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3 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning, Real Estate Law and International Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: My grandfather passed away (resident of California) but had a property in France.

Two years before he passed, he and my grandmother filed wills in France giving each portion of the apartment to me (apartment). How does this get handled in the US and in France?

Stanislav Kshevitskii
Stanislav Kshevitskii
answered on May 5, 2024

According to French law, there are two forms of inheritance acceptance:

acceptance of inheritance in a simple form (complete);

acceptance of the inheritance with the condition of drawing up an inventory.

Full acceptance of the inheritance can be carried out explicitly, by...
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3 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning, Real Estate Law and International Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: My grandfather passed away (resident of California) but had a property in France.

Two years before he passed, he and my grandmother filed wills in France giving each portion of the apartment to me (apartment). How does this get handled in the US and in France?

James L. Arrasmith
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answered on May 8, 2024

In this situation, the handling of your grandfather's estate will involve both U.S. and French laws. Here's a general overview of what you can expect:

1. U.S. probate: Your grandfather's estate will need to go through probate in California to settle any debts and distribute...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and International Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: HI, asking again. Would there be any legal reason PA would NOT recognize a international marriage of PA residents?

I have no basis or reason to ask other than someone that was married in Italy said when they came back home they had to go to JP to remarry, PA would not accept their marriage as legal.. I dont know why. I am planning a romantic fall marriage in Italy with my fiance and we will reside in in PA... View More

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answered on Mar 19, 2023

In general, if a marriage is legally valid in the country where it took place, it should also be recognized as valid in the United States, including in the state of Pennsylvania. However, there are some limited circumstances where a foreign marriage may not be recognized as valid in Pennsylvania.... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law and International Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: I am married who lives in US, PA and wife is my 1st cousin she lives outside the US.

I am married who lives in US, PA and wife is my 1st cousin she lives outside the US.

can I file i130 form for her without problems even it is illegal from marrying 1st cousin under Pennsylvania law.

I am already married I only need to bring her to US.

Hector E. Quiroga
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Hector E. Quiroga
answered on Aug 8, 2019

As long as the marriage is legitimate where it takes place and the state in which you intend to settle in the US recognizes it, too.

4 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law and International Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: If I am married Can I file for i129? If not what is the the fastest way just to bring my wife to US? I am US citizen.

I am a US citizen who is married but wife is in another country.

Sheri A Benchetrit
Sheri A Benchetrit
answered on Jul 31, 2019

You can either file a K-3 marriage visa which does use the form I 129 (and also the form I 130) or you can file a stand alone I 130. The first would take minimally 6 months to a year, and once approved would give your wife a marriage visa to come to the US. Once she is here, then you would file... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in International Law and Tax Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: I live in PA and getting 22k international cash inheritance (London). Do I need pay inheritance tax? Declare with IRS?

I was contacted by the Ward Gethin Archer law firm in London England that I received a 22k inheritance from a distant family member. Turns out its legit as my uncle and two cousins opened a new bank account and threw a few hundred in and each received the same amount of money evenly. They gave... View More

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick
answered on Apr 15, 2019

As they say at the opera, "It ain't over until it is over." They also say "If it sounds too good to be true, it probably isn't."

So, rather than worry about whether or not to "declare with the IRS" right now, and rather than worry about whether you...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and International Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Is it legal to mail gun triggers to russia?
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing
answered on Aug 21, 2018

You have to check on the current list of embargoed items.

3 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Civil Rights and International Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: My mother in law married a man from paris but got married in the united states what are her rights in paris?

Her husband is in a hospital and the daughter will not give the information needed to find him. She refuses. What arey mother in laws rights in paris

Richard Sternberg
Richard Sternberg
answered on Aug 1, 2018

First, the question needs to be asked by the prospective client needing the representation. Second, it needs to be asked of a French advocat rather than a US lawyer, and Justia is only visited by American lawyers. Third, this presents no International Law questions, but is best presented to a... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in International Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: A foreign bank says I owe them inheritance tax for the French government can they force me to pay
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing
answered on Oct 25, 2017

Did you receive anything? You need to be able to verify they are who they say they are and that this is not some scam.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law, Child Custody and International Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Any avenues to over-ride a father's refusal to allow his 13 year old to travel with mom out of country?

Mom has primary custody. Share legal guardianship. 3 months notice and full itinerary given.

Delaware County, PA

Richard Sternberg
Richard Sternberg
answered on May 9, 2017

Yes. Get a lawyer, and file a petition with the court to modify custody to allow the trip because it is good for the child due to family connections, cultural expansion, religious reasons, or other benefits to the child. Be sure to read any prior custody agreements or orders first. Forget it if the... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law and International Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: I am an American dating a Canadian. How do green cards and visas for this work?

I am an American dating a Canadian. He wants to move to America after he finishes high school to go to college in two years. Then in four years or so, he had plans to propose and us get married. Could you please explain what he would have to go through to get citizenship rights? Everything from... View More

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing
answered on Aug 16, 2016

If he isn't finished HS the liklihood of his staying constant is slim and none. Also he'll pay more for college here. He would only get a green card some time after you are married and your marriage is determined not to be a sham. The fact he is talking this way--and not about you... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law and International Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Do I qualify for a US passport and am I already a citizen?

I moved to the USA 12 years ago (when I was 12), and when my father became a citizen ( I was 15 at the time) he applied to adjust my status and I became a resident. I received my green card 5 days before my 18th birthday. I have been trying to understand, but I have read that I already became a... View More

Shan Dimitris Potts
Shan Dimitris Potts
answered on Jan 21, 2016

If you are still maintaining your green card you will be able to apply for naturalization. Having a US citizen father does not immediately make you a US citizen unless you were born in the US. Talk to an immigration attorney to help you get started with the naturalization process. Many immigration... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Education Law, Employment Law, Immigration Law and International Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Do students on F1 visa who accept travel grants from US-based professional associations violate visa regulations?

As an international graduate student on F1, I regularly submit material to professional conferences for presentation.

Some conferences and professional associations award travel grants to deserving graduate students in order to enable them to present and then ask them to complete a W-9 or... View More

Dawn Chere Sequeira
Dawn Chere Sequeira
answered on Jan 21, 2016

You can accept them from an immigration perspective. For tax purposes, contact a Tax Attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law and International Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Can you be deported after being swored in as a citizen for not joining army after being drafted?!

I heard from someone that if you became a citizen and checked of on the application that tou won't join the army if drafted but own a gun or guns you can be deported. I know it sounds silly but I would feel much more comfortable about excersizing my rights as a citizen.

Robert Jason De Groot
Robert Jason De Groot
answered on Aug 31, 2015

The draft ended in 1973. If this is a problem for you, go see an immigration attorney about this.

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