July 2010 Archives

The IRS has announced that small nonprofit organizations at risk of losing their tax-exempt status because they failed to file required returns for 2007, 2008 and 2009 can preserve their status by filing returns by Oct. 15, 2010. IRS Commissioner Shulman made the following comments regarding the special filing relief.

The IRS today posted on a special page of IRS.gov the names and last-known addresses of these at-risk organizations, along with guidance about how to come back into compliance.


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If you're somewhat inexperienced with website design, you may wish to check out Weebly. The program has received solid marks, and it gives users the ability to create a free website and blog. The program uses a drag and drop website editor, so users just need to move the videos, pictures, maps, or text they want into place. Weebly provides the hosting, and they also offer over seventy professional templates. There is also a special version available for educators and schools. Visitors are required to register online, and this version is compatible across all operating systems.

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2010. http://scout.wisc.edu/

Tasker for Android

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Tasker for Android

Tasker is an application for Android which performs Tasks (sets of Actions) based on Contexts (application, time, date, location, event, gesture)in user-defined Profiles, or in clickable or timer home screen widgets.

This simple concept profoundly extends your control of your Android device and it's capabilities, without the need for 'root' or a special home screen.

See: How To Turn Your Android Phone Into A Fully-Automated Superphone [lifehacker.com]

$6.00 US

Tan Le: A Headset that Reads Your Brainwaves

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Want to make an online notice board? It's never been easier than with Wallwisher, which is a new application that offers a number of excellent features. Visitors can use the application to put up just about any item on their wall, including video clips, audio files, drawings, photographs, and so on. "Walls" can be set so only certain individuals can have access to them, and visitors do not need to sign up an account to get started. This version is compatible with all operating systems.

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2010. http://scout.wisc.edu/

Legal Productivity Tips Book Quotes

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Legal Productivity Tips Book Quotes

Do you use GTD, the Pomodoro Technique, or have some cool productivity techniques you incorporate in your work routine?

Larry Port, founding partner and Chief Software Architect for Rocket Matter, LLC, is writing a book on legal productivity and would love to get some real-life tips and practices from successful practicing attorneys for inclusion in the book.

He'll be judging the entries. The top 20 will be included in his volume, with complete attribution and reference to your firm and website, along with a flying Rocket Matter rocket. The top 5 will receive a Rocket Matter Flying Cow, and the winner will receive a Rocket Matter Snuggieョ and a $100 gift card to iTunes!

A paragraph or two is perfect, with a max submission of 200 words.

Submit your technique here.

iWork '09 for $30.00

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Amazon is currently selling iWork '09, brand new, for $30, with free


iWork includes Pages, Numbers, and Keynote.

iWork is normally $79 from Apple. This reduced price may indicate
that a new version of iWork is imminent. However, at $30 this is a
huge bargain even if the program is a lame duck.


Randy B. Singer
Co-author of The Macintosh Bible (4th, 5th, and 6th editions)

Macintosh OS X Routine Maintenance

iPhone 4 Case Program

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Apple - iPhone 4 - Case Program

If you purchase an iPhone 4 before September 30, 2010, you are eligible to receive an iPhone 4 Bumper or a select third-party case from Apple at no charge.

If you bought from Apple, they will give you a full refund for your previously purchased iPhone 4 Bumper, including any taxes and shipping fees.

Get details here.


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Doxie - modern document, paper scanner for PC Mac

Doxie scans directly to the cloud: send to apps like Google Docs, Flickr, Evernote, Picnik, Tumblr, and much more. Doxie works with local apps too, so you can scan to Acrobat, iPhoto, Picasa, or right to the desktop with ease. And Doxie scans your documents, business cards, receipts, and photos intuitively – so you can ditch the paper stack and get everything organized.

Doxie includes a single USB cable -- it’s entirely USB powered, so that’s all you need. Doxie requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later; or Windows XP/Vista/7 (32-bit and 64-bit compatible).

Doxie is sold ($129.00) exclusively online at www.getdoxie.com.


