Benitez v United Home of N.Y. LLC

2015_30794 by Leonard E Sienko Jr

Decision of Interest – Professional Responsibility – Bank awarded summary judgment on liability against closing attorneys who failed to disclose subject premises did not have certificate of occupancy

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.

Fwd: NYS Form RP-5217–Your Comments Sought

Begin forwarded message:

From: “Wilson, Mark” <MWilson@NYSBA.ORG>

Sent: Tuesday, April 28, 2015 5:08 PM

Subject: NYS Form RP-5217

 

Good Afternoon, 

 

I am writing to county bar leaders and directors for input regarding New York State form RP-5217 Equalization & Assessment forms for real property deed transfers.

 

Concerns regarding the form originated with Kevin Allen, President of the Orleans County Bar Association, who noted that quite a few solo and small-firm practitioners were having issues with county clerks not accepting modified Form RP-5217. 

 

The RP-5217-PDF Real Property Transfer Report in NYS was originally a four-page carbon-copy form available at the County Clerk’s office and required for recording any deed. In 2013 the form became a one-part downloadable barcoded pdf form used to document the information associated with real property transfers for approved counties within New York State. An original RP-5217-PDF form must still accompany all deeds and correction deeds upon filing. Here is information about the RP-5217, where instructions note no handwritten changes.

 

The problem noted by the Orleans County Bar is that certain counties are not accepting modified forms: For example, if the phone number is crossed out, the clerk rejects the filing. 

 

Because the new form is bar coded, the new signed form would be required and the deed cannot be recorded. Only the date of closing can be filled in or handwritten in for certain counties. For closings where the buyer or seller may not be local, or if a senior citizen has to come in and sign and resign this causes inconveniences, especially for solos if the form has to be redone online each time there is a change – both buyer and seller sign this form.

 

The Orleans County Bar is concerned with the inconsistency among counties and the practice management issues with rekeying the form each time there is a change because of the bar code. It appears certain counties take modified forms without issue while others are rejecting it outright. It was noted that middle initials being added triggers the form to be rejected. 

 

If your association members have had similar inconsistencies filing Form 5217 with your County Clerk, please let me know. We want to chronicle the concerns of all bar associations regarding this issue. 

 

Thank you and with best regards,

 

Mark Wilson  Manager of Bar Services

New York State Bar Association

One Elk Street, Albany, NY 12207

 

direct/fax518.487.5540 |  main518.463.3200 | email:  mwilson@nysba.org | www.nysba.org

Launching Today (4/14/15): A Cloud Platform for Bankruptcy Attorneys – Robert Ambrogi’s LawSites

Launching today (April 14, 2015) is NextChapter, a cloud platform for bankruptcy attorneys designed to help them prepare, manage and electronically file bankruptcy cases. Its founder says it is like TurboTax for bankruptcy cases, in that it uses guided forms to help attorneys move through the preparation of bankruptcy documents.

It is the first true cloud-based bankruptcy platform for legal professionals that works on all desktop and mobile devices, the company’s founder says. Another bankruptcy platform, CINcompass, is accessed through the cloud, but because it is built using Microsoft Silverlight, it can be accessed only on Windows-based tablets, not on iOS or Android devices.

It is also offering a unique pricing model. Users pay only when they file a case. There is no charge to start using the site to create petitions or load client information. Only when you actually file the case do you pay a fee of $59.

More frequent users can opt for one of two monthly subscription plans. For $149 a month, you get up to 24 filings, and for $699 a month, you get unlimited filings.

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One important feature that is not yet operational is electronic CM/ECF filing. That will be in place within 60 days, by June 15, the company says. In the interim, attorneys can use the site to prepare petitions to file after June 15 or they can download the petitions they prepare and file them manually.

Read entire article by Bob Ambrogi at the first link below:

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Next Version of Lexis for Microsoft Office: New Integrations and Features – Robert Ambrogi’s LawSites

Robert Ambrogi:

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“…LexisNexis Legal & Professional will announce a new, enhanced version of Lexis for Microsoft Office, an application that provides direct access to Lexis research and citation tools and Web search tools from directly within Microsoft Word and Outlook.

The most significant of several new features in this release is integration with Lexis Search Advantage, which enhances search capabilities across a firm’s internal document management collection, incorporating Shepard‘s Signal Indicators and embedded links to citations in a firm’s internal documents. From within Word and Outlook, users can perform a single search across internal firm content, external content in Lexis Advance, and the open Web, or narrow the search to any of those types of content.

This new version 4.9 of Lexis for Microsoft Office also adds the ability to directly download into CaseMap, the Lexis case analysis litigation software. Users can choose to have documents delivered in a format compatible with CaseMap, so that they can be incorporated into case planning and assessment….”

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