Emergency Responder Michael J. Riley publishes article series about law office technology for Emergency Management

Michael J. Riley, Sr. Attorney in Louisiana

Michael J. Riley, Sr. Attorney in Louisiana

Michael J. Riley, Sr., at work in Haiti

Michael J. Riley, Sr., at work in Haiti

Michael J. Riley, Sr., at work in Haiti with Dr Laborde

Michael J. Riley, Sr., at work in Haiti with Dr Laborde

Blog of Michael J Riley Sr., Louisiana

Blog of Michael J Riley Sr., Louisiana

Profile of Michael J Riley, Sr

Profile of Michael J Riley, Sr

Emergency management covers a broad range of issues that can be better managed with software and other technologies, explains Michael J. Riley, Sr. (Louisiana)

Office of Michael Jerome Riley, Sr. (N/A:N/A)

Emergency management covers a surprisingly broad range of legal issues that can be better managed with software and other technologies.”

— Michael Jerome Riley, Sr., Emergency Responder and lawyer

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA, UNITED STATES, October 31, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Emergency Management in the U.S. is surprisingly broad. A lawyer in this area will encounter issues as diverse as Grant Management and Administration, Public Assistance Programs, Environmental and Historic Preservation Requirements, Hazardous Materials, and Project Funding. Incorporating technology into a law practice in this area can make the practice more efficient and increase client satisfaction. In fact, technology may enable the practitioner to exceed client expectations.

In this first article in a series, Michael J. Riley, Sr. focuses on case management by software and other technologies for a law practice engaged in this area of law. The complete articles will be published on the blog of Michael Riley at https://michaeljriley.blogspot.com/

Technology is advancing, and the legal profession must keep up with these technological and societal changes. Many of us still remember when they first saw a personal computer, when cell phones became widely available, and when cell phones turned into smart phones that have become indispensable for many.

Incorporating technology into a law practice can make the practice more efficient and increase client satisfaction. In fact, technology may enable the practitioner to exceed client expectations. Here are a few, simple-to-implement options.

Case Management Software

Long gone are the days of paper routing slips, desktop inboxes and consecutive reviews by paralegals and attorneys during which papers and files are shuffled back and forth. With case management software, incoming documents are reviewed in a pre-determined sequence or as authorized, and files or documents are updated the same way. The staff has real-time access to documents and status reports. Important dates are automatically entered into a calendar. Case Management Software also enables legal teams to focus on a pre-set process, thus saving time and energy, and greatly reducing the stress in this deadline-driven profession. Case Management Software can also greatly reduce costs for the law practice and the clients by standardizing and accelerating document creation and maintenance.

There are many different kinds of Case Management Software, some general ones such as:

https://www.capterra.com
https://www.clio.com
https://www.mycase.com
https://www.trialworks.com
https://www.cosmolex.com

In fact, there is at least one software that is tailored for emergency management, https://www.emergency-response-planning.com/incident-crisis-emergency-management-software

SMARTPLAN™ Software is response planning and emergency management software. It can be used for different locations and is web-based. Included are preparedness programs based on “best practices”, company protocols, and regulatory requirements.

These are just a few examples, and should not be considered endorsements of any of these products. Each law practice should make sure to test them carefully before buying, and take advantage of the free test versions or consultations that many software providers offer as part of their sales process. Find the right software to fit your own needs and your client’s expectations

Research and Mobile Technology

Subscription research services such as LEXIS and Westlaw have been available to attorneys online for decades, gradually rendering hard copy law libraries obsolete. The internet has done for law what it has for every other area of modern life, providing instant access to information.

To be continued. – The complete article will be published on the blog of Michael J. Riley at https://michaeljriley.blogspot.com/

*NOTE: The inclusion of a technology or app in this article does not mean an endorsement or approval. The listed technologies are just for illustrative purposes. None of these particular technologies are endorsed or recommended by this author.

About Michael Jerome Riley, Sr.

Trained as a lawyer, J.D., University of Tennessee-Knoxville (1980), Michael J. Riley, Sr. currently serves FEMA as an Emergency Manager, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Operations Division Supervisor. Primary role is to ensure that efficient, effective communication and coordination between the Federal, State, Local, Tribal and/or Territorial (SLTT) governments at the lowest level of the incident on behalf of the incident management organization.

Blog: https://michaeljriley.blogspot.com/
Profile: https://solomonlawguild.com/michael-j-riley
News: https://hype.news/michael-j-riley-sr-attorney-in-louisiana/
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michael-riley-97286b4a/

*Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this publication are those of the author. They do not purport to reflect the opinions or views of FEMA or any government agency.

