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Jean Hammond, PD Proofreader

In keeping with the celebration of NCRA’s Court Reporting & Captioning Week, it seemed only fitting that we shine a light on an integral behind-the-scenes component of transcript preparation — proofreading. Jean Hammond is a...more

Make Sure You Have A Complete Transcript For Appeal

The appealing party has the burden of providing the appellate court with the record to support his/her argument on appeal. Sometimes you will need the entire transcript to support your argument – for example, if you want to...more

9 Tips Attorneys/Realtime Reporting

Having access to the instantaneous transcript provided by a court reporter during a deposition, arbitration, or trial has great value to attorneys. Court reporters can provide the realtime transcript text to attorneys in the...more

A Substitute for Estate Tax Closing Letters

In Notice 2017-12 (the “Notice”) the IRS announced that an “account transcript” from the agency can substitute for an Estate Tax Closing Letter (“ETCL”)....more

IRS Formalizes Transcripts as Substitute for Estate Tax Closing Letters

In 2005, I discussed how the IRS had posted information on its website that an account transcript notation bearing transaction code “421” could be used to determine that the IRS had concluded its review of a filed estate tax...more

New California Labor and Employment Laws for 2017

Continuing a trend from recent years, the California Legislature passed, and Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law, numerous labor and employment bills in 2016. Each becomes effective on Jan. 1, 2017, unless otherwise...more

New Year, New Rules: What to Know About the January 2017 TTAB Rule Updates

After a lengthy proposal and commentary process, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board ("TTAB" or the "Board") recently published its most significant Rules of Practice update in years (see 81 Fed. Reg. 69950), with the...more

Make Sure You Have A Complete Transcript For Appeal

The appealing party has the burden of providing the appellate court with the record to support his/her argument on appeal. Sometimes you will need the entire transcript to support your argument – for example, if you want to...more

California Attorneys – Who Files Original Deposition Transcript?

Recently I read a stipulation by Southern California attorneys that the court reporter was relieved of his duty to file the original deposition transcript with the court.   Filing the original deposition transcript with the...more

Deposition Horrors!

By Suzanne Quinson Image from thefw.com Halloween is fast approaching, meaning zany costumes, yummy treats, Linus awaiting the Great Pumpkin, and horror stories! All attorneys, paralegals, and court reporters have a few of...more

Court Reporter’s Transcript

Upon occasion our attorney clients are asked by opposing counsel to provide a copy of a transcript that our client had purchased from the court reporter. Our client doesn’t want to feel obligated to give the transcript to...more

Play it Again

Over the weekend, I took myself to the Great Frederick Fair to see and hear the incomparable Vince Gill. I had wanted to see him for years, and I was not disappointed! He played all his hits, engaging his audience with his...more

A Former Appellate Court Judge Offers Tips to Trial Attorneys

While trial attorneys know they must preserve issues they wish to raise on appeal, they often overlook the basic steps required to help ensure appellate review. During more than 27 years on the bench, former Florida appellate...more

Best Practices for Attorneys re the Court Reporter at Hearings

In many county courthouses throughout California, Friday is law and motion day. Every hour a new calendar is called by the judge with approximately 10 matters. Attorneys will hire a court reporter to report their hearing if...more

Attorneys – Deposition Transcripts – Consciousness

A common topic at court reporting conferences around the country is attorney consciousness and how attorneys seem to be less aware or even care about the record than in the past; that there are two types of attorneys,...more

Judge seals transcript of Title IX hearing

A federal judge in North Carolina sealed a transcript of a University of North Carolina (UNC) hearing to determine whether the plaintiff was responsible for committing sexual acts without consent. In the case in question, the...more

Third Circuit Affirms Dismissal Where Post-Trial Movant Refused to Recreate Missing Trial Record

You litigate a case in federal court and get an adverse verdict. Believing this result unjust, you file a post-trial motion for judgment as a matter of law and in the alternative for a new trial. But there is a problem:...more

Government report critiques the IRS’ handling of 2015 data breach

According to a government report publicly released last week, the IRS failed to adequately respond to a May 2015 cyber-attack on its “Get Transcript” application that potentially compromised at least 621,000 taxpayer...more

Seven Tips for Newly Licensed Court Reporters

I have the privilege of working with newly licensed San Diego California Certified Shorthand Reporters. I am extremely proud of their writing ability and the fact they are not scared to learn and use the sophisticated...more

IRS Only Sending Estate Tax Closing Letters on Request

Open the estate, marshal the decedent’s assets, file the estate tax return, pay estate taxes and debts, receive the estate tax closing letter from the IRS, and distribute the remaining assets. While overly simplistic, this...more

Motion GRANTED re Court Reporters’ Page Rates

Government Code Sections 69950 and 69954 regulate page rates an official court reporter may charge for transcripts in California Superior Courts. A lawsuit was brought by attorneys against an independent court reporting firm...more

Organization Tips for a Successful 2016

In a previous blog we outlined ways to make it through the busy last few months of the year without a drop in motivation or productivity. Now that the holiday bustle is over and 2016 has begun, it’s time to prepare for...more

Your International Deposition Checklist

Time is of the essence when planning international depositions, so organization is vital. Using a flow chart or checklist as you prepare for international depositions will not only keep you organized and on track, but will...more

Account Transcript May Serve As Estate Tax Closing Letter

An estate tax closing letter is meant to evidence that the IRS has accepted the filing of an estate tax return and that the federal tax liabilities are satisfied, allowing the executor of the estate to close out the estate...more

IRS: Transcript Can Be Alternative to Estate Tax Closing Letter

Back in August, we wrote about how the IRS would no longer automatically issue closing letters for filed Form 706, United States Estate (and Generation-Skipping Transfer) Tax Returns. Instead, the IRS will only issue closing...more

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