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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Admiralty / Maritime and Arbitration / Mediation Law for Hawaii on
Q: I have a situation with a union that requires me to fly out to another State to their medical facility for a physical.

If I don’t the Union will not “clear” me to work. Amid the Covid-19 outbreak I have asked if the Union has designated “local” areas in my Home State where we can complete annual physicals while reducing the risk of spreading or contracting COVID-19. Their answer was no, and that there... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Apr 7, 2020

The maritime unions are dealing with some extraordinary measures in light of this virus, particularly for vessels operating in the Pacific. There have been newly implemented measures involving restriction of crews to vessels, cessation of crew rotations, etc. Given the current atmosphere, unions... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Admiralty / Maritime for New Hampshire on
Q: Foreign boat transaction question

A US citizen living in Vermont owns a foreign company that holds a boat as an asset within the company. A US broker is contracted to sell the boat for a 10% commission. The broker is not responsive to offers and the Foreign company sells the boat to a US citizen after import to the US on its own.... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Apr 5, 2020

It's difficult to say based on these facts alone. It could depend on the provisions of the brokerage agreement, communications between the parties, and other issues. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

Q: Ex parte snow I remember this case

$91,000,000.00

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Apr 2, 2020

You posed under Admiralty/Maritime but there wasn't a maritime law question here. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Admiralty / Maritime for Minnesota on
Q: can i get married at 18 outside of minesota if i live in minnesota ??
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Mar 22, 2020

Unless something was inadvertently left off in uploading, there wasn't an admiralty/maritime element here. If there was a maritime element, you could repost and include it. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

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2 Answers | Asked in Admiralty / Maritime, Banking and Tax Law for Texas on
Q: If a person is employed by a corporation and that person is then released from said corporation unethical

I was misinformed about my job duties, requirements, and compensation by my direct supervisor. When I attempted to gain clarity I was informed that I was being released due to the fact that I was on parole. This information was delivered verbally from company supervisor in corporation's... Read more »

David Ostrove
David Ostrove answered on Mar 15, 2020

You are entitled to a fair and complete explanation. You may contact the state labour board and request a hearing. A local labour law attorney who handles employees' claims may be helpful to you. You should request a full explanation from your former employer IN WRITING. Ask for a complete written... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Admiralty / Maritime for Arizona on
Q: If someone changes amount on a personal check is it a crime. Amount 100. Thanks.....
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Mar 14, 2020

It would hinge on the state of mind with which they did it. If done as an innocent clerical error where a person catches themselves about to enter an incorrect amount, that is understandable. If done with the intent to deceive or defraud, it could be a crime. This might be explained by an attorney... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Personal Injury, Admiralty / Maritime and Civil Litigation for California on
Q: 18USC2261a

Wondering what is meant by intent?

Stanley Dale Radtke
Stanley Dale Radtke answered on Mar 2, 2020

Here is the United States Code section in question:

18 U.S. Code § 2261.Interstate domestic violence

(a)Offenses.—

(1)Travel or conduct of offender.—

A person who travels in interstate or foreign commerce or enters or leaves Indian country or is present within...
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Q: How Are you sir or madam?

Do you fully accept your curent life situation?

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Feb 22, 2020

Something may have gotten left off your question when you posted. You could try uploading again if there were additional elements to your question. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

Q: Can a federal law enforcement officer swear to the personal knowledge and observations of another lawenforcement officer

Meaning would this be in violation of the federal rules of evidence rule 803 (8)(c)? Note that I'm speaking of a written affidavit as the basis for probable cause to file a complaint in a district court for purposes of a later INDICTMENT. Is this legal?

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Feb 21, 2020

If this did not involve a marine incident resulting in vessel boarding by U.S. Coast Guard and Department of Justice personnel following a grounding, cargo spill, fuel oil spill, allision, injury, or other marine casualty requiring completion of a form CG-2692 for incident reporting or drug testing... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Admiralty / Maritime and Tax Law for Georgia on
Q: If I live in GA but work on a cruise ship overseas 8 months of the year, can I claim part-year resident?
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Feb 17, 2020

One option might be to look into the Q & A resources or online help resources of the IRS or Georgia Dept. of Revenue - they might be able to provide direction. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

Q: I was falsely accused of stealing and at a superstore. Can I sue for defamation? See details below.

