October 30, 2014

Upgraded Judicial Candidate Voter Guide 2014


 For the 2014 general election, the New York State Unified Court System has launched an upgraded non-partisan Judicial Voter Guide at www.nycourts.gov/vote allowing users to sort and filter the list of candidates in each county. The Voter Guide features information about judicial candidates on the ballot based on information provided by the state and county board of elections. I would appreciate it if you could include the information below on your bar association's e-blasts, newsletters, websites and social media networks.


Visit the New York State Judicial Candidate Voter Guide and
Make an Informed Decision on Election Day.


Visit the non-partisan Judicial Candidate Voter Guide which is designed to help you make a more informed decision on Election Day. It includes descriptions of elective judicial offices throughout the state. The Guide also provides a list of judicial candidates on the ballot in each county based on information provided by the state and county boards of election.

Please visit the Voter Guide and share it with the public, so that more individuals can make an informed decision on Election Day.

 

Thank you.

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Andrea Garcia 

New York State Unified Court System

Office of Public Affairs
www.nycourts.gov/vote




October 29, 2014

New York State Bar Association-Webcast


Meeting of the House of Delegates Webcast Live from the New York State Bar Center, Albany Saturday, November 1, 2014 

Watch the NYSBA House of Delegates in action on Saturday, November 1st beginning at 9:00 a.m. by clicking 

here and choosing the November meeting

Fiscal Year Bankruptcy Filings Lowest in Seven Years | United States Courts



Bankruptcy cases filed in federal courts for the fiscal year 2014--the 12-month period ending September 30, 2014--totaled 963,739, down 13 percent from the 1.1 million bankruptcy filings in FY 2013, according to statistics released by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts. This is the lowest number of bankruptcy filings for any 12-month period since 2007.

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October 27, 2014

Get the Facts About Ebola--NYS Department of Health





Governor Cuomo has launched a State information line to answer questions about Ebola. 1-800-861-2280 is free and trained operators are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This line is for public health information purposes only. If you require medical attention, call your health care provider or 9-1-1 immediately.

The New York State Department of Health (DOH) continues to protect public health by working aggressively to prevent the spread of the Ebola Virus.

DOH is in continuous contact with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, local health departments statewide, health departments in surrounding states, hospital associations, individual health care facilities, EMS providers, transportation officials and other entities to monitor any suspect or confirmed cases of Ebola virus, support investigations of those cases, and provide guidance and information on infection control protocols and procedures to ensure the health and safety of all health care workers, patients, visitors and the general public.

Additionally, New York State and the State of New Jersey have expanded upon CDC protocols and imposed additional measures to identify and monitor individuals who recently spent time in one of the three countries most affected by Ebola or individuals who have recently cared for patients with the virus.

DOH also continues to provide CDC Advisories and Alerts to county health departments and health care providers to heighten awareness of possible cases, request reporting of any suspect cases, and to reiterate infection control procedures.

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October 26, 2014

Pocket: How to Save


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When you upgrade to Pocket Premium, your list becomes a permanent resource. Not just for the things you want to view later, but for the knowledge you want to refer to, forever. Premium's new Permanent Library keeps a personal backup of all the articles and webpages you save, so they're accessible even if the original page changes online.

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IRS Announces 2015 Pension Plan Limitations; Taxpayers May Contribute up to $18,000 to their 401(k) plans in 2015

The Internal Revenue Service announced cost of living adjustments affecting dollar limitations for pension plans and other retirement-related items for tax year 2015. Many of the pension plan limitations will change for 2015 because the increase in the cost-of-living index met the statutory thresholds that trigger adjustments.





October 25, 2014

Fillable RJI form--NYS Unified Court System


We are pleased to provide and remind you of this link for the  fillable RJI form.

Remember, this is a fillable form; i.e., when you fill it out, you cannot save your data.  You can print a copy if you need one for your records.


October 20, 2014

Yosemite & iOS 8 How-to: Set up and use Handoff | 9to5Mac



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For Handoff to work, you did need to have a 2012 iMac, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, iMac or late 2013 Mac Pro. You do need to have an iOS device running iOS 8 with Bluetooth turned on. Since Handoff works via Bluetooth, the devices do need to be within thirty feet of each other. Also, all of your Apple devices need to be signed into the same iCloud account.

