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2 Answers | Asked in Contracts, Civil Litigation, Collections and International Law for Florida on
Q: Can an American living in Germany be successfully sued or have collections put against them from someone in the states?

Im an American living in Germany and do not plan to return to the states. I signed a contract with a company out of Florida regarding medical consulting in relations to a claim with the Veterans Administration (Im a vet). The company did not do as advertised and thus we are in a dispute over... Read more »

Barry W. Kaufman
Barry W. Kaufman answered on Mar 30, 2020

Of course you can be sued. The creditor will have to jump thru some hoops to get you served in Germany though. But regardless, once you are served, its just like you lived in the states. If the creditor obtained judgment, and wanted to enforce the judgment, it would have to go through a process to... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Business Law and International Law for Arizona on
Q: Is it legal for Americans to trade medical supplies overseas ?

Have a offer on the table that Russians want masks and supplier is in China and facilitator says that buyers are now procuring orders but I've not seen proof yet

Getting conflicting reports

We can

we cant

This is how it started:


I have a buyer... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Mar 15, 2020

This sounds like a valuable service you are providing to protect people and it is commendable. But the question is very fact-intensive and crosses over a number of different areas involving bulk freight, where it's possible that import-export or shipping consultants who are close to these types of... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Federal Crimes, Immigration Law and International Law for California on
Q: a 90 year old NAZI was found to be living in Tennessee and will be deported. Why doesn't the US charge him instead?

Kevin L Dixler
Kevin L Dixler answered on Mar 6, 2020

The U.S. has elected to seek deportation for those who lie on their immigration forms, even if the lie took place long ago. This, because there is no statute of limitation in civil immigration law. There is no statute of limitations for murder. In the genocide cases, the Government of Germany is... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law and International Law for California on
Q: A relative, who is a foreign citizen, is sending a relatively big gift to buy house (in excess of 100,000). is this tax

The person that is sending the money is the father of the US citizen, but he is not an expat of the US. He was born and continues to live outside the US, but does come to visit the US only around 1 month per year. So, he should pass the IRS “substantial presence test “, right ?

If my... Read more »

D. Mathew Blackburn
D. Mathew Blackburn answered on Feb 25, 2020

Foreign transfers of funds into the US are not taxable.

They are reportable on form 3520.

Q: I was falsely accused of stealing and at a superstore. Can I sue for defamation? See details below.

I was brought back to the store in cuffs and questioned. I denied and showed them the reciept of the item I bought, and they brought up the footage of me paying at the cash register after I told them what register I checked out at. I was embarrassed and humiliated. They then trespassed me from the... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Feb 12, 2020

I'm sorry for your ordeal. You could consult with an attorney in confidence regarding your civil remedies because they could be multiple here. Doing this without delay could be valuable to you in terms of preserving video footage before it is rerecorded over or lost. Many attorneys would probably... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Products Liability, International Law and Internet Law on
Q: Good evening, Plz could you inform me, if I am allowed to make this product in South Africa or EU with my own design?

plz see here the patent information from there website.

Products covered by:

U.S. Patent 9,936,746, as well as pending

U.S. and international utility and design patents.

Thank you so much


Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Jan 21, 2020

You could repost your question in the Patents (Intellectual Property) section of this question board; there would be better chances of it being seen by one of the patent attorneys here. Product liability is for injuries from dangerous products. That's probably why your post remained unanswered.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Elder Law and International Law for Texas on
Q: What practice area would apply to an international high dollar love scam regarding an USA elder man and foreign lady
Terry Lynn Garrett
Terry Lynn Garrett answered on Jan 21, 2020

This is elder exploitation, handled by some elder lawyers and investigated by the FBI.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and International Law on
Q: hai I borrowed 5000€ euro from an international lending company in Europe and with an interest of 3% annuale

I'm from the Philippines. i wonder if this is a legit company and safe

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Jan 20, 2020

It might be difficult to get an answer on that here. There are so many lending institutions out there, and it's unlikely for attorneys to know about all of them. You could try the Banking section here, but you would probably be better off investing your time in conducting your own independent... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Admiralty / Maritime, Civil Rights and International Law on
Q: Can I file a lawsuit against someone for calling me a “lazy sod”?

I work at sea and recently contacted a fellow colleague with regards to assistance with work. He replied and indicated that if I needed more help he was willing to assist. I emailed him back taking up his assistance however his supervisor replied stating I should do the work myself and referring to... Read more »

Tom Evans
Tom Evans answered on Jan 18, 2020

Was any of this due to your being a minority of some sort - race color creed personal orientation? If so you may be able to make a civil rights claim. Otherwise you are left with defamation which likely tequire much more harm.

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Immigration Law and International Law for Florida on
Q: How can I get my undocumented daughter back from the U.S after I've been deported?

I've been deported. However, my undocumented ex-girlfirend and undocumented 3-year old child remain in the US. She refuses for me to have any communication with her and is now in a situation where her current boyfriend's ex-wife is threatening to hurt my daughter. His ex-wife is upset that my... Read more »

Kevin L Dixler
Kevin L Dixler answered on Dec 29, 2019

Your decision not to marry her complicates matters. If you are on the birth certificate, you will need to assert your right to joint custody at a minimum. In doing so, you may be required to help support your son. You can be forced to prove that he is, in fact, your son. This is really more of... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in International Law on
Q: Extradition from the country where there is no treat. Can America extradite from Azerbaijan. ?
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Dec 20, 2019

The United States does not have an extradition treaty with Azerbaijan. You could find resources on this subject with the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Justice if you are inquiring for the purposes of research or general knowledge. However, if you are inquiring for the purposes of... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Intellectual Property, International Law and Trademark on
Q: Walt in a domain name?

