The IRS Office of Professional Responsibility: What You Need to Know about Practicing before the IRS (rebroadcast) – Wednesday, June 13

This free two-hour broadcast is for tax professionals and covers:

  • Changes to the regulations governing tax practice before the IRS (Circular 230 Rev. 6/2014)
  • Due Diligence obligations of tax professionals
  • Overview of other key Circular 230 provisions
  • Practitioner responsibilities to their clients and the Tax Administration System
  • Best practices for tax professionals
  • Office of Professional Responsibility Policies and Procedures

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Legislature Rejects Cuomo’s Proposal That Judges Certify They Work 8-Hour Days | New York Law Journal

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ALBANY –  The New York state Senate and Assembly rejected Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal mandating that judges work eight-hour days.

State Sen. John Bonacic, an Orange County Republican who chairs the chamber’s Judiciary committee, told the New York Law Journal that Cuomo’s proposal to have judges certify that their courtrooms stay open until 5 p.m. is a “diss” to all the judges.

“These are professional people, we shouldn’t treat them like schoolkids,” Bonacic said in an interview. “Their jobs are not easy, and we aren’t prepared to demean them in any way from the important work they do.”

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Secret NYPD Files: Officers Who Lie And Brutally Beat People Can Keep Their Jobs–Buzzfeed

Internal NYPD files show that hundreds of officers who committed the most serious offenses — from lying to grand juries to physically attacking innocent people — got to keep their jobs, their pensions, and their tremendous power over New Yorkers’ lives.

Avvo to be acquired by Internet Brands, parent of WebMD and Martindale-Hubbell, in major exit for Seattle-based legal marketplace – GeekWire

Seattle-based Avvo, which runs an online legal directory, marketplace and reviews site, has entered into an agreement to be acquired by Internet Brands, a large holding company whose portfolio includes companies such as eDoctors, CarsDirect Connect and WebMD.

Internet Brands is especially strong in the legal arena, holding interests in Lawyers.com, AllLaw.com, Martindale-Hubbell and Nolo. That strength played a big role in the company’s decision to be acquired.

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Judiciary Open During Government Shutdown | United States Courts

Despite a government shutdown, the federal Judiciary will remain open and can continue operations for approximately three weeks, through February 9, by using court fee balances and other funds not dependent on a new appropriation.

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Court (WDNY) Declares a Settlement Week to Clear Old Caseload | United States Courts

The Western District Court of New York is one of the most congested courts in the country, receiving over 3,000 filings annually with individual judges’ caseloads at nearly 800. To reduce a long backlog of unresolved lawsuits, Chief Judge Frank P. Geraci, Jr., revived a mediation strategy not used by the court since 1995: a settlement week.

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Erie County clerk rolls out program to alert communities to foreclosures – The Buffalo News

Courtesy of:
Harry G. Meyer, Esq.
Docent and Lecturer
Western New York History and Architecture
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Erie County Clerk Michael P. Kearns has come up with a new initiative to combat two of the biggest problems that contribute to “zombie homes” — homes that have been abandoned by owners during the lengthy foreclosure process but have not been been taken over by banks.

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Kearns’ program will enable cities, towns and villages to have direct access to Erie County Clerk’s Office databases showing all new foreclosure actions in their communities since the start of January.

The information will not only include property addresses, but the name of the bank foreclosing on the property, and the name of the lawyer handling the legal process. That information will allow communities to take action early to keep properties from turning into “zombies,” he said.

“This is not being done anywhere else in New York State,” he said.

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