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1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, International Law and Internet Law for New York on
Q: Hello.

I want to create a VOD website for movies. The idea is that it will work as a fundraising site for artists, so That the projects will be presented to customers who will then donate to finance the production of the movie, once it is produced they will receive a copy of the film, to stream in our... Read more »

Daniel Michael Luisi
Daniel Michael Luisi
answered on Nov 30, 2022

It sounds like a crowdfunding campaign for a creative project in development, where the entrepreneur takes back orders before actually having the inventory to fill the orders. Check out kickstarter as a possible starting point. Many creative entrepreneurs have used it to successfully launch their... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Divorce and International Law for New York on
Q: Can I get alimony or financial retribution?

My husband has abandoned me after 19 years of marriage. He transferred all his money overseas to Cyprus, Europe. He left me with no financial support here. He won a law suit settlement recently during our marriage. He is also a stakeholder in a restaurant (unsure of the percentage). He has also... Read more »

Derrick  Storms
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answered on Sep 20, 2022

In New York, marital property is distributed through a process called equitable distribution. Many factors affect how the court will allocate marital property, such as the length of the marriage, each spouse's contribution to the marriage, etc. In some cases judges will split marital... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law and International Law for New York on
Q: Hello, I am currently studying law (Ivy League) in the United States with an F1 Visa. I want a green card, how it's ?

I'm in an ivy league and I should pass my bar in New York.

Stephen Arnold Black
Stephen Arnold Black
answered on Apr 30, 2022

Your future employer can sponsor you for a green card. Engage an attorney to represent you once you get a job offer. He/she can handle all steps from A to Z.

2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning, Family Law and International Law for New York on
Q: What are the Legal Disadvantages of a CareTaker in a Will

If some one from my Friends or Extended Family is asking me, that they would like to write my name in there will as a Care Taker. If I say OK. What will be legal disadvantages in worst conditions for a Care Taker. If They are in Debts or can't pay the Hospital Bills in Future. Do I have to pay... Read more »

Benjamin Z. Katz
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Benjamin Z. Katz
answered on Mar 1, 2022

I am not sure what you have been asked to do. A Will is a document that states a person's wishes following their death. You would not be a caretaker of someone who has passed away. It is possible that you are being asked to be an agent under a Health Care Proxy, which is sometimes combined... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Divorce and International Law for New York on
Q: Who may have authority over the children?

If a United States Citizen gets married to a British citizen. Both now live in England, having now two children. A divorce is in the question, who has authority over the children?

Lawrence Allen Weinreich
Lawrence Allen Weinreich
answered on Feb 10, 2022

This is a question for an English attorney as the parties and children reside in England and English law would apply.

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2 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law, Child Support and International Law for New York on
Q: What are the legal ramifications if I don't assist my Chinese ex-wife in renewing our daughter's U.S. passport abroad?

My ex-wife, a Chinese citizen, wants to renew my daughter's U.S. passport in China. My daughter isn't a Chinese citizen, she's an American citizen, but is living there under a visa in my ex-wife's name. In order to renew the passport, she needs my help because I'm an... Read more »

Lawrence Allen Weinreich
Lawrence Allen Weinreich
answered on Jul 11, 2021

There are no ramifications except that your wife will tell your daughter of your refusal

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1 Answer | Asked in International Law and Landlord - Tenant for New York on
Q: Is a rental agreement and utility bill enough to be granted entry into canada from the US?

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Elaine Shay
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Elaine Shay
answered on Mar 4, 2021

Entry into Canada requires that all persons carry both proof of citizenship and proof of identity. A valid U.S. passport, passport card, or NEXUS card satisfies these requirements for U.S. citizens. However, US citizens can no longer cross the border, back into the US, from Canada, using only a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and International Law for New York on
Q: Can I be in trouble sending money to friend in Romania from US?

I met a man in romania in april 2019. we have met 3 times since in romania. He has little and I sometimes send him money. Recently a online transfer company small world stoped my transfer and said compliance stopped it. they wont tell me why. They did call and ask how i knew him and if we had... Read more »

Peter Wade Kolp
Peter Wade Kolp
answered on Oct 29, 2020

Compliance may suspect some top of fraud.

Mail fraud and wire fraud are federal crimes in the United States that involve mailing or electronically transmitting something associated with fraud. Jurisdiction is claimed by the federal government if the illegal activity crosses interstate or...
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1 Answer | Asked in Gov & Administrative Law, International Law and Tax Law for New York on
Q: I am an international PhD student in the States. I want to simultaneously obtain a PhD in my home country.

