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A Look At Investment Strategies For 2005

Advice as to how to invest is often more important than relative investment performance. According to Ibbotson Associates, over 90 percent of an investor’s total return is a result of asset allocation decisions with security selection and timing accounting for ...

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Legal Malpractice Claims In Criminal Law Cases Are Limited

An attorney who represents a client has a duty of care to that client. Failure to comply with that duty of care may result in liability for legal malpractice. As with civil representation, a cause of action for legal malpractice ...

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Business Equipment: Should You Lease Or Buy≠

It’s not easy to decide whether it’s wiser to buy or lease a piece of business equipment. For most business owners, the first impulse is to buy. With advantageous depreciation rules, buying is an attractive option. Lower interest rates make ...

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Google Groups, FireFox And The EULA Project

I usually write about large software projects. Sometimes, there’s simply lots of little, although not less important, things to write about. Google Groups I seem to be thinking about Google a lot, these days, but then Google is doing a ...

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New Legislation Answers Questions About Deducting Attorney's Fees

Last May, I published an article in The Daily Record discussing the tax treatment of the attorney’s fees portion of an employment-related award. I pointed out the anomaly that attorney’s fees attributable to a personal injury award were not taxable ...

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Some Issues Facing The Commission To Examine Solo And Small Firm Practice

In May, New York State Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye appointed The Commission to Examine Solo and Small Firm Practice to focus on challenges specific to these practices and to make recommendations for improvements. June Castellano, immediate past president of ...

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Consider A Subscription To A National Paralegal Periodical

If you’re still looking for a last minute stocking stuffer for your favorite paralegal, I recommend a subscription to a national paralegal periodical. The National Paralegal Reporter is the magazine of the National Federation of Paralegal Associations, Inc. (NFPA). Members ...

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A Look At The Downside Of The Dow

On May 26, 1896, Charles H. Dow unveiled his industrial stock average. Dow wanted to make sense of the confusing daily jumble of up and down stock prices. “The Dow,” as it is now commonly referred to, only consisted of ...

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Too Much Of A Good Thing Brings Penalties

If a $3,000 contribution to your individual retirement account (IRA) is good tax and retirement planning, then $4,000 should be even better, right≠ Sure, if you enjoy paying penalties. Each year, your combined contributions to all IRAs cannot exceed $3,000, ...

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Supreme Court 'Crawford' Decision Changes The Rules

On March 8, the U.S. Supreme Court reversed course on almost 25 years of law regarding the federal constitutional standard for admissibility of out-of-court statements in criminal trials. Using a strict interpretation of the Sixth Amendment’s Confrontation Clause, the court ...

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Microsoft Optical Desktop Elite For Bluetooth

I’ve been hearing about and ignoring the Bluetooth wireless protocol for at least a couple of years. It seems, however, that Bluetooth can no longer be ignored. Supposedly named after King Harald Blatand, a 10th century Viking who united Denmark ...

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It's Mid-December – How Is Your 2004 Tax Plan≠

Snow, holiday cheer, football on television and worrying about the tax bill coming in April. How does the new tax bill affect my family≠ Sound familiar≠ It should – except the part of worrying about the taxes. Here are some ...

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