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May 14, 2013, 07:21:10 PM
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Hello everybody.  I'm an attorney that works with start-ups and the finance industry.  I tackle formation issues, together with intellectual property and commercial matters.  I'd just like to introduce myself.

I've lurked here for a bit and read a lot of people asking for a referral for a lawyer who is an expert in US bitcoin law.  I'm sorry to say that there aren't any.  In fact, there's really no such thing as bitcoin law, in the traditional sense.  There are a few rules and some guidance given by FinCen, but almost nothing from state authorities and even fewer actual, live cases.

There are plenty of attorneys who specialize in financial services regulation, but those of us who are interested in bitcoin know what we don't know - "known unknowns" as one of our leaders once put it.  

I hope that I can help around here!  I can't really give legal advice on the boards because I'm working with limited information.  Nonetheless, I will provide general information as best as I can.


Marco Santori is a lawyer, but not your lawyer, and this is not legal advice.  If you do have specific questions, though, please don't hesitate to PM me.  We've learned this forum isn't 100% secure, so you might prefer to email me.  Maybe I can help!  Depending upon your jurisdiction, this post might be construed as attorney advertising, so: attorney advertising Smiley
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May 14, 2013, 10:38:50 PM
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Welcome to the forum.  As far as I know at this point there are no laws concerning bitcoin and the US government does not even recognize it as a currency.  I am sure this will change but would certainly appreciate knowledge as we are running a variety of bitcoin businesses. 

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May 14, 2013, 10:52:35 PM
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To me, bitcoins are like the Internet in 1995.  It was a very good time to get into the Internet business back then, and it's a great time to get into the Bitcoin service industry now.  Welcome to the forum, and I may hit you up if I'm forced to do any work in the US Smiley

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May 15, 2013, 01:16:45 AM
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Hello everybody.  I'm an attorney that works with start-ups and the finance industry.  I tackle formation issues, together with intellectual property and commercial matters.  I'd just like to introduce myself.

I've lurked here for a bit and read a lot of people asking for a referral for a lawyer who is an expert in US bitcoin law.  I'm sorry to say that there aren't any.  In fact, there's really no such thing as bitcoin law, in the traditional sense.  There are a few rules and some guidance given by FinCen, but almost nothing from state authorities and even fewer actual, live cases.

There are plenty of attorneys who specialize in financial services regulation, but those of us who are interested in bitcoin know what we don't know - "known unknowns" as one of our leaders once put it. 

I hope that I can help around here!



off topic, just curious what kind of attorney are you?

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May 15, 2013, 02:48:45 AM
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R U a criminal lawyer?

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May 15, 2013, 02:52:59 AM
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May 15, 2013, 03:28:52 AM
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Its a pleasure watching entire businesses and new fields popup around bitcoin, welcome
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May 15, 2013, 03:34:22 AM
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yes what type of lawyer are you, and I may have some work for you. Also you have site, that talks about your firm and what law school you went to?

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May 15, 2013, 03:36:18 AM
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Your a lawyer, im a buisiness owner. A good match Cheesy

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May 15, 2013, 03:42:43 AM
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I need a lawyer for a bitcoin startup!   Are you comfortable with FinCEN and BSA?    I keep looking around where I live but I can't get any love over here.

my website is http://cashintocoins.com.   Does anything stand out as "OMG Take it down before the fbi shows up"
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May 15, 2013, 03:50:37 AM
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Welcome to the internet.  We are all lawyers here.
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May 15, 2013, 04:16:41 AM
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Welcome
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May 15, 2013, 04:28:59 AM
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Hello everybody.  I'm an attorney that works with start-ups and the finance industry.  I tackle formation issues, together with intellectual property and commercial matters.  I'd just like to introduce myself.

I've lurked here for a bit and read a lot of people asking for a referral for a lawyer who is an expert in US bitcoin law.  I'm sorry to say that there aren't any.  In fact, there's really no such thing as bitcoin law, in the traditional sense.  There are a few rules and some guidance given by FinCen, but almost nothing from state authorities and even fewer actual, live cases.

There are plenty of attorneys who specialize in financial services regulation, but those of us who are interested in bitcoin know what we don't know - "known unknowns" as one of our leaders once put it. 

I hope that I can help around here!



Welcome. Can you tell me why lawyer jokes often make mention of sharks?
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May 15, 2013, 08:32:07 AM
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Welcome,

  This is definitely a good time to learn about this up and coming form of transactions.

  I would recommend mining and trading a bit just to get a better handle on all this works.  The experience may pay off when clients begin asking about this stuff.
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Welcome
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May 15, 2013, 01:06:49 PM
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The only difference between Bitcoins and Swagbucks or any other Ticket/Credit system is that Bitcoins are POPULAR. When things get popular then greedy folks want to put their hands in and control it. Bitcoins = Barter and as of right now that is legal. If Bitcoins were outlawed then you could just write a ".01" on a piece of paper and hand it to the person.



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May 15, 2013, 02:20:20 PM
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Welcome to the internet.  We are all lawyers here.

That reminds me of the commercial quote, "I'm not a doctor but I do play one on TV". Only in this case it is, "I'm not a lawyer but I do play one on the Internet".
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May 15, 2013, 02:21:18 PM
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Welcome!
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May 15, 2013, 02:24:18 PM
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Welcome. Its great to have lawyers interested in bitcoins before they start going after it. Nothing is more frustrating then people who do not know what they are doing trying to control something with potential.
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