My Health Care Wishes App-ABA

 

The My Health Care Wishes smartphone app gives individuals the ability to store and share important health care wishes. In an emergency, you’ll have immediate access to a PDF version of your advance directive.

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An example:  Your Dad is 89 and your Mom is, 91. He takes her to the hospital and she’s admitted to the ICU but he’s told he can’t make medical decisions for her even if she is incapacitated. She’s his wife and he’s her proxy. What’s this about? He brought the wrong form with him! He brought the Power of Attorney document (POA) that only applies to financial & legal decisions. The Durable Health Care Power of Attorney (HCPOA) is what he needs but it’s at home and no one else is there. He has a cell phone, calls you, his daughter. You have what he needs securely stored on your Smartphone –the document showing your Dad as primary proxy. A click and the correct document is emailed, and your Dad losing little time tells doctors what his wife of 65 years wants.

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Read entire article describing app here.

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The Pro version is US $3.99.  The Lite version is Free.  Check the App store to compare.

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Appellate Divisions Announce New Requirements for Retainer Agreements

 

All four of the Appellate Divisions recently adopted a new rule governing contingent fees in claims and actions for personal injury and wrongful death. The new rule is mandatory. The rules for the respective Appellate Divisions are: First Judicial Department (22 N.Y.C.R.R. Section 603.7[e]); Second Judicial Department (22 N.Y.C.R.R. Section 691.20[e]); Third Judicial Department (22 N.Y.C.R.R. Section 806.13[c]); and Fourth Judicial Department (22 N.Y.C.R.R. Section 1022.31[c]). Lawyers should be aware that the language varies slightly among the different Judicial Departments. Please note, these changes do NOT apply to medical malpractice cases, which are NOT subject to the new rules and must be handled in accordance with NYS Judiciary Law 474-a.

 

 

Indictment against Rep. Michael Grimm

Published by The Washington Post Indictment against Rep. Michael G. Grimm (R-N.Y.) connected to a restaurant business he operated before entering Congress in 2011.

Indictment against Rep. Michael Grimm by The Washington Post

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Review: Monster Outlets To Go Power Strip — compact power strip with four outlets – iPhone J.D.

 

Jeff Richardson:  I often have trouble finding enough outlets when I travel.  Hotel rooms will frustratingly only provide a single wall outlet near a desk, with one of the two outlets already occupied by the desk lamp.  It is starting to become easier to find power outlets in airports, but you can still often find only a single outlet available for your use.  One solution is to use a power strip, but those are typically too large to take with you with you travel.  The Outlets To Go Power Strip from Monster seeks to provide a solution for travelers, and after seeing Tampa attorney Katie Floyd call it her favorite travel accessory, I purchased one from Amazon before I headed to Chicago for ABA TECHSHOW last month.  I have since used it on several business trips.  It has worked well for me and I can recommend it.

The device features two outlets on each side that are spaced far enough apart that you should not have a problem with even larger power adapters.  If you are plugging in three of four devices at once it can be a little awkward to have things plugged in on both sides, but it works, and designing the power strip this way keeps it as small as possible.

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Read Jeff’s entire review of this useful accessory, with photos.

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Click here to get Outlets To Go Power Strip from Amazon ($9.49).

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U.S. advises avoiding Internet Explorer until bug fixed

 

BOSTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security advised computer users to consider using alternatives to Microsoft Corp‘s Internet Explorer browser until the company fixes a security flaw that hackers have used to launch attacks.

The bug is the first high-profile security flaw to emerge since Microsoft stopped providing security updates for Windows XP earlier this month. That means PCs running the 13-year old operating system could remain unprotected against hackers seeking to exploit the newly uncovered flaw, even after Microsoft figures out how to defend against it.

The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team, a part of Homeland Security known as US-CERT, said in an advisory released on Monday morning that the vulnerability in versions 6 to 11 of Internet Explorer could lead to “the complete compromise” of an affected system.

Read entire Findlaw report here.

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COPPA Act Prevents Cortana From Being Used By Those Under 13-Ubergizmo

 

The other day we reported that those who installed Windows Phone 8.1 Developer Previewand had Cortana up and running encountered a strange error. It seems that if there was a Microsoft account linked to their phone that had a user under the age of 13, Cortana would spit out an error message that basically would not let the user proceed to use its functions.

Microsoft did not make any mention of why that is, but as it turns out, it seems that there are some features of Cortana right now that makes it fall under the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. Basically what this means is that children under the age of 13 aren’t allowed to use Cortana or its features.

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Read entire Ubergizmo report by Tyler Lee.

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How to Offer Subscription Fees-Lawyerist

 

Flat fees have become nearly synonymous with alternative billing, but they are not the only alternative to the billable hour. Subscription fees can also be a great fit for legal services, depending on your practice area and whether your clients have ongoing legal needs. Recurring fees are revenue you can count on, and clients who sign up for a subscription can become your best, longest-lasting clients.

Find out how here.

 

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