Legal Content: Easy-to-Use Advanced Pre-Configuration

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Automated Legal Content

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The legal technology industry often focuses on providing accounting solutions for small law firms, rather than on creating advanced pre-configured and automated content that is the key to managing matters electronically. However, there are legal practice management software systems, such as LEAP, that prioritize content.

The term “content” has been largely undefined within the legal tech industry. It is commonly mistaken as a term synonymous with automated forms. However, content encompasses more than automated forms. In fact, content provides the foundation on which matter types are built and includes the templates and forms that lay at the core of matters. Additionally, content permits the selection of pre-configured matter types from various areas of law. These preconfigured matter types are specific to the area of law of the matter that an attorney is working on. For each matter type, there are input screens that are germane to the requirements of a matter. These input screens act as a checklist for the information needed. The checklist enables the essential information to be auto-populated across multiple forms and templates within seconds. By entering key details into the input screens once, they can then be used throughout the life of the matter—for letters, forms and time-recording.

Legal tech companies that emphasize content often allocate resources to have a skilled team with legal backgrounds. The team is devoted solely to conducting research to build intuitive software that automates information into multiple forms. Dedicated content teams also provide a comprehensive library of up-to-date forms. The library often includes an inclusive collection of forms that spans across all common areas of law and states. To keep forms in their latest versions, content teams forge close relationships with court authorities, so they can be informed of changes before they are enacted. Additionally, most content teams have automated systems in place that scan websites for any updates made to forms. Small law firms can now have access to their own archive of forms, with even the most complex forms at their fingertips.

On-the-spot automation is also made possible with content. Every form has been automated to work with the data recorded in the matter type input screens. In legal management software systems that are content-driven, lengthy forms such as, divorce financials, Client Information Statement (CIS) and Closing Disclosure Form have been automated to work with the data recorded in the matter type input screens. For the CIS, the gross income, deductions and net income, there are no manual calculations. Instead, the behind-the-scenes content team, which acts like a back-end staff, accurately completes these calculations and automates them throughout the forms. Small law firms are saved from manually re-entering the information more than once and can now practice smarter.

Learn how content can turn lost time into billable hours.

Freelance Isn’t Free

Author: William Cafaro

Important New Rights for Freelancers in NYC

  “Freelance Isn’t Free” Bill Passes in NYC, What Does it Mean?

New York City Passes Freelancer Wage Protection Law

The new law covers individuals who provide services, and is only available in the City of New York:

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What Does This New Law Mean for Me, as a Freelancer?

It basically gives you the same state law labor rights as employees have. This is HUGE.  It gives you the right to double damages  – $2,000.00 for every $1,000.00 of the agreed price of the work.

If you win, the company will have to pay you a 100% penalty, plus your attorneys’ fees and your court costs.

Why will it be different now?

What if the company never gave me anything in writing saying how much I’d be paid?

What Practical Difference Will this new “ Freelance Isn’t Free” law mean to me?

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Now, a lot of companies just aren’t paying you because you have so few legal rights, and they’re just not worried about you suing them. Until this law was passed, most lawyers were not willing to do these cases for a percentage of what they got for you at the end (this is called a “contingency fee”, explained above); they wanted you to pay their legal bills by the hour up front, which you couldn’t afford to do. THIS CHANGES ALL THAT.

If I was hired to do the job by a single individual, as opposed to a company, will this law apply?

Yes, it will.

I consider myself a Freelancer, but how do I know if I can use this new law?

When is this law going into effect?

On May 16, 2017. It will only apply to contracts entered into on or after the effective date

“If you are one of the bottom 99% of the workforce and find yourself at the mercy of the 1%, who own and manage businesses, it is our law firm’s mission to represent you and protect your legal rights. We understand how easy it is for the powerful to take advantage of the little guy. When you need legal help to resolve a troubling employment issue, we are here for you. We are experienced trial lawyers who take pride in fighting for our clients.”  ~ Bill Cafaro

Where can I find the new law?

New York City Passes Freelancer Wage Protection Law: “Freelance Isn’t Free” Here’s the link

 

Why We Favor Diversity in the Workplace

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Author:Sackstein Sackstein & Lee, LLP
Today, if you live or work in New York City or the metro area, you hear alot about diversity in the workplace and how it is good for businesses. At Sackstein Sackstein & Lee, LLP, we take pride in our diversity. We offer legal services in a variety of languages, including English, Spanish, Korean, Chinese, Greek, Bengali, Urdu, Bangladeshi and Hindi. As our diverse staff members work side-by-side, you’ll see various ethnic groups and races, including African American, Asian, Hispanic and Caucasian.

