May 2012 Archives

       Please be advised that there is a new FEDERALLY
MANDATED Income Withholding Order (IWO) which is REQUIRED to be in use by May
31, 2012 - i.e. - effective immediately.

The new IWO requires all payments be sent to the Support Disbursement
Unit in Albany, and instructs employers to REJECT IWO's that are not on the
new form.

The new form and instructions (prepared by OCA and the Office of
Temporary Disability Assistance (OTDA) can be found at OCA's new child support
website:

http://www.nycourts.gov/divorce/childsupport/ 

This new child support website includes links to federal and state
child support resources - as well as OTDA's new Application for Support
Services Form and  the new IWO forms for use in both Family and Supreme Court.

Additionally - please be aware that that amendments to the Uncontested
Divorce Packet will include a special set of simplified instructions
about the new IWO and applications for child support services, copies of
which can be obtained at:

http://www.nycourts.gov/divorce/pdfs/Divorce-Packet-Instructions.pdf 

ONCE AGAIN - PLEASE NOTE THAT THESE NEW FORMS ARE EFFECTIVE TODAY.
Submission of forms not incompliance with the new federally manadate
form will be rejected by employers.

Please circulate as you deem appropriate.

Thank you!!

Sindy L. Garey
Executive Director
Broome County Bar Association
(607) 723-6331
Email:  exdirbcbar@stny.rr.com 

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Read the entire article at BS&K's Tax Assessment & Condemnation Report Blog.

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....although you have an Order and Judgment mandating the reduction in assessment and a full refund of overpaid taxes, the Nassau County Treasurer's Office claims it has no money to pay your refunds.  Shortly after, your bank commences a foreclosure proceeding on your property because of your default.

 Sound like the Twilight Zone?  It's not - it's real and it happening to numerous property owners inNassau County.  Members of the Nassau County Tax Certiorari Bar recently filed numerous Article 78 proceedings to mandate the Treasurer to comply with these Orders and Judgments and pay refunds, which it has not done in ANY settled tax assessment appeal case since mid-2011.  To add insult to injury, the 2012/13 property tax bills do not reflect the negotiated reduced assessments.  As a result, property owners continue to be wrongly taxed on the unreduced amount.

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Learning to work with Auto Save | Macworld

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For many of us, hitting Command-S once in a while as we work has become second nature. And many of us have developed workflows built around the Save As command--to create new files based on old ones, to preserve specific versions of files (Proposal v1.0 saved as Proposal v1.1), or to quickly copy file to new locations.

Fortunately, you can use Lion's Auto Save and its associated commands to do all of that. You just have to get used to the new nomenclature.


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Imagine a set of electronics as easy to play with as Legos. TED Fellow Ayah Bdeir introduces littleBits, a set of simple, interchangeable blocks that make programming as simple and important a part of creativity as snapping blocks together.

Ayah Bdeir is an engineer and artist, and is the founder of littleBits and karaj, an experimental art, architecture and technology lab in Beirut. Full bio »

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Eraser

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eraser (Photo credit: Cookieater2009)

Eraser is an advanced security tool for Windows which allows you to completely remove sensitive data from your hard drive by overwriting it several times with carefully selected patterns. Eraser is currently supported under Windows XP (with Service Pack 3), Windows Server 2003 (with Service Pack 2), Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.

 23rd May 2012, 10:30 am +800GMT

Eraser is Free software and its source code is released under GNU General Public License.

Eraser 6.0.10 has been released today. This is a bugfix release which continues to build on the stability Eraser 6 series. All users are recommended to upgrade to this version. Read the full announcement.


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New IRS Publication for Conduit Issuers of Tax-Exempt Bonds

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The Internal Revenue Service has released the new Publication 5005Your Responsibilities as a Conduit Issuer of Tax-Exempt Bonds. This publication provides an overview for state and local governments of the responsibilities of the conduit issuer with respect to tax compliance in municipal financing arrangements commonly known as conduit financings.  


This publication is based on the recommendations of the TE/GE Advisory Committee, also known as the ACT.

For more information about the above item or if you have other tax-exempt bonds questions, go to Tax Exempt Bond Community on IRS.gov. 

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DC Seeks IDEA Mediators

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The Office of the State Superintendent of Education for the District of Columbia has just issued an RFP for IDEA mediators.  Here is the link to the posting for the Mediators:
 
 
To access it otherwise, you can log on to: ocp.dc.gov and click on "solicitations" and then click on "list all opportunities".

Add a Privacy Filter to Your Laptop--LPM Practice Managment Advisors

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If you occasionally work on your laptop in a coffee shop, an airport, a meeting room, any public place, is your work protected from the curious eyes of the people around you?   Adding a privacy filter to your screen will narrow the viewing angle so that only the person looking directly at the screen has a readable view.  These filters also help protect the screens from damage and reduce glare. The filters are available at most office supply stores and from online retailers in a wide range of prices. 



