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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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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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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Protect Your Clients; Protect Yourself–IRS

  Security Summit Reminder: Dangerous W-2 Phishing Scam Evolving: Targets Schools, Restaurants, Hospitals, Tribal Groups

Help spread the word to your clients: The Internal Revenue Service, state tax agencies and the tax industry recently issued an urgent alert to all employers that the Form W-2 email phishing scam has evolved beyond the corporate world and is spreading to other sectors, including school districts, tribal organizations and nonprofits. The Summit partners continue to receive reports of this scheme. 

For information on how to guard against identity theft, visit Protect Your Clients, Protect Yourself.

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Are Legal Incubators the Best Way to Start A Solo Practice? | Above the Law

By CAROLYN ELEFANT

Ever since I learned about concept of the Legal Incubator , about a decade ago, I’ve been intrigued. For those unfamiliar, legal incubators — the brainchild of ABA Legal Rebel and law professor Fred Rooney — first launched about a decade ago based on a simple but utterly ingenious concept: the incubators provide new law grads with subsidized or free office space, amenities, training and mentorship — and in exchange, these new lawyers commit to providing low-bono legal services. At the end of the program (the durations seem to vary from one to two years), the incubators unleash these now experienced lawyers out into the world to start their own practices.

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