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The Advantages of Diversity in Business

Companies with diverse staff members are more innovative, productive, better at solving issues and can reach a wider client base. All of these factors are good for businesses.

Resolving Issues

According to The New York Times, studies showed that when a diverse group of people interacted with each other, their answers to analytical questions were more accurate than homogenous groups. In fact, diverse groups had a 58 percent greater accuracy.

Another study put people of different races in a group and had them solve murder mysteries. Again, the diverse group performed significantly better.

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“I believe our firm’s diversity is a great asset for clients who choose us to represent them in personal injury claims. They have a notable advantage when we seek to obtain fair and just case awards on their behalves.”  Mark H. Sackstein

 

 

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Innovation and Production

Researchers compared banks with and without racial diversity. Studies showed that 177 U.S. banks with diversity had greater financial performance. Bank presidents emphasized innovation when the company was diverse.

In another study, Stanford University researchers had groups discuss social issues, such as child labor and the death penalty. The researchers wrote dissenting opinions and had both African American and Caucasian students deliver the opinion to the groups. Even though students delivered the same dissenting perspective, when an African American presented the perspective to a group of Caucasians, the opinion seemed more novel and led to broader consideration of alternatives.

Various studies concluded that people work harder in diverse environments both socially and cognitively. While they may feel challenged when working through barriers, their hard work leads to better outcomes.

Broader Customer Bases

Because our staff at Sackstein Sackstein & Lee, LLP speaks a variety of languages, we can reach a broader client base than firms where language is limited to English.

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Sackstein, Sackstein & Lee, LLP focuses its practice primarily on personal injury cases.

 

LEAP – Automate Legal Forms

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How to Innovate and Beat the Competition

Although attorneys have traditionally been opposed to change, recent innovations in technology and a heightened sense of competition has forced innovation. Many law firms have increasingly started searching for a solution to spending hours and money on mind-numbing tasks.legal software

Discover the Benefits of Automated Legal Forms

One way in which law firms are discovering the opportunity to have shorter work days and enhance profitability is by automating practice management tasks. The power of automation offers limitless benefits, including filling out a court form within minutes. With automation, there is little to no data entered manually into the forms. Overall, automation allows for a seamless experience, saving time, reducing typographical errors and lessening the workload. LEAP, legal practice management system, offers automated forms and templates that make document production simple.

Enter Data Once and Merge Automatically

With automation, you only need to enter information once to produce multiple documents. Forms are now generated quickly as key data is merged directly from the electronic matters, which are also stored safely and organized within the practice management system. Thousands of mergeable fields allow you to merged data automatically, making the creation of legal forms effortless. The entire process of producing forms from the initial step of locating the legal form to entering the information requires only one simple system. Because you do not have to venture outside the software to find forms or client facts, production of legal forms happens in real time.

Optimize Support Staff

The modern-day attorney who uses the latest technology can click on the legal form he or she needs and automate it within seconds. There is no need to pay support staff to re-key information into separate forms. Automation makes support staff nonessential and even extraneous. The idea of  back office staff becoming obsolete elicits the fear of job loss. However, there shouldn’t be opposition to automation due to the potential job losses that it could cause. In fact, automation doesn’t have to cut jobs, it can give support staff a green light to become useful in other areas within your practice.

Learn how automation can help your firm make more money.

Hiring a Workers’ Compensation Attorney

Hiring a Workers’ Compensation Attorney

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If you have been injured at work and you need to file a workers’ compensation claim, here are some basic questions to ask to ensure you get the representation you need:Read More

Hiring a Workers’ Compensation Attorney

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At Pyrros & Serres LLP, we provide comprehensive counsel to people with workers’ compensation and Social Security disability claims in Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and across the greater New York City metropolitan area. Because of our reputation for effective advocacy, many of our new clients come to us as referrals from clients and other lawyers.

To learn more about the full scope of our practice, see our practice area overview page.

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Protecting Personal Injury Victims for More Than 65 Years

Welcome to Our New Personal Injury Legal Website

Author: Sackstein Sackstein & Lee

 

 

 

 

 

At the law offices of Sackstein Sackstein & Lee, LLP, we’ve focused our practice on the needs of injured people across Long Island, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and the New York City metropolitan area since 1952. We have four offices throughout the greater New York region, in Flushing,Queens, Garden City, Brooklyn and the Bronx. We are proud to offer legal services to clients for whom Korean, Spanish, Chinese,French, Creole, Greek, and Hindi is a primary language.

