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Posts published in October 2015

Fastcase Free Legal Research

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Did you know the Bar provides free legal research from Fastcase? If you need to get up to speed on how to use Fastcase, there are a number of options. Webinars are offered each month, and you can register on the Fastcase home page. Also, you can get individual attention from a Fastcase research lawyer by calling 866-773-2782. They can answer questions relating to your current research, or you can schedule an individual remote training session from the comfort of your own desk. There is also a handy user guide both in Fastcase and in the members only section of the Bar website. You’ll also find a link to the training page with video tutorials. If you need support while you’re using Fastcase, just go to the help menu on the top of the screen. Don’t miss out on this great free member benefit!

Phishing E-mails

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Phishing emails appear in computer user’s inboxes year-round. “Phishing” Phishing is an e-mail fraud method in which the perpetrator sends out legitimate-looking email in an attempt to gather personal and financial information from recipients. These tricky e-mails seem to appear more often during the holiday season. Here are 10 clues from Tech Republic to help computer users spot "fishy" emails. Find great tech tips like this and more practice pointers on the South Carolina Bar’s Practice Management Assistance Program webpage.

Identity Theft

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Nearly 13 million Americans were victims of identity theft in 2014. The IRS has a helpful website for taxpayers to assist in preventing, identifying, reporting and dealing with the aftermath of identity theft. Since many law firms end their fiscal years in November or December, this information is timely and important. Go to the IRS webpage on Identity Protection. You can also go to IRS.gov and search for “identity protection.” PMAP is a free hotline for lawyers needing practice help. E-mail pmap@scbar.org or call (803) 799-6653, ext. 183.

Succession Planning

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If you were to become incapacitated or pass away suddenly, do you know today who your back up to your law practice would be? If this is something you have not reflected on, you should think about creating a succession plan. Don’t know where to start? Contact PMAP Director Courtney Kennaday at pmap@scbar.org for more information

Fastcase Tip

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Limit your caselaw search in Fastcase to only SC cases. After logging into Fastcase, go to the advanced caselaw search page by hovering over the word “Search” on the menu in the upper left of the page, then select “search cases,” the first option on the drop-down menu. On the next page you will see the jurisdiction selection on the bottom left of the screen. At the bottom of this list, slightly separated, is the “individual jurisdiction” selection. Choosing it will display a drop-down menu of four blue links with plus signs next to them. Click each one of those to reveal the jurisdictions and select the appropriate SC courts. The jurisdictions you selected will be the default search the next time you log in. Please take advantage of the free webinars and video tutorials available at fastcase.com. This tip is courtesy of Fastcase CEO Ed Walters.