February 2015 Archives

Lucido v Nestle Purina Petcare 02-05-2015

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Throw away your fax machine and use these apps instead | Macworld

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But honestly, how many of us actually own a fax machine? If you said yes, is it actually hooked up to a dedicated phone line? If you answered no to either one of those questions, or are looking for a way to cut back on expenses for your small business, an iOS app might work just as well.

I slogged through a metric ton of apps that claim to let you send a fax from your iPad or iPhone. The final contenders are a bit of a mixed bag: Some look right at home on iOS, but lack a few features or cost a lot. Others are in need of a redesign yet offer a solid feature set at a fraction of the price.

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Women as 'Way Pavers' in the Federal Judiciary | United States Courts

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It took nearly 140 years after the federal court system was established in 1789 before the first woman sat on a federal bench. Today, about one-third of all active Article III judges are women.

"If the first women judges were here today, they would rejoice at this achievement," Justice Ginsburg said in a 1995 speech, noting that "their examples made it less difficult for the rest of us to gain appointment or election to the judiciary." For Justice Ginsburg, these pioneer women judges were "way pavers" -- in her words, "brave and bright woman who served as judges with extraordinary devotion and distinction." In remarks published 20 years ago in the Fordham Law Review, Justice Ginsburg singled out a few of these women judges.

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How to Select a Law Firm Business Entity--Lawyerist

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by Megan Zavieh on 

If you work in a large firm, one question you never have to ask yourself is what business entity makes the most sense for your law practice. Strike out in any entrepreneurial venture, however, and this becomes a key threshold question as you set about your work.

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Your choice of business entity has many ramifications, many of which have nothing to do with ethics rules or considerations specific to lawyers. Here is what you need to begin considering when making a decision...



Alternatives to Facebook Messenger for desktop-Gizmag

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Facebook Messenger for desktop has been discontinued, but users can still connect to Facebook Chat via third-party apps

Facebook has discontinued support for its Messenger for Windows Desktop client for Facebook Chat. The move ...will mean that Facebook no longer offers a desktop instant messaging client of its own. Users can, however, still use third-party applications to connect to Facebook chat from their desktops. Gizmag takes a look at a selection of instant messaging options that can be used to connect to Facebook Chat from the desktop, some of which are recommended by Facebook itself.





4 tricks for Messages in iOS 8 | Macworld

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The standard iOS Messages app--you know, the app you use daily for trading all those text messages, photos, and videos--can do much more than you might think. Not only can you forward any text messages you receive, you can also find out when a given message was sent or received, shush an annoying group thread, and sync Messages between your iOS device and your Mac.

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Dropbox Users Can Get 100GB Free OneDrive Storage | Ubergizmo

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This latest promotion doesn't even require users to sign up. Existing Dropbox users only have to sign in with their account to obtain 100GB OneDrive storage for free. There is only one caveat, Microsoft is offering this free cloud storage for just one year.

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Towns, counties can't restrict sex offenders' homes-Pressconnects.com

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Jon Campbell, jcampbell1@gannett.com | @JonCampbellGAN11:54 p.m. EST February 17, 2015

Local governments in New York cannot restrict where registered sex offenders can live, according to a ruling Tuesday by the state's highest court.

The state Court of Appeals threw out a Nassau County law that kept all sex offenders from living within 1,000 feet of a school, arguing that the state's restrictions on those convicted of sex crimes preempt local measures.

The ruling will have statewide implications: At least 109 cities, towns and villages and 21 counties have passed local restrictions, according to the New York Civil Liberties Union, though some have been repealed or invalidated. Under New York law, only level 3 offenders and those on probation or parole are prohibited from being within 1,000 feet of school grounds or a day-care center.

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iMessage and FaceTime: Two-factor authentication - how to turn on | BGR

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In order to enable two-factor authentication on iMessage and FaceTime, you should check out Apple's handy guide and FAQ at this link and head on over to this Apple IDpage to get things started. Also important is getting and securing your Recovery Key that comes with two-factor authentication activation -- this extensive report explains what happens when this extremely sensitive piece of information is lost in case someone tries to use your Apple ID on other devices.

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Apple has taken another step toward turning iWork into a service anyone can take advantage of, similar to Google's web-based productivity suite. The company made its iWork for iCloud apps available to anyone, regardless of whether or not they have any Apple hardware, so long as they have or sign up for an Apple ID. So far, that's only available via the public iCloud Beta, but presumably if all goes well with the test that will roll out to the standard version of iCloud after that.

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Facebook Creates Digital Will Service - Google Docs

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Facebook Creates Its Own Digital Will Service


As a tax and estate planning attorney, I frequently help clients create estate plans that dictate how one's corporeal assets will be utilized post-death. When it comes to digital assets, however, planning becomes more difficult.


Does one hand a list of their secure passwords to a close friend or family member for safekeeping? But what happens when those passwords change, as they frequently do and should? What happens if there is a falling-out between the two individuals? While everyone should update their estate plan at least once a year, this does not always occur. As Claire Cain Miller phrases the question over at the Times: "One of the most haunting questions facing Web ... users is, what happens to the stuff of our digital lives after we die?"