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6 Ways to Use iPads in Your Law Firm | Clio


Posted by Derek Bolen on October 17, 2014

Apple's iPad, the tablet device that has become so ubiquitious that it's now a proprietary eponym for tablets themselves (much to the chagrin of Microsoft), continues to make gains in law firm adoption. Of the 49% of respondents in ABA's annual Legal Technology Survey who use a tablet for law-related tasks away from the office, 81% use iOS devices; and, as our 'Apple in Law Offices' survey showed last year, in-firm iPad usage rose 10% over the previous year to 67%.

Why the continued growth in iPad usage? Part of the charm of the venerable devices lies with their versatility and ease of use, coupled with a growing desire on the part of law firms to go paperless. We've covered some of the multitude of use cases for law firm iPad use below to get you started.

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October 19, 2014

Tips for getting the most out of OS X Yosemite | Cult of Mac

OS X Yosemite packs a lot of new features inside a cleaner, flatter interface on the Mac. It's a big upgrade, and there's a lot to take in at first glance.

Whether you're a Mac novice or a seasoned expert, there's plenty to explore in the latest version of OS X. Wondering how to get started? Here are some of the best tips and tricks for getting the most out of Yosemite: 


Information for Employers about Their Responsibilities Under the Affordable Care Act-IRS


Tax Tip Offers Information on Employer Responsibilities under the Affordable Care Act

If you are an employer, the number of employees in your business will affect what you need to know about the Affordable Care Act (ACA), according to a new IRS Tax Tip. The Tax Tip offers information on applicable large employers, employer shared responsibility provisions of the healthcare law, the small business health care tax credit and business reporting requirements.



October 13, 2014

Apple Pay setup detailed & retailers begin training as service launches at Apple HQ | 9to5Mac



The launch of Apple Pay, Apple's NFC and Touch ID-based mobile payment solution, is upon us. Apple has begun preparing for the launch by kicking off Apple Pay training programs for its own group of retail store employees and by working with retailers to prepare for the debut later this month. The training materials, shared by a reliable source, for the Apple Pay launch at Apple retail stores have also detailed some new specifics regarding the Apple Pay setup and transaction processes both on customer iPhones and in Apple retail stores...



How to read books from your local library on your tablet -- Tech News and Analysis

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If you haven't been inside your local library in the last ten years, you might be surprised how easy it is to check out ebooks.

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The first step is to go to the closest branch of your library, make sure they have a digital library, and get a library card if you don't have one. They will usually give you a pamphlet with the actual website to access the ebook. One there, you will need to create an account and link your library card number to it. You will then be able to browse the selections on your computer, iOS or Android device. When you search on a title you will get one of three possible results: the title cannot be found; the title is available, but is currently checked out; or the title is available for check out. If the title is available for borrowing, it will have a solid black book icon; if it's already checked out, it will have a gray book icon.

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October 12, 2014

Humin


https://www.humin.com/#/product

How often do you go to a conference (or a party, or a PTA meeting), meet ten interesting people, and then forget all of their names the next day? With Humin that might never happen again. The app recalls all the everyday contact info we've come to expect from our address books, but it organizes them by the way we actually think, so that you can search by "met last week" or "works at Cirque du Soleil." Humin is currently only available for iOS 7.0+, however, interested users can sign up for the forthcoming Android Beta Release. 


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LII / Legal Information Institute



In case you might have forgotten, the Legal Information Institute is still going strong, getting better, and offering more resources every year.

Take advantage of their US Supreme Court services, especially their new Sunday night reminder email, while the Court is in session.


Donate to LII: http://www.law.cornell.edu/donate

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October 11, 2014

IRS Webinar-Business Use of Your Home

Practitioners who missed the recent IRS webinar on "Business Use of Your Home" can now view it online.

Discussion Topics will include the following:

  • Simplified and Regular Option for claiming the home office deduction
  • Requirements for qualifying to deduct expenses 
  • Types of expenses you can deduct and how to figure the deduction 
  • ...and more


October 4, 2014

How to Avoid Bad Clients Before They Enter Your Practice - Legal Ease Blog



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My last post talked about eliminating bad clients from your practice. But the best way to deal with truly difficult clients is by not taking them on in the first place. That requires that you be able to identify potentially bad clients early - preferably before a retainer is signed.

