April 2014 Archives

My Health Care Wishes App-ABA

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The My Health Care Wishes smartphone app gives individuals the ability to store and share important health care wishes. In an emergency, you'll have immediate access to a PDF version of your advance directive.

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An example:  Your Dad is 89 and your Mom is, 91. He takes her to the hospital and she's admitted to the ICU but he's told he can't make medical decisions for her even if she is incapacitated. She's his wife and he's her proxy. What's this about? He brought the wrong form with him! He brought the Power of Attorney document (POA) that only applies to financial & legal decisions. The Durable Health Care Power of Attorney (HCPOA) is what he needs but it's at home and no one else is there. He has a cell phone, calls you, his daughter. You have what he needs securely stored on your Smartphone --the document showing your Dad as primary proxy. A click and the correct document is emailed, and your Dad losing little time tells doctors what his wife of 65 years wants.

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The Pro version is US $3.99.  The Lite version is Free.  Check the App store to compare.


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Appellate Divisions Announce New Requirements for Retainer Agreements

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All four of the Appellate Divisions recently adopted a new rule governing contingent fees in claims and actions for personal injury and wrongful death. The new rule is mandatory. The rules for the respective Appellate Divisions are: First Judicial Department (22 N.Y.C.R.R. Section 603.7[e]); Second Judicial Department (22 N.Y.C.R.R. Section 691.20[e]); Third Judicial Department (22 N.Y.C.R.R. Section 806.13[c]); and Fourth Judicial Department (22 N.Y.C.R.R. Section 1022.31[c]). Lawyers should be aware that the language varies slightly among the different Judicial Departments. Please note, these changes do NOT apply to medical malpractice cases, which are NOT subject to the new rules and must be handled in accordance with NYS Judiciary Law 474-a.

 


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Indictment against Rep. Michael Grimm

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Published by The Washington Post Indictment against Rep. Michael G. Grimm (R-N.Y.) connected to a restaurant business he operated before entering Congress in 2011.

Indictment against Rep. Michael Grimm by The Washington Post

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Jeff Richardson:  I often have trouble finding enough outlets when I travel.  Hotel rooms will frustratingly only provide a single wall outlet near a desk, with one of the two outlets already occupied by the desk lamp.  It is starting to become easier to find power outlets in airports, but you can still often find only a single outlet available for your use.  One solution is to use a power strip, but those are typically too large to take with you with you travel.  The Outlets To Go Power Strip from Monster seeks to provide a solution for travelers, and after seeing Tampa attorney Katie Floyd call it her favorite travel accessory, I purchased one from Amazon before I headed to Chicago for ABA TECHSHOW last month.  I have since used it on several business trips.  It has worked well for me and I can recommend it.

The device features two outlets on each side that are spaced far enough apart that you should not have a problem with even larger power adapters.  If you are plugging in three of four devices at once it can be a little awkward to have things plugged in on both sides, but it works, and designing the power strip this way keeps it as small as possible.


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Read Jeff's entire review of this useful accessory, with photos.


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Click here to get Outlets To Go Power Strip from Amazon ($9.49).



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U.S. advises avoiding Internet Explorer until bug fixed

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BOSTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security advised computer users to consider using alternatives to Microsoft Corp's Internet Explorer browser until the company fixes a security flaw that hackers have used to launch attacks.

The bug is the first high-profile security flaw to emerge since Microsoft stopped providing security updates for Windows XP earlier this month. That means PCs running the 13-year old operating system could remain unprotected against hackers seeking to exploit the newly uncovered flaw, even after Microsoft figures out how to defend against it.

The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team, a part of Homeland Security known as US-CERT, said in an advisory released on Monday morning that the vulnerability in versions 6 to 11 of Internet Explorer could lead to "the complete compromise" of an affected system.

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COPPA Act Prevents Cortana From Being Used By Those Under 13-Ubergizmo

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The other day we reported that those who installed Windows Phone 8.1 Developer Previewand had Cortana up and running encountered a strange error. It seems that if there was a Microsoft account linked to their phone that had a user under the age of 13, Cortana would spit out an error message that basically would not let the user proceed to use its functions.

