International Law Questions & Answers

Q: I live in PA and getting 22k international cash inheritance (London). Do I need pay inheritance tax? Declare with IRS?

1 Answer | Asked in International Law and Tax Law for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Apr 15, 2019
Bruce Alexander Minnick's answer
As they say at the opera, "It ain't over until it is over." They also say "If it sounds too good to be true, it probably isn't."

So, rather than worry about whether or not to "declare with the IRS" right now, and rather than worry about whether you will have to "pay inheritance tax" you would do well to employ a competent lawyer RIGHT NOW, before giving anyone on planet earth your social security number, banking account number and related personal information.

Whether "your...

Q: I ordered something worth $110 online through a website from someone in Austrailia and I'm living in the USA. How can.

1 Answer | Asked in Banking, International Law and Small Claims for Virginia on
Answered on Mar 20, 2019
Timur Akpinar's answer
Contact the bank or institution issuing the card to see if they have provisions for resolving or adjudicating disputes.

Tim Akpinar

Q: In accordance with which international convention or law the sovereignty of each country should be respected?

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Construction Law and International Law on
Answered on Mar 19, 2019
Timur Akpinar's answer
It isn't really a matter of a single treaty. There are many treaties and laws that impact how the sovereignty of countries is supposed to be respected in the international arena. They deal with many issues, from trade to human trafficking to the extradition of criminal defendants.

Tim Akpinar

Q: As part of a deal for my international custody case the opposing party is wanting temporary custody given to them.

2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody, Family Law and International Law for Georgia on
Answered on Mar 6, 2019
Homer P Jordan IV's answer
Without knowing all the details to this case it's difficult to give you a response. I'm also not sure what your question is. You have an attorney, so you should probably speak with the attorney to find out what happened and why they agreed to something that you were not aware of. Start there and if you are unhappy with the response you could always seek a new attorney. -Homer P. Jordan IV, Esq. 404-620-1558

Q: My friend is an international student, and he committed a serious crime and fled to another country!

1 Answer | Asked in International Law and Criminal Law for New Jersey on
Answered on Feb 24, 2019
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.'s answer
Maybe but More information would be needed to properly answer your question.

Q: Can experimental (non-US FDA approved) medical procedures be performed by doctors on ships in international waters?

1 Answer | Asked in International Law and Admiralty / Maritime for Florida on
Answered on Feb 22, 2019
Terrence H Thorgaard's answer
Probably. What, if any connection does the doctor have with the U.S.?

Q: Where can I find a map of international waters of Asia that is acceptable to the IRS or courts?

1 Answer | Asked in International Law and Admiralty / Maritime for California on
Answered on Feb 9, 2019
Timur Akpinar's answer
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 and U.S. Coast Guard), and I also use Notices to Mariners, but it depends what application you are looking to use these for. You mention courts and IRS; I use these charts for reference and...

Q: What is public body and where do it come from?

1 Answer | Asked in International Law on
Answered on Jan 22, 2019
Timur Akpinar's answer
"Public body" is a term which is applied broadly, but it is often used to identify a division or branch of government.

Tim Akpinar

Q: Is it possible for a U.S. citizen to marry a Mexican citizen, and for said Mexican citizen to gain legal residency?

2 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law and International Law for Florida on
Answered on Jan 16, 2019
Kelli Y Allen's answer
Yes, it is but the timing and specific process vary greatly and depend on a number of factors. I highly suggest having a full consultation with an experienced immigration attorney who can analyze the specific situation and explain the process that would apply to your case.

Q: I have a friend who is in jail in Sparta NC. This is his first time in trouble in over 10 year's.

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law and International Law for North Carolina on
Answered on Jan 13, 2019
Kelli Y Allen's answer
The answer depends on numerous factors such as: what he was charged with, whether he has been convicted, whether he has an ICE hold (or has been referred immigration court), and, if so, whether he has any form of relief for which to apply. That would depend on criminal record, how long he has been in the U.S., whether he is married to a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, and many other factors. He (or someone on his behalf) definitely needs to consult with an experienced immigration attorney...

Q: About passport and overstaying

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law and International Law on
Answered on Jan 13, 2019
Allen C. Ladd's answer
So you need a new German passport, right? You will need to contact the German embassy (Botschaft) in Manila. Here is their Facebook page:

I don't know about overstaying in the Philippines, but I doubt it will be an issue for the country you wish to travel to. (I'm guessing it is Germany but it shouldn't matter. Philippines immigration issues don't follow you to another country.)

Viele Glueck!

Q: Wired upfront for logo services from German designer who never performed. Isn't this intl wire fraud or something?

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Criminal Law and International Law for California on
Answered on Jan 9, 2019
Dale S. Gribow's answer
need more info

police will probably say it is civil.........but if you can show an ongoing course of action to defraud others, then maybe they will assist.

you can always sue in small claims in callf for up to $10k

Q: I've been refused a J1visa twice due to a DUI for ommitting the arrest on the application, how can I be able to use esta

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, DUI / DWI, Immigration Law and International Law for California on
Answered on Jan 4, 2019
Allen C. Ladd's answer
You will not be able to travel to the USA with a DUI arrest (even without conviction) within the past 5 years, because you are a public danger. You will need to get clearance from a "panel physician" who is on contract with the US consulate in France. Go to the consulate's website, or go to to look for a US immigration attorney in France, for further guidance. (If you don't find one in France, go to Germany in the listings, there are several I know of who handle this matter.)...

Q: Who makes international laws? Do all countries involved need to agree to a law before it becomes official?

1 Answer | Asked in International Law for New York on
Answered on Dec 29, 2018
Timur Akpinar's answer
International laws are made by agreements and treaties between nations. Nations sometimes choose not to be signatories. It can depend on the context and subject matter. In areas such as aviation or maritime, international laws/protocols are necessary for the uniformity of operations throughout the world.

Tim Akpinar

Q: What can I do when a company based in another country ignores my customer’s help message?

1 Answer | Asked in Communications Law, International Law and Internet Law on
Answered on Dec 5, 2018
Timur Akpinar's answer
Your customer could contact an officer of the company to verify if the request is reaching the right department. If the company will not respond, and there is a basis for a valid and meaningful claim, your customer could consult with an attorney.

Tim Akpinar

Q: I just learned that I inadvertently committed a federal financial crime. Should I write a letter of explanation to IRS?

1 Answer | Asked in Banking, Federal Crimes, Immigration Law and International Law for Washington on
Answered on Nov 8, 2018
Hector E. Quiroga's answer
You need to speak with an attorney familiar with federal law around international financial transactions.

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