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1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law, Business Formation, Business Law and International Law for Florida on

Q: How to set up a touring company in another country?

Hi, I am trying to start a touring company in Jamaica with my brother. He will be responsible for hiring and securing proper licensing and management of drivers in Jamaica, (already hired one) and I will be in Florida, running the business, banking and marketing end. What would be the best way to... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Jun 17, 2019

Free practical advice offered for the last 41 years to people starting or operating small businesses:

The main difference between successful small businesses and those that fail within a relatively short period of time is good legal advice. The owners of most successful small businesses...
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1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law and International Law for Texas on

Q: My husband is a refugee climate in Canada, he wants to come to the US with his kids and I (We are US citizens) can he?

Will they let him in because we are married? And he can adjust his status once he's here? I already have the 1-130 in process

Hector E. Quiroga answered on Jun 12, 2019

It is possible that he will not be allowed in because of his intent. He’d be coming as a tourist, which is a temporary visa, though his intent would be to immigrate.

On the other hand, he might be allowed in, depending on the questions asked an your husband’s responses.

1 Answer | Asked in Banking, Business Law, Tax Law and International Law for Indiana on

Q: I am looking to create a company that facilitates peer-to-peer payments with the use of credit and debit cards.

For this I have created an app:

If user is going to send money using the app, they input their credit card, STRIPE charges the credit card and the money goes to my business bank account in the US. When this happens, the app shows a balance in the user’s APP account.

When a user... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Jun 4, 2019

What you have described is a financial services company that operates exactly like a bank. Translation: Before you spend your money developing your "new" banking business you need to know that you are required to obtain a bank charter or some other official authorization from the state you are... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in International Law on

Q: is there any case where there is a dispute about if it falls under public or private international law?

Timur Akpinar answered on May 25, 2019

The U.S. Department of State offers general resources on this area. In terms of actual case law, you could contact their Office of the Legal Advisor to see if they might be able to offer direction in terms of locating decisions.

Tim Akpinar

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Contracts, Intellectual Property and International Law for Illinois on

Q: I unknowingly traded a minor vehicles. He forged his dads name (same name). They said they are reporting it stolen.

He traded me vehicles across state lines and they said I'm going to be arrested. The vehicle is already in my name and licensed, they said it's my fault and their soon can't have criminal charges brought against him for taking "his" car, which turns out to be his fathers because he's a minor, yet... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on May 24, 2019

Keep this plausible story in a safe place so you will be able to re-tell it to the police--if they arrest you.

2 Answers | Asked in Business Law, Contracts, Intellectual Property and International Law on

Q: A vehicle was sold verbally told Canadian trade in w/1 accident no damage wasn’t true

I have found out it went through a series of auctions one of which announced as an accident repair vehicle, it’s had non stop problems.! Purchased a premium extended warranty which paperwork shows, dealership claimed it was basic, on top of that it’s not getting fixed properly, incomplete... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on May 6, 2019

Other than finding a lawyer to help you sue the dealer for breach of contract, there is nothing else you can do--unless you have some sort of leverage over the dealer.

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1 Answer | Asked in Copyright and International Law for Idaho on

Q: Battle Angel Alita created in Japan 1990 Epic Stone Group registered "Battle Angel" 2012, sued Fox Studios 2019, valid?

This seems odd that a pre-existing property that pre-dates this copyright registration by an American company would be at any risk for legitimate lawsuit. How can an existing intellectual property be registered to a company whom has no legal contract or agreement with said owners, and furthermore... Read more »

Griffin Klema answered on May 3, 2019

You ask a very interesting question, but unfortunately, it is laden with too many factual issues to provide a clear answer. Your best bet is to study copyright infringement, and when derivative works are insufficiently indistinct from the original source material. There might also be contractual... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, International Law and Probate for Texas on

Q: My unmarried sister died a year ago in Colombia without a will. She had no children.

My nephews and brother in Colombia are asking me how is my financial situation, how much is my retirement pension, etc. I don't know if I am going to be treated fairly. The attorney is a personal friend of my nephew.

What action should I take? Pls give me your advice.

Thank... Read more »

Terry Lynn Garrett answered on Apr 29, 2019

Your financial situation has nothing to do with how much of your sister's estate you should inherit according to Columbian law.

It does have something to do with how much a dishonest administrator is willing to give you and whether he thinks you will have the ability to sue and appear in...
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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 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.

1 Answer | Asked in Intellectual Property, International Law and Entertainment / Sports on

Q: can Also know as mark, and Trade and service mark within same class or industry conflict?

Griffin Klema answered on Apr 24, 2019

Maybe. There's not enough information in your question to answer it.

1 Answer | Asked in International Law and Tax Law for Pennsylvania on

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

I was contacted by the Ward Gethin Archer law firm in London England that I received a 22k inheritance from a distant family member. Turns out its legit as my uncle and two cousins opened a new bank account and threw a few hundred in and each received the same amount of money evenly. They gave... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Apr 15, 2019

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...
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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law, Immigration Law and International Law on

Q: I lived with my common-law for over 2 years but he not divorce yet. he separated for over 4 years. more information

she's from Vietnam and he went to Vietnam and get married with her. When she came to Canada, she lived with him for about 1 years and she left him. they separated for over 5 years, and not divorce yet. he's Canadian and I'm international student and we have lived together for over 2 years, and we... Read more »

Deron Edward Smallcomb answered on Mar 27, 2019

Sounds like you should contact a Canadian immigration attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Banking, International Law and Small Claims for Virginia on

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

How can I get my money back?

I ordered it with my debit card, and the seller has not responded it's been 2 months since I ordered they didn't respond to my emails.

Timur Akpinar answered on Mar 20, 2019

Contact the bank or institution issuing the card to see if they have provisions for resolving or adjudicating disputes.

Tim Akpinar

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Construction Law and International Law on

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

Is there any international treaty that restricts countries from interfering with each other's internal affairs?

Timur Akpinar answered on Mar 19, 2019

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.

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2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody, Family Law and International Law for Georgia on

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

My lawyer agreed on this without my knowledge

Homer P Jordan IV answered on Mar 6, 2019

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... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Federal Crimes, Gov & Administrative Law and International Law for Texas on

Q: Are there any laws or cases about blind obedience to authority figures? This is for some research for an English project

We are doing our own version of a court trial both prosecuting and defending different groups of people that were responsible for the holocaust. My group is in charge of defending the SS soldiers that carried out Hitler's orders without question. For our research and to help us present our case we... Read more »

Gary Kollin answered on Feb 25, 2019

1 Answer | Asked in International Law and Criminal Law for New Jersey on

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

Will he be arrested at the US embassy if he went for visa interview?

H. Scott Aalsberg Esq. answered on Feb 24, 2019

Maybe but More information would be needed to properly answer your question.

1 Answer | Asked in International Law and Admiralty / Maritime for Florida on

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

Maritime law question....Could a ship flagged in a non-U.S. registered/flagged country (e.g. the Bahamas) have a doctor on board perform experimental procedures (say, for cancer) when in international waters that are not allowed in the U.S. ?

Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Feb 22, 2019

Probably. What, if any connection does the doctor have with the U.S.?

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 »

Timur 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 »

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