January 2008 Archives

New Border Rules--From the Canadian Side

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CBC News In Depth: Airport security

A change in American policy has created huge headaches for Canadians who feel the urge to travel south of the border from time to time. Since Jan. 23, 2007, Canadians flying to the U.S. have had to possess a valid passport.

The new rule — part of the U.S. Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative — led to long lineups at passport offices across the country and a huge backlog as Passport Canada was inundated with a surge in the number of applications.

The initiative requires citizens of the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Bermuda travelling by air to the U.S. from other countries in the western hemisphere to present a valid passport, a Merchant Mariner's Document or a card issued under the NEXUS Air frequent traveller program.

The second stage of the initiative takes effect Jan. 31, 2008, when those who travel to the U.S. by land or water will be required to show valid identification when they cross the border. Verbal declarations will no longer be accepted.

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Real Estate Space

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Real Estate Space


The Commercial Real Estate Finance Law Blog, with notes on real estate law and the real estate business from a Massachusetts lawyer.

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Sometimes its useful to view something like real estate law and finance from a broader perspective than your next New York closing.

Doug Cornelius presents an excellent example of an attorney with a large, old-line firm who enjoys keeping current on his field with a personal blog.

RSS feed and email updates are available. Cornelius shares publications and forms from his practice.

Well worth a look. Check out his use of embedded documents, some of which are hosted on a new site called Docstoc.

Ambrogi on 5 Most Notable Legal Sites of 2007

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Legal Technology - Changing the Online Legal Landscape

Changing the Online Legal Landscape
By Robert Ambrogi
Law Technology News
January 23, 2008

Fire up the Klieg lights and tidy up your tux. It is time to honor the five most notable legal sites of 2007. We focus on the sites that made news or should have made news -- not necessarily the best or the worst, but the ones that most altered the online legal landscape.

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Avvo
Public Resource.org
Altlaw
ABAJournal
Justia

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Anything Robert Ambrogi writes, especially on legal technology, is well worth reading. He has a practical bent to his observations and doesn’t get lost in academic distractions. Ambrogi looks for free or low cost resources online.

Visit Robert Ambrogi’s Legal Sites.

IRS, Telemundo Host Program for Spanish-Speaking Taxpayers

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Tell your Spanish-speaking clients about the special one-hour tax program on Telemundo Sunday, Jan. 27. Get details in news release IR-2008-9.

Blogonize

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Blogonize - an easy to use innovative blog host!

Get Started with Blogonize!

Create your free blog with them, and gain access to a set of FREE tools; including the "Hot Page" which showcases popular blog entries, and use of AJAX to lessen load time - Blogonize is a free, hosting blog solution, comparable to WordPress and TypePad.

Thanks to TechCrunch.

Family Guide » NYS Department of Correctional Services"

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Family Guide » NYS Department of Correctional Services

This handbook was produced in collaboration with the New York State Department of Correctional Services’ Divisions of Guidance and Counseling, Ministerial, Family, and Volunteer Services, and the Osborne Association’s Family Resource Center.

The Handbook is also available in PDF format.

FINDLAW: Daily Opinion Summaries for New York Court of Appeals - 1/15/08

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LABOR & EMPLOYMENT LAW

Torrance v. Stout, No. 49 SSM 35
In case where petitioner, a supervisor, engaged in the willful and intentional illegal disposition of county property, the penalty of demotion to a non-supervisory position does not shock the judicial conscience and the appellate division has no discretionary authority or interest of justice jurisdiction in this CPLR article 78 proceeding to review the penalty imposed by respondent.

LABOR & EMPLOYMENT LAW

Duncan v. Kelly, No. 47 SSM 36
The Police Commissioner has the authority to discharge a probationary police officer for conduct committed while serving as a member of the force. Respondents relied upon petitioner's post-hiring conduct of giving false and misleading statements to members of the Internal Affairs Bureau.

FINDLAW: Justices Uphold N.Y. Trial Judge Selection Process

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N.Y. BD. OF ELECTIONS V. TORRES
(U.S. Supreme Court, Jan. 16, 2008) - In a unanimous ruling, Supreme Court justices upheld New York's own special method and political process for choosing trial judges. Read more...