We are excited to announce the launch of our new website, designed first and foremost to meet the needs of our clients. You’ll find it easy to navigate and filled with clear and comprehensive information about our extensive personal injury practice. As our website indicates, there’s virtually no type of personal injury claim that we can’t handle. In addition, if you want  input from individuals who have used our services in the past, please check out our testimonials page.

At Sackstein Sackstein & Lee, LLP, we have a simple philosophy—we treat our clients like we treat our family. That means that we’ll be available and accessible when you need to talk to us, and that we’ll return your calls and e-mails as soon as we can. We understand the impact a personal injury can have on every aspect of your life, from seemingly simple tasks to earning a living. We’ll take the time to get to know you and learn exactly what happened, as well as what you need to recover as fully as possible from your losses. We have the experience and skill to negotiate a settlement that meets your needs, but if those responsible for your injuries are not willing to negotiate in good faith, we are experienced and effective trial attorneys who are always willing and able to take your case to a judge and jury to get the outcome you want and deserve.

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We also understand the comfort that comes from understanding where you stand and what your options are. We’ll keep you fully informed and involved at all times, and we’ll regularly post blogs on our website, so that you can have a better understanding of the law, the process and your claim.

Contact Our Office

At Sackstein Sackstein & Lee, LLP, we look forward to serving you. If you have questions or concerns or would like to schedule a free initial consultation, please send us an e-mail or call us toll-free at (888)519-6400.

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What if My Boss Was a Strong Trump Supporter, but I voted for Hillary (or the Other Way Around)?

Author: Bill Cafaro

What Rights Do I Have if This Causes Me a Problem at Work?

 Employees of Private Businesses:

What about the First Amendment? Can’t I say whatever I want?

Do I have Any Legal Protection at Work at All?

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Example: A records clerk for the Nassau County legislature was fired from his job less than four months after an election in which Republicans took control of the Legislature, and claimed that he had gone door to door for Democratic candidates, volunteered at phone banks, and distributing campaign literature.  The Legislature argued that it had let him go due to budget cuts, the fired clerk argued that the need for budget cuts arose only because the Legislature had hired three new employees—all Republican. His claim was valid Fishman v. County of Nassau, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 47071, 2013 WL 1339466 (E.D.N.Y. Apr. 1, 2013),

  • Absolutely not. Remember also that there will be generally little or no protection for any political activities conducted during work hours, on the employer’s premises, or using the employer’s equipment or materials; It gives you protection for what you do on your own time. Whether a simple one time statement of political affiliation at work is protected is not really clear from the law, and can probably be argued either way, but the more extensive the speech is at work, the better chance the boss will win. If the employee is wearing a campaign button for a particular candidate and the employer says to take it off, they should do it and put it back on when they leave work.

Remember – The General Rule is That There is No Free Speech Right When You Work for a Private (non-government) Employer on His Time. The law we’re talking about here provides some protection, but that protection is limited; it is by no means absolute.

Are Government Employees (Federal, State, City, County, etc.) Political Speech Rights Protected?

But here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • The speech always has to be about a matter of public concern, and if it is, the employee’s right, as a citizen, to engage in the speech has to be weighed by the Court against the interests of the State, as an employer, in promoting the efficiency of the public services it performs, Pickering v. Bd. of Educ., 391 U.S. 563 (U.S. 1968).
  • This can also cover rights of political association; and
  • In order to be protected, it must generally be on the employee’s own time, without using the employer’s premises or materials; and
  • Anything a public employee says in the course of his/her employment will not be protected. Example: If an employee of the Mayor’s Office makes any statement on the news in his/her official capacity, the Mayor can fire or discipline them for anything they say or don’t say, whether it’s true or not. Remember also that policy making and confidential employees probably can be dismissed just based on their political affiliation where the employer can show that party affiliation is an appropriate requirement for the effective performance of the public office involved,  Vezzetti v. Pellegrini, 22 F.3d 483, 1994 (2d Cir. N.Y. 1994).

If you have strong political views which are very different from those of your employer, you should probably avoid any confrontation and get legal advice first as to how to best protect yourself. Call the Law Offices of William Cafaro at 212-583-7400 before you take any action like this.