Michael Jerome Riley, Sr.
Office of Michael Jerome Riley, Sr.
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Tax Attorney Richard Lehman publishes article series on Technology & the Tax Practitioner

The Lehman Tax Law Library Website

The Lehman Tax Law Library Website

Richard Sam Lehman, tax video on IRS Streamlined Compliance on YouTube

Richard Sam Lehman, tax video on IRS Streamlined Compliance on YouTube

Richard S. Lehman, U.S. Tax Attorney

Richard S. Lehman, U.S. Tax Attorney

Richard S Lehman, Video on IRS Amnesty FATCA and FFI Reporting on Youtube

Richard S Lehman, Video on IRS Amnesty FATCA and FFI Reporting on Youtube

Website, Richard S. Lehman, Tax Attorney in Boca Raton, FL

Website, Richard S. Lehman, Tax Attorney in Boca Raton, FL

Incorporating technology into a tax law practice can make it more efficient and increase client satisfaction, explains Florida tax lawyer Richard Lehman.

United States Taxation and Immigration Law, LLC (N/A:N/A)

Incorporating technology into a law practice can make the practice more efficient and increase client satisfaction. In fact, technology may enable the practitioner to exceed client expectations.”

— Richard Sam Lehman, Tax Lawyer in Florida

BOCA RATON, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, October 31, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — In this first article in a series, Richard S. Lehman focuses on Tax Case Management by software and other technologies. The complete articles will be published on the blog of Richard Lehman at https://richardlehmanblog.blogspot.com/ and in The Lehman Tax Law Library https://thelehmantaxlawlibrary.com/

Tax-related technologies are advancing, and the tax law practitioner must keep up with these technological and societal changes. Many of us still remember when they first saw a personal computer, when cell phones became widely available, and when cell phones turned into smart phones that have become indispensable for many.

Incorporating technology into a tax law practice can make the practice more efficient and increase client satisfaction. In fact, technology may enable the practitioner to exceed client expectations. Here are a few, simple-to-implement options.

Case Management Software

Long gone are the days of paper routing slips, desktop inboxes and consecutive reviews by paralegals and attorneys during which papers and files are shuffled back and forth. With case management software, incoming documents are reviewed in a pre-determined sequence or as authorized, and files or documents are updated the same way. The staff has real-time access to documents and status reports. Important dates are automatically entered into a calendar. Case Management Software also enables legal teams to focus on a pre-set process, thus saving time and energy, and greatly reducing the stress in this deadline-driven profession. Case Management Software can also greatly reduce costs for the law practice and the clients by standardizing and accelerating document creation and maintenance.

There are many different kinds of Case Management Software, some general ones such as:

https://www.capterra.com
https://www.clio.com
https://www.mycase.com
https://www.trialworks.com
https://www.cosmolex.com

And some are specifically tailored to the tax law practice, such as:

Law Practice Management Software for Tax Law Attorneys –
https://www.practicepanther.com/law-practice-management-software-for-tax-law-attorneys/

In fact, at this link you find a review of 23 different software programs for Tax Law Case Management: https://www.capterra.com/tax-practice-management-software/

These are just a few examples, and should not be considered endorsements of any of these products. Each law practice should make sure to test them carefully before buying, and take advantage of the free test versions or consultations that many software providers offer as part of their sales process. Find the right software to fit your own needs and your client’s expectations

Research and Mobile Technology

Subscription research services such as LEXIS and Westlaw have been available to attorneys online for decades, gradually rendering hard copy law libraries obsolete. The internet has done for law what it has for every other area of modern life, providing instant access to information.

Also here, there are specialized software packages specifically for the tax law practice, such as the ones offered by Thomson Reuters, see https://tax.thomsonreuters.com/en

To be continued. – The complete article will be published on the blog of Richard Sam Lehman at https://richardlehmanblog.blogspot.com/

*NOTE: The inclusion of a technology or app in this article does not mean an endorsement or approval. The listed technologies are just for illustrative purposes. None of these particular technologies are endorsed or recommended by this author.

About Richard Sam Lehman

Richard S. Lehman has established a sophisticated private practice focusing on tax law. His background, education, and experience has distinguished him in this complex field. A published author and noted speaker, Mr. Lehman has carved a reputation as a powerful client advocate.

Website: https://thelehmantaxlawlibrary.com/
Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTH1JITaiKhUSC3MTxFVXYg
Attorney Profile: https://solomonlawguild.com/richard-s-lehman%2C-esq
Blog: https://richardlehmanblog.blogspot.com/

Richard S. Lehman, Attorney at Law
United States Taxation and Immigration Law, LLC
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Richard S. Lehman Tax Lawyer in Florida: U.S. Taxation of Foreign Investors


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An Unforgettable Evening at Palazzo Parisio in Malta to Mark the New Generation of Cryptocurrency

G8C Ltd Management at a Japanese themed VIP party

GanaEight Coin Ltd Management at a Japanese themed VIP party

Juliet Adelstein, COO

Juliet Adelstein, COO of GanaEight Coin Ltd.

The G8C token brings with it an entirely new approach to online casinos. It represents an inventive merging of blockchain technology with online gaming.

GanaEight Coin LTD subsidiary of Ganapati PLC (LSE:GANP:PZ)

VALLETTA, MALTA, November 1, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Ganapati Group, known in the online casino industry for its distinctive Japanese-themed slot games, held an exclusive event on October 30th to officially announce the launch of the G8C token, to be issued by subsidiary, GanaEight Coin Limited. The launch was strategically planned to coincide with Malta Blockchain Week, kicking off the week of blockchain-related conferences and events in style.

