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Guidelines for retention, destruction of client files

The question of how long lawyers need to keep closed client files is a frequent source of inquiries to the Office of Bar Counsel. The questions come not only from active or retired lawyers seeking to dispose of old files, ...

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Disaster-proof your law firm

According the American Bar Association’s 2013 Legal Technology Survey results, 58 percent of lawyers surveyed cited security concerns as the top reason that prevented them from using cloud computing in their law practices. The problem is, the current file storage ...

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Health care reform and the 60 day repayment rule

As most are aware, the federal government, primarily through its Medicare program that pays healthcare costs of America’s seniors, is the preeminent payer of healthcare in the United States. In addition, Medicaid, as administered by the Idaho Department of Health ...

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Crowdsourcing: the new temporary worker model (access required)

The Society for Human Resource Professionals Foundation just released its latest report on global workforce trends. While key findings address issues from the challenges of demographic shifts to the disconnect between educational standards and employer demands, tucked into page 26 ...

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Ageism not the remedy to attorney overpopulation

It has become a maxim that there are too many lawyers and that there is ongoing softness in demand for legal services. (Parenthetically, I disagree; there is, in fact, a dislocation between the supply and the demand for specific legal ...

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Take time with four ‘standard’ contract terms (access required)

No one doubts the adage “time is money,” particularly in bringing construction projects on-line on time and on budget. Spend any time within spitting distance of a project and you’ll instantly feel the vibe; the crush of time pressures affects ...

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Fire safety could be a selling point for homes

With snow in the mountains and Treasure Valley temperatures in the soggy range, mid-winter is a down time of sorts for firefighters. But the spring construction season is a good time to start preparing for fires. If the past is ...

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Parking proposal offers a new option for developers

From reading recent stories and a column in the Idaho Business Review, there appears to be a misunderstanding regarding the parking requirements included in a proposed amendment to the Boise City Development Code. Without debating the merits of the proposal, ...

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Trader Joe’s means more than groceries

I’m not a fan of crowded grocery stores. So there’s only one thing could entice me to brave the madness of an event like the Feb. 28 opening day at Idaho’s first Trader Joe’s: marcona almonds. But, of course, almonds ...

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Most sales of primary residences are tax-free (access required)

Q: Now that the Idaho real estate market has recovered a bit, we are considering selling our home and buying a bigger house for our growing family. One friend told me I don’t have to pay any tax on the ...

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