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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.

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 »

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and International Law for California on
Q: Vacations in California

Hello everyone! I was on vacation in California and I have some doubts regarding some events that happened during my stay related to drugs (marihuana). I would like to receive professional advice while finding a lawyer. As for the advice, I do not care if it is by Skype or by other telematic way... Read more »

Gary Kollin
Gary Kollin answered on Aug 19, 2019

You will need to contact lawyers directly and indivdually

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3 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law, Criminal Law and International Law for California on
Q: Can I get arrested for being drunk, although not being disruptive in any way, at the passport control?

I will be traveling from Frankfurt to CA, USA. I will be drinking on that airplane because it’s legal since I’m 17 and am within the drinking age of Frankfurt, Germany. Thus, if I drink legally, there is no way for the US border control to arrest me, correct? And they have no right to force me... Read more »

Wais Azami
Wais Azami answered on Aug 2, 2019

Too many questions at once and I'll have even more questions in order to answer it properly. Can't do it here. This site is not safe and can be read by police. Call my office instead.

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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
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 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 »

Tim Akpinar
Tim 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 »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Criminal Law and International Law for California on
Q: Wired upfront for logo services from German designer who never performed. Isn't this intl wire fraud or something?

Turns out this person has a history of doing the same to other small businesses and start ups in the U.S. and London. What recourse do I have and what laws have been violated I can pursue?

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Jan 9, 2019

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

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, DUI / DWI, Immigration Law and International Law for California on
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

Currently a masters student in France, I was supposed to go on an exchange program with a J1visa in 2019. I have previously travelled to the US several times. The last time, in 2016, I unfortunately got a DUI. I have since gotten a lawyer and took care of it. This year, 2018, i did not mention my... Read more »

Allen C. Ladd
Allen C. Ladd answered on Jan 4, 2019

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... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law, Communications Law and International Law for California on
Q: What laws apply in terms of the recording of phone calls placed between the United States and Canada?

I'm currently in Canada (Québec) on a long-term visitor's permit; I've been here for 6 months and I'll be here for at least another 3. I do not hold a work or study visa, and I have no resident status, but I do hold a lease. I'm a US citizen and my prior and long-time residence was in Florida, but... Read more »

Allen C. Ladd
Allen C. Ladd answered on Jan 4, 2019

This is not a US immigration law question, either.

2 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law and International Law for California on
Q: I need to know who to contact to figure out why I was stopped at the Canada border and what I need to do to clear it up.

About 5 years ago I was about 18/19 years old. Some friends and I tried to go to Canada for a day. I forgot my passport. Fast forward to last summer I tried to go into Canada and was told I wasn't able to go through. But that is about all the info I was given. I was just surprised with a cruise... Read more »

Richard Sternberg
Richard Sternberg answered on Oct 15, 2018

It sounds like a Canadian issue, not a U.S. issue, and it sounds like you did something bad after you realized that you forgot your passport, and you were permanently excluded by Canadian authorities. You might start with a Canadian immigration lawyer, and they don't hang out at Justia unless they... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in International Law and Immigration Law for California on
Q: I am an international student with F1 visa, but I got a call from acting Agency for representation. What should I do?

I really want to work, but I am scared that is going to be illegal because I have no working visa.

Carl Shusterman
Carl Shusterman answered on May 7, 2018

Jobs outside of your school are only available to international students who have completed one full academic year and who have a qualifying economic hardship or an emergent circumstance.

According to the DHS, a qualifying economic hardship entails "new, unexpected circumstances beyond...
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2 Answers | Asked in Divorce, Immigration Law and International Law for California on
Q: What should I do when I want a divorce to a marriage that took place overseas

I am a U.S citizen. I married a Man overseas (Iraq to be specific and he is still overseas). I am back in America and our marriage did not work out and I want a divorce. How would that work and what should I do whether he might decline or accept the divorce. Would it also show that I'm divorced in... Read more »

Richard Sternberg
Richard Sternberg answered on May 6, 2018

You may file for divorce in the state in which you reside once you meet the criteria for divorce in that state. Obtaining jurisdiction over your husband in order to resolve property or custody and support issues is a more complex matter. Consult with a family law practitioner in California. You... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Support, Employment Law, Immigration Law and International Law for California on
Q: International student on F1 visa who are not earning and dont have ssn in US, are still obliged to pay child support?

