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Welcome!  I follow American legal issues, international law issues, English language points, and international business and audit concerns.  I'm usually responding to news, either with opinion or information, for Americans overseas and those interested in law, audit, or language concerns. These are filtered through my residence, in Norway. 

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Financial & tax reporting of Americans Abroad

Posted on August 11, 2012 at 5:30 PM

Subject: Financial & tax reporting to the IRS and U.S. - for Americans Abroad

Take: This is an update of my discussion of several tax and foreign bank related issues that are particularly noteworthy for Americans living and working overseas. It has to do with the need to report to the Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Treasury Department.

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John Kristoffer Larsgard - Part 5

Posted on May 13, 2012 at 12:50 PM

Seven days of trial. About events that occurred in approximately 6 ½ minutes.


In this section, I will discuss the contents of John’s attorney’s Motion for a Directed Verdict and Motion for a New Trial, as well as the prosecutor’s response in opposition to some points. I also comment on some of the prosecutor’s closing statements and discuss the context of the case generally.


The Motion for New Trial, and response papers were ...

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John Kristoffer Larsgard - Part 4

Posted on April 29, 2012 at 3:40 PM

Here, I continue my translation of VG’s coverage of the events surrounding John Kristoffer Larsgard, and my comment.


Wednesday, April 25th:


Larsgard can appeal.

If he is judged and receives a sentence, he can go to the Arizona Court of Appeals. Here, the accused can present legal objections, the method the court case would be carried out. The sentencing and clear constitutional questions, explained criminal law attorney, Mi...

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John Kristoffer Larsgard - Part 3

Posted on April 29, 2012 at 3:50 AM

I am commenting on recent news in the John Kristoffer Larsgard case, held in Arizona, involving a Norwegian young man and his mother, Liv Larsgard. In this blog entry, I am reviewing VG’s coverage of the Larsgard case published in their Norwegian edition of April 25, 2012. I am also introducing information not included in the paper. The VG translation into English is mine, and I take the liberty of commenting where I find it appropriate.  I apologize for any embarrassment my c...

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John Kristoffer Larsgard - Part 2

Posted on April 26, 2012 at 12:15 AM

I am commenting on the recent news in the John Kristoffer Larsgard case, held in Arizona, involving a Norwegian young man and his mother, Liv Larsgard.


In this blog entry, I am reviewing VG’s coverage of the Larsgard case published in their Norwegian edition of Tuesday, April 24, 2012. The cover is, in my translation, “Today he can get 35 years in prison” and “Now his mother beseeches Norway to help.” I shall start with the general spread. Liv...

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John Kristoffer Larsgard, Part 1

Posted on April 25, 2012 at 8:25 AM

John Kristoffer Larsgard, a Norwegian young man, lately living in the United States. Liv Larsgard, his mother, a nursing home nurse in Oslo. Myself, an American attorney living and working in Norway, also assisting and commenting on cultural and legal issues of interest and note. And John, now and for several months, sitting in a prison in Arizona, and recently convicted after over a week-long trial.


I was asked by John’s mother, Liv Larsgard, to assist her. We’...

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Avoid Identity Scams Posing as the IRS

Posted on March 5, 2012 at 4:30 AM

Identity Theft Attempts through ‘IRS’ E-mail ‘Notices’


It appears that at least two Americans overseas in Norway, prospective tax clients and concerned citizens, have been contacted recently by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) by e-mail. That’s very interesting, seeing as the IRS does not send e-mail to taxpayers.


They contacted me, telling me that they had received notice letters from the IRS, letters...

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Arne Naess and Deep Ecology

Posted on January 27, 2012 at 7:45 AM

Arne Naess would have been one hundred years old today, January 27, 2012. He died in January, 2009. He was an important 20th century philosopher, an accomplished mountaineer and a man who lived his life with thoughtfulness and intensity.


The Norwegian newspaper, Aftenposten, paid homage to him in their Jan. 25th edition with a commentary by Johan Galtung, in Norwegian. He reminded readers of Naess’s principle theses of “deep ecology.” I read them and was ...

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New Year 2012: Part II

Posted on January 15, 2012 at 3:05 PM

The Norsk Opera recently staged Verdi’s opera, Macbeth, to great acclaim. Verdi was inspired, of course, by Shakespeare, which he read regularly throughout his life. Verdi’s Macbeth was under-appreciated in his own lifetime, but remained one of his favorite compositions.


In the second Act, the people appear – the public who are living under the terror reign of Macbeth. Verdi’s empathy for those who are persecuted in their own homeland could not ...

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Happy New Year, 2012!

Posted on January 10, 2012 at 7:40 AM

Subject:  2011, the aged gentleman with the long white beard, has taken his last shuffling steps across the paths of time.  And now comes baby new year, 2012. . . . but what baggage the old man has left behind!  Let's think about some of it for a minute, for perspective's sake.