Create a pre-qualifying process. Think about the bad clients you've represented in the past and make a list of the warning signs or red flags that arose during your first conversation or initial consultation. If you can recognize the warning signs in advance, you can stop bad clients before they enter your practice.

To get you started, here are a few bad client warning signs:

Read more:  http://legalease.blogs.com/legal_ease_blog/2014/10/how-to-avoid-bad-clients-before-they-enter-your-practice.html#ixzz3FEPBYH33



Getting Started | Hyperlinking in Federal Court


Guide to Hyperlinking

Attorney Guide to Hyperlinking in the Federal Courts - Word Users

Attorney Guide to Hyperlinking in the Federal Courts for WordPerfect Users

Please let us know if you have any comments on this guide.  We welcome input and suggestions to improve the ease of hyperlinking by attorneys.

Using LinkBuilder

LinkBuilder will search a Microsoft Word document for citations to CM/ECF filings and insert a hyperlink to the corresponding file in the CM/ECF system.  LinkBuilder can recognize and link to attachments in the record, as well as page-specific references, to create pinpoint access to specific information in the case.  Using LinkBuilder will greatly aid the court by creating easy access to documents relevant to the brief being filed.  The judge and the law clerk working on the document will not have to search CM/ECF for the proper document but will be able to call it up with the click of a mouse.  Judge and Chambers Staff may want to use LinkBuilder in orders to show attorneys how useful these links can be.

A log-in and password for either CM/ECF or PACER is required as well as internet access. LinkBuilder now is compatible with Bankruptcy CM/ECF.  LinkBuilder is tested and known to work with CM/ECF 5.1.1 and higher and in Word 2010 and Word 2013.  (It does not work on the Mac version of Word.)  For best results, LinkBuilder requires a component report to be installed in the court's CM/ECF system. This report provides hyperlink information to the LinkBuilder program for ease in creating links and without PACER charges being incurred by the user.  Court's can download the companion report LinkBuilder will run from a Docket Sheet if the companion report is not available.

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October 3, 2014

Know Your Rights: Housing and Arrests or Criminal Convictions | The Bronx Defenders



A criminal history can affect your eligibility for both public housing and, if a landlord conducts a background check, private housing. An arrest - even before anyone is found guilty - can often trigger eviction of you or your entire household from public or private housing.

Federally Subsidized Housing(NYCHA & Section 8)

Federally subsidized housing includes all public housing developments (such as NYCHA in New York City and RHA in Rochester) and Section 8. Rules in subsidized housing can be very strict, and even minor arrests or criminal convictions can affect your right to stay in public housing. This section includes information about "Admissions" - or the rules guiding when your criminal conviction might prevent you from living in public housing, even if your family lives there, and about "Termination of Tenancy" - or eviction based on criminal justice involvement. Most of the information here is specific to the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) and to Section 8 administered by NYCHA. To find out about the laws specific to your city or county use LawHelp/NY (www.lawhelp.org/ny) to find a housing legal services provider in your area.

Admissions- Getting into housing with a criminal record

Public housing agencies and Section 8 providers can and do obtain criminal records of applicants and tenants. Much of the information in this section is based on How to Get Section 8 or Public Housing Even With a Criminal Record, a publication of the Legal Action Center.

- See more at: http://www.bronxdefenders.org/housing-and-arrests-or-criminal-convictions/#sthash.r1DYLJKF.dpuf

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Hat Tip to:

Jimmy Lathrop 
www.ParkSlopeLawyer.com 

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October 1, 2014

Best Practices for Claimants' Representatives, SSA, ODAR



Best Practices For Claimants' Representatives
SSA Publication No. 70-061, January 2011

Frank A. Cristaudo
Associate Chief Administrative Law Judge
Social Security Administration

We are pleased to publish the newly reformatted Best Practices Handbook for claimants' representatives. It is our hope that all claimants' representatives will use this handbook as a practice aid when advocating and appearing before the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review.

The Office of Disability Adjudication and Review is one of the largest administrative adjudicatory systems in the world. The claimants who appear before us may feel overwhelmed by the legal and administrative requirements associated with pursuing a Social Security claim. Therefore, it is important for those most closely associated with this effort to work together in a collegial and professional manner to make this process as efficient as possible. It is to this end that we publish this handbook so that we can successfully fulfill our joint mission to provide the best possible service to the public.


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