 

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iTunes - Books - Paperless by David Sparks

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Paperless by David Sparks


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This is the first book in the MacSparky Field Guide Series. This book is a large file (850 MB) and includes over 1.5 hours of video and screencasts. This books runs on all versions of the iPad.

  • $4.99  Requirements:This book can only be viewed using iBooks 2 on an iPad. iOS 5 is required.
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Typography for Lawyers

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Equity: a new font for lawyers

A new text family designed by Matthew Butterick, 

inspired by legal typography and the needs of legal writers. 

Equity combines classic good looks with modern typesetting conveniences. 

Only available at the TFL website.

Typog­ra­phy for Lawyers: the book

Typography for Lawyers book cover

 








Get the book that Bryan A. Garner

editor in chief of Black's

 Law Dictionarycalls a "tour de force" that's 

"smartly reasoned," "well written," 

and "assuredly infallible."


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IRS changes EIN limit to one per day

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Seal of the United States Internal Revenue Ser...

Seal of the United States Internal Revenue Service. The design is the same as the Treasury seal with an IRS inscription. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)



Effective May 21, the IRS will begin issuing only one employer identification number per responsible party each day, a change from the current limit of five per day. This limit applies to all requests for an EIN whether online or by phone, fax or mail. This policy was implemented to ensure fair and equitable access to all applicants with legitimate tax administration-related needs. It also ensures the EIN system continues to operate effectively. We apologize if this change affects your current business practice.

For additional information about applying for an employer identification number, go to IRS.gov or click on the links below.

Apply for an EIN Online

Employer ID Numbers (EINs)

Understanding your EIN

You Tube Video Employer Identification Number





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Seal of the United States Social Security Administration. It appears on Social Security cards. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Read Entire Article here.

by  Lisa Scherzer 

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As of May 1, eligible workers over 18 can access their Social Security statements online -- and view their earnings and benefit information -- by creating an account at My Social Security.
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You'll need to provide some personal information (address, Social Security number, phone number) that matches information already on file with Social Security to verify your identity, and answer a few questions for security purposes.
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-The tool shows three options for your monthly benefit amount based on your current earnings rate: at full retirement age; at age 70; and at early retirement age (62). The estimates are based on your average earnings to date and assume you will earn the same annual income from now until retirement. 



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Meetings.io

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Meetings.io


With Meetings.io you can meet face to face with anyone from around the world within your web browser. Meet with a client, a customer, your project team or your co-workers in person without ever leaving your desk by simply creating a tiny meeting room link and sharing the link with anyone you want to meet with.

You can re-use your meeting room as many times as you want and you can have people drop in and out of the your room anytime. Because there's no sign ups or user registration needed to drop into a meeting room you can use Meetings.io as an online hangout for real time in person hangouts or as a telepresence system to attend meetings remotely. Learn more



App Store - AppsGoneFree

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AppsGoneFree

Find great apps without spending a dime! Get high quality paid apps for free each day.

Every day hundreds of apps reduce their price to free for a limited time to try to stimulate excitement. Get a hand picked, human curated list of ONLY the ones that are good? 

Let AppsGoneFree do all the work for you. Every day they'll give you custom advice written by a professional AppAdvice app enthusiast. They handpick only the best apps that are temporarily free each day, and tell you all about them so you can choose if they are for you. You'll get a list of these apps, along with a couple of sentences about why the app should be installed!



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One of our favorite legal bloggers moves on to a new position.  I am certain that Dean Salkin will continue to spice her scholarship with innovative uses of technology.


Touro College & University System President and CEO, Dr. Alan Kadish, is pleased to announce that Patricia E. Salkin has been appointed the new dean of the Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center. Salkin is a nationally known scholar and expert in land use planning and government ethics. She is currently the Associate Dean and Director of the Government Law Center of Albany Law School where she is also the Raymond & Ella Smith Distinguished Professor of Law.

"When searching for a new leader for Touro Law Center, we sought a dynamic individual with professional distinction who demonstrated potential for achieving and maintaining excellence and innovation in teaching, research, scholarship and service in the public interest," said Dr. Kadish. "I am confident that we found such a candidate in Patricia Salkin. I look forward to working with her as she leads the Touro Law Center into the future."

Salkin was named Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg's dean after a national search to replace current Dean Lawrence Raful. Raful announced last July that he would be stepping down to join the faculty full time after serving as dean for eight years. Salkin is the fifth dean appointed at Touro Law, and is the first female dean in the school's history. Salkin will begin her tenure as dean on August 1, 2012.


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JP Rangaswami: Information is food

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With a background in economics and journalism, JP Rangaswami has been a technology innovator and chief information officer for many leading financial firms. As an advocate for open source and disruptive technologies, Rangaswami has been a leading force in the success of multiple startups, including School of Everything, Salesforce.com and Ribbit. He blogs (unmissably) at Confused of Calcutta.