RSS Reader for Mac - NetNewsWire 3.1--Now FREE

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RSS Reader for Mac - NetNewsWire

Free Download

Looking for an easy-to-use RSS and Atom reader for your Mac? You've found it! The Eddy award-winning NetNewsWire has a familiar three-paned interface and can fetch and display news from thousands of different websites and weblogs.

New Version 3.1!
Bring the power of RSS right to your Mac OS X desktop.
New! UI update with new toolbar icons.
New! Performance and memory enhancements including an improved Combined View which uses multiple pages to display long lists of items.
New! HTML Archive feature - saves news items as HTML files on disk. These files are compatible with any web browser.
Desktop integration – Address Book, iCal, iPhoto, Growl, Twitterrific and more.
Great new look – improved Combined View, feed "cover art", full-screen mode, and tabs with thumbnails and animations.
Synchronized clippings – read your saved articles from the web or another NewsGator reader.
Microformat detection for contacts and calendar events.
Automatic checking for newer versions of the software.
Automatic download of podcasts and transfer to iTunes.
Smart lists to aggregate news from your feeds based on criteria.
Lite Version--no more!!

NetNewsWire is now free! You can get all the cool features of NetNewsWire at no cost.

Download NetNewsWire 3.1

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Hat tip to TIDBITS

FeedDemon 2.6 for Windows

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FeedDemon for Windows -Award-winning RSS Reader and News Feed Reader

Free Download

Looking for a great way to view and manage your RSS feeds from your desktop? Look no further than FeedDemon, the most popular Windows RSS reader.

Bring the power of RSS right to your Windows desktop with FeedDemon.
Get your news and information instantly.
Customize the way you read and organize feeds.
Download podcasts to your iPod or Windows Media Player.
The easy-to-use interface makes it a snap to stay informed with the latest news and information. You can completely customize the way feeds are organized and displayed. Set up custom news watches based on keywords or use the powerful search to find articles. You can even download podcasts and audio files and have them show up on your portable audio device. In addition, FeedDemon synchronizes with NewsGator Online and the rest of the NewsGator RSS Suite. The software is pre-configured with dozens of feeds, so you can unleash the power of RSS right away.

New Version! Top new features in FeedDemon 2.6:
"Panic Button" – detects when you have a ton of unread items and offers to mark them (or a subset of them) as read
Significant performance improvements
Redesigned newspaper UI
Significant improvements to offline reading support, including redesigned "prefetching" of feeds
Inline page search
Attention reporting/APML export

Traveling Safely with Batteries & Battery-Powered Devices

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Safe Travel

Effective January 1, 2008, the following rules apply to the spare lithium batteries you carry with you in case the battery in a device runs low:

Spare batteries are the batteries you carry separately from the devices they power. When batteries are installed in a device, they are not considered spare batteries.

You may not pack a spare lithium battery in your checked baggage

You may bring spare lithium batteries with you in carry-on baggage – see spare battery tips and how-to sections to find out how to pack spare batteries safely!

Even though we recommend carrying your devices with you in carry-on baggage as well, if you must bring one in checked baggage, you may check it with the batteries installed.

The following quantity limits apply to both your spare and installed batteries. The limits are expressed in grams of “equivalent lithium content.” 8 grams of equivalent lithium content is approximately 100 watt-hours. 25 grams is approximately 300 watt-hours:

Under the new rules, you can bring batteries with up to 8-gram equivalent lithium content. All lithium ion batteries in cell phones are below 8 gram equivalent lithium content. Nearly all laptop computers also are below this quantity threshold.

You can also bring up to two spare batteries with an aggregate equivalent lithium content of up to 25 grams, in addition to any batteries that fall below the 8-gram threshold. Examples of two types of lithium ion batteries with equivalent lithium content over 8 grams but below 25 are shown below.

For a lithium metal battery, whether installed in a device or carried as a spare, the limit on lithium content is 2 grams of lithium metal per battery.

Almost all consumer-type lithium metal batteries are below 2 grams of lithium metal. But if you are unsure, contact the manufacturer!

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Read the entire article for more tips on how to travel with batteries under the new regs.

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Hat tip to TIDBITS

FINDLAW:Daily Opinion Summaries for U.S. Supreme Court - 01/08/08

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CIVIL PROCEDURE, CONSTITUTIONAL LAW, ENVIRONMENTAL LAW, GOVERNMENT LAW, PROPERTY LAW & REAL ESTATE

John R. Sand & Gravel Co. v. US, No. 06-1164
The special statute of limitations governing the Court of Federal Claims requires sua sponte consideration of the timeliness of a lawsuit filed in that court, despite the government's waiver of the issue. Read more...

