Hawaii Questions & Answers by Practice Area


Hawaii Questions & Answers

Q: Wrongful foreclosure.excessive force by sheriff's. Should I take a plea?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Hawaii on
Answered on Sep 30, 2018
Gary Kollin's answer
There is no way an internet attorney could advise you based on those limited facts.

Q: Would the IRS call me and tell me that I need to make arrangements to pay monies that I owe?

3 Answers | Asked in Tax Law for Hawaii on
Answered on Sep 17, 2018
Frank Huerta Jr's answer
It sounds like a scammer. The IRS does not call you over the phone to threaten you with jail. I suggest you report the number to the Treasury Inspector General's office (TIGTA) https://www.treasury.gov/tigta/contact.shtml

If you should get another call say that you will report them to TIGTA.

Q: What is a company's board of director's role during a merger?

1 Answer | Asked in Mergers & Acquisitions for Hawaii on
Answered on Sep 16, 2018
Stefan Dunkelgrun's answer
the job of the board of directors is to supervise management (the executive officers). Ordinarily, the board would be heavily involved with the discussions surrounding the merger. At the very least, they'd be part of the discussion of what the board of the merged company would look like, which executives would have what role, what their compensation would be, as well as the compensation for executives who will be departing, and the overall pricing / valuation of the merger.

Q: How do you stop a mediation if you feel like the mediator is not being neutral?

1 Answer | Asked in Arbitration / Mediation Law for Hawaii on
Answered on Sep 15, 2018
Timur Akpinar's answer
I do not practice in Hawaii but I noticed no one picked up your question in three weeks, and at this point, the issue could be moot. If the matter is still pending, it would be advisable for you to consult with an attorney in your area with experience in mediations. The type of mediation is not mentioned here, but mediations and arbitrations in general should have guidelines and rules that govern how they are to be conducted.

Q: What differentiates a federal crimes from one that the state prosecutes?

1 Answer | Asked in Federal Crimes for Hawaii on
Answered on Sep 1, 2018
Gary Kollin's answer
A federal crime is one enumerated in the federal statutes. Some crimes can be both state and federal

Q: Does accepting a plea deal prevent you from being charged with more crimes?

1 Answer | Asked in Federal Crimes for Hawaii on
Answered on Jun 29, 2018
Gary Kollin's answer
Do you have an attorney regarding this plea? Many factors are involved including the exact wording of the plea agreement.

Consult your lawyer

Q: do I need a music licence to play music spotify in the restaurant i own?

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law and Copyright for Hawaii on
Answered on Jun 28, 2018
Benton R Patterson III's answer
Yes, you must have a license to play streaming audio publicly.

Q: How long does an arbitration proceeding take?

1 Answer | Asked in Arbitration / Mediation Law for Hawaii on
Answered on Jun 26, 2018
Thomas A. Grossman's answer
It depends on many factors:

The type of case that is being arbitrated; The number of parties involved in the Arbitration;

The amount of evidence, and number witnesses that will be allowed;

The amount of the damages; The experience and abilities of the Arbitrator;

The experience and abilities of the attorneys (assuming the parties are represented by attorneys;

An Arbitration can last for one hour or a week or more, depending on the complexity of the...

Q: How do I provide divorce document when I was never married to my child biological father? USCIS requires it for N-600.

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Hawaii on
Answered on Jun 20, 2018
Carl Shusterman's answer
You need to file an affidavit explaining this discrepancy. Better yet, show the paperwork to an experienced immigration attorney before doing anything.

Q: My husbands visa interview is at the end of this month but his case is in transferring process, does he still attends?

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Hawaii on
Answered on Jun 18, 2018
Carl Shusterman's answer
Confusing question. If his case is being transferred to Seoul, why does he have a visa interview in Lagos? If he does, I recommend that he attend the interview.

Q: My fiance isnt in school so his visa is getting pulled we get married in 6months is there a way for him stay til then?

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Hawaii on
Answered on Jun 16, 2018
Carl Shusterman's answer
You may want to consider getting married now so you could sponsor him for a green card right away.

Q: What can I do if someone harasses me through text messages?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Personal Injury for Hawaii on
Answered on Jun 7, 2018
Lauren M. Sharon's answer
Depending on what was said and your relationship with the person, you might want to make a police report so that incident can be documented and the police can explore the possibility of pressing charges. If it continues, or if you feel that your safety and property if threatened by the messages, you might want to consider consulting an attorney about the possibility of a restraining order.

Q: Adopted daughter is 16 now. We got her at 14. Previously PTSD, child molestation, reactive attachment disorder issue.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Hawaii on
Answered on Jun 7, 2018
Lauren M. Sharon's answer
I would suggest having a full, thorough consultation with an attorney, as I am unclear as to the details.

Q: If I Recieve Messages From Someone Who Says He Will Kill Me if Im Around His Child Is That A Form Of Blackmail?

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Hawaii on
Answered on Jun 7, 2018
Lauren M. Sharon's answer
I think you need to clarify your question. I’m unsure what your asking.

Q: I was curious what the statute of limitations are to collect back state income taxes in Hawaii are?

1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law for Hawaii on
Answered on May 23, 2018
Eric Steven Day's answer
I am not a Hawaii based tax attorney but most states and the federal government don’t start the statute of limitations on collections or audits until you have actually filed a return or the government filed one for you. They may not have any record of you having income in some instances, but typically yes they can come after you indefinitely if you don’t file.

Q: My husband is getting an annulment in the process of my green card, I am already inside the us. what are my options?

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Hawaii on
Answered on May 8, 2018
Carl Shusterman's answer
Impossible to answer your question without knowing more about you. Schedule a legal consultation with an experienced immigration lawyer.

Q: What kind of visa will my friend need if he is planning to come here and do business?

2 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law for Hawaii on
Answered on May 4, 2018
Shan Dimitris Potts' answer
Hello,

There are several "business" visas available. What kind of visa is suitable for your friend depends on the type of business and the amount of money he/she will invest in that business. Talk to an immigration attorney or have your friend talk to an immigration attorney in private to identify which visa is best for your friend.

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Q: Was out of status. Case dismissed, gr card based on marriage. Applying for citizenship. Need court docs w/application?

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Hawaii on
Answered on Apr 27, 2018
Carl Shusterman's answer
Yes, you need to send a certified copy of your record of conviction along with your N-400 application for naturalization.

Q: I lost my Permanent Resident Card. Can i apply for US Citizenship without it or Do i need to replace it first? Thanks...

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Hawaii on
Answered on Apr 27, 2018
Carl Shusterman's answer
You need to file a form I-90 to replace your green card before you apply for naturalization.

Q: I am naturalized US citizen. Can i bring my 10 y.o sister together with my parents at once? Thanks

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Hawaii on
Answered on Apr 20, 2018
Carl Shusterman's answer
Unfortunately not. You can easily sponsor your parents for green cards, but a sibling petition for someone born in the Philippines takes over 20 years. (I know that first hand since my wife is from Cebu.)

If your parents find an alternate way to immigrate to the US, their 10-year-old daughter could immigrate together with them.

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