Happy New Year! Notes from the North


January 10, 2012. Here are my picks for top Norwegian and American topics of 2011 and my suggestions for 2012. I look backward a...

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Should I File the FBAR Form?

Posted on September 24, 2011 at 5:35 PM

It’s remarkable how confused folks can be about something they don’t want to do, isn’t it? Let’s take the FBAR form, for example. While I may have my own reasons for suggesting that many Americans overseas should qualify for an exception from the reporting requirement - which could depend on several variables including the amount of time they spend in the U.S., their tax home nation, etcetera, this does not in any way affect an American’s responsibility to comply...

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English in the Courtroom & the Classroom

Posted on September 23, 2011 at 7:25 AM

We all know that excellent lawyers are not necessarily excellent writers.  At least when it comes to the English language, they are not world-reknowned for their contributions to its clarity.  I will omit the name of the poor attorney who, after many years of good practice, submitted materials to a U.S. court that were rejected, as he indicates he was quite ill during the time he had to develop the submission.  Still, how can one not love the court's respons...

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Taxes and Death: Tending the Tax Garden

Posted on September 23, 2011 at 7:00 AM

I am thrilled to announce that my blog is not dead! In the past weeks, it experienced a remarkably low profile, indicating that since I, the author, was no longer a ‘member’ of the site, the entries could not be displayed. To this, I must say that the new-fangled world of ‘IT’ certainly has a sense of humor. In truth, I am not only a member of this site. I wrote it. And I write it. I enjoy it also, and tend it, as a good gardener. Of course, now the days in Norway are ...

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The Spirits of the Young

Posted on August 12, 2011 at 11:35 AM

Subject: The recent bombing of Oslo and attack and murder of young people at Utøya



As families and loved ones say their farewells to those murdered, as the injured continue their difficult recoveries, and as all who were affected in Norway and beyond struggle to come to grips with the implications of what occurred, I took a pen in hand. This is natural for a writer. Everyone has their own way to grieve. And it is noted that the grieving process is es...

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The Enemy Within 2

Posted on July 25, 2011 at 5:54 AM

I would like to broaden and refresh this discussion with the following comments, which examine both the idiomatic phrase, and Western cultural perspectives on the Oslo and Utøya tragedy.


There is an old Irish proverb that, translated, means, “It is a wedge of itself that splits the oak.” The phrase suggests that one beware of the ‘enemy within.’ The enemy within Norway is not only the illegal immigrant who will not regularize his or her sta...

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The Enemy Within

Posted on July 24, 2011 at 9:30 AM

Commentators are already writing well-composed responses to the tragedies that have engulfed Norway in grief, disbelief and sorrow since the 22nd of July, 2011.  And it will be weeks before the tears of the nation are dry.  However, when the tears have dried, the anger will be ripe, and that energy must be channelled to effect changes - changes that will prevent, as much as possible, a recurrence of such a senseless tragedy. 

On the agenda will, I'm sure, be some of the following...

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Sustainability and the Law

Posted on May 24, 2011 at 11:29 AM

Subject: Sustainability . . . and Law? What can we say about this concept, and how it informs our world and behaviors? I became interested in this topic when prompted by a call for papers for the 2011 EUKO conference at Aarhus, Denmark. The conference will be the 11th international conference organised by the Department of Language and Business Communication of the Aarhus School of Business, Aarhus University, Denmark. This year’s theme is, “Sustainable Communication – Commu...

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App-filing your U.S. tax forms?

Posted on April 2, 2011 at 2:10 PM

Time to unveil the unveiled, that is 'apps' for doing your taxes.  This short video cleverly reveals some of the available options: http://www.time.com/time/video/player/0,32068,876692034001_2062830,00.html


Now, if only I could have done this in the past!  The 'take' is cute, including snapshots of hoped-for business deductions, ending up with, er, the dog.

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Buying Property Overseas - The Siren Call

Posted on March 31, 2011 at 3:34 AM

As the world gets ever smaller, and nuclear reactors seem to be ever-more-present, it is time to re-visit a topic I wrote about some time back for Escape Artist Magazine, an online publication found at the interesting and informative website,



I take my blog headline from Greek mythology in which a creature described as half bird and half woman lured sailers to their doom with her ...

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Radiation and the Big L: Liability that is

Posted on March 26, 2011 at 12:26 PM

The terrible tragedy of Japan’s failed nuclear reactors continues at this writing, and raises questions that nearly everyone alive would like answered. Each nation and geographic area has its own stories and concerns, from broken monitoring equipment in California to Germany’s announced decision not to develop nuclear power further. Then, we have a couple reactors sitting on a fault line-California again, close to mega population centers. And France, unfortunately, deep into ...

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