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International Law Questions & Answers

Q: 4 months ago i purchased a customised snap filter for my brother’s wedding. Filter never showed up and no refund.

1 Answer | Asked in International Law and Internet Law for California on
Answered on Jan 23, 2018

The retainer will very likely exceed the value of whatever a customized seal filter is. Have you tried charging it back on your credit card? Have you reported it to the web merchant that deals with customer complaints?
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Q: How do I file a court order in the US to change my name on my birth certificate if I am now a perm resident of Mexico?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, International Law and Gov & Administrative Law for Oklahoma on
Answered on Jan 22, 2018

Since you're a resident out of the country, it gets complicated. Ordinarily a change of name needs to be filed in the County in which the person resides. See 12 OS Sec 1631 http://www.oscn.net/applications/oscn/deliverdocument.asp?id=94759&hits= , which provides as follows:

Any natural person, who has been domiciled in this state or who has been residing upon any military reservation located in said state, for more than thirty (30) days, and has been an actual resident of the county or...
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Q: Advice

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and International Law for North Carolina on
Answered on Jan 22, 2018

It depends on the contract. If you have the right to sue in the US, you might get a default judgment and then execute on the trademark, though that will be complicated. You might then be able to get a restraining order on the web server advertising your trademark, and then go into the Bronosonic trademark sales business yourself ... assuming that the thieves in China actually own the trademark and other intellectual property. It will be a complicated case, and that means it will be expensive,...
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Q: Hi. I have a question regarding international divorce. Please refer to the additional information.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and International Law for California on
Answered on Jan 20, 2018

You need to consult with a California lawyer, because jurisdictional questions are different in different states. As to an international perspective and US Constitutional standards, the California court could take jurisdiction over you and over the divorce, because it has you. It cannot take jurisdiction over the children residing outside the jurisdiction with her and it could not take jurisdiction over her. So, the issues potentially before the court -- if California allows it -- would be the...
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Q: Can I sign a document with a digital signature without putting my e-signature. Is that legally valid?

1 Answer | Asked in Banking, Business Law, Communications Law and International Law on
Answered on Jan 18, 2018

This is a developing area of law, and the answers may change, but, from the time miners and farmers signed documents with an X because they were illiterate, a signature has always been whatever you intend to be your signature. I have switched to letting clients sign retainers via unencrypted email so long as they "sign" them as they would sign their emails. Courts fairly uniformly accept "/s/" on signature lines from lawyers in electronically filed documents. I do sometimes cut and paste a...
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Q: Which process would be best? Form I-130 or Form I-485?

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Immigration Law, Constitutional Law and International Law for Utah on
Answered on Jan 11, 2018

You need to ask an immigration attorney. My practice is limited to criminal defense.
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Q: I need attorney to set up Miami account with funds belonging to Belgian English-French translator, 75..

1 Answer | Asked in International Law for Florida on
Answered on Jan 11, 2018

This sounds very suspiciously like a common Internet fraud. It is utterly easy to set up a US bank account for a Belgian, and there is nothing special that any CPA doesn't know about income tax protection under tax treaties. The fact that you are planning to lay out money for an attorney to accomplish this indicates to me that you are already "on the hook," so to speak. Pay an attorney, alright, but buy an hour consult to describe the planned transaction and determine how it can be accomplished...
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Q: I need some information I bought a time share in the bahamas but they collect the money in USA .

1 Answer | Asked in International Law, Collections and Real Estate Law for South Carolina on
Answered on Jan 11, 2018

Almost certainly, yes.
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Q: Is a contract of sale agreed in the UK for a property in Pakistan valid in Pakistan?

2 Answers | Asked in Contracts, Real Estate Law and International Law on
Answered on Jan 9, 2018

International real estate closings happen all the time. The controlling law is the place where the real estate is located. Contact a Pakistani real estate lawyer or broker.
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Q: Would a POA for finances done in California be honored in Mexico?

