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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Immigration Law, Business Law and International Law for Massachusetts on
Q: Would any one have any contact for pro bono lawyers in South Africa (Pretoria) for US citizens

One of my US citizen friends is currently in Pretoria and has urgent legal trouble. He has contacted the US consulate for weeks, which at this time is only overwhelmed and has provided no help. thank you

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Jun 22, 2020

There is an organization - Pretoria Society of Advocates. They are known as the Pretoria Bar. They could be a starting point in your friend's search. If they do not know of such attorneys or resources on how to locate them, maybe they could direct your friend to a different bar association or... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in International Law and Internet Law for California on
Q: Internacional Law. Can any legal steps be made in this situation with the company in China?

A week ago I made a purchase of 120 thermometers for my uncle’s clinic in Peru from a company in China. The agent told me the total and arranged the delivery who guaranteed that it would be delivered to the clinic in Peru. A wire transfer was made to their bank in Hong Kong (HSBC) from J.p.... Read more »

Keith Hamilton Fichtelman
Keith Hamilton Fichtelman answered on Jun 17, 2020

There are a few issues here that are going to have a bearing on the answer.

First and foremost, did you have a written contract (even emails back and forth confirming terms) or was this all oral communications? If you have a written contract, those terms would control. Was your contract...
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1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Contracts and International Law on
Q: What can a company do if it is engaging in international trade for the first time, it has already entered a contract

And the company is not assured that its client will pay for the goods and services what advice can be given to such a company

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Jun 17, 2020

Hopefully, the client will performed as agreed upon. However, one option is to review the terms of your contract that govern damages, remedies, and provisions for handling disputes. It could be helpful to do this with an attorney, particularly if there are complex issues involving jurisdiction or... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Business Formation, International Law and Trademark on
Q: I want to start my own clothing line ‘Marshall Clothing’ my middle name= ‘Marshall’ Will I get sued by Marshall Amps?

My middle name is Marshall and I want to use it for my clothing brand “Marshall Clothing”

I have checked trademark databases and the phrase ‘Marshall Clothing’ is not registered.

However, I realised that the word ‘Marshall’ is highly associated with the company... Read more »

Evelyn Suero
Evelyn Suero answered on Jun 17, 2020

Whether a proposed trademark is infringing on another mark depends on many factors and is not limited to trademarks that are registered with the USPTO. Generally speaking, before using a trademark you must ensure that the mark is not confusing with another mark that is currently being used in the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright and International Law for California on
Q: I'm an American but live overseas. I've been threatened with a copyright lawsuit from an Attorney in the USA.

Would they have to serve me here in Germany to proceed, and would I have to go to the States to respond? I have a U.S. business mailing address but am a legal resident of Germany.

The second part of the question is that through my research their 'client' might not actually own the... Read more »

Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta answered on Jun 15, 2020

This can be complicated.

In theory they can serve you and you should answer the lawsuit.

You could claim no jurisdiction if you live and work and the infringement happened as result of your actions in Germany.

Talk to an American attorney to understand your options better....
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2 Answers | Asked in Tax Law, Business Law and International Law for Florida on
Q: My US based company received a payment from a french corporation. The owner of the french corporation is asking a refund

on his personal account which looks like laundering money thing. What is the international law that forbids me to proceed in the repayment of the french corporation into the owner's personal account? Thanks in advance for your prompt answer.

David Luther Woodward
David Luther Woodward answered on Jun 15, 2020

I can think of no "international law" that prohibits you from refunding as directed; however, state and federal statutes against money laundering might well be triggered if this is this person's "modus operandi". Has he requested this method more than once? A pattern is... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Employment Law, Business Law and International Law for Texas on
Q: I want to use a Lebanese artist to create and sell graphic designs. Am l allowed to hire him? We'd need PayPal.
David Luther Woodward
David Luther Woodward answered on Jun 4, 2020

Where is the artist?

You ask a question that needs more detail.

Are you going to pay hourly? piece work? project work? or whatever.

Where does he work? Do you provide the supplies.

Go see an immigration lawyer and an employment lawyer.

Good Luck

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1 Answer | Asked in International Law for Florida on
Q: is their a lawyer that can give advise in international law for trustee law for people on a green card

lets start with the above question please; it is for a friend living in Kissimmee

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on May 29, 2020

Trustee could be a broad term, depending on context, whether it involves a position's role in a corporation, role overseeing property, or other. If you believe it is in the sense of dealing with an estate, which is a more commonly arising context when it comes to individuals, you could start... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Intellectual Property and International Law on
Q: Image infringement. Photos of my face have been used multiply times by amazon for commercial purposes

Without mine or photographer’s knowledge, images have been used for commercial purposes of selling items on amazon. What Kind of action should I take?

Barbara Berschler
Barbara Berschler answered on May 29, 2020

If you are a non-celebrity, you have a right of privacy. (If a celebrity, then you have a right of publicity.) It would be best to work with an attorney familiar with these kinds of actions. Keep in mind that if Amazon is merely the service provider, it would not be liable, unless it knows of the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Constitutional Law and International Law for Kentucky on
Q: How can I become a resident of a state if I have no prior state residency and no domestic home address?

