NY to Hold Lawyers Accountable on Foreclosures

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The move comes amid an uproar over accusations that mortgage lenders nationwide cut corners on paperwork and legal procedure as they moved to seize millions of homes. It follows a slew of other state efforts to challenge the foreclosure debacle.

In New York, attorneys there already have an obligation to ensure that the documents they present to the court are valid, but New York Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman said having them sign something affirming that all papers got a proper review will hold them accountable like never before.

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Why lawyers should be on Facebook

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Avoiding Facebook? This insightful article by Lawyerist explains why a Facebook account is essential for practicing law today.

Lawyers who are not on Facebook are missing out on critical opportunities to network for referrals, research defendants and potential jury members, market their law firms, and vet potential legal hires and current associates.

For those lawyers who still need persuading, here, in no specific order, are the top six reasons why lawyers should be on Facebook:

  1. Facebook can bring you referrals and clients by helping you to reconnect with old classmates, colleagues, and friends through direct contact both formal (messages) and informal (wall posts), events, and interest groups

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Common Credit Card Mistakes With IOLTA

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There are some things you MUST KNOW before offering clients the option to make cost and fee deposits into your trust account via credit card.

And the fact of the matter is the way most State Bars are organized the “Member Benefits” department doesn’t usually know what the Bar Rules Department has to say on this important subject.  So it’s no surprise how many times I’ve gone into a law firm that’s using a Member Benefits Merchant Service Provider that’s NOT BAR RULES COMPLIANT.  How many times?  Lots of times!!!

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Source: LawyerControl.com

 

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