Microsoft did not make any mention of why that is, but as it turns out, it seems that there are some features of Cortana right now that makes it fall under the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act. Basically what this means is that children under the age of 13 aren't allowed to use Cortana or its features.

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Read entire Ubergizmo report by Tyler Lee.




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How to Offer Subscription Fees-Lawyerist

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Flat fees have become nearly synonymous with alternative billing, but they are not the only alternative to the billable hour. Subscription fees can also be a great fit for legal services, depending on your practice area and whether your clients have ongoing legal needs. Recurring fees are revenue you can count on, and clients who sign up for a subscription can become your best, longest-lasting clients.

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Inky

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Inky saves you time by organizing all your email accounts into one simple interface. All your messages are categorized into smart views and sorted by relevance. As soon as you sign in for the first time, Inky goes to work figuring out what each message is about and determining how meaningful it is to you. Inky's unique features help you separate the important mail from all the clutter. Inky is customizable and can sort and filter by all the usual criteria as well.

Whether you have one account or five, Inky provides a new, refreshingly simple interface to check all your mail. From one click unsubscribe to package tracking, Inky's smart tools help you get things done and get on with your life.


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On Friday, social network and recruiting site LinkedIn announced via blog post that it had officially surpassed 300 million members, with 100 million members based in the U.S. alone. Acquiring roughly 100 million users since January 2013, the company noted that much of the growth in traffic has come from two areas: internationally and on mobile. LinkedIn stressed that it was on the verge of its "mobile moment," meaning that sometime in 2014, mobile use will actually surpass desktop traffic. 



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One tech-savvy criminal said: "I bought my first drone for a few hundred quid and learnt how to fly it over wasteland and fitted a wifi camera to it so I could look into people's windows.

"However, I noticed police helicopters used thermal imaging cameras to find cannabis farms because of the heat the hydroponic lights give off so I bought a second hand heat-seeking camera online and hooked it up to my Ipad."

After finding a property containing a cannabis farm the criminal and "his crew" either burgle or blatantly "tax" the victim.

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Sandwell MP Tom Watson is the chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Drones.

He said: "This is remarkable story shows the proliferation of drone technology which can be used for both good and bad.

"It is no surprise enterprising criminals would want to get the upper hand in the criminal underworld by using drones.

He added: "As a society we will be dealing with the impact of drones on our laws and regulations for years to come."

"And it is time the Government started listening about privacy concerns about the misuse of drones."

Read entire report here.


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Start-UP NY by K. Kamlet

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Ken Kamlet, Esq. Tackles Myths About STÃ…RT-UP NY



Start-up NY by K. Kamlet




JURIST - Judge upholds New York state gun law

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[JURIST] A trial judge for the Supreme Court of New York [official profile] dismissed [text] a lawsuit on Thursday challenging the state's strict gun laws. The plaintiffs, a group of gun rights activists, argued [lohud news report] that the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act of 2013 (SAFE Act) [text] infringes upon rights granted by the state constitution[text]. Judge Thomas McNamara held that the plaintiffs failed to show any right being infringed upon by the act. 



Judgment by Jon Campbell

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The Social Security Administration announced Monday it will immediately cease efforts to collect on taxpayers' debts to the government that are more than 10 years old.

The action comes after The Washington Post reported that the government is seizing state and federal tax refunds that were on their way to about 400,000 Americans who had relatives who owed money to Social Security. In many cases, the people whose refunds were intercepted had never heard of any debt and the debts dated as far back as the middle of the past century.

Read entire report here.

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Ruling on an issue of first impression for the state's high court on Friday in Commonwealth v. Heather M. Duncan, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court said that, "in appropriate circumstances, animals, like humans, should be afforded the protection of the emergency aid exception."

"In addition to promoting life-saving measures, the ability to render such assistance vindicates the legislative framework for preventing cruelty to animals, particularly the provision regulating the conditions under which dogs may be kept outside," Associate Justice Barbara Lenk wrote.

She cited precedents from California, the District of Columbia, Rhode Island, Montana and Vermont.