I am an artist and been thinking about buying a domain name "walt" as it is my own name, for my personal artist website and brand. However, there is lots of companies named Walt and obviously Walt Disney. Will using that domain name get me in trouble or is the trademarks only affecting the category... Read more »

Karima Gulick
Karima Gulick answered on Dec 15, 2019

Is it just Walt in the domain name? Is there more to it? I recommend doing a search to make sure the trademark or variations of the mark are not owned by someone else in your field and related fields.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets and International Law on
Q: I have no valid driver's license from any country. But a car rental in Austria rented me a car. Can I sue them?

I currently live in the US. I was just visiting Austria. Are there any laws in Austria that allows me to sue the car rental for negligent entrustment of vehicle to unlicensed driver? My boyfriend has a valid licence and he was listed as second driver and he drove the car and I never drove the car.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Dec 10, 2019

An attorney in Austria could best answer your question, as it would involve Austrian law. But your question remains open for four weeks. Under U.S. law, negligent entrustment under such circumstances would be a cause of action more likely to be raised by an injured plaintiff struck by the rental... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in International Law for Arkansas on
Q: Can someone from Malta file a police report/law suit against someone in the USA?

I asked someone to draw my cat. I paid him a $100 deposit. $290 was the total.

After some thought I decided that I no longer wanted said drawing as I found it was over priced and not what I was expecting. I asked him to draw my cat on impulse. I informed him I no longer wanted the drawing... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Nov 18, 2019

The police are not likely to involve themselves in a matter of this scope and nature. It is a civil matter involving contract issues. That does not mean he is precluded from pursuing civil remedies. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law and International Law for Texas on
Q: Obtaining Citizenship

I’m married with my US citizen wife about 5 years and planning to get her my home countries citizenship through marriage. is there any restrictions for US citizens to obtaining another countries citizenship through marriage ?

Carl Shusterman
Carl Shusterman answered on Nov 3, 2019

The United States accepts dual citizenship.

1 Answer | Asked in International Law on
Q: International law

So my sister who is swedish was in washington state and got sick, got sent in to the hospital, she has an insurance from a company in New jersey who now says that the insurance dosent cover the bill from the hospital. What laws would applye to this case? Swedish, Washintons or New Jerseys?

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Sep 27, 2019

On a basic level, for the purposes of pursuing their bill, the hospital's actions would primarily fall under the billing and collection laws of Washington State. But you must also look at the language found on the hospital's bills, hospital admission or assignment of benefit forms, insurance claim... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets and International Law for New Jersey on
Q: Dear sir/madam I am a diplomat, with a diplomatic passport. I was pulled over by a cop in NJ for illegal lane change.

I was driving a rental vehicle from Thrifty, in NJ , which the policeman that stopped me found to be uninsured and with expired registration .I thus received a total of 3 tickets .I was told by my colleagues that being a visiting diplomat, I am immune from prosecution and need ONLY respond to the... Read more »

Peter A. Michael
Peter A. Michael answered on Sep 26, 2019

You are not immune from prosecution just yet. You will need to appear in court and attempt to resolve this summons. Since the car was a rental, the rental service should be able to provide you proof of insurance and registration of the vehicle. This evidence may be shown to the municipal court... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law and International Law for California on
Q: Can an international airline expect you to pay international calling fees to access their 24/7 customer service?

I purchased a ticket with an international airline. I am based in the U.S and the airline is based in China. The airline has a 24 hour free cancelation policy. Their U.S customer service hotline is only open M-F. However, they have a 24/7 Chinese number hotline. Since I purchased my ticket on a... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Sep 26, 2019

I'm not certain what consumer protections California law would provide here, and that's something a California attorney could advise you on in the best manner. But your question remains open for three weeks. If you pursued the matter in court, the legal fees and/or your time could exceed the amount... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Small Claims, Stockbroker Fraud and International Law on
Q: Crypto binary trade fraud case

Crypto binary trade fraud to me help me claim my money.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Sep 9, 2019

'Sorry that no one picked up your question in three weeks. At this point, you could look up attorneys here on this site under Find-a-Lawyer, conduct your own independent searches, or look into attorney referral resources from your state's bar association. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

2 Answers | Asked in Employment Law, Employment Discrimination and International Law for New York on
Q: How legal is it that these cameras record audio?

I work for a trucking company, we have the smart drive camera system, these cameras only record several seconds before and several seconds after an event like accident, hard brake, red light etc.. there's two cameras, one facing the front and the other facing me, they are used for security reasons... Read more »

V. Jonas Urba
V. Jonas Urba answered on Aug 31, 2019

Why would it not be? Is the vehicle titled in your name and are you operating it for your own private interests during these "events"?

A more interesting question might be your employer demanding your personal cell phone for examination after an "event". Do you know of any law which might...
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