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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?


Elaine Shay
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 »

2 Answers | Asked in Business Law, International Law and Patents (Intellectual Property) for New York on
Q: Pay duties during the process phase of prototype development? These are not for sale as we are still in dev.

We mail material to Japan, they apply a process and mail it back to us to continue the development. The material has no commercial value either way as multiple processes are required after we receive it back from Japan. We are developing an OEM part for analytical instrumentation.

Kevin E. Flynn
Kevin E. Flynn answered on Mar 19, 2018

I do not see a patent issue here. It appears that Justia does not have a category that is a great fit. You may want to use another tool and look for someone with a background in Import and Export law that understands the nuances in this space.

There are lots of items that are deemed to...
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1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law, Employment Law, Family Law and International Law for New York on
Q: Fiance works at permanent mission for United Nations. If we get married, what would his immigration status be?

He is originally from out of country. He's on a 3 year service here in the US. His service will expire end of next year and he would have to go back to his country. If we marry by this year, would he still be eligible to work for the UN and still get an american green card? He currently holds... Read more »

Leonard R. Boyer
Leonard R. Boyer answered on Mar 7, 2018

Your situation requires more information and an in person consultation. Immigration is a very complex area of law. It is a lot more than merely filling out forms. You need to retain an immigration attorney to handle all immigration proceedings. This prevents errors that can sometimes prove costly... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Contracts, Business Law, Energy, Oil and Gas and International Law for New York on
Q: Is it possible to claim legal ownership over all the dark matter in this universe?

I know I'm going to sound crazy on this one. I have been seeing a lot of celebrities buying acres of land on the moon, and it got me wondering if there is any possible way for one entity - albeit a company or a country - to claim ownership over all the dark matter/energy in this universe? Can... Read more »

Michael David Siegel
Michael David Siegel answered on Feb 23, 2018

There is a minute of my life I'll never get back. Seriously, all space issues are governed by UN treaty, so no.

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1 Answer | Asked in International Law for New York on
Q: Which procedural rules are most commonly used in the arbitration of international business disputes?
Richard Sternberg
Richard Sternberg answered on Nov 22, 2017

The most common is probably UNCITRAL, but you are out of your mind if you believe you can obtain and enforce an award for any less than $50,000 to $200,000 in filing and legal fees. Unless your deal is worth tens or hundreds of millions or unless your trade partner is as inexperienced as you are,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Constitutional Law, Environmental and International Law for New York on
Q: i have an academic question about intl law and treaties which might not have a certain answer:

As we know intl law and treaties have been created so as to regulate relation between intl community members(countries and intl organization) ,through which they would be able to achieve golas that have been conceived in different treaties and documents such as Un charter , environmental agreements... Read more »

Barry Eran Janay
Barry Eran Janay answered on Aug 9, 2017

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