Read more: http://www.nationallawjournal.com/id=1202650859185/Court-OKs-Warrantless-Animal-Rescue-When-%27Appropriate%27#ixzz2ysbIO11I


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Condoleeza Rice notwithstanding, you may still want to consider alternatives to DropBox:


"...But while Dropbox and other popular cloud-storage providers are adequate for the average consumer, most services don't meet small-business needs for security, affordability, real-time collaboration, and lots of file storage. Here are some Dropbox alternatives that do. Like Dropbox, each offers an easy-to-use interface, 2GB of free storage, and drag-and-drop syncing, and any are guaranteed to be a boon to your business..."



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Heartbleed: What Lawyers and Law Firms Need to Know-Lawyerist-Aaron Street

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Aaron Street is the co-founder and Publisher of the law practice blog Lawyerist and its law firm website design business Lawyerist Sites. He works as a Program Attorney for the Minnesota State Bar Association Continuing Legal Education (Minnesota CLE), where he helps develop continuing education programs and manages Minnesota CLE's New Lawyer Initiative.


"...Yesterday, partially in response to news about the "Heartbleed" computer exploit, Sam wrote a post about the importance of lawyers understanding how the internet works. Given all the media buzz about Heartbleed, I thought it might be useful for lawyers and law firms to understand what it really means for them, without either too much techno-jargon or over-use of dumbed-down metaphor.

Read Aaron's complete article here.

Related"Encryption: Enabling Basic Client File Security"

Related"It's Time for Lawyers to Re-Think the Cloud"



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FREE Webinar: Solo and Small Firms in Uncertain Times - MyCase Blog

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Register for the MyCase free 60 minute webinar, "Solo and Small Firms in Uncertain Times," on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 11 AM PT and 2 PM ET,  featuring Mitch Kowalski, author of ABA best-seller, "Avoiding Extinction: Reimagining Legal Services for the 21st Century."
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Nuance Power PDF Advanced - Better Than Adobe Acrobat?

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Ernie Sevenson, a/k/a "Ernie the Attorney", literally wrote the book (and the blog) on Acrobat and PDF for lawyers.:

Ernie's reviews  Nuance Power PDF Advanced software (currently only available for Windows computers), which retails for $149. At one-third the price of Acrobat, many lawyers should be paying close attention to Power PDF. Read Ernie's complete review on Lawyerist.

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How To Recover a Lot of Space on Your iPhone Fast-David Pogue

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https://www.yahoo.com/tech/how-to-recover-a-lot-of-space-on-your-iphone-fast-81343508632.html

iOS 7 makes it very easy to see what's eating up your space -- and to delete the fattest culprits to make the most room with the least effort. Here's where you start: Open Settings, then tapGeneral, then Usage, then wait a minute or two for the list of apps to appear.

For clear, concise instructions with illustrations, read the rest of David Pogue's "How-to" piece.  

(I'll bet you were wondering what happened to David?)

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The Court is accepting applications for the position of a Part-Time Magistrate Judge at Plattsburgh, New York.  The position will become available upon the retirement of the Hon. Larry A. Kudrle on November 1, 2014.  The Application Package is available on the Court's Website at www.nynd.uscourts.gov.

Applications close on April 30, 2014.

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Netted: Buying Into It

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 Canopy, a new design-focused web shop, not unlike Svpply before it, is a beautifully designed pinboard where users can post the products they think are great. The big difference is that Canopy is populated solely with items currently available on Amazon.

- See more at: http://netted.net/2014/04/04/canopy/?like=Facebook#sthash.PuBvjhwA.dpuf

The first 1000 Netted readers who use the invite code "Netted" at signup can cut the line.





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JURIST - Legal News & Commentary

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Jurist has a new, slick, clean, uncluttered look for their website.

If you've never accessed Jurist:

JURIST (http://jurist.org) is a web-based legal news and real-time legal research service powered by a mostly-volunteer team of over 60 part-time law student reporters, editors and Web developers led by law professor Bernard Hibbitts at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. 

JURIST is produced as a public service for the continuing legal education of its readers and law student staffers, and uses the latest Internet technology to track important legal news stories and materials and present them rapidly, objectively and intelligibly in an accessible, ad-free format.

Check out their Twitter feed as well:   https://twitter.com/JURISTnews


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