The party took place at the spectacular Grade 1 listed palace, Palazzo Parisio, in Naxxar, and was attended by a whole host of top names in blockchain, iGaming and tech from all over the world. Not only that, but key members of the Maltese government were in attendance, including Kurt Farrugia, the Head of Communications of the Government of Malta.

The Prime Minister of Malta, Joseph Muscat, also previously declared his full support for the Ganapati Group’s blockchain-based initiative, recognising the launch of the G8C token as a significant step towards Malta becoming a world leader in technical innovation. Muscat went so far as to record a special video message, which was broadcast at the party, expressing this sentiment to the 300-odd guests in attendance.

The G8C token brings with it an entirely new approach to online casinos. It represents an inventive merging of blockchain technology with online gaming – the token is not only a digital currency to be used on online casinos, but is designed to be bet directly on its own original blockchain platform.

The token offers a number of standout features, a particularly noteworthy one being the lack of transaction fees required to bet with it, enabling quick and cheap play. The G8C token describes itself as a new form of stablecoin – it will hold a stable value, therefore providing investors with lower risk and greater reassurance. This marks a first for the iGaming industry, as no other online casino ICOs are offered as such.

The token’s launch saw an unforgettable evening at Palazzo Parisio, with highlights including the various types of Japanese sake on offer and the delicious sushi prepared and served by an authentic sushi chef from Japan. In continuation of the prevailing Japanese theme, one of the most remarkable moments of the night was the mesmerising performance from a real-life geisha, flown in from Kyoto, Japan. The geisha and accompanying Japanese musicians, playing traditional Japanese instruments such as the shamisen (a three-stringed guitar-like instrument), put on a spellbinding show which transported party guests to olden-day Japan.

The tempo was raised at the masquerade afterparty, held at the elegant TwentyTwo in Portomaso, which saw the fun continue well into the early hours.

With such a memorable Japanese theme running through the launch party, it is not surprising that the event attracted significant attention from both industry VIPs and national media alike, well and truly putting the Ganapati Group and G8C on the map. The success of the launch and the guests’ obvious interest in G8C has left a distinct air of excitement about what is to come next from the Ganapati Group.

Mary De Guzman
TSM Global
+44 20 8089 2568
email us here


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1,250 Frozen Turkeys Given to 1,250 Chicagoland Families by Glen Lerner Injury Attorneys

Glen Lerner Gives Back

Chicago personal injury law firm announced they will give away a total of 1,250 frozen turkeys to Chicagoland families in time for the Thanksgiving holidays.

Thanksgiving gives us a reason to gather together & share our gratitude for the many blessings in our lives. For our team, we are thankful for the relationships we’ve built since arriving in Chicago.”

— Glen Lerner, ESQ.

CHICAGO, IL, UNITED STATES, October 31, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Glen Lerner Injury Attorneys announced that they will be giving away a total of 1,250 frozen turkeys to Chicagoland families in time for the Thanksgiving holiday at two separate events. The first takes place on Saturday, November 17th at Chicagoland Christian Center (929 E. 103 Street, Chicago, Illinois, 60628), from 10 am – 2 pm. For those who can’t make it to the first event, there is a second event in the Englewood area of Chicago on November, 20th from 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm at the Church of the Living God (1738 W Marquette Rd, Chicago, IL 60636). Both events require families to RSVP to reserve one turkey per household.

Attorney Glen Lerner shares the following reasons for why his Chicago personal injury law firms give back, “the Thanksgiving holiday gives us a reason to gather together and share our gratitude for the many blessings in our lives. For our team, we are thankful for the meaningful relationships we’ve built with community groups and individuals since we first came to the area. Additionally, we look forward to fostering even more of those relationships so that we can do more by reaching more disadvantaged people in need.”

Chicagoland Christian Center Baskets of Bountiful Blessings

To kick-off the holiday season, the law firm is partnering with Chicagoland Christian Center and Kings Dominion Church to host a harvest festival. Families that attend will be treated to a festive afternoon of games, face painting, clowns and more! For those families that would also like one of the 1,100 frozen turkeys with the fixings needed to prepare a complete family Thanksgiving dinner, they will need to RSVP in advance to reserve a turkey with fixings for their household.

How to Reserve a Turkey to Pick Up On November 17th

To reserve a turkey for pick up at this event on November 17th, families are asked to RSVP in advance at sendrsvp.com/9133, or by calling 888-902-3011, ext. 9133. It is important to note that the person who RSVP’d must present an ID to pick up their turkey and other goodies.

Church of the Living God Turkey Giveaway

Glen Lerner Gives Back wraps up their Chicago area Thanksgiving activities on Tuesday, November 20th by giving away another 150 frozen turkeys in partnership with Officer Sabrina King with the Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy (CAPS).

How to Reserve a Turkey to Pick Up On November 20th

Families are asked to RSVP in advance to reserve a turkey for pick up at sendrsvp.com/4719, or by calling 888-902-3011, ext. 4719. As with the other event, it is important to note that the person who RSVP’d must present an ID to pick up their turkey.

