quote on multiple occasions, they gave me one but I couldn't afford it then. With the most recent they sent me an email saying they were... Read more »

Cesar Mejia Duenas
Cesar Mejia Duenas
answered on Dec 23, 2022

The answer will depend on the terms of the agreement. Moving or Storage Companies usually place a cap in the amount of their liability in case the items are lost. The agreements usually require the customer to secure insurance to cover any damages in excess of this cap.

If the value of the...
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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, International Law, Probate and Tax Law on
Q: I am the beneficiary of a brokerage accnt of a deceased non-citizen non-resident. Can I wire money to his own bank acct

Can I do this without probate and IRS letter of release if I know his password and ID? It will still be under an account under his name. We need to make the transfer to settle the tax owed in his own resident country

David Luther Woodward
David Luther Woodward
answered on Dec 10, 2022

This is a tax question, albeit an international tax question. I suggest you arrange an meeting with a local tax lawyer taking along all relevant documents

Good Luck

2 Answers | Asked in Contracts, Business Law and International Law for Oklahoma on
Q: is there is any treaties or agreement in Enforcment of civil judgment between country of Jordan and state of Oklahoma.

default civil judgment final (partnership dispute) was taken default judgment and final judgment they are trying to enforce it in the country of the Hashimi kingdom of Jordan, it states level in Oklahoma only not a ferdral case. its ciil .. is there is any law will allow that. and dos state... Read more »

David Luther Woodward
David Luther Woodward
answered on Dec 10, 2022

You asked a question right up my alley!

The U. S. has no recognition of JUDGMENTS conventions with any other country, not even our next door neighbors Canada and Mexico. States of the U. S. do not get engaged in

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1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, International Law and Internet Law for New York on
Q: Hello.

I want to create a VOD website for movies. The idea is that it will work as a fundraising site for artists, so That the projects will be presented to customers who will then donate to finance the production of the movie, once it is produced they will receive a copy of the film, to stream in our... Read more »

Daniel Michael Luisi
Daniel Michael Luisi
answered on Nov 30, 2022

It sounds like a crowdfunding campaign for a creative project in development, where the entrepreneur takes back orders before actually having the inventory to fill the orders. Check out kickstarter as a possible starting point. Many creative entrepreneurs have used it to successfully launch their... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights, International Law and Libel & Slander for Minnesota on
Q: needing help with dealing with a uruguayan resident in minnesota.

I have a uruguayan resident cyberstalking me and others for 2+ years, affecting my mental health + work. They started stalking me in early 2020, and i am afraid to have social media accounts so they won’t affect me/my friends anymore. i am a disabled artist and this person has affected my ability... Read more »

Sarah Gad
Sarah Gad
answered on Nov 26, 2022

Unfortunately, it sounds like you have a cyberstalker, and you're not alone. As many as 8% of Americans report being stalked online at some point in their life. In many cases, it's possible to get rid of the person on your own by locking down your social media and other accounts. But if... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, International Law and Probate for Nevada on
Q: I live in nevada but my father died 5 days ago in Cairo egypt. How do I get my Inheritance and life insurance policy's

I am an only child and my father wasn't married. My father was Muslim- I am not. I am female. My father told me about the bank accounts and investments and insurance policies he was leaving me. How do I get them when I'm in Nevada?

Kirk Kaplan
Kirk Kaplan
answered on Nov 19, 2022

An attorney familiar with Egyptian law will very likely provide a much better answer than I will. But just in case one does not leave an answer, maybe my answer will be a good start. In the US, the laws governing how property passes to heirs/descendants, depends upon residence of the deceased at... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in International Law on
Q: Hi I have questions about ucc laws. Are ucc laws applicable in Eu country too like Hungary or only in USA!?
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Nov 24, 2022

The international law attorneys here would probably know this best, but your question remains open for two weeks. The UCC is applied mainly in U.S. states and territories (with several exceptions). But keep in mind that parties who form a contract could insert provisions as to what laws would be... Read more »

Q: How do you make a document a court of record?
David Luther Woodward
David Luther Woodward
answered on Nov 13, 2022

What kind of document? Where is it from? What language is it in?

You can usually record a document that qualifies for recordation with the county clerk, in your instance the county clerk for Oklahoma County, which is downtown. The clerks are prevented by law from giving you any legal...
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Q: How would copyright or patent for musical equipment work internationally?

Let us say that Country XYZ has no such thing as copyright infringement and they make musical gear

with preexisting recordings from other companies, and it is perfectly legal in that country.

If a musician in the USA, where it would not be legal to use preexisting recordings from... Read more »

David Luther Woodward
David Luther Woodward
answered on Oct 23, 2022

What you propose sounds a lot like copyright infringement. I don't understand your terminology--like what do you mean by "gear". An instrument, to me, is a horn, a guitar, a piano, etc., not something that reproduces pre-recorded data.

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Intellectual Property and International Law for California on
Q: Do "imported" music/synthesizer software have to meet US regulation on sampling and copyright? Or only in that country?

Hello. If I wanted to purchase a virtual synthesizer from a developer abroad that followed the sampling laws of the country it was made in, could I use that synthesizer in my music? In other words, if the sampling laws of that country were different than that of the US, how would that effect what... Read more »

David Luther Woodward
David Luther Woodward
answered on Oct 23, 2022

I don't really understand your question, but intellectual property protections like trademarks, copyrights and patents protect the owner's rights, not yours nor that of the U. S. Government--while there are criminal infractions of various relevant statutes.

If you have permission...
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1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Intellectual Property and International Law on
Q: I posted a digital artwork on Instagram 2 years ago, and someone listed and sold it on OpenSea (NFT marketplace)

they have generated over $25,053.21 in total volume; I have also submitted a report to OpenSea and have yet to receive a response from them, can I take legal action on this matter? or any form of compensation

Erik Špila
Erik Špila
answered on Oct 12, 2022

This case can be very specific and I highly recommend you to contact a local intellectual property attorney who can advice you on this and handle your case properly. She/He can also provide you with your options, costs and so on.

I wish you a good luck with your case.

2 Answers | Asked in Employment Law, Workers' Compensation and International Law for California on
Q: International Independent Contractor law for wage claim

I am an independent contractor from the Philippines and my employer is a US citizen who has not paid for $2500 and more than 30 days past due. I need assistance in reference to the unsettled payment and corresponding charges for damages and other fees.

Nancy J. Wallace
Nancy J. Wallace
answered on Oct 5, 2022

Workers Compensation IS NOT a remedy for Independent Contractors. Wage Claims are NOT covered by the Workers Compensation Act of the Labor Code. (It sounds like it would, but it's just for employees who get physically hurt performing their job.) If you are an Independent Contractor, you... Read more »

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