I was brought back to the store in cuffs and questioned. I denied and showed them the reciept of the item I bought, and they brought up the footage of me paying at the cash register after I told them what register I checked out at. I was embarrassed and humiliated. They then trespassed me from the... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Feb 12, 2020

I'm sorry for your ordeal. You could consult with an attorney in confidence regarding your civil remedies because they could be multiple here. Doing this without delay could be valuable to you in terms of preserving video footage before it is rerecorded over or lost. Many attorneys would probably... Read more »

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3 Answers | Asked in Admiralty / Maritime on
Q: información sobre el caso, olga de león v. shih wei navigation

No tengo pacer, y necesito información sobre el caso olga de león v. shih wei navigation

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Jan 30, 2020

If I understood your message correctly, I believe you do not have Pacer and you need information about the case De León v. Shih Wei Navigation. I'm sorry if I didn't get it right. But if I am right, that case is posted here on Justia. Try putting this link into your computer:... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Contracts, Criminal Law, Admiralty / Maritime and Civil Rights for California on
Q: Hello, my legal person name is Asher. I am a paralegal myself, withholding 34 years of experience. I have a question

A man who was previously convicted in his first and last name in a state other than where he resided, had an established residency the state of California where his married spousal successfully changed his name to something other than what he was convicted as then triumphed himself out of the... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Jan 29, 2020

MUCH MORE INFO NEEDED.

IT'S LIKE ASKING A DOC WHY DO I HAVE CANCER?

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3 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Admiralty / Maritime for California on
Q: can a co-owner of a boat be liable to another co-owner of a boat after one sustains an injury?
Tom Evans
Tom Evans answered on Jan 28, 2020

Yes. But it depends on the circumstances. Both the nature of the agreement for co ownership and the circumstances regarding the injury may lead to liability of the uninvolved co owner. First if the co ownership is by written agreement carefully review that agreement. Second and assuming this... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Admiralty / Maritime and Tax Law for Georgia on
Q: I’m a resident of GA but work on a cruise ship full time (8 months of the year). Do I need to pay GA taxes?

They automatically take out federal taxes but since it’s office is based in Miami, they don’t take out any income tax.

D. Mathew Blackburn
D. Mathew Blackburn answered on Jan 28, 2020

Yes, your resident state will tax all your income worldwide.

Obviously you can still take foreign exclusionary or credits as allowed, but you will need to file a GA return and calculate tax owed.

I would contact HR and find out why tax is not being taken out and sent to GA....
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2 Answers | Asked in Admiralty / Maritime and Constitutional Law for Nevada on
Q: How are you able to confirm a court is operating under Maritime Law(dry dock) and not Constitutional?

I understand the fringe on the flag, how to confirm it w presiding "judge" while present in court is my goal.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Jan 22, 2020

A court does not operate under maritime law, as opposed to other types of law. It operates under state rules of civil procedure, or the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure that ordinarily govern maritime cases filed in federal court. Maritime law can be the basis of the SUBSTANTIVE law issues in a... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Admiralty / Maritime, Civil Rights and International Law on
Q: Can I file a lawsuit against someone for calling me a “lazy sod”?

I work at sea and recently contacted a fellow colleague with regards to assistance with work. He replied and indicated that if I needed more help he was willing to assist. I emailed him back taking up his assistance however his supervisor replied stating I should do the work myself and referring to... Read more »

Tom Evans
Tom Evans answered on Jan 18, 2020

Was any of this due to your being a minority of some sort - race color creed personal orientation? If so you may be able to make a civil rights claim. Otherwise you are left with defamation which likely tequire much more harm.

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1 Answer | Asked in Gov & Administrative Law and Admiralty / Maritime on
Q: How do I apply for a Bingo License in DeRidder, LA 70634
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Jan 17, 2020

It's possible part of your question was left off in uploading; no admiralty/maritime issue appeared here. The Louisiana Gaming Control Board might be a starting point for the non-maritime element of your post. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

2 Answers | Asked in Admiralty / Maritime, Criminal Law and White Collar Crime for California on
Q: I need an attorney or to find out what organization handles maritime offenses for unseaworthy repairs that were hidden

I purchased a vessel out of a shipyard that had promised me a bottom job on a documented u.s. coast guard vessel. The vessel when I was taken to see it had the laminate structures completely ground down two to three layers of the outside layer of a cord vessel hull I was told I would receive an... Read more »

Tom Evans
Tom Evans answered on Jan 14, 2020

This is potentially a mixed question of maritime law and contract/consumer protection. The U S Coastguard in your District (there are 13 or so spread across the US depending on what State you live in) local office of marine safety or the marine safety officer at your District MIGHT be... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law and Admiralty / Maritime on
Q: My Canadian girlfriend was denied entry to the US land border south of Montreal on October 2019 on the grounds of not en

Ties to Canada. Can you help us?

Sheri A Benchetrit
Sheri A Benchetrit answered on Jan 7, 2020

I would be more than happy to speak with you. When entering the US as a visitor it is always best to be prepared to document all of your ties to your home country. This can include a number of things including apartment leases, enrollment in school, bank statements, confirmation of employment. If... Read more »

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