More Info on Glen Lerner

For over two decades, Glen Lerner has been a powerhouse in personal injury claims. He and his team know how to put passion into every case they handle. Glen Lerner and his team of personal injury attorneys have become one of the largest personal injury firms in the country, with over 50 attorneys and nearly three hundred employees located in Illinois, Indiana, Nevada, Arizona, and California.

Hurt outside one of those states? We’ve got you covered with an established network of attorneys across the country that are ready to help. When you’ve been injured due to someone else's negligence, a personal injury attorney can make the difference between whether you receive a fair amount of compensation for your suffering. Our team is also well versed in social security claims, dangerous product lawsuits, and claims for injuries due to dangerous drugs. To find additional information, visit glenlerner.com/chicago, or call (708) 222-2222.

For current updates regarding legal topics and their community involvement and contributions, follow the law firm on Twitter (twitter.com/glenlerner) and like their Facebook page (facebook.com/glenlernerchicago/).

Christopher D. Wetherspoon
Glen Lerner Injury Attorneys
+1 (312) 590-6009
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Florida Real Estate Attorney Sarah Cox publishes first article in a series about Technology & the Real Estate Lawyer

Sarah E. Cox, real estate attorney in Florida

Sarah E. Cox, real estate attorney in Florida

Sarah E Cox, Profile, Attorney in Florida

Sarah E Cox, Profile, Attorney in Florida

Sarah E. Cox, News at Hype dot News

Sarah E. Cox, News at Hype dot News

Sarah Ellen Cox, Attorney in Florida, Blog

Sarah Ellen Cox, Attorney in Florida, Blog

Sarah Ellen Cox, Attorney in Florida, info at AttorneyGazette

Sarah Ellen Cox, Attorney in Florida, info at AttorneyGazette

For a real estate lawyer, incorporating technology can make the practice more efficient and increase client satisfaction, explains Sarah E. Cox.

Law Office of Sarah Cox & Associates, LLC (N/A:N/A)

For real estate law, incorporating technology can make the practice more efficient and increase client satisfaction. In fact, technology may enable the practitioner to exceed client expectations.”

— Sarah E. Cox, attorney in Florida

FORT MYERS, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, October 31, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — In this first article in a series, Sarah Cox, Esq. focuses on Real Estate Practice Management with the help of software and other technologies. The complete articles will be published on the blog of Sarah Cox at https://SarahECoxBlog.blogspot.com

Technology is advancing, and the legal profession must keep up with these technological and societal changes. Many of us still remember when they first saw a personal computer, when cell phones became widely available, and when cell phones turned into smart phones that have become indispensable for many.

For a real estate law practice, incorporating technology can make the practice more efficient and increase client satisfaction. In fact, technology may enable the practitioner to exceed client expectations. Here are a few, simple-to-implement options.

Case Management Software

For real estate attorneys, long gone are the days of paper routing slips, desktop inboxes and consecutive reviews by paralegals and attorneys during which papers and files are shuffled back and forth. With case management software, incoming documents are reviewed in a pre-determined sequence or as authorized, and files or documents are updated the same way. The staff has real-time access to documents and status reports. Important dates are automatically entered into a calendar. Case Management Software also enables legal teams to focus on a pre-set process, thus saving time and energy, and greatly reducing the stress in this deadline-driven profession. Case Management Software can also greatly reduce costs for the law practice and the clients by standardizing and accelerating document creation and maintenance.

There are many different kinds of Case Management Software, some general ones such as:

https://www.capterra.com
https://www.clio.com
https://www.mycase.com
https://www.trialworks.com
https://www.cosmolex.com

However, a real estate law practice may require more specific software, such as:

Real Estate Closing Software: https://www.leap.us/areas-of-law/real-estate-closing-software/ or https://www.abacusnext.com/solutions/legal/real-estate-law-software

Practice Management Software for Real Estate Attorneys: https://www.smokeball.com/practice-areas/real-estate-law-software/

These are just a few examples, and should not be considered endorsements of any of these products. Each law practice should make sure to test them carefully before buying, and take advantage of the free test versions or consultations that many software providers offer as part of their sales process. Find the right software to fit your own needs and your client’s expectations

Research and Mobile Technology

Subscription research services such as LEXIS and Westlaw have been available to attorneys online for decades, gradually rendering hard copy law libraries obsolete. The internet has done for law what it has for every other area of modern life, providing instant access to information.

To be continued. – The complete article will be published on the blog of Sarah Cox at https://SarahECoxBlog.blogspot.com

*NOTE: The inclusion of a technology or app in this article does not mean an endorsement or approval. The listed technologies are just for illustrative purposes. None of these particular technologies are endorsed or recommended by this author.

About Sarah Ellen Cox

Sarah E. Cox is a Real Estate Attorney in Fort Myers, Florida. Ms. Cox received her Juris Doctor from Whittier School of Law in 2005, and was admitted to the Florida Bar in 2008. Before law school, Ms. Cox attended Edison Community College (now Florida Southwestern State College), and University of South Florida, and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology in 1997 (Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa Honors). Ms. Cox interned at the Ruth Cooper Center Drug Abuse Treatment and Education in Fort Myers, where she worked with mentally handicapped individuals and lead group meetings.