Google previously released its own answer to this perennial question: "Inactive Account Manager." Google's Product Manager, Andreas Tuerk, states: "Not many of us like thinking about death -- especially our own. But making plans for what happens after you're gone is really important for the people you leave behind. So [we've launched] a new feature that makes it easy to tell Google what you want done with your digital assets when you die or can no longer use your account."


Facebook now follows Google's path by introducing what it terms "legacy contacts", allowing your designated contact to manage your Facebook profile after your death. Your legacy contact's powers would include the ability to respond to friend requests from individuals not previously connected with you, update your profile and cover photos, and announce a memorial service or share a special message. "The legacy contact will not be able to log in as the person who passed away or see that person's private messages."


For more information on taking advantage of this new service, head on over to Facebook's blog post for the details.



Pinni Bohm, J.D., LL.M. (Tax), is a NYC tax and estate planning attorney. He can be contacted by email.

IN RE: VILLAGE SQUARE OF PENNA - FindLaw

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Even if the proof at trial establishes that the subject property is over-assessed, a petitioner's reduction in it's assessed value is limited to what is set forth in its Article 7 Petition under RPTL 720(1).



Village Square of Penna, Inc vs Town of Colonie

NYSBA | Fastcase 2015 Programs

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Advanced Legal Research Using Fastcase 
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As a benefit of membership in NYSBA, members receive free and unlimited access to the following libraries through Fastcase:  N.Y. Court of Appeals, Appellate Division decisions, Miscellaneous decisions, N.Y. Consolidated Laws, N.Y.C.R.R., N.Y.S. Constitution, U.S. Code, 2d Circuit decisions, and Supreme Court decisions.


Advanced Legal Research Using Fastcase 
Already familiar with basic legal research? Now it's time for the master class. Fastcase CEO Ed Walters will teach you advanced legal research using Fastcase, the NYSBA's free legal research member benefit. 

This session will help you find answers that traditional legal research would miss, using 4D visual maps of results, citation analysis, and legal research safety nets like Forecite. It will cover statutory research and free mobile apps for iPhone, iPad, and Android, and how to sync these apps with your NYSBA subscription to Fastcase. 

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Newly admitted attorneys cannot receive MCLE credits for participation in CLE webcasts.

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How Lawyers Use Dropbox--Legal Productivity

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Dropbox is an online storage vault for your files that syncs with a designated folder on your computer and across mobile devices. It's increasingly popular with lawyers as the 2014 ABA Legal Technology Survey Report indicates, with 65.3% of lawyers downloading Dropbox in 2014, up from only 15.2% the prior year.

Here are stories from lawyers who use Dropbox.

Pocket

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When you see something you'd like to read, but you don't have time at the moment, put it in Pocket and read it later. This is the simple, but powerful notion behind this helpful app. Once select items are placed in Pocket, there is no need for an Internet connection - a great feature for daily commuters or others who find themselves at various times throughout the day without an Internet connection. Items (articles, videos, etc.) can be added via email, web browser, or a handful of other apps, such as Twitter, Flipboard, or Pulse. Compatible with all operating systems.


From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2015. https://www.scout.wisc.edu




The Solo Lawyer's Guide to Tax Deductions--Lawyerist

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by Steven Chung on 

Tax season is just around the corner and tax professionals will be asked numerous variations on the question "is __________ tax deductible?"

Over the years, I have heard poker chips, underwear, breast implants, and animal waste. When calculating taxable self-employment income as a solo practitioner, you are allowed to deduct a wide range of expenses from gross revenue so long as they are business related. However, there are some basic rules and limitations.

Read more about them here.


Law Office Voice Mail Tips: 5 Best Practices - Strategist

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By Mark Wilson, Esq. on February 2, 2015 8:50 AM

Even in Web 2.0 world, the telephone -- and its constant companion, voice mail -- are still with us. There are actually a lot of people out there who prefer the scintilla of human interaction the phone provides over the cold, lifeless specter of email. (Or the tantalizing fun of Snapchat.)

As with every office practice, voice mail has its own etiquette and best practices guide. Here some of the rules you should keep in mind for professional and efficient voice mail communications.


DutchCatTwelve could float as a second home-gizmag.com

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Where will you live when you retire?

This might appeal to you more than a condo (at about the same price), especially if you are still active enough to enjoy the occasional short voyage.  The interior is designed with accessibility in mind.  

DutchCatTwelve is a new yacht design from the Netherlands which according to its makers can also double as a second home. The customizable boat comes with two or three cabins, accommodating four to six guests, one or two fully equipped bathrooms, a four meter (13 ft) wide lounge deck and a bespoke kitchen. With plans to be ready for launch by June this year, the yacht will also be available in a range of power-train options.



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10 clever tips for users of Google's Chrome browser

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According to StatCounter, the most widely used browser during 2014 was Google Chrome, which promises speed, simplicity and security for its users. You can do a lot more with Chrome than just visit your favorite websites though. This article takes a look at some of its clever functionality.

See If You Qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit - YouTube

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See If Your Clients Qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit

Do your clients qualify for Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)? Learn more about this important credit by watching this new YouTube video

Watch this and other videos on the IRS YouTube Channel


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