New York Bar Recognizes that Virtual Lawyers May Be More Accessible to Clients – My Shingle-Carolyn Elefant

At the same time, the Opinion makes clear that “there are no virtual office exceptions” to a lawyers’ ethical responsibilities. Thus, lawyers operating a virtual office must disclose that they don’t have a physical office and must ensure that the services they provide are competently delivered. – Read more 

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Legal Loop: Another NYSBA decision on virtual law offices | NY Daily Record-Nicole Black

NYSBA Ethics Opinion 1025 (full text)

The committee then clarified its conclusion: “In whatever manner the courts resolve the statutory issues regarding virtual law offices — and we express no opinion on how they will or should resolve those issues — neither Rule 7.1(h) nor any other advertising rule imposes or defines the contours of an attorney’s office or style of practice. To the extent N.Y. State 756 and 964 opine that Rule 7.1(h) or its predecessor imposes an obligation for a physical office, they are modified. We now conclude that an attorney who is admitted to practice in New York but who is not resident in New York and who advertises his or her law practice in New York must include the address of the attorney’s principal office, which may be the Internet address of a virtual law office.”

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Microsoft’s next surprise is free Office for iPad, iPhone, and Android | The Verge

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Microsoft’s Office suite for iPad, iPhone, and Android is now free. In a surprise move, the software giant is shaking up its mobile Office strategy to keep consumers hooked to Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents. Starting today, you’ll no longer need an Office 365 subscription to edit documents or store them in the cloud. The move comes just days after Microsoft announced a strategic partnership with Dropbox to integrate the cloud storage service into Office across desktop, mobile, and the web. You can now download Office for iPad and store all your documents on Dropbox without paying Microsoft anything at all. Microsoft is also releasing a brand new iPhone app today, alongside a preview of Office for Android tablets, all with Dropbox integration.

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Chrome extension encrypts your emails, tweets and status updates-Engadget

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While you can already find ShadowCrypt on the Chrome web store or install it from its official website, it’s still being researched further by its creators from the University of California Berkeley and the University of Maryland. One of those researchers is Devdatta Akhawe (currently a security engineer at Dropbox), who says the extension’s purpose is to show how encryption methods can both be strong and compatible with popular social media websites. Seeing as the EFF has just confirmed that Facebook, Whatsapp and other similar services aren’t as secure as we’d all like, it’s nice having options like ShadowCrypt for times when you want to be extra careful.

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