References

Attorney Profile at: https://solomonlawguild.com/sarah-ellen-cox
Blog at: https://SarahECoxBlog.blogspot.com
News about Sarah E. Cox are at: https://attorneygazette.com/sarah-ellen-cox#

Sarah E. Cox
Law Office of Sarah Cox & Associates, LLC
+1 (305) 563-0475
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Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney Gets DUI Case Dismissed for US Military Veteran

Criminal Defense Attorney Seppi Esfandi Obtains Dismissal for Client Who Honorably Served in the Military and was Diagnosed with PTSD.

I'm always happy to obtain a dismissal for my client, and I'm especially satisfied to give back to the men and women of our armed forces. I feel a great debt of gratitude.”

— Seppi Esfandi

LOS ANGELES, CA , UNITED STATES, October 31, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Getting a DUI (Driving Under the Influence) case pursuant to California Penal Code Sections 23152(a) and 23152(b) is exceedingly difficult. However, attorney Seppi Esfandi of the Esfandi Law Group, did nothing less when he received a dismissal for a US military veteran's DUI when he demonstrated to the Court she was suffering from PTSD.

In order to qualify, according to California Penal Code § 1001.80(a)(1), also known as the Military Diversion Program. According to § 1001.80(a)(2), in order to qualify for military diversion, the person should be suffering from, as a direct result of their military service, one or more of the following:

-Sexual trauma,
-Traumatic brain injury (“TBI”),
-Post-traumatic stress disorder (“PTSD”),
-Substance abuse, or
-Mental health problems.

One would need to either be a current, active-duty member of the armed forces, or be a veteran of said armed forces.

Attorney Seppi Esfandi was able to show that his client was raped while in the military in the 90's, and as a result suffered from PTSD, and was in treatment for trauma. A beaming Esfandi said after the dismissal: "I'm always happy to obtain a dismissal for my client, and I'm especially satisfied to give back to the men and women of our armed forces. I feel a great debt of gratitude."

Many of our military veterans acquire trauma and mental health conditions as a result of their service to our country. This law recognizes that they should be given leeway for their sacrifices.

Seppi Esfandi
Esfandi Law Group
+1 310-274-6529
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OCR Announces Next Round of HIPAA Audits Will Focus on Enforcements

Office for Civil Rights Director announces intention to use harsher investigative tools to hold bad actors accountable

The next round of examinations will be focused on enforcement and the upcoming audits will use harsher investigative tools to hold bad actors accountable.”

— Roger Severino Director, Office for Civil Rights

SANTA MONICA, CA, UNITED STATES, October 31, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — In 2011, The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) began auditing healthcare providers and business associates to determine overall compliance with HIPAA’s privacy and security laws. At a recent HIPAA security conference, OCR Director Roger Severino announced that the next round of examinations will be focused on enforcement and the upcoming audits will use harsher investigative tools to hold bad actors accountable.

Enforcement for noncompliant offenders may include subpoenas, legal action, reimbursements to victims, penalties, and more. Additionally, Bloomberg Law recently reported that OCR has been ratcheting up enforcement actions over the past three years, and as random HIPAA audits occur, increased penalties will most likely result.

Jeff Broudy, CEO of PCIHIPAA states, "Overall we see less than 20% of all practices and business associates have implemented the safeguards required under HIPAA. In preparation for the next wave of HIPAA audits, we are providing all healthcare providers and their business associates complimentary risk assessments and reviews so they clearly understand what is required, and to help identify the right actions to take in case of an audit."

Under the HIPAA Notification Rule, covered entities that experience a HIPAA data breach must self-report the breach to HHS. Some practices aren’t aware of the rules, so audits will help with compliance and overall enforcement. Penalties are no longer immaterial. Average fines range from $100 to $50,000 per HIPAA violation, and are capped at $1.5 million per year.

HIPAA compliance must be addressed continuously. It’s not a checkbox or a “one and done” process. Also, the same HIPAA safeguards required by a hospital or a health plan also apply to dentists, doctors, and their business associates. Anthem’s recent $16 million dollar HIPAA fine, and Mr. Severino’s position above, should be a warning to all healthcare providers and business associates.

OCR’s recent audit results show a lack of compliance throughout the industry. Recurring non-compliance issues include:

¥ Lack of execution of Business Associate Agreements
¥ No HIPAA security risk assessment on file
¥ A failure to manage identified risks
¥ Lack of transmission security
¥ Lack of appropriate internal auditing
¥ No patching of software
¥ Insider threats
¥ Improper disposal of Protected Health Information (PHI); and
¥ Insufficient data backup and contingency planning

Common risk mitigation and corrective action plans that covered entities and business associates may be required to incorporate for compliance include:

¥ Updating risk analysis and risk management plans
¥ Updating policies and procedures
¥ Training of workforce members
¥ Implementing specific technical or other safeguards
¥ Mitigating common risks like utilizing encryption solutions
¥ Improved employee and system monitoring

Broudy adds, "HIPAA requires documented remediation plans. We find this important, yet cumbersome for many dentists and doctors. Often they don’t have the resources that hospitals and larger entities possess. Not only does PCIHIPAA provide a compliance roadmap for healthcare providers, but we also include $500,000 in cyber insurance for all of our clients. HIPAA audits, ransomware attacks, data breaches, and network security incidents happen. We guarantee our clients are covered, just in case."

