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    3 Twisted Tales from a World Without Accountants

    What happens when society doesn't add up? Wealth is one of the most potent forces driving humanity forward. It can make budding societies blossom, or it can end empires; money…

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    Where Did All the Lawyers Go?

    Untangling the mess. October is a perfect month to frighten a few (um, all) of those problem clients. On All Hallows' Eve, the lawyers of the world (1.3 million of…

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    A Quick Account: How Frank J. Wilson Took Down Al Capone

    When forensic accounting toppled a crime lord. Al Capone's gang ran Prohibition-era Chicago with an iron fist. Capone and his cohorts racked up an estimated $100 million1 per year through…

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    Looking Back to See the Future of Privacy Laws

    Policy and law adapt as new technologies emerge. Self-driving cars, 3D printing, and the all-encompassing Internet of Things (IoT) are exciting, futuristic frontiers. As with other mass-market technology introduced in…

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    How to Sell Historic Homes

    Let the years tell a story. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, "We are not makers of history. We are made by history." Perhaps this is why historic homes hold a…

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    Embracing the Age of Accounting Automation

    Technology holds the key to your career path. A word like automation might make you think of apocalyptic wars between humans and machines. And as an accountant, you've probably worried…

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    Will Artificial Intelligence Take Over the Field of Law?

    Hop on the AI wave. Classic science fiction is full of inaccurate predictions. Humans haven't colonized Venus, families don't own personal rocket ships, and time travel remains a distant dream.…

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    Turn Smart Homes into a Real Estate Goldmine

    As homes become smarter, so can you. By 2020, the global home automation market will be worth over $121.73 billion.1 The reality is, technology is here to stay. But as…

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    Comfort Letters – What to Do?

    Requests for comfort letters from loan underwriters and other parties have generated significant buzz in the accounting community. The topic has garnered considerable attention on NSA Tax Talk and local AICPA's tax…

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    Simple Steps to Set up a Docket and Calendar System

    Organize, prioritize, and prosper. Docketing is a critical process for any law firm, from the solo proprietor who only handles real estate closings, to the mega-firm with a broad range…

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    Case Study: A Violation of the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act

    Always practice within the law. A mortgage brokerage firm had an arrangement with a lender who paid the firm based on the number of referrals received. The brokerage firm was…

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    4 Blogs to Hone Your Law Expertise

    Expand your knowledge. Or just have a quick laugh. We've combed the news outlets, journals, and professional (and not-so-professional) law blogs to collect the best ideas, news, and hot topics.…

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    4 Blogs to Boost Your Real Estate Career

    Take your firm to the next level. Searching the internet isn’t the same it was ten, or even five, years ago. There’s a lot of content out there, and not…

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    5 Blogs to Bolster Your Accounting Career

    Read to succeed. What do marijuana, busy season, Uber, and auditing all have in common? Well, not a whole lot, unless you really stretch your imagination. However, we're turning to…

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    3 Volunteering Opportunities for Accounting Wizards

    Make a difference. How can your skills as a CPA transfer into the world of volunteering? Check out our infographic and see how your accounting skills can benefit volunteer organizations…

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    Data Analytics and Your Law Firm

    Roll with the changes. The digital landscape is constantly evolving; can your law firm keep up? Check out our infographic for more on the ever-changing world of technology and how…

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    A Trio of Top-Notch Apps for Next-Level Realtors

    Organize and manage with ease. For real estate professionals, managing your client list and properties can be a daunting task. Check out our infographic for information on how to simplify…

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    Looking Through Frosted Glass: How Trump Affects the Housing Market

    Find clarity in an uncertain future. Whether you like him or not, Donald Trump delivered on his promise to shake up America's political landscape. As we all wonder what will…

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    Sharpen Your Sword for Snapchat Legal Battles

    Don't ignore the power of Snapchat evidence. In "The Art of War," Sun Tzu wrote, "If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle." From…

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    Bean Bags Won’t Impress Millennial Accountants

    Upgrade your tech and transparency. If you picture all millennials as trend-hopping youngsters dressed in funny hats and crazy glasses, you should adjust your mental image. Many members of this…

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    5 Steps to Fight Stress During Tax Season

    Stay on your A-game. The barbaric invaders stomp across your brain. They carry torches and pitchforks, and they have strange names like Child Credit, Reinvested Dividends, and Charitable Contributions. You…

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    A Lawyer’s Guide to Data Analytics

    How to use “big data” for your firm. It’s no secret that the legal field seems to be behind on data trends. Apart from its effectiveness in measuring the basics—like…

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    Avoid Wire Transfer Scams in 8 Steps

    Stop cyber thieves in their tracks. During real estate transactions, hackers attempt to divert closing proceedings from attorneys, banks, title companies, and REALTORS®. These thieves compromise the email accounts of…

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    Know the Rules of Engagement

    Always leave a paper trail. Too often, attorneys cite great client relationships as their reason for not using official letters. But even long-time clients may second-guess your work or the…

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    4 Steps to Selling an “Unlovable” Property

    The struggle is real. Despite an improving housing market, it’s no secret that the majority of real estate agents have had—at one time or another—a long-standing face-off with a stubborn…

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    Avoid Tax-Related Claims with Continued Education

    A real-life claim situation. Countless accountants pursue comprehensive continued education to prevent harmful claims. If you stay current with ever-changing tax laws, you create an extra layer of protection for…

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    5 New Year’s Facebook Resolutions for Accountants

    Surpass your firm's financial goals. Are your New Year's resolutions written in pencil or etched in stone? Whether you're fully committed to your 2017 goals or still searching for motivation,…

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    4 Ways Lawyers Can Give Back in the New Year

    Resolve to connect with people and causes. The new year has begun, and chances are, you’ve already created an epic list of New Year’s resolutions designed for self-improvement. Perhaps you’ve…

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    The Perks and Pitfalls of Selling Vacation Properties

    If paradise calls, should you answer? Vacation homes carry an undeniable allure for clients, but there are plenty of reasons for real estate agents to get in on the action,…

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    How to Give Legal Advice at Social Gatherings

    Protect your friendships from legal bias. Between succulent bites of ham and sips of eggnog, the holidays are typically spent catching up with old friends and extended relatives. Though this…

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