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Eyejot - the easiest way to send video

Sending video messages with Eyejot is as easy as sending email. There is no software to download or install. Just login to your account, record or upload your video, and send! The recipient gets a friendly email message telling them they have a new video message, and they can watch it with a single click. No registration required.

Apple Will Give Free Bumpers to iPhone 4 Owners

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• If you have an iPhone 4, you can get a free bumper from Apple.
• If you want another case—or Apple's bumpers are out of stock—you can pick another one from some options.
• If you already bought another case an Apple bumper, you get a refund on that.
• The offer applies until September 30. At that time, they will "examine" the situation again, and decide to extend the free bumpers or offer a different solution.

Read entire article and comments at Gizmodo, a great place to keep up with the latest gadgets.

3 Email Productivity Boosters To Save You Time

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3 Email Productivity Boosters To Save You Time

You can automate responses, follow-up emails, receive notifications when your emails have been read, and notifications when you receive urgent emails. Rather than waste your time constantly checking your inbox for new messages, you can automate a large part of the process and access your email only when you really need to.




Read the full article at makeuseof.com.


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With Evernote you don't have to worry about bringing your physical notes and reminders to different places, as they will always be available. This application stores everything on to an account on the Web, and visitors can use the tool to upload snapshots and grab whiteboards in meetings. The application can be used on mobile phones and desktop computers, which is a nice touch. This version is compatible with computers running Windows XP and Vista and Mac OS X 10.5.7 and higher.

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2010.

New from Google Scholar: Search Within Cited Cases

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New from Google Scholar: Search Within Cited Articles | ResourceShelf

Something new from the Google Scholar. You can now search within cited articles, legal opinions, and law journals. The Google Scholar Blog has more.

All of the “search within” features work when searching opinions and legal journals.

Example: Brown v. Board of Education, or 347 US 483 – Supreme Court 1954.

You see that this historic case has been cited 23,708 by other materials in the Google Scholar database. Now, select “search within” (below the main search box) and run a search. We searched “Detroit Public Schools” and received approx. 147 hits that appear in other opinions, law journals, other types of journals and books.

Thanks to Gary Price's Resource Shelf.


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Trying to get a group of people together can be a challenge, even in our age of connectivity. It is nice to know that there's a program like TeamViewer which can be of great assistance. The application is designed to allow screen-sharing and file-transfers between business partners and others. Visitors can share their access code with others to let them remotely access a computer or share screens. This version is compatible with computers running Windows 98 and newer, Max OS X 10.4 and newer, and Linux.

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2010. http://scout.wisc.edu/

Gill vs. Office of Personnel Management

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U.S. District Court Judge Joseph Tauro found that Section 3 of DOMA violates equal protection with respect to the GLAD case, and the 10th Amendment with respect to state sovereignty in the Massachusetts case, and is therefore unconstitutional:


This court has determined that it is clearly within the authority of the Commonwealth to recognize same-sex marriages among its residents, and to afford those individuals in same-sex marriages any benefits, rights, and privileges to which they are entitled by virtue of their marital status. The federal government, by enacting and enforcing DOMA, plainly encroaches upon the firmly entrenched province of the state, and, in doing so, offends the Tenth Amendment. For that reason, the statute is invalid.


Read the full text of Gill vs. Office of Personnel Management.

Second Circuit Finds Federal Telecommunications Act Law Preempts Local Wireless Ordinance That Is Based On DAS Preference « LAW OF THE LAND

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision in Clarkstown affirms and clarifies the limits and distinction between Federal regulation and local zoning authority.  Congress has imbued the Federal Communications Commission with plenary authority over the technical aspects of the nation’s wireless communications facilities development.  While aesthetic impact of wireless communication facilities development remains within the police powers of local municipalities, such regulation cannot be achieved through means that effectively regulate wireless communications technology.  A local zoning ordinance, such as the Clarkstown Ordinance, must yield to Federal regulation, particularly where that ordinance contains a provision(s) that attempts to regulate radio frequency interference and provides for an express preference for certain technology (i.e., DAS, microcell, etc.). 

New York SMSA Ltd. Partnership v. Town of Clarkstown, 2010 WL 2598310 (2nd Cir. 6/30/2010).