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About Office for Civil Rights:
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) enforces federal civil rights laws, conscience and religious freedom laws, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification Rules, and the Patient Safety Act and Rule, which together protect your fundamental rights of nondiscrimination, conscience, religious freedom, and health information privacy.

About PCIHIPAA:
PCIHIPAA is an industry leader in PCI and HIPAA compliance by providing turnkey, convenient solutions for its clients. Its OfficeSafe Compliance Program is “award winning” and takes the guesswork out of compliance while providing the assurance and insurance healthcare providers need to protect their future. PCIHIPAA was recently voted one of the Top 10 Healthcare Compliance Company’s of 2017. Learn more at OfficeSafe.com and PCIHIPAA.com

Aaron Chiang
PCIHIPAA
+1 800-588-0254
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Florida Attorney Magdalena Cuprys publishes first article in a series about technology & the immigration practitioner

Magdalena Cuprys, Immigration Lawyer in Florida

Magdalena Cuprys, Immigration Lawyer in Florida

Website of www.servingimmigrants.com, Magdalena Cuprys

Website of www.servingimmigrants.com, Magdalena Cuprys

Attorney profile of Magdalena Cuprys at www.solomonlawguild.com

Attorney profile of Magdalena Cuprys at www.solomonlawguild.com

Office of Magdalena Cuprys, Immigration Attorney in Florida

Office of Magdalena Cuprys, Immigration Attorney in Florida

Magdalena Ewa Cuprys, Immigration Attorney, Florida

Magdalena Ewa Cuprys, Immigration Attorney, Florida

Incorporating technology into an immigration law practice can make the practice more efficient and increase client satisfaction.

Cuprys & Associates (N/A:N/A)

Incorporating technology into an immigration law practice can make the practice more efficient … In fact, technology may enable the immigration practitioner to exceed client expectations.”

— Magdalena Cuprys, Immigration Lawyer

MIAMI, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, October 31, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — In this first article in a series of four, Magdalena Cuprys focuses on Immigration Case Management by software. The complete articles will be published on the blog of Ms. Cuprys at https://magdalenacuprysblog.blogspot.com/

The U.S. Immigration and Citizenship Services (USCIS) is constantly implementing changes, technology is advancing, and immigration attorneys must keep up with these technological and societal changes. Many of us still remember when they first saw a personal computer, when cell phones became widely available, and when cell phones turned into smart phones that have become indispensable for many. Today computers and cell phones are inescapable.

Incorporating technology into an immigration law practice can make the practice more efficient and increase client satisfaction. In fact, technology may enable the immigration practitioner to exceed client expectations. Here are a few, simple-to-implement options.

Case Management Software

Today it is virtually impossible to manage an immigration practice without software. Forms are too long and complicated, and change often as USCIS updates them and imposes additional requirements. It is almost a full-time job keeping with all immigration and visa changes. Long gone are the days of paper routing slips, desktop inboxes and consecutive reviews by paralegals and attorneys during which papers and files are shuffled back and forth. With immigration case management software, incoming documents are reviewed in a pre-determined sequence or as authorized, and files or documents are updated the same way. The staff has real-time access to documents and status reports. Important dates are automatically entered into a calendar. Case Management Software also enables legal teams to focus on a pre-set process, thus saving time and energy, and greatly reducing the stress in this deadline-driven profession. Case Management Software can also greatly reduce costs for the law practice and the clients by standardizing and accelerating document creation and maintenance.

There are many different kinds of Case Management Software, some general ones such as:

https://www.capterra.com
https://www.clio.com
https://www.mycase.com
https://www.trialworks.com
https://www.cosmolex.com

But such general case management systems do not specifically address visa and immigration matters. For that, there are management systems more tailored for immigration and visa matters, such as www.inszoom.com, www.lawlogix.com, and www.bluedot.pro.

These are just a few examples, and should not be considered endorsements of any of these products. Each immigration law practice should make sure to test them carefully before buying, and take advantage of the free test versions or consultations that many software providers offer as part of their sales process. Find the right software to fit your own needs and your client’s expectations.

Research and Mobile Technology

Subscription research services such as LEXIS and Westlaw have been available to attorneys online for decades, gradually rendering hard copy law libraries obsolete. The internet has done for law what it has for every other area of modern life, providing instant access to information.

To be continued. – The complete article will be published on the blog of Magdalena Cuprys at https://magdalenacuprysblog.blogspot.com/

*NOTE: The inclusion of a technology or app in this article does not mean an endorsement or approval. The listed technologies are just for illustrative purposes. None of these particular technologies are endorsed or recommended by this author.

