Social Security stops trying to collect on old taxpayer debts – The Washington Post

 

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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Court OKs Warrantless Animal Rescue When ‘Appropriate’ | National Law Journal

 

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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Four excellent Dropbox alternatives for your small-business storage needs | PCWorld

 

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

Sarah Jacobsson Purewal

@geeklil

“…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…”

See four alternatives here.

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

 

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.

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

 

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?

 

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

 

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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