 

Videotaping the Execution of a Will

Author:Bonnie Lawston

Execution of A Will

It’s not uncommon, in New York and other jurisdictions, for dispossessed or unhappy heirs to allege that a will was executed under duress or undue influence. What if you videotape the execution of the will, so that there’s visual evidence to support the assertion that the decisions regarding disposition of property were entered into knowingly and voluntarily?

While a video recording of the actual event of executing a will can be introduced as evidence in proceedings to determine the validity of the will, it’s important to start with the understanding that visual evidence is not totally objective of infallible. Consider that ten people can witness the same accident and have ten different descriptions of what happened. Nonetheless, if you are considering videotaping the execution of a will, here are some factors to consider.

 

The Videotape May Not Be Allowed as Evidence

The decision to allow the videotape into evidence is solely at the discretion of the court. The court may not consider it relevant to the matters being litigated. The court may conclude that the videotape provides no credible evidence of capacity or intent.

The Court Must Have Reason to Believe that the Tape is Authentic

You will probably need to bring witnesses into to court to testify that they were present when the video was taken. In legal terms, this is known as establishing a proper foundation for the evidence. The court must have some basis for believing that the tape is what it is alleged to be.

The Court Must Have Confidence that the Tape Has Not Been Altered

In addition, the court may have concerns about the “chain of custody” of the videotape. The court will want reasonable assurances that the video presented was actually taken at the time represented and that the videotape has not been altered or tampered with between the recording and its presentation as evidence. Accordingly, it may be necessary to document when and where the recording took place, where the videotape was secured immediately after the recording, who had access to the tape while it was secured, any movement of the tape (along with who moved it) and how it got to court.

Of course, there are no assurances that the video recording will have any impact on the outcome of the dispute. A judge or jury may watch the video and come away with a completely different perception of the events than intended.

Contact the New York Law Office of Bonnie Lawston

At the Law Office of Bonnie Lawston, we focus our estate administration practice on estates subject to probate in Nassau County and Suffolk County on Long Island. Contact our office online or call us at 631-425-7299 or 24/7 at 855-479-4700 to set up a free initial consultation.

The Paperless Law Firm: Practical Tips to Turn Your Practice into a 21st Century Reality

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If your law firm is buried in paper, you are probably operating like you did in the 20th century.
Successful law firms today are paperless. If you take advantage of the latest technology, you not only meet the challenges of our digital world, but you will also grow your business.

Are You Meeting the Needs of 21st Century Clients?

Using outdated practice management methods, as so many small law firms still do is at odds with the needs of 21st century clients. Smartphones and other mobile devices such as tablets, iPads and digital tablets have a profound impact on how we work, just as the personal computer did a generation ago.
Small law firms particularly, need innovative technology to:

  • Integrate case documents seamlessly
  • Satisfy a client base that accesses information on smartphones and other mobile devices
  • Give attorneys access to all client information, including all case documents — wherever they are
  •  Store and protect all case data safely and securely

If you are ready to move your firm’s practice to the 21st century, here are five practical tips:

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Am I Eligible for Workers’ Compensation Benefits?

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Am I Eligible for Workers’ Compensation Benefits?

Like every other state, New York has workers’ compensation laws designed to be the primary (and sometimes exclusive) remedy when a person is hurt on the job. But there are specific requirements for eligibility for workers’ compensation benefits—not every injury that keeps you from working will qualify you for workers’ compensation payments.

The basic criteria to qualify for workers’ compensation benefits are:

  • You must have been injured on the job or during the course of your employment. Injuries suffered in a motor vehicle accident will qualify if you were traveling for work at the time of the crash.
  • You must have been an employee of the person or company from whom you seek benefits. If you were self-employed, you typically cannot seek benefits from a third party with whom you contracted to do some work. For example, if you are a construction subcontractor, you may have no workers’ compensation claim against a general contractor or owner for injuries suffered on a construction site.
  • The business that employed you at the time of the injury must have had workers’ compensation insurance or have been required by law to carry such insurance. In New York, there are very limited exceptions to the requirement that companies carry workers’ compensation insurance—typically, a business will only be exempt there are no employees (other than owners).

Am I Eligible for Workers’ Compensation Benefits?

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At Pyrros & Serres LLP, we provide comprehensive counsel to people with workers’ compensation and Social Security disability claims in Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and across the greater New York City metropolitan area. Because of our reputation for effective advocacy, many of our new clients come to us as referrals from clients and other lawyers.

To learn more about the full scope of our practice, see our practice area overview page.

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Queens | NYC | Brooklyn | Bronx Workers’ Compensation Attorneys

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