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. 


From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2014. https://www.scout.wisc.edu





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.


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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



  • Allison C. Shields
  • 631-642-0221

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.


Download Handbook:

 

September 29, 2014

Paralegal Studies -- Rockland Community College


Are you thinking of hiring a paralegal?

If so, please consider a current paralegal student or graduate from RCC's American Bar Association approved Paralegal Program.

  • Courses our students take include:
    Civil Litigation, Real Estate Practice, Domestic Relations, Computer Legal Applications, Legal Research and Writing, and Estate Administration and Probate

  • Students complete assignments that they would be expected to fulfill as a paralegal in a law firm

  • Our students are willing to fill full-time, part-time and/or temporary positions


    Please contact us to help find the appropriate paralegal for your firm.

    JENNIFER L. FREDEMAN, ESQ.

    Job Placement Coordinator/Adjunct faculty Paralegal Studies
    Rockland Community College mailto:jfredema@sunyrockland.edu

    "Choosing the Paralegal program at RCC was the best educational decision I could have made. The faculty was very helpful in the classroom and beyond. I apply the skills I learned at RCC every day at work. Thanks to the Paralegal program and the job placement service, I have gained entry into a rewarding career."

    - Jordan Gaspard, 2014 Graduate

    Paralegal Studies 845-574-4169 www.sunyrockland.edu

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September 27, 2014

Everywhere You Go, Google is Watching -- and Mapping Your Location -- Robert Ambrogi's LawSites

Robert Ambrogi:

I was in Chicago this week for the Clio Cloud Conference, where I sat in horrified disbelief as keynote speaker Cindy Cohn, legal director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, described the extent of government snooping on our digital lives. As we all know, of course, it is not just the government that is tracking us. Any number of companies are gathering data about our every click and every purchase.

In case you need a reminder of this, check out your location history on Google maps. It constantly tracks your location through your mobile phone or tablet. Above you see mine for the past week, showing my travels from Massachusetts to Chicago. Where did I go while in Chicago? I just need to zoom in to see everywhere I went during my time there. I can zoom in as close as need be for details or back out for the big picture. If I click on any of the red dots, I can see the precise time and date I was at that location.

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Time Management Tip #15: Eliminate Bad Clients - Legal Ease Blog


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Being busy isn't the same as being successful or profitable. Getting rid of bad clients makes room for you to take on additional, higher value clients - and chances are that your higher value clients will be less price sensitive. Often, you can make more money with less high value clients than you can with high volume practice filled with lower value clients.


Read more:  http://legalease.blogs.com/legal_ease_blog/2014/09/time-management-tip-15-eliminate-bad-clients.html#ixzz3EZRJtION

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This Simple Email Habit Will Make You More Productive -- Lawyerist


If Inbox Zero sounds good in theory but you are too busy to spend time learning a full-on System for managing your email, here is a simple way to get your email under control that you can start going as soon as you are finished reading this post.

To get your email under control, you don't need to read books, watch a video, buy anything, download anything, or get a fancy email app. All you have to do is start using something that is already built into your email.

One Simple Rule

Star/flag a message if you have to do something with it.

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Bash "Shellshock" vulnerability - what you need to know | Naked Security


Shellshock is the media-friendly name for a security bug found in Bash, a command shell program commonly used on Linux and UNIX systems. 

The bug is what's known as a Remote Code Execution vulnerability, or RCE. 

This means that someone who isn't already logged on to your computer might be able to trick Bash into running a program that it wasn't supposed to.

Officially, the bug is documented as CVE-2014-6271 and CVE-2014-7169.

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September 21, 2014

NYS Historic Preservation Office Publishes Model Landmarks Preservation Local Law for New York State Municipalities | LAW OF THE LAND




As part of the State's Certified Local Government program for historic preservation (see,http://nysparks.com/shpo/certified-local-governments), the agency has published a model local landmarks preservation law here -

http://nysparks.com/shpo/certified-local-governments/documents/ModelLawForLocalGovernments.pdf


From Dean Salkin's Law of the Land Blog

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September 19, 2014

How-to: Shave some GBs off of your iOS device so you can update to iOS 8 | 9to5Mac



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We should note 1st of all that you can update your iOS device through a Mac with iTunes without having much extra space. That might be the quickest/easiest way to go 

Today iOS 8 came out. There was a massive rush to try to install and download it. The one thing that we were not prepared for or made aware of was the need to have up to 4.7-6.9 GB of space available in order to download and install iOS 8. The reason you needed 4.7-6.9 available is that the 1.1-1.3 GB download of iOS 8 also needs to move a lot of files around during installation.

If you are like us, you might not have that much space needed on your iOS device. We've spent the last year downloading music, videos and apps to the point where our iPads tell us to stop. So now we need to delete some of our stuff.

Once you free up your space on your device, and back up your device, then you will be officially ready to download iOS 8. In this how-to I will discuss the two different methods to free up storage space off the device, either from the device itself, or managing the device while being connected to the computer through iTunes...

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