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Police Use of Confidential Informants in Drug Investigations

Drug Charges | Scarpello & LaTour

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Many times police will use an informant to make a drug purchase inside a house or vehicle.”

— Josh Scarpello

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA, UNITED STATES, October 31, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Police use of confidential informants is widespread in Pennsylvania. Police often use these "informants" to buy or purchase narcotics, set up drug sales over the phone, and provide other information that the police use to make drug arrests. What is not clear is who these informants are. As they are "confidential", people facing drug charges do not know the informant's identity, if they have a criminal record, or even if the police are paying them.

Pennsylvania courts have held that the defense has a right to know not only the identity of these informants but that they should have access to their entire police file. The defense may be entitled to know if the informant has provided credible or reliable information in the past and what the results of those cases have been.

Moreover, identification by the informant may become an issue. Many times police will use an informant to make a drug purchase inside a house or vehicle. The informant may be the only witness to the purchase itself. A viable defense to a charge of possession with the intent to distribute (PWID) of simple drug possession may lie in the informant providing information to the defense that he bought the drugs from someone else.

Drug charges in Pennsylvania and New Jersey are serious offenses and carry the possibility of jail if you are convicted. If you or someone you know has been charged with possession with the intent to distribute, possession of a controlled substance, or criminal conspiracy, you need an experienced attorney to handle all aspects of your case. Call Scarpello and LaTour and speak directly with one of our attorney's about your case today.

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Josh Scarpello & Pierre LaTour are former Philadelphia District Attorneys who prosecuted DUI/DWI cases, drug offenses, gun charges, sex crimes, assault, embezzlement, and other types of charges. Today they use the experience gained as prosecutors to defend people charged in crimes.

What sets them apart from most other criminal defense attorneys in Philadelphia is their willingness to try cases. Some lawyers would try to force their client to accept any plea deal, rather than risk going to trial and losing the case. However, sometimes you need to try a case to obtain the best outcome. If you can walk into a conference with the prosecutor, unafraid to go to trial, your leverage is immense.

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Can You Patent the Blockchain if it is Open Source?

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Many companies are rushing in to get provisional patents before the technology is even on the market.”

— Alex Sluzas

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA, UNITED STATES, October 31, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — "Open" Source: Can you Patent the Blockchain?

The Blockchain is now firmly in the public eye, placing it at a crossroads. This technology that fuels Bitcoin and many other virtual financial applications, coins, and software, is a revolutionary force in financial transactions. But it was originally invented to be open source shared by all. And now more and more companies are taking that open source and using it for their things, pushing this shared resource into a protracted legal debate involving patent law. You don't have to be a law school student or have passed the state bar to know that the Blockchain could be headed toward a patent war.

Can you patent the Blockchain?

Some firms, like R3, say they would make their Blockchain software open to the public, keeping in harmony with the pseudonymous inventor Satoshi Nakamoto's vision. But other companies, such as Goldman Sachs, seek a patent for "processing financial transactions using a distributed ledger to store a portion of the ledger corresponding to a respective asset" which in layman's terms is exactly what the Blockchain does.

While Goldman Sachs got the lion's share of the media spotlight, and the ensuing backlash, there are hundreds of companies seeking patents from the patent office involving the Blockchain, including giants such as Bank of America, Accenture, and Morgan Stanley. And Craig Wright is making claims to have invented bitcoin, filing dozens of patents in an attempt to also control the intellectual property rights of the Blockchain open source code.

How open is the open source at this point?

Well so far, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has yet to grant any of these patent applications. If the USPTO does grant a patent, however, patent agents and IP law firms are going to be very busy because blockchain has already revolutionized financial transactions throughout the world.

It’s inevitable that a patent war will happen. And either thousands of injunctions could occur, or a "patent trolling" tactic where the patent holder creates shell companies to file lawsuits for violating a patent, takes place. Millions upon millions of dollars are at stake.

Don Tapscott, a co-author of a popular book, Blockchain Revolution, a surge of patent litigation could be devastating to the technology’s development, told Fortune Magazine: “This sort of behavior is antithetical to innovation, collaboration and the openness that’s at the heart of the new digital age,” said Tapscott. “I find it unfortunate when incumbents threatened by new paradigms revert to behavior that’s not even in their interest.”

Why wasn't the Blockchain patented when it was invented? It was created by Satoshi Nakamoto (pseudonym). He published a white paper on Blockchain and coded the first implementation. Since then, no one has heard from him. The core of Blockchain’s technology is public domain thanks to the release of that paper. Only additions and variations of the core tech can be patented. For example, Chinese telecom giant Huawei seeks to patent Blockchain rights management. Huawei claims to have an invention that adds a verification feature to a content distribution network powered by Blockchain.

Protect Technology with a Patent

So, why are patents even necessary? One word: protection. The patent process provides the patent practitioner key protections from patent infringement under the law. This is what Goldman Sachs suggests is their motive for the Blockchain patent filing. The best way to acquire protection is to hire a professional patent attorney and file for a patent.

