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2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy, Contracts, Admiralty / Maritime and Business Law for California on
Q: What option do we have to avoid bankruptcy as freight forwarder hit by per-diem charges for container storage?

We are a freight forwarder and at the brink of filing for bankruptcy. Our client, the shipper, ran out of warehouse space to accept shipments and instead had the trucking company hold the containers for over three months. The shipping company charges detention or per-diem fees for the containers... Read more »

Leon Bayer
Leon Bayer answered on Feb 23, 2021

You should immediately consult an attorney to review all the contracts and any other paperwork. Without seeing the contracts, there is no way to answer your question.

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1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander, Personal Injury and Admiralty / Maritime for California on
Q: I was in a boat fire where my friend & I were severely burned. It was almost 2 years ago and I need to find a lawyer.

My friend and I were in a boat fire on another friend's boat. We were intubated and we're in a coma for a little while. I still have permanent scars & cognitive dysfunction because of this. I need a lawyer to help me file a claim for damages, medical bills as soon as possible.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Oct 13, 2020

I'm sorry for your injuries from this terrible boat fire. I agree with Mr. Webb and Mr. Gribow - you need to act immediately. There will be a number of issues for your attorney to sort out quickly. If this boating accident occurred on navigable waters, it could introduce unique issues of... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Admiralty / Maritime for California on
Q: i bought a houseboat without getting a marine survey. after the transaction it was discovered that the transom had

dry rot rendering the boat unsafe. this info was actively concealed by the seller. can you sell about you know to be unsafe?

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Jul 24, 2020

I've been in that boat! Had to fix it myself. If you believe that the seller knew of the dangerous condition but did not reveal it and actively concealed it, you may have been defrauded. Small Claims jurisdiction is up to $10.000. If you hire an attorney, you will be pouring more money... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Admiralty / Maritime for California on
Q: I have this lien on my boat

Not paying during the shelter in place orrders.ive been here for nine years

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Jun 25, 2020

Depending on the type of lien, that could be a strong measure. There are sometimes less expensive ways for facilities to pursue debts. A starting point could be to contact a California attorney to examine the lien and advise you accordingly. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

2 Answers | Asked in Admiralty / Maritime, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Education Law for California on
Q: Is it illegal the shelter I live at just started requiring my personal belongings and persons be searched be4 allowed in

All of a sudden The shelter island that started requiring that all my belongings and my persons be searched by one of their security guards before entering the premises this is my legal residence address on my ID and I have to be searched before I come home that doesn't seem legal to me and... Read more »

Louis George Fazzi
Louis George Fazzi answered on May 24, 2020

I don't think think so. You are a guest of the property owner, who can set whatever limits they want on those persons they allow to reside on their property. You say it is a shelter. So the owners apparently want to assure themselves that no guests can bring any kind of contraband onto their... Read more »

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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


(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: 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 »

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



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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, 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 Admiralty / Maritime for California on
Q: Can owner of marina tell liveaboards to leave without putting request in writing?

Im a liveaboard at a marina in Contra Costa County, California. The owner of the marina violated the current law which says no liveaboards in Contra Costa and has a number of tenants living on their boats at his marina. Due to one tenant causing problems with other tenant, the marine sheriff have... Read more »

Tom Evans
Tom Evans answered on Oct 6, 2019

This is not an admiralty or maritime question. Best check State landlord tenant laws.

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3 Answers | Asked in Admiralty / Maritime for California on
Q: A Ca police officer sees a suspected murderer while both are on board a cruise ship bound from SD to Hawaii.

Can he arrest him while the ship is in international water? The ship is registered in Liberia.

Tom Evans
Tom Evans answered on Aug 3, 2019

The officer should call ahead and make arrangements for arrest once the vessel hits port in Hawaii. Arrests are fairly common upon arrivals. Also, during the period before reaching port the validity of the warrant can be confirmed. There are often mistakes in the system and the warrant must be... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Tax Law, Admiralty / Maritime and Business Law for California on
Q: Does buyer of 'boat' LLC have to register ownership immediately after acquistion? And whom is responsible for taxes?

