60 Tips in 60 Minutes focuses on increasing productivity for work and life–ABA Journal

BY VICTOR LI

The always-popular ABA Techshow closing session, 60 in 60, has taken on several iterations over the years: websites (“60 Sites in 60 Minutes”), general tech tips (“60 Tips in 60 Minutes”) and a hodgepodge of things (“60 Tips, Tricks, Gizmos, Gadgets and Sites in 60 Minutes”).

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Trump budget eliminates Legal Services Corp. funding

BY DEBRA CASSENS WEISS

President Donald Trump’s 2018 budget eliminates funding for the Legal Services Corp. In his first budget proposal released Thursday, Trump is cutting discretionary spending to pay for an increase in defense spending and the wall on the Mexican border, the Washington Post reports. 

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Fujitsu ScanSnap iX500 Desktop Document Scanner Review (2017 Update)

By Sam Glover on March 9th, 2017

The Fujitsu ScanSnap iX500 is a bit over four years old, which means people are starting to wonder if they should still buy one. My answer is yes, although it’s likely Fujitsu will update the iX500 soon.1

Since the iX500 was released, Fujitsu added wireless scanning, then ScanSnap Cloud, and I have updated this review for 2017, including information about the various ways you can scan with those options.

The bottom line: the ScanSnap iX500 has gotten better over time, and it remains an excellent value. If you need a document scanner, this is still the one you should get, and it remains at the top of our top picks for scanners

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Hawaii travel ban ruling

A federal judge in Hawaii placed a temporary restraining order on Trump’s new travel ban:

Digital Privacy at the U.S Border: A New How-To Guide from EFF | Electronic Frontier Foundation

Contact: 

Sophia Cope

Staff Attorney

sophia@eff.org

Adam Schwartz

Senior Staff Attorney

adam@eff.org

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“The border is not a Constitution-free zone, but sometimes the rules are less protective of travelers and some border agents can be aggressive,” said EFF Senior Staff Attorney Adam Schwartz. “That can put unprepared travelers in a no-win dilemma at the U.S. border. We need clearer legal protections for everyone, but in the meantime, our report and pocket guides aim to put more power back into the hands of travelers.”

For “Digital Privacy at the U.S. Border”:

https://www.eff.org/wp/digital-privacy-us-border-2017

For EFF’s pocket guide:

https://www.eff.org/document/eff-border-search-pocket-guide

For EFF’s summary of your constitutional rights:

https://www.eff.org/document/digital-privacy-us-border

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iPad Diaries: Apple Pencil, Notability, and the Joy of Note-Taking – MacStories

BY FEDERICO VITICCI

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After a few days of research on the App Store that led me to testing (again) a variety of note-taking apps, I’ve settled on Notability – at least for now. This app has been around a long time, and it met my requirements for a smart notebook that can embed multiple data types on individual pages. Notability lets you handwrite text with a Pencil, type text boxes with the keyboard, draw lines of varying thickness and colors, and even cut and paste entire blocks of content between pages. I’m still open to ideas for other Pencil-based note-taking apps to try on the iPad Pro, but, compared to Noteshelf and GoodNotes (two popular contenders), I prefer the ink engine1 and palm rejection of Notability.

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New IRS Discharge of Estate Tax Lien Procedure | Law.com

BY DONALD A. HAMBURG AND DANIEL B. AXMAN

As of June 1, 2016, and without any warning, the IRS radically changed the procedure to obtain a Discharge. The new procedure is described in detail in this article.

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If a decedent’s gross estate is below the filing threshold (currently $5.45 million), no Discharge is necessary. In those cases where a title company requires a Discharge to close an estate sale, the IRS will issue a Letter (Letter 1352) stating that no estate tax is due and the estate is not subject to a lien. The executors simply file Form 4422 in order to obtain this Letter.

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