Convert PTX Files Online Free at Clarity Legal

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I have added a new webpage at www.claritylegalsoftware.com for
converting PTX files to ASCII text format. The webpage link is below:


This simple page allows users to upload/convert a PTX file and have
the file converted and returned to them as an attachment in an email
within a few seconds. I am working on a page that will allow multiple
uploads, perhaps 10 at a time for conversion. I should have that
finished sometime after TrialSmart comes out next week.

I hope everyone appreciates this tool since RealLegal and Thomson West
do not have a Mac OS X viewer for the PTX format and there has been no
easy way to convert PTX files without Windows, Crossover, or some sort
of virtualization software.

Have a good day,

John Callis
Clarity Legal Software LLC
Alexandria, La

NYC: Notice of Recorded Documents Program

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Beginning on July 6, 2010 the New York City Department of Finance is implementing a Notice of Recorded Documents Program. Owners of property in Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens or Staten Island can register to receive notification when a deed or mortgage (or related) document has been recorded against their property. This program was designed to alert registered property owners or their designees when documents are recorded without their knowledge so that they can take steps to attempt to limit the harm caused by such recording.

An owner’s agent (including a child, spouse, or domestic partner of owner if listed as a designee), the managing agent, the property owner's attorney, the lien holder, and the executor or administrator of the estate of the owner or lien holder of the property may also receive notification if registered.

To find out more about this program, you can go to the New York City Department of Finance website at www.nyc.gov/finance or ACRIS webpage at www.nyc.gov/acris and click on the Recorded Document Notification link. to register.

Thanks to:
Sharon Kovacs Gruer, Esq., CELA, LL.M.

Divorce Lawyers Predict Reduced Costs, Less Stress Under No-Fault

Matrimonial lawyers said last week that the income they stand to lose through no-fault divorce in New York would be offset by the benefits to families facing less contentious, more expeditious divorce proceedings.

Proponents of no-fault divorce won a long-standing legislative fight on Thursday, when the Assembly gave final approval to a bill making New York the last state in the nation without an option for no-fault divorce.


Mr. Paterson will also be sent two other bills related to the no-fault measure: A10984/S7740, providing for interim maintenance payments and a statewide study of the maintenance issue, and A7569/4532, providing for the payment of lawyer's fees for the "non-monied" spouses.


Read entire article by Joel Stashenko and Noeleen G. Walder.

No Fault Divorce Passes in NY Legislature--Awaits Gov's Signature

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A9753-A Bing (MS) Same as S 3890-A HASSELL-THOMPSON

Section 1. Section 170 of the domestic relations law is amended by
2 adding a new subdivision 7 to read as follows:
3 (7) The relationship between husband and wife has broken down irre-
4 trievably for a period of at least six months, provided that one party
5 has so stated under oath. No judgment of divorce shall be granted under
6 this subdivision unless and until the economic issues of equitable
7 distribution of marital property, the payment or waiver of spousal
8 support, the payment of child support, the payment of counsel and
9 experts' fees and expenses as well as the custody and visitation with
10 the infant children of the marriage have been resolved by the parties,
11 or determined by the court and incorporated into the judgment of
12 divorce.

13 § 2. This act shall take effect on the sixtieth day after it shall
14 have become a law and and shall apply to matrimonial actions commenced
15 on or after such effective date.

EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
[ ] is old law to be omitted.

Section 1. Section 170 of the Domestic Relations Law is amended by adding subdivision 7 allowing divorce when a marriage is irretrievably broken, for a period of at least six (6) months, provided that one party has so stated under oath.

This judgment can only be granted after the following ancillary issues have been resolved: the equitable distribution of marital property, the payment or waiver of spousal support, the payment of child support, the payment of counsel and expert fees and expenses, and custody and visitation with the infant children of the marriage.

A judgment of divorce under this subdivision could not be issued until all these issues are resolved.

Section 2 establishes that this act shall take effect on the sixtieth day after it shall have become law.

Eligible taxpayers who contracted to buy a home, qualifying for the first-time homebuyer credit, before the end of April now have until Sept. 30, 2010 to close the deal; the Internal Revenue Service announced today, July 2, 2010.

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