Warrant Required for Cell-Tower Tracking Data, Supreme Court Rules – CourtSide

By Christopher Coble, Esq.

Today (June 22, 2018), the Court ruled that police must obtain a warrant to get a phone’s location information from cell towers, in certain circumstances. But not every justice agreed with the majority.

You can see the full opinion below:

Carpenter v United States by FindLaw on Scribd

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Tax reform allows people with disabilities to put more money into ABLE accounts, expands eligibility for Saver’s Credit | Internal Revenue Service

If you have clients with disabilities, they can now put more money into their tax-favored Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) accounts. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act enables eligible individuals with disabilities to put more money into their ABLE accounts, qualify for the Saver’s Credit in many cases and roll money from their 529 plans into their ABLE accounts.

For more information about ABLE accounts and the tax reform changes, visit IRS.gov/taxreform.

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NY Sues to Dismantle Trump’s Charitable Foundation – FindLaw

By William Vogeler, Esq.

New York’s attorney general says President Trump used his charitable foundation like it was his personal checkbook, including $10,000 he paid from the foundation for a painting of himself.

In People of the State of New York v. Trump, the state alleges Trump wrote a check for $100,000 to settle a zoning dispute for his Mar-a-Lago club. The attorney general is suing to recover $2.8 million in restitution and fines for years of illegal transactions.

The Trump Organization denies the allegations, but one thing seems clear. There was no collusion because Trump signed all the checks himself.


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Verizon now has three ‘unlimited’ plans, and none of them are | 9to5Mac

Not content with offering one ‘unlimited’ plan which isn’t, and a second ‘beyond unlimited’ plan which also isn’t, Verizon has now decided the solution to this is a third plan. The latest addition is called ‘above unlimited’ and, you guessed it, it’s not …

Where taxpayers can get help any time of the year | Internal Revenue Service

While the federal income tax-filing deadline has ended, some of your clients may still need assistance. Several IRS resources are available year-round:

  • IRS.gov. You can find helpful information by clicking on “Help” at the top of the home page to access several online tools, obtain answers to tax questions with the Interactive Tax Assistant and the IRS Tax Map, and choose ‘Where’s My Refund?’ to check the status of your client’s refund.
  • Taxpayer Advocate ServiceTAS can help any of your clients experiencing economic harm, who are seeking help in resolving tax problems, or who believe that an IRS procedure is not working as it should. Contact TAS at 1-877-777-4778.
  • Low Income Taxpayer Clinics. The LITCsprovide professional representation to individuals who need to resolve tax problems.
  • Multimedia Center. A number of YouTube videos are available on a variety of topics in either EnglishSpanish or American Sign Language. IRS podcasts are also available in English and Spanish.
  • Twitter@IRSnews provides tax-related announcements and tips. @IRStaxprostweets news and guidance for tax professionals. Tweets from @IRSenEspanolhave news and information in Spanish.
  • The Taxpayer Advocate Service sends tweets from @YourVoiceAtIRS.

For more information, visit https://go.usa.gov/xQHcZ.

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State Police DNA testing under scrutiny – Times Union

By Brendan J. Lyons

ALBANY — The New York State Police crime lab is analyzing DNA evidence using controversial techniques that have been characterized as junk science and led to shakeups at other labs around the country. A Times Union examination of records documenting the practices of the State Police’s Forensic Investigations Center also found the lab may be manipulating DNA analysis to match samples to known suspects in crimes, and that a national accreditation organization removed details of that allegation from an audit that was released in February.

Solo/Small Firm Solution Room–GP Section–FREE Program for Section Members

GP Section members in the Capital Region:


The NYSBA General Practice Section is hosting a program for solo and small firm attorneys as follows:


Date:    Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Time:    5:30-7:30pm – Registration and light dinner at 5pm

Place:   New York State Bar Center | 1 Elk Street, Albany, NY


The event is free to General Practice Section members ($0 GP Section members / $15 NYSBA members / $30 non-members), but pre-registration is required.


The concept is simple: Lawyers talking to lawyers, about the real issues of solo and small firm practice. A facilitated format (The Solution Room) keeps discussion focused and lively, while attendees with a range of experience levels have opportunity to both give and receive advice on professional challenges. The Solution Room format has been used successfully in a range of professions on multiple continents to engage professionals in productive peer-to-peer discussion. The program will be facilitated by Adrian Segar of Conferences That Work in Marlboro, VT. For more details, see www.nysba.org/SoloSR18.


To register:

Register online at www.nysba.org/SoloSR18


Or GP Section members may RSVP via email to generalpractice@nysba.org. Please indicate your approximate length of time in solo/small firm practice, whether (a) 6 months-5 years (b) 6-10 years (c) 11-15 years, (d) 16-20 years, or (e) 20 years+.


And tell a friend!