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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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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“Encryption: Enabling Basic Client File Security”

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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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How to use funeral planning to become eligible for Medicaid – New York Health Access

How to use funeral planning to become eligible for Medicaid

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Posted: 23 Apr, 2009
by David Silva (New York Legal Assistance Group)
Updated: 23 Apr, 2009
by David Silva (New York Legal Assistance Group)

One common reason why people are ineligible for Medicaid or SSI is if their assets are over the limit.  Rather than give money away to make yourself eligible, it is better to find ways either to spend the money or convert it into an exempt form.  One way to do this is through funeral arrangements.

 

For both Medicaid and SSI, certain types of funeral arrangements – including burial funds, pre-paid funeral agreements, and burial plots – are exempt from consideration as assets.  In this way, an applicant can reduce their countable assets while also ensuring that their wishes about their funeral are respected.

This memo from Selfhelp explains how these plans work.

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IRS Warns of New Email Phishing Scheme Falsely Claiming to be from the Taxpayer Advocate Service

The IRS today warned consumers to be on the lookout for a new email phishing scam. The emails appear to be from the IRS Taxpayer Advocate Service and include a bogus case number. Taxpayers who get these messages should not respond to the email or click on the links. Instead, they should forward the scam emails to the IRS at phishing@irs.gov.

 

 

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Fed Courts App– iTunes

 
This app contains the full text of all of the federal rules of procedure and the local rules for every federal court in the country – including district, bankruptcy, and appellate courts. Provides access to PACER, the address of every district, bankruptcy, and appellate court in the United States, and using GPS obtain turn-by-turn directions to any federal courthouse in the country.

Best of all no subscription or in app purchase is required. The app is $2.99 US. Ready access to the rules is a crucial part of the legal profession, so don’t be caught without them and download this app today.

In addition to all local rules of every federal court in the United States, the following rules of procedure are included:

Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure;
Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure;
Federal Rules of Civil Procedure;
Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure; and
Federal Rules of Evidence.

Federal Courts App

Apple:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/fed-courts/id550673161?mt=8

Android:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.federalcourts

6 Legal Technologies That Should Be Obsolete-Lawyerist

Sam Glover:   Legal innovation is a popular topic this month, but it’s worth noting that most law offices are still weighed down by obsolete technology – or technology that ought to be obsolete, at least. Sure, we don’t use quills or mimeographs anymore, but there is a pretty good chance you still have a fax machine taking up space in your office.

Here are 5 legal technologies you can – and should — get rid of, and what to use instead.

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