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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

2015 California Rules of Court – Appeal Transcripts – Court Reporters Do Not Provide “Fee Waivers”

Due to the fact that many civil courtrooms throughout California no longer have court reporters, and attorneys need to bring in a pro tem court reporter for hearings and trials, some of the procedures in regards to filing...more

Rough Drafts – Does Quality Really Matter?

Planet Depos is fortunate to work with some highly sophisticated clients. Many of them appreciate the fact that Planet Depos court reporters are equally sophisticated in their craft in that they can offer valuable services...more

The 411 on Standing Orders

When it comes to service, providing our clients with the best experience is our top priority. One way we achieve this is through catering to our clients’ needs. From booking hotel conference rooms for depositions across the...more

Financial Services Weekly News - September 2015 #2

Regulatory Developments: DOL Releases Transcripts of Fiduciary Standard Hearings - The Department of Labor (DOL) has released the transcripts of the hearings held by the agency in August on its proposed fiduciary...more

The Necessity of Trial Transcripts in Appellate Proceedings

A COMPLETE TRIAL RECORD is essential to presenting an effective appeal because appellate courts have no independent means of obtaining knowledge of the cases brought before them for review. The California court of appeal...more

7 Questions to Ask Before Selecting a Transcription Vendor

Lawyers, doctors, corporations and government entities often need to have audio files transcribed into text. Examples can include: court hearings and trials, voicemails, examinations, meetings (board, annual, financial, town...more

Court Reporters – Four Tips on What to Expect at an I.M.E.

Attorneys need Individual Medical Examinations to be reported and certified from time to time. An Independent Medical Examination is conducted by a doctor, chiropractor/physical therapist whom has not previously been...more

Singapore – The Island Nation with Global Significance

Singapore is truly one of the most interesting city-states in all of Asia. With a colorful and varied history of fishing, trade, commerce, and even war, Singapore is positioned as also one of the most important cities in...more

2025.520(c) – What Happens if the Witness Can’t Get to Reporter’s Office?

There are two methods for reading, correcting and signing deposition transcripts in California. Method #1: At the conclusion of a deposition in California, the deposition officer shall send written notice to the...more

With the IRS breach, it’s clear your data is at risk

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released on Tuesday, May 26, 2015, news of a major data breach, estimated to have affected 100,000 U.S. households’ tax returns. The data was wrongfully obtained from an IRS application...more

IRS Data Breach Results in Thousands of Fraudulent Tax Returns

On Tuesday, May 26th, 2015, the IRS disclosed that a data breach of its online Get Transcript application occurred when sophisticated hackers attempted to access over 200,000 personal tax accounts. More importantly, however,...more

A Matter of Interpretation — Ensuring the Reliability of the Record

The memorialization of witness testimony is a process of precision. The court reporter makes a verbatim record of the questions asked and the answers given. The accuracy of the resulting transcript is the basis upon which...more

How to Get a Transcript or Video of a Witness if You Are Not a Party to the Case – CA CCP

Once or twice a year our court reporting firm gets a request from an attorney to purchase a deposition transcript of a witness, and that attorney does not represent anyone in the case. Because Kramm has archived past...more

California Attorneys Were Shocked – You May Not Cite Rough Draft Transcripts

At a recent presentation to attorneys and paralegals, I pulled up a slide that referenced California CCP 2025.540(b). I asked the audience, “Does anyone ever cite to a rough draft transcript in court for a motion or hearing,...more

Deposition Transcripts and Exhibits – Who Needs Paper?

Many of my attorney clients have asked me if I know what other law firms are doing to reduce paper. I know of two firms, one in Milwaukee and another in San Diego, that are completely paperless, but I am thinking my clients...more

Court Reporters and Legal Videographers – using PH.D. or M.D. rather than Dr.

When finalizing a deposition transcript and corresponding with law firm clients, I believe it is a best practice to use a person’s credentials, i.e., M.D., Ph.D., behind their name, rather than the title of “Dr.” before their...more

Court Reporters, Transcriptionists – Tips for Transcribing Audio Files

From the beginning of time, the world has been in need of transcripts. Cavemen drew on cave walls trying to capture the events of their time. Egyptian Pharos had scribes that wrote on papyrus their thoughts, edicts, and...more

Court Reporters And Legal Videographers – Outsourcing The Transcription Of Transcripts Offshore

Scrolling down through the stories in a court reporting industry Facebook page, I came across some dialogue between court reporters about depositions being offered at an extremely low cost with the use of only audio being...more

IRS launches 'Get Transcript' Application - A message from tax attorney Paul Topolka, former District Counsel of the IRS for...

The Internal Revenue Service has launched a new application which gives taxpayers the ability to directly view, print, and download tax return transcripts and account transcripts. ...more

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