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Day 11 of One Month of Innovation in Compliance-OODA Feedback Loop

by Thomas Fox on

Alistair Croll draws on military theory to illustrate his concept of a feedback loop. It is the OODA loop, which stands for observe, orient, decide and act. This comes from military strategist John Boyd who realized that...more

No Child Should be Stateless in Austria

by DLA Piper on

Since 1948, the United Nations and other international bodies have adopted resolutions and conventions highlighting the importance of preventing and eliminating statelessness. Despite recognising that every person should have...more

QDOT-ting I's and Crossing T's: Estate Tax Planning for Non-United States Citizen Spouses

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

Individual and corporate citizens from countries around the world have moved to North Carolina and contributed materially to our state's economic, educational, and cultural growth. Foreign direct investment ("FDI") in North...more

FinCEN Issues Advisory on Jurisdictions with AML/CFT Deficiencies

by King & Spalding on

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”), an agency within the U.S. Treasury Department, has put forth an Advisory on the FATFIdentified Jurisdictions with AML/CFT (Anti-Money Laundering/Combating the Financing of...more

When the Wall of Secrecy Collapses

by Foodman CPAs & Advisors on

Foreign Accounts, Shell Companies, Blind Trusts, Asset Protection Trusts, Offshore Trusts, Global Citizenship and US Residency are just a few of the Terms highlighted in the mega divorce proceedings of a Palm Beach County...more

2016 Year-End Estate Planning Advisory

by Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP on

In 2016, we continued to experience a period of relative stability in our federal transfer tax system and have been able to plan without expecting imminent significant changes to the system. Under the American Taxpayer Relief...more

Divorce Case Spanning Continents Spawns Discovery Sanctions For Company’s Failure To Produce Documents Physically Located Abroad

by Carlton Fields on

The Eleventh Circuit affirmed a district court’s order compelling discovery and awarding contempt sanctions after a man refused to answer discovery requests and defied orders requiring production of documents in a divorce...more

Hague Convention Only Considers One Habitual Residence of a Child

When a child is removed from or retained in a country that is not a child's habitual ­residence a parent can seek to have the child ­returned to their habitual residence country under the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects...more

We’re Married! Let’s Move to the U.S.! – Bringing Your Foreign-Citizen Spouse Into the U.S. (July 2020)

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

It may be surprising, but moving to the U.S. with your foreign-citizen spouse is not as simple as you might imagine. If you are a U.S. citizen working abroad and considering moving back to the U.S. with your foreign-citizen...more

Who Has Child Custody Jurisdiction

by Jaburg Wilk on

The decision in Margain vs. Ruiz-Bours [1] provides some insight into the workings of the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act ("UCCJEA") as adopted by Arizona in Title 25, Chapter 8, Articles 1 through 3. ...more

French restructurings: Could a 'high yield' noteholder block a safeguard procedure?

by DLA Piper on

The issuance of international bond debt, aka high yield notes, has been a very popular financing option for French companies for the last few years, whether it was to finance their industrial investments or to fund an LBO...more

Filing and Litigating a Hague Convention Child Abduction Civil Case in Federal Court

Background on Child Abduction Cases Under the Hague Convention - The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (“Hague Convention”) is an international treaty in which the signatory...more

3 Keys to Child Safety

by Burns & Levinson LLP on

Although summer has come to a close, lots of families continue to hit the roads (and even the seas and air) on vacation over long weekends, holidays and school vacations. Most divorced families agree upon a parenting plan...more

International Custody in Relation to the Kelly Rutherford Custody Trial

International custody has come to the forefront recently with the custody battle raging between United States actress Kelly Rutherford and her ex-husband, German businessman, Daniel Girsch, over the physical custody of their...more

Health Alert (Australia) - July 20, 2015

by DLA Piper on

In This Issue: New South Wales (NSW). 14 July 2015 - Ping Yuan v Da Yong Chen [2015] NSWSC 932 The New South Wales Supreme Court has made a declaration allowing an unconscious man's wife to consent to the...more

International Travel With A Child Of Divorce

A divorced parent who is traveling abroad with his or her children has additional hurdles to overcome before leaving for the trip. To insure that the experience is memorable from the start, make sure to follow these easy...more

Worldwide Bound: the Hague Service Convention in International Family Law Cases

by McManis Faulkner on

As a family lawyer in Silicon Valley, I often work with clients with international issues: enforcing judgments in Europe, dividing property abroad or obtaining custody orders when the parents live on different continents. A...more

Health Alert (Australia) - March 2, 2015

by DLA Piper on

In This Issue: Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. Excerpt from Reports: 23 February 2015 - Same-sex adoption a step closer with review of laws - Same-sex adoption in Victoria is a step closer,...more

Six Defenses to International Child Abduction (Updated)

by Carlton Fields on

A parent who moves with a child from the child’s home country to another country, or retains the child in the other country, may face accusations that the move or retention is wrongful. The parent who stays behind may assert...more

Family Law: Corporate and Trust Challenges to Service of Process and Jurisdiction (Updated)

by Carlton Fields on

The president of a corporation, manager of a limited liability company, trustee of a family trust, or principal of another business entity receives a summons in a Florida divorce case. One spouse contends the other’s control,...more

Recent Court Cases Highlight the Difficult Questions Related to Medically Assisted Procreation in France

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Law No.2013-404 dated May 17, 2013, (the Law) allowed same-sex couples to get married and to adopt children, through either the mutual adoption of a child or the adoption of the same-sex spouse’s biological or adopted child....more

Are out-of-country same-sex marriages (e.g., Canada) now recognized in Pennsylvania?

Seventeen countries have legalized marriage for same-sex couples nationwide (Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Canada, South Africa, Norway, Sweden, Portugal, Iceland, Argentina, Denmark, France, Brazil, Uruguay, New Zealand,...more

Significant Changes to South African Immigration

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

The Critical Skills Work Visa is a newly introduced category which will replace the Quota and Exceptional Skills work permits. The role must be listed on the current Critical Skills list, and the applicant must obtain written...more

Unreported Foreign Gifts and Divorce

by Sanford Millar on

In a recently released Chief Counsel Advisory (CCA) the IRS addressed the statute of limitations on assessment of penalties for failure to report gifts from foreign persons. The CCA states...more

Divorce: Finding Offshore Assets

by Sanford Millar on

One of the more important issues in a divorce proceeding is identifying and dividing community and separate property. The task of asset identification and location may have been made both easier and more complex at the same...more

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