New Title Policy Forms Required IN New York

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Here's an informative and interesting article on the new title policy forms required for New York real estate transactions.

FINDLAW:Daily Opinion Summaries for U.S. Supreme Court - 01/07/08

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CRIMINAL LAW & PROCEDURE, HABEAS CORPUS, PER CURIAM

Arave v. Hoffman, No. 07-110
In habeas corpus proceedings brought by an individual convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death, a circuit court judgment granting habeas relief on a claim that he received ineffective assistance during plea negotiations is vacated as petitioner now abandoned the claim, and it was moot. Read more...


CRIMINAL LAW & PROCEDURE, HABEAS CORPUS, PER CURIAM

Wright v. Van Patten, No. 07-212
Grant of habeas relief from a conviction and sentence for first-degree reckless homicide is reversed where, contrary to the ruling below, no clearly established law contrary to the state court's conclusion justified collateral relief with regard to a claim that petitioner received ineffective assistance of counsel due to his participation in a plea hearing by speaker phone. Read more...

Law.com - N.Y. Chief Judge Proposes New Measure to Boost Pay of State Judges

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Law.com - N.Y. Chief Judge Proposes New Measure to Boost Pay of State Judges

N.Y. Chief Judge Proposes New Measure to Boost Pay of State Judges
Joel Stashenko
New York Law Journal
January 7, 2008


A new judicial pay raise proposal offered Thursday by Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye of the State of New York Court of Appeals would surrender some ground on retroactivity while tying future increases to salaries and cost-of-living adjustments given to federal judges.

The legislation would provide for retroactive raises for state judges to Jan. 1, 2007. Previous proposals by the chief judge, most recently in the judiciary budget plan for the 2008-09 fiscal year, provided for retroactivity to April 1, 2005 -- a time frame that was seen as an increasingly hard sell in Albany, N.Y., as the delay over passage of a judicial pay bill has dragged on.

In a cover letter accompanying the proposed bill, Kaye did ask that the Legislature at least consider the April 1, 2005, retroactivity date.

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23andMe

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23andMe

A web-based service that helps you read and understand your DNA. After providing a saliva sample using an at-home kit, the site provides interactive tools to shed new light on your distant ancestors, your close family and most of all, yourself.

Costs $999.00 per kit.

Hyplets

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Hyplet - Your Online Signature

Hyplets are FREE personal IDs and online Flyers, which you can easily add to emails and Web pages, allowing you to enhance your online presence and promote your content with a single click.

Utilizing the Hyplet Editor you can create and customize you own personal Ids and Flyers, and publish them through the Publish section of Hyplet.com or the Hyplet Browser Add-on.

With the Hyplet IDs, you can have your selected contact details on a stylish online card, which you can set as your email signature on Outlook, Outlook Express, Yahoo Mail, and Windows Live Hotmail.

Charities Bureau Forms and Brochures

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Charities Bureau Forms and Brochures (teforms)


To download forms and instructions, use this link.


Forms and Instructions for Transactions by Not-for-Profit and Religious Corporations

Procedures for Forming and Changing Not-For-Profit Corporations in New York State

New - Procedures for Dissolving Not-for-Profit Corporations pursuant to Amendments to Article 10 of the Not-for-Profit Corporation Law Effective April 9, 2006.
New - Procedures and Forms for a Voluntary Dissolution of a Not-for-Profit Corporation With Assets Pursuant to Article 10 of the Not-for-Profit Corporation Law

A Guide to Sales and Other Dispositions of Assets Pursuant to the Not-for-Profit Corporation Law 510-511 and Religious Corporation Law Section 12

A Guide to Mergers and Consolidations of Not-For-Profit Corporations under Article 9 of the New York Not-For-Profit Corporation Law

Name Change Forms

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Name Change Forms & Requirements

Name Change Forms & Requirements

Please note: These forms are meant to be a rough guideline for proceeding with a name change application. Do not commence any proceeding before checking with the court in your local jurisdiction.

Thanks to D. Brown of the GP Section List Serv

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