A patent is a set of rights granted to a person or company that created an invention or idea which protects it from competitors who would try to make it, sell it, use it or offer it for sale. In the U.S., the term for a patent is 20 years from the date on which the patent application was filed; often with an IP lawyer. And it takes a while to get a patent. The application must be filed within one year of public use or publication.

Also, the patent application process lasts 3 to 5 years and are very expensive in legal and consulting fees, but having a patent lawyer could alleviate any confusions.

When it comes to the blockchain, filing for a patent is tricky since only parts of it can be patented. Blockchains have different forms, and some of the blockchain technologies have patent protection. Thus, those who are scrambling to patent blockchain technologies are from the information technology and financial industries. It’s interesting to note that no single company owns all the blockchain-related patents.

As Paul & Paul have noted in the past, patent applications involving forms of software, like the blockchain, face an extremely high bar due to the Supreme Court ruling in the case called Alice. That SCOTUS decision ruled most software patents are abstract ideas that are ineligible for patent protection.

Any such patent applications, even provisional patent applications, would also have to overcome objections that the “invention” in the claim is obvious. This is especially the case because the applications are not for foundational concepts like bitcoin or the blockchain itself. Both Bitcoin and the Blockchain are concepts that could not be patented today since bitcoin’s creator, Satoshi Nakamoto, released them to the public years ago. If Satoshi Nakamoto had gotten a patent for blockchain, none of the patent frenzies would be happening.

On the face of it, the blockchain does not lend itself to making strong intellectual-property claims. Satoshi Nakamoto published a paper about his invention, coded the first implementation and then disappeared from the public eye. This strongly suggests the core of the technology is now part of the public domain. That means only important additions and variations to the core technology could be patented, not the technology itself. And the blockchain’s components are widely known. In the United States, court decisions, as well as a new law on the granting of patents, make it difficult to claim ownership of such financial innovations.

Corporate Use of the Blockchain

The open-source sharing of the Blockchain by Satoshi hasn’t stopped firms from trying to get patent protection on meaningful improvements to the blockchain, including security and encryption techniques, Colette Reiner Mayer of Morrison & Foerster, a law firm, told The Economist.

Heated fights over intellectual property are nothing new in emerging technology markets. But given that the blockchain is expected to shake up everything from the way precious diamonds are safeguarded to the way shares are traded, the legal fights could be especially fierce. A large number of companies plan to use blockchain technology:

– Coinbase
– Microsoft
– Bank of America
– MasterCard
– Amazon
– Apple

All of these companies have filed for blockchain-related patents. Many companies are rushing in to get provisional patents before the technology is even on the market. In addition to providing protection, patents make companies more attractive to investors because it shows they have something very valuable and worth protecting.

They will also benefit from cross-licensing. This means that one company can grant another company the rights to a piece of the product, research or subject. From a legal standpoint, cross-licensing is another form of protection because both companies can avoid infringement disputes and litigation. The companies that use blockchain can be part of a patent pool, which protects members against lawsuits. Some may even sign a patent pledge, a document that states an organization will not sue other companies.

Only a very few patents have been issued so far. And known applicants all say that they intend to use patents only “defensively,” meaning to protect themselves against lawsuits.

To limit such fights, several startups are opening up their Intellectual property. Among them, Chain, Digital Asset Holdings, and Hyperledger have made their software open-source, so that the underlying architecture is freely available to both users and developers. Some programs even come with a license that makes it impossible to enforce patents against those who use the organization’s code. Blockstream, another startup, has signed a “patent pledge,” vowing not to sue others—as long as they don’t use their patents offensively.

There are also discussions over forming a patent pool, much like the Open Invention Network, created in 2005 to protect member firms against suits for using Linux, the popular open-source operating system. The OIN acquires patents and then licenses them freely to members, which agree not to assert their patents.

Whether this strategy of mutual disarmament is sufficient to avoid another patent war will be clear only when and if blockchains have become a multi-billion dollar business.

Philadelphia IP Lawyers

In the tri-state area, no one knows patent law than patent practice law firm Paul & Paul. With new technologies and inventions being created every year, the need for patents has never been greater. Our intellectual property rights attorneys know what’s at stake if you don’t protect your invention or idea. All that hard work is gone – used by someone else and claiming it as his or her own. We also handle other legal services including matters concerning trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets both domestic and foreign.

For 170 years and 40 countries, innovators and entrepreneurs have trusted our legal team to guide them with expert legal advice on intellectual property law. Whether you are a small business owner or a large corporation, contact registered patent attorneys Paul & Paul today for free consultation. We will take the time to sit down with you to go over a strategic plan to safeguard your idea or product. You’ll learn if you need to get a patent, how to file a patent application, how your intellectual rights will be maintained in another country and more.

+++++ Disclaimer+++++ This press release is considered advertising and does not constitute any client-attorney privilege and does not offer any advice or opinion on any legal matter. This release was drafted by Results Driven Marketing, LLC a digital marketing, Public Relations, advertising, and content marketing firm located in Philadelphia, PA

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