Benitez v United Home of N.Y. LLC

2015_30794 by Leonard E Sienko Jr

Decision of Interest – Professional Responsibility – Bank awarded summary judgment on liability against closing attorneys who failed to disclose subject premises did not have certificate of occupancy

Report Foreign Financial Account(s) by June 30

If you have a client with one or more foreign bank or financial accounts exceeding $10,000 in value, you must file a Report of Foreign Bank Account(s) (FBAR) by June 30. Reports must be filed electronically through the BSA E-Filing System using FinCEN Report 114. 

For e-filing questions or help, call the BSA E-Filing Help Desk at 866-346-9478 or e-mail BSAEFilingHelp@fincen.gov.  

For more information, see the FBAR Reference Guide on IRS.gov.

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The “Indestructible” ioSafe SoloPro and Rugged Portable External Hard Drives–Sam Glover

by Sam Glover

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Reviewing an external hard drive is not generally very interesting. The best ones are no-frills, empty drives. Since you cannot test long-term reliability in the short term, the feature that matters most is effectively un-testable.

The ioSafe drives are good external hard drives. They come in attractive packages for reasonable prices (about $250 for the 1TB SoloPro, and $160 for the 500GB Rugged Portable), and have plenty of space for backing up your client files. They also leave out the crapware that tends to come with external hard drives.

Ending the review there, however, would utterly fail to do justice to the ioSafe drives. Unlike a regular drive, these are built to protect your data from the kind of abuse that would turn a regular drive into a pile of particles.

Here is a closer look at the first drives you might be able to trust with your most-important data–without a secondary backup.

IoSafe master 020107 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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UPDATE–Sam Glover:  I don’t think you’ll be sorry if you get the ioSafe Solo G3.

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UPDATE–Sam Glover: If you just want a solid backup drive and you don’t want to pay a lot for it, get the WD Elements 2TB portable drive. It’s nothing fancy, just a 2-terabyte external hard drive about the size of a pocket Moleskine notebook. And since it gets all the power it needs from your computer’s USB port, you only need the one short cable (which is included). Everything about it — including the price — make it a near-perfect basic backup solution.

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Family Lawyers’ Top Software Picks – Family Lawyer Magazine

Family law attorneys need the same kinds of practice and case management software as their colleagues working in other areas of the law, but they also have unique needs, such as: performing calculations regarding child and spousal support payments, calculating the tax implications of property division, and creating/tracking child custody arrangements, to name just a few. Whether it be filtering your document for run-on sentences, simplifying child custody and visitation, or managing your practice’s billable hours, there’s likely to be software or an app to help improve your productivity and better serve your clients. We reached out to judges and family lawyers for a sampling of products they thought were integral to their daily practice of family law; here’s what some of them had to say.

Worker fired for disabling GPS app that tracked her 24 hours a day [Updated] | Ars Technica

by  David Kravets –  May 11, 2015 

A Central California woman claims she was fired after uninstalling an app that her employer required her to run constantly on her company issued iPhone–an app that tracked her every move 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Plaintiff Myrna Arias, a former Bakersfield sales executive for money transfer service Intermex, claims in a state court lawsuit that her boss, John Stubits, fired her shortly after she uninstalled the job-management Xora app that she and her colleagues were required to use. According to her suit (PDF) in Kern County Superior Court:

Read more here.

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Legal Loop: A week with the apple watch: first impressions | NY Daily Record

By: Nicole Black  May 8, 2015 

I’ve had my Apple Watch for a little over a week now. I bought the lowest priced Apple Sport Watch with a white band and I’ve worn it daily. I’ve had a chance to use many of its current functions and figured I’d share my first impressions with you now and then revisit the topic in a month or so once I’ve had a chance to travel with my watch — because I expect its features and apps will be particularly useful while traveling.

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In my opinion, Apple Watch the gateway drug to wearables and in a few years, people will be wearing smart glasses, contacts and more. As a society we’re just not ready for that yet. But Apple Watch is a good bridge to that future.

Read more: http://nydailyrecord.com/blog/2015/05/08/legal-loop-a-week-with-the-apple-watch-first-impressions/#ixzz3ZreeX6Xt

Drone Vandalism Is Now A Thing-Gizmodo.com

KATSU Drone Drawing 2015 on Kendall Jenner

Chris Mills:
By this point, drones have been co-opted into most human activities: proposalsreligion, and yep, porn

As of Wednesday morning, you can also add vandalising a gigantic NYC billboard to that list.

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Editor:

There are going tho be even more legal issues with increasing drone use.  I foresee an area of practice developing.  

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