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and International Law for California on
Answered on Jan 7, 2018

I believe only an attorney licensed in Mexico would be qualified to answer this. Some U.S. financial institutions who have branches in Mexico might accept one, depending upon all the circumstances, but generally speaking, I doubt anyone else would accept a California POA.
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Q: What can I do to continue to collect monies from the US State Dept. re. Holocaust survivor/France US Treaty after denial

1 Answer | Asked in Gov & Administrative Law and International Law for Florida on
Answered on Dec 16, 2017

If you are the personal representative of their estates (appointed by a probate court), your attorney should review the applicable treaty, and pertinent State Department regulations, to see if there are grounds for appeal of the denial. Why are they denying continued payments?
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Q: Sold laptop internationally (US to Ireland) private party. Laptop damaged in shipping. Can he sue me?

1 Answer | Asked in International Law and Contracts for Tennessee on
Answered on Dec 9, 2017

Prior to sale and purchase there would surely be certain terms e.g. packing worthy of shipment; insurance; etc. agreed by both parties. If these were all upto mark then the buyer has no justification to claim money back for Laptop from seller. However, he may claim damages of item due to mishandling from the shipper.
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Q: I have designed a shoe I'd like to have manufactured mass production Italy. Which contraction is most appropriate ?

1 Answer | Asked in International Law and Business Law for North Carolina on
Answered on Dec 8, 2017

The title of a contract is not as important as what's in it. What's in the contract will depend on your desires and requirements and the manufacturer's desires and requirements. If North Carolina law will control the document, English seems like a sensible choice; if Italian law, then drafting it in Italian makes more sense.

Contact a North Carolina attorney for assistance drafting or reviewing your contemplated contract.B
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Q: Status of Forces Agreement

2 Answers | Asked in Business Law and International Law for Florida on
Answered on Dec 6, 2017

It will depend upon the terms of your contract, as well as upon the text of the particular SOF agreement.
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Q: Which procedural rules are most commonly used in the arbitration of international business disputes?

1 Answer | Asked in International Law for New York on
Answered on Nov 22, 2017

The most common is probably UNCITRAL, but you are out of your mind if you believe you can obtain and enforce an award for any less than $50,000 to $200,000 in filing and legal fees. Unless your deal is worth tens or hundreds of millions or unless your trade partner is as inexperienced as you are, you can easily be bluffed into losing everything once you adopt UNCITRAL as your dispute resolution mechanism. The trick is to create jurisdiction someplace useful and get contract resolution there....
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Q: Is a "bank guarantee" necessary to sell a bar of gold in Ghana?

2 Answers | Asked in Banking, Business Law, Consumer Law and International Law for Virginia on
Answered on Nov 20, 2017

She would be wise to consult a lawyer in Ghana before proceedings. May countries have at many times in history restricted the sale of gold, both to currency security and for fraud prevention. It is not at all unimaginable that Ghana retains such a legal structure. She might prefer to sell the gold in places like the US, were no guarantee is required. She is required to report any transaction(s) in gold with a value in excess of $10,000, including importing or exporting from the country. Once...
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Q: I want to file an international patent; what are specific procedures and requirements?

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Intellectual Property, International Law and Patents for Maryland on
Answered on Nov 18, 2017

There is not really an international patent. There is a process to file a patent application which serves as the front end for the patent application systems for 152 countries or regions http://www.wipo.int/pct/en/pct_contracting_states.html. This is a Patent Cooperation Treaty Application (PCT). People sometimes call this an international patent but that is not accurate.

You can file a utility application here in the US and then file your PCT application within 12 months of that...
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Q: I want my shoe manufactured in China. What paperwork should I submit to prevent my shoe being produced to another comp ?

1 Answer | Asked in Intellectual Property, International Law, Patents and Trademark on
Answered on Nov 14, 2017

You have asked a number of good questions. Let me fill in a few pieces of the mosaic, but you really need to get connected to a law firm familiar with working in China as there are many issues to address.

1st -- There can be utility patents on shoe designs. I worked on soft spike cleats for golf shoes many years ago. But utility patents for a shoe are relatively rare. There are certainly options for new features. Michael Jackson has a patent that allowed him to engage his shoes...
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Q: I'm a victim of a scam online. I know the identity of the scammer, he is from Canada, but I live in France. What to do?

1 Answer | Asked in International Law on
Answered on Nov 9, 2017

Hire a lawyer from Canada to sue him or report to the police
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Q: What is the law of international notarization?

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, International Law, Contracts and Appeals / Appellate Law on
Answered on Nov 9, 2017

Generally, all notary offices require personal assistance.

I'm a lawyer from China. If you need any help, contact me and I'll see if it's possible
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