Green Tree Servicing LLC Will Pay $63 Million to Settle FTC, CFPB Charges | Federal Trade Commission

The FTC and CFPB allege that Green Tree Servicing LLC made illegal and abusive debt collection calls to consumers, misrepresented the amounts people owed, and failed to honor loan modification agreements between consumers and their prior servicers, among other charges.

Under the proposed settlement, Green Tree will pay $48 million to affected consumers and a $15 million civil penalty. The company also will stop its alleged illegal practices, create a home preservation plan for some distressed homeowners, and take rigorous steps to ensure that it collects the correct amounts from consumers.

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The FTC and CFPB allege that Green Tree Servicing LLC made illegal and abusive debt collection calls to consumers, misrepresented the amounts people owed, and failed to honor loan modification agreements between consumers and their prior servicers, among other charges.

Under the proposed settlement, Green Tree will pay $48 million to affected consumers and a $15 million civil penalty. The company also will stop its alleged illegal practices, create a home preservation plan for some distressed homeowners, and take rigorous steps to ensure that it collects the correct amounts from consumers.

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Read FTC release here.

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Tax Information for Charities & Other Non-Profits

If you have a technical or procedural question relating to Exempt Organizations, visit the Charities and Nonprofits homepage on the IRS.govWeb site.

Other important resources:

If you have a specific question about exempt organizations, call EO Customer Account Services at 1-877-829-5500.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Finding and Hiring An Associate

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Finding and Hiring an Associate for 

Your Law Practice . . . and how to avoid a future discrimination claim

CLE Program & Networking Dinner 

Thursday, June 11, 2015 | 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

 

  | This program will also be streamed as a live webcast.

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2.0 MCLE credits (2.0 law practice management)

 

Attend in person at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP

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5:00 p.m. Networking Dinner Sponsored by the General Practice Section 

6:00 p.m. CLE Program and Live Webcast Start Time

 

Sponsored by the General Practice Section, the Law Practice Management Committee and the Committee on Continuing Legal Education of the New York State Bar Association

 

Agenda

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.  Registration, Welcome and Dinner 

Dinner sponsored by the General Practice Section

Richard A. Klass, Esq. 
Chair, General Practice Section

6:00 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.  MCLE Program and CLE Webcast
The Do’s and Don’ts of Finding and Hiring an Associate for Your Law Practice  

David B. Sarnoff, Esq.

Sarnoff Group LLC

Carolyn D. Richmond

Fox Rothschild LLP

 7:45 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  Questions and Answers

 

 

Learn More about the General Practice Section

The General Practice Section makes technology your partner to build a broad knowledge base, both substantive and procedural, on a wide variety of areas encountered by the general practitioner. This Section is also the first place you will hear about issues that affect solo and small firm lawyers, and is the way for you to channel your voice so it gets heard.

This Section draws from the best of all the NYSBA Sections, and is geared to providing members with the broad range of skills and information needed for success in these rapidly changing times.

The General Practice Listserve is the place to post questions and share experiences, solutions, and ideas. All the information you need is delivered right to your mailbox: get insight, tips and advice from practitioners from all over the state. Access to this listserve alone is worth the price of Section Admission – for dues of only $25.00 annually you too can have all of your questions answered!

 

Law Practice Management Resources

NYSBA Law Practice Management resources provide lawyers, law firm managers and legal professionals with information on practice management trends, marketing, client development, legal technology and finance. Whether you’re a solo practitioner or a managing partner at a national law firm, you’ll find law practice management resources to meet your day-to-day practice needs. Checklists, best practices, publications and continuing legal education programs provide up-to-date information and practical tips to help you better manage your law practice. Learn more at www.nysba.org/LPM.

 

 

Additional recent programs of interest, now available on demand:

 

Starting a Solo Practice in New York | 8.0 MCLE Credits including 4.0 Ethics

Basic Business Skills for Starting and Running a Successful Practice | Original Program: Thursday, May 14, 2015

Program Faculty: Cliff Ennico, Esq. | Peter Giuliani | Marian C. Rice, Esq. | Joe Rivera | Dr. Carol Schiro Greenwald | John Balestriere, Esq. | Marc Natale | John R. McCarron, Jr., Esq. | David DePietto | Carmel J. Mushin, Esq.

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Online Communications and Social Media in a Global World | 1.0 MCLE Ethics Credits 

Liability and Ethical Pitfalls for Attorneys | Original Program: Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Co-sponsored by the International Section and the Subcommittee on Non-Resident Membership

Program Faculty: David P. Atkins, Esq.

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How To Conduct Free Legal Research Using Google Scholar In 2015 (Part 1) | LLRX.com

Nicole L. Black:

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For many lawyers, Google Scholar is an incredibly appealing option since it’s free. I last wrote about Google Scholarback in 2012 and some of the features have changed, while others have been added. So that’s why I’m writing this updated two-part blog post series on Google Scholar. I’ll explain the ins and outs of using Google Scholar to conduct legal research, focusing on the basics in this post and then in next week’s post, I’ll highlight some of the more advanced features.

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Read entire article here.

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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.