Your Practice is Doing Better Than You Think-Randall Ryder

One of the toughest parts of running a solo practice is that you are own worst critic.

Chances are, you are your only critic. Living in that bubble can de difficult and downright deceptive when analyzing the financial success of your solo practice. When you find yourself wondering if your solo practice is successful, here are three things from Randall Ryder to remember. (Read further at Lawyerist)

Governor Cuomo Signs NYSAFE Act

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed into law the NY SAFE Act (Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act) that will give New York State the toughest gun laws in the nation. The legislation includes provisions to keep guns out of the hands of convicted felons and potentially dangerous mental health patients, and ban high capacity magazines and assault weapons.


Under the legislation, New York will be the first state in the nation to ban any magazine that can hold more than seven rounds and run instant background checks on all ammunition purchases at the time of sale. The legislation will allow authorities to track ammunition purchases in real time to alert law enforcement to high volume buys, and will include a statewide standard requiring recertification of pistol permits every five years. The legislation also closes a private sale loophole to ensure all gun purchases are subject to a background check, and toughens criminal penalties on those who use illegal guns.


“The new law will limit gun violence through common sense, reasonable reforms that include addressing the risks posed by mentally ill people who have access to guns and banning high capacity magazines and lethal assault weapons,” Governor Cuomo said. “This legislation is not about hunters, sportsmen, or legal owners who use their guns appropriately. It is about reducing gun violence and making New York a safer place to live. I thank leadership of both the Assembly and Senate for their action on this important legislation.”


Key provisions of the NY SAFE Act



Signing Ceremony (audio)


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Fujitsu ScanSnap iX500 Desktop Scanner for PC and Mac


Fujitsu ScanSnap iX500 Desktop Scanner for PC and Mac. (Video)

Equipped with a dual-core CPU-mounted “GI” processor, the iX500 is the next generation of desktop scanning. It performs intelligent image functions dramatically faster for blazing new scanning speed. And with a Wi-Fi connection, you can scan directly to an iOS or Android mobile device, without even turning on the computer.

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How law firms can effectively use social media to reach new clients | MyCase Blog|Nicole Black

Read Nicole Black’s short, practical, pithy article on how to use social media to get clients.

Sure, having fans on your Facebook page is wonderful, but it won’t help you get clients TODAY! If that is your goal, as it should be for any solo or small firm, the aspect of social media you want to focus on is the PPC advertising. Set up a campaign with a tight budget and that is specifically targeted. Give it a try and make social media work to your advantage!


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How I Went Completely Paperless in Two Days-lifehacker

Adam Dachis describes a system he uses for his “paperless” office.  It uses:
  • Doxie One or Doxie Go ($149-199): The Doxie One is the cheaper of the two scanners, but the Doxie Go comes with a battery so you can scan on the go. Personally, I use the Doxie Go so I can more easily scan away from my computer (and watch TV during those big scanning jobs) but either model will do the job just fine.
  • Evernote: You’ll use Evernote to store and organize your new digital paper. Download the app and sign up for an account (if you don’t have one already).
  • Eye-Fi X2 Card (Optional, $30): When you put an Eye-Fi card in Doxie, it’ll transfer scans over Wi-Fi back to your computer. While it requires a little extra setup, Doxie works much better this way. All you have to do is scan and check your computer moments later to find the file(s).
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TED Radio Hour : NPR

If you enjoy TED talks, you’ll find the TED Radio Hour most compelling. Each show is dedicated to a different theme, such as the source of happiness, crowd-sourcing innovation, power shifts, or inexplicable connections. The episodes are co-produced by NPRand TED and visitors to the site can make their way through over a dozen programs. Some of the offerings here include “Africa: The Next Chapter,” “The Future of Cities,” and “Where Ideas Come From.” The programs feature guest speakers and commentators from around the world, and could easily be used in any number of settings, including book groups, classrooms, and so on.


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FAQs About Electronic Filing ID Numbers (EFIN), Including Compromised EFINs

IRS has posted Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to help Authorized IRS e-fileProviders (Providers) understand the correct usage of Electronic Filing Identification Numbers (EFINs).  Providers must ensure that they are using their correct EFIN.

When a Provider is doing business with another Provider, you must check to see that the other Provider also has a valid EFIN.



How do I know if my EFIN has been compromised?

Check the EFIN status of your application at—Online-Tools-for-Tax-Professionals to make sure the summary of the volume of returns e-filed in the last two years matches your records. If it does not match, your EFIN may have been compromised. Call the e-help desk at 866-255-0654 (6:30 AM to 8:00 PM Central) to report a possible compromised EFIN.