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Florida Supreme Court Cautions Against “Commercially Available” Pre-Printed Legal Forms

A boring probate opinion may shed light on the problem of errors with pre-printed legal forms. The unfortunate lesson: “there’s an app for that” is not a replacement for hiring a lawyer. You have certainly seen these kind of pre-made forms — pushed on tv ads, the internet, and by …

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iOS

If This Then That (IFTTT) For Lawyers

An app called “If This, Then That” or IFTTT exists to bring together your smartphones alarms, notices, social media, and other internet tools so that you can, as their tag line says, “take control of the internet.” This article, “If This Then That (IFTTT” For Lawyers” explains how to combine …

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4th Amendment

NSA Mass Surveillance – How Secure Are Your Calls and Emails?

Special thanks to the Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce for hosting “NSA Mass Surveillance – How Secure Are Your Calls and Emails?“ If you would like to download a PDF of the presentation, it is here (also under “Materials, along the right column of this page).

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4th Amendment

NSA Surveillance – How Secure Are Your Calls & Emails @ Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce

  The Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce is presenting “NSA Surveillance – How Secure Are Your Calls and Emails?” on Wednesday, April 30, 2014. This presentation will explain NSA mass surveillance of email and phone communications and will discuss the security of your personal and business communications. It will provide …

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Privacy

Tor Anonymizer for Lawyers

In the wake of the Snowden disclosures, lawyers and their clients are looking for ways to communicate, research, and generally use the internet without mass surveillance. This article from the April 2014 edition of the Palm Beach Bar Bulletin explains (a) Tor and its practical applications to use the internet …

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Arbitration Mediation

Accepting E-Coupons or Liking General Mills May Require Arbitration, Waive Litigation

If you use a coupon from the internet, “like” a company on Facebook, enter contests, or otherwise connect with a company like General Mills, any dispute that arises may be forced into arbitration — waiving your right to bring a lawsuit in state or federal court. Per a report from …

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Virtual Currency

CSBS Emerging Payments Task Force: Hearing on Bitcoin / Virtual Currency

The Conference of State Bank Supervisors’ (CSBS) Emerging Payments Task Force is holding a public hearing on Friday, May 16, 2014 in Chicago in order to seek information involved in legacy payment systems, retain payment innovations, and virtual currencies (namely bitcoin). If you’re unfamiliar with CSBS, it is a nationwide …

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E-discovery

2013 Florida Discovery Handbook

A reliable resource for all discovery issues, the 2013 edition of the Florida Discovery handbook includes a chapter on e-retention, e-discovery, ESI, and Florida’s new Rules of Civil Procedure. The Handbook is here.

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4th Amendment

Conflicting Court Opinions on NSA Surveillance

One year ago, the U.S. Supreme Court issued the case of Amnesty International v. Clapper and… few people cared. After all, “Clapper I,” as it became known, held that political activists had no standing to even discover if the government was spying on them. But four months later, the floodgates …

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iOS

iPhone Apps for Mardi Gras — Or for Fastest Breaking News

Last year, after the Boston Marathon Bombing, I wrote about my experience reading Twitter and listening to Ustream to get news on the manhunt which was coming in 10-30 minutes faster than it reached CNN.  A year later, the article is still solid and gives some good resources to say …

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Defamation

Are You a Victim of Revenge Porn?

Revenge porn may or may not be prosecuted in your state, depending upon how they were obtained, whether copyrights exist, and if a video voyeurism statute applies. The site WomenAgainstRevengePorn.com has some step-by-step hints to remove photos. If you have a copy of the nude picture, you can use Google’s …

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4th Amendment

Government GPS Tracking Since U.S. v. Jones

The Supreme Court’s 2012 decision in U.S. v. Jones involving GPS tracking is trending towards being a landmark decision in how the Court interprets the Fourth Amendment in technology cases.   But what has happened to GPS tracking since the Jones decision? This February 2014 article from the Palm Beach …

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iOS

Using an iPad in Deposition

We see lawyers using iPads during depositions quite often… except they are not the ones asking questions since they are using the iPad to pass the time. This article, from the January 2014 Palm Beach County Bar Association Bulletin, will explain how to question a witness using your iPad and …

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Social Media

Florida Judge Disqualified After Facebook-Friending a Litigant

A Florida judge has been directed to recuse herself by an appellate court after the judge sent a Facebook-friend request to a party during divorce proceedings. Specifically, Judge Linda D. Schoonover was presiding over a divorce and, prior to entry of a final judgment, sent a Facebook-friend request to the …

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SCOTUS

Supreme Court: If You Possess Any Child Pornography, Do You Owe the Victim Restitution?

The case of Paroline v. United States will be argued before the U.S. Supreme Court today.  This is one of those cases where emotions are appropriately high but ultimately court observers may find that the Court may dryly rule upon statutory construction issues… meaning grammar.  But this case highlights a …

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