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Frrole

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http://frrole.com/

Frrole is a social newspaper that is built on what people are talking about and mentioning on Twitter. Currently, this social media device covers over 50 cities and it uses over 10 million tweets to determine the key issues in each city that it covers. Visitors can customize the newspaper to focus on topics like sports, entertainment, travel and so on. Also, it is quite easy to use the customizable tabs on the left-hand side of the page to look for specific news items of interest. This version of Frrole is compatible with all operating systems.


From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2012. http://scout.wisc.edu/

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First, the American Bar Association recently published 2 books ideal for lawyers seeking to learn how to put their iPads to use: "iPad in One Hour for Lawyers" and "iPad Apps in One Hour for Lawyers." Both books were written by Tom Mighell and are available for purchase at the American Bar Association's website.

There are also a number of blogs devoted to lawyers and their iPads, including: 1) Tablet Legal, a blog written by attorney Josh Barrett (no longer being updated but provides a wealth of information in its archives), 2) iPad Notebook, a blog written by Justin Kahn, an attorney and Adjunct Professor at the Charleston School of Law, 3) iPad 4 Lawyers, a blog written by Tom Mighell, author of the two books listed above, and 4) Legal iPad, which is one of my blogs.

Two other blogs are worth mentioning as well, since even though not devoted solely to iPads, they provide a wealth of information about iPads for lawyers: 1) iPhone JD, written by attorney Jeff Richardson and 2) Trial Technology, a blog written by trial consultant Ted Brooks.

Another great resource which should not be overlooked is the Macs in Law Offices (MILO) online Google group.. Although this online forum originally started as a place for lawyers to discuss the use of Macintosh computers in their law practices, over time it has morphed into a forum dedicated to the discussion of topics of interest to lawyers who use any type of Apple product in their law offices, including iPads.

At MILO you'll find a very engaged, knowledgeable, and friendly group of lawyers and technology consultants who provide a wealth of useful information. And, if you enjoy participating in MILO, then you'll love MILOfest, an offshoot project of the message board which is a conference devoted to lawyers who use Apple products.

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Law School Plans to Offer Web Courses for Master's - NYTimes.com

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The law school of Washington University announced Tuesday that it would offer, entirely online, a master's degree in United States law intended for lawyers practicing overseas, in partnership with 2tor, an education technology company.

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Washington University will share the revenues from the $48,000 program -- the same tuition paid by students at the St. Louis campus -- with 2tor, which will provide marketing, the Web platform and technical support, including a staff member to monitor each live class and deal with any technical problems that arise.

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iPad4Lawyers - War of the PDF Apps: Who's the Winner?

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Tom Mighell:

Last week my friend and fellow iPhone/iPad addict Jeff Richardson gave a great review of PDF Expert.  He liked it, but not as much as his current favorite PDF annotation tool, PDF Pen.  I thought I would put both of these apps through their paces, along with iAnnotate PDF and Adobe Reader, which has long been the standard for PDF review and annotation on your desktop or laptop.

I decided to use the same document in each case - I chose a simple W-9 form, because it would also give the opportunity to test and show the form-filling and signature features of each app. I'll fill out the form to send to my client for him to sign.  I initially placed the form in the Downloads folder in my Dropbox account on my desktop.  How did the form fare in each app?  Here we go....

Click here for comparison, with very helpful graphics and "hands on comparison".


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Office of the President

In his Law Day speech on Tuesday, Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman announced that beginning next year, people seeking admission to the bar in New York will be required to perform at least 50 hours of pro bono service at some point prior to their application. According to Chief Judge Lippman's speech, this service can be performed during law school, or prior to the admission process. 

(Text of Lippman's speech:http://www.courts.state.ny.us/whatsnew/Transcript-of-LawDay-Speech-May1-2012.pdf)

The New York State Bar Association has not yet seen any written version of this new requirement, but will follow the matter closely. In the meantime, we are interested in our members' reactions and comments. Email us at probonocomments@nysba.org.

Sincerely,

Vincent E. Doyle III, President

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TEB Community Update-IRS

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Free Telephone Forum on the Tax Exempt Bonds Examination Process

The office of Tax Exempt Bonds (TEB) is hosting a free telephone forum on June 7 at 2:00 PM ET.  TEB Tax Law Specialists will discuss the TEB examination process.  Register online to attend the forum.  A portable document format (PDF) of a PowerPoint presentation of the topics to be discussed will be available here approximately one week before the forum.

For more information about the above item or if you have other tax-exempt bond questions, go to Tax Exempt Bonds Community onIRS.gov


If you have a specific question about Tax Exempt Bonds, call Tax Exempt Bond Customer Service at 1-877-829-5500.

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Lippman Announces Pro Bono Requirement for Bar Admission-NYLJ

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Read entire NYLJ article by Joel Stashenko here.


ALBANY - Starting next year, prospective lawyers must show that they have performed at least 50 hours of law-related pro bono service before being admitted to the New York state bar, Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman announced yesterday.

Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman's Law Day 2012 Remarks


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