My presence in my home country is not needed, I can work with my advisor remotely. My US advisor knows my home country advisor; they work on very close problems, they are both okay with this scenario. Can I legally do it, from the point of view of the US laws? I receive a scholarship in the States... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Oct 16, 2020

If a visa of any type is involved, you may want to additionally repost in the Immigration Law section - it's possible the insight of an immigration attorney could be valuable, and possibly more relevant than the other categories, depending on circumstances. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and International Law for New York on
Q: Does a child need written permission if flying out of country with only one parent? Parents are married, live together.
David Luther Woodward
David Luther Woodward
answered on Oct 7, 2020

The first thing the child needs is a passport! That's to get back in, if nothing else!

It wouldn't hurt to have an affidavit of permission to travel. I don't see it as a complicated instrument, but there may be a twist of family law in New York of which I am unaware (I...
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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... 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...
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1 Answer | Asked in International Law for New York on
Q: Who makes international laws? Do all countries involved need to agree to a law before it becomes official?
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Dec 29, 2018

International laws are made by agreements and treaties between nations. Nations sometimes choose not to be signatories. It can depend on the context and subject matter. In areas such as aviation or maritime, international laws/protocols are necessary for the uniformity of operations throughout the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in International Law for New York on
Q: Are there a specific set of laws that are followed throughout the world or do countries just make their own laws without

regard for laws in other countries?

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Oct 27, 2018

Generally, countries make their own laws. Their laws apply within their borders and they don’t ordinarily worry about their laws not being identical to those of other countries. However, countries may honor the laws of other countries. Countries may also enter into international treaties, where... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in International Law for New York on
Q: If I was in a different country when a legal dispute arose, but I'm now back in the US still dealing with it, will a US

court apply the other country's laws or their own?

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Sep 15, 2018

There are a number of unknowns and I would not be able to provide a meaningful answer based on the facts here. It could be helpful, or even necessary, to consult with an attorney who would likely have additional questions. Some of these questions might include whether a U.S. court has already... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in International Law and Contracts for New York on
Q: How can you enforce a contract against a company based in another country?
Richard Sternberg
Richard Sternberg
answered on Aug 17, 2018

Doing that successfully remains as much an art as it is a matter of commerce. Some of the choices include letters of credit, bills of laden, surety bonds, and escrow accounts. Those choices tend to have expensive overhead burdens in which third parties, like banks and sureties, make a percentage.... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Personal Injury and International Law for New York on
Q: If I was injured in a Mexican hotel owned by a Spanish company, what type of law firm should I seek?
Richard Sternberg
Richard Sternberg
answered on Jul 24, 2018

Unless the Mexican hotel or some other potential defendant, depending on the cause of the injury, has assets in the U.S., the type of law firm you need is a Mexican one. It is possible in many cases to get jurisdiction for actions that occurred in the U.S., in which case, you might consult an... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in International Law for New York on
Q: A friend got hit by a car from an embassy - do they have immunity or can I sue them?
Richard Sternberg
Richard Sternberg
answered on Jul 6, 2018

I’m away from my desk as I read this, so I can’t give you citations, but the U.S. required all diplomats to obtain auto insurance after some fairly nasty accidents in D.C. in the late Eighties or early 90’s. Before then, most embassies carried insurance anyway, but it is now required.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in International Law for New York on
Q: What's the first step to starting an import company?
Richard Sternberg
Richard Sternberg
answered on Jun 15, 2018

There are many steps, and the sequence of the steps differs depending on the product, the market, the suppliers, any licenses needed, and many other factors. Indeed, once might say that the first step is getting the basic business knowledge on learning the steps by getting an MBA and/or a legal... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Admiralty / Maritime, International Law and Criminal Law for New York on
Q: Do district courts still have original jurisdiction over acts of piracy committed on international waters?

Following Kiobel v Royal Dutch Petroleum (and, perhaps, Jesner v Arab Bank, PLC) do district courts still have original jurisdiction over acts of piracy committed on international waters?

Aubrey Claudius Galloway
Aubrey Claudius Galloway
answered on Jun 14, 2018

Probably not, unless said courts are in the same physical jurisdiction where the ship that was victimized is registered. The court of original jurisdiction is where the (non-pirate) ship is registered. For example, many cruse lines register native to the Bahamas; if one of those vessels were... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in International Law for New York on
Q: I need to set up a personal bank account abroad -- what are any issues I need to be aware of?
Richard Sternberg
Richard Sternberg
answered on Apr 14, 2018

There are surely an infinite number of issues you might need to consider, but which issues and whether they apply to your situation depends on your situation. I haven't a clue how to answer this. Ask more questions if your objective is to avoid taxation in the US. Ask more questions if your... Read more »

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