In October 2018, I sold my California LLC which only asset was a boat (wholly owned by my single owner/manager CA S corp).  Licensed yacht brokers handled the sale through a maritime attorney.  The deal was a straight up deal, llc for cash.  The same maritime attorney represented both buyer and... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Jun 11, 2019

You are sailing in unchartered waters--at least for me. In addition, there are some important facts missing from you question that prevent lawyers from advising you. Finally, competent lawyers do not answer questions about what might happen in the future. Too many possibilities.

2 Answers | Asked in Contracts and Admiralty / Maritime for California on
Q: Can you use vehicle codes from one state to another state?

I would like to know if I could use Idaho vehicle codes in California and vice verse since its state to state.

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Jun 7, 2019

What do you mean by "vehicle codes?"

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1 Answer | Asked in International Law, Admiralty / Maritime and Tax Law for California on
Q: Can duties & tariff be added 5-months after the shipment arrived at US port and merchandise sold.
Thomas A. Grossman
Thomas A. Grossman answered on Apr 24, 2019

I assume there was a shipping receipt or written contract somewhere in this transaction. Reading the contract may answer your question. Transfer of title is a very complicated subject. I would seek help from a Maritime attorney in your area.

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Products Liability and Admiralty / Maritime for California on
Q: Is there a way my boyfriend can ask to be seen by a judge to lower the bail(which is extremely excessive for his crime)

I heard that there is. Way that you can be seen by the majestrate within 12 hours of arrest to re evalute the bond and bail out with cash. He is homeless. So one hundred thousand dollars is quite excessive for stealing water and fruit to survive

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Apr 16, 2019

more info needed.

you need to retain a private lawyer or request a public defender.

move to put the matter On Calendar for a bail motion.

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1 Answer | Asked in International Law and Admiralty / Maritime for California on
Q: Where can I find a map of international waters of Asia that is acceptable to the IRS or courts?

For expatriate crew members working in an airplane or ship in a Foreign Country, part of the income made there can be counted as an exclusion for the Foreign Earned Income Exclusion (FEIE). However, when a crew member is performing their services over international waters, all the income made there... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Feb 9, 2019

You could contact the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to inquire if they know who performs the equivalent of their services in Asian countries. The charts I use identify the National Ocean Service Coast Survey as a reference (with additional inputs from the Army Corps of Engineers... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Admiralty / Maritime for California on
Q: Who would take a case re: suing Port Hueneme Harbor Patrol for sinking my commercial vessel while under their control?

Vessel was impounded for no insurance. While in their slip, in front of their patrol window my vessel sunk due to their negligence. I was not allowed to maintain my vessel or check on it. I have voicemails, emails, and phone conversation recorded as proof of their fault.

William John Light
William John Light answered on Oct 3, 2018

You will have to file a Tort Claim with the County of Ventura with 6 months of the date of the loss. After that, your claim may be governed by the Jones Act (not sure about that), which requires a specialty attorney. Do a computer search for Jones Act attorneys in Ventura and you will be guided... Read more »

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Q: Can a credit dispute halt an ongoing suit in court ?

Being sued by collecter can I dispute credit reports and will that stop the collector allowing me to get case dismissed since they cannot continue and there’s time limits

William John Light
William John Light answered on May 21, 2018

This mostly unintelligible. You can dispute a debt in a collection matter, if that is what you are asking. Don't see how a credit report pertains to that.

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1 Answer | Asked in Admiralty / Maritime for California on
Q: Which Agency can determine Jurisdiction over the federal Anchorage at Richardson Bay, part of San francisco Bay?

The US Coast Guard has "delegated" it's authority to regulate anchoring and mooring in the "Federal Anchorage" to BCDC, which "delegated" that responsibility to the "RBRA" (Richardson Bay Regional Authority). Now the City of Sausalito is claiming to... Read more »

Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
Ali Shahrestani, Esq. answered on Apr 18, 2017

If the federal and state powers have delegated the powers to localities, then the city may be within its rights to legislate in this way if it serves a legitimate governmental purpose (i.e., the rational basis test). More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The... Read more »

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