I am a dual EU-US citizen( my mom is American). I was born in the EU and I have never lived in America. I have never had any home address in the US. I moved to America in August 2019 to attend a boarding school in TN, I will soon be attending college in VA. Currently, I am staying with friends in... Read more »

David Luther Woodward
David Luther Woodward answered on May 25, 2020

You have a lot of questions that need to be answered and you need to seek the advice of an immigration lawyer.

The questions start with: Did you mother register your birth with an embassy or consular office of the U. S. at the time of your birth? Did she ever apply for a passport for you?...
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1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law and International Law for Wisconsin on
Q: How do I pay custom duty?

I ordered a scooter on eBay from China for $25.99. I also ordered a charger which was $5.82 and a ring which was around $5 (they were all separate orders). I did my research and I found that it is most likely that I will not have to pay customs duty. However, in case I am wrong, I would like to... Read more »

David Luther Woodward
David Luther Woodward answered on May 24, 2020

The delivery service will collect customs duty from you if it is due. The Delivery Service will probably be the United States Postal Service

2 Answers | Asked in Agricultural Law, Banking, Civil Litigation and International Law for Tennessee on
Q: Hello, I am currently a college student looking at law as a potential future career.

I was wondering if this would be a good place to start asking questions and if not, is there another chat forum that I could utilize to get a better understanding about this particular career field?

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on May 18, 2020

The reason this free legal advice forum was created is to allow people who have legitimate legal questions to ask the Justia panel of experienced lawyers, who decide whether or not to answer.

So it seems safe to say that curious college students who want to "chat" with...
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2 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law, International Law and Juvenile Law for Maryland on
Q: I’m currently a student in Maryland and my dad left me around 2 years ago and I haven’t know nothing about my case since
Drew Elesh
Drew Elesh answered on May 16, 2020

If you call our office Monday we can get more information and help you. Call 773 679 8613

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1 Answer | Asked in Banking, Federal Crimes and International Law for California on
Q: Is what I am doing considered as structuring or smurfing?

Question answered. Thanks

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on May 13, 2020

Although you probably do not know it, you are operating a small business in California. And since your small business involves currency trades you may be violation federal or state law doing what you are doing for a living.

And BTW, in today's brave new world of super high-tech...
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1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Gaming, Intellectual Property and International Law on
Q: This is not a question in itself, just a reply to Mrs./Ms. Barbara Berschler.

This was Mrs./Ms. Berschler's reply to my question on copyright and public domain books from the 19th century and from before that: "Just a thought to add to Mr. Watson's excellent answer to your question, and that is how do you intend to portray the books on the shelves appearing in... Read more »

Barbara Berschler
Barbara Berschler answered on May 7, 2020

Thank you for your follow up to my comment about your game's development. By the way, if you are thinking of using the name of the game as a trademark, you will want to be sure there are no prior takers. If it is just going to act as a title for the game, copyright does not protect titles.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Estate Planning, Arbitration / Mediation Law and International Law for Virginia on
Q: How can I find out if I have been a victim of power of attorney fraud?

My late spouse was from another country and owned property there. I allowed my brother in law to be my P.O.A., to handle that business as I could not go to said country. I haven't heard anything from anyone in 2 years. I am in West Virginia and my in laws are in Texas.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on May 6, 2020

Of all the categories you chose, maybe the best one to start with could be to contact an estate planning/probate attorney. They could probably assess what kind of investigative/legal resources are needed. You could look up such attorneys here (Find-a-Lawyer, above), or through your own independent... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in International Law for Texas on
Q: Will I have to become a US citizen to "fix my husband papers" or can I do it as a US resident. Note: he lives in Mexico.

I am really confused because from what I understand I do have to become a citizen first to fix my husband papers but my dad is also a resident and he fixed me, my mom, my 2 sisters, and my 2 brothers papers.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on May 3, 2020

This doesn't sound like an international law matter. It isn't fully clear what you mean by fixing your husband's papers, but it sounds like this could be something dealing with immigration forms. If that's what you mean by "husband's papers," you could repost your... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Banking and International Law on
Q: A beneficiary check has been issued from my late brother’s US deferred compensation account to my son (12 yrs).

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Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on May 1, 2020

What you are considering doing can be done safely--but not without taking certain necessary safeguards. But owing to the great need for confidentiality here, this is certainly NOT the best place to be discussing this transaction.

So all I can do now is to advise you to search for a very...
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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Business Law and International Law on
Q: i am in Yemen and i have an LTA with a UN organization for providing services and it is still valid for 3 years. now t

the org. want to issue an rfp for the same services i perform. can i enter this RFP?

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Apr 27, 2020

It sounds like you should carefully review the terms of the LTA or the RFP; it could be intended for bidders that are not already engaged in providing services to the organization. If you do something that violates the terms, it's possible it could jeopardize the LTA, or disqualify the bid.... Read more »

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