I am an international student on F1 visa, don't have SSN and not earning anything in US, I met a random girl and just in a first meeting, she is pregnant, and refuses to abort the child.

Now she is telling me that i have to pay child support as I was intentionally involved in.... Read more »

Richard Sternberg
Richard Sternberg answered on Feb 18, 2018

Sounds like you are sufficiently naive to be scammed, so do the right thing, and get involved with your child. When it arrives, pay for and have an HLA test to prove that it’s yours. Your support obligation usually begins at birth, which is not before the HLA test. If it is your child, your child... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Real Estate Law and International Law for California on
Q: My father wants me to be the Internediator/power of attorney of the apartment he bought in prague, what are my risk?

My father recently bought some apartments in Prague czech republic, I live in the USA and he plans on renting them and moving back and forth to the USA every 6 months or so. The rental agent/company he will hire to manage his properties recommended he use a family member as a intermediator so he... Read more »

Richard Sternberg
Richard Sternberg answered on Feb 9, 2018

It seems that the advice you need is about your responsibilities under Czech law. I haven't seen any Czech lawyers on Justia. If you are asking for your duties under US law, you should have a US lawyer read the agreement and advise.

1 Answer | Asked in International Law and Internet Law for California on
Q: 4 months ago i purchased a customised snap filter for my brother’s wedding. Filter never showed up and no refund.
Richard Sternberg
Richard Sternberg 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?

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and International Law for California on
Q: Hi. I have a question regarding international divorce. Please refer to the additional information.

I’m a US permanent residence. I live in California. I want to file divorce and my spouse currently lives in her home country and she has never been to USA. We got married in 2007 and we got 2 kids whic is currently living with her. The last couple years our relationship has been escalated and... Read more »

Richard Sternberg
Richard Sternberg 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... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and International Law for California on
Q: Would a POA for finances done in California be honored in Mexico?
Sally Bergman
Sally Bergman 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.

1 Answer | Asked in Constitutional Law, Federal Crimes, International Law and Municipal Law for California on

In Journal of Civil LAW Studies-Translations Preface to the LAWS of the SIETE PARTIDAS WHICH are STILL in FORCE in the STATES,? Etc...In 1769 an the SETTLING OF ALTA CALIFORNIA and SPANISH INSTITUTIONS,PRESIDIOS ('THE ROYAL FORT,SAN DIEGO'),MISSIONS ( Ecclesiastical Laws)And PUEBLOS- LOS ANGELES-... Read more »

Richard Sternberg
Richard Sternberg answered on Dec 28, 2017

I’m not going to take the time for the historical research, but IIRC, California was surrendered to the US by Act of War from Spain at the end of the Spanish-American War. Nothing prior to the conquest counts at International Law unless the victor affirmatively adopts it. Often, the victor adopts... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, International Law, Internet Law and Trademark for California on
Q: would it be legal to someone else' s products on my website and have my site name similar to the product name?

I am planning to make my own website to sell someone else's products, but would it be legal to have the site name similar to the product name? For instance, the product name is Kate, but my site name will be Kate-u.s.a.

I won't use the same logo and font, as well.

I live in CA... Read more »

Julie King
Julie King answered on Dec 2, 2017

The answer is it depends. If the person who owns the product and product name claims trademark rights to the product name and your name is substantially likely to cause confusion in consumers' minds as to who produced the product, then you would be infringing on the other person's trademark rights.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law, Federal Crimes and International Law for California on
Q: used to be illegal from Mexico twice, returned on my own 11 years ago. Can I marry a us citizen and move to the us?

Had a couple, minor, misdemeanor offenses that I took care of. Never deported. Will my previous illegal status affect coming legally?

Ashley Negrette
Ashley Negrette answered on Oct 24, 2017

Yep! Your case is not a simple case. I recommend having an attorney review your options before you file anything with USCIS.

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